Furnace Installation Guide 

Furnace Installation Guide Sacramento

Furnace Installation Guide

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Furnace Installation Guide

Before purchasing a furnace or upgrading from the one you have now, it is important that you do extensive research on the options that are available. There are factors that you should consider that may help you save on energy costs as well as in improving your comfort during your Sacramento furnace replacement project. Today on our blog, our team compiled all of their knowledge to create a furnace installation guide. Read on to learn more about furnaces!

Furnace Installation Guide Sacramento

Types of Furnaces

The most common types are electric, oil, and gas furnaces. 

Electric furnaces

If you live in an area that does not experience extreme winter weather, like Sacramento, this is an excellent choice for you. These furnaces are expensive to operate as they increase electricity costs. They are however fairly energy-efficient, especially in locations where the temperature stays above freezing. 

Benefits of electric furnaces include:

  • They are typically small in size
  • Easy to install. For furnace installation, contact our furnace installation Sacramento experts at Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing.
  • They do not require special piping or venting  
  • Have low initial upfront costs
  • They are easy to maintain
  • Can last for up to 20 years

Our neighbors over at Headwaters Construction Inc. most commonly see electric furnaces in their commercial building remodeling as well. Their team suggests that, if you prefer furnaces that are eco-friendly, you could look into a solar panel and geothermal systems. 

Oil furnaces

These types of furnaces aren’t popular these days as they once were due to the unstable oil prices. They are however a good choice for locations that experience harsh winters. 

They need a fuel storage tank, so you need to consider space as well as include the additional costs of purchase. Since you only pay for oil when the fuel tank is filled, this eliminates monthly operating costs as the fuel tanks are filled either annually, semi-annually, or quarterly. This is dependent on the size of the storage tank.

Gas furnaces

These are the most common furnaces that are used and are the best choice for regions that experience extreme winters. 

In comparison to electric furnaces, gas furnaces have a higher upfront cost but their low monthly operating costs offset this. Gas furnaces are also highly efficient and they heat your home quickly. However, they come with additional costs which include installation costs, replacing as well as maintenance costs. 

Gas furnaces need their ducts to be cleaned regularly and the main unit should be inspected annually by a professional, and the filters need to be replaced regularly as well. Find a Sacramento heating company to perform these needed maintenance tasks.

BTU Capacity

BTU capacity refers to British Thermal Units. It is important to make sure that the furnace you would like to purchase has the heating capacity that is needed for your home. For each square foot of space in your home, plan for approximately 30 to 60 BTUs. 

There are a few factors that should be considered when considering BTU capacity, such as:

  • The age of your home
  • The climate of the area you live in

Think big about this. You’d rather have a larger furnace that encompasses your needs and more rather than have a small one that does not provide enough heat for your home. 

However, Gilmore Heating, Air and Plumbing, the best heating company Sacramento, cautions that a high BTU rating isn’t all you need; you should also consider a furnace’s AFUE rating.

AFUE Rating

This refers to the annual fuel utilization efficiency of a furnace. AFUE ratings give the calculations of how energy efficient a furnace is at converting its fuel source into heat in a year. This will allow owners to compare fuel sources and furnace models.

It should be noted that a furnace’s AFUE rating does not include heat losses of the piping/duct system. These heat losses can make up about 35% of the total energy output of the furnace, particularly for ducts that are located in poorly insulated spaces such as the attic or garage.

Load Calculation

Performing a load calculation is the best way to find a furnace that meets your needs. An HVAC professional from a Sacramento heating company is the best person to perform a load calculation for your home. A load calculation considers various factors that may influence your home heating needs such as the size of your house, the foundation type, the location, window locations, and types.

A load calculation makes certain that your heating system can heat your entire house adequately. Additionally, it saves you money as you’ll not be purchasing a system that offers more than what you need.

Warranty

Installing a new furnace comes with its own benefits, such as a warranty. This ensures that most defects and repairs will be covered. Warranties range between 5 to 10 years, depending on the unit’s manufacturer. You can also purchase an extended warranty at an additional fee.

Furthermore, furnace installations vary, depending on various factors such as: 

  • the local climate
  • where you are located
  • the type of unit to be installed
  • the brand of the unit
  • the size of your home
  • the installer’s experience
  • the fuel source 
  • whether ductwork needs to be done or not

When purchasing a new furnace, do not go for the least expensive unit. Instead, buy the best that would fit yours and your family’s/home’s needs. It is worth the additional investment. 

The same goes for the company that will be installing your furnace. You should make sure that your installer has the right level of expertise, experience, and provide the quality service that your furnace needs. Check out Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing for efficient and affordable services. However, if you’d prefer not to upgrade at this moment and instead choose to repair your furnace, please call in a Sacramento heating repair professional for any major repairs. Additionally, scheduling maintenance visits yearly to ensure your furnace is working at optimum efficiency. This will prolong your furnace’s lifespan as well as save you a lot on monthly heating costs. 

Sacramento Furnace Installation Experts

At Gilmore Heating, Air and Plumbing, we have tons of experience installing, servicing, and repairing all types of furnaces. Contact us today and let our experts attend to all your home’s heating needs.

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How Big of a Furnace Do I Need For My Home?

 

Part of the challenge of finding the right furnace for your home is that you need to find the right size furnace. A furnace that is too small will have to run more often, running up your heating bill and placing unnecessary wear on furnace parts. A furnace that is too large will cycle on and off more frequently, and will also prematurely wear out furnace parts.

So, choosing a furnace that is appropriately sized for your home is extremely important.

The most important considerations when sizing a furnace is the size of your home, and the weather in your area.

The heat output of furnaces, especially gas furnaces, is typically measured in BTUs (British thermal units). A good rule of thumb for home heating is that you need 25 to 35 BTUs per square foot in the moderate climates that are typical throughout much of California, while you may need up to 45 BTUs per square foot in colder climates, such as those found north of Lake Tahoe.

So if you live in Sacramento in a home that is 1,600 square feet, you will need (at bare minimum) a heater that provides 40,000 BTUs of heat, based on the calculation below.

25 BTU per square foot x 1,600 square feet = 40,000 BTU

However, there are a number of other factors that affect furnace sizing, such as:

  • Orientation of your home: Does your home receive a lot of daylight in the winter, or is it in shadow?
  • Layout of your home: Does your home have a few large rooms, or many small ones? How high are the ceilings?
  • Windows and doors: How many windows and doors does your home have? Windows tend to allow more heat to escape than walls do, and doors that aren’t properly sealed will allow cool air to leak inside.
  • Insulation: Older homes often have poor insulation, which means that a furnace will have to work harder to compensate for the amount of heat radiating outside.
  • Furnace efficiency: Furnaces aren’t just rated by BTU output, but by their efficiency as well. This efficiency rating—sometimes referred to as AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency)—is given as a percentage, and estimates how much of the heat generated by the furnace will actually be delivered into your home. A new 40,000 BTU furnace with an efficiency rating of 97% will produce roughly 38,800 BTUs of heat per hour, while an older 55,000 BTU furnace with an efficiency of 70% will produce 38,500 BTUs per hour.

As you can see, while it’s possible to make a rough estimate based on only weather and the size of your home, there are many other variables should be considered as well. That’s why it’s advisable to have a professional furnace installer take a look.

If you have questions about what furnace is right for your home, call the furnace experts at Gilmore. We’ll come out to your home, examine it and your existing heating system, and then sit down with you, answer your questions, and explain what the right heating solution is for your home. At Gilmore, our goal isn’t just to keep your home warm, but to give you peace of mind as well. So when in doubt, call Gilmore!