With cold temperatures on their way to Grand Traverse County, you may be thinking about buying a new furnace before they arrive. Part of the process when purchasing a furnace is paying attention to the AFUE rating, which is found on the yellow Energy Guide label. This label is found on all furnaces. If you don’t consider the AFUE rating, you may find yourself paying more in energy costs and watching your hard-earning money go up in smoke through your chimney.
You may be wondering exactly what an AFUE rating is and how can it save you money. AFUE stands for the annual fuel utilization efficiency rating that’s required to be shown on all new furnaces. This rating represents the ratio of fuel that’s burned that produces heat versus the amount that’s wasted during the heating process.
The lowest AFUE rating allowed by the federal government is 78 percent and goes as high as 98.2 percent for furnaces. When buying a furnace, you want to try to purchase one with at least a rating of 90 percent. You may pay more upfront for a more energy-efficient furnace, but the savings throughout your furnace’s lifespan will certainly provide a return on your investment.
If your aging furnace struggled through the previous heating season and is older than 15 years, now is the time to consider replacement. You’ll find that it will be more cost effective to replace your furnace instead of continuing to pay for additional repairs when you crunch the numbers. When crunching those numbers, don’t forget the savings on your energy bills that you will see from a higher AFUE rating.
For answers regarding your questions about buying a furnace or AFUE ratings, contact the experts at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We have been serving the Grand Traverse County area for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about buying a furnace and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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