If it's time to install a new furnace, you want to make sure it is done right. There are tasks to do before, during, and after installation to make sure everything goes smoothly.
There are two main tasks that must be handled before installing a new heater — you must choose your new furnace's fuel type and size. When choosing a new heater, it makes financial sense to stay with the same fuel type, whether that is electric, gas, or oil. If you want to switch fuels, such as due to energy efficiency or fuel availability concerns, then you may need to have fuel lines installed or decommissioned prior to installation of the new furnace.
The other thing you must decide before installation day is the size of the furnace. Furnace heat output is measured in BTUs, and the furnace you choose must put out sufficient BTUs to heat the square footage of your home. If you have added on to your home, it may be time to upsize to a larger furnace.
Day of Installation
On the day of installation, the furnace location needs to be accessible. If it is winter, make sure walkways up to the house are plowed and free of ice so technicians can easily go back and forth. There should be a clear path to the furnace and circuit breaker box inside of your home. Stored items and other belongings should be moved and well away from the furnace location so your technicians can work easily.
Your techs will also be checking ventilation for the furnace. Electric furnaces typically only need a small passive vent to allow for some airflow. Gas and oil furnaces, on the other hand, need both a vent and an air intake system. The vent takes away fumes while the intake ensures airflow for combustion. If you have switched to gas or have upsized your furnace, your tech may need to install a larger vent system.
Follow Up Maintenance
Your furnace will be completely tested following installation for any issues, and then your tech will provide you with a maintenance schedule. The most important aspect to pay attention to right away is how often they recommend a filter change, along with the best type of filter to use for your furnace. Generally, furnace filters require changing every one to two months, depending on the furnace and the impacts on air quality in your home. Simple filter changes prolong the life of a new furnace.
The other maintenance recommendation will be for when to schedule your annual tune-up. A tune-up ensures everything in the furnace is working properly, well-lubricated, and secure. This inexpensive service visit can nearly guarantee a long working life for your new furnace.
Contact a heating installation service if you need more help with your new furnace.