If you’re in the market for a new heating system, the sheer number of choices and amount of information can be overwhelming. Is a traditional furnace the right type of system for you and your family? What do all of those numbers on the side of the unit mean? Our experienced HVAC technicians and salespeople can help you choose a heating system that will keep you and your family warm for years to come. However, to help you get started, we offer a few basic facts below:
How forced air furnaces work
Traditional forced air furnaces create warm air via combustion. Natural gas, oil, or electricity power the unit that ignites and a fan forced warm air to your living spaces via a series of ducts. The same system sends by-products like carbon monoxide to the exterior of your home via a vent. Your thermostat tells the furnace unit when to ignite and when to shut off.
Advantages of a furnace vs. a heat pump
Although a lot is written today about energy-efficient heat pump systems, such systems aren’t always the best choice. There are a number of advantages to choosing a new forced air furnace.
- Cost. Heat pump systems are generally more expensive than forced air furnaces.
- Comfort. Depending on where you live, a furnace may be able to keep you warmer than a heat pump. Heat pumps work best in areas where the thermostat rarely falls below freezing.
- Durability. Since a furnace is only used for a portion of the year and a heat pump is used year round to transfer both heated and cooled air, a furnace will generally last longer than a heat pump. Equally, a furnace requires less maintenance than a heat pump and has fewer mechanical parts that could possibly need to be replaced.
- Energy efficiency. While energy efficiency is one of the big selling points of a heat pump system, modern forced air furnaces have AFUE ratings of up to 97, which means they use 97 percent of the energy they consume to create heat.
- Size. A heat pump system consists of two units–an outdoor unit and an indoor one, thus taking up more space than a single forced air furnace.
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