There are several factors to contemplate when you buy 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 problems?
- 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?
Barlow 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 establish how much energy you will need to heat your home and, in the long run, how much it will cost you. Essentially, the higher your furnace efficiency rating the less energy your heating equipment needs 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 needed to produce the heat. For example, 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.
Keep in mind that this rating does not include the potential heat lost through leaking or poorly installed duct work or attic insulation. The duct work in varying homes is different – some higher quality, some substandard, 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 Barlow a call today and we will come out for a free in-home analysis and help you determine how much more energy and money you could potentially save each month.