Winter is here, and you may be finding it’s time to consider a furnace replacement. If so, take some time to learn the key facts about various HVAC systems.
One of the mainstays of the heating industry is the forced air furnace. About 70 percent of American homeowners prefer this type of system over all others.
Forced air furnaces deliver heating and cooling throughout ducts in your home. The furnace is activated by a thermostat. The air handler turns on and pulls air into the system through the ducts. A spark ignition ignites a burner in the combustion chamber, where air and gas are mixed, creating heat and sending it to the heat exchanger. From there it is distributed through the ductwork.
Advantages of Forced Air Furnaces
- Quickly heats up the house
- Provides basic filtration for the home
- Most often runs on natural gas, which is relatively inexpensive
Some options you might consider if you decide to install a forced air furnace system include:
1. a two-stage furnace, which lowers energy use with two modes of heating — a lower speed to warm occupants in cool weather, and a higher speed for when the weather is colder;
2. variable speed fans, which help modulate the flow of warm air delivery through the ducts as needed;
3. and condensing furnaces, which can be up to 98 percent efficient through the use of a sealed combustion chamber and a second heat exchanger.
Amarillo Air Conditioning has been serving Amarillo for nearly 60 years. For more expert advice about forced air heating and central air, and other issues related to home comfort, please contact us at 806-576-1114.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about forced air furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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