Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several things to think about when you purchase 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?
  • 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 Heating & Air Conditioning 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 determine 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.

 
 
 
Keep in mind that this rating does not consider the potential heat lost through leaking or incorrectly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in every home is different – some higher quality, some lower, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you worry that your furnace 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 possibly save each month.
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