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The most common type of HVAC system in North American homes is a forced-air system. Forced-air furnaces boast optimal practicality and functionality along with enhanced efficiency. They’re easy to install and make it simple to keep your home at your desired temperature. If you’re thinking about installing a forced-air heating system in your Fort Valley, Georgia, home, it’s important to know how it works.

Design of Forced-Air Furnaces

A forced-air heating system pulls colder air into the ductwork and pushes it to the furnace. It heats this cold air, sends it through different ductwork and distributes it through air vents into various rooms throughout the home. If you don’t want to heat a certain room, you simply close its air vent.

Parts of a Forced-air Heating System

A forced-air heating system knows how warm to heat the home by communicating with the thermostat. When the temperature in the home gets below the setting on the thermostat, the furnace will kick on. Once it reaches your desired temperature, the thermostat signals the burners on the furnace to shut off. These burners use either gas or oil to warm the cold air. Other parts of a forced-air heating system include the:

  • Heat exchanger
  • Blower
  • Return ducts (sucks in cool air)
  • Supply ducts (pushes warm air into different rooms)
  • Air plenum
  • Fan limit switch

Benefits of a Forced-Air Furnace

A forced-air heating system shares its ductwork with your cooling system. Thanks to its limited number of parts, this type of system is ideal for those on a controlled budget. But it still provides efficient and effective heating.

Additionally, if you upgrade your HVAC unit to a forced-air system, you can achieve an AFUE rating of 98. As a result, you can enjoy significant savings on your heating expenses. Regular preventative HVAC maintenance is crucial to sustaining this high AFUE rating. Therefore, you should schedule maintenance regularly.

Pruett Air Conditioning specializes in a variety of HVAC installation, repair, and maintenance services. Contact us today at 478-225-4921 to learn more about forced-air systems. We can perform an assessment on your home to determine if a forced-air unit is best.

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