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

Interesting temperature changes and the hope of early spring can let us down as we wait until the end of the winter season. With the unpredictable weather this time of year, it’s important to ensure that your furnace service is complete and that your furnace is ready for any weather change. Part of owning and operating a furnace is being familiar with the system and understanding when it might call for repair or maintenance. A furnace’s AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency) is an important measurement to note and can inform you what kind of effectiveness you can look for from your system. If you are unsure of your AFUE, this percentage can be determined at your next furnace tune-up appointment from one of our experts at Beck Cohen.

So, what does this AFUE rating suggest for you? What kinds of things should you think on with AFUE?


  • The older your furnace is, the smaller its AFUE will also be. This means less 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 devote to heating your home, only $75 is taken to heat your home.

Bearing in mind the age of your furnace and the possibility of overspending on your heating costs has hopefully provided some perception into the weight of your furnace’s AFUE. There are many things that go into selecting a new furnace or remaining with your furnace service plan. Over time though, lower efficiency levels can radically influence your energy usage, monthly bills and comfort. Don’t overlook the AFUE rating of your furnace and reflect on it when determining whether it’s time for furnace replacement.

If you have any further inquiries about furnaces, or you just want some help verifying the AFUE rating of your current furnace, give our professionals at Beck Cohen a call at 434-296-0129 or schedule an appointment with us online.