As a new year rings in, so will new efficiency measures. Â In 2013, new industry standards will take effect regarding HVAC products such as your heating and cooling systems. What does this mean for those of us who live in Colorado?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “A central furnace or boiler’s efficiency is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). The Federal Trade Commission requires new furnaces or boilers to display their AFUE so consumers can compare heating efficiencies of various models. AFUE is a measure of how efficient the appliance is in converting the energy in its fuel to heat over the course of a typical year.”
The minimum Federal Standard for the Colorado area (Northern States) gas furnaces is 90% AFUE.
The Department of Energy article explains that, “Specifically, AFUE is the ratio of annual heat output of the furnace or boiler compared to the total annual fossil fuel energy consumed by a furnace or boiler. An AFUE of 90% means that 90% of the energy in the fuel becomes heat for the home and the other 10% escapes up the chimney and elsewhere. AFUE doesn’t include the heat losses of the duct system or piping, which can be as much as 35% of the energy for output of the furnace when ducts are located in the attic.”
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Source: Â U.S. Department of Energy (http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/furnaces-and-boilers)