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Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Great Falls

It's safe to say that even with the crazy weather recently, a lot of the country has at least had a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to guess what's going to take place next with the weather, it's important to make sure that you've had furnace service done 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 system itself. One of the most noteworthy tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is denoted as a percentage that informs you of 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 technician can help you learn 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 winter you're paying for fuel that ends up being wasted, not to heat your home. An easy 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 technician can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your normal bill, but hopefully we've been able to offer a relatively clear picture for you.

Of course there is more that is involved in your decision in picking a new furnace or staying with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can drastically inhibit the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to be certain that you got a better 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 ring at 406-761-7283 or schedule an appointment with us online.