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Heating Furnace

A furnace is an appliance that is used for heating. In your air conditioner, the furnace is a permanently-installed device which provides heat throughout the specified indoor are. In North America, the commonly used fuel source for furnaces is natural gas.

Today, domestic furnaces are known as either condensing or non-condensing. This classification is determined by the furnace’s effectiveness in removing heat from the exhaust gases. The furnace transfers heat to the designated areas through a conduit distribution system. If this distribution is accomplished through steam, hot water or some other source of hot liquid, the furnace would then be known as a boiler. One distinctive of having a boiler is that furnace can then supply hot water directly into the taps rather than the water being dependant upon a separate water heater. This would prove to be more cost-efficient for you, the home or building owner and consumer. However, a distinct disadvantage to having this type of boiler is that if it should happen to break down, not only will you not have heat, but you will also not have hot water in your taps.

In general, furnaces are easy to maintain and very few times do they cause problems. It is important that you keep your furnaces in optimal condition. This will be achieved through good regular maintenance.

Regardless of the make or model of your furnace, there are a few basic steps you can take to keep your heating system in peak condition:

  1. Routinely maintain and clean the afore-mentioned three main components of your furnace or heating system: the filter system, the blower and the motor.
  2. Replace or thoroughly clean the furnace filter at the beginning of the heating season and then again once a month throughout periods of continuous use.

Today, most furnaces generally use a fan to distribute air to the rooms throughout the house or building. The fan also works as a retracter of the cooler air to send it back through the furnace so that it can be re-heated and distributed back into the building and throughout each room therein. This process is called forced-air heat. Once at the furnace, the cooler air goes through into the furnace, generally through an air filter then the blower and then through the heat exchanger of the furnace, where it is then distributed throughout the house or building.

As with all the parts of an air conditioning system, it is imperative that you always replace parts and pieces of your furnace with other parts or pieces of the same make. Using different parts can damage your furnace and cause you to have to pay exorbitant amount of repair costs. Keeping your furnace clean, especially keeping the filters clean is the single most important thing you can do to ensure maximum functionality of your furnace or heating system.