Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • What is your budget for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory ailments?
  • How big does the system need to be 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 what it means for your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps determine how much energy will be needed to heat your home and, ultimately, how much it will cost you. Simply put, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your furnace needs to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the number that tells you how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy required 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.

 
 
 
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 each home is different – some good quality, some substandard, so the AFUE rating does not factor this into 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 give you a free in-home analysis and help you determine how much more energy and money you could possibly save each month.
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