As the cost of living keeps rising, and consumers find themselves paying more for everything from food to clothing to medical care to housing, they continue to look for ways to save money. One expense that many homeowners look to cut back on is home heating costs, which can be enormously expensive in some cases depending on geography, how well a home is insulated, and the kind of furnace they have installed. At Tropic Air, we’ve been the Greater Toronto Area’s leading HVAC company since 1992, and we pride ourselves on high-quality service, repairs, and furnace installation projects.
Unless you live in a tropical environment, every home needs a furnace to maintain a consistent, comfortable temperature. If you are in the market for a new furnace or need repair work done on an existing unit, there are things to be aware of before doing work yourself or calling a repair and furnace installation specialist.
Types of furnaces
There are many different kinds of household furnaces that Tropic Air’s highly trained and experienced service professionals work on, including:
- A Central Warm-Air Furnace is defined as interior space-heating equipment where a central combustor or resistance unit, powered by gas, fuel oil, or electricity, generates warm air which is pumped throughout a home or building through a system of ducts in the ceiling, walls, or floors. Most popularly, a “forced-air furnace” uses a fan to force the air through the ductwork, while a gravity furnace uses the force of gravity to distribute warm air.
- Tropic Air also provides service and repairs for Steam or Hot-Water Systems, which supplies hot water or steam to conventional radiators, convectors, heating pipes, or baseboard radiators embedded in the ceilings or walls, or equipment or heating coils that make up a whole house heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
- A Reverse-Cycle System, also known as a Heat Pump. This is a year-round HVAC system in which refrigeration equipment pumps warm and cold air through ducts and into rooms within a residence or building. The unit includes a compressor, indoor and outdoor coils, and a thermostat to regulate the temperature.
- Another type of space-heating equipment known as a Floor, Wall, or Pipeless Furnace includes a ductless combustor or resistance unit and an enclosed chamber where fuel is burned or electrical-resistance heat is created to warm rooms in a building or home. A floor furnace is placed below the floor and delivers heated air to the room directly above or, if the space is partitioned, to rooms on each side. A wall furnace pumps heated air to the rooms on one or both sides of the wall. In most cases, a basement is where a pipeless furnace is installed and delivers heated air through a large floor register in the room or hallway directly above.
When it comes to finding a qualified HVAC company, make sure to go with a contractor with several years of experience known for a commitment to quality, affordability, and outstanding customer service.