Installing a new furnace can bring you lower energy bills and greater comfort in the chilly greater Cleveland area winters, but there are a few things you’ll need to do before you can enjoy your new system.
Choosing Your Furnace Size
Once you know what model of furnace you want, your heating and cooling technician should perform a heating load calculation to determine the correct size of furnace for your needs. Getting the size right is critical for both the performance and energy efficiency of the furnace. Heating load calculation should be done following the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Manual J, rather than by using rough estimates.
Deciding on Location
The basement or garage are the most common locations for a furnace. A garage furnace should be set on blocks at least 18 inches above the floor. The attic is another possible location, but you’ll need at least 5 feet of vertical space and a sufficiently large opening for ventilation within 20 feet of the furnace. If you’re installing a condensing furnace, however, it can’t be placed in an attic where the temperatures fall below freezing.
If you’re planning to install the furnace underfoot, make sure there’s a light nearby. No type of furnace should be tucked away in a closet, bathroom or bedroom.
Preparing for Installation
Make sure your installation technicians will have plenty of room to work so they can finish the job quickly and avoiding damaging your belongings. Clear both the work area and the path leading to it. While you may want to move furniture out of the way, your technicians will provide drop cloths.
Furnace installation can take between four to 10 hours, depending on the job’s complexity. Plan for someone to be home all day to stay in touch with the technicians. Your technicians will update you on their progress so you’ll always know how much longer they’ll be working.
If you’re making plans for a new furnace installation, contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the greater Cleveland area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues. For more information about installing a furnace and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or give us a call at 440-345-8795.
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