Shop smarter with our guide to buying the right air conditioner or furnace in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The thought of travelling to Halifax in the winter may seem silly to many people planning their next getaway, but native Haligonians (yup that’s what you call them!) know that even with their harsh east coast winters, the capital of Nova Scotia has plenty to offer all year round. From their festivals and events, a chance to glimpse Peggy’s Cove without the usual tourist crowds and the best reason of all: lobster season begins in November! And don’t worry about being comfortable in your accommodations, Halifax has at least 27 companies ready and willing to service their residents’ heating and cooling needs.
Is It Time To Replace My Heating System?
Halifax’s climate ranges from warm to chilly, with the average temperature in July, their hottest month, a modest 18 degrees Celsius to a teeth chattering -3.5 degrees Celsius in January. With a range like this, it is important to have a reliable heating system available for those cold winter nights. Although a furnace can last up between 20 and 30 years, a more accurate timeline seems to be between 10 and 20 years. To avoid the headache of a mid-winter breakdown, it is important to inspect your furnace regularly.
Appearance: Is there any signs of water leaking? Are there signs of rust?
Noise: Have you noticed an increase in the furnace cycling on or off? Is it making any unusual noises?
Bills: Are your bills increasing while your heating needs remain the same?
Performance: Have you noticed any cool or hot spots in your house? Are there signs of excess moisture on your windows?
Air quality: Have you noticed your skin or throat is dry when you are in your home?
How Will I Afford This?
There are many options to help you pay for your new system as well. Many people do not have the cash in hand for unexpected upgrades to their home, but with the energy savings, it often something we can’t afford NOT to do.
Financing: Financing is a good option if you are low on cash. They usually accept good to ‘ok’ credit and offer flexible payment options. Although you will end up paying more than if you paid cash, you can start saving on your energy bills right away.
Rent to own: A good option if you have no money to put down, want a long payment term and would like protection for your new purchase. Although this option often costs significantly more than buying a unit in cash, often this includes the maintenance, repair and even replacement of the system for length of the term. Just make sure you get an option that is transferrable if you sell your home and can be bought out at any time.