How Do Furnaces Work?
Furnaces allow for your home or business to stay heated throughout the year. Furnaces are one of the oldest types of heating systems and are still widely used today. Home heating systems allow your space to be comfortable and pleasant. Furnaces, also known as central heating systems, are an enclosed structure or appliance that heats air and circulates it throughout your home or business.
Types of Furnaces
It can be easy to take your heating system for granted when it is working hard for you during the colder months of the year and completely turned off during the heat of the summer months. However, your furnace needs careful attention throughout the year to make sure that when winter months come, you do not have to suffer from cold indoor temperatures. The type of furnace you have is based on your unique heating needs. Residential heating systems often service smaller amounts of people and commercial heating systems usually service more people and larger spaces. Our team can service a variety of furnace brands including, but not limited to, Amanda, Rheem, and Bryant.
We service residential properties including, manufactured homes, modular homes, apartment complexes, condominiums, townhomes, vacation homes, and more. Additionally, we service commercial facilities like small businesses, indoor shopping malls, office buildings, cafes, hotels, grocery stores, and restaurants. Every property has a different type of furnace that heats their space. It is important to know what type of furnace you have as well as understanding your furnace options when looking to replace your current system.
Gas furnaces, also known as a forced heating system, consist of three major components.
- First section: heat exchanger, burner, vent, and draft inductor
- Second section: necessary safety control devices
- Third section: blower, plenum, and adjoining ductwork
All parts of the gas furnace work in unison to heat your space and provide you with lasting heating options. Gas furnace are the most economical way to heat your home and uses natural gas or propane to warm the air.
Electric furnaces are low maintenance systems that can last up to 30 years. They are quiet systems, which make the home heating experience enjoyable. The only con to electric furnace is that their electricity costs are higher than gas or oil systems, but they are extremely reliable for homes and business located in colder climates like the Northwest Chicago Suburbs.
Oil Burning Furnaces
Oil furnaces are the least common type of furnace system, but they are still used to heat residential and commercial properties. Oil furnaces save you money and provide reliable heat source, especially if you do not have access to other options such as gas or propane. When well maintained, this type of furnace lasts up to 20 years and provides your home with effective heating services.
How Do I Maintain My Furnace?
When your heating system loses function, it is never a good thing. Our team at Intelligent Service understands that maintaining the function of your furnace can be difficult, but we want you to be able to recognize a few signs that indicate your residential or commercial heating system needs service. Signs of furnace failure include but are not limited to: lack of warm air, unusual noises coming from your furnace, discoloration of your furnace pilot light, and system triggering too much or not at all.
In order to prevent these issues from occurring you can:
- Schedule a professional tune-up every fall
- Replace your furnace filter once every three months
- Periodically check your furnace pilot light for flame color – Your flame should be blue, if it is red or orange that could indicate a problem with the fuel burner.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a month
What Types of Repair Services are Available for My Furnace?
Furnace repair and replacement is not something to take lightly. In fact, your furnace can deal with gas, electricity, or oil that can cause serious damage to your home or business if problems become work. When it comes to the repair of your furnace, the heat exchanger is one of the most important elements to repair because it allows for the combustion of gases to vent safely out of your space. When heat exchanged breaks, they can pollute the clean air within your home or business and be ingested by your family, friends, customers, or employees. Our team is capable of repairing a various components of your furnace, so you don’t have to unnecessarily replace your entire system.
How Do I Install a New Furnace?
The first thing you need to do when installing a new furnace is find a contractor that best meets your needs. Our team is capable of installing a variety of furnaces for our residential or commercial customers. One of the most important aspects of furnace installation is working with a contractor that performs high-quality ductwork. Ducts are passages within your buildings that deliver and remove air throughout your space.
Installing a new furnace is not something you should attempt on your own. Our experts at Intelligent Service specialize in the best furnace installation techniques in the industry. In addition, hiring a licensed professional to install your new furnace means that you can work under your systems warranty. If you do not seek professional assistance with your furnace installation, you are more susceptible to costly repairs and extra fees.
Why You Should Work with Our Experts at Intelligent Service
Our team at Intelligent Service is always able to meet your furnace needs with speed and efficiency. In addition to furnace services, we offer all customers assistance with their sewer and drain and air conditioning systems. We are always eager to service your Arlington Heights, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, and Mount Prospect furnace. If you have additional questions about furnace repair, replacement, and installation services, contact our team of friendly and knowledgeable associates today.