4 Great Furnace Installation Tips

Posted on: 5 May 2017

Installing a furnace can be an easy do-it-yourself project if you know what you are doing. That said, there are several things that you should keep in mind before, during, and after the process to make sure that it doesn't turn into an unnecessary headache. Take a look below at just a few of the things to remember about furnace installation so that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Saving Energy

Even if you have chosen a furnace model that is already rated as energy-efficient, there are additional ways you can save energy once you have the furnace installed. One of the easiest methods is to buy programmable thermostats to control the temperature in your home. While a normal thermostat can only be operated manually, programmable ones allow the unit to be turned on automatically at a given time or temperature. These conserve energy and make for a much more manageable heating bill.

Proper Placement

Another major aspect of furnace installation is making sure that it is in the right place and positioned properly. One of the most popular places to put a gas furnace is in the basement, where there is likely more room than in other locations. So if you do decide to put your furnace in your home's basement, be sure to prop it up on cinder blocks about six inches from the ground to allow for proper condensation. If the furnace is in the attic, you'll need to invest in a secondary drain pan and give thought to how much noise the unit will cause.

Durable Sealing

During the installation process, you will need to connect the furnace to the duct system. Many people opt for duct tape because of its reputation for durability, but this is a mistake. You will need to use actual duct sealant to make the connection, as duct tape will not last more than a few months. 

Good Air Flow

Once you have installed your furnace, the first thing you will want to do is check for leaks. Before anything else, make sure that all of the pipes are properly secured and that you do not smell gas (if you have a gas furnace). Second, check the ventilation of the air ducts to ensure that they are not blocked by dust or anything else. Doing so will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your furnace is operating properly.