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?
  • How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
  • Does anyone living in the home have 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 establish how much energy will be needed to heat your home and, in the long run, how much it will cost you. Simply put, 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 heating system has a AFUE rating of 80%, this means 20% of energy used is lost and 80% 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 every home is different – some higher quality, some lower, so the AFUE rating does not consider this in their rating. If you are concerned that your furnace or duct system is not energy efficient, give Bryant Heating & Cooling 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 potentially save each month.
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