Average temperatures in Edmonton, Alberta during winter months—from November through March—are generally at or well below freezing, and even October and April can be very brisk. During long winter months, a high-efficiency residential furnace can keep your home comfortable while reducing the amount you spend on heating costs.
Whether you live in central Edmonton, St Albert, Strathcona County, Spruce Grove, or Sherwood Park, Leduc, Fort Saskatchewan, furnace prices are generally fairly similar though obviously they may vary somewhat depending on the company you deal with. Sometimes prices may be a bit higher the further you are from Edmonton itself, due to travel costs and somewhat reduced competition.
The Cost of Purchasing and Installing Home Furnaces
Average furnace prices in Edmonton from trusted brands such as Lennox, Goodman, and Carrier are likely to run between $2,000 and $5,000, depending on the options that are right for you and your home. Professional installation typically costs between $500 and $1,500, making the average total cost of a new furnace about $3000 – $6000 in Edmonton.
Note that in Alberta, it is mandatory to do a heat-loss calculation before installing a new furnace, which is also factored into this cost.
Variations in furnace pricing depend on a number of factors, including:
- The brand and manufacturer selected
- The efficiency rating of the unit
- The size and BTU output of the unit
- Whether the furnace is single, two-stage, or variable
Generally, a furnace with a higher efficiency rating and BTU output will be more expensive than lower-rated options. Installation needs also alter the overall price of a home heating and cooling unit. Installation cost usually rises if the furnace is in a difficult spot to reach, such as a small crawl space, or if venting upgrades are required to meet current guidelines. A simple furnace replacement is likely to cost less than a complete switch from oil to propane or natural gas.
Work with a Professional at Each Step
The number of options available can make it difficult for a homeowner to know what the best furnace is and how installation may impact overall cost. A heating and cooling professional in Edmonton reviews the needs of the home and family before making recommendations about furnaces. Pros also know what it will take to install a unit so they can provide accurate estimates on total costs to avoid surprises.
Why Choose a High-Efficiency Furnace?
If high-efficiency furnaces in Edmonton are more expensive than conventional units, why shell out the extra money? The simple answer is that, when properly sized and installed, a high-efficiency furnace is only more expensive upfront. Overtime, a high-efficiency furnace uses less fuel to create more heat, leading to long-term savings.
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency
One measurement of furnace efficiency is known as the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, or AFUE. AFUE is a ratio comparing how much fuel goes into the furnace and how much fuel is actually converted into heat. The most efficient furnaces can achieve an AFUE of 90% to 98% while conventional furnaces range between 75% and 85%. An outdated system could be operating between 56% and 70% AFUE, which represents a fuel waste of 30% to 44%. Even newer mid-efficiency systems only boast AFUEs of 80% to 83%.
Energy Star Compliance
One way to identify efficient heating systems when shopping for a furnace upgrade is to look for the Energy Star seal. To be certified Energy Star compliant, products must meet minimum efficiency and fuel-use guidelines. Not all Energy Star furnaces will reach the highest performance of 98% AFUE, however, so talk to your heating and cooling contractor about product options.
Various governments and agencies within Canada do offer rebates on homeowner purchases of appliances that are Energy Star compliant or otherwise meet efficiency definitions. Many furnace-related rebates in the past called for units that reached 90% or higher AFUE. Past rebates ranged from $200 to $1,000. While rebates change from year to year, manufacturers and professional installers generally keep up with available rebates so they can inform homeowners of the true cost of any furnace upgrade. When shopping furnaces, don’t forget to ask about grants, rebates or tax credits for various products.
Choosing Propane or Natural Gas?
Both propane and natural gas have benefits as a heating fuel. In suburban and city areas, natural gas is a primary option because the delivery infrastructure often makes it more convenient and less expensive than propane. In rural areas, where natural gas infrastructure is absent, propane can be delivered by truck on an as-needed schedule and is often cheaper than electric heating systems, which default to emergency settings in cold Edmonton winters.