If you upgrade your old furnace or install a new furnace in a new home, you will have some options and choices to make before the furnace installation can start. Often, the furnace installation contractor you are working with will have some suggestions that can help with the decision.
Choosing A Furnace
Before installing a new furnace in your existing home or a new home, you need to decide what kind of heating system you want to have in your home. For many people, the type of furnace installation is dictated by the fuel options in the area that they live in. If you are in an area where there is one fuel type commonly used for heating, you may need to consider a furnace that uses that fuel.
Another consideration for some people is how the furnace installation effects the day to day dust and dirt in the home., Hot air systems often stir up and produce more dust in the air than a radiant heating system, and for someone with allergies that are affected by dust, this may be a reason to have a boiler installed in the home.
Radiant heat is cleaner, and a boiler also offers unlimited hot water in your home. This does mean having to buy heating oil all year long to keep the system running even in the summer months, but most systems will only run when you need hot water when the heat is not in use.
The furnace installation contractor you are working with can help get the right size furnace for your home. The house's size, the way the system is set up, and the efficiency of the furnace all need to be taken into consideration. Still, your contractor specializes in this work and will talk you through the options and why one is a better choice for your situation.
In many cases, a larger furnace may run more efficiently because it does not have to work as hard as a smaller unit would, but you also need to have the space for the furnace in the building.
If the footprint of the furnace is too large for an existing space, the options may be limited to physically smaller furnaces that offer the efficiency you need with alternative technologies. Adding zones to your heating system can also improve the efficiency and make a smaller unit work better by reducing the heat requirements in parts of your home that you are not used all the time. Talk to your furnace installation contractor about heating zones and how that can make your system work better for you.