Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Florissant12/31/2015It's safe to say that even with the random weather recently, the majority of the country has at least dealt with 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 be sure that you've had furnace service completed when the weather finally flips the switch to being cold all the time. Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little bit of familiarization and understanding of the system itself. One of the most noteworthy 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 uncertain about your current furnace's AFUE, be sure to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the tech 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 out there now. 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. One 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 spent on 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 normal bill, but hopefully we've been able to provide a semi clear picture for you. Of course there is more that goes in to your decision in buying a new furnace or staying with 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 closer 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 call at 314-838-9800 or arrange an appointment with us online.