What Are The Different Types of Furnaces?

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Furnaces are not “one size fits all.” If they were, this would be a much shorter blog post.

Let’s walk through all the different types of furnaces available, the best brands and how to choose the best possible furnace for your home.


How do I choose a furnace?

A furnace is one of the main components of your HVAC system. When you set the thermostat in your home to 68 degrees, you activate the fan to switch on and start warming up your home. The first step in a furnace analysis should be finding out which furnace fits your needs best, this depends upon your budget and what energy sources are available.

What are the different types of furnaces to choose from?

Well, there are 4 main types of furnaces.



Oil furnaces are most commonly used in the Northeast U.S.

They are slightly less efficient than gas furnaces but your upfront cost will be lower.


Propane furnaces are a great option if you do not have gas and oil available and easily accessible where you are located at. About 10% of the U.S. choose this option.


Electric furnaces are the lowest cost upfront to purchase, but you are going to see higher monthly bills with this option. But, they are easier to install and last about 10 years longer than other alternatives.


This is the most popular choice for American households as Natural Gas is about 65% more efficient than other heating options. About half of all the U.S. chooses natural gas furnace heating

What are some of the most popular brands that U.S. households choose?

  • Trane
  • Smeco
  • Carrier
  • Goodman
  • American Standard
  • Rheem

Wrapping It Up

These are some of the most frequently asked questions for our technicians, if you need additional information with one of the questions below, or about the different types of furnaces available, we are here to help. 

What furnace is the most efficient?

What furnace will save me money?

Which brand of furnace is best?

What is the best gas furnace?

What are the top 10 best oil furnaces?

Request more info from one of our expert Southern Pride Service Inc. HVAC technicians and we will be glad to answer these questions or any other questions you have.