What makes a furnace efficient? According to Energy Star—the universally accepted rating that accurately depicts efficiency—two things define furnace efficiency: competency in performance and overall state of quality.
How does Payne furnace efficiency stack up to other popular brands according to Energy Star?
Energy Star utilizes The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (the AFUE) percentage to measure both heating and cooling efficiency. The higher the percentage on a scale of 1 to 100, the more efficient a unit (or group of models) is thought to be.
4 model series are listed on Energy Star’s rating list. While two hold a dramatic 95% rating, the other two slowly reduce in efficiency ratings. If you’re in the market for a Payne model, then here are the ratings from Energy Star that will interest you:
Model series PG9YAB (gas) rates 95%
All models beginning with PG9 (gas) rate 92%
All models beginning with 490AAV (gas) rate 91.5%
All models beginning with PG9MAB (gas) rate 90-92.1%
How does Payne furnace efficiency compare to other top brands? Their percentile ratings are not far off from the leading popular consumer brands.
Luxaire rates in the 90 to 98 percent range, Coleman rates in the 91 to 98 percent range, and Westinghouse rates in the 90 to 97 percent range. While Payne models might not make that 97-98% mark that these other leading brands flesh out, their price differences makes a meager 2-3% difference a bit of a moot point for many customers.
The real deciding factor on efficiency for consumers is their bill. After all, a rating can scream efficiency but if you don’t see it where it counts most—in your wallet—then it doesn’t really mean much. Consumer reviews indicate that most owners do see a drop in their overall cost in the course of a year.
However, many consumers complain of numerous breakdowns and service visits to keep their units in good working order. In the end, Payne furnace efficiency is more a matter of opinion per consumer than a clear cut percentage. You must weigh the Energy Star rating against cost and consumer satisfaction.
Originally posted 2011-08-17 09:13:38.