Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several variables to think about when you purchase a new furnace:

 

  • What is your budget for a new furnace?
  • How much are you looking to spend on monthly heating bills?
  • Do any of the residents living in the home suffer from respiratory issues?
  • How big does the system need to be to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever thought about your furnace efficiency rating? Do you know what it means?

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help explain 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 you will need 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 system requires to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the number that shows how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. For instance, if your heating system has a AFUE rating of 80%, this means 20% of energy used is lost and 80% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Note that this rating does not include the potential heat lost through leaking or incorrectly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in each home is different – some higher quality, some poorer, 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 a call today and we will give you a free in-home analysis and help you find out how much more energy and money you could possibly save each month.
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