Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are many variables to contemplate when you invest in a new furnace:

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • How much are you looking to spend on monthly heating bills?
  • Do any of the residents living in the home suffer from respiratory problems?
  • Which type and size system do you require to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever thought about your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure what it means?

D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 establish how much energy is required to heat your home and, in the long run, how much it will cost you. Basically, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating equipment needs to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the figure that tells you how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. For example, if your heating equipment has a AFUE rating of 80%, this means 20% of energy used is lost and 80% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Keep in mind that this rating does not consider 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 factor this into their rating. If you are concerned that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today and we will give you a free in-home analysis and help you find out how much more energy and money you could potentially save each month.
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