Your home’s furnace is responsible for circulating warm air, making it the powerhouse of your heating system. An efficient furnace keeps your home warm and energy bills low. However, many homeowners must know that different furnaces have advantages, disadvantages, costs, and capabilities. Choosing the right one for your home and lifestyle can be challenging. In this article, we will discuss the four main types of furnaces to help you make an informed decision.
Natural Gas Furnaces
You must access a municipal gas line to install a natural gas furnace. Most homes have one, mainly if you use gas for your stove. However, having a professional install and repair your natural gas furnace is crucial to ensure your safety. Although a natural gas furnace may seem expensive upfront, it provides long-term cost savings for running, repairing, and maintaining the furnace. The way a natural gas furnace works is quite simple. It takes in air, heats it using a pilot light or flame, and then circulates the warm air through the ducts in your home.
Electric furnaces work similarly to natural gas but use electricity instead of gas to create heat. The process involves pulling the surrounding air into the system, heating it using electrical heating units, and forcing it out through the air ducts. Although an electric furnace is a simple system and cheaper to install, the maintenance cost can be higher due to the expensive parts that require maintenance and repair.
Oil furnaces are standard in the Northeastern United States or areas without easy access to natural gas. They may also be great for remote locations or cabins that sometimes use the furnace but can be turned on when needed. With proper maintenance and repair, Oil furnaces can last a long time, upwards of 25, 30, or even 40 years.
When choosing a furnace, propane furnaces are less expensive than natural gas furnaces. However, they are not as efficient. Propane furnaces work best for structures that require short-term heating solutions. Although propane furnaces operate similarly to natural gas furnaces, they convert liquid propane into gas to heat the incoming air and circulate it through the system. W.E. Kingswell can assist you in determining the best furnace for you, your budget, and your desired level of maintenance, no matter what.
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