Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are many variables to contemplate when you purchase 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 issues?
  • What size system will you need 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 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 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 furnace requires to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the number that reflects how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy used to produce the heat. For instance, 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.

 
annual fuel utilization efficiency rating 
 
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 every home is different – some high quality, some substandard, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you feel that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Strogen's 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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