Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • What is your budget for a new furnace?
  • How much can you afford each month in 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?

R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 establish how much energy is required 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 system needs to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the number 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.

 
 
 
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 worry that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today and we will give you 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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