Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of things to consider when you invest in a new furnace:

 

  • What is your budget for a new furnace?
  • How much are you looking to spend on monthly heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory ailments?
  • How big does the system need to be to heat your size of home?

 

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

Hammond Plumbing & Heating is here to help clear up any confusion with what the furnace efficiency rating is and what it means for 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. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating system uses to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the number that shows how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. For example, 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.

 
 
 
Remember that this rating does not include 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 factor this into their rating. If you feel that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Hammond Plumbing a call today and we will give you a free in-home analysis and help you discover how much more energy and money you could possibly save each month.
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