Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are many variables to contemplate when you invest in a new furnace:

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Does anyone living in the home have 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 explain what the furnace efficiency rating is and the effects is can have on your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps calculate how much energy you will need to heat your home and, ultimately, how much it will cost you. Simply put, 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 number that shows how much heat the furnace will produce compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. For example, if your heating equipment has a AFUE rating of 90%, this means 10% of energy used is lost and 90% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Remember 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 higher quality, some poorer, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you feel 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 find out how much more energy and money you could potentially save each month.
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