FURNACE INSTALLATION – WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IT
Furnace installation is never your typical do-it-yourself everyday job. Some tricks in the installation processes are better left to a professional HVAC contractor. Understanding the basics that make a furnace function inside your home is equally important.
These days, there are various furnace types available in the market. Some examples would include the natural gas type, electric, oil and propane. The furnace type that you should favor would be determined by readily available fuel sources within your area and the costs of such fuel sources.
After you have finally decided on the type that would work best in your circumstance, you should now take the time to familiarize yourself with furnace operations. Most of today’s furnaces work the same way; they draw all the room air into duct work positioned through air returns. These are holes covered by protective registers, and it allows room air to enter. Air return holes are normally larger than heating registers that functions to return warmed air into and throughout the room.
As room air enters the duct work, it would then travel all the way down into the furnace. Once inside, a metal box containing the heating source will activate. With an electric furnace type, the box would contain a certain heating element to heat the air. Other types with their heating sources employ pilot lights and burners. Room air enters into the furnace, which is then heated through the box. The air automatically travels back out through the box’s other side into the ductworks and finally back into the room.
Following through all these and their complexities, several processes make the room air heating operations whole. All these make up a good furnace installation. Not only must you see to it that your furnace unit is properly fitted and installed, the ductworks that allows for air to pass through must also be fixed firm in place and installed properly. If you plan on having your old furnace systems replaced, then you should take the time and effort to examine your existing ductworks first. Even those available high-efficiency furnace systems will not perform properly and efficiently if there are some problems that plagued your existing ductworks.
Ductworks to begin with, must be attached solidly into each of the registers, and most especially into those areas where it will split and head into other directions. You can do your part by making sure that no air will escape by feeling each area where connections are made. Metal ductworks on the other hand should be fully insulated in its entire length; this will prevent heated air from cooling off upon returning to the room.
Furnace installation in homes without existing furnaces is a very big work, with the most critical and labor-intensive part going to the ductworks and registers installation. An HVAC contractor will have to plan out the ductwork layouts carefully, taking into consideration that the positions and passageways would not be obstructed by house furniture. The furnace installation’s final component would be its exhaust systems. The exhaust types that the furnace needs again depend on the fuel that you will be using. A properly defined exhaust system is vital for the overall success of you new furnace.