Furnace Efficiency Ratings and What They Mean

January 21, 2017

There are a lot of things to consider when you invest in a new furnace:

 

  • What type of budget do you have for a new furnace?
  • How much can you afford each month in 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? Are you sure what it means?

Winnipeg Supply 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 determine how much energy will be needed to heat your home and, essentially, how much it will cost you. Simply put, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating equipment uses to heat your home.

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

 
 
 
Note that this rating does not consider the potential heat lost through leaking or incorrectly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in every home is different – some high quality, some lower, 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 Winnipeg Supply 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 be saving each month.
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