Furnace Repair and Replacement
Best Furnace Repair and Replacement in the Washington, DC Metro Area, Serving Maryland and Virginia
What Does The Furnace Do?
A furnace is a heater that distributes hot air throughout your house. The furnace heats the air, and using a large fan, blows the air through ductwork to distribute the heat throughout the house. The fan also pulls cool air back to the furnace so it can be reheated and distributed again.
Fuel For The Furnace
Many old furnaces use oil for fuel, but newer furnaces use propane or natural gas. An old oil furnace can be replaced for a propane or natural gas furnace as long as that fuel is locally available.
Classifications Of Furnaces
Furnaces are not just classified by the type of fuel they use, but also by:
1) BTU Output
The amount of heat a furnace can generate is listed in thousands of BTUs (e.g. 75,000btu)
2) Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency
The AFUE tells you what percentage of energy going into the furnace is converted into heat for the home. It's a standard measure of efficiency used for all furnaces.
There are two possible configurations:
- Low-boy: A shorter furnace, with the blower behind the heat exchanger
- High-boy: A taller furnace, with the blower underneath the heat exchanger
An "atmospheric combustion" furnace uses a chimney to pump air out and uses indoor air for combustion. A "sealed combustion" furnace (also called a high-efficiency furnace) uses a small pipe to bring in outside air for combustion, and flue gases are pumped straight outdoors using a PVC exhaust pipe.
Higher Efficiency Means Greater Savings
The higher the efficiency rating of your furnace, the less money you will spend heating your home. Think about the numbers. If you have an old furnace that is 60% efficient, it means that 40% of the energy you are using to heat up air for your home (and spending money on!) is actually being lost through the chimney. However, with a new 95% efficient furnace, only 5% of the energy is lost. When you consider that over the lifetime of the furnace the cost of the fuel is the largest carrying cost of the unit, it makes sense to spend a little more money and get the most efficient furnace you can to save yourself heating costs in the long run.
Save Money With A Furnace Repair or Replacement
If you're in the Washington, DC Metro Area, we can help save you money with your HVAC repair, furnace replacement and installation. We also offer home energy audits to make sure that your home is being heated the way it should, and your energy resources are being well-spent.
Start With an Energy Assessment
Properly sized and functioning heating and cooling equipment can help increase your comfort, save energy, and improve your home's safety and durability. But the first step is to schedule an energy assessment to find out exactly what home improvement work is recommended for your home.
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