What AFUE Means for Your Heating System

What AFUE Means for Your Heating System AFUE, which stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, is a measurement used to determine the efficiency of combustion appliances like water heaters, boilers, and furnaces. You should pay attention to AFUE ratings, which tell how much fuel the furnace will use to heat the home. What Is AFUE? The rating is derived via a simple formula: dividing the energy required to run the furnace (in BTUs or British Thermal Units) with the heating energy the system releases (also in BTUs). This registers as a percentage: the higher the percentage, the more of the…

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Types of HVAC Filters

Types of HVAC Filters HVAC filters can either be disposable (with cardboard frames) or permanent (with fiberglass or metal framing). Disposable models are much cheaper, but require monthly replacement, therefore it is best to have several on hand in order to save you time throughout the year. Permanent brands are more cost-effective due to their reusability but require more work because of the routine cleaning. All HVAC air filters come with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Report Value) Rating. This reports the product’s capability in trapping particles and helps you compare the performance of different brands: the higher the MERV rating,…

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How to Clean or Replace a Furnace Filter

How to Clean or Replace a Furnace Filter The obvious reason to change your furnace filter is because that filter is what is removing all the dust, dander and debris from your air in your home. Remember, there are two filters in your house – your furnace filter and your lungs! Let’s make sure the furnace filter is taking the brunt of the dust and allergens, not your body. How to Clean or Replace a Furnace Filter? Why is it so Important to Clean My Air Filter on Furnace? A clean furnace filter can cut your heating bill by 5…

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How to Prepare Furnace for Winter

How to Prepare Furnace for Winter With the winter season approaching, it is important that you prepare your home to withstand the harsh conditions that will come. Your number one concern should be to make sure your furnace is working properly to ensure that you will stay warm and safe. A furnace breakdown in the middle of a cold snap will not only be inconvenient but very uncomfortable. Preventive maintenance will make sure your furnace is clean, crack and leak free, and running as it should for the long cold months of winter. How to prepare furnace for winter? Follow…

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