Whether you're upgrading to a new furnace or replacing an old, failed one, there are steps you can take to make sure that your home is ready for the installation process. When performed by trained professionals, a furnace installation should take about one full day of work. By preparing your house for this fairly major job in advance, you can help your installers to get the job done more quickly and efficiently.
Plan a Route
Furnaces are large, bulky pieces of equipment, and they are often installed in utility areas that are not easily accessible. Before the day of your installation arrives, do your best to plan out the safest and easiest route for the installers to move the furnace to its new home. If this path includes areas that are cluttered or difficult to maneuver in, be sure to clean up as much as possible. It may even be worthwhile to move furniture in order to make a clearer and easier path.
Most installers will have drop cloths that they can use to cover carpets and other areas that need to be protected, but you can do your part by removing anything breakable or valuable that might be in the way. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but your installers will appreciate it since carrying a heavy piece of equipment through someone else's home can already be a stressful experience.
Clean Your Furnace Room
Nobody likes to walk through cobwebs or deal with piles of dust. Since many furnaces are located in basements or in unused utility closets, the rooms that they are located in are often neglected. If this sounds familiar, then consider doing a solid cleaning of the area around your existing furnace. Additionally, make sure that there is open floor space and that you aren't currently storing stuff on or near the furnace. Your installers will need this area to be clear in order to do their jobs, so taking care of this before they arrive will save a significant amount of time.
Know What's Required of You
While your installers will take care of most of the (literal) heavy lifting, it may still be necessary for you to be present in the home at the time of the installation. Speak with your installer before they arrive so that you know exactly where you need to be and for how long. In some cases, you may only need to be present to let the installers in and sign off on the paperwork. Other installers require that the homeowner be present throughout the entire installation. Knowing this upfront is important to avoid delays and to get your new furnace installed on schedule.
For more information on heating installation, contact an HVAC contractor near you.