Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several things to contemplate when you purchase a new furnace:

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
  • Does anyone living in the home have respiratory issues?
  • Which type and size system do you require to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever thought about your furnace efficiency rating? Do you understand what it means?

Calverley Service Experts is here to help explain 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 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 furnace requires to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the number that reflects how much heat the furnace will produce compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. An example, if your heating equipment 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 include the potential heat lost through leaking or poorly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in every 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 Calverley 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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