Windham, NH Resident Has Questions
There are four main types of furnaces: natural gas, oil, electric and propane. The most fuel efficient and most popular is natural gas, with up to 98% efficiency for newer systems. Oil furnaces are slightly less efficient, but still outpaces electric.
Since the cost of electricity is significantly higher than gas, electric furnaces will generally mean a higher energy bill. Propane is an option for those areas where natural gas is not an option. A Windham resident was looking to purchase a home. Curious about what he should be looking for in the HVAC system, he contacted the experts at Joyce Cooling & Heating.
For Energy Efficiency, a Natural Gas Furnace Can’t Be Beat
Though not always available in all areas, natural gas is the most efficient way to heat your home. Underground pipelines are necessary to deliver the gas. This heating source is more reliable and cleaner than heating with oil. The heat produced, delivered from forced-air systems, actually feels warmer than that produced by an electric heat pump. This isn’t surprising since the heat is delivered between 110 and 120 degrees.
Other Considerations When Choosing a Furnace
There are many other considerations when choosing a new furnace, or in the case of the Windham resident, when shopping for a new home. One of the most important factors is that the furnace is the right size for the area that it is heating. Factors that can affect this beyond the square footage of the home include the local area’s climate, ceiling height and the number of windows in the residence. Too small, and the furnace will not be able to properly heat the home. Too large, and much of the energy efficiency may be lost.
While the final purchase decision will not necessarily be based solely on the furnace, the Windham resident is now well-educated to shop for a home that has a heating system that will fit his family’s needs.