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Tips for Buying a New Furnace for Your Historic Home

Stephen Weir December 19, 2018

Historic homes are a beautiful investment. They are part of a town’s local history with architecture and designs that are antique and hard to find anywhere else. The financial benefits that often accompany the purchase of historic homes also make them worth buying.
 
Maintaining this kind of property, however, can be difficult and stressful. The repairs seem never-ending, and appliances and infrastructures need to be updated. One of the most common fixes that homeowners of historic properties find themselves requiring is a heating system repair.
 
Why You Should Have a Properly Working Furnace
 
Whether you’re renovating or selling, you should make sure your home has a functioning furnace. The appliances in older homes tend to be inefficient because they do not effectively heat the entire house. They are also costly because they consume a lot of energy.
 
Sometimes, a historic home’s furnace is beyond standard heating repairs. Even if it can be fixed, getting a new furnace altogether might be worth avoiding the time and money required for repair services.
 
Make Note of Any Legal Restrictions
 
Before purchasing a new appliance, realize that you might be required to follow certain guidelines regarding your property. Government agencies and other entities often enforce rules that protect these homes’ historic integrity, so check with the proper authorities before installing a new furnace or tampering with an existing one.
 
How to Pick the Right Furnace
 
After getting the proper clearance, analyze the options available on the market. There are many different factors to consider when buying a new furnace.
 
For instance, furnaces use various fuel types. Your older appliance likely uses oil for power, but newer ones tend to rely on natural gas. Making this switch is almost always more cost-effective. Investing in a furnace with a two-stage blower will also increase energy efficiency as opposed to older, single-stage blowers. 
 
Another factor to consider when buying your new furnace is the network of ducts throughout your historic house. At this point, it’s important to hire an HVAC installer you can trust. When scheduling an installation, it is a good idea to have your ductwork inspected as well. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) policies were much different when your home was initially built, meaning that anew furnace might not be compatible with your current ducts. A contractor can find a furnace that fits your ductwork or modify your ductwork to coincide with a furnace.
 
Sometimes, repairs can be adequate. It all starts with an estimate from a reliable professional. Whatever option you end up choosing, make sure it is one that will save you money, properly heat your home, and protect your house’s historical integrity. To find a Baeumler Approved professional in your area, take a look at our local map.
 

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