What is an AFUE Rating?

If you live in an area where it is warm much of the year, air conditioning is your saving grace.  On the other hand, if you live in an area where you use a heater, keeping it operating in peak condition is a primary concern.  if this is you, having a resource like Oconee Climate Control can be of immense value whether you are in need of service or even just being more familiar with how your system operates.  For example, of prime importance in understanding generally how your furnace works is AFUE, which is an acronym for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency.

Why is AFUE Relevant?

The AFUE is a measurement of how of how efficiently your furnace is utilizing the fuel being provided to it.  It’s similar, in a way, to the concept of miles per gallon of your car.  in a similar way also, the more efficient your furnace is, the more heat you will be receiving per unit of fuel.  Using AFUE as a guide, you can determine when your furnace is in need of service as well as being able to choose one furnace over another when deciding which is more efficient for your uses.

How Can This Help Me?

Once you better understand the relationship between fuel efficiency and the AFUE and what it means, you will be in a much better position to determine what the importance of fuel and its cost is.  Beyond the equipment itself, fuels are combustible at different efficiency rates too, which affect the AFUE.  The only way to achieve 100 percent AFUE is to use electricity as your fuel source.

In it’s simplest terms, AFUE is simply the measure of how much fuel your furnace burns.  The higher the AFUE number is, the more efficient your furnace is at burning fuel.  Contrary to popular belief, AFUE has nothing to do with the overall cost of your fuel.  As a result, it is not a reliable method of determining the best way to cut heating costs.

A proper understanding of AFUE and its relationship to your heating needs can be confusing.  The good news in this is that with some assistance from Oconee Climate Control you can have a better understanding of not only how your furnace works, but you can also get practical advice on how to make it work better for your benefit and comfort.  Why not call Oconee Climate Control today to see how we can help in both these regards?