Furnace Configuration at High Altitude

If you are lucky enough to live in a hand-built (the best are always made by hand, with love) wood cabin on the mountain then you will know all about temperatures, regulating them, and what could affect the changes that make a home comfortable. 

Winter is an amazing season, seeing the hills rolling for as far as the eye can see and covered in a white, fluffy blanket of fresh falling snow sounds like a scene that you would come across in travel magazines and vacation brochures. And while some people live these dream destination lifestyles we can only deem for a holiday, it doesn’t come without its efforts and maintenance. 

Life higher up.

Who would have thought that building a home closer to the sky for a better view would affect your heating, cooling, and plumbing but it turns out it does. If you have been in your home and wondered why your initial setup and installation hasn’t lasted as long as they should have or that you expected, then the previous company you worked with most likely did not configure the system as they should have. 

Unfortunately, this means that you might be in for a repair and possibly parts replacements if you have caught the deterioration early as opposed to a completely new system being installed. This time around, with careful and extensive research you need to find the furnace repair experts that will get the job done right the first time around without wasting your time or money. 

You want a business you can trust, that has a reputable reputation, and if they come recommended by a friend or family member all the better. Take a look at these top considerations when choosing the right firm.

  • Experience. How long have they been in business, do they have the hands-on practice required to, first of all, carry out the job, and secondly, do so according to national regulations and standards to ensure safety? 
  • Certified. Are the staff trained and well-versed in the latest techniques, do they have the up-to-date product knowledge and have they been on refresher courses to keep up with the ever-evolving industry methods. 
  • Pricing. Getting a handful of options in terms of companies is a great way to see the average cost and prices for the system and service you want, this way you won’t be sucked into a price that seems too good to be true (and they usually are). You also don’t want to be overcharged when you don’t need to be, so take your time when deciding. 

What is an HVAC configuration?

If you have ever been hiking or high up when skiing you will know that there is less oxygen the higher up, and for fire to burn you need oxygen, which is why your furnace could end up working harder than it needs to or even not at all. 

For a furnace and HVAC system to operate properly you need to have your setup serrated. When a company derates (read more on that here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derating ) a system it is essentially manually altered and the settings changed so the component works at a rate lower than its maximum capacity. 

Many people think this is an unnecessary expense, but could a call out for an engineer cost as much as having to replace the whole thing simply because you wouldn’t take the time or effort to invest in its optimal working potential. I think not. 

If you are living at an altitude above 2000 feet then you are the perfect candidate for this configuration if you have not already done so, or are at risk of increased component deterioration. 

A final thought. 

We work hard to enjoy the life we want, we don’t need to be worrying about processes and equipment failures that are easily solved by hiring the right people to do the job the first time around. 

And funnily enough, the theory that heat rises seems ironic for this topic, am I right, click here to see what others have to say about it and why it is colder the higher up you go when the theory essentially speaks for itself. 

The main objective is to equip your home with the right system to reduce the costs, the stress on its operations, and increase the system life span.

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