Learning About Old and New Furnace Options

Learning About Old and New Furnace Options

Fearing An Upcoming Furnace Failure? Actions Homeowners Can Take To Prolong The Life Of Their Electric Furnace

by Louise Moore

Along with gas and propane, electricity is one of the most common types of heat in American homes today. In fact, many homeowners prefer the convenience of electric heat sources, such as furnaces, boilers, and baseboard heaters because there is no need to have a bulky fuel tank in the yard or have piping installed.

In addition, electric heat is known as a safe, clean heat source, with no oil or gas fumes or residue to worry about. But even with all the benefits of electric heat, homeowners who are dealing with an older electrical heat source must still worry about the increasing risk of a heating failure with the arrival of every winter storm. If you are one of these homeowners, the following tips can help you avoid being left in the cold. 

Keep filters, fans, and moving parts clean 

Dust, dirt, and grime are the arch enemies of any heating system and are especially detrimental to fans, and moving parts in electric furnaces and heaters. When dust and dirt particles settle on these components, it can add weight or impair movement, both of which can hinder proper operation and cause wear issues to develop. Homeowners can avoid subjecting their systems to dust- and dirt-related issues by cleaning their furnaces and changing filters frequently during heavy use periods. 

Consider reducing demand on the system

Another way to prevent age-related heating system failures is to reduce the workload on the system. This can be done in a number of ways, including: 

  • shutting off parts of the home that do not need to be heated
  • keeping exterior doors and windows closed 
  • eliminating drafts around windows and beneath doors 
  • utilizing ceiling fans to help move heated air more
  • asking family members to dress warmly in the home so that the thermostat setting can be lowered a few degrees

If the heating system does not currently have a programmable thermostat, or it has one that is not being fully utilized, consider taking the time to program it to automatically lower the heat in the home when the family is asleep or out of the house. 

Invest in preventative maintenance

One of the most important ways to keep an older electrical heating system functioning is to invest in regular preventative maintenance. Your local HVAC contractor, such as from Henry's Service All ,
can check the electrical connections, switches, wiring, and moving parts for signs of wear or damage that could cause them to fail unexpectedly. When the time comes to upgrade your electrical heating system, these skilled professionals can also make sure that your home's electrical wiring can safely support newer, more efficient electric furnaces and heating systems. 


About Me

Learning About Old and New Furnace Options

Hi there, my name is Marissa Sonder. I would like to use my site to talk about the different types of furnaces available for residential and commercial applications. Growing up, my school had an actual boiler room that provided heat and hot water for the entire building. All of the students loved to go down to the boiler room and learn about all of the components down there. Although many buildings have moved on from this old piece of equipment, I would like to discuss its use in detail on this site. I will also talk about modern electric, natural gas, propane and oil furnace systems. Thanks for coming by.