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Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several 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 ailments?
  • 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 understand what it means?

Abbey 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 establish 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 uses to heat your home.

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

 
 
 
Remember that this rating does not consider the potential heat lost through leaking or improperly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in varying homes is different – some good quality, some substandard, so the AFUE rating does not factor this into their rating. If you worry that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give Abbey Air Service Experts 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 be saving each month.
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