Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are many variables to contemplate when you invest in a new furnace:

 

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

D & K Heating Service Experts 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 determine how much energy will be needed to heat your home and, essentially, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating equipment requires to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the figure that reflects 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 90%, this means 10% of energy used is lost and 90% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Note that this rating does not take into account the potential heat lost through leaking or improperly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in varying homes is different – some high quality, some substandard, 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 D & K Heating Service Experts a call today and we will come out for a free in-home analysis and help you discover how much more energy and money you could possibly save each month.
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