Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of things to contemplate when you buy 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 issues?
  • Which type and size system do you require to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever took into consideration your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure what it means?

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help explain what the furnace efficiency rating is and the effects is can have on your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps calculate how much energy you will need to heat your home and, in the long run, how much it will cost you. Basically, 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 value that shows how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy used 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.

 
 
 
Note that this rating does not consider the potential heat lost through leaking or poorly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in varying homes is different – some higher quality, some substandard, 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 potentially save each month.
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