Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are many factors to consider when you buy a new furnace:

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory problems?
  • What size system will you need to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever thought about 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 determine how much energy is required to heat your home and, essentially, how much it will cost you. Simply put, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating equipment requires to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the number that reflects how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. An example, if your heating system has a AFUE rating of 85%, this means 15% of energy used is lost and 85% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Remember that this rating does not take into account the potential heat lost through leaking or improperly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in each home is different – some good quality, some lower, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you worry that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give Service Experts a call today and we will come out for 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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