Most homes these days are built with central furnaces or heat systems, but when you buy a home, you cannot always guarantee that a heat system is in place. If you have just bought a home and plan to hire an HVAC company to install a new furnace, it is better if you expect to need alternative heating arrangements until the project is fully completed. Here is a look at a few reasons why alternate heating is important during furnace installation.
The installation process can take a while.
Furnace installation in a home that has never had a central heat system is a process that happens in stages. Amendments are made to house the new furnace components, the furnace is installed, the fuel connections are completed, the ducts and vents are installed, and all the final tests are done on the system. In some situations, this process can take a while to complete. So you don't get frustrated with the length of time the project takes, it is always best if you have another way to stay warm or another place to stay.
You may have to wait for fuel connections or delivery for the furnace.
If your furnace will have to be powered by natural gas or propane, the necessary hooks ups to power your furnace can be a little more time-consuming to complete. Furthermore, you may have to wait for a natural gas installer to come and connect your home to community supply lines or wait for a propane company to deliver a propane tank and fill it. Even though HVAC contractors work really hard to complete installations as fast as possible, there can be brief delays with home energy technicians. Therefore, it is important to have an alternate heat source available.
There may be heat to only some parts of the home temporarily.
The furnace is connected to ducts and vents to carry heat throughout the home. However, installing a system of ducts can take a little while to accomplish fully. It is not uncommon for part of the ducts to be connected and other parts to be incomplete at some point during the process. For example, ducts may be implemented that route heat to the main floor of a home first, and the second level of the house will not have completed ductwork until later. Having an alternate heat source will help you keep the entire house warmed during this transitional phase.