When it’s time to install a new furnace or heat pump in your home, it’s essential that you have confidence in your heating system installer. A trained and certified Cincinnati heater installation technician will ensure that you get the furnace or heat pump that’s right for your home and budget. That’s in terms of quality equipment, efficiency and capacity, as well as a system that operates safely and effectively.
Unfortunately, you can’t trust all – or even most – installation technicians to do a top-flight job completing a new heat pump or furnace installation. Some may do the job too quickly or haphazardly. One of the most common errors in heating system installation is wrong-sizing the system.
Problems With Over-Sizing or Under-Sizing a Heating System
If a central heating (or cooling) system is too big or too small for your home, this can cause a variety of problems. These may include poor performance, energy waste, stress on the machinery, and/or unbalanced air delivery. Any of these issues will cost you and your family comfort and money. To do the job right, the HVAC contractor’s technician should perform a heating load calculation on your home, then use those results to recommend the right system for your home.
That process takes into account a number of factors that are unique to your particular home, starting with its size and layout (especially number of floors), and extending to such factors as its layout on the lot, whether the house is shaded by trees, the number, size and type of windows in the home, building materials in the home, and countless other characteristics that affect how quickly the home heats up.
Especially with fuel-burning systems but really with all heating and cooling systems, the installation must be done according to precise specifications. This is as much for safety as it is efficiency and performance (see below). The heating technicians at Jansen Heating & Air Conditioning have the proper training, experience and credentials to make you feel confident and secure about the installation of your new heating system. This is where cost is concerned as well.
Three Benefits of Proper Heater or Furnace Installation
• Energy efficiency. A furnace or heat pump that has been carefully installed by a trained professional will be more likely to provide the highest amount of heat at the lowest fuel consumption. That applies to both electricity and natural gas or other fuels. Remember, too, that once the heater is installed, like any HVAC system, it needs annual maintenance to maintain that efficiency level. This means both homeowner maintenance (air filter changes, etc.) and professional preventative maintenance.
• Performance. In this context, performance means providing comfortable, consistent and balanced heat throughout your house. The technician who installs your system should check airflow as well as the air distribution system. You can have a great furnace but if the air isn’t circulating as intended, you won’t get comfortable heating in every room. If you have a large or multi-level home with just one thermostat, the technician may recommend that you consider installing a zoning system in order to properly heat all parts of the house, and not just the main floor. Employing separate sets of thermostats and mechanized ducts, these systems allow for independent temperature control in two or more “zones” in the house, often divided by floor or level but not always.
• Safety. This is something you definitely don’t want to worry about. You should feel secure in knowing that all gas lines have been properly connected and positioned, that all exhaust systems are correctly installed, that the furnace burners (if applicable) are not clogged, and that the ignition system works the way it’s been engineered to operate. As mentioned, annual maintenance is essential to ensure that your heating system is as safe in its 10 year as it was in its first.