Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Hudsonville12/31/2015It's safe to say that even with the random weather recently, most of the country has at least had a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to determine what's going to take place next with the weather, it's important to make certain that you've had furnace service completed when the weather finally switches to being cold constantly. Part of owning and using a furnace involves some familiarization and understanding of the furnace itself. One of the most important tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is denoted as a percentage that informs you of the type of efficiency you can expect out of your system. If you're not sure 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 available today. What it means for you is that with every passing year 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 you spend on fuel, only $75 is being used to heat your home. Again, your furnace service tech can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your average bill, but hopefully we've been able to offer a semi clear picture for you. Of course there is more that factors in to your decision in buying a new furnace or continuing with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can greatly inhibit the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to be certain that you got a clearer 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 ring at 616-669-3961 or schedule an appointment with us online.