Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Do any of the residents living in the home suffer from respiratory ailments?
  • What size system will you need to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever took into consideration your furnace efficiency rating? Do you know what it means?

Comfort Masters 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 is required to heat your home and, in the long run, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your furnace 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 needed to produce the heat. An 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.

 
 
 
Keep in mind 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 consider this in their rating. If you are concerned that your furnace or duct system is not energy efficient, give Comfort Masters Service Experts a call today and we will come out for 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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