Strange temperature changes and the hope of early spring can keep us holding out as we wait until the end of the cold season. With the erratic weather this time of year, it’s vital to ensure that your furnace service is complete and that your furnace is ready for any weather swing. Part of having and utilizing a furnace is understanding the system and preparing for when it might require repair or maintenance. A furnace’s AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency) is an important measurement to know and can inform you what kind of effectiveness you can expect from your system. If you are unaware of your AFUE, this percentage can be verified at your next furnace service appointment from one of our specialists at Age Heating & Cooling.
So, what does this AFUE rating mean for you? What types of things should you consider with AFUE?
- The older your furnace is, the littler its AFUE will also be. This means less energy efficiency than with a new furnace each winter when your system is in use.
- Compare your AFUE percentage proportionate to money – if your AFUE is 75%, that means that for every $100 you spend on heating your home, only $75 is spent to heat your home.
Considering the age of your furnace and the potential of overspending on your heating costs has hopefully given some understanding into the weight of your furnace’s AFUE. There are many elements that go into choosing a new furnace or remaining with your furnace service plan. Over time though, smaller efficiency levels can radically impact your energy usage, monthly bills and comfort. Don’t overlook the AFUE rating of your furnace and reflect on it when determining whether it’s time for furnace replacement.
If you have any further questions about furnaces, or you just want some help determining the AFUE rating of your existing furnace, give our experts at Age Heating & Cooling a call at 208-578-4258.