Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several variables to contemplate when you purchase a new furnace:

 

  • What is your budget for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory problems?
  • What size system will you need to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever took into consideration your furnace efficiency rating? Are you sure what it means?

Midway 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 determine how much energy will be needed to heat your home and, essentially, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating equipment requires to heat your home.

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

 
 
 
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 every home is different – some good quality, some poorer, so the AFUE rating does not consider this in their rating. If you worry that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give Midway Services a call today and we will come out for 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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