There’s really no easy way to put this:
You shouldn’t even think of removing a furnace from its original space. The hassle isn’t worth it if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Let’s just break it down from the start.
If you’re living in a chilly part in the country somewhere, then it’s probably not right to argue about the need for having a furnace. You simply just can’t make do without it.
And placing the furnace in the right is as important as having a furnace in the first place.
But dealing with stuff like how to move a furnace isn’t something you take lightly. As a matter of fact, it’s a task you should assign to a professional who is probably more qualified than you and us combined.
So, we will not try to tell you how you should move a furnace on your own. But we would rather talk about the things that you need to consider before even planning something like this.
So, there’s really no point in pushing this intro any further. Let’s just get on with it.
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Furnace Placement: The ‘What’
Before we get on to moving a furnace, it’s probably best to know where you should have put it in the first place! (pun intended!)
Let’s start with how a furnace actually works.
It’s really simple to understand. You basically have a heat exchanger that takes care of the main task of getting the temperatures higher. When you turn on the furnace, it takes air into its system.
The heat exchanger then transfers its heat to the air. After that, it is circulated into space (your home of course).
The principle is pretty much the same for an electric furnace. But it’s got electrical coils as the heating elements. The function of it is a bit different than the heating elements in a gas furnace.
Where would you want to put your furnace?
There are certain pre-determined places where the furnace should be placed:
Basements are the first choice to put allocate furnace space. These are pretty much empty spaces where you have good airflow and ventilation.
Garage and utility rooms
Garage and utility rooms come as second choices, but only if there are specific infrastructures to house them in. There may be the additional cost involved if you are thinking of using one of these places as a home for your furnace.
This is not a very suitable location for putting your furnace. But if there isn’t any suitable space, then you could probably make some adjustments.
However, the issue here is the increase in overall energy use, which will go up to around 30% in the cold weather. So, you may want to gather some more professional intelligence before moving on with this project.
What things matter for furnace placement?
There are a couple of things here that need considering:
The air and energy flow
Airflow is of the utmost importance when it comes to furnace location. If the airflow is prohibited by any means, it can meddle with the overall usability of the furnace.
As for the airflow, you should never consider putting a furnace where you need to stretch the connections. It’s a bad practice that will lead to potential mishaps in the future.
Empty space and adequate ventilation
Even in 2020, furnaces need a substantial amount of space for installation. It’s just how it is, unfortunately.
So, not only will you need proper spacing, the ventilation has to be proper as well. You can’t just put your furnace in a confined space and hope for miraculous results.
Two things can happen if the ventilation and spacing are insufficient:
- You may have to deal with a potential carbon monoxide gas build-up which is a result of inadequate combustion.
- Gas back-drafting to your living space is also a potential issue.
Furnace Placement: The ‘Why’
Now we will talk about why you want to move your furnace.
You need more room
The first obvious reason for furnace relocation is the need for more room.
Maybe you have the furnace located in a nearby utility room. If you move it someplace else, there will be more space for a new closet or something like that.
Heat distribution and noise levels
This is actually a valid reason for moving your furnace.
If you are dealing with a noise issue, then you may want to consider moving the furnace to a more suitable location.
But, if proper ventilation is also an issue along with the noise problems, then we would recommend you call a professional and get on with the moving process.
It’s like killing two birds with one stone!
Maintenance is a substantial issue that no one should overlook.
And if the maintenance space is somehow restricting, then you should probably think about moving the furnace to a suitable location.
The problems with furnace relocation
Furnace transfer isn’t just a ‘move-and-forget’ type of situation. There are potential issues that may persist even after you’ve moved the furnace to a location suitable to you.
Problems with piping
Once moved to a secondary location, the chimney piping can feel pressurized. As a matter of fact, there can be a loss in the overall performance of the furnace because of the location change.
Duct and feed lines
The ducting and feed lines aren’t very prone to change.
You may need to chalk a strategy before your thinking of moving the furnace. Otherwise, you will end up losing a lot of cash.
You may want to treat today’s discussion of ‘how to move a furnace’ like a precautionary note.
Because what you can do shouldn’t always bear good results.
It is especially true for furnace relocation. Because if you don’t plan ahead, there’s a chance that you need to shed more cash than you initially intended.
So, before doing anything, you may want to consult with professionals and other users who have undergone such a process countless times. It will allow you to understand the depth of your situation.
And the things we said earlier should also make your life easier.
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