Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • How much are you looking to spend on 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 took into consideration your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure what it means?

A1 Chesney 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 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 uses to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the number 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 85%, this means 15% of energy used is lost and 85% 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 factor this into their rating. If you feel that your furnace 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 determine how much more energy and money you could be saving each month.
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