Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory problems?
  • Which type and size system do you require to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever considered your furnace efficiency rating? Do you understand what it means?

Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help you understand 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 will be needed to heat your home and, essentially, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your furnace needs to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the number that tells you how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy used to produce the heat. For instance, 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 poorly 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 feel that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give Epperson 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 potentially save each month.
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