Your family relies on your furnace to stay warm and comfortable all winter long, and a high-quality furnace can do that while also lowering your utility bills and energy costs. Due to their high efficiencies, versatility, and reasonable installation costs, furnaces remain one of the most popular choices in residential heating. They offer great flexibility to fit almost any home, acting as the core of your central air system. Contact us to learn more about our selection of high-performing heating systems for your home.
How It Works
A furnace can use propane, natural gas, heating oil or electricity to internally heat the air before it enters your living areas. Typically, they are placed in the basement, attic, crawl spaces or closet within a home and are connected to a ductwork distribution system.
Gas furnaces are by far the most common choice of homeowners. In this system, air is drawn through returns from the distribution system and into the unit, passing over a heat exchanger that is warmed by a burner. Propane and heating oil are most often stored on-site, either inside or outside of the home in a liquified state. Natural gas is delivered from a supplier at a remote location and brought into the home through a series of underground piping.
Due to higher costs for oil, this option has become less popular among homeowners. Oil heat requires a special burner to regulate the flow of oil into the furnace. An oil furnace is equipped to handle a specific flame style, similar to a blow torch, making it more expensive and less efficiency with operating efficiency at or below 85%.
In an electric furnace, the air is heated by wire coils. Since it loses no heat through a chimney or vent, it is 100% efficient. Electric heat is expensive, however, so while no energy is being wasted, it will cost more than gas heat in the long run.
Why Choose Furnace Heat?
While the initial investment in a furnace can be expensive, it’s possible to save up to 30% on utility costs once it’s up and running. In addition to better functionality, you’ll significantly reduce your future energy consumption and save even more on future maintenance.
ENHANCED LEVEL OF OPERATION
There are Single-Stage, Two-Stage and Modulating Variable Speed furnaces which provide various speeds and heat outputs. While Single-Stage can only be turned on and off, Two-Stage offers an additional half-speed for more control over your home’s temperature. Modulating furnaces can adjust heating output down to each minute, only working as much as you need it to. They also provide the best air quality since its fan can continually circulate air through your home even when the heat isn’t running.
BETTER LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE
Offering various speed motors and advanced gas valves, furnaces offer better airflow to provide quick and consistent heat from room to room. Newer infiltration systems remove dust, mold and other impurities as it heats your home, so your family can breathe healthier while also enjoying very little to no operating noise from your system.
With a built-in system that removes moisture from inside, and an economical on-and-off cycling system, furnaces are designed to self-protect against damaging elements. They’re also built to withstand any chemical build up overtime. Plus, furnaces are widely available, so if you do need a replacement part, they’re easy to find.
Considerations for Your Home
Some homeowners falsely believe the larger the furnace, the more it will heat their home. Oversized furnaces will cause spotty, uncomfortable heat and will expend extra energy warming up only to shut down before a full cycle is complete. On the other hand, furnaces that are too small will be overworked trying to heat your home which can cause it to shut down completely.
KNOW YOUR DUCTWORK
A high-performing furnace can only function as well as the ductwork it uses. It’s a good idea to have an HVAC professional check your ductwork for any leaks or ruptures that allows heated air to escape into areas like attics or closets that don’t need to be heated. Damaged ductwork could be affecting the efficiency of your furnace, so before you assume you need a whole new system, be sure to check your ductwork first!