Is your home energy efficient

Having a furnace that functions properly is important but having a furnace that is energy efficient is just as important. You could be losing up to as much as 44 percent of energy from your old furnace. This lost energy raises your heating bill! Understanding furnace energy efficiency ratings can help you get more out of your energy and help you save money.

All furnaces have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. The AFUE measures how efficient a furnace converts the energy in its fuel to heat over the course of a year by comparing the annual heat output to the total annual fossil fuel energy that the furnace consumes.

To better understand this, a furnace with an AFUE of 90 percent means that 90 percent of the energy in the fuel is being turned into heat and only 10 percent of the energy is escaping through the attic or other air leaks.

Before you decide to purchase a high energy efficient furnace, make sure you do your part and seal off any air leaks in your home, this includes sealing the duct work and ridding of drafts near all windows and doors.

When purchasing a furnace, you want to be sure it has a mid to high AFUE rating. The AFUE rating is not always on the furnace so be sure to select a furnace that has the rating displayed. A high energy efficiency rating is anything 90 percent and above and the rating for a mid-efficiency furnace is 80 to 83 percent. These higher ratings are much better when compared to older furnaces which have a very low inefficient AFUE rating of 56 to 70 percent.

Upgrading your furnace to one with a higher energy efficient rating can cut your heating bill nearly in half! Get the most out of your furnace while keeping your home warm and keep your money where it belongs, in your wallet.