For those with central heating systems, chances are you most likely have a pilot light within your furnace. A pilot light is a gas-powered flame that is tucked away within your furnace system. The light serves as an ignition for the rest of the furnace burner; the furnace essentially cannot function without the pilot light igniting. These days, pilot lights are ignited using electricity which saves homeowners more money over the system’s lifespan.
Common Uses for Pilot Lights
Due to their simplicity regarding ignition and functionality, pilot lights have many uses including household hot water heaters, HVAC systems, fireplaces, and even hot air balloons. Due to high energy costs, many homeowners have steered clear of pilot lights that require a lot of energy and instead use electrical ignition systems to heat indoor spaces. No matter what type of burner you have in your home, the pilot light is essential for the entire system to work.
Modern Central Heating Systems
Air Conditioning Mass is here to make sure residents in the North Andover and Andover areas are saving money while keeping their homes cozy during the winter months. Is your furnace has an old pilot light that’s ignited using oil or gas, there are luckily more energy efficient alternatives. American Standard’s furnace systems use a high voltage electrical arc to ignite the pilot light. This spark is created by two electrodes and sends enough energy to light the burner. These furnaces are much more safe for homeowners, ultimately reducing the chances of carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you’re interested in upgrading to a more modern furnace this season, contact Air Conditioning Mass. Our professional HVAC company can conduct a heat loss survey for your home and make recommendations regarding what sized heating system your home will benefit from. Contact us today to schedule an on-site appointment!