Gas-fueled furnaces can be highly efficient when it comes to heating your home. However, many myths surround the idea of installing a new gas furnace for residential heating purposes. Here is a look at a few of the general myths along with some reliable facts to remember.
Myth: Installing a gas furnace is the most expensive heat system installation project.
While installing a gas furnace can come along with a few added costs compared to an electrical system, gas furnaces are not usually the most expensive to have installed. The myth tends to stem from the fact that a gas furnace has to be connected to a gas line, which can take a bit of additional time to complete. Several other types of home heating setups are more time-consuming and more expensive to have professionally installed. Geothermal heat systems that require the installation of a ground loop are a good example of furnaces that can cost more to install.
Myth: Gas furnaces cannot be installed in a basement.
Just like electric furnaces, a gas furnace can be installed in a basement. Therefore, there is no substance to the myth that a gas-fueled furnace cannot be placed in a basement space. In fact, basements or the lowest level of the home are usually the most preferable installation point for a gas furnace. If you do not have a basement and no room on your ground floor, the furnace can even be installed in the garage. While rare, smaller gas furnace systems can also be implemented in a sizable attic space.
Myth: You can install a gas furnace on your own pretty easily.
You could potentially install your own gas furnace, but doing so can bring along very specific risks that should be avoided. For example, something as simple as not properly connecting the gas delivery line to the unit can mean there is a risk of a gas leak. Keep in mind, many new furnace manufacturers will also not offer a warranty on their heating systems unless the unit is installed by a licensed professional.
Myth: Gas furnaces require a series of large vents through your roof.
Yes, a gas furnace does have to be vented. Fuel is burned during operation to generate heat, and the resulting emissions need a safe place to go. However, the vents installed for a gas furnace are not that large, and you will normally only need one vent.
For more information, contact a furnace installation service.