One of the most common questions that we get here at Genuine Comfort is how furnaces should be vented. Ventilation is extremely important for many reasons. Horizontal vents and vertical vents exist to help filter out still, stale air and bring in fresh air from outside. Not only do vents allow air to circulate throughout your home or building, but they also allow your home to be properly heated and cooled. Continue reading to learn more about furnace ventilation.
95% Efficiency Furnaces
95% efficiency furnaces are the most efficient types of furnaces on the market from our perspective as HVAC professionals. 95% efficiency furnaces pull air from the outdoors, using a process called closed combustion to manufacture heat. Because of this, 95% efficiency furnaces need vents to ensure that they get the proper amount of air. Keeping your furnace properly ventilated ensures that your furnace will not get overheated and will function properly for a longer period of time. However, many people question whether the 95% efficiency furnace should be vented up or to the side.
How Common Are Horizontal Vents?
If you have an older home, it is likely that you will already have horizontal vents in your home. This is important to understand when installing a 95% efficiency furnace, as it will help the installing team know which way to extend the furnace’s vents. Horizontal vents are very common due to many older homes being built with vents that lead directly outside. However, vertical vents are just as common, depending on where and when your home was built.
Should You Get Horizontal Or Vertical Vents?
If you are curious about whether you should get horizontal or vertical vents, the easy answer is that either will be just fine! It doesn’t particularly matter whether you choose to have horizontal or vertical furnace vents, as long as it is venting properly. In order to make sure that your vents are working properly, check to make sure that the vents have a slope of about a quarter inch per foot and that they are draining properly.
Are You In Need Of Professional HVAC Services?
If you are a homeowner or property owner and are in need of professional HVAC services, you should consider reaching out to us at Genuine Comfort. We offer comprehensive repair and maintenance services for all of our clients. Our team of technicians has extensive experience helping property owners fix heating and cooling problems and keep their homes at a comfortable temperature. If you are interested in getting horizontal or vertical vents or are in need of repair services for your HVAC systems, feel free to reach out to us today.