Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several variables to consider when you invest in 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?
  • Does anyone living in the home have respiratory ailments?
  • Which type and size system do you require to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever considered 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 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 value that tells you how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy used to produce the heat. For example, if your heating system 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 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 good quality, some poorer, 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 possibly save each month.
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