When your furnace is reaching the end of its lifespan, it’s time to consider upgrading. A furnace replacement is both a time-consuming and costly investment for any homeowner. To help ensure that your installation process goes smoothly, you want to follow the tips that we’re going to outline below.
Prep Your Budget
While purchasing a replacement furnace is not going to be as expensive as purchasing an entire furnace system for your newly constructed home, it can still be costly. A new furnace can run anywhere between $3,000 and $8,000 depending on its specific heating capacity, energy-efficiency rating, and desired features.
The first step in any successful furnace replacement is being able to budget the funds to purchase one. For some homeowners, this may be saving up the exact amount of money that you’ll need for the purchase. For others, this can mean finding a heating contractor that’s willing to set up a payment plan for the system. Either way, you need to figure out how you’re going to handle the cost of a furnace replacement.
Determine the Ideal Model
Next, you want to consult a heating professional to help determine which furnace best meets your home’s needs. To determine the right furnace for your home, the heating specialist will look at multiple factors. Some of these include your home’s square footage and layout and the features that you want in a heating system.
It is always a good idea to consult a heating professional when deciding on a furnace to purchase. You never want to try to purchase a furnace on your own as it can be a costly mistake if it’s not the right one. Don’t be one of those homeowners that thinks the bigger your system is the better off you’re going to be. You need a system that ideally fits your home so that you can assure it’s going to be both energy-efficient and big enough to adequately heat your entire home.
Consider Adding Upgrades
When you’re getting a new furnace installed, you may want to consider adding some other upgrades to your system. When you’re picking out the ideal furnace from your trusted heating contractor, you may want to discuss with them about adding an air purification system or even a humidifier.
For homes where residents have a lot of allergies or asthma, dust can dramatically aggravate their symptoms. Installing an air purification system alongside the furnace can help to reduce the amount of dust that is floating around in a home. Additionally, if you’re tired of having dry skin and chapped lips in the wintertime, you may want to talk to your heating professional about installing a humidifier for the colder winter months.
Another upgrade you may want to consider is a smart thermostat. Since you’re already going to have a heating expert at your home, you may be able to save on the cost of labor for your new smart thermostat. It’s best to hash out these additional upgrades so that you can have them performed at the same time the furnace is installed.
Establish an Installation Date
Once you decide on the specific heating system that you’re going to be putting in your home, it’s time to set a date for the installation process. For most typical furnace replacements, the whole installation process will take about a day. This process typically includes removing the old furnace and replacing it with the new model. When setting up an installation date, it’s important that you speak to your heating contractor about what you need to do prior to them arriving.
Clean Up Your Furnace Room or Closet
It’s not uncommon for homeowners to stash storage items in and around the furnace room or closet. All these items need to be removed so that there’s a clear open space around your existing furnace for your heating experts to work.
Additionally, you want to think about how they’re going to be moving the old furnace out of your house and bringing in the new one. This route of transportation needs to be completely clear of objects to make the moving process go smoothly. It’s best to question your heating contractor when you’re having your initial consultation about how they’re going to handle bringing in the new system so that you can get a clear idea of what route you need to have ready.
Keep Your Driveway Clear
For most typical furnace replacements, the heating contractor will be backing into the driveway to unload your new heating system. For this reason, it’s important that you move all your cars out of the driveway so that they have room to work. If they’re going to need to install your heating system through a basement door, make sure there’s a clear route for them to get to that door without any major objects in their way.
Keep Access Areas Open and Labeled
When your heating specialist comes to your home to install your replacement service, they’re going to need access to various parts of your home. The first is going to be your electrical panel. You want to have the space in front of this cleared out and your breakers clearly labeled so they know which one goes to your furnace. Next, you want to make sure that the gas or fuel line is labeled and there’s a shutoff valve that is clearly accessible for your service technician.
Ask About Drop Cloths
Whenever the heating specialist removes your existing furnace, it’s going to be dirty and create dust. To avoid any sort of nasty messes or damage to your floor, it’s a good idea to have drop cloths laid out. You want to speak to your furnace installation experts about whether they’ll be bringing drop cloths when they’re doing the service. If not, you may want to consider purchasing some of your own and having them laid out in the area around the furnace to protect your flooring from damage.
Write Down Any Questions You Have
When you first get your new furnace installed, it can be overwhelming. You may have had a million questions prior to the furnace installation expert showing up to your home. However, now all those questions may have fled from your mind.
To prevent this from happening, you should be writing down any questions that you have. You want to understand exactly how to operate the heating system before the installation technician leaves. Additionally, you want to ask them about how to properly register your system and how to take advantage of any tax rebates or incentives that the system comes with. Most heating specialists will have a packet of instructions for you once they’re done with the replacement service.
Expert Furnace Replacement
Beyer Air Conditioning & Heating provides expert furnace replacement in the San Antonio area. We also provide furnace repairs and maintenance, AC services, indoor air quality solutions, duct cleaning and repair, and VRF system services. Call us today to get the assistance that you need with your home’s furnace!