Especially during winter, every homeowner looks forward to a warm evening. The much-needed warmth is often provided a home furnace. Most people do not think much of the furnace until it breaks down and their home is left freezing. Furnaces all primarily operate in the same way though their different types of furnaces. You can better maintain and troubleshoot issues properly when you understand how the furnace works. Today, we at Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning would like to share the basic function of a furnace.
Common Furnace Parts
Blower: The air is directed from the return ducts into the heat exchanger with the blower, and then directs the heated air into the ductwork. During installation, fans are preset.
Flue: A flue gets rid of the toxic remnants of the combustion process and is also referred to as an exhaust stack.
Thermostat: This furnace element gives you control to achieve the preferred. The flames become larger to increase the temperature when it’s turned up. The flames grow smaller, lowering the heat when turned down.
Heat Pump: This element is generally fitted in hybrid heating systems. This reduces heating bills by up to 30% and it increases the efficiency of home heating systems. A heat pump works by condensing heat from the outside air and pumping the heat into the home during winter. And in the summer, the heat pump removes the heat from the air in the house and disposes of the hot air outside.
Air Filter: The air filter removes allergens and pollutants improving the air quality and located near the blower motor. This protects the motor and to guarantee good quality air, change the filter regularly.
Burners: Furnace burners are tubes where gas is burned. The burners are fitted with a flame sensor and a gas valve that help control flames and turn off the gas when a flame is not detected.
Heat Exchanger: This component is one of the most vital parts of a home furnace. It is made up of coils where heat is added to the air. The heated air is blown into the ductwork by a blower motor.
Ductwork: The heated air throughout your home distributed with the ductwork.
How a Furnace Heats Your Home
Through a vent, outdoor air enters the furnace. In the plenum, an enclosed space in the furnace is where it is stored. To remove dust and debris, the air is first filtered. Where the air is heated, the filtered air is then pushed into the burners. The heated air is forced with the blower into the ductwork. The hot air is distributed in your home through the duct. Until the heat reaches the required level, this process repeats and then the process stops until heating is needed again. Remnants of the combustion process, which is noxious flames and carbon monoxide, is disposed of through the flue.
Furnace Maintenance Tips
To distribute heat efficiently in your home, a furnace requires regular maintenance. Below are some important tips for your furnace.
– Routinely lubricate moving parts.
– Check and clean/replace the air filter.
– Secure all electronic connections.
– Assess the burners for performance.
– Inspect for signs of corrosion on the unit.
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