What Are the Different Types of Furnaces?

The furnace is the engine that drives your home's whole heating system. Furnaces come in a wide variety of designs to accommodate various requirements. You will learn about the main furnace types and the factors that will help you choose the best kind of furnace for your home through this educational comparison.

What Is a Furnace?

Your HVAC system is mainly controlled by a furnace. The thermostat's movement instructs the furnace to start heating the air. The procedure involves spinning a fan to move warm air across the entire area. Depending on the sort of furnace your HVAC system has, the air will be distributed differently.

What Are the Different Types of Furnaces?

Natural Gas Furnaces

Due to its cost-effectiveness, natural gas furnaces are quite common among residential consumers. In Canada, natural gas furnaces make up around half of all furnaces. This particular heater can last for at least 20 years and typically costs $3,000 to purchase.

Oil Furnaces

The East Coast of the Canada is where most oil furnaces are used. Oil furnaces are less inexpensive than their natural gas counterparts. Oil furnaces, on the other hand, often demand a smaller investment; they start at $500 and can last up to 25 years.

Electric Furnaces

Almost as many people use electric furnaces that use natural gas furnaces. Compared to natural gas furnaces, electric furnaces require a smaller upfront investment; the typical electric furnace costs around $1500 and lasts up to 30 years. However, because natural gas tends to be less expensive than electricity, gas furnaces are less expensive to operate than electric furnaces.

Propane Furnaces

Compared to electric, natural gas, and oil furnaces, propane furnaces are a less common choice. This choice is often saved for locations without convenient access to gas or oil. Furnaces powered by propane are quite efficient, and the fuel is secure. Contrasted with an oil furnace, this type of furnace will need more propane to heat an area that is the same size.

What Other Things Should I Consider Before Buying a Furnace?

Furnaces vs. Boilers

To make the best choice, it is important to understand the key differences between boilers and furnaces. In addition to understanding the different types of furnaces available, it is important to also consider what a boiler could offer.

The Needs of the Space

The furnace's size should be suitable for the area that needs to be heated. British thermal units of heat, or BTUs, are used to quantify the power of furnaces. A furnace with a higher BTU rating will be required if the space is larger. When choosing the type of furnace, factors like the climate and the accessibility of resources should be taken into account in addition to the size of the room.


The area's requirements must be considered, but it's also crucial to keep within a budget and make good financial decisions. To be sure the furnace is of high quality, it is advised to check the reviews for the various furnaces being investigated. It's crucial to consider the entire cost, including the initial investment and charges for maintenance, operating the furnace, and usable life.

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