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?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory problems?
  • How big does the system need to be to heat your size of home?

 

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

Roland J. Down Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion with what the furnace efficiency rating is and what it means for your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps calculate how much energy is required to heat your home and, essentially, 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 figure that tells you how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. For instance, 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 higher quality, some poorer, so the AFUE rating does not factor this into their rating. If you feel that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Roland J. Down 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 potentially save each month.
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