What To Do Before Installing Your High Efficiency Furnace
Markham homeowners everywhere are turning to high efficiency furnaces for their home comfort needs. Why is this? High efficiency furnaces are not only the best way to comfortably heat up your home during the cold Winter months, they are also the best way to reduce your monthly costs.
How does a high efficiency help your save money on your monthly bills? Because these furnaces are highly efficient, they require less energy than other non-efficient furnaces. Because of this, your monthly energy and utility bills will see a drastic decrease when using a high efficiency furnace. This is especially true if your current furnace is particularly old and beat up, as these waste the most amount of electricity. Even better? Investing in a high efficiency furnace might mean you are eligible for certain rebates by companies like Enbridge Gas. Many brands, including Carrier, Lennox, Infiniti, KeepRite, and more, may be eligible for generous rebates. See rebates available here.
If you have decided to take the plunge and invest in a high efficiency furnace for you and your family, then we have what you’re looking for. There are some things that a trained and skilled professional can do that will help ensure the maximum success of your energy efficiency. What do you need to make sure of before installing your high efficiency furnace? Find out below!
Number 1: Check Your Heating Duct Air Leakage
Before you install any furnace, but especially a high efficiency furnace, you should ensure that your heating duct system is checked. Make sure to look for signs of air leakage; if air leakage is found, make sure that you have it professionally sealed. Time and time again the professionals at Constant Home Comfort have found that having your heating ducts properly sealed is a crucial way of saving money and energy. You can test the heating duct after sealing with a duct blaster, to see if the sealing job has been performed properly.
If your home has insulated flexible vinyl ducts, make sure the connection where the flex duct meets the metal plenum/metal register starts. Take extra care to fully seal the joints in the plenum and the boots to the floor. This can be done easily with simply a hammer and some nails.
If your ducts are metal, take special care to seal the joints using duct mastic. Using simply a gloved hand, apply a nickel-thick layer.
Number 2: Home Air Balancing
Your furnace will always be more efficient and energy saving when it operates in a home that has a balanced system. What does this mean? In the simplest of terms, it means that when your inside doors are closed, the air pressure in each individual room will stay around the same. For example, say your master bedroom door is closed. The furnace will come on to heat the house. The hot air will be pushed into your master bedroom through the heating ducts. The heating cannot escape the room as fast as the heating duct is producing warm air. The rooms air pressure will increase, making it unbalanced to the rest of the home and, as such, not being as energy efficient. The heating that comes through needs to, eventually, find it’s way back in the air duct system. Heating that is forced to squeeze through restricted nooks and crannies will have a difficult time.
If the pressure in a room is high, the heated air that your furnace produced is put under the risk of being lost through draft holes. The more pressure in a room, the more likely it is that you will loose valuable heating and energy through the windows.
Number 3: Check Your Furnace Filter
Because your duct system connects to the furnace, this is your opportunity to check your furnace filter. Your furnace filter plays a crucial role in conserving energy and making sure your whole HVAC system is at it’s highest potential for energy savings. If your furnace filter is restricting air from flowing through freely, the furnace will be forced to put in extra efforts in accomplishing any heating tasks. Your installation expert for your high efficiency furnace should be able to address any issues with your furnace filter.
Number 4: A/C Heat Exchanger
If your home has a gas furnace as well as whole house air conditioning, it is likely that you have a heat exchanger sitting in the furnace duct work. This heat exchanger likely connects to the outside of the air conditioning unit. If you are having trouble identifying the heat exchanger, take note that many exchangers resemble the radiator in cars. The mounted fins are used to transfer the cold temperature through the flowing air. A common issue, however, is that the small channels in the exchanger can become blocked and restrict the amount of air glow that can go through. The idea is similar to the aforementioned clogged filter. Have your installation expert look at your heat exchanger for any issues.
Are you ready for your high efficiency furnace installation? Call Constant Home Comfort today at 1-888-675-5907 to learn more!