If you are looking to install, or replace an existing HVAC system, you want to do some basic research, and understand the variants you can choose from. As any furnace expert will tell you, one of the key criteria in furnace selection is the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). Most furnaces feature an AFUE of 80% or 95%, and as is obvious, higher the number, greater the efficiency. Although opting for a high-efficiency system may be tempting, it may not necessarily be the best choice to meet your heating goals.
The HVAC specialists at Comfort Solutions demystify furnace energy efficiency ratings, and help you make the right choice for your home.
While 80% AFUE indicates a standard efficiency furnace, high efficiency furnaces typically offer an AFUE of 90% or more. 95% AFUE is fairly common among the newer gas-powered furnaces available today. Here are the key differences between standard efficiency and high efficiency furnaces:
The furnace that makes most sense for your home would depend on:
However, if energy efficiency is your primary concern, you may want to look at two other aspects in addition to the AFUE:
Since the single-stage or two-stage options are available in both, 80% furnaces and 95% furnaces, you should take a comprehensive view before finalizing your new unit. For example, a two-stage 80% furnace may be more energy efficient than a one-stage 95% one.
No matter what your heating or cooling goals, if you are looking to replace or install a new HVAC system, rely on the licensed and qualified technicians at Comfort Solutions HVAC. We conduct a thorough inspection of your existing system, home layout, and other key factors, before advising you on units that best meet your requirements and budget. Our wide range of heating and cooling solutions focus on improving the comfort and energy efficiency of your living spaces.
Looking for reliable, affordable furnace installation, repairs, or tune-ups? Speak to the experts at Comfort Solutions HVAC at 610-438-9300 or contact us online.
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