Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Homer Glen12/31/2015It's safe to say that even with the random weather recently, a lot of the country has at least experienced a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to guess what's going to take place next with the weather, it's important to make certain that you've had furnace service scheduled when the weather finally switches to being cold all the time. Part of owning and using a furnace involves some familiarization and understanding of the system itself. One of the most important tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is recognized as a percentage that tells you what type of efficiency you can expect out of your system. If you're unsure about your current furnace's AFUE, be sure to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the technician can help you determine 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 that means is that with every passing season you're paying for fuel which then is being wasted, not to heat your home. An easy way to think about it is by relating 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 team member can help you determine the numbers specific to your furnace and your average bill, but hopefully we've been able to provide a somewhat clear picture for you. Of course there is more that goes 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 affect the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to be 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 call at 708-301-0170 or schedule an appointment with us online.