The Costs of a Furnace Installation

Usually the only time people think about the costs of a furnace and installation is at the most unfortunate of times — when it goes out during a blizzard and your family is left huddled and shivering around a sole space heater, breathing out misty vapors into the chill air of your house, passionately lamenting not having it inspected this year. If your furnace is between 15-20 years old, it’s right at the age that warrants serious thought about replacement. We’ll examine what sort of costs to expect depending on the factors involved.

Cost of a Furnace

The cost of a furnace will usually land between $2,000-$5,000, whether that’s gas, oil, or heat pump. It can go much higher, or even lower than that depending on brand, discounts, credits, etc. But that’s going to give you a rough idea of how much to expect to pay for the unit itself. Keep in mind that if you want a super high efficiency one, you might have to pay a one or two thousand dollar premium on top of that.

Depending on where you live and what utilities are available, that will influence what option to choose. If you live in an area with extremely cold winters and a venerable oil distribution infrastructure, it makes sense to go with oil. If you live in a more mild climate where the winters aren’t too harsh, you might want to look into a heat pump. The heat pump can also function as air conditioning during the summer months, which makes for an economical choice.

Associated Costs of Installation

The associated installation costs is where the bill can get high depending on what you need done. A straight replacement, without having to run new utility lines, ductwork or do any fabrication is naturally going to be less than an installation that does need that. If you need to put new ductwork in, or do any customization, the costs can quickly reach into the tens of thousands.

You can plan on the furnace installation taking at least one day, two for larger or more complex installs. For budgeting purposes, plan on around $1,000/day for labor costs.

When discussing the installation be sure to ask the representative about building permits and debris removal fees. A lot of contractors will include those costs in their quotes, but some do not.

Also find out about any discounts, rebates, or refunds you may get or are qualified for. In some counties you qualify for tax breaks or discounted prices depending on the efficiency of the furnace.

With smart planning and economical choices installing a new furnace doesn’t have to break the bank. Be sure to follow the Allison Air Conditioning blog for all the latest HVAC information.

Controlling Dry Air in Your Home

When winter is in the air the outside air loses a good deal of its moisture. This inevitably affects the quality of your indoor air as well, leaving you high and dry both figuratively and literally.
You may not have thought about it much, or even noticed it. But dry air is no picnic in the park, for you, your family, your possessions or the physical environment you reside in.

If you can find a remedy for that dryness it is most certainly in your interest to do so, for reasons we are about to explain.

What is the Big Deal about Dry Air?

Excessively dry air can have a negative impact on your health. When the air that surrounds you is not adequately humidified it can:

  • Leave you more vulnerable to colds and the flu.
  • Cause respiratory infections that can set off or intensify asthma attacks (especially in children).
  • Make the skin on your fingers and feet dry out, crack and bleed.
  • Cause excessive eye, throat and nasal passage dryness, which can be annoying and painful.
  • Promote atmospheric imbalances that can give you static shocks (ouch!) when you touch something or someone.

In addition to these health effects de-humidified air can impact material objects as well. It can cause cracks to form in woodwork and hardwood floors, and those static shocks we just mentioned can actually damage your electronic devices.

Another problem with dry air is that it leave you feeling chilled, even at temperatures you would normally find comfortable. For every extra degree of heating you require you can expect your monthly heating bills to rise by about four percent, which is nothing to sneeze at in the wintertime when energy costs are already elevated.

What Can Be Done?

If you want to add more moisture to your home’s air you may want to consider ordering a whole-home humidifier. This appliance can be incorporated directly into your HVAC system, allowing the re-humidified air it produces to be distributed to every nook and cranny of the indoor spaces your family occupies. Digital thermostats and monitoring systems make it easy to control the activity of a whole-home humidifier, letting you customize indoor conditions for maximum comfort seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

With a whole-home humidifier all the troubles associated with excessively dry indoor can be eliminated, one-by-one and forever.

Say Goodbye to the Dry

During the wintertime, or all year-round if you live in an arid climate, dry air can be a menace. But while you cannot change the weather you can change the characteristics of your indoor environment, and if you are determined to banish the dryness from the air you breathe a practical and effective solution is available.

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Does My House Need Surge Protection For The HVAC System?

Over the past few decades, the number of electronics in the average household has grown considerably. In the past, a surge protector was only really necessary for those with big-screen televisions. Today, there are many electronics which contain printed circuit boards. Such devices include the house phone and air conditioning systems. Power surges can result from anything, such as issues with the electrical grid or lightning strikes. These can be catastrophic. It’s therefore necessary to have devices such as HVAC surge protectors to protect the sensitive electronic circuits within the system.
The Problem with Air Conditioning Systems.

Conventional HVAC systems were usually mechanical in nature, with only several electronic components. This is not the case today, especially for the newer, high efficiency models. With power surges, the major problem is that there’s no way to predict how much damage will be sustained by the equipment. Large power surges can be highly devastating, causing irreparable damage along with immediate failure of the system.

While the unit may survive through the surge and seem to function just okay, there may be unseen damage. With time, this will compromise the system when combined with wear and tear, which will lead to premature breakage of the equipment. This isn’t a good thing, especially when things that are as vital and expensive as HVAC systems are concerned.

What can be Done?

While there’s nothing one can do to stop power surges from occurring, there are several steps that can be taken to safeguard the HVAC systems along with other precious electronics in the house. Having a whole-house surge protector installed at the chief breaker box will help in preventing excess voltage from causing havoc. This especially applies for HVAC systems and other equipment which are directly tied to the power line, rather than through an outlet in the circuitry. For other devices, it would be advisable to buy a separate surge protector to be used at every outlet.

If you’re worried that your HVAC system isn’t protected from power surges, you can contact us for an assessment of the system and its level of protection. With an expert dedicated to assuring your entire system is protected, you’ll no longer have to worry. It will also ensure that your equipment lasts long.

Knowing The Signs Your Heating System Is Warning You With

It is easy to become panicked when your heating system starts acting strangely, or if it does not work at all. This is especially true when winter months are in full swing. There are many Furnace Warning Signs that when caught in time, can prevent your furnace from breaking down.

Knowing the signs a furnace gives off can help determine what is wrong with it. Some of the signs point to a relatively easy fix, such as when an Obstructed airflow issue is caused by items in the vents, or by furniture that blocks a vent. Another airflow problem occurs when a dirty filter is causing a furnace to struggle to get adequate airflow. Even though some of the warning signs lead to an easy fix, there are other signs that will require a professional to diagnose.

Strange sounds coming from the furnace or other part of the heating system while it is running is an indicator that there is a problem. If the smell of gas is present near the furnace or throughout the home, there is a problem. Unusual sounds and the smell of gas are both signs that need to be acted upon immediately. The first thing to do before calling an HVAC contractor after noticing these two signs is to turn the furnace off until it can be inspected.

One sign to look for when a furnace malfunctions is a yellow to orange colored unstable flame in the burner. The flame should be blue and stable, not yellow and flickering. If a home is not being warmed to the temperature set on the thermostat, there is likely an issue with the thermostat. Additionally, if the furnace continually turns on and off without completing a full heat cycle, the thermostat might need calibration or replacement.

Using skills and specialized tools that measure pressure, test for leaks, and determine if a furnace is getting an adequate supply of gas and electrical power, an HVAC technician can quickly locate problems and fix them. Scheduling an annual Furnace Inspection can eliminate most common furnace problems. To schedule a furnace tune up, or set up a diagnostic inspection, contact a local reputable HVAC Contractor today.