Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of things to think about when you purchase a new furnace:

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • How much are you looking to spend on monthly heating bills?
  • Does anyone living in the home have respiratory problems?
  • What size system will you need to heat your size of home?

 

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

Jack Nelson Service Experts 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 shows how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy used to produce the heat. For instance, 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 
 
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 lower, so the AFUE rating does not consider this in their rating. If you worry that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Jack Nelson 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 potentially save each month.
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