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 type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory issues?
  • How big does the system need to be to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever thought about your furnace efficiency rating? Do you know 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 you will need to heat your home and, essentially, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your furnace uses to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the value that tells you how much heat the furnace will produce compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. For instance, if your heating system has a AFUE rating of 80%, this means 20% of energy used is lost and 80% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Remember that this rating does not include the potential heat lost through leaking or incorrectly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in each home is different – some higher quality, some lower, so the AFUE rating does not include this in 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 discover how much more energy and money you could potentially save each month.
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