Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • How much is your budget for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly 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 understand what it means?

Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help you understand 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 is required to heat your home and, essentially, how much it will cost you. Basically, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating system uses to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the value that reflects 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 incorrectly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in each home is different – some high quality, some substandard, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you feel that your furnace or duct system is not energy efficient, give Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today and we will provide you with a free in-home analysis and help you determine how much more energy and money you could possibly save each month.
Contact Us