Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • How much is your budget for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Does anyone living in the home have respiratory problems?
  • What size system will you need to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever thought about your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure what it means?

Strand Brothers Service Experts is here to help you understand 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 shows how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. An example, if your heating equipment has a AFUE rating of 80%, this means 20% of energy used is lost and 80% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Note that this rating does not take into account the potential heat lost through leaking or incorrectly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in varying homes is different – some higher quality, some substandard, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you are concerned that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Strand Brothers Service Experts a call today and we will provide you with a free in-home analysis and help you discover how much more energy and money you could be saving each month.
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