Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several factors to think about when you buy a new furnace:

 

  • How much 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?
  • 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?

Levy & Son Service Experts is here to help explain what the furnace efficiency rating is and how it can affect your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps calculate how much energy will be needed to heat your home and, ultimately, 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 tells you how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. For 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.

 
 
 
Remember that this rating does not include the potential heat lost through leaking or improperly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in every home is different – some good quality, some substandard, so the AFUE rating does not factor this into their rating. If you feel that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give Levy & Son Service Experts a call today and we will come out for 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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