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What’s the Best Type of Furnace for My Home?

Since a furnace is the powerhouse driving your home’s heating and cooling system, you can’t take a one-size-fits-all approach when selecting one. There are many different types of furnaces and other important factors to consider. In this article I’ll discuss the different types of furnaces and how to choose the best one for your home.


A furnace is one of the main components (and most important parts) of your HVAC system. When the temperature in your house drops below a predetermined temperature or if you change the settings on your thermostat, a signal is sent to activate the furnace and begin the heating air. At the same time, a fan switches on and circulates the heated air through your home. How the heat is transferred to the air depends on the type of furnace you have.

In order to compare furnaces, you need to evaluate your home and determine which type would work most efficiently. Your budget and the available fuel source(s) are just two of the factors to take into account.


There are four main types of furnaces: natural gas, oil, electric, and propane.

while other types of furnaces typically require a heat exchanger or chamber that warms the surrounding air. 

  • Natural gas furnaces are highly economical and widely used throughout the US. Though older gas furnaces were only about 65% efficient on average, newer gas furnaces can be up to 98% efficient– making them a popular choice. In fact, nearly half the country depends on this energy source to heat their homes and those that don’t typically have to resort to other options where natural gas isn’t available.
  • Oil furnaces are most commonly found in the northeastern United States and slightly less efficient (between 80-90%) than gas furnaces. Since gas furnaces can cost up to 25% more to purchase, the lower upfront costs are appealing to consumers.
  • Electric furnaces are easier to install and typically last up to 10 years longer. They work by having electricity flow through a metal heating or ceramic heating element to produce heat. Though they are the cheapest option initially, you’ll pay the difference in your monthly electric bills as they’re generally 300% more expensive to use than other gas-burning units.
  • Propane is a byproduct of oil and gas production. It’s easily stored in tanks and used by almost 10% of the US households. This is a great option if gas and oil aren’t readily accessible in your area.


Solar powered furnaces have been around for decades and in recent years, are growing in popularity. They create heat by concentrating the energy given off by the sun and work best in arid regions where there’s plenty of sunlight.

Solar powered furnaces are a good option for heating your home and have many benefits including:

  • Harnessing limitless solar power for free while significantly reducing electric bills especially through the colder months.
  • Replacing harmful fossil fuels to reduce air pollution.
  • Using a modern system that works efficiently.

Selecting the Right Type of Furnace

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When choosing the right furnace for your home, there are a couple of things we recommend you take into consideration.

1. Size of unit

It’s essential to have the right size furnace for your home. This is typically measured in BTUs, and calculating the correct size depends on many factors. The size of your home, ceiling height, and even the number of windows all have to be taken into consideration. Not sure where to start? Schedule a free replacement consultation with Spurk HVAC and we’ll happily get you the right-sized unit for your home.

2. Compare furnace reviews

Don’t just go for the cheapest furnace. A lower-priced unit may end up costing more to operate and repair if it runs less efficiently. Customer reviews can provide honest insight into any furnace you’re considering before you make your purchase. If you’re still not sure, just ask us! Our experienced team at Spurk HVAC is eager to navigate you through your options, offer suggestions, and answer any questions you may have so you can make an educated choice that produces the best results.

What’s the Best Brand to Choose?

This is a tough question to answer. There are a ton of popular brands out there: Trane, Carrier, Goodman, American Standard, Mitsubishi, and Rheem are all popular in the Pittsburgh area and across the nation.

Our Recommendation

Based on quality and value, our favorite brands are American Standard and Mitsubishi Electric. Both have proven to be dependable options that have satisfied our customers’ needs time and time again.


Choosing the right furnace for your home can be a daunting task. Knowing your options and feeling comfortable to ask the questions that are important to you is the first step to finding a system for your home. 

If you would like assistance with finding the perfect furnace for your home’s needs, we can help! Contact Spurk HVAC to schedule an in-home consultation, and receive guidance from one of our expert team members today.

About Spurk HVAC

Spurk HVAC was formed in 2018 and is located in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. We proudly serve Cranberry Twp., Wexford, Gibsonia, Mars, and the surrounding areas. We are an American Standard Customer Care Dealer and a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor.

We service all makes and models. Please contact us if you are seeking heating repair, heating system replacement, air conditioner repair, air conditioning maintenance, air conditioning replacement, or any other heating & cooling services. Whether you are looking for residential or commercial HVAC services, we look forward to any and all opportunities to become your preferred HVAC contractor.


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