Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are many factors to think about when you purchase a new furnace:

 

  • How much is your budget 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 considered your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure what it means?

Pardee 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. Simply put, 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 value that tells you how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. For example, if your heating system 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 take into account the potential heat lost through leaking or incorrectly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in every home is different – some high quality, some poorer, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you feel that your furnace or duct system is not energy efficient, give Pardee 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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