Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of things 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 ailments?
  • Which type and size system do you require to heat your size of home?

 

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

Neal Harris 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 establish how much energy will be needed to heat your home and, in the long run, 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 reflects 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.

 
 
 
Keep in mind that this rating does not consider the potential heat lost through leaking or incorrectly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in varying homes is different – some good quality, some poorer, so the AFUE rating does not factor this into their rating. If you worry that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Neal Harris Service Experts a call today and we will come out for a free in-home analysis and help you find out how much more energy and money you could possibly save each month.
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