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Furnace Replacement Guide: What's the Best Way to Install a New Furnace?

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on February 11, 2021

Can I install my own furnaceWhen it comes to ensuring your and your family's day-to-day comfort, few things are as important as making sure your furnace works properly and efficiently. With professional heating installation and maintenance in Chesterfield, a furnace can operate flawlessly for decades while also saving you money on utility bills and unnecessary repairs. 

However, even the best furnace in the world will eventually become old and worn down after years of regular use. When this occurs, you'll have the option of replacing your furnace with a more modern model, or even update your entire HVAC system to something that offers increased efficiency and comfort. 

We previously compared different heating systems in terms of efficiency and gave you some tips on how to keep your house warm in case of a furnace malfunction. In this article, we'll help you find the right heating system for your home by providing a short breakdown of the furnace installation process. Read on to learn more. 

Can I install my own furnace?

Unless you have a background in HVAC installation and maintenance, you should never attempt to replace a furnace on your own. Improper furnace installation can result not only in voided warranties and reduced efficiency, but can also lead to life-threatening gas leaks and combustion problems. Always leave your HVAC installation to the experts. 

Other things to consider when buying a furnace include its BTU capacity (about 30-60 BTUs per square foot), AFUE rating (the higher the better), load calculation, and the warranty it comes with. 

Furnace installation usually includes these steps: somewhere in here it needs to be stated that a mechanical permit from the locality needs to be obtained. Once the job is completed an inspection is needed to ensure proper installation per local building codes.  

  • Step #1: Choosing the type of furnace (oil, gas, electric) and deciding where it'll be installed.
  • Step #2: Obtaining a mechanical permit from your locality. 
  • Step #3: Deciding where the air duct and condensate drain will run. 
  • Step #4: Connecting the furnace to the ducting system in your home.
  • Step #5: Connecting the exhaust and intake pipes on your furnace.
  • Step #6: Connecting the gas supply and making sure there's enough shutoff and ventilation.
  • Step #7: Connecting the electrical supply. Most furnaces have two connections (low and line voltage).
  • Step #8: Connecting the condensate drain.
  • Step #9:  Once completed the HVAC system needs to be inspected by the locality to make sure everything  is installed per local building codes.

Where should a furnace be located in a house?

Where you place your furnace will depend in great part on which type of furnace it is. Every furnace comes with installation specifications that include requirements for ventilation, clearance, and more. 

Consider the following:

  • Electric furnaces are typically located inside a garage, basement, attic, crawlspace or utility closet (near a cold air return). 
  • Gas furnaces need a lot of fresh air, proper ventilation, and a source of natural gas. These components are usually found in large spaces such as utility rooms, garages, and basements, but may also be available in confined spaces such as a closet or an attic.
  • Oil furnaces use a fuel storage tank, so make sure to place the furnace in a spacious area such as a garage, basement, or utility room. 

Where can I get a reliable heating installation in Chesterfield?

Where should a furnace be located in a houseAre you in need of expert furnace installation services in Chesterfield, Virginia? Or maybe you're looking to replace your old HVAC system with a modern heat pump that can reduce your energy expenditures without compromising on heating quality? 

Here at Howell's Heating & Air, we can provide you with all those things and more. In addition to a team of seasoned HVAC technicians equipped with state-of-the-art tools, we offer our clients a number of different guarantees designed to ensure their satisfaction and peace of mind.

Reach out to us today and enjoy a relaxing stroll by the old Castlewood house with your friends and family while we deal with any HVAC-related problems you may have. 

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