Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of things to contemplate when you buy 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 issues?
  • How big does the system need to be to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever considered your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure 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 determine how much energy you will need 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 value that reflects how much heat the furnace will produce compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. For instance, if your furnace has a AFUE rating of 90%, this means 10% of energy used is lost and 90% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Note 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 varying homes is different – some high quality, some substandard, so the AFUE rating does not factor this into their rating. If you are concerned that your heating equipment 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 determine how much more energy and money you could potentially save each month.
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