Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several variables to consider 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 ailments?
  • How big does the system need to be to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever thought about your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure what it means?

Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion with what the furnace efficiency rating is and the effects is can have on your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps determine how much energy is required to heat your home and, essentially, how much it will cost you. Basically, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your furnace needs to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the value that tells you how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. For instance, if your heating equipment 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 incorrectly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in varying homes is different – some higher quality, some poorer, so the AFUE rating does not consider this in their rating. If you worry that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today and we will provide you with a free in-home analysis and help you find out how much more energy and money you could potentially save each month.
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