Furnaces are one of the most efficient and effective means to heat a home. They draw air in, use energy to heat it up, and then push it through the ductwork into each room. Furnace ducting can be used for delivering heat as well as A/C, which makes them a popular choice for our clients.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Furnaces
If you have ever lived in a home that used limited heat sources (like a fireplace), you know that effective heating is vital to keeping the rest of your home comfortable. Furnaces achieve this invisibly. All you might see in the room is the vent. You could even use your furnace to help with cooling or indoor air quality.
However, having a furnace usually means you must have a home that can support the installation of ductwork.
What You Need to Know About Furnaces
- How well your furnace works for you depends on the system you get.
- Furnaces can run on electricity, natural gas or heating oil, although the last two are more common. In order to use a natural gas furnace, your home must have a natural gas hookup.
- The output of your furnace is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs). It’s important to get the right output for your home so your furnace can work well every day.
- For larger homes or homes with special requirements, you can get a furnace with a zoning system. Zoning means that you can set different temperatures for various zones in the home.
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