Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • How much 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?
  • Which type and size system do you require to heat your size of home?

 

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

BW/Cook 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 calculate how much energy you will need 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 system uses to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the figure that shows how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy needed 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.

 
 
 
Keep in mind that this rating does not consider the potential heat lost through leaking or improperly 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 include this in their rating. If you worry that your furnace or duct system is not energy efficient, give BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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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