The comfort of a natural gas furnace

Why is natural gas the homeowner’s best choice in home heating?

Because homes heated with natural gas all feel alike – warm and draft-free. Even in the coldest weather, while electric heat pumps may fail to adequately deliver heat, you can rely on a natural gas furnace. A gas furnace delivers air from the vent at about 130 degrees F, which can be as much as 40 degrees warmer than an electric heat pump. Of all new homes built, over 80% use natural gas as the main central heating system. Gas furnaces not only provide comfort by bringing a steady flow of warm air, they also heat your home faster while using less energy. And the life of a gas furnace is two times that of an electric heat pump. Additional features such as pilot-less ignition and zone heating make natural gas the right choice for heating your home.

So stay warm and comfortable with a natural gas furnace. It is the economical way to heat your home!

The Natural Gas Advantage

It’s hard to know which type of energy fuel is better for home heating. Homeowners are familiar with the up-and-down cycle of natural gas prices. Before choosing the fuel type for a new heating system, weigh the advantages and disadvantages.

Even with seasonal increases, high-efficiency gas furnaces cost less to operate than electric furnaces. Natural gas is always available, while the oil market is unstable from the conflicts in the Middle East. You also do not have the hassle of refilling and maintaining storage tanks, like you do with oil.

Natural gas requires no large storage tanks in your basement. It also is less polluting, producing almost no emissions.

Electronic Ignition Systems

The electronic ignition system in a gas furnace is a modern development that allows more reliable performance than standing pilot furnaces, provides energy savings and contributes to better furnace efficiency (AFUE). With a standing pilot, found most commonly on older low efficiency furnaces (55% to 65% AFUE is not uncommon), a small gas flame is always burning and is known in the lexicon of home repair as a “pilot light”. The problem with this type of “analog” ignition is that it wastes energy by constantly burning gas and can sometimes be unreliable.

It is important to understand some of the other components of a modern furnace that you will encounter depending on the type of high efficiency furnace you have. Why? Because they can also come into play in repairing an electronic ignition furnace when it won’t run properly. Let’s take a quick review of the types of furnace designs and components found in high efficiency furnaces using electronic ignition.

Replacing Your Furnace

There are usually two major reasons why you are choosing another forced-air furnace. The first is that your furnace does not function. It has just broken down, irrevocably, or it has been “red-tagged” or condemned by gas inspectors. If it is winter and your house is getting colder quickly, you may not have the luxury of making a reasoned choice on what to buy next. The other situation is that your furnace is getting old, or your fuel bills are becoming too excessive to tolerate. In this case, you have the time to shop around and get the best furnace and fuel for your situation.