Being among the oldest methods used in residential heating systems, many homes and businesses throughout the country frequently use furnaces as part of the heating systems. In the earlier days, furnaces were fueled with coal and wood, but modern furnace models require gas, electricity, or propane to run at high efficiency levels. Furnaces are used for heating purposes and featured in most homes. Furnaces that have an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) ratings of 98%, indicates the furnace will transform 98% of the fuel they consume into heat with advanced technology, modern furnaces can be fairly energy efficient, for example. For the curious minds that want to know how the furnace operates, we at Absolute P&M Services would like to elaborate on the basic function of how the furnace provides heat for your home today.
What is the Function of a Furnace?
It functions on the principle of forced air heating, no matter which fuel a furnace uses. The blower fans funnels air through the ductwork of a house and out vents once the furnace transfers heat to air. Homeowners do not need to take up additional space for their cooling system since furnaces commonly share the duct system with an air conditioner. By a series of burners inside a combustion chamber where the pilot light ignites flips on a natural gas furnace. After the heat transfers to the air and raises it to the temperature set by the thermostat, the burners create the heat where it then enters the heat exchanger. Then the blowers take the air and send it through the ducts. Propane furnaces in a similar fashion. With an electrical ignition, electrical furnaces begin the heating process. The gas-powered burners are replaced with heating elements that contain conductive coils as the ignition activates, alternatively. It begins heating the air for the blowers to handle as the current passes through the coils. The more heating elements turn on, the more heat the thermostat calls for. The heat exchange and distribution run smoothly and without safety concerns the furnaces contain many components, though it sounds deceptively simple.
DIY VS Professional Heating Repair
Unless you have extensive HVAC training and the specific tools it is recommended that you never try to diagnose or fix a malfunctioning thermostat yourself. No matter how your furnace is powered, you should rely on experts to handle whatever your furnace is experiencing. After all, electric furnaces can result in high voltage shocks, and carbon monoxide poisoning is an issue with gas furnaces.
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Whether you have a furnace, heat pump or boiler, you can keep your heating system running more effectively for you through fall and winter, especially with proper maintenance with the assistance of Absolute P&M Services. Our readily available services include heating replacement, installation, maintenance and repairs. Our friendly technicians have the formal training, ongoing education, and daily experience as well as the skills to ensure your furnace is services are done with accuracy and efficiency. Absolute AC and Plumbing provides affordable, high-quality heating services. Call us for all your HVAC needs.