Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of variables to consider when you invest in a new furnace:

 

  • What is your budget for a new furnace?
  • How much are you looking to spend on monthly heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory ailments?
  • Which type and size system do you require to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever thought about your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure what it means?

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

The furnace efficiency rating helps calculate how much energy will be needed to heat your home and, ultimately, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating equipment 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 used to produce the heat. For example, 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.

 
 
 
Keep in mind that this rating does not consider 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 lower, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you feel 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 be saving each month.
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