Curious temperature changes and the expectation of early spring can keep us holding out as we wait until the end of winter. With the unpredictable weather this time of year, it’s important to make sure that your furnace service is done and that your furnace is set for any weather swing. Part of having and operating a furnace is knowing the system and understanding when it might need repair or maintenance. A furnace’s AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency) is a significant measurement to note and can inform you what kind of effectiveness you can anticipate from your system. If you are unsure of your AFUE, this percentage can be determined at your next furnace tune-up appointment from one of our specialists at Lakeside Heating & Air.
So, what does this AFUE rating mean for you? What types of things should you take into account with AFUE?
- The older your furnace is, the lower its AFUE will also be. This means less energy efficiency than with a new furnace in the winter when your system is in use.
- Compare 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 spent to heat your home.
Taking into account the age of your furnace and the likelihood of overspending on your heating costs has hopefully given some insight into the importance of your furnace’s AFUE. There are many factors that go into picking a new furnace or staying in your furnace service plan. Over time however, lower efficiency levels can radically influence your energy usage, monthly bills and ease. Don’t ignore the AFUE rating of your furnace and consider it when choosing whether it’s time for furnace replacement.
If you have any further inquiries about furnaces, or you just want some help verifying the AFUE rating of your present furnace, give our professionals at Lakeside Heating & Air a call at 509-284-4265.