If you're installing a furnace in your home, you need to make sure it's done the right way. It doesn't matter if you're replacing or upgrading. Most furniture and fixtures in homes fail over time because they weren't installed correctly to begin with. The likes of heating systems are no exception.
Whenever a new furnace is installed, it's in your best interest to have a home evaluation so you can ensure the most successful installation. HVAC contractors will be happy to consult with you and help lead the way, providing as many useful tips as possible. More than likely, the following will need to be done:
1 - Evaluation Of Needs
HVAC companies inspect homes in order to determine what the homeowner and their property will really need. In order for a furnace to work properly, its capacity has to come within certain heating requirements for each room. If you've never purchased a furnace before, it's important that you know what size system you really need. Otherwise, your bill will only skyrocket as your ill equipped system struggles to keep up with what you need from it, and it will cost you even more when it eventually fails on you later. All kinds of factors come into play here, including the style of roofing, windows, insulation, doors, and whatever ventilation is already in place.
2 - Air Duct Inspections
HVAC contractors can also help make sure your home has the right airflow. If a furnace is expected to perform at its maximum potential, the airflow in the space must also be adequate. Any ducts or vents need to be inspected to make sure there aren't any obstructions. Dirt also causes problems, including compromised air quality. A lot of homes have dirtier ventilation than they realize, leading to difficultly in breathing clearly for some of their occupants. With enough exposure, other health issues could occur. It's very important to consider a professional cleaning of your vents before your new furnace is installed.
3 - Clearing Space
Any home heating installation requires a clear space so that everything can be done safely. As your old furnace is taken out and your new one installed, it's best to make sure there's enough room to move them around without obstruction. If the area can be kept that way, it'll be easier to keep up with future maintenance as well.
Finally, make sure to ask how long an installation is expected to take. It's important that you make any contractor work to your schedule and not the other way around. Since a lot of dirt and debris might get conjured up during the job, it's probably best that you find another place for any kids or pets in the house to stay while it's in progress.
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