If you are having a new furnace installed, chances are you want to ensure that the furnace works as efficiently as possible. A few pre-installation services and upgrades will help keep your home warmer and more comfortable.
Update the Thermostat
Older thermostats may not work as well as modern varieties. Dial style thermostats are not always 100% accurate. Location, dust, and age can all affect how well they work. At a minimum, upgrade to a programmable digital thermostat. You can program the thermostat to a specific temperature and depend that it is accurate. Further, you can set programs so that you don't need to heat the home when you are away.
For an even better upgrade, install a smart thermostat. These thermostats use wifi so you can access them remotely. This means you can manage the temperature from where ever you are with just your smartphone, such as keeping the heat on low if your business trip is extended a few days. You may even have the option of zoning your HVAC system through the thermostat, which means you only need to heat the rooms you use.
Schedule a Duct Cleaning
Dirty ducts can be a problem for several reasons. Dust, mold spores, and pollen that is blown into the home through the ducts can lead to respiratory problems. The debris will also eventually recirculate into your new furnace, which can clog filters and lower the efficiency of the furnace over time.
A duct cleaning removes all the dust and buildup in the ducts. The air will blow cleaner and you won't have to worry about old dirt building up in your new furnace. You will also be able to breathe cleaner and less polluted air.
Inspect for Air Leaks
Your ducts can affect your furnace efficiency in more ways the one. Other than dirt, you need to think about air leaks. Air leaks can sneak into your ductwork, as over time the ducts may work loose or become damaged. This means that your new furnace has to work longer and harder to keep your home warm. This can lead to more frequent break downs, shorter service life, and less efficient heating.
Your HVAC technician can perform a pressure test to detect if there are any leaks in the duct system. If leaks are found, the tech may be able to repair them if the ducts are accessible. Otherwise, a duct sealing will be necessary to ensure that there are no air leaks in the system.
Contact a heating installation service for more information.