Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are many factors to contemplate 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? Do you understand what it means?

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion with what the furnace efficiency rating is and what it means for 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 furnace requires to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the figure that tells you how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. For instance, 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 poorly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in every home is different – some higher quality, some lower, so the AFUE rating does not consider this in their rating. If you feel that your furnace 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 discover how much more energy and money you could be saving each month.
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