The happiness of winters lies in getting cozy around the furnace and sipping hot chocolate with your family. The furnace helps to keep you and your family warm, but there are some facts you should know and consider before purchasing and installing your furnace.
1) Your furnace should be of the proper size
A big furnace does not mean more efficient heating. The furnace should be according to your home’s square footage. When you purchase your furnace, you should consider many factors such as the type of windows your house has, the size of the windows, the quality of insulation, the climate you live in, and other heat-generating appliances.
The wrong size furnace will lower the heating effectiveness and efficiency of the furnace. Contact an HVAC contractor who will assess your house and determine the furnace size ideal for you.
2) Air vents and functional ducts
Before installing a new furnace, you should get your air vents and ducts checked by a professional. Poorly insulated ducts can decrease the furnace’s efficiency by increasing energy loss. Dirt and debris in the vents and ducts can decrease your furnace’s performance.
Improper ventilation can make gas furnaces a source of hazards, so ensure that all air ducts are clean and sealed properly before installing the furnace. A good furnace will only help you save on your monthly energy bills if the ducts are properly sealed and capable of distributing heat evenly.
3) Programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat is a device that allows you to set a turn-on and turn-off period for the furnace. If you leave your house, the thermostat will adjust the temperature accordingly. The thermostat can also automatically heat your house before you return home. Depending on the type of furnace and thermostat, you can set different programs for different days. You can also set a different schedule for weekends and weekdays. This will help you save on your monthly bill.
4) Contact a professional to install your furnace.
You should never install a furnace by yourself. It is always a good idea to pay the cost to install a new furnace to a technician. Installing the furnace yourself might result in improper installation leading to decreased efficiency and safety. Professional experts have all the necessary tools and materials to safely install the furnace.
Experts plan the installation process and make sure all the parts required are available and the ducts system is clear and working. The technician will also do a complete check of your HVAC system to ensure it is working and in proper condition. He will also help you understand the operational manual and advise you on how to care for your furnace, along with maintenance tips.
5) Regular maintenance
After installing your furnace, you cannot forget about it. Furnaces require regular checkups, tune-ups, and maintenance. Maintenance will help the furnace work efficiently and for a longer period. The air vents, ducts, gas lines, electrical connections, drains will also require maintenance and adjustments from time to time. Failure to maintain all these aspects can result in clogged air filters and drain lines, water damage, and other costly damages.
In a nutshell
If you follow the tips mentioned above, you will save yourself a lot of hassle and trouble. Furnaces should be carefully selected and purchased, installed by a professional, and regularly maintained for them to heat your house efficiently for a long time.