I always took my home's heating and cooling system for granted. That is until I found myself battling one of the hottest days in years and my air conditioner simply refused to turn on. After contacting my local HVAC contractor, I learned that my cooling coils had frozen over from a lack of maintenance. He did get my AC back up and running that day, but he also helped me to look at my heating and cooling system in a whole new light. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years learning more about how to properly maintain my HVAC system and ultimately lower my energy costs. Today, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that I can help you to avoid some of the costly mistakes I have made in the past.
If your current furnace is nearing the end of its life, or has already reached the end of its life, you may have an appointment with a furnace installation company to install a new furnace in your home. Prior to the installers arriving, there are steps that you can or should take to make the process a bit easier, and to help protect your new furnace. Here are a few of the things you should consider doing before a new furnace installer arrives for furnace installation.
Clear Space for The Installers to Carry the Furnace In
A new furnace can come in a large box. The installers will need to carry the new furnace in, install it, and remove the old furnace. Take the time to ensure they have a clear pathway from the front of your home to the area where your furnace is installed. Once you are in the furnace installation area, make sure there is space for the installer to access the old furnace and be able to lift it out of the way. If you have boxes or other clutter in the area, move them out of the way to make the installation process faster and easier.
Protect your Flooring
If you are having your furnace installed in the winter months, an installers shoes may be muddy or wet from walking outside to their work van and then in through your home. Most installers will try to decrease the dirt on their feet, but when they are carrying a heavy furnace, they may not be able to spend much time wiping their feet. As such, you may wish to lay down tarps or butcher paper to protect your flooring.
Consider Buying a New Thermostat
If you have an older thermostat, you may need to purchase a newer thermostat to ensure the new furnace and thermostat are compatible. Even if you do not need to do so, installing a new thermostat can help you to save on energy and decrease wear on your new furnace.
Schedule a Duct Work Cleaning
Lastly, consider schedule a duct work cleaning either right before or right after your new furnace is installed. Debris in duct work can cause your furnace to have to work harder than it should. Having a clean duct work system reduces wear and usage on your furnace, which helps it to last. Having your ducts cleaned right about the time that your new furnace is installed helps to ensure both systems are running efficiently.
Prior to your furnace installer arriving to install your furnace, you should take each of these actions. This will help make the installation time as fast as possible, while as being beneficial to your new furnace. If you have any other questions about what to expect during or immediately after a new furnace is installed in your home, be sure to talk to your furnace installation professional. They can answer any questions you may have.Share
12 December 2019