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 issues?
  • What size system will you need 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 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. 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 figure that reflects how much heat the furnace will produce compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. For example, if your furnace has a AFUE rating of 85%, this means 15% of energy used is lost and 85% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Note that this rating does not take into account 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 lower, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you feel that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give Climate Control 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 possibly save each month.
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