Explanation of a furnace
A furnace is the main source of heat in your HVAC system. Adjusting your thermostat will trigger the furnace to start warming up the air that will be circulated throughout your home. A fan will then help move the air throughout your house. How the air is heated up depends on what kind of furnace you have.
The kind of furnace you have relies on a few factors. Like what energy source is used for your home and what your budget is.
4 Main Kinds Of Furnaces
Basically there are four main classifications of furnaces: propane, natural gas, oil, and electric. Some are more economical than others, while others are lower cost. There are pros and cons to all these factors for your home.
Propane: These kinds of furnaces need propane in order to operate. The propane is actually a byproduct of other oil and gas productions and is stored in tanks outside of the home. Approximately 10% of people have a propane furnace, and they typically are used where natural gas and oil aren’t readily available.
Natural Gas: These are VERY economical options and newer natural gas furnaces can reach up to 98% efficiency! This is also one of the most widely-used options that people use to warm their house.
Oil: These are less efficient than gas furnaces but they are also a lower-cost option. They can reach up to 80-90% efficiency and are seen the most in the northeastern U.S.
Electric: An electric furnace will be one of the least expensive options you will find and typically have a longer lifespan than other kinds of furnaces. However, you will see that cost difference add up every month on your energy bill.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE YOU BUY A FURNACE
One of the single most important things to take into account when you invest in a new furnace is size. It is essential that it is correctly sized for your home. These measurements are typically taken in BTUs. There are other sizing factors as well, such as ceiling height, local climate, number of windows, location of the unit, and more. It is best to consult with a professional when sizing your new unit.
Reviews - Consumer & Professional
While purchasing a new furnace is oftentimes one of the biggest investments you’ll make in home maintenance & repair, it isn’t always best to go with the least expensive option. The upfront cost can be offset by monthly utility costs, repair costs, and reliability. Do your own research online and see how different furnaces are rated. Also it’s best to talk it over with an HVAC professional, because they will have an experience-based perspective that will be sure to give you an insider look. They can advise you on everything from operating costs, to reliability, and even what kinds of filters will be most efficient when operating in tandem with your HVAC system.
Location, Location, Location
Where you live will also play an important role in what kind of furnace will work best for your home. You may be in an area where people typically use natural gas or oil furnaces, but find that because of what’s accessible by your own home, it may be more advisable to purchase an electric furnace. In conjunction with climate, there are a lot of factors that go into what kind of furnace is right for you. This is why it’s best to work with an HVAC company you can trust.
What kind of furnace should you buy for your home?
There are a lot of options out there and it can be overwhelming. It’s best to work with an HVAC professional who can help give you honest opinions and advice on what will be best for you. If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to us so we can set up a time to take a look at your current system and give you an idea of what would work best for your home.