The quality of your furnace installation will be intertwined with the home comfort experience and monthly energy bills of your Berkley home for years to come. However, a new furnace replacement is only one component of the entire home system that affects efficiency and comfort. Take a few moments to consider add-ons that enhance comfort and provide a faster return on investment.
Drive Comfort and Efficiency
The factors affecting comfort and energy efficiency are primarily temperature, balanced airflow, indoor air quality and humidity. The following add-ons and components maximize both for furnace installation:
- Programmable thermostats – One of the simplest devices to promote comfort and efficiency is a programmable thermostat. You decide when to heat (and cool) your home according to your lifestyle and energy saving goals.
- Whole-house humidifiers – Dry indoor air during the heating months is a common comfort issue, but it’s also a health issue. Many viruses, including the flu virus, spread more easily in dry indoor air. A whole-house humidifier may be attached to the ductwork to optimally humidify air heated by your new furnace. Properly humidified air feels warmer than dry air, so you may lower the thermostat a degree or two and save money.
- Zoning system – A zoning system is another ductwork add-on that utilizes motorized duct dampers and multiple thermostats to automatically and independently control the temperature in each zone of your home.
- Air filters – Air filters do more than clear the air inside your Oak Park home. A nice quality air filter (pleated MERV 7-13) captures mold spores, allergens, dust mite parts and more. A filter is also necessary to protect furnace and ductwork components.
- Chimney liners – With today’s mid- and high-efficiency furnaces, you may need to upgrade your chimney liner to protect structure and indoor air quality from acidic exhaust gases. If your new furnace installation utilizes two heat exchangers (condensing furnace), you may install sidewall venting or chimney venting via plastic pipes. Make sure your HVAC pro has experience with these installations.
For more information about furnace installation add-ons, contact Aladdin Heating & Cooling today. We proudly serve homeowners in Southeast Michigan.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Warren, Michigan about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnace add-ons and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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