Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Does anyone living in the home have respiratory issues?
  • How big does the system need to be to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever took into consideration your furnace efficiency rating? Do you know 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 establish 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 uses 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 needed 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 high quality, some lower, 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 be saving each month.
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