Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are many factors to consider when you purchase a new furnace:

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • How much are you looking to spend on monthly heating bills?
  • Do any of the residents living in the home suffer from respiratory ailments?
  • Which type and size system do you require to heat your size of home?

 

But have you ever took into consideration your furnace efficiency rating? Do you understand what it means?

Rob's Albertan Service Experts is here to help clear up any confusion with what the furnace efficiency rating is and what it means for your home and your budget.

The furnace efficiency rating helps establish how much energy you will need to heat your home and, essentially, how much it will cost you. Simply put, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your furnace uses to heat your home.

The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is the value 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 equipment has a AFUE rating of 80%, this means 20% of energy used is lost and 80% actually becomes heat for your home.

 
 
 
Remember that this rating does not take into account 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 substandard, so the AFUE rating does not include this in their rating. If you are concerned that your furnace or duct system is not energy efficient, give Rob's Albertan Service Experts a call today and we will give you a free in-home analysis and help you find out how much more energy and money you could potentially save each month.
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