Understanding AFUE Ratings and New Heating Installation

When you are in the market for a new heating system, it can be tough to understand all of your options. You may have an idea of what type of heating system you want (furnace or boiler are the two common options). But there are also all of these numbers and sizing requirements to deal with that can be difficult for an amateur to interpret. Find out about AFUE ratings and selecting a new heating system in our quick guide!

What Is the AFUE?

AFUE stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency, and it is a percentage that tells you how much energy usage actually goes toward heating your home with a combustion heater like a boiler or furnace. Generally, some amount of energy will go to waste as heat escapes from the flue or by other means. An AFUE of 80 indicates that 20% of the energy your system uses is lost while 80% goes toward heating the space.

Selecting a High-Efficiency System

If you live in a mild climate that never has freezing temperatures, it may not make sense to select a pricy system with an extremely high efficiency rating. But if you do live in a colder area, it’s worth it to spring for the system with the highest efficiency rating possible. When you run your heater day and night, your bills can really start to add up. The initial price of a high-efficiency furnace or boiler could appear steep, but with rebates, payment plans, and financing options on top of the energy savings, the total cost of operation is worth it.

Look for an AFUE well over 90 (since this is the minimum efficiency rating for many types of new heating systems installed in Canada) and check for the ENERGY STAR seal to find a system that helps you save money on your monthly bills. You must also make sure that your new heating system is the right size for your home. Even if  you have a high-efficiency heater installed on your property, it can short cycle or fail prematurely if it’s even a little too large or too small for your home.

Contact Advantage Airtech today to get assistance with your new heating system in Scarborough.