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Furnace Terms & Definitions

Furnace Books imageFurnace BooksL.P. Gas:Liquefied Petroleum gas or Propane gas is used in HVAC as fuel for furnaces and boilers. Most new gas-fired furnaces and boilers can be converted to L.P. Gas.
Furnace Air Filter imageFurnace Air FiltersElectronic Air Cleaner (EAC):A separate or attached filtration unit that uses electrically charged cells to attract airborne particles and other contaminants. The cells and prefilters can be removed, cleaned and reused for many years. These highly effective filtration devices are commonly used in residential applications.
Furnace Control imageFurnace ControlsFan/Limit Switch:A control commonly used in older furnaces to control the cycling of the blower (fan) and exchanger temperature (limit). Newer furnaces use a low voltage control board and separate limit switches and sensors.
Furnace Electrical imageFurnace Electrical GuidesVoltage:Potential difference in a charge between two points in an electrical field. The higher the voltage, the greater the flow of electrical current (amperes). Most home's electrical supply is 120VAC or 120 Volts of Alternating Current. Air conditioning and heat pump systems are 240VAC (2x120VAC). In HVAC systems, high voltage "stepped-down" through a transformer produces low voltage.
Gas Furnace Equipment image Gas Furnace UnitsCondensing Furnace:High efficiency furnace that converts most of its burned fuel for energy in the form of heat. The remainder is converted to condensation and low temperature gases that are expelled through a drain and vent piping.
Oil Furnace Equipment imageOil Furnace UnitsA.F.U.E.:Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency is a measurement term used in furnaces for the amount of fuel that is converted to energy. Basically, it is a percentage of what burned fuel is used for heat to what is expelled out the vent or chimney. The higher the percentage the higher the efficiency of the unit.
Furnace Parts imageFurnace Replacement PartsHot Surface Ignitor:Part on a gas furnace used to ignite the pressure regulated fuel as it exits the orifices. The most common ignitors used in gas furnaces are made of silicon carbide and also act as a flame detection sensor after the burners are lit correctly.
Furnace Software imageFurnace Software ProgramsManual J:A calculation to determine residential heat loss or gain depending on the type of equipment being sized.
Furnace Supplies imageFurnace AccessoriesChimney and Vent Piping:Piping used to vent flue gases to the exterior of the building. High efficiency furnaces use schedule 40 PVC vent and intake piping. Older furnaces use a heavier gauged metal piping (single or double-walled) to a properly sized chimney flue. Check your local building codes and the furnace's manufacturer's specifications for proper clearances and installation materials.
Furnace Technical imageFurnace Technical ManualsWater Column (W.C.):A measurement term used for determining the correct operating pressure of L.P. or natural gas that enters and exits the gas valve. Not to be confused with P.S.I. (Pounds per Square Inch). A special tool called a manometer is used to measure the inches of water column a unit needs to correctly operate.
Furnace Repair imageFurnace Troubleshooting GuidesDiagnostic Control Board:A low voltage integrated control board on furnaces that will blink a series of fault codes if a problem occurs in the unit's operation. Also called a furnace control or circuit board; not all boards have the fault code output.
Furnace Thermostat imageFurnace ThermostatsSingle or Two Stage Thermostats:A single stage thermostat controls one unit in a single mode like a furnace in 'Heat' mode and the air conditioning system in 'Cool' mode. A two stage or multi-stage thermostat controls variable speed furnaces and air conditioning systems. Not to be confused with a heat pump thermostat which controls the stages between the outdoor heat pump and the indoor electrical kilowatt heaters in 'Heat' mode.