There are several things to contemplate when you purchase a new furnace:
- How much is your budget 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? Do you understand what it means?
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 is required 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 number that shows how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. An 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 poorly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in each home is different – some good quality, some lower, so the AFUE rating does not consider this in their rating. If you worry that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Service Experts a call today and we will give you a free in-home analysis and help you find out how much more energy and money you could be saving each month.