Your old heating system no longer does its job to keep you and your home cozy and warm and you are already looking at the other heating options you have available. If it seems that a new furnace system is the most logical option, you are most likely concerned with the massive size of these systems. The furnace has to be placed indoors and without a lot of floor space or a basement at your disposal, the attic may be the only choice you have. However, there are questions that come along with furnace installation in the attic that you most likely have swarming in your mind. Here are a few of the most common.
Is it safe to have the furnace in such a tight space?
It may seem as if placing a heating unit in a closed in area with little space to breathe would not be the best choice. However, the average furnace does not generate a lot of internal heat because the heat produced is immediately distributed to the rest of the home. Furthermore, vents will be installed to release any steam or residual heat that is created during operation. Therefore, the size of the space is not a concern.
Will having a furnace overhead create a lot of noise?
Modern furnaces do not create that much noise. However, if your furnace doubles as a cooling unit, condensation lines can make a bit of sound. To avoid noise being an issue, a contractor, such as Elite Air Inc., will route condensation lines away from bedrooms and other quiet places in the home upon your request.
How will the contractor get the massive furnace into the attic space?
The average attic door opening in the ceiling is only about two feet wide or less. With a massive furnace unit much larger, you may be questioning how installation will even be possible. However, the furnace will most likely not be taken into the attic all at one time, but in several sections.
If you have an attic furnace, does this mean you have to have ceiling vents for heat?
It is easier to have the ducts running to ceiling vents when you have an attic furnace. However, if you would prefer to have vents in the walls or at the baseboards instead, duct lines can sometimes be routed through the walls. However, keep in mind that this will make things more complicated when your ducts need to be cleaned.
When you take some time to learn about having a furnace installed in the attic, it is easy to see why this is the final destination for many units in homes across the country. The attic provides a safe space that is tucked away from the rest of the home.