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


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:

  • Furnace Installation and heating installation in Idaho
  • Furnace installation and heating installation In Boise
  • Furnace installation and heating installation In Meridian
  • Furnace installation and heating installation in Kuna
  • Furnace installation and heating installation In Nampa
  • Furnace installation and heating installation in Caldwell
  • Furnace installation and heating installation in Middleton
  • Furnace installation and heating installation in Marsing
  • Furnace installation and heating installation in Melba
  • Furnace installation and heating installation in Star
  • Furnace installation and heating installation in Idaho City
  • Furnace installation and heating installation in Wilderness Ranch
  • Furnace installation and Heating installation anywhere else in between as well.  Got a question?  Give us a shout and we will get you the answers.
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 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.


Customer 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.


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!


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


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.


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


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


Blake was very professional and did a great job!


 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 c...

 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 b...

 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.


So, a couple weeks ago I found out that I had a water line leak (outrageous water bill). Ugh.... I live in an old house and to say the least some of the plumbing is suspect and extremely difficult if not almost impossible to get to. With that I can't say enough for the service I got from Blake at Drake Mechanical! He had to rework the main shuto...

 Our company has contracted with Drake Mechanical on two separate jobs. John Wright has been assigned to both issues. John should teach a class on customer service! His attention to detail, and technical expertise, (not to mention customer service), are among the best that I have experienced. I will not ...

 I really feel it is because of the Ecobee thermostats that I have been able to really shave off unnecessary HVAC use easily and on a regular basis.  (Boys and Girls Club of Boise saved $500 dollars this December over December of last year on natural gas)


 I was pleased with Laurens extra efforts in getting our furnace repair done in a timely manner.


 I have been using Drake Mechanical since 1986.  Always satisfied with the service.


 Jason did an outstanding job.  Very polite and professional.  I referred my grandaughter to Drake's and everyone else I know! You all are great!  


 Laren was very well spoken, clear and informative.  He checked everything very thoroughly.  I will definitely use Drake Mechanical again.  Thank you.


 It was very good of Patrick to come out and install our new water heater when most other people were closed.  He was pleasant and we will use Drake's again.

Everyone at Drake's did an outstanding job for me, especially Dillon who fixed my plumbing problem in the kitchen. I would call them at anytime to help me....

 I am thankful for the help that Drake Mechanical gave me. In the middle of the night. I had a severe flooding at my home, and within no time they were there to solve the problem.


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5551 West Gowen Road
Boise , Idaho , 83709
(208) 362-6200


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Caldwell , Idaho , 83605
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