Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several things to consider when you buy a new furnace:

 

  • How much is your budget for a new furnace?
  • How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
  • Does anyone living in the home have respiratory ailments?
  • How big does the system need to be to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever considered your furnace efficiency rating? Do you understand what it means?

Levy & Son Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion with what the furnace efficiency rating is and what it means for 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. Simply put, 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 instance, if your furnace has a AFUE rating of 85%, this means 15% of energy used is lost and 85% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Keep in mind 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 high 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 be saving each month.
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