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Furnaces Topics

Cost of Forced Air Furnace Repair

Furnace Tune Up Cost - Worth the Investment?

Learn how much your annual furnace tune up should cost. Get tips for finding the right HVAC technician in your area. Need help finding a contractor? Get matched to local pros using our free service.

Forced Air Furnace Installation Cost Factors

Cost of Furnace Installation

Learn more about the factors that increase and decrease the cost of installing a furnace.

Forced Air Furnace Installation Topics

Furnace Filter Efficiency

Learn more about the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (or MERV) scale that rates the efficiency of furnace filters.

Furnace Filters

The furnace filter helps remove contaminants from the air in your home.

What is a Forced Air Heating System?

A forced air heating system uses a system of ducts to distribute warm air through a home.

What is a Furnace?

A furnace heats air that is then distributed through a system of ducts in order to provide heat to a home.

Forced Air Furnace Repair Topics

Do I Need to Inspect My Furnace?

Neglected furnace maintenance caused major damage to heat exchanger.

Forced Air Furnace Installation - Questions & Answers

Are furnace filters recyclable?

Top answer: Never

Are furnace installation and furnace repair performed by the same professionals?

Top answer: In most cases

Can a furnace leak carbon monoxide?

Top answer: Yes

Does a furnace need a condensation line?

Top answer: Not sure

Does a standard furnace remove humidity from indoor air?

Top answer: Never

Does an electric furnace require a dedicated circuit to maintain its production level?

Top answer: Yes

How long does it to take to install a typical forced air furnace? (using existing ductwork; utility connections already in place)

Top answer: 4-6 hours

How Much Does It Cost to Install a New Gas Furnace?



How often should I replace my furnace filter?

Top answer: Once a month

Is a dual-stage furnace more energy efficient than a single-stage furnace?

Top answer: Yes, always

Is a modulating furnace more energy efficient than a dual-stage furnace?

Top answer: Yes

Is it possible to install a furnace in my attic?

Top answer: Yes

Is it safe for me to try installing a new furnace on my own?

Top answer: No

True or false: It is typically cheaper to install a gas furnace than an electric furnace.

Top answer: False

What is the most commonly installed type of forced air furnace?

Top answer: Natural gas

What is the most popular brand of furnace that you install?

Top answer: Other

What is the most typical type of furnace in homes today?

Top answer: Forced air furnace

Which type of furnace has the lowest operating costs?

Top answer: Gas furnace

Forced Air Furnace Repair - Questions & Answers

An electric furnace is more energy efficient than a gas furnace.

Top answer: False

Are furnace flame sensors universally aplicable?

Top answer: Some of the time

Are the fumes emitted from an oil-burning furnace dangerous to humans?

Top answer: Yes

Can a gas furnace be converted to an electric furnace?

Top answer: Never

Can I use a regular air filter for my furnace filter?

Top answer: Yes

Does a furnace draw air from crawl spaces?

Top answer: In some cases

Does a furnace manifold wear out over time?

Top answer: Yes

Does a Furnace Need a Cold Air Return?

Top answer: Always

If I can smell gas coming from my furnace, is it safe to leave it running?

Top answer: Never

If my furnace begins making loud noises, should I turn it off?

Top answer: Always

Is it safe to relight my furnace pilot light on my own?

Top answer: In some cases

Should a furnace fan be running at all times?

Top answer: No

True or False: A broken furnace ignitor typically requires the replacement of the whole furnace.

Top answer: False

Will a furnace be damaged if it freezes?

Top answer: Yes

Would you recommend replacing a natural draft furnace with a newer model?

Top answer: Always

Would you recommend using furnace heating oils in my furnace to prevent freezing?

Top answer: Never

Would you typically recommend buying a furnace air purifier?

Top answer: Always

Furnace Inspection - Questions & Answers

How Much Does a Furnace Tune Up & Inspection Cost?



What's typically included in a furnace tune-up?



Boilers Topics

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) for Boilers

Annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) for boilers is determined by calculating the percentage of fuel that is converted into usable heat.

Boiler Capacity Measured in BTUs

Boiler capacity (or load) measures the power of the boiler in terms of British thermal units (or BTUs).

Boiler Insurance

It may be necessary to add boiler insurance to your regular home insurance policy.

#Boiler on Twitter

Find resources related to boiler installation and replacement on Twitter.

Cost of Boiler Installation

Learn more about the factors that increase and decrease the cost of installing a new boiler.

