There are a couple types of furnaces on the market – upflow furnaces that take cool air in at the bottom and warms it and downflow furnaces that take the same cool air in from the top and warm it to release at the bottom. Both furnaces have a slightly different result in heating your Avon Lake home, so which is best and how do you decide what will fit for your home? Here are some things to consider.
A downflow furnace releases heat higher in the home and it then circulates downward, creating a cascading effect that requires effective insulation throughout your home and often space in the top floor or attic for the necessary equipment. Downflow furnaces may be needed in homes that don’t have a basement and the necessary space for an upflow furnace.
An upflow furnace is the traditional basement furnace that heats and releases air up into the home through vents at the floor level. This type of furnace is more efficient and provides more reliable and comfortable heat, so it is a preferable choice to a downflow furnace, but it is not suitable for all homes, especially mobile homes or those that don’t have space for furnace in the basement (or that don’t have a basement).
For the most part, an upflow furnace is easier to install, less expensive to operate and more effective in heating your home, so if you have he option this should always be your choice. However, sometimes a home will require the use of a downflow furnace. Modern technology has greatly enhanced the effectiveness of downflow furnaces, so it will not be significantly less efficient than an upflow model.