Try Out These Add-ons With Your New Furnace Installation

Try Out These Add-ons With Your New Furnace InstallationWhen planning your new furnace installation, you and your contractor should discuss options that can improve your Middletown home’s air, your family’s health, and your energy bill. Here are some useful accessories to consider:

Chimney Liner

High-efficiency furnaces produce acidic condensate. This carbonic acid can erode masonry inside a chimney, so your contractor may recommend a chimney liner. This decision can be complicated by your home’s water heater, which may also vent into the chimney. Be sure to discuss all the steps so you have no unexpected costs.

Electronic Air Cleaner

Your new heating system must receive filtered air, and your family will be happier and healthier breathing clean indoor air. While a filter is a necessity, selecting the best type for your system is also key. Pleated filters screen more particulate than unpleated ones; a deep-pleated filter (around nine inches thick) works better still. Ask for an external filter slot, and make sure it has a cover to keep the ductwork sealed.

An electronic air cleaner, a device that looks like a supercharged pleated filter, scrubs the return air clean of airborne contaminants, can be installed economically during your new unit’s installation because ductwork will be modified anyway.

Programmable Thermostat

Combining a high-efficiency furnace with a programmable thermostat gives your energy savings a huge boost. A seven-day model allows 28 different settings for the week. Program your furnace to let temperatures drop overnight and when your home is vacant.


Ductwork will usually be altered to accommodate your new furnace. This is an ideal time to have a whole-house humidifier installed in the ductwork above the heating system. This can help maintain healthy levels of humidity year-round, improving your family’s health.


The ductwork feeding different parts of you home can be fitted with remotely controlled dampers. These dampers respond to thermostats in each zone, allowing you to safely close off rooms or areas and cut back heating, saving you money and conserving resources.

For more help in selecting available options for your Middletown home’s new furnace, contact C. R. Wolfe Heating and Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about new furnace installations and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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