Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Marshalltown

It's safe to say that even with the crazy 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 happen next with the weather, it's important to make certain that you've had furnace service completed when the weather finally turns to being cold consistently.

Part of owning and using a furnace involves some 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 you'll get 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 tech can help you determine it's rating.


What Does AFUE Mean for You?

If you have an older furnace, your AFUE is probably quite a bit lower than the furnaces out there now. What that means is that with every passing winter you're paying for fuel that's being wasted, not to heat your home. An easy way to think about it is by linking your AFUE percentage to dollars. If your furnace has an AFUE of 75%, that means for every $100 spent on fuel, only $75 is being used to heat your home. Again, your furnace service team member can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your normal bill, but hopefully we've been able to provide a semi clear picture for you.

Of course there is more that factors in to your decision in choosing a new furnace or continuing with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can severely 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 have any questions about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a ring at 641-753-3563.

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