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The majority of home furnaces today are known as forced air furnaces. This means simply that hot air from the furnace is moved to each room in your home via a series of ducts. Ducts end at a vent in a given room, and the warm air is distributed for your comfort. The furnace itself uses a heat exchanger (sometimes called an element or coil), a blower motor, an air filter, and various components for controlling temperature throughout your home. You have control of all of this simply by setting the temperature for your home with a thermostat.
Natural gas is the most common power source for forced air furnaces. Forced air furnaces have become increasingly energy efficient as technology has improved over time. Forced air furnaces can be up to 96% efficient, meaning less heat escapes from your home so it doesn’t need to run as long or as often to maintain a comfortable temperature. This is a notable improvement over the first natural gas furnaces which were often only 50% efficient. Newer models are also more adaptable in their blower motor and gas valves, giving you more control to fine tune the heat in your home.
Increased efficiency benefits you in multiple ways. Not only is your family more comfortable in your home with fewer variations in temperature, but your energy and utility costs are reduced and your environmental impact is lessened as you use less natural gas to keep it running.
Contact Mr. Furnace to find out if a forced air furnace is the right choice for your home.
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