A Forced Air Furnace Continues to Be a Good Choice for Most Homes

December 17, 2013
Ross and Witmer

The forced air furnace continues to be the most popular heating system among millions of Americans. If you’re in need of a new heating system for your Charlotte area home, choosing a forced air furnace may be your easiest, most economical and energy-efficient option.

How It Works

The forced air furnace pulls interior air from your various rooms through ductwork and into the system’s furnace. Inside the furnace, the air is heated, either with natural gas or electricity, before being blown back out through another series of ductwork. These supply ducts circulate the air throughout your home’s living spaces.

System Components

  • Thermostat – The thermostat is the furnace’s central command unit. Setting your thermostat to a desired warm temperature is what initiates the heating cycle.
  • Furnace – This is where the air gets heated. You may choose either a gas furnace, which uses flame-producing burners, or an electric furnace, which uses electric coils, to generate the heat for your home.
  • Air handler – Also known as a blower, the air handler is the fan that blows air away from your furnace and on through the supply air ducts.
  • Supply ductwork – This is the system of metal pipework that distributes the heated air from your furnace and into your living spaces.
  • Return ductwork – This system of metal pipework carries cooled air from your living spaces into the furnace to be heated.

Advantages of a Forced Air Furnace

  • Easy installation – The biggest advantage of this system is that it can be easily combined with central air conditioning since both systems use the same vents and ductwork.
  • Energy efficient – Using a programmable thermostat will allow you to be more energy efficient with your heating system by having set on and off times.
  • Central filtration – Forced air furnaces are often fitted with air filters. This leaves homes with a cleaner and more healthier indoor environment.

For more information about installing a forced air furnace into your North Carolina home, or for other HVAC products and solutions, contact your local experts at Ross & Witmer.

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