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The Pros and Cons of Furnaces

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Ontario HVAC Techs List the Pros and Cons for Heating Systems

Is a Furnace the Right Heating Option for Your Home?

Most homes come standard with furnaces as the heating system. But there are other options available to heat your residence, including everything from wood stoves to underfloor heating. If you’re wondering which choice is the best for you and your home’s needs, then the below pros and cons list should help you decide.

The Benefits of High-Efficiency Furnaces

furnaces clarityFurnaces are one of the oldest heating systems in homes and residences. If you have an older heating system in your home, chances are it’s a furnace.

These traditional heaters used to be fueled with wood and coal but are now powered by electricity, propane, or gas. Many newer furnaces can run at high-efficiency levels, some as high as 98%, meaning they convert 98% of their fuel into heat for your home.

Furnaces work by converting whatever fuel they use into forced-air heating. They take the fuel and heat air which they then force through ducts and vents into the rooms of your homes.

They are tried and true heating systems. Because of this, they are generally inexpensive to install. Also, since the forced air exits through vents into every room, furnaces heat evenly and quickly, making them one of the best choices for most any home.

The Pitfalls of Furnaces

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The cons of furnaces are pretty well known. If you have an older furnace in your home, it’s possible the forced air may be on the noisier side.

And older systems are often not very energy efficient. And because of the forced air, they can blow allergens through your home.

But many modern furnaces address these downfalls. They’re quieter, more energy-efficient, and even better at filtering out allergens.

Not All Systems Work with All Homes

not all systems clarityIt’s also important to remember that not all heating systems can function in all homes.

For example, radiant, or underfloor heating, can only be installed in homes with the right foundation and the right flooring.

Another popular type of heater is the heat pump, or ductless mini split system. While some models can withstand subzero temperatures, heat pumps are typically better suited for areas that do not experience extreme highs or lows in temperature throughout the year.

Generally, furnaces are an easy, safe choice for most homes, so before you decide to make a change, do your full research when considering heating options.

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