Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Rocky Mount12/31/2015It's safe to say that even with the unpredictability of the 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 happen next with the weather, it's important to make sure that you've had furnace service scheduled when the weather finally switches to being cold constantly. Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little bit of familiarization and understanding of the product 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 lets you know about 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 technician can help you learn 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 created today. What it boils down to is that with every passing winter you're paying for fuel which then is being wasted, not to heat your home. An easy 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 figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your regular bill, but hopefully we've been able to provide a relatively clear picture for you. Of course there is more that is involved in your decision in choosing a new furnace or staying with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can greatly affect 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 have any questions about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a call at 540-483-5605 or set up an appointment with us online.