How Does a Furnace Work?

Taylor is your complete furnace specialist!

furnace service maryland At Taylor, we have a team of highly trained and experienced service technicians who can help you with all your furnace installation, maintenance, and repair needs.

With our propane delivery services, including our Automatic Delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring, you’ll never have to worry about your furnace running out of fuel in the middle of winter. We’ll make sure it always has enough to keep your home warm and comfortable throughout the season.

What do you really know about your furnace? Get to know it better with these commonly asked questions.

What is a furnace and how does it heat my home?

Furnaces are appliances that create and circulate warm air to heat your home. The first instance of a central heating system was during ancient Rome and was called a hypocaust. back then, it was used for heating baths and other public buildings. Over time, the use of hypocausts became more prevalent throughout Europe and in Africa as it evolved into somewhat of a status symbol for the wealthy. Over time, however, the hypocaust fell out of use because of the risk of fire or suffocation they posed.

Although furnaces are some of the oldest types of heating systems, they’re still widely used today. In 1919, Alice Parker invented and patented the modern central heating system, which gave rise to the furnace systems we use now. Furnaces were once powered by coal and wood, but now they use propane, heating oil, natural gas or electricity.
When the temperature indoors falls below the desired setting on your thermostat, your furnace will automatically turn on.

The burner is where your fuel is combusted. The heat exchanger is where the burning fuel warms the air coming into the furnace from the vent. The blower fan spreads that air around your home using your ductwork.

How do I take care of my furnace?

We highly recommend getting an annual maintenance inspection for your furnace from our skilled service technicians. We will clean and tune up every component of your furnace to ensure that it is running at its best efficiency, which helps save you money on energy costs. A inspection also allows us to spot any potential problems and fix them before they become worse and lead to costly repairs.

Another way to keep your furnace running smoothly is by regularly changing the air filter. A dirty or clogged air filter can reduce your furnace’s efficiency and even lead to damage of parts in the furnace. To avoid this, check your filter at least once a month and change it as needed.

How long do furnaces last?

The typical furnace lasts 10-15 years, but with consistent professional maintenance from the trained and skilled Taylor service technicians, you can help increase its life expectancy.

At some point, though, you will need to get a new furnace. With time, old furnaces usually become less efficient, especially if they haven’t been taken care of correctly. A new furnace will start paying for itself through lower energy costs as soon as it’s installed. If you’re debating whether to repair or replace your current furnace and the furnace repairs would cost more than half the price of a replacement, choosing the latter option is better from a financial standpoint.

Be ready for winter by getting your home’s furnace tuned up by the experts at Taylor! Contact us today to schedule your appointment.