What You Need to Know About HVAC System Permits: Installing a Furnace
When you need to install a new furnace or replace a defective one, you need to consider a few factors. One, you need to choose the right type of furnace for your heating needs. Two, you need to make sure that the heating appliance meets the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency standard. And three, you need to hire an HVAC service contractor that will get the necessary HVAC system permits for the installation.
The Need for a Permit
You’re might be wondering why you would need a permit to get a furnace installed in your home. After all, you’re not constructing anything. You’re basically just trying to get a new appliance in. HVAC system permits (for furnace installation, in this case) are legally necessary for your safety and comfort.
When you don’t secure the permit, you may have to pay a fine. But a fine is not the lone reason why a permit is required for a furnace installation.
Furnace installation is a major home project. Aside from working on the appliance itself, your HVAC service will also need to use the appropriate duct sizes. Undersized ducting can stop proper airflow, which creates stagnant areas and the resulting wild temperature swings.
A permit ensures that the heating appliance is installed the right way, no matter what it runs on: gas, fuel or electricity to generate the heat your home needs. This prevents costly mistakes, from increased heating bills to reduced life span for the furnace.
Preventing Disastrous Results
But increased heating bills and reduced life span for your new furnace are not the only outcomes a permit can prevent.
When your furnace is not placed properly, it may have gaps in the return air ducting, the flue through the roof, and the metal connection. These gaps could cause carbon monoxide to come into your home and get in the air. Danger of fire is also probable when there’s an issue with the flue.
A permit keeps all of that from happening in two ways. One, it ensures that your HVAC service contractor knows what they are doing. And two, a third party inspector further checks the installation job. The inspector will confirm that the work meets code requirements and manufacturer guidelines, and that it operates properly.
Finally, should anything unfortunate happen with the furnace, your permit helps you get insurance coverage. Your homeowner’s insurance can cover the cost of the damage or the replacement of the heating appliance.
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