Electric Furnace Heat Distribution

The goal and function of an electric furnace is to distribute heat throughout a home in order to keep the cold out and the people inside comfortable and warm. It has the ability to transfer the heat into the home through the use of an intermediary distribution system. There are some types of furnaces that are able to distribute the heat by using hot water or steam. This is usually called a boiler.

This is used to provide people not only warmth in the home – but also warm water for their bath and for washing dishes. This is much easier and more affordable for people who do not wish to have an electric furnace as well as a water heater. The only problem with this is that if the boiler should break it would take the warmth from the home and the water and leave the family in a very hard position.

The most common types of electric furnaces use air convection heating systems to distribute the heat around the home. They will use a fan that will circulate the air into each room of the home all while pulling the cooler air into the furnace where it will be heated and redistributed.

The fan is able to overcome the resistance of the duct work making it easy for the ducts to be arranged as needed. In most cases there are various ducts that are used to bring in the cold air and brought to the furnace. The cold air will then travel through the furnace, through an air filter, the blower, and finally through the heat exchanger. After this it will then be pushed back into the house as warm air.

The duct work is made using sheet metal of plastic – which is flexible. They are also either insulated or uninitiated depending on what it better for the home. These ducts must be sealed with plenum, mastic, or foil duct tape in order to prevent any air from leaking out of them. When air leaks it will cause the electric furnace to be inefficient.