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What are the different types of furnaces?

There are several types of furnaces commonly used in residential and commercial settings, each with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. The most common types of furnaces include:

  • Gas Furnaces: These are the most popular type of furnace, running on natural gas or propane. They are relatively inexpensive to operate and can be very efficient.
  • Oil Furnaces: These are similar to gas furnaces, but they use oil as a fuel source. They are not as common as gas furnaces, and can be more expensive to operate.
  • Electric Furnaces: These are powered by electricity and do not require a fuel source. They can be very efficient and have a low operating cost, but the upfront costs for installation can be high.
  • Propane Furnaces: These work just like natural gas furnaces and are used when natural gas is not available. They are relatively efficient and cost-effective.
  • Dual Fuel Furnaces: These are hybrid systems that combine the efficiency of an electric heat pump with the reliability of a gas furnace.
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Upflow Gas Furnace
  • Heat Pump Furnaces: These are a type of electric furnace that uses a heat pump to transfer heat instead of generating it. They are more energy efficient than a traditional electric furnace, especially in mild climates.

Ultimately, the type of furnace that is best for you will depend on factors such as cost, efficiency, and availability of fuel sources. Sharpe Advantage can help you determine the best type of furnace for your needs.

How do I know if my furnace just needs a repair or if I need a new furnace?

There are a few things to consider when determining if your furnace needs a repair or if it needs to be replaced.

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  • Age: If your furnace is more than 15 years old, it may be more cost-effective to replace it rather than repair it.
  • Efficiency: If your furnace is not running efficiently, it may be costing you more money in energy bills. A new furnace will be more energy-efficient and can ultimately save you money in the long run.
  • Frequency of repairs: If you find yourself constantly repairing your furnace, it may be more cost-effective to replace it. Let Sharpe Advantage help you determine if you need a new furnace.
  • Safety concerns: If your furnace is posing a safety risk, such as by producing carbon monoxide, it is important to have it repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

Ultimately, it’s best to have a professional HVAC technician like Sharpe Advantage assess your furnace and provide a recommendation. We will be able to determine the specific issue and advise you on the best course of action.

Upgrading your furnace can provide several benefits, including:

  • Increased energy efficiency: Newer furnace models are typically more energy-efficient than older ones, which can lead to lower energy bills and a reduction in your carbon footprint.
  • Improved comfort: A newer furnace may be able to more effectively heat your home, leading to improved comfort during cold weather.
  • Enhanced safety: Upgraded furnace models may have safety features such as overheat protection and carbon monoxide detectors that can help protect you and your family.
  • Longer lifespan: Newer furnace models typically have a longer lifespan than older models, which means you won’t have to replace it as frequently.
  • Quieter operation: Upgraded furnace models are generally quieter than older models, which can help reduce noise pollution inside your home.
  • Better air quality: Some newer furnace models have air-cleaning features, such as HEPA filters, which can help improve the air quality inside your home.
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Contact Sharpe Advantage to discuss the best furnace model for your home