In its place is a highly efficient wood-burning forced-air furnace
with LP backup in the basement, with an outside door located at the furnace, and 99 percent of the mess stays outside.
We asked experienced TFH Field Editors-HVAC pros who do this for a living as well as fellow Divers who have recently bought a furnace--for their top tips, warnings, lessons learned and best advice about buying a new forced-air furnace
George Sims found that his sump pump controller, the circuit board in his boiler, the fan in his forced-air furnace
, the electrical connections for his smoke-carbon dioxide detectors and a power bar in his computer room had all burned out.
I am not exactly new at this, but I would like some helpful insight: I have a gas forced-air furnace
in my basement with one chimney.
Never operate a forced-air furnace
without the front-panel door properly in place because doing so may create the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Heat exchangers or direct circulation convey the heat into a forced-air furnace
, boiler or radiant floor heating system.
For maximum efficiency, forced-air furnace
and air-conditioning units should be tailored to the square footage of a home.
The remarkable thing about the project is that it will attain these goals in a cold climate without a conventional forced-air furnace
or boiler or connection to the natural gas main.
Sometimes the couple uses the forced-air furnace
to take off the initial chill; otherwise they use wood for heating and cooking.
Conversion from electric forced-air furnace
to high-efficiency heat pump: $1,500
If a forced-air furnace
is more suitable for your house, look for an EPA-certified option.
If you have a forced-air furnace
with a built-in humidifier, you may want to lower the humidifier setting.