Furnace Types

December 12, 2013 Jennings Heating

Do you need a new furnace or perhaps your furnace needs repaired? If you do, or you’re simply looking for more information about furnaces in general, you’ve come to the right place.

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Here at Jennings Heating and Cooling we can help you tackle any furnace issues you may have. We have the trained and NATE Certified staff to install, service, repair, or maintain any type of furnace.

So whether you need a furnace inspection or maintenance plan or a whole new furnace, give us a call at Jennings and we can find the right fit for you. We guarantee it.

Here are some of the furnace types that Jennings sells and services:

High Efficiency Gas Furnace / Natural Gas Furnace
A gas furnace uses gas to heat air which is then distributed throughout your home by utilizing a vent system. This allows the furnace to keep all the rooms in your home a comfortable temperature in the cooler winter months.

While the efficiency of all furnaces has improved over the years, the industry uses an efficiency rating acronym, AFUE, which stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency to determine the highest efficiency furnaces on the market. This is a fancy way to say how much of the energy in the gas you purchase is actually turned into heat to warm your home over a years’ time.

The higher the AFUE number, the more efficient your gas furnace. AFUE values of 95% or higher are considered high efficiency and may qualify the home owner for a tax refund at the end of the year.

Forced Air Furnace
This type of furnace warms air and then forces it through a series of vents and ductwork to heat the rooms of your home. The transfer system – the ductwork and vents – is separate from the actual heating system.

Once the heat makes its rounds, the air cools and is funneled back into the heating system to be reheated and redistributed throughout the home. This type of heating system is the most used in the United States.

Oil Furnace
Oil furnaces are used though out the United States but are much more common in the colder areas such as the Midwest and northern part of the country. Oil furnaces actually coverts the oil into heat which is then distributed throughout your home.

Floor Furnace
A floor furnace is quite different than the traditional furnace typically seen in the United States. This type of furnace does not utilize ductwork. Instead, the furnace is put under the floor and then the heat is transmitted through a grille in the floor itself.

This type of furnace is found mostly in older homes. Having said that, if you are renovating your home and it doesn’t currently have ductwork, a floor furnace can be a good option to heat your home and save money at the same time.

Wall Furnace
Wall furnaces, just as the name implies, are built into the wall of a home. Often, these are used in smaller homes or in a home addition when the original heating system does not reach the new building.

Once these units are put into place, they are there to stay. Most often, they are installed in an outer wall and will protrude several inches into the room. This type of furnace can be a great option when adding on a room to an existing home.

Propane Furnace
A propane furnace uses propane – instead of gas – to heat air which is then forced through a series of vents and ductwork throughout your home. There are several advantages to a propane furnace. First, the warm air produced by a propane furnace is typically warmer than that produced by electricity. They are also often more efficient and cleaner.

This is a good choice if you like gas but do not have a gas line to your home.

Electric Furnace
An electric furnace uses electricity to heat air and also move the warm air throughout the heating system and into the rooms of your home. An electric furnace can be one of the more efficient types of furnaces. Having said that, it can also be one of the more costly when it comes to energy expense.