Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several variables to consider when you invest in a new furnace:

 

  • How much is your budget for a new furnace?
  • How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
  • Does anyone living in the home have respiratory issues?
  • What size system will you need to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever took into consideration your furnace efficiency rating? Do you understand what it means?

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion with what the furnace efficiency rating is and how it can affect your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps establish how much energy is required to heat your home and, in the long run, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating system requires to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the value that tells you how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. For example, if your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80%, this means 20% of energy used is lost and 80% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Keep in mind that this rating does not take into account the potential heat lost through leaking or poorly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in varying homes is different – some high quality, some substandard, so the AFUE rating does not consider this in their rating. If you are concerned that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today and we will give you a free in-home analysis and help you discover how much more energy and money you could potentially save each month.
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