Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of things to contemplate when you invest in a new furnace:

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
  • Do any of the residents living in the home suffer from respiratory problems?
  • How big does the system need to be to heat your size of home?

 

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

Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion with what the furnace efficiency rating is and how it can affect your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps determine how much energy you will need to heat your home and, essentially, how much it will cost you. Basically, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating equipment requires to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the value that shows how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy used to produce the heat. An example, 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 poorly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in every home is different – some high quality, some lower, so the AFUE rating does not factor this into their rating. If you are concerned that your furnace or duct system is not energy efficient, give Atmostemp 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 potentially save each month.
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