Furnace prices in Regina can vary widely depending on your level of need and other important factors that simply may be out of your hands but here is a helpful guide to let you know what to expect in terms of price and hopefully to help you get the best price for your new furnace.
Whether you plan to replace your old furnace in favor of a higher-efficiency model or you are in immediate need of a new furnace because your old one has broken down, it is important to educate yourself before you head into the market.
Furnace Base Prices
The good news is that by and large you can expect to pay an average of $2,800 – $3,400 for most propane or natural gas furnaces, including installation. However if you opt for a top of the line super high-efficiency model, you could be looking at $5,000 or more. For example let’s say you are interested in purchasing a Lennox furnace from their Signature Series, you could be paying about $3,000 for the unit alone and that does not include installation. Carrier is considered one of the more pricey brands and again you are looking at about $3,500 for their modern high-efficiency models & installation.
Retail price is not the only thing you have to consider when comparing the average cost of a forced-air furnace in Regina. Now that you have an idea of what you will be paying for the furnace itself, let’s talk about common factors that affect your bottom line.
- Installation – Other than the actual price of your furnace the installation is the most important price factor when it comes to furnaces. The installation process is very important to the overall performance of any given furnace so be sure to hire a trusted contractor who can guarantee their work. This is where you don’t want to skimp. A top notch installer may cost a little more but it will be well worth it when all is said and done.
- Home Size – Be aware of the square footage of your home. BTU level (essentially the heating power of your furnace) should be taken into account when pricing a new furnace no matter the brand. For the climate in Regina, you will more than likely need a furnace with a BTU output of between 65,000 to 100,000 BTUs.
- Duct Work – Your furnace is just a component of your entire HVAC system and depending on what kind of duct work you have in place, where your furnace is to be installed and if any retrofitting is required, you will be looking at different prices for installation.
- Efficiency Level – Of course, the more efficient your furnace, the more it will cost upfront. AFUE rating (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) will have a great impact on how manufacturers price their units. High-efficiency models are ones in the 92% to 98% AFUE rated furnaces and these are the ones that will cost the most upfront. However these will provide much more long-term savings than a lower efficiency model.
By keeping all of these factors in mind you should be able to not only get an accurate idea of what you will be paying for your new furnace but also choose one that will work best for you and save you the most money.
Bear in mind that certain brands and models of furnace may qualify you for sales tax exemptions for qualifying ENERGY STAR systems. SaskEnergy also offers some incentives, however those are currently aimed more at commercial heating systems.
Brands of Note
It’s time to get serious about furnace shopping so getting to know some of the brands that offer the most trustworthy furnaces is key at this point.
Here are some of the most popular brands we found being sold by HVAC distributors and contractors in the Regina area:
Bryant – Bryant creates the Evolution Variable Speed line of gas furnaces that feature up to 98.3% AFUE ratings. The great thing about this particular line of furnaces is that they are modulating and dual speed furnaces. This means that they can operate at varying levels of output so you can pick and choose your level of heating power depending on your needs throughout the year.
Payne – The PG family of gas furnaces created by Payne sets itself apart from other companies thanks to humidity controlling technology integrated into each unit. There are 4 EnergyStar certified models in this line, the PG96VAT, PG95XAT, PG95S, and the PG92S which deliver between 92 and 96% AFUE.
Tempstar – The SmartControl thermostat systems are what make Tempstar a notable choice. This series can be fitted with advanced control modules that communicate effectively with the furnace itself. The SmartControl series comes in varieties that are between 80 and 98% AFUE, the latter obviously being the more expensive.
Keeprite – When shopping Keeprite furnaces you are going to want to stick with the ProComfort offering of furnaces. These are modulating furnaces that operate very efficiently and come with variable-speed fans which you can use to distribute heat in your ducts more evenly without the furnace actually having to consume energy.
Also, be aware that brands like Bryant and Keeprite offer oil and propane furnaces. Propane furnaces operate at about the same cost as gas furnaces but you’ll probably have to opt for a propane powered furnace if you live in a rural area. Oil furnaces are by and large less efficient than gas furnaces as well and thus are not recommended.
The Right Price for You
Unfortunately many people only consider the upfront costs of furnaces and installation which is understandable. Furnaces are major purchases and can cost thousands of dollars. Still, if you are in a position where you can spend a bit more upfront it will definitely be worth it in the long run to buy a high-efficiency furnace (somewhere in the range of 95-98% AFUE).
A local expert can help you choose the optimal BTU output level for your home. If you can afford it, go for a variable speed furnace so you can maximize your utility savings when the weather in Regina isn’t quite as cold, particularly in late fall/early winter, and later winter/early spring.
Keep all of the aforementioned information in mind when comparing furnaces in Regina and you should easily find the right heating system for your home.