Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several variables to think about when you purchase a new furnace:

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Do any of the residents living in the home suffer from respiratory problems?
  • How big does the system need to be to heat your size of home?

 

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

Boehmers/Cronin Emery 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 establish how much energy you will need to heat your home and, ultimately, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating system requires to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the figure that shows how much heat the furnace will produce compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. For example, if your heating system 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 include the potential heat lost through leaking or poorly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in each home is different – some good quality, some poorer, so the AFUE rating does not factor this into their rating. If you are concerned that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts a call today and we will give you a free in-home analysis and help you determine how much more energy and money you could possibly save each month.
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