A cold home can be damaging to your health, leading to poor sleep quality, contaminants in the air, and an overall lower quality of life. Especially in the winter, your chosen heating system will be a key to a happy and healthy lifestyle. With several different heating systems available to the average homeowner. it is beneficial to know your options. One choice is forced air systems.
What is a Forced Air Furnace?
Once the thermostat in the house measures the temperature as too low, the furnace is ignited and a fan sucks cold air from the home, passes it through a filter clearing it of dust, pollen, and other contaminants, flows the air through the air handler warming it using a heat source, usually with propane or natural gas, and the warmed air is dispersed throughout the house through ducts. The process is repeated until the thermostat registers the desired temperature setting.
With space heating being one of the top two energy costs for the average homeowner, you will want an economical and effective option. Natural gas fuels the majority of these units and is affordable, efficient, and clean. Combustion technologies have further improved the efficiency ratings ensuring that warm air is not wasted.
Quality Indoor Air
Forced air furnace filters pull air in and trap dust, pollen, and allergens improving the overall quality of your indoor air. These airborne particles that can potentially make you and your family sick will remain in the filter. With proper filter upkeep, this cycle improves the air quality in your home and for minimal cost. Additionally, air humidifiers and other air cleaners throughout your home will improve the efficiency of your system and the quality of your air.
Furnaces are historically sturdy mechanisms that don’t break down easily. This will ensure a consistent temperature in your home allowing you to focus on quality time with family, friends, and relaxation.
Fast Comfort and Health
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Furnaces can begin heating a home within minutes. With over 90% of our time spent indoors, having a comfortable environment is paramount. A well-heated home is especially important to children and the elderly who have more sensitivities. A colder home is susceptible to dampness. Although dampness is a health risk on its own, it can lead to mold causing further respiratory illnesses. Brenan’s Heating and Air conditioning recommends a humidity level of 40 to 50 percent within the home. If it is too low, as can be the case with furnaces, a humidifier will help alleviate that issue.
Additionally, blood pressure and heart rate can be affected by temperatures that are too low. Being too cold can lead to serious health risks like heart attack and liver damage. The elderly have lower body fat, slower circulation, and slower metabolism which puts them at greater risk for hypothermia. Babies struggle with maintaining their body heat so an indoor forced air furnace that can easily help adjust the temperature within a home is optimal for them. Forced air furnaces create a stable, comfortable and healthy temperature in the home which will guarantee your family’s well-being.