Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • What is your budget for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory ailments?
  • What size system will you need to heat your size of home?

 

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

Eveready Service Experts 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 establish how much energy will be needed to heat your home and, ultimately, how much it will cost you. Simply put, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating equipment uses 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 required to produce the heat. For instance, 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.

 
 
 
Remember 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 higher 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 Eveready Service Experts a call today and we will give you a free in-home analysis and help you discover how much more energy and money you could possibly save each month.
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