Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • What is your budget for a new furnace?
  • How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory problems?
  • Which type and size system do you require to heat your size of home?

 

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

Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 is required to heat your home and, ultimately, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating system needs to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the value that reflects how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. For example, if your heating system 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 poorly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in varying homes is different – some good quality, some lower, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you worry that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 possibly save each month.
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