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

Strange temperature changes and the hope of early spring can let us down as we wait until the end of the winter season. With the erratic weather this time of year, it’s crucial to ensure that your furnace service is done and that your furnace is ready for any weather swing. Part of having and using a furnace is being familiar with the system and knowing when it might require repair or maintenance. A furnace’s AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency) is a central measurement to note and can tell you what kind of effectiveness you can anticipate from your system. If you are unsure of your AFUE, this percentage can be clarified at your next furnace tune-up appointment from one of our experts at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating.

So, what does this AFUE rating suggest for you? What sorts of things should you consider with AFUE?


  • The older your furnace is, the littler its AFUE will also be. This means not as much energy efficiency than with a new furnace in the winter when your system is in use.
  • Think about your AFUE percentage in relation to money – if your AFUE is 75%, that means that for every $100 you spend on heating your home, only $75 is being used to heat your home.

Taking into account the age of your furnace and the possibility of overspending on your heating costs has hopefully offered some understanding into the weight of your furnace’s AFUE. There are many things that go into picking a new furnace or remaining with your furnace service plan. Over time still, decreased efficiency levels can drastically influence your energy usage, monthly bills and comfort. Don’t disregard the AFUE rating of your furnace and consider it when choosing whether it’s time for furnace replacement.

If you have any further uncertainties about furnaces, or you just want some help determining the AFUE rating of your existing furnace, give our experts at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating a call at 641-628-3621.

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