Furnace Types, Fuels & Efficiency
A new furnace will be able to keep you warm during the coldest days of the year. Most homes in the United States are equipped with central air, and a furnace is probably the most common. It works by blowing heated air through ducts that then deliver the warm air to rooms throughout the house via air registers. If your current heating system isn’t providing the same benefits, it’s time to make an upgrade. After all, the last thing you want when the outdoor temperature dip below freezing is to experience a sudden furnace breakdown and make an urgent call for emergency heating services. You need to install a new system now before it’s too late. However, before you go right ahead and equip your home with any heating system, you need to make sure you are equipped with proper fueling.
Fuel type is not something homeowners consider when purchasing a new furnace, especially if this is their first time having to replace the system. What they do not know is that choosing the wrong fuel type will bring several unforeseen consequences, including significant money loss and a greater risk of safety hazards. Not only will you lose thousands of dollars on the wrong system, you will also be putting your family at greater risk of home heating fires and exposure to harmful gasses.
Types of Furnace Fuels
Some homeowners really don’t think there is much of a difference between fuel types, and that proves their worst mistake. To ease that misunderstanding somewhat, here is an overview of the 4 main types and what makes them so different:
- Natural gas: Gas furnaces are the most efficient type of heating system available and can save you tons of money on heating bills. Modern gas furnaces will operate quietly and deliver heat much faster than other systems. They will require you to have proper gas hookups, however. They also put you at higher risk of experiencing a gas leak, even with hookups.
- Electric: Electric furnaces boast a smaller installation cost compared to gas furnaces, and also boast a longer lifespan. They are also easier to install and maintain, meaning you will not spend so much on heating maintenance from a professional. They may not be so kind on your energy bills, as they’re not as efficient as gas furnaces.
- Propane: Propane furnaces provide warmer air than electric furnaces and offer all the same benefits of gas furnace without the required hookups. The only thing to consider? The size of the propane tank, which can vary in gallons to meet a wide range of needs.
- Solar Energy: If you want to avoid burning fuels and releasing harmful gasses entirely, you should ask your local heating company about solar heating and determine if your home would qualify for it. It will effectively reduce your carbon footprint and be much kinder to the environment.
How Can Choosing the Right Fuel Type Benefit You?
By choosing the right fuel type for your furnace, you will experience all sorts of benefits, including the following:
- Lower Costs on Repair & Maintenance: The service bills on that old, faulty furnace will add up over time to the point where it may seem insurmountable. Choosing the right fuel type will instead keep you from scheduling unnecessary heating maintenance calls, as you will have more reliable, consistent heating system.
- Longer Furnace Lifespan: Since furnaces today can provide you up to 20 years of heat, finding the right fuel type can save you tons of money on furnace replacement.
- Zoning Capabilities: Furnaces today also come equipped with zoning capabilities by separating your home into different sections. This will ensure you get heat in the rooms needing it the most, without wasting heat anywhere else.
- Reduced Safety Risks: A faulty furnace will have a higher risk of home heating fires and carbon monoxide emissions. However, your new, properly-fueled furnace will go a long way in protecting the well-being of your family from these dangers.
Call Joseph Giannone Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning for Service
If you want to ensure you are installing the right heating system in your home, please call Joseph Giannone Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today. While choosing the right fuel type may be difficult, our team of heating experts make it easy. In fact, our furnace installation is the smoothest around. Once you find the right furnace for your home, you can count on us to install it in no time so you are not spending a single day this winter without worrying when the next heating system breakdown will occur. We will also help you during every step of the installation process to ensure you are getting a system worth every penny. Thanks to our assistance, you will have a system keeping the entire family comfortable. Even with just one phone call our way, you are guaranteeing yourself a higher level of comfort that will keep you at a better peace of mind all season long.
Contact Joseph Giannone Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today if you want to learn more on what you should consider before you purchase a new furnace!