When it comes to furnaces, there are certainly a number of different styles and brands to choose from. Choosing the right furnace for your home is extremely important when it comes to energy efficiency. You want to be sure that the furnace you purchase and install in your home is going to give you the most heat, while consuming the least amount of energy possible. Finding the right furnace for your home or commercial property takes a bit of understanding when it comes to how exactly a furnace functions. In addition, you’ll want to know what makes one type of furnace different from the other, and how that will affect your choice when it comes to how the furnace will function on your property. To help you gain a simple yet straightforward understanding of which furnace is ideal for you, the HVAC experts at Lillie Family Ltd have prepared the following guide to understanding the difference between two major types of furnace: the upflow and downflow furnaces.

Upflow Furnace

This type of furnace is among the most common types found in homes and businesses across cities like Vancouver, Abbotsford and Kelowna. The upflow furnace gets its name from the way it moves air through its system. An upflow furnace takes air in through the bottom where it is heated inside the furnace and pushed up through the top of the unit through the duct work installed throughout your home or business. To function properly, the upflow furnace must be placed in the lowest point of your property, such as a basement. This is so the heated air can rise properly and spread efficiently throughout your home or commercial space.

Downflow Furnace

A downflow furnace works just like an upflow furnace, but in a completely opposite manner. Unlike the upflow furnace which needs to be placed at the lowest point, a downflow furnace only works from a high point like an attic. This furnace is usually only used when there is no viable location to place an upflow furnace. While it can provide efficient heating to a smaller space, a downflow furnace is less ideal due to the way that warm air naturally rises. Studies have shown that people actually prefer to feel warm air rising from beneath their feet rather than over their heads.

To help determine which type of furnace is best suited for your living space or workplace, be sure to consult with the HVAC experts at Lillie Family. We offer a great selection of quality furnaces, and will be happy to provide full installation services to both residential and commercial customers.

  • Trane
  • American Standard
  • Day & Night
  • Bryant
  • Rheem
  • Lennox
  • Ruud
  • Goodman
  • Carrier
  • and many more

Issues with your upflow downflow furnace? Contact us today!