Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • What 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?
  • Which type and size system do you require to heat your size of home?

 

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

Calverley Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion with 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 uses 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 needed 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 each home is different – some high 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 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 possibly save each month.
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