Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are several factors to consider when you invest in a new furnace:

 

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

 

But have you ever considered your furnace efficiency rating? Do you know what it means?

TML Service Experts 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. 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 value that reflects how much heat the furnace will produce compared to the amount of energy used to produce the heat. An example, if your heating equipment has a AFUE rating of 90%, this means 10% of energy used is lost and 90% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Note that this rating does not consider the potential heat lost through leaking or improperly 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 factor this into their rating. If you are concerned that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give TML Service Experts a call today and we will come out for a free in-home analysis and help you determine how much more energy and money you could possibly save each month.
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