A home furnace provides that much-needed warmth during the colder seasons. Only until one day, in the dead of winter, they come home to a broken furnace, most people hardly pay any attention to how it works. You can better maintain the furnace and troubleshoot some issues if you have the basic understanding of how it works. Furnaces all primarily operate in the same way, though are different types of furnaces and they have their own nuances. Today, we at Absolute P&M Services would like to discuss the different components in the furnace, how they work together, and useful tips for maintaining your home furnace.
What are the Parts of My Furnace?
Air Filter: This component removes allergens and pollutants improving the air quality located near the blower motor. It also protects the motor. To guarantee good quality air and better air quality, change the filter regularly.
Blower: The air is directed from the return ducts into the heat exchanger with the blower, and then it directs the heated air into the ductwork. Fans are preset during installation
Burners: The tubes where gas is burned are the furnace burners are. The burners are fitted with a flame sensor and a gas valve that help control flames and when a flame is not detected, it turns off the gas.
Ductwork: Throughout your home, this part helps in distributing the heated air.
Flue: A flue gets rid of the toxic remnants of the combustion process and is also referred to as an exhaust stack.
Heat Exchanger: One of the most vital parts of a home furnace is the heat exchanger, which is made up of coils where heat is added to the air. By a blower motor, the heated air is blown into the ductwork.
Heat Pump: The heat pump is mostly fitted in hybrid heating systems. A heat pump works by condensing heat from the outside air and pumping the heat into the home during the winter. It reduces heating bills by up to 30% as it increases the efficiency of home heating systems. The heat pump removes the heat from the air in the house and disposes of the hot air outside during the warmer months of summer.
Thermostat: You control the temperature to your liking with the thermostat. The flames become larger, increasing the temperature when it’s turned up. The flames grow smaller, lowering the heat when turned down.
How Does a Furnace Work?
Through a vent, outside air enters the furnace. This air is first filtered to remove dust and debris. An enclosed space in the furnace, it is then stored in the plenum. The blower then forces the heated air into the ductwork. In your home, the ductwork distributes the hot air. The process stops until heating is needed again, after this process repeats until the heat reaches the required level. Remnants of the combustion process are noxious flames and carbon monoxide and are disposed of through the flue.
Home Furnace Maintenance
To distribute heat efficiently in your home, a furnace requires regular maintenance. Below are some tips to help keep the furnace.
– Every 4-9 weeks, check and clean the air filter.
– Ensure all electronic connections are secure.
– Lubricate moving parts regularly.
– On the unit, check for corrosion.
– Check whether the burners are operating correctly.
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An integral part of your home is the furnace, and this guide is to help you understand how a furnace works, the components, and more importantly how to maintain your home furnace. When you need professional maintenance, repair, replacement, or installation services in Houston, TX and surrounding areas, call Absolute P&M Services and let us assist you!