Furnaces remain the most popular choice for home heating due to their high efficiency, low operating noise, long lifespans, compatibility, and more. Furnaces have great flexibility—there’s almost always a furnace to fit a home. Also referred to as a forced air system, the furnace acts as the core of your home’s central air system, used
Did you know that heating equipment is normally the largest energy user in the home, accounting for around 45% of energy bills (US DOE)? Given the high expenses related to heating equipment, it’s important to make smart decisions regarding heating system replacements, repairs, and maintenance. If you are concerned about the costs and efficiency of
We can all agree that replacing an air conditioner and a furnace at the same time is expensive. But the only way to ensure that your air conditioner performs at its rated efficiency is by replacing your furnace at the same time. The problem is that the average lifespan of a central air conditioner is
While most homes are heated by forced air or hot water, electric heating can make sense in certain circumstances. For instance, if you live in an area where electricity is cheaper than gas/oil (very rare) or extending central heating ductwork is impractical, electric heating may be a smart choice. Keep in mind that electricity is
A forced air furnace is a heating system that burns either gas, fuel oil, or propane for heat. Using return ducts, it takes air from inside your home, heats it, then delivers the warm air back into your home via supply ducts. Forced air furnaces have many advantages over other home heating methods. Below are
Purchasing and installing a new a home heating system is a big investment, similar to investing in a new vehicle. Since you will be living with your decision or at least 10-15 years, it’s important that you choose a unit that fits your needs and budget. Here are some things you should keep in mind
When it comes to your furnace, it’s much better to be proactive than reactive. Now is a great time to go over some DIY furnace maintenance to prevent the expense, inconvenience, and even danger that a neglected furnace can cause. DIY Furnace Maintenance In addition to scheduling a furnace tune-up from the pros, you’ll want
If your furnace is making unusual and loud noises, it’s important to pinpoint the source of the sound in order to solve the issue. Noise can indicate a much more serious problem or even damage in the unit. There are many different parts that can cause noises to occur — each producing a different noise.
A furnace is crucial for comfort and survival in cold winter weather. Without it, we would still be huddling around wood fires to stay warm. Unfortunately, furnaces need regular professional tune-ups and homeowner upkeep to run strongly and efficiently. Even with proper maintenance, however, furnaces can break down and develop problems that impede regular functioning.
As the nights gets darker and colder, we start to rely on our heating systems more and more. It’s no surprise then that nearly all home fires from heating equipment take place in the winter months (December, January, and February). According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2009 and 2013, “heating equipment was