Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory ailments?
  • Which type and size system do you require to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever took into consideration your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure what it means?

Freschi 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 establish how much energy will be needed to heat your home and, in the long run, how much it will cost you. Basically, 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 number that tells you how much heat the furnace will produce compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. An example, if your heating system has a AFUE rating of 90%, this means 10% of energy used is lost and 90% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Keep in mind that this rating does not take into account 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 substandard, so the AFUE rating does not consider this in their rating. If you are concerned that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Freschi Service Experts a call today and we will provide you with a free in-home analysis and help you discover how much more energy and money you could potentially save each month.
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