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How Does an Oil Furnace Work?

Furnaces Distribute Warm Air Through Your Home

oil furnace michigan Today’s high-efficiency heating oil furnaces provide many Michigan homeowners with a great opportunity to increase their comfort while decreasing their energy usage. New furnaces can now heat a home using significantly less energy compared to older generation equipment.

Knowing more about how your furnace works will help you to make smart choices if you’re considering replacing your old heating system with a new, high-efficiency model. And if you’re having a heating problem, knowing more about how your furnace works will be helpful when you discuss the issue with our service technician.

An Inside Look at Your Oil Furnace

Also known as a warm-air or forced-air system, a furnace produces heated air inside its combustion chamber. Here is how that warm air then gets distributed throughout your home.

Furnace Benefits

Besides heat, the ductwork that connects with your furnace can provide other kinds of conditioned air, including through:

Old Furnaces Vs. New Furnaces

The heating oil furnaces of today can operate at a range of speeds and include other efficiency-enhancing features, such as microprocessor-based controls, high-pressure flame-retention burners and durable heat exchangers. Here is a look at different furnaces operate, according to the U.S. Energy Department . The newer the furnace, the higher its efficiency rating, which is defined by its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE).
Older, low-efficiency furnaces:

Mid-efficiency furnaces:

High-efficiency furnaces:

Replacing Your Old Furnace

If your oil furnace is more than 25 years old, or if you’ve had more than a few repairs in the last couple of years, it’s time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment. As noted above, today’s high-efficiency furnaces provide extra heat more efficiently than units made a generation ago.
Higher efficiency means more energy savings, which of course translates into lower energy costs. This is why it pays to learn as much as you can about today’s high-tech heating solutions—and your heating oil equipment service contractor can help you, with all the latest information on new, high-efficiency heating oil furnaces. They can also tell you about an equipment rebate program sponsored by the Michigan Petroleum Association/Michigan Association of Convenience Stores (MPAMACS), with the support of the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA).

When discussing your heating oil furnace replacement options with your heating oil expert, you’ll most likely learn about the importance of proper sizing.

Reach out to your Michigan heating oil service company to learn more about new, high-efficiency heating oil furnaces.