Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Beaverton12/31/2015It's safe to say that even with the crazy weather recently, most 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 certain that you've had furnace service scheduled when the weather finally switches to being cold all the time. Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little bit of 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 recognized as a percentage that lets you know about the type of efficiency expected from your system. If you're unsure about your current furnace's AFUE, don't forget 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 created today. What it means for you is that with every passing season you're paying for fuel that's being wasted, not to heat your home. A simple way to think about it is by linking 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 team member can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your average bill, but hopefully we've been able to offer a semi clear picture for you. Of course there is more that factors in to your decision in buying a new furnace or sticking to an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can greatly impact the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to be certain that you got a closer 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 503-848-3838 or arrange an appointment with us online.