Basic Facts about Home Furnace

Jun - 11 2016 | By

If you are someone who plans to have a furnace put up in his or her home sometime soon, or someone who has already put up a furnace but does not really know how to maximize the use of this particular household appliance, then you should read on and find out more interesting things about home furnaces.

Basic information number 1

By now you probably know that a furnace’s main function is to heat up the air inside the house, especially on a cold winter day. Simply put, the furnace works by harboring air from the room and letting it pass through the part of the appliance that heats up the gathered air, then letting it out back into the room, already warmed up. Basically, you can say that air goes through a cycle from the room to the furnace and back out into the room, then goes back in the furnace to be reheated whenever it gets cold again.

Basic information number 2

The life expectancy of a furnace depends on its efficiency. Furnaces that are conventional or with mid-efficiency levels can last on an average of 18-25 years while high efficiency furnaces last on an average of 15-20 years. All furnaces have three basic components which are the heat exchanger, burner or heating element, and the blower.

Basic information number 3

There will come a time in your furnace’s life when it would stop working as efficiently as it used to. Reasons for this are:

  • A crack or hole in the heat exchanger. Just as how a leak in a metal roofing affects a home, a crack in the heat exchanger poses a serious problem because the heat exchanger is a part of the furnace that is hidden inside the appliance. It is not an external part and determining that it is the cause of the problem is not an easy task. Hence, just as you would contact roofing companies to aid with a broken roof, you must not fail to hire expert furnace repair crews.
  • Too much dirt in the filters of the furnace. Part of the process of the furnace is to clean out the dirt and dust in the air that it circulates in the house. Obviously, there will come a time when the filters would be too clogged up with dust to function properly. This is the reason why proper check-up and maintenance should be done so that the filters could have constant cleaning. Along with this, other parts could be sized-up for possible wearing down or drying up. Lubricating machines, cleaning other parts of the furnace, and doing minor and major repairs here and there could be made.
  • Malfunctions in the burner can be a major problem for a furnace. The burner is the part of the furnace that heats up the air. Hence, when it malfunctions, the furnace could not serve its purpose. Again, constant maintenance should be done in order to make sure that the burner is functional.

Maintenance check-ups should be done just before winter season starts to kick in. this way, you can be sure that the furnace would keep you warm all throughout the winter season. Do not wait for it to break down before you have it checked, just as you would not wait for standing water to cause water damage in your home. If you are too late to address the issues, you might freeze your way to sickness if you hit the unlucky button and have your furnace strike out in the middle of the cold winter.

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