Attic Furnace Passageway and Platform Installations Requirements

Attic Furnace Mechanical Code Requirements

Attic Furnace Walkway & Platform

Attic furnace installation must comply with you local mechanical code or IMC (International Mechanical Code) if such was adopted in your area. The following are attic furnace installation requirements based on 2009 IRC and 2009 IMC (The codes refer to it as “Appliances in attics”).

Attic furnace access / passageway and platform
Attic furnace passageway and service area electrical requirement
Appliance in the attic / Attic furnace access / passageway and platform

Access opening and an unobstructed passage way to the appliance / furnace in attic area must be provided and be adequate in size to allow removal of the […]

Whole House Fan ShutterCover Review

There are three reasons for which I put together this Whole House Fan ShutterCover Trim to Fit Review; The ShutterCover Trim to Fit manufacturer contacted me with some information about his product and I decided that it is worth to mention it on my website. For your information – I’m not affiliated with the manufacturer, … Read more

Condo Furnace Above the Ceiling – The Unprofessional Way

In HVAC trade, just like in any other, there are some basic rules that anyone performing the job should follow. Not because somebody wrote them down, but because there’s a reason to follow them. Many of the rules are common sense. Some must be just taken for granted, but all should be followed if you (the installer) are being paid for it. This short story is just another proof that Chicago’s new condos are rarely (if ever) inspected by the city building department inspectors. Is your gas furnace installed above the condo ceiling? Look up there, and imagine yourself crawling and performing any type of maintenance on it.

Musty Smell From Heating System Air Ducts | Musty Odor

Musty smell from heating system air ducts could have many sources.

Although musty smell is always associated with moisture presence, eliminating it in some cases requires total redesigning of the forced air heating system.
This particular case applies to the houses with a forced air heating system metal air ducts embedded into the concrete slab (scroll to the bottom for a couple of other scenarios). With a plastic or cement air distributing pipes musty smell is rarely a case, unless some water leaks develop on pipe connections or cracks start appearing due to uneven settlement.
So if you have a forced air heating system, […]

Furnace, Water Heater Vent Pipe Clearances and Locations

Gas burning appliances vent pipes produce heat when discharging exhaust gases to exterior.
Temperature of the vent pipe is transferred to the surrounding area and all the materials that are in the vent pipe vicinity. Problems start arising if those materials are combustible and located to close to the furnace, water heater vent pipe. If you apply heat to a combustible material for some period of time (that varies between materials), its point of ignition will gradually get lower and eventually little heat will be required to start a fire – that’s why you need a clearance between the vent pipe and a combustible material.

Whole House Humidifier Maintenance

Routine whole house humidifier maintenance is required to prevent the unit from becoming a perfect mold distribution device and to maximize its performance. If your furnace is located in a crawlspace or house attic area you might not even know that you have a whole house humidifier installed. Please, check it or if you can’t, … Read more

Rotary Disc Humidifier by Desert Spring Review

It’s been almost one month since I’ve finished the installation, so it’s time for my Rotary Disc Humidifier by Desert Spring Review. I was a little hesitant before buying it and concerned with the other not-so-happy owners, but have finally come up with some answers I hope will help. Let’s start this rotary disc humidifier … Read more