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A couple of months ago, the HVAC unit in my home started malfunctioning. The temperature inside my home soared to over eighty degrees Fahrenheit, even though my air conditioning system ran nonstop. After inspecting my air conditioning unit, my knowledgeable HVAC contractor recommended I purchase a new system. He discussed the pros and cons of installing different sizes of HVAC units with me. After considering my HVAC contractor’s advice, I decided to purchase a three and a half ton HVAC unit. Shortly after my HVAC contractor installed my new air conditioning unit, my house started feeling more comfortable. On this blog, I hope you will discover how an HVAC contractor can help you select the right air conditioning unit for your home. Enjoy!


The Right HVAC Unit for Your Home

A Look At Having A New Heating System Installed

by Jamie Shaw

Having a new heating system installed is a big job. Ideally, you'll have the work done on a mild day because it could take an entire day to complete the process and your home will be without heat during that time. The first step is to choose the type and size for your new furnace. When that's done, the installation can begin. Here's what to expect.

Determine What Can Be Saved

If your furnace is old and worn out, other parts of the heating system may be so old that they need to be replaced too. This would include the ducts and thermostat. Your entire system is inspected to determine what needs to be replaced so everything is ready to go on installation day. When work is ready to start, everything that isn't going to be saved is removed from your home to make room for new materials and equipment. If you want any changes to the placement of the furnace, ducts, or registers, those plans should be made before the equipment is bought because the installer will already have an installation plan ready when the workers arrive.

Prepare The Ducts

If your ducts are still good enough to last several more years, they may not need to be replaced as long as they're the right size. Using them with your new system can save money and cut down in the installation time. When the ducts are inspected initially, the furnace technician will look for signs of damage and dust accumulation. He or she might recommend cleaning the ducts so they're in good shape before the new furnace is installed. Also, if there are any gaps or small damaged areas, these will be plugged so you don't lose warm air into the attic.

Install The Furnace

The new furnace is installed and connected to its power source and the ducts. You'll receive a manual with your new furnace, and you should keep it in a safe place because you'll probably need it at some point in the future. Be sure to ask the installation technician for important tips on operating the furnace, especially if you've used an electric furnace in the past and you're switching to gas. For instance, you might want to know how to light the pilot light if it goes out. Also, note where the filter is located and how you change it because that will be an important maintenance job you need to keep up with over the life of your furnace.

Learn About Your New Thermostat

If your thermostat is old, you'll have new features to discover if you buy a new programmable or smart thermostat. Be sure you understand the basic operation of the thermostat so you can turn the furnace on and off manually until you understand how to use all the new features. Once you're comfortable with programming the temperature or using smart features, you may enjoy increased comfort in your home while saving money on your power bill.

If your furnace is struggling to keep you warm in cold weather because it's old and needs to be replaced, you should schedule a new heating installation at your convenience. Otherwise, your old furnace may break down at a bad time and leave you shivering on a cold night.