Boise: 208-362-6200
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Heating

What is a Furnace?

A traditional home comfort system has two parts: an outdoor unit, such as an air conditioner or heat pump, and an indoor unit. The furnace is the indoor heating unit that heats and circulates warm air through your home in the winter, and in the summer, it takes the cool air from the outdoor unit and works as a fan to circulate that cool air throughout your home. The indoor and outdoor units are designed to work together. And when the Boise furnace (or heating system) is properly matched with a heat pump in Boise or air conditioner, the result is maximum efficiency and extended system life. A gas furnace in Caldwell uses natural gas or propane as the fuel source, an oil furnace in Nampa uses fuel oil as the heat source and an electric furnace in Meridian uses electric resistance strips to heat your home or office.  On all shapes and sizes of heating systems an electricity source is required to run the control systems, blower and some accessories. There are a wide variety of gas, oil and electric furnaces in different sizes and efficiencies to fit your particular needs.

The basic components of a furnace system are:

  • The Furnace Burner- Through which gas (natural or propane) or oil is delivered and burned. (on electric furnace models these are called heat strips that use electric resistance to heat up the strips that the air blows a crossed)
  • A Heat Exchanger- Where the heat produced from the burning gas is transferred to the air distribution system.
  • Ductwork- To transfer the heated air distribution system.
  • A Flue or Vent Pipe- To exhaust byproducts of combustion (such as water vapor and carbon dioxide) to the outside.

Variable-Speed Two Stage Furnace

Variable-speed furnaces in Boise circulate more air throughout the home for longer periods of time, reducing air stratification room-to-room and floor-to-floor. These longer furnace run cycles can improve air quality by increasing air filtration. Variable-speed furnaces offer significant operating cost savings and whisper quiet operation. Variable-speed furnaces also feature an ECM blower motor that uses less electricity than a 100 watt light bulb. Standard furnace motors use nearly 500 watts.

Two-Stage Furnace

These furnaces in Boise Nampa and Caldwell feature two-stage operation with electric hot surface ignition and an induced combustion system for quiet, efficient operation. Two-stage furnaces operate at low capacity during most of the operating cycle to maintain your level of comfort. On bitter cold days, the second stage is there to maintain comfortable temperatures.  This is a good all around heating option for most homes in Boise Nampa and Caldwell.

Single Stage Furnace

Single-stage furnaces in Caldwell offer many new features not found on older furnaces. One feature is an inducer that draws the correct quantity of combustion air into the furnace for the most efficient operation possible. Another is an electronic ignition system that replaces the old wasteful pilot light. A third is a powerful, direct-drive blower that sends warmth to all the rooms in your home. These features will help make your home more comfortable, while reducing your heating fuel bills.

Oil Furnace

Oil furnaces in Boise Nampa and Caldwell offer efficient heating, plus proven reliability, rugged construction, simple controls, and easy annual service. All units are built for long life and efficient operation.  Oil furnaces are becoming more obsolete as the price of petroleum products continue to rise, however if that is what your home is set up for and what you want they are still readily available for purchase along with oil furnace repair.

Electric Furnace

An electric furnace is an air handler with a blower in it.  This air handler (or electric furnace) has electric resistance heat strips that the blower pushes air a crossed and they heat up.  These electric furnaces can do a great job in areas that do not have a gas option and depending on how large your home or office is the heat strips are sized accordingly for your furnace.

What About Heating Repairs and Maintenance?

Drake Mechanical recommends regular or "Annual" Maintenance on your homes heating and cooling equipment.   In the spring we recommend that you have your air conditioner or heat pump gone through and in the fall we highly recommend that you have your heating system checked out.  If you don't you may find that the first time it gets really cold your furnace does not work.  Annual furnace maintenance also saves you on costly breakdowns and saves you on your utility bills by helping your heating system run at peak efficiency.  If you have questions as to what we do on an annual maintenance checkup please call or click on the link below so we can get your questions answered.

Furnace and Heating Service Locations

Drake Mechanical services the Entire Treasure Valley are when it comes to heating, heating repairs,  furnace servicing, furnace maintenance, or new furnace installations.  Our technicians travel range is from:

  • Boise
  • Meridian
  • Eagle
  • Kuna
  • Star
  • Middleton
  • Marsing
  • Mountain Home
  • Nyssa
  • Ontario
  • Idaho City
  • Garden Valley
  • Notus
  • Parma

So if you need a new Furnace in Caldwell, Furnace filters Changed in Boise, A completely new heating system in Nampa or just a heating system or furnace tune up in Eagle, Drake's will be there for you to get you up and running again.  If you are outside the area a little bit that isnt a big deal either as we regularly travel to Ontario Oregon, Nyssa, Notus and Parma, Mountain Home Idaho, Wilderness Ranch, and Idaho City.  (Some Areas Trip Charges May Apply)

Financing is also available for those larger ticket items upon qualification if needed.   

Drake Mechanicals True One Year Guarantee

Drake Mechanical, the home of the true one year guarantee. If you are not 100% satisfied with your new York heating and cooling equipment in the first year we will buy it back.

 * 24/7/365 Emergency Service For All Of Your Boise, Meridian, and Nampa Plumbing, Heating, Drain Cleaning and Air conditioning Needs

*Financing options are available upon request and qualification

  

Drake Mechanical is proud to be an York Factory Authorized dealer.

24/7/365 Emergency Service For All of Your Plumbing, Drain Cleaning, Water Heater, and Heating and Air Conditioning Needs!

Boise: 208-362-6200
Meridian: 208-887-1878
Nampa: 208-468-9919
Caldwell: 208-468-9919

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Testimonials

  • Chris fixed a problem weve been having repeatedly for years.  He's the first plumber who pointed out our recirculation system is runnign 24/7.  Thank you.

    Amy S.

  • Chris and his assistant Thomas did an excellent job, they were very professional, cleaned up well after the work.  Thanks for doing a great job!

    Gary and Barbara S.

  • John did an outstanding job of finding the right color and size of toilet and was efficient, conscientious and professional.  Thank you

    D. Shultz

  • Matt performed the work very well and saved me extra time and money by discovering a minor problem with my dishwasher while he was there.

    Tyrone P.

  • Matt and Thomas were very helpful.  Theey opened our drain lines when when no other company could.

    K N Larson

  • We are very impressed with all the aspects of the service call.

    Tom and Jan S.

  • Blake was very professional and did a great job!

    Kathy M.

  •  I called Shane at 2:19 to confirm that someone would be at the house at 2:30 to let him in. To my surprise, he was already done with the job and had put the stickers in the house. Not only was he not late, he was early and and finished before he was even supposed to be there. I've never had that kind of experience with any serviceman from any company. He was a total professional to work with, very polite and easy to communicate with. I can't thank you enough for helping me out with this. I already recommend Drake to any of my family or friends, but after this experience, my referral will be more of a mandate :). Your employees are just as pleasant to work with as you and Amanda. Thanks again, I sincerely appreciate you.    James G.

    James G.

  •  Just wanted to say that your service tech Mike Hayes here in Boise just installed a new outdoor AC unit for us, and he couldn't have been nicer. He got us the best deal possible and he and his assistant did excellent work, and got it done pretty quickly. I'm super happy with the service I got. I've dealt with Drake for plumbing and AC now and both sides have been honest, friendly and efficient. Thanks Mike! I'll always be happy to recommend Drake Mechanical to anyone who needs service.

    Duane M.

  •  I appreciate the prompt air conditioning service in Boise during the middle of a heat wave.  Jim was very nice and he explained the problem.  Thank you.

    Carol W.

*Financing options are available upon request and qualification