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Horizontal Flow Furnace

A horizontal flow furnace indicates how heated air leaves the furnace and enters your ductwork in a horizontal manner so that it can be dispersed through your home. These types of furnaces can be placed on their side.

What is a horizontal flow furnace?

A horizontal flow furnace is a type of forced-air heating system that blows heated air into the home through ductwork in a horizontal fashion. This provides better control and distribution of the heat throughout the space, allowing for more even temperatures from room to room. These systems are usually placed on their side, allowing for easier installation and maintenance. They tend to be quieter than vertical flow furnaces as well, making them ideal for homes with multiple stories or large rooms that require consistent temperature regulation.

Advantages of a horizontal flow furnace

1. More Even Heat Distribution: The horizontal airflow pattern created by these units helps distribute heat more evenly around a home, resulting in less drastic fluctuations between rooms on different levels or opposite sides of the house.

2. Quieter Operation: Horizontal flow furnaces are usually quieter than their vertical counterparts, making them ideal for homes with multiple stories or large rooms that need consistent temperature regulation.

3. Easier Installation & Maintenance: The side-mounted design of these systems makes it easier to access and maintain the unit, as well as providing more flexibility when installing in tight spaces. Additionally, the lighter weight of horizontal furnaces helps reduce installation costs in comparison to traditional upflow systems. 

4. Energy Efficiency: Higher efficiency models with two stage operations can help reduce energy consumption when paired with a compatible thermostat and other energy saving features like variable speed motors and electronic air filters for improved air quality. 

Disadvantages of a horizontal flow furnace 

1. Limited Sizing: These systems tend to be more limited in terms of size, and may not be suitable for larger homes or commercial applications. 

2. Higher Price Tag: Despite their smaller size and lower installation costs, these units can still come with a higher price tag than traditional upflow furnaces due to the premium features they offer. 

3. Limited Placement Options: As they must be installed on their side, these furnaces are limited in terms of placement options, meaning they may not fit into tight spaces or places that require a vertical orientation. Additionally, they cannot be used in attics due to space constraints and potential safety issues. 

Overall, a horizontal flow furnace is a great option for homeowners looking to improve energy efficiency, reduce noise levels from their heating system, and provide more even temperatures throughout the home. With their side-mounted design, these units are more flexible in terms of installation and maintenance than traditional upflow systems as well. However, they do come with some disadvantages such as limited sizing options, higher cost, and restricted placement possibilities that should be taken into account before making a purchase. Watch this video on how HVAC systems work to learn more about heating and cooling systems create optimal temperature control within your home. You can also contact a local technician today to learn more.

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