Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • How much 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 issues?
  • How big does the system need to be to heat your size of home?

 

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

Bob Brown 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. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating equipment requires to heat your home.

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

 
 
 
Keep in mind that this rating does not include the potential heat lost through leaking or improperly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in every home is different – some higher quality, some poorer, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you worry that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Bob Brown Service Experts a call today and we will provide you with 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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