The Type of Furnace Matters
Spacing may be adjusted depending on your type of furnace. Hot water furnaces, according to FurnaceCompare.com, supply "radiant heat through pipes" and can be "inlaid in a concrete slab floor" away from a wall. Wall furnaces are actually installed within "a partition or in an outside wall."
Distance is Important
No matter what type of furnace you have, they should be placed a safe distance from structural walls. Because distance is so important, standard inspection codes, according to AskToolTalk.com, indicate that furnaces must be placed in an open mechanical room "if the room contains at least 50 cubic feet of volume for each 1,000 BTUs of fuel input."
Twelve inches is a standard distance for a furnace to be placed from a structural wall. Many different varieties of furnace exist and some are even designed to sit within walls. Inspection codes, according to AskToolTalk.com, indicate that "gravity warm-air or fan-assist furnaces" are also required to be "12 inches off the floor and 12 inches off the ceiling."
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