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How Efficient is High Efficient?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Here in Fresno, heating systems are sometimes referred to as “high efficient” heating systems, a term that implies more heating power for comparative less energy. It’s a promising prospect and a high efficient heating unit often costs more than a comparable model with only normal efficiency levels. But before paying the extra money, you should know exactly what you’re purchasing and exactly how much it will contribute to your home’s comfort levels. How efficient is high efficient? Read on for the answers.

The easiest way to measure a furnace’s efficiency is to check its AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) ratio. It’s measured as a percentage, detailing the amount of its consumed energy that actually goes into heating your home.  For example, is a given heating system uses 50,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units) of power and has an 80% AFUE rating, 40,000 BTUs of that power actually goes into heating your home.

So obviously, the higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient your furnace is. But the question still remains: what constitutes high efficiency? You’ll have to decide for yourself what’s efficient enough to be considered high efficient, but the U.S. Department of Energy has its own standards. In California, any gas-powered furnace with an AFUE of 90% or greater, and any oil furnace with an AFUE of 85% or greater qualifies for the Energy Star sticker: denoting models that contribute significantly to energy savings and use technologies that are widely available. That’s a good litmus test if you’re looking for high efficiency, and can be used as a quick “cheat sheet” if you find yourself overwhelmed by all the details.

Another good step is to contact a trusted professional to discuss your heating options in Fresno. He or she can determine how efficient is high efficient for you, then make recommendations on the best heating system to fit your needs. In Fresno, heating advice can be provided by the experts at Shaw’s Air Conditioning. We pride ourselves on complete customer satisfaction, and will spell out your options with you before installing a new efficient heater in your home with the utmost care. Give us a call today to make an appointment!

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