What kind of furnace do I have? That is an essential question, especially when the furnace isn’t working. There are two typical kinds of furnaces. There’s forced air and there’s the boiler type.
How do you identify which you have? It’s quite simple. If you have “registers” in each room that have warm air blowing out of them, that’s forced air.
If one has radiators, either freestanding or baseboard type, that suggests that you have a boiler
An additional method to use boilers is radiant floor heat. That’s a bunch of pipes that run through the floor and warm the floor up, which heats up the room. Very nice, but pricey to install.
You can have heat that’s not coming from a furnace. You could have electric baseboard heat. Or electric wall heating units. You could have a gas wall heater.
Next thing to determine is what fuel your furnace uses. There are six typical types.
Coal, not the typical, typically used with a boiler. If you have coal, you probably noticed.
Electric heat is simple, but expensive. It’s one of the most costly heat source.
Fuel Oil, If you’ve been in the house for a while then you will have loaded a fuel oil storage tank. Generally used with a boiler.
LPG or propane. That’s an above ground tank that gets filled from time to time. Generally rural houses, with gas heaters that don’t have gas piped to the house use propane.
Natural gas, or methane, that’s the gas which is piped to urban homes, It’s a very typical way to heat homes. It burns clean, it’s fairly cost effective and it’s generally pretty trouble free.
Wood, you probably noticed. You ‘d have a wood stove or a fireplace in the living room and a stack of wood outside.
That pretty well covers it, if you live in a house. It should not take too long to nose around and determine exactly where the heat is or should be resulting from. Click here.