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Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.

Understanding HVAC Guidelines

A Furnace And What You Should Know

Marilou Girard

If you have a furnace in your home, then you should get to know the furnace to the fullest extent possible. Also, if you want to have one installed, then having knowledge on how they work is important. Here are answers to some questions a lot of people may have about residential furnaces.

What are some of the different types of furnaces?

There are different types of furnaces that all work to achieve the same goal and that is to heat your home for you. A furnace is a heating unit that will heat the home through the use of forced air heating. Different furnaces can run on different types of fuel or power. For example, some furnaces are fueled with the use of natural gas and others with propane. Then, there are also some furnaces that are electrically powered ones.

How do furnaces function?

No matter how a furnace is powered, they function in the same manner. When turned on, a furnace will transfer heat to air and that heated air will then be blown through the home's ductwork with the assistance of the system's blower fans. The heated air gets directed to the various areas of the home. In most cases, the furnace will use ductwork that is also used by the home's air conditioning system.

What is the gas furnace process?

When you have a gas-powered furnace in your home, there will be a pilot light that ignites burners inside of a combustion chamber that causes the heat to enter the heat exchanger where the heat gets transferred to the air. The air will be heated to the temperature that has been dictated on the thermostat you will set, so the house will get warmed to your liking. The warm air then gets moved through the ducts and comes out the vents.

What is the electric furnace process?

When you have an electric powered furnace, there will be an electrical ignitor that starts the heating process. Heating elements with conductive coils will heat the air that will then be forced through the ducts and out of the vents in the rooms of the home once the air reaches the correct temperature according to that setting on the thermostat.

What can you do to prevent issues?

The best way to prevent problems with any type of furnace is to have it serviced before you use it again after it has sat unused for months. Also, you want to have anything odd looked at before you continue to use the furnace, so anything that may be wrong is fixed before the furnace is used in improper condition.

What should you know about having a furnace installed?

If you have decided to have a furnace installed, then you need to choose between a gas or electric furnace. A gas powered furnace can be cheaper to run. A natural gas furnace can also be easy to keep fueled. However, if your home doesn't have natural gas, then you will need to have propane delivered as needed. With electric furnaces, they can be a bit more to run, but they are still efficient ways to heat and they are easy to maintain. For more information, contact a furnace installation service in your area.