Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of factors to contemplate when you invest in a new furnace:

 

  • What is your budget for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in 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 took into consideration your furnace efficiency rating? Do you understand what it means?

Air Engineers Service Experts is here to help explain 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, essentially, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating equipment requires to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the number that tells you how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. For instance, if your heating equipment has a AFUE rating of 90%, this means 10% of energy used is lost and 90% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Keep in mind that this rating does not consider the potential heat lost through leaking or incorrectly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in each home is different – some higher 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 Air Engineers Service Experts a call today and we will provide you with a free in-home analysis and help you determine how much more energy and money you could potentially save each month.
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