The almost 90,000 people who call Newmarket home can count themselves lucky. Newmarket is surrounded by the picturesque Bradford to the North and the quaint township of Uxbridge to the east. Voted the 4th best small town to live in by Moneysense magazine in 2013, and it’s no wonder. Newmarket boasts more than half the population holding a post-secondary degree or diploma, eight in 10 homes owned and more than half of those occupants married with children. Newmarket’s growth has surpassed the average for both Ontario and Canada. The only catch to living in this small-town jewel? The average temperature is a frigid -7.3 Celsius in January. Luckily there are at least 54 companies to service your heating and cooling needs. It’s easy to get a free quote online or by phone.
How Often Should I Replace My Furnace?
The typical lifespan of a furnace is 20 to 30 years. It’s important to inspect your unit to avoid any unwanted breakdowns (no one wants to find themselves in an emergency situation in the middle of winter!)
- How old is your unit? You may need to look in the owner’s manual or call the manufacturer with the model number
- How high are your energy bills? Are your energy costs going up but your usage remains the same?
- Has your unit become rusty? Noisy? Dusty?
- Does your home is heating unevenly or having humidity issues?
- Is your furnace cycling on and off more frequently?
What To Look For In A New Unit
Energy efficiency: a good rule of thumb is to buy the most energy efficient model you can afford. Energy efficiency is measured by the AFUE, which translates to the amount per dollar that is spent directly on heating the home. So the higher the AFUE, the less money you are wasting on an inefficient heating system. The minimum AFUE is 92 per cent in Canada, but you can get models with even higher AFUE if you are willing to pay a little more to save a lot in the end.
Models with an AFUE 95 or above are considered ENERGY STAR and can qualify you for government rebates towards the cost of the system and energy audits for your home. Talk to your licensed HVAC professional to see if you qualify.
Fuel type: With the natural gas line infrastructure in place it makes sense to choose this fuel type to heat your home.. Propane furnaces are also an option. While the costs of a unit are somewhat comparable to natural cost, the installation costs can push the budget higher, especially if you are in a rural area or are converting from electric or oil heat sources.
Brand of furnace/air conditioner: Although a lower price tag is nice, it can be inconvenient down the road if you are unable to get replacement parts or have your warranty honoured from a lesser-known company. Go with a well-established brand that is carried by local dealers if possible.
Company that you choose: Research to find a well-respected company that will be easy to work with from beginning to end. Go online and read reviews or get recommendations from trusted friends and family.
There are many ways to pay for a new heating or cooling system. Financing as well as rent to own options are available. Find the right fit for your family. Get started with a quote today.