There are many things to think about when you buy a new furnace:
- What is your budget for a new furnace?
- How much can you afford each month in heating bills?
- Does anyone living in the home have respiratory problems?
- What size system will you need to heat your size of home?
But have you ever considered your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure what it means?
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 calculate how much energy is required 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 system requires to heat your home.
The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the value that tells you how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy required to produce the heat. For instance, 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.
Keep in mind that this rating does not consider the potential heat lost through leaking or improperly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in each home is different – some high quality, some substandard, so the AFUE rating does not consider this in their rating. If you feel that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give 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 be saving each month.