Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • How much is your budget for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Does anyone living in the home have respiratory ailments?
  • How big does the system need to be to heat your size of home?

 

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

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

The furnace efficiency rating helps determine how much energy is required to heat your home and, ultimately, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating system uses to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the figure that tells you how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy used 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 poorer, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you feel that your furnace or duct system is not energy efficient, give Service Experts a call today and we will provide you with 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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