The Different Types of Furnaces

Even though summer is in full swing, it’s still a good idea to start thinking about the cooler months ahead. Fall is right around the corner, and winter won’t be far behind, and you want to make sure your building is prepared to stay warm and cozy throughout the colder months. If you’re planning on installing a new furnace for this fall and winter, it’s a good idea to think about some different types of furnaces on the market. Keep reading to learn more about your options.

Here are a few of the different types of furnaces to help you get a better idea of which options may be best for your needs:

  • Electric furnaces: Electric furnaces use electric heating elements to generate heat that’s distributed through a building using baseboard units or ductwork systems. Electric furnaces come in a variety of different models, but they are typically the cheapest furnace option when it comes to initial purchase and installation cost. In addition, electric furnaces tend to last longer than gas, oil and propane furnaces. However, the cost of electricity tends to be a lot higher than that of gas, so property owners might end up spending more in the long run on their utility bills.
  • Propane furnaces: About 10 percent of households across the country use propane. One of the reasons why is that it can be stored safely and easily in large tanks, making it easy for property owners to make sure they always have a good supply of fuel for their furnace. Propane furnaces are particularly popular among property owners who live in areas where it’s difficult to access gas and oil supplies.
  • Natural gas furnaces: Natural gas furnaces are the most popular choice for property owners across the country. For one thing, natural gas is widely available, so it’s easy for property owners to access. In addition, newer gas furnaces are designed to meet very high efficiency standards so property owners can reduce their carbon footprints. Because of how efficient natural gas furnaces are, and because of how inexpensive natural gas is, they don’t cost as much to operate as other furnace options.
  • Oil furnaces: Oil furnaces are similar to natural gas and propane furnaces, but they work by burning furnace oil. These furnaces are most commonly used in the northeastern part of the country, though they’re available virtually everywhere. A lot of property owners choose oil furnaces because the initial cost is lower than many other furnace options, including natural gas furnaces. However, oil furnaces also tend to be less efficient than other types of furnaces, so they can cost more to operate over time.

Get help choosing different types of furnaces

Find out more about different types of furnaces and get product recommendations based on your needs by reaching out to Air Climate Control, Inc. Since 1991, our locally owned and operated company has been proud to provide commercial customers with comprehensive HVAC services to make sure their businesses are kept comfortable throughout the year. Get started with a furnace consultation and installation quote by giving our team a call today.

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