Posted: 1 Oct '19

Properly Prepare for Your New Furnace Installation Before the Snow Flies

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Winter is right around the corner and it looks like it may another rough one with lots of snow and cold weather ahead in St. Albert. If it was a struggle to keep your home warm last winter, or if your furnace limped along with one repair after the next, now is a good time to consider replacing it. However, before the installation team arrives to get the job done, there are a few things you should do to properly prepare for your St. Albert home’s new furnace install.

1. Have Your Home Evaluated

Your HVAC contractor will need to come to your home to determine what size furnace is needed to efficiently heat your home. You will not save money by going with a small unit that will need to run constantly to heat up your home. Choosing a furnace that is too large for your home will also be costly because it could make your home uncomfortable and use too much energy to run.

The contractor should also inspect your ductwork to determine if adjustments will be needed to handle the load of the new furnace as well as if there are any issues, including leaks that could compromise the efficiency of your new furnace. He may recommend having your ducts repaired, sealed, or cleaned if there is a signification buildup of dust and debris within your ducts.

2. Do Your Homework

Whenever having work performed on your home, you want to make sure that your contractor is insured and licensed. This protects you in the event of damage to your home or injury to anyone working with the contractor doing the furnace install. Before scheduling your installation:

  • Ask your contractor for proof of liability and workers’ compensation insurance
  • Request proof that your contractor is licensed in your state
  • Request proof of installers’ certifications to prove they are qualified to install your new furnace

Consider Whether You Want to Replace Your Air Conditioner, Too

If you have not already decided to replace your air conditioner, now would be a good time to consider it. It is common for homeowners to replace both their furnace and air conditioner at the same time, especially if their air conditioner is nearing the end of its lifespan. It can be more cost effective to get both done in one shot. Additionally, you get the benefit of saving on your cooling costs, too. Discuss the pros and cons of replacing your air conditioner along with your furnace with your HVAC contractor.

Determine Whether You Will Be Replacing Your Thermostat

If you are installing a new furnace and possibly a new air conditioner, you may also need to upgrade your thermostat. Discuss your options with your HVAC contractor. Keep in mind that not all thermostats are the same size and shape, so if you do opt for a new thermostat you may need to do some touch-up painting on your wall.

Make Sure You Will Be Home For the Entire Installation

Ask your contractor for an estimate of how long it will take to complete your furnace install. Depending on the scope of your job, it could range from a few hours to a few days. You will need to be at home while the work is being done, so you may need to make arrangements to take off from work.

Installation Day

Once you have decided which furnace will fit your home the best and scheduled your installation appointment. There are a few things you will want to do before the technicians arrive for your furnace installation.

You will want to:

  • Make sure the installers will have a clear path to where your HVAC system is located
  • Clean out the area where the installers will be working
  • Clear the area around your outdoor condenser cabinet is located if you are having your air conditioner replaced, too
  • If you have small children or pets, make arrangements to keep them out of the installation area

Are You Prepared?

If you are considering having a new furnace installed in your St. Albert home and need help making a decision, we can help. We will work with you to determine the best system to fit your home and your there may be rebates and financing options to help you budget without breaking the bank. Contact us today to get started!

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