Whether you are building your new home or simply replacing your existing furnace, you can depend on Van Drunen Heating and Air Conditioning, your local heating and air conditioning contractor for reliable, efficient heating solutions that will last you for years to come. Your new furnace will help you comfortably ride out your harshest midwest winter while you increase the resale value of your home.
To give you an idea of what to look for, remember that your furnace’s efficiency rating, or AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency), tells you how efficiently your furnace uses fuel (gas or oil). In general, the higher your efficiency %, the less fuel your furnace will use to heat your home. Heat pumps have heating efficiency ratings indicated as an HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). In general, the higher your HSPF rating, the less electricity your unit will use to heat your home.
Usually, the higher your efficiency, the higher the initial investment expense of your heating product. But you’ll see the higher cost of your high-efficiency heating unit paid back in a few short years in the form of your lower utility bills.
Gas furnaces provide warm, consistent heat for your Chicagoland home or business by creating and circulating warm air through the duct work of your house and transferred to your house or business.
The heat to create the warm air is created by burning natural gas. The hot gases and heat that is created during the combustion process is transferred through a heat exchanger which is basically just a series of curved metal tubes which passes through the air path of the unit. As the heat passes through the pipes it is transferred through the metal and into the air passing over it heating it in the process. The left over gasses are then passed out of the system through a metal or plastic vent pipe and into the outside atmosphere.