Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • How much is your budget for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly 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? Are you sure what it means?

Pardee Service Experts is here to help explain what the furnace efficiency rating is and what it means for your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps determine how much energy you will need 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 uses to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the number that tells you how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy needed 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.

 
 
 
Keep in mind that this rating does not consider the potential heat lost through leaking or incorrectly 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 are concerned that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Pardee Service Experts 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 be saving each month.
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