Heating System Installation
The heating system installation process depends on a number of factors. If you are moving into an old Pittsburgh area home with a worn and battered furnace, installing a new furnace will require removal of the old system and upgrades to any out of date or worn parts. If you are installing a system in a brand new home, the process is considerably easier, but will still require a great deal of planning to get the right heating system in place.
Heating Installation Tip
Did you know that having the correct size heating equipment is important not only for your home’s comfort, but also for its energy efficiency? A heating system that is too large will short-cycle, which uses a lot of energy and wears down its components. A heating system that is too small will be on all the time and still not be able to keep your house warm. A load calculation that takes into consideration your house’s size, shape, insulation levels and many other factors will ensure you get the correct size equipment for your home and help your maximize your energy efficiency.
Choosing a New Heating System
The first step in the process is to choose what type of heating system you want installed. There are a lot of factors to consider that the trained experts at Boehmer Heating & Cooling can help you sort through.
To start with, you must consider the efficiency rating of your new heating system installation. Do you want a super high efficient installation with an AFUE 97% rating or would you like to save on upfront costs with a lower 80% rating? Do you want to use the same heating source you have in the building now or would you like to change it to a more efficient, affordable source of energy?
These factors can have a substantial impact both on the scope of the installation and the cost, but not always in the way you think, so it is a good idea to give us a call and discuss your particular needs before making any final decisions.
Heating Installation Process
When installation begins, the old heating system must first be removed. This requires disconnection from the energy source. The parts of the old furnace and heating system are then disassembled and removed.
Most of the time, the plenum metal ductwork located on your furnace is custom made to fit the particular furnace model in your home. So, if you are replacing an old furnace with a new model that is a different size, a new metal connection may need to be fabricated. We will help you select a furnace based not just on the size of your ducts, but on the heat loss factor of your home and the overall needs of your family.
In some cases, a smaller furnace may be possible with the addition of insulation that will reduce heat loss. With recent tax credits for making such changes to your home, this can be one possible cost-effective solution.
Beyond the furnace, installation also includes the incoming piping and the exhaust piping. To ensure the furnace works properly, we will measure these pipes carefully and ensure they are installed to code. This will reduce energy loss, but also ensure undue stress is not placed on your new furnace, while avoiding any potential health risks due to carbon monoxide leakage.
Professional Heating Technicians
If you notice that there are any problems in your current heating system, please bring it to our attention when we arrive for an estimate. Heat loss or uneven heating in the rooms of your home may not be directly related to an out of date furnace. It might have to do with old ductwork or thermostat problems. We can review these potential issues during the installation process to make sure your new furnace maintains the level of comfort you desire.
A heating system installation is a big undertaking, but the trained technicians at Boehmer have been installing heaters in the Pittsburgh area for some time now. We can provide the peace of mind, competitive pricing, and top-notch customer service you desire during such a complicated change to your home.