Furnaces tend to last anywhere from 15 to 20 years, especially with regular preventive maintenance. This means there’s a good chance you’ll need a new furnace at least once in your life. Choosing the right furnace for your home in Erwin, North Carolina, is crucial to maximizing operational efficiency. Keep reading to learn about other preparations and tips for getting the most out of your new furnace installation.
Assess Your Heating Needs
Before you shop online or go to a local home improvement store to buy a furnace, have your home’s heating needs assessed. A professional can evaluate the size of your home to determine which heating options are best for you. They can then install a heating system that fits your needs.
The three most important characteristics of a furnace are efficiency, size and type. The higher the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating a furnace has, the more efficient it operates. To comply with current regulations, you need a furnace that has an AFUE rating of at least 80 percent.
Inspect Your Existing Heating System
When prepping for a new heater, get your ductwork inspected and repaired. If there are air leaks in your ductwork, this compromises the efficiency and effectiveness of the new furnace. We can inspect the current heating system while we assess your home’s heating needs.
Clean the Pathway to the Furnace
Heating systems are often large and difficult to maneuver. We need as much space as possible to replace your old furnace. Cleaning the pathway to the heater can speed up the installation process. It also makes it safer for us if you remove all tripping hazards. If we must travel through narrow hallways and spaces to install the new furnace, remove any objects in the path or pictures on the walls.
Ask for a Programmable Thermostat
Make sure the new furnace comes with a programmable thermostat. You can create a heating schedule that ensures the temperature in the home is at a more moderate level when you’re away. This helps you save money on energy and repair costs by reducing unnecessary wear and tear. With a Wi-Fi programmable thermostat, you can adjust the temperature in your home from your smartphone or tablet while you’re away.
Consider an In-Line Air Purification System
Another comfort technology add-on to consider when prepping for a new furnace installation is an in-line air purification system. Homes accumulate massive amounts of dust, even with regular cleaning. In homes where allergy and asthma sufferers reside, this dust can aggravate symptoms. Furnaces with in-line air purification systems clean the air while producing heat. This leads to cleaner air and improves comfort levels.
Invest in an In-Line Humidifier
Consider adding an in-line humidifier to your new heating system. During the colder months, the air both inside and outside of your home is dry. Air with little moisture results in dry skin and chapped lips. It’s simple to add moisture to the air in your home by using a furnace with an in-line humidifier. Adding moisture will make your home will feel warmer at a lower temperature. As a result, it’ll lower your heating bills.
Know What to Expect During the Installation
A new heating system installation will take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days. Removing the old furnace is typically the most laborious part. Although you’re not actually needed to perform any part of the process, you should be present during all phases. Speak with us about scheduling the installation according to times that work best for you. Once we complete the installation, ask us about setting up a furnace preventive maintenance plan. By doing so, you’ll ensure that your furnace operates at high efficiency throughout the winter months.
Bass Air Conditioning Company specializes in a variety of furnace installation, repair and maintenance services. Leave your furnace installation in the hands of a professional. Call us today at 910-778-1536.
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