Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of variables to consider when you invest in a new furnace:

 

  • How much is your budget for a new furnace?
  • How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory ailments?
  • What size system will you need 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 is here to help clear up any confusion with 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, 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 shows how much heat the furnace will produce compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. For example, if your heating equipment has a AFUE rating of 80%, this means 20% of energy used is lost and 80% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
annual fuel utilization efficiency rating 
 
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 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 system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Teays Valley a call today and we will come out for a free in-home analysis and help you determine how much more energy and money you could possibly save each month.
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