What is a Boiler?

A boiler is an enclosed vessel that heats water and other liquids.

What is a Boiler Heating System?

A boiler heating system circulates hot water through pipes to radiators and baseboard heaters as a way of increasing air temperature in an enclosed space.

What is a Combi Boiler?

A combi boiler heats water for the central heating system and the domestic water supply of a home.

What is a Condensing Boiler?

A condensing boiler is a high-efficiency heating unit that recovers energy typically exhausted as waste.

What is a Hydronic Heating System?

A hydronic heating system uses a boiler to heat water in a central location. The hot water is passed through water pipes to baseboards and radiators in order to increase the surrounding air temperature.

What is a Radiant Heating System?

A radiant heating system circulates hot water or steam (from a boiler) to pipes, baseboards, and radiators.

A condensing boiler is more energy efficient than a non-condensing boiler.

Top answer: True

A hydronic heating system is the same thing as a radiant heating system.

Top answer: False

A wall-mounted boiler will typically cost more than a standalone, floor-mounted boiler.

Top answer: True

Combi (or combination) boilers are typically high efficiency systems (+90% AFUE)

Top answer: True

Gas-powered boilers are the most commonly installed type of boiler.

Top answer: True

Gas powered boilers are typically more energy efficient than electric boilers.

Top answer: True

How do boiler installers most commonly charge for their services?

Top answer: Fixed fee (based on unit cost and labor)

Is a boiler heating system (ie: radiant or hydronic) more energy efficient than a hot air furnace heating system?

Top answer: Yes

Most home insurance policies do not cover boiler repairs and replacement.

Top answer: True

Natural gas-powered boilers are typically less expensive than boilers powered by oil.

Top answer: True

Older homes typically require a boiler with a higher BTU rating.

Top answer: True

The installation of a high-efficiency boiler may require the installation of a new chimney liner.

Top answer: True

The larger the house, the higher the BTU rating of the boiler needs to be.

Top answer: In most cases

Which heating system has better air flow?

Top answer: Furnace (forced air heating system)

Boiler Inspection Checklist

A boiler inspection can help prevent a costly emergency repair.

Central Heating Topics

Commercial HVAC Installation (on a Budget)

Learn 10 tips for saving money on the cost of installing a new commercial HVAC system. Get some information about finding the right contractor as well.

How to Save Energy

When the weather cools off, football is back, and the holidays are fast approaching. If your anything like us your probably trying to figure out where the year has gone. Good Question! Though we may not have the answer to many of life’s questions we do have a few tips to make sure you save some money this season.

A gas furnace has lower operating costs than an air-source heat pump.

Top answer: In some cases

Other Furnaces Topics

Philadelphia Winters Call for Same Day Heater Repair

Remember the crisp fall days in Philadelphia? Me neither. Autumn flew by, and winter is here to stay. During the winter months, you can count on two things: holidays and higher heating bills. Most of the time, heaters work without a problem, but unfortunately, they break down from time to time. If your heater stops working, you’ll need it repaired FAST.

Related Questions & Answers

A whole house-humidifier only works when the heating system is running.

Top answer: True

Can a central humidifier cause mold to grow in my air ducts?

Top answer: In some cases

Can I install a whole house humidifier without a forced air system?

Top answer: In some cases

Can I set my central humidifier on a timer?

Top answer: In some cases

Can I use hard water to fill my humidifier?

Top answer: In most cases

Do I need a permit to install a central humidifier?

Top answer: In some cases

Does a whole house humidifier need to be plugged into an electrical outlet?

Top answer: In some cases

How do I know if I have too much humidity in my home?



How does a humidifier work?



How long should it typically take to install a whole house humidifier?

Top answer: 1-2 hours

How much water does a whole-house humidifier typically use in one day? (1500-2000 sf home)

Top answer: Not sure

How often should I change the vapor pad of my central humidifier?

Top answer: Once a year

Is it possible to retrofit a central humidifier into an existing forced air system?

Top answer: In most cases

Should my central humidifier be connected to hot or cold water?

Top answer: Not sure

Too much indoor humidity can cause windows to fog up.

Top answer: True

What is a whole house humidifier?



What is humidity?



What is the ideal indoor humidity level? (70° F indoor temperature)

Top answer: 40-50% humidity

Would you recommend installing a steam whole-house humidifier over a flow-through humidifier?

Top answer: Not sure

What is the best way to clean a whole house humidifier?




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