Lake Michigan Mechanical is Home to Grand Rapid’s Leading Furnace Installation Experts
Different homes and different situations require different furnace types and sizes. Lake Michigan Mechanical is your West Michigan furnace installation expert.
We will work with you to determine whether or not it’s time to replace your existing furnace, as well as help you choose the right furnace solution for your situation. We want your family to be warm and happy, as well as have the most efficient furnace for your home to save on energy costs.
Choosing the Right Furnace
There are many different types of furnaces with varying outputs.
Gas furnaces are the most commonly used, and 80,000 BTU is usually sufficient for your average 1600-2000 square foot home. Gas furnaces are a great choice in colder climates where performance is essential.
Electric furnaces are more common in areas with milder winters. They operate fairly efficiently, however, they usually require too much electricity to heat a home dealing with sub-zero temperatures for extended periods of time in a cost-efficient manner.
Furnace efficiency is the number one thing to look at when installing a new furnace. You want the furnace that will adequately heat your home while simultaneously keeping the gas bill as low as possible. Ideally, the furnace will be able to heat your home and keep it warm with limited runtime, thus utilizing less gas.
Furnace vs. Boiler – What’s Right for Me?
The main difference between a furnace and a boiler is that a furnace uses air and a boiler uses water to distribute heat throughout your home. A furnace heats air in a centralized unit that is then forced through ductwork in your home by a blower unit.
Boilers, on the other hand, heats water or steam in a centralized location and then pumps it through piping to radiators or under floor radiant heating systems.
Each system presents pros and cons, so it’s best to understand them when making a decision. While furnaces are more common and typically cheaper, they also create a drafty environment because they are blowing air, as well as circulating allergens and dust around your home. Boilers provide more consistent heat without the need for moving air, but they can be costlier to install and maintenance can be more complicated.