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How To Prepare For Having A Furnace Installed

by Anthony Graves

When you have a furnace installed, most of the work falls on the shoulders of your reliable HVAC technician. However, if you want the process to go smoothly, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your heating system installation.

Clear the path to the furnace

Your HVAC technician will have to remove your old furnace before putting the new one into place. As you can probably imagine, carrying this heavy appliance over scattered toys or curled-up area rugs can be dangerous and annoying. Clear the path to and from the furnace to make things easier on your technician and save them time. Set rugs to the side; even if they are in good shape, they can be a tripping hazard to someone carrying a heavy furnace or tools. If you know the HVAC technician has to relocate your thermostat or install a new one, make sure that's easily accessible, too. 

Ask about moving thermostats and exhaust pipes

If you are getting a newer, more energy-efficient furnace than the one you previously had, you will probably need to have a new exhaust pipe installed -- older furnaces usually vented out a chimney, but newer ones vent through a PVC pipe. You may also want or need to move the thermostat. Think about where you might want these items so you don't have to spend time making the decision after your HVAC contractor is on-site. If you're not sure whether you'll need a new thermostat or vent pipe, reach out to your HVAC contractor before your installation date and ask.

Line up your financing

Many HVAC companies require payment in full once the job is over. Some require a partial down payment. If you are paying in cash, make sure the money is in the right account so you can withdraw it or write a check. If you need financing, make sure you line it up well in advance of your installation appointment. Your HVAC company may offer financing options, but not all do. You may need to take out a small home improvement loan from a local bank or credit union, and applying and getting such a loan may take a week or two.

If you follow the tips above, you will be well prepared for your furnace installation appointment. Talk to your HVAC contractor to learn more; they may even have a pre-prep list they give out to customers.