Furnace quality ratings
Regarding furnace quality ratings, there are a few different factors to consider. Here are some of the most important ratings to look for:
- AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency): This rating measures the furnace’s efficiency in converting fuel to heat throughout a heating season. AFUE ratings range from 80% to 98.5%, with higher ratings indicating greater efficiency.
- BTU (British Thermal Units): This measures the furnace’s heat. The higher the BTU rating, the more heat the furnace can produce.
- SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio): This rating applies to the air conditioning component of a heating and cooling system. It measures the air conditioner’s efficiency in converting electricity to cooling power throughout a cooling season.
- HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor): This rating is also specific to the heating and cooling system and measures the heat pump’s efficiency in converting electricity to heating power throughout a heating season.
- Energy Star Certification: This government-backed program certifies appliances, including furnaces, that meet certain energy efficiency criteria. Energy Star-certified furnaces are generally more efficient than non-certified models.
Overall, when evaluating furnace quality ratings, it’s important to consider both energy efficiency and performance factors and any relevant certifications.