Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several factors to think about when you buy a new furnace:

 

  • What is your budget for a new furnace?
  • How much are you looking to spend on monthly heating bills?
  • Does anyone living in the home have 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? Are you sure what it means?

Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help you understand 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 will be needed 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 equipment needs to heat your home.

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

 
 
 
Note 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 varying homes is different – some high quality, some poorer, so the AFUE rating does not factor this into their rating. If you worry that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Jack Nelson 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 potentially save each month.
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