It’s no secret that the more efficient your HVAC systems are, the lower your energy bills will be. And because home heating uses up the most energy in Mukwonago-area homes like yours, having an energy-efficient furnace can go a long way. Below, the pros at Martens Plumbing & Heating explain how you can tell if your system is efficient. If it isn’t, call us today at 262-363-7146 for help.
1. Check the Label
For furnace efficiency, it’s all about the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, or AFUE. It’s a percentage that explains how fuel-efficient your system was designed to be. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the system (and the more you’ll save on your bills). The AFUE ranges anywhere from 78 to 90 percent—or even higher if you have an ENERGY STAR furnace.
By checking your furnace’s sticker, label, or manual, you’ll be able to find the AFUE and know just how efficient your system can be. Keep in mind that routine maintenance is also a great way to boost your unit’s operation.
2. How Old Is Your System?
Generally, furnaces last anywhere from 15 to 20 years—and the older it gets, the less energy efficient it becomes. Each system varies depending on the amount of wear and tear it has, if it’s had frequent repairs, and even on how harsh the winters have been. However, if your unit is nearing that 20-year mark, it won’t run as well as a brand-new unit.
3. Have Your Bills Increased?
If your winter energy bills seem higher than normal, it’s probably a sign your furnace is declining. The U.S. Energy Information Administration lists Wisconsin’s average energy bill at around $100 per month, which is among the lowest in the country. However, keep in mind that number will naturally increase in winter. Be sure to compare your bills year over year to get the big picture.
Martens Plumbing—Your Trusted Bryant® Dealer
How well you take care of your furnace will be the most important factor in determining whether it operates efficiently. Whether your system is one year or 20 years old, rely on Martens Plumbing’s professionals to get the most out of your investment.
Contact us today to schedule a Clean & Tune in your Mukwonago-area home or get a free estimate on a newer, more energy-efficient furnace.