Getting the Right Home Furnace

A furnace is a device designed to heat a home or other building and can be thought of as the heart of your home.  Energy efficiency is an important feature that each home furnace unit should possess.  If your furnace is quite old it is probably quite energy inefficient and replacing it may be a viable option.  However, a home furnace is an expensive purchase that is complicated and difficult to replace.

Perhaps the most important part of your new furnace is the installation process.  Experts cite many valid reasons why furnace installation is not a do-it-yourself project.  Many times, such a job is better done with a professional HVAC installation service.  The first step in the installation is to prepare the unit for installation.  The next step is to connect the gas supply to the unit and the final component is the exhaust system.  Get any part wrong and your significant investment will all be wasted.

One type of home furnace is the electronic ignition furnace.  Many experts believe that the electric furnace is cleaner and safer than one that burns gas or oil.  A gas furnace is one that burns gaseous fuel such as natural gas or propane, which, as you can imagine, can be considered hazardous in some situations.

Regardless of the type of home furnace you have be it Carrier, Payne, Honeywell or an Armstrong furnace, maintaining and cleaning it is crucial for it to operate properly. When a furnace is cared for it will last up to 20 years. One way to lengthen the life of your furnace is to clean or replace the furnace filter on a regular basis. Cleaning an electrostatic furnace filter is a very simple process. If you replace it with a new one, make sure you get the right size.  For example a 20x20x1 furnace filters will actually measure 19.5 inches x 19.5 inches x .75 inches. The size of your air filter is generally written on the exterior of your furnace, so make sure you get it right before going to the store and buying a new one.