Furnace Installation and Calculating the Load

Furnaces keep our homes warm during harsh weather. As mechanical entities, they cannot last forever. Eventually, they break down. This requires calling in an expert for a new furnace installation.

What a Heating Contactor Considers

Many factors affect the installation of a new furnace. These include

  • Whether the existing ventilation system is capable of handling the newer heating system.
  • The intended location of the furnace – accessibility
  • The specific type of furnace, e.g., gas, oil, electric
    • The need to perform extra work to ensure the furnace functions according to its optimal capabilities

However, what a homeowner and the heating contractor must also look at closely prior to furnace installation are load requirements.

Load Requirements

Homes come in different sizes and shapes. While many choose their new furnace according to the size of the structure, a good contractor does not. He or she suggests a load calculation to determine the best heating (and cooling) requirements for a home. In order to come up with the right figure, a contractor considers the following factors:

  1.  Environment: What is the local climate?
  2.  Square footage: How large is the home?
  3.  Residents: How many are in residence.
  4.  Insulation: Where is it located?
  5.  Windows: How big and what type are they?
  6.  Home design: What design is the house, include rooms?
  7.  Appliances: What and how efficient are they?\
  8.  Ductwork: What is its condition? Where is it?

These factors all influence the choice of furnace – and its cost.

Furnace Installation

When it comes time for an upgrade or a new furnace installation, homeowners need to consult with a specialist – a heating contractor. By working with him or her, homeowners can be certain the furnace they are installing meets their requirements as well as those of building and other agency codes. In endeavouring to discover the best type of furnace for a residence, all concerned parties must be sure to calculate the load requirement accurately.

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