Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are many variables to contemplate when you invest in a new furnace:

 

  • What is your budget for a new furnace?
  • How much are you looking to spend on monthly heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory issues?
  • What size system will you need to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever took into consideration your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure what it means?

A1 Chesney Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 establish 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 furnace requires to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the value that tells you how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy used to produce the heat. For 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 include the potential heat lost through leaking or improperly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in each home is different – some high quality, some lower, so the AFUE rating does not consider this in their rating. If you feel that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give A1 Chesney Service Experts a call today and we will give you 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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