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If You Have an Older Furnace, You Need to Read this NOW!

Posted On: October 30, 2012

If you haven’t heard the news, there may be a very good reason for you to replace your furnace now, versus after May 1, 2013. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has developed regional standards for furnace installation. After the deadline, southern states will be required to install furnaces with at least 80% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) and northern states will be required to install furnaces with at least 90% AFUE. If your furnace is 10 or more years old, you may want to think about replacing it with a new furnace sooner than later. While we encourage the higher efficiency furnaces because they are both less expensive to operate and better for the environment, there are a few issues to be aware of when replacing your furnace – namely space, venting, and disposing of the condensate.

  • Space – higher efficiency furnaces are larger than older models and may require more space than you currently have available for your existing furnace. In some cases, installing a new 90% efficient furnace may require knocking down walls to make room. Or, you may be able to relocate your furnace, but that requires possible repiping and vent reconfiguration. It could be a hassle if your space is tight
  • Venting – venting requirements are different for condensing furnaces. You may have to move your vent, resize the vent or move the unit entirely to comply with venting codes.
  • Disposing of Condensate – because a condensing furnace extracts moisture from the air it is heating, there must be a way to collect and dispose of the water it creates. It may require moving the furnace which would mean reworking the duct system, wiring and gas pipes.

Furnace Replacement in Ogden, UT

If you know your furnace will need to be replaced in the next couple of years, it may behoove you to replace it now while you still have a few more options rather than wait until after May 1st when you’ll be forced to replace it with a 90% efficient model. If you aren’t sure, just give us a call and we’ll send one of our Mountain Air Conditioning & Heating HVAC specialists to take a look and offer some helpful advice about your particular system and its configuration. At Mountain Air, we’re here to help. Call (801) 416-2215(801) 416-2215 to speak with our experts today.