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Are Oil-burning Furnaces Efficient?

Stay warm this winter with service from P. Gagnon & Son!

oil furnace Strafford county, nh The efficiency of your home’s oil-fired furnace is incredibly important, as it can have a huge impact on your heating costs and the comfort of your home this coming winter.

P. Gagnon is here to help you with furnace maintenance from our team of skilled service technicians. Now is the perfect time to schedule your furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up so it’s in tip-top shape. It’s also a great time to enroll in one of our affordable service plans that not only cover a tune-up, but also many parts and labor costs associated with furnace repairs.

Our top-quality premium heating oil also helps to keep your furnace running efficiently. It is a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and biodiesels, along with the additive UltraGuard that conditions the heating oil to maximize your heating system’s energy efficiency.

You can be sure of always having heating oil with our reliable heating oil delivery.

How do you measure a furnace’s efficiency?

If you have an interest in heating efficiency, you may have come across the term AFUE, which stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This metric indicates the efficiency with which a heating system converts fuel into heat. In a way, it’s similar to the miles-per-gallon measure used for vehicles.

AFUE, or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, is measured in percentages. For instance, in a heating system with 84 AFUE, 84 percent of the heating oil consumed is utilized for heating the home, while the remaining percentage is lost. Modern oil-fired furnaces typically have AFUE ratings that can reach 90%.

However, a furnace that has been in use for over a decade may have significantly lost its efficiency over time. It’s possible that your old furnace’s Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) could be reduced to the low 60s. As you can imagine, arranging for a replacement of the oil furnace – and thereby improving your AFUE – can have a remarkable impact on reducing fuel usage.

The importance of furnace maintenance

By choosing P. Gagnon & Son for your furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up, you not only ensure its ability to withstand another winter in the Seacoast Region but also enjoy additional advantages!

Cut your heating costs: By properly maintaining your furnace, you can maximize its efficiency and save on heating oil expenses.

Help your furnace last longer: To ensure optimal performance and longevity of your furnace, it is crucial to consistently maintain it. Regular upkeep is key in ensuring smooth operation and a prolonged lifespan for your heating system.

Keep the warranty in effect: If you fail to have your furnace professionally serviced once a year, your warranty may become null and void. This would result in you having to pay for any future repair costs out of your own pocket. Ensure you prioritize regular servicing to avoid unexpected expenses.

With reliable heating oil delivery and expert furnace service from P. Gagnon & Son, you can be sure your home will be comfortable this winter! Become a customer today.