According to Energy.gov, approximately 49% of people use natural gas to heat their homes and 34% use electricity. These statistics should give you a pretty good idea of why furnaces are one of the most common types of heating systems around. But there are a number of benefits behind this commonality, as we’ll explain below. First, let’s take a look at the two types of furnaces available to homeowners in: Thomaston, Watertown, Oakville, Plymouth, Terryville, Norfield, Morris, Litchfield and Harwinton, Connecticut.
Types of Furnaces
There are two types of furnaces: combustion, many of which use natural gas to operate (you can also use propane and oil), and electric. The two have some similar parts, particularly the blower assembly, and both need ductwork to disperse the air; where they differ is in the heat generation. With a combustion furnace, a pilot ignites a burner that heats a component known as a heat exchanger; this heat exchanger warms, and the warm air on the outside of the exchanger is blown into your home while the toxic combustion byproducts flow through the inside of the exchanger and out your home via the flue. An electric furnace uses a component called a heating element to generate heat: tightly-wound, metal coils are electrified, which causes them to generate heat; once the generated heat reaches the correct temperature, it is blown into your home.
Advantages of a Furnace System
Here are some of the advantages a furnace system can offer your home:
- Multiple use of ductwork – furnace systems need ductwork to deliver the air, but they can also deliver cool air during the summer, so installing an air conditioning system is an easy choice with a furnace.
- Good energy efficiency – many of today’s gas furnaces have AFUE ratings over 90% and many electric furnaces have AFUE ratings of 100%.
- Widely available – because furnaces are so commonly used, it is easy to find parts for repair or replacement.
- Heats quickly – natural gas heats quickly, which allows your living spaces to heat quickly, too.
Furnaces have been around for a long time and for good reasons. If you need to replace your heating system and are considering the installation of a furnace in your home, call Pelletier Mechanical Services, LLC at (860) 283-0316 to schedule an appointment.