Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of factors to consider 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?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory ailments?
  • What size system will you need to heat your size of home?

 

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

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

The furnace efficiency rating helps establish how much energy you will need to heat your home and, in the long run, how much it will cost you. Essentially, 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 reflects how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy needed 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.

 
 
 
Remember that this rating does not consider the potential heat lost through leaking or incorrectly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in each home is different – some higher quality, some lower, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you worry that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Peachtree Service Experts a call today and we will provide you with 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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