Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Houston

December 31, 2015

It's safe to say that even with the unpredictability of the weather recently, most of the country has at least had a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to guess what's going to happen next with the weather, it's important to make sure that you've had furnace service done when the weather finally switches to being cold consistently.

Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little bit of familiarization and understanding of the system 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 tells you what 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 determine 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 out there now. What it means for you is that with every passing season you're paying for fuel that ends up being wasted, not to heat your home. One 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 tech can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your normal 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 picking a new furnace or continuing 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 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 713-469-3357.