Heating is an energy-intensive area of home ownership in which a lot of energy can go to waste if used incorrectly. It accounts for more than 30 percent of energy use in an average American home. That’s why with the right gas furnace, the average Philadelphia homeowner can benefit from greater energy efficiency, lower heating costs, and lower impact on the environment.
How a Gas Furnace Works
A gas furnace goes into action when the room temperature drops below the set temperature. Once detected, the furnace thermostat signals the system to deliver natural gas to the burners and for the blower to turn on. The burning gas creates heat in the heat exchanger, where air is pushed in, then out to the rooms through ductwork.
As you can imagine, gas furnaces manage a lot of work just to keep a home adequately heated. Especially during cold seasons, furnace can suffer through a lot of wear and tear. Three main reasons compel a homeowner to replace his old furnace: when it has broken down and simply stopped working, when a gas inspector attaches a “red tag” to it, and when energy bills become more and more expensive.
If you’re planning to replace your old furnace anytime soon, then here are a few points you might want to consider.
Do the Necessary Preparation
Many factors will affect your home heating needs. These include the pervading climate, occupant behavior, cost of installation, cost of energy, etc. Prior to installation, you need to have a heating load or heating loss calculation performed by a qualified heating and cooling contractor. While you may spend a couple of hundred dollars for this service, the data will be invaluable in choosing the best system for your home.
Mid-Efficient vs. High-Efficient?
Generally speaking, a high-efficiency gas furnace will be the more cost-effective option between the two, but there are certain situations wherein a mid-efficient furnace will be more applicable (e.g. if you want a furnace that costs less to purchase, maintain, and repair). Once you have the heating contractor’s calculations, look at a furnace’s Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE), and look for a number that matches or comes close to your contractor’s recommendations.
Quality furnace installation in Philadelphia
Trusted Philadelphia HVAC contractors like DN HVAC Services provide local residents with the quality heater service they need, including repair, installation, and maintenance.
How a Gas Furnace Works, HomeTips
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