Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of factors to consider when you purchase 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?
  • 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?

Broad Ripple Service Experts is here to help you understand what the furnace efficiency rating is and what it means for your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps determine how much energy is required 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 value that tells you how much heat the furnace will supply compared to the amount of energy used to produce the heat. For instance, if your furnace has a AFUE rating of 85%, this means 15% of energy used is lost and 85% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Keep in mind 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 each home is different – some higher 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 Broad Ripple Service Experts 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 possibly save each month.
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