Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Tuscaloosa12/31/2015It's safe to say that even with the unpredictability of the weather recently, a lot 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 completed when the weather finally turns to being cold all the time. Part of owning and using a furnace involves some familiarization and understanding of the furnace itself. One of the most critical 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 expected from your system. If you're uncertain about your current furnace's AFUE, make sure to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the team member can help you figure out it's rating. What Does AFUE Mean for You? If you have an older furnace, your AFUE is likely quite a bit lower than the furnaces created today. What that means is that with every passing season you're paying for fuel which then is being wasted, not to heat your home. A simple way to think about it is by relating your AFUE percentage to dollars. If your furnace has an AFUE of 75%, that means for every $100 you spend on fuel, only $75 is being used to heat your home. Again, your furnace service technician can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your regular bill, but hopefully we've been able to paint a relatively clear picture for you. Of course there is more that is involved in your decision in choosing a new furnace or sticking to an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can drastically impact the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to make sure you got a better 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 205-758-2703 or set up an appointment with us online.