When owning a historic home, you get your own slice of history, of unique architecture. The beauty and awe does have a cost: often the electric, heating, or even plumbing can be outdated and inefficient. Just like any home, your furnace will need to be updated eventually, so be sure to consider your options carefully if you have a historic home. In this blog, we go over what you need to think about when buying a new furnace.
Keep Regulations in Mind
Oftentimes, historic buildings have restrictions on what you can and cannot change. Maintaining the original integrity of your home might be a real priority, and there might be guidelines or rules in your area. Be sure to check with the necessary agencies if you are updating your home.
You also need to consider the safety of your historic home. Outdated furnaces or electrical appliances can be dangerous, so consider safety guidelines in addition to historical ones.
Types of Furnaces
Furnaces come in all shapes and sizes, differing in their efficiencies, fuel type, etc. Most furnaces manufactured before 1992 have an efficiency rating of approximately 65%. When considering a new furnace, you can think about electric, natural gas, oil, but most of all, efficiency. Most modern furnaces have efficiencies of at least 80%.
To learn more, read about different types of furnaces.
When replacing the furnace, take into consideration how outdated the infrastructure of your home might be. You may have a great new furnace, but without proper or compatible ductwork, your home might still be lacking in comfort and efficiency.
Be Safe and Comfortable
Having a historic home forces you to balance modern technology while honoring the past. There are many factors that go into buying a new furnace, especially for a historic building, so ask for a professional opinion for your home’s specific needs. Click here to learn more about our new furnace installation options.