As our homes continue to age, many of us will begin to notice that certain parts of the home don’t work the way that they used to. For many people, a problem with the old furnace leads to the discovery of a problem with the chimney. Chimney repairs can be very costly, and many homeowners often have no idea why the furnace and the chimney have anything to do with one another in the first place. Don’t worry, you are not being scammed. If you have an old furnace, it most likely relies upon the chimney to vent out the noxious gases created by combustion in the system. If the chimney is improperly sized or falling apart, you may be better off upgrading your furnace rather than upgrading your chimney.
A New Way to Vent
This advice may sound a little backwards, but once you understand how new high efficiency furnaces operate, you will see why it is better to place your money in a new unit rather than in chimney repairs. New high efficiency furnaces do not vent out the chimney. These systems vent horizontally rather than vertically, and use a plastic piping system that vents directly from the furnace through the side of the home. These units are exponentially more efficient than the old unit you currently have, and as a result, they are also a much wiser investment. (more…)