Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • How much is your budget for a new furnace?
  • How much are you looking to spend on monthly 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 thought about your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure what it means?

Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion with 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, ultimately, how much it will cost you. Essentially, 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 reflects how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy used to produce the heat. For example, if your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80%, this means 20% of energy used is lost and 80% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Remember 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 high quality, some poorer, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you worry that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today and we will give you a free in-home analysis and help you determine how much more energy and money you could possibly save each month.
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