Furnace Installation: Expectation vs Reality

An Abstract of today’s blog 

  1. Types of Furnace Systems 
  2. If you are going to buy a furnace system... 
  3. Furnace Installation Reality vs Expectation 

Whenever you hear the word ‘furnace’, you will probably say ‘get an HVAC expert to do the job’. No matter how needy that sounds, it’s true. Furnace systems are a bit tricky, and it’s always great to have a technician on board while you are installing a furnace unit.  

This happened last week when one of our close friends tried installing a furnace filter and something went wrong with it. He called me up and as I went to see the problem- we found out that the connection was incomplete.  

To avoid all these furnace maintenance confusions, call our HVAC Contractors North York today to get a detailed idea about the furnace installation or any other HVAC system.  

Home Furnace Installation Journey – Things Less Known

NRG Serve has been in the heating and cooling business since 1991, and we are indebted to provide you the best and accurate information online.  

Today as we move ahead with knowing the furnace installation tips and misconceptions, we shall first know some basics about the furnace types and things to note while purchasing one.  

1. Types of Furnace Systems

There are two basic types of furnace systems; the forced heat and the boiler type. The forced air type makes use of ductwork that passes in the heated air throughout the room, whereas the boiler type sends heated water to a series of pipes. Further, as we bifurcate, you can also go with eco-friendly furnace types including geothermal and solar support furnace units.  

Apart from all of this, the three basic furnace types go like – electric, gas, and oil.  

2. If you are going to buy a furnace system... 

There are again two probabilities here; either you are buying a furnace for the first time or looking for a furnace replacement. In both the cases, look at for the following furnace properties:  

BTU - This will help in determining whether the furnace heater could properly heat your room or not. You can consider 30-60 BTU for every square foot of the room where you are planning to install. The value of the BTU would also vary based on the age of the house, and the climate type you are living in.  

Calculate the load capacity - This is an important factor connected with the BTU, which will help you determine the right furnace that meets your needs. For the load calculation, multiple factors like house size, age of the house, climate type, foundation type, window design, ventilation frames, etc. are taken into consideration. The best person who could help you with this load calculation is a heating and cooling specialist (HVAC Specialist!).  

AFUE Rating - It’s the annual fuel utilization efficiency, and another important factor to consider for furnaces. This score will help you determine how efficiently your furnace will convert a specific fuel power to heat on a yearly basis. If the AFUE rating is 80%, then it means the furnace converts 80% of the fuel into heat! Just a point to note here, AFUE score is never related to heat losses.  

Read about: What is Heat Recovery Ventilation System?

Warranty - A quality furnace system will run for a good time of 5 to 10 years.  

So, these were the 4 basic points that you can consider for your next furnace hunt.  

3. Furnace Installation - Expectation vs Reality 

Following are the commonly found furnace myths or expectations that HVAC owners have:  

A) Expectation: Selecting the furnace doesn’t take a lot of time 

The truth: In reality, you will take a long time selecting a furnace, as they have a variety of features to look out.   

B) Expectation: Ductwork comes in the latter part of the installation 

The truth: Installation of the furnace system starts from the end part, and that is from analyzing the duct network.  

C) Expectation: You can install the house furnace anywhere in the home  

The truth: You should better get in touch with your HVAC specialist North York for this and check the best suitable location for the furnace installation. The location should be safe and efficient enough to let the HVAC unit distribute heat evenly inside the room.  

D) Expectation: Thermostat is not required for the HVAC system working 

The truth: Well, the thermostat is the key element for any heating and cooling system. It is the controlling unit that helps the HVAC machine work as per the temperature set by the user.  

E) Expectation: No need to test your furnace after the installation 

The truth: Doing a double check is always a good way to get started! We will recommend you start up the furnace system once and test with the HVAC professional for once.  

Call NRG Serve team today for your furnace maintenance and repairs!