Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are many factors to consider when you buy 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 problems?
  • 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?

Rolf Griffin 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, essentially, how much it will cost you. Simply put, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating equipment needs to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the value that shows how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy used to produce the heat. For example, if your heating equipment has a AFUE rating of 90%, this means 10% of energy used is lost and 90% 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 every 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 Rolf Griffin Service Experts a call today and we will come out for 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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