Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • What 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?
  • How big does the system need to be to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever took into consideration your furnace efficiency rating? Do you know what it means?

Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 is required to heat your home and, ultimately, how much it will cost you. Essentially, 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 figure that reflects how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. For instance, if your heating equipment has a AFUE rating of 90%, this means 10% of energy used is lost and 90% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Remember 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 higher quality, some substandard, so the AFUE rating does not consider this in their rating. If you are concerned that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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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