Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

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

 

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

Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts is here to help you understand 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, 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 figure that tells you how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy used to produce the heat. For example, if your furnace has a AFUE rating of 85%, this means 15% of energy used is lost and 85% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Note that this rating does not consider the potential heat lost through leaking or improperly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in each home is different – some higher quality, some poorer, so the AFUE rating does not factor this into their rating. If you feel that your furnace or duct system is not energy efficient, give Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts a call today and we will provide you with a free in-home analysis and help you determine how much more energy and money you could potentially save each month.
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