If you're going to have a new heater installed before winter arrives, make sure you're prepared for the process. You might think that all you need to do is schedule the installation, but that's not exactly the case. Your crew is going to need your assistance to make sure that the project goes smoothly. Here are four important steps you should take to make sure that you're prepared for the installation of your new heater.
Create a Pathway
If you've scheduled the installation of your new heater, the first thing you need to do is create a pathway from the driveway to the attic. Clutter along the way can be hazardous to the crew, especially while they're moving the heater into your home. If you have cars parked in the driveway, arrange to have them park along the street instead for the day. If you have patio furniture, or your kids' play toys are in the way, be sure to move those before the installation crew arrives. Creating a clear path will help prevent accidents and injuries during the installation of your new heater.
Clear the Attic
If you use your attic for storage, it's a good idea to give it a thorough cleaning before installation day, especially if you have items stored in the vicinity of the heater compartment. It's also important that you spend some time removing dirt and dust from the heater compartment. That way, you're not installing a new heater over dirt and debris.
Install New Ducts
If you're going to be having a new heater installed in your home, be sure to upgrade the entire system. Installing a new heater using old ducts could lead to problems with efficiency. Now that you're investing in a new heater for your home, be sure to have your contractor install new ducts as well. It's also a good idea to have a new thermostat installed at the same time, especially if your current thermostat is old and outdated. Your old thermostat may not be equipped to power a newer-model heater.
Arrange to be Home
Finally, if you're going to have a new heater installed, make arrangements to be home on installation day. If your contractor and installation crew run into problems, they'll need to be able to get in contact with you quickly. The best way to ensure that is to be home throughout the entire installation.
For more information about heating system installation, reach out to a company like Signature Heating & Air LLC.