Once temperatures drop, people start to turn on their furnaces so their homes stay warm and cozy. In Bend, OR, you can rely on Mountain View Heating, Inc., for assistance, service or information. Here are a few things to know about the appliance that keeps your home comfortable during the cold months.
1. Furnaces Have Been Around Longer Than You Think
When was the furnace invented? Surprisingly, it was around 1200 BC. The Romans used a furnace called a hypocaust to heat their homes. The system pumped heat in through a home’s walls and floors. In the Middle Ages, Cistercian monks used furnaces to warm up their buildings by heating water from rivers running alongside their monasteries. The English were the first to use a system of steam heat.
2. Furnaces Can Last a Long Time
While gas furnaces are designed to last no more than 20 years, they can sometimes endure twice as long with regular maintenance. They do get less efficient as they age, but a new furnace can stay highly efficient for up to two decades.
3. Furnaces Have Three Major Components
Gas furnaces have three main components that heat air and push it into your home. These are the burner, blower and heat exchanger. The burner uses natural gas to create heat. The heat exchanger sends breathable air into your home while sending gas from combustion out of the home through a vent. The blower directs heat throughout your home, even into distant rooms.
4. The Government Regulates Furnace Installation
As a matter of public safety, federal, state and sometimes local governments regulate how furnaces are installed. This is done to prevent fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and other problems.
5. Most Homes Are Heated by Furnaces
Most homes in the U.S. are heated by a gas furnace. It’s the most economical method of heating a home. On average, a gas furnace uses 30% less energy than an electric one.
Your Local HVAC Contractor
Mountain View Heating, Inc., has been helping homeowners and businesses in Bend since 1979. We offer all sorts of heating and cooling options, including installations, replacements, repairs and maintenance. Our goal is to provide the highest level of service. Please contact us today for any of your heating or cooling needs.