Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of variables to consider when you invest in a new furnace:

 

  • What is your budget for a new furnace?
  • How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
  • Do any of the residents living in the home suffer from respiratory ailments?
  • How big does the system need to be to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever took into consideration your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure what it means?

Comfort Masters 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 determine how much energy is required to heat your home and, ultimately, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating system uses to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the figure that reflects how much heat the furnace will produce compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. An example, if your heating system has a AFUE rating of 85%, this means 15% of energy used is lost and 85% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Remember that this rating does not include the potential heat lost through leaking or incorrectly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in each home is different – some higher quality, some lower, so the AFUE rating does not factor this into their rating. If you are concerned that your furnace or duct system is not energy efficient, give Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today and we will come out for a free in-home analysis and help you determine how much more energy and money you could be saving each month.
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