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Is a Furnace the Right Heater Type for My Home?

Furnaces have been and still are one of the most popular types of heating systems found in modern homes today. There are a number of reasons for this, one of them being that advancements in efficiency have made these systems very affordable to operate, and extremely reliable. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of furnaces and their benefits, so that you can make an educated decision as to one is a good option for your home or not.

Different Types of Furnaces

There are two types of furnaces: combustion, which uses natural gas, propane, or oil to run, and electric. They both have some similar components, in particular the blower assembly. They also both use ductwork in order to disperse conditioned air throughout your home. Where they differ is in heat generation.

A combustion type furnace uses a pilot light that ignites a burner, which heats a component known as the heat exchanger. This heat exchanger warms, and the warm air on the outside of the exchanger is blown into your home. Electric furnaces use a component called a heating element to generate heat: tightly-wound, metal coils are electrified, which causes them to generate heat and once the generated heat reaches the correct temperature, it is blown into your home.

What Are the Benefits of Using a Furnace?

  • Good Energy Efficiency: Most of today’s furnace models have AFUE ratings over 90% and many electric furnaces have AFUE ratings even higher.
  • Widely Available: Since furnaces are so commonly used, it’s easy to find components for repair or replacement.
  • Heats Quickly: Natural gas furnaces allow for quick and efficient heating for whole-house comfort.

There are a number of reasons to invest in a furnace. So whether you’re looking to replace an older heating system or get your first central heater for your home, you’d do well to consider this system.

Contact Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. today to schedule your Pensacola, FL furnace installation.

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