Learning About Furnaces

Some Things to Consider When Having a New Furnace Installed in Your Renovated Home

If you're planning to renovate your old home, one thing to consider is your heating system. If your furnace is old and it's nearly time to replace it, then including a heating installation in your renovation is a good idea. Then your home will have an energy-efficient climate control system to go with its new look. Choosing the right furnace takes careful thought and consultation with an expert. Here are a few decisions to make.

Decide If You'll Keep the Old Ducts

If your current ducts are still in good shape, you may consider cleaning them and sealing gaps in seams rather than replacing them. This will save on installation costs and parts for your new heating system. If the ducts have extensive damage, such as might happen with coil ducts that are ripped or chewed by rodents, then you can decide if you want a heating system with new ducts or a ductless system that doesn't need them.

Choose the Ideal Location for the Furnace

If you plan to move walls around when you renovate, don't forget to build a place for the furnace. A furnace should be indoors to protect it from extreme temperatures, so putting a furnace in the garage probably isn't the best idea. If you have a basement, even if you plan to finish it, you may find ample room for the furnace there. If your home doesn't have a basement, you'll need to put the furnace in a room that allows for adequate air intake. You can eliminate doubt by putting the new furnace in the same place as the old one, but if you plan to move it, ask for professional advice on the ideal location so the furnace operates efficiently and safely.

Select Gas or Electric

A big decision you may have is whether you'll go with gas or electric. Even if you have an electric model now, you might want to switch to gas when you renovate if you plan to add gas lines to your home anyway. As long as lines are available for a gas stove, dryer, or fireplace, it's easy to hook up a gas furnace too. Check rates in your local area for natural gas and compare them to rates for electricity to see if switching to gas could result in savings on your energy bill. If you prefer an electric furnace, you can still save on your energy costs by choosing an energy-efficient model, sizing it correctly, and insulating your home well.

A furnace is a big investment, and you want it to last a long time. Consider all your options when it comes to the type of furnace you buy and the way you have it installed so your renovated home stays nice and warm in the winter for many years to come.