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Mobile Home Versus Residential Furnaces: What’s the Difference?

Purchasing a mobile home furnace involves a lot of consideration and research. Mobile home furnaces require unique ductwork and venting. The furnace for your mobile home is installed differently than a standard residential furnace in order to keep your residence safe.

Choosing a high-efficiency furnace can be challenging if you don’t know what you’re looking for. At Aaron’s, we’ll help you review the different types of furnaces available as well as the cost associated with each type.

Purchasing your furnace through an HVAC professional is an important first step in your decision-making process. A trained Aaron’s technician will make sure that the furnace is installed correctly, that the components are functioning correctly, and that the heating system is working properly.

Types of Furnaces:

Natural gas furnaces work by converting gas into heat. This is the most popular choice for the majority of mobile home owners. Natural gas furnaces tend to be more reliable and quieter than other types of furnaces. They range from 80% to 95% efficiency. A higher efficiency furnace will have more upfront cost but can save you in energy costs over the lifetime of the unit.

Oil furnaces rely on the fuel being sprayed into a combustion chamber at high pressure and then ignited. This oil mist burns, creating heat. The heat is then sent through ducts and released, most commonly through floor vents. Oil heaters tend to be cost-effective, but you will have to buy oil regularly to keep it running. They are long-lasting but are more costly to fix when parts need to be replaced.

Electric furnaces are highly efficient, operating at almost 100% efficiency, but can be more costly to operate than their gas counterparts. An electric furnace draws in cold air and pushes it through a heat exchanger. The electric components heat the air, and the blower propels it through the ducts. Homeowners in colder climates will likely see their electricity bill rise in the winter months due to the electric furnace.

A furnace intended for a traditional home could be potentially dangerous within a mobile property due to their higher heat output. Mobile homes tend to have smaller heat ducts, and the warmth from a regularly sized furnace could be too much to handle.

Furnaces built for mobile homes will have a label or a metal data plate stating that they are approved for use in manufactured homes — don’t buy a furnace that doesn’t have the label. Aaron’s will help ensure we get you a system that fits your mobile home’s unique needs. Call us today!

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