How Does A Furnace Work?
You’d be amazed how many times people sheepishly ask us this question! If you don’t know how your furnace works, that’s completely okay. It’s not as if everyone are as experienced with the workings of a furnace as we are.
When people say “furnace” what they are typically referring to is the system in place that heats their home. While your furnace is likely sitting down in your utility room (commonly called a “furnace room”), know that the system that heats your home is actually a combination of appliances that work in conjunction with one another.
Another Common Heating & Cooling Setup
Nearly all homes in BC have the thermostat/furnace combo (save for homes that are climate controlled through other mechanisms, such as radiators, baseboard heating, solar heating, or otherwise). However, many homes also have a humidifier and an air conditioner. Some may even have an advanced air filtration system (common if you suffer from seasonal allergies).
Other home comfort appliances your home may have in addition to your furnace:
Okay, So Now You Know What’s In Your Home. Now It’s Time to Learn About How a Furnace Works.
Let’s pretend that you have your thermostat set to 22°C. Your thermostat will regulate the air temperature by engaging your furnace or air conditioner as required in order to keep the air at a consistent temperature.
When your thermostat tells your furnace to engage, the following things typically happen:
Modern high-efficiency furnaces are far better at doing their jobs than furnaces from just 10 years ago. If you’re noticing higher utility bills than normal, and there is nothing wrong with your furnace, you may want to consider upgrading to a new high-efficiency furnace. Hey, we do that!