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What is AFUE and How Do You Use It? An Explanation of Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

Most people in Santa Clarita don’t have furnaces because air conditioning is the name of the game, but for those that live up in the mountains a properly maintained furnace is an essential.  So what is AFUE, and what does AFUE stand for?  AFUE is an acronym for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, which is a measure of how efficiently your furnace can utilize it’s fuel.  The more efficient your furnace, the more heat you will get per unit of fuel.  But AFUE can’t be used for everything, and learning how to properly use AFUE is essential when buying a new furnace.  In this article, we will define what AFUE is, some warnings about using the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating system, and finally we will discuss the proper way to use AFUE ratings to buy a new furnace.

Furnace Smells Like Gas - What Do You Do? - Furnace Troubleshooting

We have written a lot of articles lately on how to troubleshoot problems with your furnace, but today’s topic is a bit more serious.  When someone asks us why their furnace smells like ga...

How Much Does it Cost to Run an Air Conditioner?

Air conditioning is responsible for over 50% of your electric bill in Santa Clarita during the summer, so it might not come as a shock to you that one of our most common questions is, how...

Condensation on Ductwork - What Causes It and How to Fix It.

It might not sound like it, but condensation on ductwork can be a serious problem, causing all sorts of secondary problems like leaking ceilings and mold infestation.  You might not think...

What is a Two Stage Furnace, How Does it Work and is it Right for You?

What is a two-stage furnace?  Contractors like to throw around technical words and specifications when they are making a sale, and HVAC contractors are no exception.  We sometimes get ask...

Furnace Heat Exchangers - What is a Heat Exchanger in a Furnace?

Modern air conditioners and furnaces can be complex pieces of machinery.  It is not uncommon for HVAC contractors (what does HVAC stand for?) to throw around technical terms and parts, ei...

Lennox vs Carrier Furnace Review - A Consumer Guide to Buying a Furnace

Those of you who read our articles regularly, know that we are a small, U.S. Veteran-Owned company in Southern California, and pride ourselves in giving people honest, straight answers to...

Furnace Not Blowing Air? Furnace Troubleshooting Guide from ASM

If you’ve read our articles, then you know that we are a small, U.S. Veteran-Owned heating and air conditioning company, and pride ourselves on giving people honest, straight answers to t...

Why Is My Air Conditioner Freezing Up? How to Fix Your Iced Up Air Conditioner

We are often asked the question, why is my air conditioner freezing up? Figuring out what is causing your air conditioner to ice up can be frustrating, but it is not an uncommon problem....

Do Electrostatic Air Filters Work? The Pros and Cons of Washable Furnace Filters.

There are many types of air filters on the market these days, but which one is best?  We are often asked the question, do electrostatic air filters work?  The real answer is, it depends....

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