AFUE – Bless You! – Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency


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Most Canadian homes are heated with either furnaces or boilers. Furnaces heat air and distribute the hot air throughout your household via the built in duct work. Boilers heat water and transfer the heat via pipes, to steam radiators such as baseboard radiators, radiant floor systems and can heat air via a coil.

As stated above the AFUE is a measure of how efficient the appliance is in converting the energy in its fuel to heat over the course of a typical year.

What does this mean to you? Well, without going into all of  the boring details in which I am sure you do not want to hear, the AFUE percentage rating means that you will have lower fuel costs. Which in turn of course leads to lower utility bills. When looking at your monthly utility bills consider how much you will be spending over the next however many years. When purchasing a new piece of equipment do not look for the cheapest cost, look into the future and evaluate the cost overtime. Upgrading to a high efficiency furnace or boiler is an effective way to save money on home heating. Also, remember to maintain your heating systems efficiency to ensure healthy indoor air quality. It’s critical to maintain the unit and it’s venting mechanism as proper maintenance extends the life of your furnace or boiler AFUE rating and saves you money.

When you purchase a car, do you take into consideration the gas mileage? Why not do the same for your heating system?

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