Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are many variables to consider when you purchase a new furnace:

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory ailments?
  • What size system will you need to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever took into consideration your furnace efficiency rating? Do you know what it means?

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help you understand what the furnace efficiency rating is and how it can affect your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps establish how much energy will be needed to heat your home and, in the long run, how much it will cost you. Simply put, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating system needs 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 instance, 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 poorly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in every home is different – some high quality, some substandard, so the AFUE rating does not consider this in their rating. If you worry 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 possibly save each month.
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