Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Columbia12/31/2015It's safe to say that even with the crazy weather recently, a lot of the country has at least experienced a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to figure out what's going to occur next with the weather, it's important to make sure that you've had furnace service completed 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 important tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is recognized as a percentage that tells you what type of efficiency you'll get from 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 determine 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 out there now. 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 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 tech can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your regular 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 choosing a new furnace or staying with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can severely inhibit 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 shout at 803-318-6995 or schedule an appointment with us online.