Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Lake Charles12/31/2015It'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 figure out what's going to happen next with the weather, it's important to be sure that you've had furnace service done when the weather finally turns to being cold constantly. Part of owning and using a furnace involves some familiarization and understanding of the system itself. One of the most critical 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 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 possibly quite a bit lower than the furnaces created today. What it boils down to is that with every passing winter you're paying for fuel that ends up being wasted, not to heat your home. One 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 technician can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your normal 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 choosing a new furnace or staying 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 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 ring at 337-335-0992 or arrange an appointment with us online.