There are several variables to think about when you buy a new furnace:
- What is your budget for a new furnace?
- How much are you looking to spend on monthly heating bills?
- Does anyone living in the home have respiratory ailments?
- 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? Are you sure what it means?
Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help clear up any confusion with what the furnace efficiency rating is and how it can affect your home and your budget.
The furnace efficiency rating helps calculate how much energy you will need to heat your home and, essentially, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating system requires to heat your home.
The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the figure that shows how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy used to produce the heat. For instance, if your heating system has a AFUE rating of 80%, this means 20% of energy used is lost and 80% actually becomes heat for your home.
Note 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 worry that your heating system or duct system is not energy efficient, give Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today and we will provide you with a free in-home analysis and help you discover how much more energy and money you could be saving each month.