Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Minocqua12/31/2015It's safe to say that even with the random weather recently, a lot of the country has at least dealt with a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to guess what's going to occur next with the weather, it's important to be sure that you've had furnace service done when the weather finally flips the switch to being cold all the time. Part of owning and using a furnace involves some familiarization and understanding of the furnace itself. One of the most noteworthy tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is noted by a percentage that informs you of the type of efficiency expected from your system. If you're uncertain about your current furnace's AFUE, make sure to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the technician can help you figure out it's rating. What Does AFUE Mean for You? If you have an older furnace, your AFUE is likely quite a bit lower than the furnaces available today. What it means for you is that with every passing season you're paying for fuel which then is being wasted, not to heat your home. A simple 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 technician can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your average bill, but hopefully we've been able to offer a relatively clear picture for you. Of course there is more that goes in to your decision in picking a new furnace or continuing with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can severely impact the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to be sure you got a better look at one of the more important considerations for furnaces. If you are curious about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a shout at 715-356-7000 or arrange an appointment with us online.