Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

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

 

  • How much is your budget for a new furnace?
  • What can you afford in monthly heating bills?
  • Do you have anyone in the home with respiratory issues?
  • 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?

Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help you understand what the furnace efficiency rating is and how it can affect your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps determine how much energy you will need to heat your home and, essentially, how much it will cost you. Basically, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating system needs to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the number that tells you how much heat the furnace will produce compared to the amount of energy used to produce the heat. For instance, 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 take into account the potential heat lost through leaking or incorrectly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in every home is different – some higher quality, some lower, so the AFUE rating does not consider this in their rating. If you are concerned that your heating equipment or duct system is not energy efficient, give Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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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