Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are many things to think about when you buy a new furnace:

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Does anyone living in the home have respiratory issues?
  • Which type and size system do you require to heat your size of home?

 

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

Parker Pearce 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 calculate how much energy you will need 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 needs to heat your home.

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

 
 
 
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 varying homes is different – some good 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 Parker Pearce 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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