Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in the Main Line12/31/2015It's safe to say that even with the random weather recently, a lot of the country has at least had a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to guess what's going to occur next with the weather, it's important to make sure that you've had furnace service scheduled when the weather finally flips the switch to being cold constantly. Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little bit of familiarization and understanding of the furnace itself. One of the most critical tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is noted by a percentage that tells you what type of efficiency expected from your system. If you're unsure about your current furnace's AFUE, make sure to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the team member can help you learn it's rating. What Does AFUE Mean for You? If you have an older furnace, your AFUE is possibly quite a bit lower than the furnaces out there now. What it boils down to is that with every passing season you're paying for fuel that ends up being wasted, not to heat your home. One way to think about it is by connecting your AFUE percentage to dollars. If your furnace has an AFUE of 75%, that means for every $100 that goes towards fuel, only $75 is being used to heat your home. Again, your furnace service tech can help you determine the numbers specific to your furnace and your normal bill, but hopefully we've been able to provide a relatively clear picture for you. Of course there is more that factors in to your decision in picking a new furnace or sticking to an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can drastically impact the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to make sure you got a clearer look at one of the more important considerations for furnaces. If you want to know about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a shout at 610-626-2540 or set up an appointment with us online.