Energy Savings from Furnaces and Air Conditioners

By Lyle Weischwill | Apr. 03, 2016 3:55 pm PST

Energy Savings From Furnaces and Air Conditioners

Improving the function of your furnace and AC units can make your home more efficient — and can lower your energy bills.

Taking a closer look at your furnace and air conditioner could reveal that your home is not operating at full capacity, wasting valuable energy — and money. But how do you tell? Learn more about energy-saving furnaces and energy-saving air conditioners by reading our infographic on energy-efficient furnaces and air conditioners, and start saving today!

energy savings from furnaces and air conditioners

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Energy Saving from Furnaces and Air Conditioners

Saving Money on Your Furnace and Air Conditioner-By investing in energy-efficient appliances, you can lower your energy bills.


What’s an AFUE rating?

It stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency and 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 higher the AFUE, the more productive your furnace.

78% is the minimum AFUE rating for non-condensing, fossil-fueled, warm-air furnaces.

1.5 tons is the average carbon dioxide emissions you’ll save each year by upgrading your furnace or boiler by 56% to 90% efficiency

AFUE Rating Cost to Heat Home Potential Savings
65% $100 $0
80% $81 $19
80% (variable speed) $74 $26
90% $72 $28
95% $68 $32
96.6 (variable speed) $60 $40

Air Conditioners

What’s a SEER rating?

It stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio and measures the amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. The higher the SEER, the more energy efficient the unit, and the greater your savings. 13 is the minimum SEER rating required in new equipment.

SEER Rating Cost to cool Home Potential Savings
8 $100 $00
10 $80 $20
11 $73 $27
12 $67 $33
13 $62 $38
14 $57 $43
15 $53 $47
16 $50 $50
17 $47 $53
18 $44 $56
19 $42 $58
20 $40 $60
21 $38 $62
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