Five Things You Didn’t Know About Furnaces

Fur­naces. Who really knows about ‘em? Who really WANTS to know about ‘em? Well, we do for one.

Here are 5 things you didn’t know about your fur­nace. A lit­tle light read­ing if you will:

Almost Every Home Has a Furnace

Accord­ing to the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy, the major­ity of homes in the United States rely on elec­tric, gas or oil-fired fur­naces for heat. These fur­naces are quite pop­u­lar with most home­own­ers thanks to their rel­a­tive afford­abil­ity, ver­sa­til­ity and per­for­mance. Gas-fired fur­naces are espe­cially com­mon, given that 57 per­cent of U.S. homes rely on nat­ural gas as a heat­ing fuel. A lit­tle brain snack to start out with here…

There are  Three Main Types of Furnaces

A fur­nace is not just a fur­nace. In most cases, it’s either one of three types of furnaces:

  • Single-stage fur­nace – Named because it offers only one stage of oper­a­tion, it’s the sim­plest yet also nois­i­est type of fur­nace avail­able. Thanks to its sim­plic­ity, a single-stage fur­nace is also the cheap­est to purchase.
  • Two-stage fur­nace – Unlike a single-stage fur­nace, a two-stage fur­nace offers a half-speed oper­a­tional stage along with the stan­dard full-speed stage. This makes it eas­ier to reg­u­late tem­per­a­tures. The reduced fan speed also makes this option qui­eter than its single-stage counterpart.
  • Mod­u­lat­ing fur­nace – Using advanced HVAC tech­nolo­gies like variable-speed blow­ers and burn­ers, mod­u­lat­ing fur­naces are able to con­tin­u­ously con­trol indoor temperatures.

Size Mat­ters Buddy

The two most impor­tant fac­tors to keep in mind before pur­chas­ing a new fur­nace or replac­ing your old one are com­fort and fit. Your fur­nace should be just the right size, not too big and not too small. If your unit is too small, it may not be able to keep up with the com­fort needs of your fam­ily, and will be inad­e­quate. Make sure your fur­nace meets the needs of your home’s square footage and a num­ber of other fac­tors that come into play when nar­row­ing down on the right furnace.

Your Fur­nace Has an End Date (We All Do)

Noth­ing lasts for­ever, even when it comes to your heat­ing and cool­ing equip­ment. At some point, you’ll have to give your old unit a rest and replace it with a brand-new fur­nace. For­tu­nately, most fur­naces are built to last for decades on end.

With the proper amount of care and reg­u­larly sched­uled main­te­nance, most fur­naces are capa­ble of offer­ing up to 15 years of trouble-free ser­vice. Fur­naces that are excep­tion­ally well taken care of can last for 20 years and there are even a few fur­naces in exis­tence that con­tinue to work after 30 years or more.

Nev­er­the­less, you’ll want to con­sider replac­ing your aging fur­nace with a newer and more energy-efficient model, espe­cially if your cur­rent fur­nace suf­fers from age-related prob­lems (such as increas­ingly fre­quent break­downs, heavy signs of cor­ro­sion, etc) or con­sumes an extra­or­di­nar­ily large amount of fuel in order to oper­ate prop­erly. But read on…

BUT…Most Fur­naces Have More Than One Life to Live

Want to know another amaz­ing thing about your fur­nace? When it reaches the end of its life­cy­cle, the major­ity of its com­po­nents can be recy­cled into other use­ful parts. For instance, some com­po­nents can be refur­bished for use in other fur­naces while other bits and pieces, includ­ing the metal hous­ing, can be bro­ken down and refor­mu­lated into new parts. When it comes to fur­naces, there’s really no such thing as “waste.”

So there you have it, 5 things you didn’t know about furnaces…until now.  Stay Warm Colum­bia, and call us if for some rea­son you don’t!

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