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Will My Furnace Still Run If the Power Goes Out?


It’s an important question: will my furnace still run if the power goes out? Sadly, the answer is often no. There are many different types of furnaces you can use to heat your home in Nyack, NY, but unless you’re relying on a plain old-fashioned fireplace, your furnace still needs at least a little electricity in order to do its job. That means when the power goes out, your furnace will most likely cease to function.

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Why is this? Simply put, some parts of the furnace still run on electricity. For example, forced air furnaces use gas to power the heat, but the ignition switch is usually electrical (unless you have an older model with a pilot light) and in almost every model, you need electricity to run the fan motor to blow the heated air into your home. The same principle exists with radiant and geothermal systems, which need electricity to run their pumps.

One potential solution is the installation of a whole-house generator, which will run not only your furnace, but most of your other appliances as well. A professional expert can help you select a whole-house generator that fits your needs. If you’re in a situation where you can’t afford to lose heating at any time, then a generator makes the best kind of insurance against the worst.

If you need Nyack, NY furnace repair service or generator installation, call the professionals at Design Air, Inc. We understand that Mother Nature doesn’t always play nice with your power system, and can set your house up to survive the inconvenience that a strong storm or lightning strike can cause. Call us today to set up an appointment, and let us show you what we can do!