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Furnaces: Heating Pros Suggest Different Types for Your Home

When it comes time to replace your home’s heating system, you might be surprised to learn that there are several different types of furnaces to consider. The type of furnace that works best for your home will depend on the location and size of your house as well as what fuel you have access to. You may be able to consider one or more of these types of heating systems.

There are several types of furnaces available when it comes time to replace the heating system in your home.

Natural Gas Furnaces

Natural gas furnaces are the standard for heating systems. These workhorses can be up to 99% efficient at converting natural gas into heat for your home. These systems include a blower that pushes cool air collected from the return vents across a heat exchanger that is warmed by the burning chamber. Natural gas furnaces must be vented to the outdoors to dispel small amounts of carbon monoxide gas produced by the combustion process.

Electric Furnaces

An electric furnace uses electricity to heat the coils of a heat exchanger. The blower unit blows cool air over the exchanger and then into the air ducts and vents in each room of the home. These heating systems can be used on their own in mild to moderately cold climates. They can also be used as a backup to a heat pump.

Because these units are powered by electricity, no outdoor venting system is needed.

Propane Furnaces

Propane furnaces tend to be slightly less expensive to purchase and install than their gas or electric counterparts, maintaining the propane source can be more expensive. Propane prices vary based on your location and availability, but purchasing propane for your furnace can be more expensive (around twice the price or more) than using natural gas or electric.

Extra features may lower your monthly energy bill, but they require more tend to cost more when the furnace is purchased and installed because most companies charge more for the additional features and they can be more intensive to install. Popular features include variable-speed blowers that move air slower when less heat is needed and variable heat output that automatically adjusts the heat output.

Additional furnace components, such as a HEPA air cleaner or humidifier, can be added to a standard propane furnace. These features improve air quality and breathability but will cost extra.

Oil Furnaces

Oil furnaces, not really used much along the Grand Strand, atomize heating oil into a fine mist. The mist is then burned. Air passes over the exchanger and the blower unit propels it through the home’s air ducts and into the vents that service each room. Oil furnaces produce emissions that are similar to natural gas furnaces. Because of their emissions, they require ventilation to the outdoors.

Remember, once you’ve chosen a new furnace for your home, you can entrust its installation to heating professionals like Brown & Reaves Services, Inc. Call us today at 843-497-9867.  Or contact us via our convenient form and tell us what we can help you with concerning your HVAC or heating system. We’ll get back in touch with you as soon as possible.

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