Different Types of Furnace Systems

In the winter, it’s easy to take your furnace for granted. As long as it’s keeping everybody warm and comfortable, that is. If your furnace goes out and it’s beyond repair, did you know you have options? The majority of U.S. homes employ a gas/forced air furnace, which means that natural gas heats the air, which is then “forced” through your home via the duct system. And while natural gas prices have recently risen, it is still the most economical heating fuel. 

Another heating option is an electric furnace. As the name implies, this type of furnace uses electricity to heat the air. While the units themselves are less expensive than gas furnaces, they are much more expensive to operate. But when combined with solar panels, electric furnaces can quickly recoup their operating costs. There are no associated threats of carbon monoxide and electricity is available practically everywhere.

A third option is a heat pump. These units are located outside the house and provide both heating and cooling. Simply put, they “pump” heat from one area to another by extracting heat from cold outdoor air and circulating it through your home. The system uses a refrigerant to cool hot air in the summer. The advantages to a heat pump are that they are environmentally friendly and eliminate the need for separate AC and furnace units. The drawbacks are that heat pumps can be expensive and don’t always work that well in climates with extreme temperature swings.

The team at Atlas Butler can help you choose which type of furnace or heat pump is best for your home. We have proudly served Central Ohio for more than 100 years, and you can call on us 24/7 for any heating system problem or to schedule a furnace checkup. A system review can quickly determine if your faulty furnace can be repaired or needs to be replaced. Call us today at 614-681-2167.

2022-03-21T10:16:42-04:00February 25th, 2022|HVAC Vlogs|

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

Cleaning Your Air Ducts

Winter is officially here in Ohio, which means your furnace is probably working hard to keep your home warm. With the costs of energy soaring nationwide, you want to take advantage of every opportunity to save money. If the air ducts in your home are dirty, the efficiency of your furnace can be reduced by as much as 20%. If you have never had your air ducts cleaned, or it’s been a while, consult with the service pros at Atlas Butler to see if now’s the time.

Your air ducts can collect dust, pollen, dirt, pet dander and more. When your furnace kicks on, all of this debris blows around the rooms of your house. This can aggravate health problems like asthma and allergies and other respiratory conditions. Your furnace is forced to work harder to deliver warm air, and the result is higher heating bills.

Atlas Butler Offers Duct Cleaning

The team at Atlas Butler will vacuum your air ducts and clean other components of your furnace including the heat exchange, air blower, grills, and diffusers. You’ll be left with a clean ductwork system that allows more efficient airflow and cleaner, healthier air. Call us at 614-681-2167 to schedule a consultation. Our phones are answered by a live person 24/7. 

2022-02-13T16:26:38-05:00January 18th, 2022|duct cleaning, home energy efficiency, HVAC Topics, HVAC Vlogs|

Changing Your Furnace Filter

How often should you change your filter?

Your furnace filter plays an important role in the heating and cooling of your home. Furnace filters are designed to trap particles that are pulled through your cold air ducts and routed back to the heat exchange before being pushed back into your home. When those filters are not changed, it can not only affect the air quality in your home but can also affect the air flow to your vents. 

See what our pro’s have to say about furnace filters. 


There is no set formula, as every home is different. The type of filters you use also makes a big difference. Typical one-inch fiberglass filters need to be changed monthly; more durable filters, such as the orange/white MERV8 filters can go about six months before being changed. The cleanliness of your air ducts also is a big factor in how long your filters can go between changes. Dirty air ducts, pet hair and dust and grime can have a huge impact on your home’s indoor air quality by decreasing efficiency of the air conditioner and furnace.

If the air quality in your home is poor or you are not getting enough air flow to the rooms in your home, schedule an appointment with Atlas Butler to have one of our trained technicians examine your furnace. You can also call us at 614-681-2167 to schedule an appointment. 

2021-12-09T11:53:29-05:00November 11th, 2020|HVAC Vlogs|
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