Developed with content from FortisBC’s “High-Efficiency Furnace Installation Guide for Existing Homes”, this article offers helpful tips and solutions for contractors to consider when dealing with the challenges of installing a new high-efficiency furnace in an existing home.
The five challenges/solutions explored to help contactors maximize furnace performance are:
- Filter Cabinet Installation and Filter Media Selection – Options to enable the installation of sealed filter cabinets with thicker filters in tight fitting mechanical rooms.
- New Thermostats and Wiring – Solutions for installing a matching thermostat and ensuring the correct number of wires are installed to maximize thermostat functionality.
- Ductwork Modifications – Identifying and dealing with existing ductwork systems that are not optimized for proper air flow and may limit overall system performance.
- Combustion Air Venting – Finding venting routes to ensure high-efficiency furnaces are installed with two-pipe venting where both the exhaust and combustion air are connected to the outside.
- Acidic Condensate Removal – Solutions for managing the removal of acidic condensate that is produced by high-efficiency condensing furnaces.
The complete “Optimizing Furnace Installs” article in Mechanical Business is available HERE.
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Ecolighten Energy Solutions is an environmentally-focused company dedicated to helping our clients find innovative solutions to using energy more wisely in our homes. Backed by real-world experience, Ecolighten has a broad and deep knowledge base in mechanical design, building science, house-as-a-system and energy services to help our clients meet the challenges of energy-efficiency.