Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • What type of budget do you have 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 problems?
  • Which type and size system do you require 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 you understand what the furnace efficiency rating is and what it means for your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps establish how much energy will be needed to heat your home and, ultimately, how much it will cost you. Basically, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating equipment needs to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the number that reflects how much heat the furnace will produce 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.

 
 
 
Note that this rating does not consider the potential heat lost through leaking or improperly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in varying homes is different – some high quality, some lower, so the AFUE rating does not factor this into their rating. If you worry that your heating system 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 find out how much more energy and money you could possibly save each month.
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