Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Pacheco12/31/2015It'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 determine what's going to take place next with the weather, it's important to make sure that you've had furnace service scheduled when the weather finally turns to being cold constantly. Part of owning and using a furnace involves a 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 recognized as a percentage that informs you of the type of efficiency you can expect out of your system. If you're unsure about your current furnace's AFUE, make sure to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the tech 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 available today. What that means is that with every passing year you're paying for fuel which then is being wasted, not to heat your home. A simple way to think about it is by linking 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 normal bill, but hopefully we've been able to offer a relatively clear picture for you. Of course there is more that goes in to your decision in buying a new furnace or sticking to 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 sure you got a closer 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 call at 925-689-7017 or schedule an appointment with us online.