The most common types of floor furnaces come in the form of a gas furnace that releases warm air into the room when properly installed beneath the floor. They are often implemented as a heating system for the home because gas is a cheaper fuel to run and also because they allow the warm air to rise and circulate naturally around the room through the heating process of convection. However, floor furnaces are not for every home.
Once the furnace installation is complete and the floor furnace is correctly positioned below the floor it immediately becomes vulnerable to dirt. This is precisely because of its position next to the floor where dirt and other particles usually lie and could contaminate the vents. If not properly maintained this can cause problems to occur with the combustion and circulation of the furnace. Dust also naturally falls towards lower surfaces as well which means floor furnaces receive a lot of dust. This can be both a risk to health as well as to the furnace itself as if the dust and dirt get trapped in the combustion chamber the furnace could explode. The best way to prevent this from happening maintaining a healthy environment is to keep the vents clean and clear and to have the furnace parts professionally cleaned once or twice a year.
Ventilation can also often become an issue when installing a new furnace. Some new floor furnace units can be designated to an area far away from the home’s traditional venting systems leaving the gas and other heating properties produced by the furnace dwelling inside the house instead of being transferred outside the house. In some circumstances the furnace may not vent properly which could increase energy costs and wasted energy. The best solution for this is to have the system properly inspected and to add additional vents in an around the floor furnace area as is necessary.
Floor furnaces are not ideal for homes with very young children. This is because they are located close to the ground placing them within easy reach of children and babies who could potentially burn themselves. Objects in contact with or in close proximity to floor furnaces can also become dried and distorted. Flammable materials also have the potential to catch fire if they are set too close to the vents, so it is very important that furniture and other objects are situated some distance away from the furnace.
The cost of using a floor furnace can be quite high if it is clogged and not operating to its full potential. Charges for professional furnace maintenance can also be quite high because of the potential risks involved. However, if a floor furnace system is properly installed, inspected and maintained then the cost of running it will be similar or considerably lower than other conventional home heating systems. This is especially true for floor furnaces with high efficiency systems in place.