With winter around the corner, it might be time to start thinking about how you’re going to heat your home as the chill sets in. Furnaces remain a popular choice for home heating, and there’s almost always a furnace that fits every home.
Furnaces work through a forced air system, where hot air is created and distributed throughout your home through heating ducts and vents. It’s usually located in the basement or attic. There are several types of furnaces, depending on your fuel source. If you’re in the market for a new furnace, it’s important to know what your options are.
Types of Furnaces
The natural gas furnace is the most common heating appliance in homes today. This type of furnace uses natural gas piped in from municipal gas lines. It heats the air through gas jets along a burner that ignites to create the hot combustion gas that makes the temperature of the air rise. This air is then circulated through the ductwork by a fan. Gas furnaces heat evenly and are inexpensive to run, based on the competitive price of natural gas.
In places that don’t have access to natural gas, an oil furnace might be the best option. Used mainly in colder climates, these furnaces convert oil into heat for your home. Gas furnaces are typically more efficient than oil models.
Again, for those without a natural gas line, an electric furnace can be a solid option to heat your home. Electric furnaces use heating elements to heat up the air. These are usually inexpensive to purchase, and are smaller than other furnaces, making them better for tight spaces. Similarly to oil furnaces, electric furnaces are less efficient than their gas-powered brethren.
These furnaces cost more than other options, but it may be worth it. A modulating furnace adjusts the amount of gas needed to heat the home within a half-degree margin of error. This means that it more accurately reflects the temperature setting on the thermostat, and does not waste the energy that a normal gas furnace does. You’ll be able to heat your home with less power.
If you’re looking to install a new furnace, and curious about your options, give Liberty Plumbing a call. We have years of experience to offer and we can have your furnace ready to run before the colder temperatures arrive.