Keep These Things in Mind When You’re Installing a Furnace

Keep These Things in Mind When You're Installing a FurnaceA new furnace installation in your home means greater comfort, lower costs and new options. Since the expected service life of gas-fired furnaces installed in most American homes is very long, chances are you’re replacing a unit that’s at least 15 years old. You can look forward to technology that’s advanced quite a bit since your existing furnace was new, delivering more effective heating and using fuel more efficiently.

To ensure these benefits, however, furnace installation should be done by professionals according to industry standards and manufacturer’s recommendations. Here are some important considerations that must be part of every new furnace installation.

Calculate The Load

Oversized and undersized furnaces are money wasters. That’s why no new furnace should be installed until a qualified HVAC contractor performs a formal heating load calculation. The process includes gathering data about your home to determine its unique heating requirements. Using industry standard software, the contractor will determine the precise amount of heat in BTUs required to maintain a comfortable temperature on the average coldest day of the year. With that information, he can identify the furnace with the correct BTU output to match the home’s heating load.

Verify Ventilation

The old vent pipe for your existing furnace is probably still in place. However, is it still in good shape and safe? A deteriorated vent pipe could pose a safety hazard from carbon monoxide gas. Also, if your new furnace provides more output than the old model, you may need a larger diameter vent to adequately exhaust combustion gases.

Test the Ducts

Connecting a new state-of-the-art furnace to old, leaky ductwork is false economy. You simply end up warming your attic, crawl space or the inside of wall voids with valuable heat that leaks out of deteriorating ducts. Since most residential ductwork leaks as years go by, your HVAC contractor can pressure-test the ducts to determine the extent of heat loss, then pinpoint the location of leaks for sealing to restore full ductwork function.

Serving the Wabash Valley since 1922, contact us at Paitson Bros Inc., for professional furnace installation in your home.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnace installation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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