When it comes to choosing a furnace to heat your home, there are a lot of options, including the type of fuel you want to use. Most furnaces heat via combustion, and as such, need a fossil fuel to work. There can be some concern about using a combustible fossil fuel in your home, which is understandable, as these fuels are highly flammable. However, today’s combustion heating systems are thoroughly tested and equipped with multiple safety mechanisms to ensure the safety of you, your family and your home. If you have concerns about your furnace, or want to know about the safety mechanisms of your heating system, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.
One Option to Consider: The Electric Furnace
If you are concerned about using a fossil fuel furnace in your home, you have an alternative option: an electric furnace. Electric furnaces have come a long way in recent years, especially in the area of energy efficiency. Electric furnaces heat your home by electrifying two tightly-wound metal coils. Electricity heats the coils until they are red-hot, and once the coils reach the right temperature, the blower fan blows the warm air into your home. The average energy efficiency of electric furnaces is 95%, with some models averaging 100% since there is no loss with exhaust as there is with combustion systems. Electric furnaces are some of the least expensive furnaces to install, so there can be significant initial savings with an electric furnace. Lastly, the average lifespan of an electric furnace is 20-30 years, as compared to a combustion furnace, where the average lifespan is 15-20 years.
If you do have a combustion furnace, or are interested in possibly installing one, scheduling annual maintenance helps with safety. During a routine maintenance visit, your furnace will be thoroughly inspected for problems, and safety mechanisms will be tested, ensuring that all is operational.
Today’s furnaces are just as safe as any other heating system available. If you are considering the installation of a new furnace in Bristol, or have concerns about an existing one, schedule an appointment with a Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning expert today.