Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several variables to contemplate when you invest in 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 ailments?
  • Which type and size system do you require to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever considered your furnace efficiency rating? Do you understand what it means?

Sunbeam Service Experts is here to help explain what the furnace efficiency rating is and the effects is can have on your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps calculate how much energy you will need to heat your home and, ultimately, how much it will cost you. Basically, 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 number that tells you how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy used to produce the heat. For example, if your heating system has a AFUE rating of 85%, this means 15% of energy used is lost and 85% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Remember that this rating does not include the potential heat lost through leaking or poorly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in varying homes is different – some good quality, some substandard, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you are concerned that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give Sunbeam Service Experts a call today and we will give you a free in-home analysis and help you find out how much more energy and money you could be saving each month.
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