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?
  • How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
  • Do any of the residents living in the home suffer from respiratory ailments?
  • What size system will you need to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever thought about your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure 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 establish 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 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 provide compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. An example, if your heating equipment has a AFUE rating of 80%, this means 20% of energy used is lost and 80% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Note that this rating does not take into account the potential heat lost through leaking or incorrectly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in varying homes is different – some good quality, some poorer, 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 come out for a free in-home analysis and help you find out how much more energy and money you could be saving each month.
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