Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of variables to think about when you buy a new furnace:

 

  • How much is your budget for a new furnace?
  • How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory problems?
  • 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 understand what it means?

Climate Control 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 calculate 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 heating system uses to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the figure that reflects how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. For example, if your heating system 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 consider the potential heat lost through leaking or improperly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in each home is different – some good quality, some poorer, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you are concerned that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today and we will give you a free in-home analysis and help you discover how much more energy and money you could possibly save each month.
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