It’s important to everyone to live in a comfortable space. Though winter is still months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about those frigid months. Is your home prepared for those colder temperatures? One way to ensure you are properly warm this winter is by investing in a state-of-the-art furnace. But, with so many on the market, which one should you buy?

As one of the premier heating and cooling technicians in the Southwest, B&D Industries, Inc. works on many furnaces. We’ve encountered countless wimpy heaters and have met some amazing innovations. Read our article below as we discuss the different types of heaters you might consider for your home.

What Exactly is a Furnace?

To begin, we wanted to start with the basics because you need to know what you are buying in order to make a wise purchase.

A furnace is one of the main components of your HVAC system. When you set your thermostat, you’re activating the heating system to begin heating your home. A fan will switch on and circulate the hot air through your home. However, how the heat is transferred to the air depends entirely on the type of heater you buy. 

Any heating system purchase should start with an analysis to figure out which type of heater would best fit your home. Typically, this will depend on what energy sources are available and your budget. 

Natural Gas Furnaces

At one point in time, gas furnaces were known to be fairly inefficient in regards to heating one’s home. Today, gas heaters are much more efficient and have become one of the most popular options for American households. According to Climate Central, nearly half the country uses it as its primary energy source. Additionally, it’s a clean and affordable energy source that homeowners can use to stay warm during the winter. 

Oil Furnaces

Another option you can invest in this winter is purchasing an oil heater. These are most commonly found in the Northeastern United States. These are different from their natural gas counterparts because of their even lower costs. However, it’s important to note that they’re typically less efficient than gas. One of its biggest advantages though is that a properly maintained oil furnace can last as long as thirty years.

Electric Alternatives

Everything else in the world is going electric, why not your furnace? These are one of the cheapest options on the market. Additionally, they’re quite easy to install and can last ten years longer than traditional options. Also, because it’s electric they do not produce carbon monoxide or use potentially dangerous solutions like oil or gas. However, with the cost of electricity being much higher than gas, you may see some big dollar signs on your electric bill.

Propane Heaters

Another type of furnace you can invest in is propane. Propane is a byproduct of oil and gas production and is easily stored in tanks. Almost 10% of American households use propane furnaces and are primarily used in areas where gas and oil aren’t readily available. Contact your local propane dealership and ask how propane and propane accessories can heat your home. 

Let B&D Industries, Inc. Help Heat Your Home

At B&D, our qualified, certified team of expert technicians is dedicated to making sure your heating and cooling systems are working as efficiently as possible – all year long. We can provide you with all of the necessary maintenance needed to keep yours running smoothly; such as preventative maintenance and repair, refrigerated air, and 24/7 emergency service for whatever heating/cooling issue may arise.

Contact us today to speak to a member of our team, or schedule an appointment online.