New Furnace Installation Calls for Considering What Additional Equipment You’ll Need

thinkstock-177011880 resizedWhen it’s time for a new furnace installation in your Macon area home, sizing and selecting furnace equipment is only the beginning. Sizing is important to your future home comfort and energy savings. An experienced local HVAC contractor can ensure you get the heating capacity needed for your home’s specific square footage, layout, construction and airtightness.

Once calculations to determine your heating needs in relation to furnace size and capacity are completed, look for an Energy Star-qualified heating system. The distinctive bright blue label identifies the most efficient furnaces on the market. Energy Star furnaces have higher seasonal efficiency (AFUE) ratings and high efficiency blower motors.

This year, labels are even customized for the milder climate of the southern U.S. and a distinct label stating “Most Efficient” designates the most efficient top performers. Choose the highest efficiency model that fits your budget, an 89 to 97 percent efficient condensing furnace, for long-term savings on energy and operating costs.

Before your new heating system is installed, here are a few other important factors to consider, such as additional equipment and features you may want or need:

Energy Saving and Safety Enhancing Heating System Design Features

  • Variable speed furnace – A two-stage or multi-stage furnace uses low speed fan operation and low burner output, with the high setting kicking in only when needed in the coldest weather. This saves you energy and money. Variable speed typically provides quieter operation, too, as well as gentler airflow through room air registers and consistent indoor temperature. For further savings, multi-speed furnace fans have efficient motors to save electricity. Check that your new variable speed furnace has an energy-efficient brushless DC (direct current) motor or ECM (electronically commutated) motor and that it’s warranty-covered.
  • Sealed combustion system – For safety and efficiency reasons, select a heating system designed to use outdoor air exclusively for combustion, with intake pipes and exhausts. This helps prevent loss of just-heated indoor air, furnace equipment corrosion and dangerous backdrafts, where exhaust gets pulled down into the house through the chimney.

Additional Furnace Equipment for Convenience, Comfort, Safety and Savings

  • Integrated air cleaning equipment and/or efficient filters – To extend the life of your new furnace and reduce repairs, select a 1- or 2-inch-thick pleated filter compatible with your system for dust particle removal with no airflow restriction.
  • External filter slot – Duct modifications may be needed as part of the furnace installation, so request a covered external filter slot to make filter changes easier and help keep ductwork sealed.
  • Programmable thermostat – Save energy automatically after the initial programming and keep your home comfortable according to your schedule.
  • Chimney liner – These are often required by manufacturers for proper furnace installation if your new system is in the 80 percent efficiency range. A new furnace with plastic piping shouldn’t vent through an unlined chimney. If a chimney liner is required for your gas water heater only, compare the cost of replacing the water heater with a power-vented model to avoid chimney lining and lining installation costs.
  • Zoning system – Zoned heating, controlled by individual sensors or thermostats, allows different temperature settings in different zones of your house and unused areas can remain unheated for energy savings.

Things to Know About Your New Furnace

You’ll notice a plastic drain hose extending from the bottom of the condensing furnace to a drain and plastic exhaust piping that runs horizontally through the wall or up through the roof. Keep the vent pipe and drain hose unobstructed for optimal furnace operation. You’ll feel stronger air flowing from heating registers without those suffocating blasts of heat when the system cycles on, like older furnaces often had. You’ll also likely notice that the new furnace has no continuous pilot light and that the blower runs longer. Most new furnaces also have more safety controls than your old system.

For expert assistance in sizing and selecting your new home heating system and furnace installation, contact the local HVAC experts at Wilson. Visit our website for professional home comfort advice, energy savings tips and product information. We serve the Macon, Gray, Eatonton, Greensboro, Milledeville and Warner Robins areas.