Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of things to think about when you purchase 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? Are you sure what it means?

Stark Services is here to help explain 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 uses to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the figure that tells you how much heat the furnace will produce compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. An example, if your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80%, this means 20% of energy used is lost and 80% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Keep in mind 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 good quality, some poorer, 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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