If you’re hosting this year, you want to make sure all of your guests are comfortable and cozy. That’s tough to do without a good furnace or boiler in place.
Furnaces can last for years – even decades – with proper maintenance. However, proper maintenance is the key phrase. If you can’t recall the last time you had a furnace inspection, if you have trouble keeping your home warm, or if you simply suspect that your vintage furnace is on its last leg, there’s no better time to find out about new furnace installation.
If you didn’t choose the furnace for your home, you might have an HVAC system that’s too big or too small for your space. That’s a common issue, especially in older homes, and you may be consuming too much energy and over-paying on utility bills for years.
A qualified HVAC technician can tell you if your furnace is the right size for your home and if it’s performing at 100 percent. It may be more cost-effective to repair or maintain a furnace, but surely a time will come when replacement is the best option.
Gearing Up for Furnace Installation
Work in tandem with an HVAC technician to decide the right-sized furnace for you, your home and your needs. Once you know the correct size, you can start comparison shopping.
Some energy-efficient furnaces might snag you a tax break, but check with your CPA before purchasing, because tax credits and breaks change every year. Going with an Energy Star appliance or other eco-friendly choice might cost a little more up front, but these green options often pay for themselves quickly.
Once you select your furnace, it only takes a day to install. However, shopping as early as possible is key. Many other homeowners, especially in chilly regions like Utah, likely have the same idea.
Look for local appliance stores that deliver and have inventory in stock. Otherwise, you may be at the mercy of a delivery in the midst of the holiday season. When you know the date the furnace will arrive, you can schedule your installation for the next day.
The Big Day
The whole process usually can be completed in just a few hours. However, you can do some prep tasks to make the job easier. Ensure there’s enough lighting where the furnace will be installed, and make sure the area is clean. Now is the perfect time to do some tidying. Your HVAC technician will have liability and worker’s compensation insurance, but you still want to make sure his or her workspace is clear and bright.
It’s best to stay on-site during installation so you can be shown the basic functions of your new furnace, as well as how to swap out the air filters and clean the vents, two chores homeowners can easily do on their own. Call your local, trusted HVAC company to discuss whether you need a new furnace installed this holiday season.