Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several variables to think about when you invest in a new furnace:

 

  • How much is your budget for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly 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 took into consideration your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure what it means?

Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help explain 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 is required to heat your home and, essentially, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating system needs to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the value that tells you how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy required 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.

 
 
 
Remember that this rating does not take into account the potential heat lost through leaking or incorrectly 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 are concerned that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 be saving each month.
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