Strange temperature changes and the hope of early spring can mess with us as we wait until the end of the winter season. With the random weather this time of year, it’s crucial to double check that your furnace service is taken care of and that your furnace is set for any weather swing. Part of having and operating a furnace is knowing the system and knowing when it might need repair or maintenance. A furnace’s AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency) is an important measurement to note and can inform you what kind of effectiveness you can expect from your system. If you are unsure of your AFUE, this percentage can be verified at your next furnace service appointment from one of our specialists at Patterson & Stirling Inc.
So, what does this AFUE rating suggest for you? What kinds of things should you think on with AFUE?
- The older your furnace is, the lower its AFUE will also be. This means less energy efficiency compared to a new furnace each winter when your system is in use.
- Think about your AFUE percentage in relation to money – if your AFUE is 75%, that means that for every $100 you use heating your home, only $75 is taken to heat your home.
Considering the age of your furnace and the likelihood of overspending on your heating costs has hopefully offered some understanding into the importance of your furnace’s AFUE. There are many things that go into choosing a new furnace or staying in your furnace service plan. Over time however, decreased efficiency levels can drastically influence your energy usage, monthly bills and comfort. Don’t overlook the AFUE rating of your furnace and think of it when choosing whether it’s time for furnace replacement.
If you have any further inquiries about furnaces, or you just want some help determining the AFUE rating of your current furnace, give our professionals at Patterson & Stirling Inc a call at 814-308-0416.