Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of things to think about when you buy a new furnace:

 

  • How much is your budget for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Does anyone living in the home have respiratory issues?
  • 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?

Stark Services 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 calculate how much energy you will need to heat your home and, essentially, how much it will cost you. Basically, 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 shows how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. An example, if your heating system has a AFUE rating of 85%, this means 15% of energy used is lost and 85% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
annual fuel utilization efficiency rating 
 
Remember that this rating does not include the potential heat lost through leaking or poorly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in varying homes is different – some high quality, some lower, so the AFUE rating does not consider this in their rating. If you are concerned that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give Stark Services 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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