There is a very simple answer to the question. If the existing ductwork is in good shape a new furnace can almost always be installed in a single day. But as with many things, the simple answer doesn't tell the whole story.
Furnace installation is a process
The furnace install starts long before the installers from Fire & Ice Heating & Air Conditioning arrives with a new furnace on the truck. You can't just install any furnace in any home. There is a detailed formula to determine what size furnace is best for your Columbus, OH home. If it's too small, it may not keep the house comfortable on cold days. Too large and the furnace will short cycle, turn on and off repeatedly, leading to uneven heating and extra wear and tear.
Factors to take into account
It takes a trained professional to perform a heat load calculation. It's comprised of several factors:
- Your home's orientation
- Quality & level of insulation
- Floor plan
- Number of people in the home
- Types of doors & windows and how many there are
- Square footage
These all factor into your home's specific heating needs. Once the size of the furnace is determined, Fire & Ice will give you four options based on your budget and heating needs.
Type & efficiency
Natural gas or propane furnaces are the most common choices. If you don't have gas service and don't like the idea of having to fill propane tanks, then a heat pump might be a better choice than a furnace. It is the most efficient form of electrical heat. Fire & Ice urges our customers to buy the most efficient furnace they can afford. Greater efficiency will cost more upfront but can save money in the long run with lower utility bills.
The process is so important because a furnace typically lasts for 15 to 20 years. Making the right decision and choosing the right contractor will assure your comfort for years to come and add to the value of your home. No one is saying the decision to replace is an easy one, but many times it just makes sense. Expensive furnace repairs on an outdated system are like throwing good money after bad.
When the big day arrives the install crew will remove the old furnace and dispose of it properly according to all environmental regulations. Nothing will be left behind for you to deal with. When the furnace install is complete, the technicians will do a test run to make sure everything is working properly and show you how to operate your new furnace.
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To learn more about the installation process and how an efficient new furnace can improve your life, call Fire & Ice Heating & Air Conditioning for a free no-obligation estimate. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more great information.