If you are going to be getting a new furnace, then you may want to become better-versed on furnaces. Here is an introduction to furnaces to better educate you on the topic.
Recognize the basics of a furnace
A furnace is a unit used to heat your home. There are many types of furnaces and this helps you to have many options if you live in populated areas. If you live in rural areas, you may have fewer options, but you will still have various ways available to heat your home during those cold winter months. A furnace will heat air (or water) in one location, then force heated air into your home to help you achieve the warmer temperature you want.
Learn the different types of furnaces
Electric furnaces are durable
Electric furnaces are generally very affordable to initially purchase. Electric furnaces are also known for being one of the best when it comes to the amount of time they will last before they need to be replaced.
Gas furnaces can offer efficient heating
A natural gas furnace is considered to be very efficient and it is one of the most commonly chosen types of furnace in the country. The gas company will provide the gas needed to run the furnace, as they do for other types of appliances, such as gas water heaters, gas dryers, and gas stoves. Propane furnaces are common in more rural areas. If natural gas isn't available in an area, then propane is another great option. Propane can also be used with other household appliances, just as natural gas.
Modulating furnaces offer continuous warmth
A modulating furnace can be more expensive up front, but many feel that the benefits are worth the extra cost. This type of furnace will adjust so it only burns the amount of gas that is necessary in order to reach the temperature specified on the thermostat. Not only does this improve the furnace's ability to reach close to the exact temperature it's set for, but it also helps you to save money on gas. Other types of furnaces will turn off and on in order to push the temperature of the home back up once it has fallen. However, a modulating heater will run all the time in order to keep the home at your preferred temperature constantly. This means no more getting cold while you wait for the heater to recognize the need to come back on.
Wood-burning furnaces are good for rural areas
In very rural areas you may not be hooked up to gas and might have a hard time getting propane delivered. In this type of situation, a wood-burning furnace may be a valid option. Wood will be added to the furnace. Water will be heated, and the hot water will move through insulated underground pipes and come into the home and connect to the forced air system or heat the in-floor radiant system to heat the home.
Fireplace blowers offer more use of fireplace heat
While a fireplace blower falls more in the fan category, it can be listed as a form of heater. While great for heating a limited space, they generally aren't capable of heating an entire home. Plus, they can make the room the fireplace is in become too hot as you can't adjust the temperature. However, they can be great should you only want to heat the one room at times.
For more information about furnace installation, contact a company like Bowen Refrigeration.
A few years ago, I could tell that we were having serious furnace problems. In addition to dealing with a house that was constantly too cold or too warm, we were also plagued by a noisy, smelly furnace that seemed to have trouble on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough about furnaces at the time to spot the problems quickly. One day, the entire system died, and it was beyond repair. After having that experience, I learned a lot about HVAC systems, so that I could troubleshoot future systems. This website is all about teaching you what you need to know so that you don't end up in the same situation.