Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are many things to consider when you purchase a new furnace:

 

  • What is your budget for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory issues?
  • 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. Basically, 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 value that reflects how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. An 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 improperly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in every home is different – some high quality, some poorer, 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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