Cons of Attic Furnaces

It may be worthwhile to consider moving your furnace to your attic or installing a new furnace in your attic.

There are many advantages to doing this, including the reduction of space usage, ease of installation, as well as a reduction of flooding risk.

Even so, there are a few cons that every homeowner should be aware of when considering the installation of an attic furnace. There are also some cons to consider, such as lower efficiency, out of sight, out of mind, and potential ductwork issues. One thing to keep in mind with an attic furnace is that heat rises. It is important for the furnace that is located in your attic to push the warm/hot air throughout the house down to the lower levels of the home. As a result of the fact that the furnace is located in the basement, the warm/hot air is allowed to naturally rise and this dynamic is more energy efficient. It is very common for the warning signs to be evident when a furnace or other heating and cooling system is malfunctioning. When you hear unusual and/or squeaking sounds coming from your furnace, this could be a sign that your furnace is currently or soon will be having problems. In the case of an attic furnace, you might not be able to hear the obvious warning signs that there is a problem. If you do not conduct a few furnace maintenance checks over the course of the year, you may not recognize that you have a problem until it is too late. In the summertime, your attic will be one of the hottest places in your home. Heating from here can cause ductwork inside the furnace to develop very tiny tears or holes, which are caused by the heat. In the summer, you do not run your heating system, so this possible ductwork issue is more pronounced when you are running your air conditioning. If you feel like your air conditioner’s cooling power has decreased over time, it could be because of tiny holes in your ductwork caused by hot temperatures.

 

 

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