Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several variables to think about when you buy a new furnace:

 

  • What is your budget for a new furnace?
  • How much are you looking to spend on monthly heating bills?
  • Does anyone living in the home have 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? Are you sure what it means?

Strand Brothers Service Experts is here to help explain what the furnace efficiency rating is and the effects is can have on your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps establish how much energy will be needed to heat your home and, in the long run, how much it will cost you. Simply put, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating equipment 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 furnace 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 consider the potential heat lost through leaking or improperly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in every home is different – some high quality, some poorer, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you worry that your furnace or duct system is not energy efficient, give Strand Brothers Service Experts a call today and we will give you a free in-home analysis and help you discover how much more energy and money you could potentially save each month.
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