A Commercial furnace is built to last. With proper HVAC maintenance, the average commercial heating system can last up to 20 years or more. However, there will come a time when your furnace fails to heat your building efficiently, resulting in temperature fluctuations, cold spots and rising heat bills. When this happens, it is time to consider a furnace replacement. Whether you are replacing an old HVAC unit or are installing a unit in a new building, it is important to properly prepare for the installation.
Inspect and Assess Your Needs
While it is easy to have an HVAC professional come into your building and replace your commercial furnace without any preparation, this is not the most effective method. Ideally, you want to have your building assessed by a professional before choosing a unit. An experienced professional can evaluate the size of your building to determine what size and style of heating equipment is best.
There are several things to look at when choosing a furnace, including size, type and efficiency. Note that the higher the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, the more efficient the equipment. To meet current regulations, a furnace must have an AFUE rating of 80 percent or higher. Once you have chosen a replacement unit, a heating technician will install the new furnace.
Make a Clear Path with Plenty of Surrounding Space
Commercial furnaces can be quite large and difficult to maneuver, especially in tight spaces. To make the installation process easier, you want to take the time to clear a space around the furnace. There should also be adequate room for the technicians to walk and bring the new unit through your building. Remember that the technicians will also need to remove your old unit so leave plenty of room for both furnaces.
When clearing a space for the new commercial furnace, consider what route the technicians will use to bring in the new furnace and take out the old one. Remove any debris on the ground that could result in a tripping hazard and temporarily take down any pictures on the walls that could get knocked down while moving equipment.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat to Save Money
Many building owners have already made the switch to programmable thermostats. These devices are energy-efficient, can save you money on your utility bills and can make it easier to control the temperature in your building. If you have been considering upgrading from a manual to a programmable thermostat, there is no better time to complete this task than when you replace your commercial furnace.
Most new commercial furnace installations will come with a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you can create and maintain a heating schedule that allows the heat to remain at a comfortable temperature where there are people in the building and decrease when the building is closed. Over time, this can save you a significant amount of money in energy costs. It can also reduce the amount of wear and tear on your heating system. Many modern programmable thermostats can even be controlled from your computer or smartphone.
Upgrade Your Purification and Humidifier If They’re Out of Date
While not all buildings have additional comfort technology like in-line air purification systems and humidifiers, those that do often report that the space is more comfortable with this equipment. When replacing your commercial furnace, consider installing or upgrading your in-line purification system. The average building accumulates a large amount of dust, even with daily cleaning. This dust can aggravate respiratory systems in people with allergies or asthma. Furnaces that have in-line air purifications systems clean the air as they heat.
In-line humidifiers can also be highly advantageous in buildings. In the winter months, the air in a building is naturally drier. When air has little moisture, it can cause dry skin, chapped lips and similar side effects. By adding moisture to a building with a humidifier, you can make the space feel more comfortable and warmer, even when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature. In addition, an in-line humidifier can help lower your heating bills.
Schedule Your Service and Talk About a Maintenance Plan
Depending on the size of the job and the company you choose to install your commercial furnace, you can expect the project to take between a few hours to a few days. After the HVAC technicians are completed with the installation, go over important details about cleaning and maintenance. Ask important questions, such as how often you should have the furnace cleaned, the length of the warranty on the equipment and how to work the new thermostat. For more information on how to prepare for a commercial furnace replacement or to schedule service with a reputable HVAC technician, call the pros at Cool Works Co.