KeepRite Ion 98 G97CMN Review
AFUE:Up to 98 percent
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Blower Type:Variable-speed ECM
Price:$4,500 to $5,500
BTU Output:60,000 to 120,000
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The Ion 98 G97CMN is KeeRrite’s most powerful, efficient, and sophisticated furnace. It has some great design elements and cool features, and has been designed for quiet and lasting operation.
This model review of the Ion 98 will tell you everything you need to know about this particular KeepRite furnace.
We’ll cover the average cost with installation, top features, warranty information, and more. And to help you decide if this is the right model for your home, we’ll also compare the Ion 98 to three other KeepRite furnaces based on price, tier, and features.
The KeepRite Ion 98 G97CMN in a Nutshell
Average Price (with installation): $4,500 to $5,500
- Excellent efficiency and performance
- Compatible with KeepRite’s Ion™ System Control smart thermostat
- Can be controlled remotely when paired with the Ion System Control
- High-efficiency and cost-saving AFUE
- Quiet operation
- Backed by a great warranty
- Monitors operation for faster maintenance
- Equipped with a secondary heat exchanger that improves efficiency and reduces heat loss
The Bottom Line
The Ion 98 is a modulating, variable-speed furnace that can make incremental adjustments to both the heat output and the airflow.
The modulating burner can run between 40 and 100 percent capacity, so it will operate most of the time at lower speeds to maintain the temperature of your home and save you money, but it can also ramp up when the outside temperature drops.
These types of furnaces are also better at maintaining a consistent temperature throughout your house, they're quieter than standard furnaces, and they offer better humidity management.
Plus, high-efficiency, modulating furnaces are the most capable at keeping larger spaces warm, even through Canada’s coldest weather. Moreover, thanks to the 98 percent AFUE, almost every cent of every dollar you spend on bills will be efficiently converted to heat for your home.
Finally, the Ion 98 is likely to be eligible for a range of rebates thanks to the design specifications, efficiency rating, and ENERGY STAR® certification.
In Depth Review
KeepRite Ion 98 G97CMN Product Specifications
- AFUE: 98 percent
- Burner type: Modulating
- Blower type: Variable-speed ECM
- ENERGY STAR certified: Yes
- Heating capacity: 60,000 to 120,000 BTUs
The Ion 98 can be paired with KeepRite’s most advanced smart thermostat, the Ion System Control, and this can unlock even more great features.
For example, the Ion System Control enables you to schedule and manage settings for temperature, ventilation, energy management, and humidity. It also allows you to program settings for seven days, including home, away, and sleep modes.
The system control is also a monitoring system that provides diagnostic information when maintenance and repairs are required, and this could make service faster and cheaper.
Moreover, this furnace is equipped with a special rigid press joint primary heat exchanger. These tend to have a longer life than standard heat exchangers because they're more resistant to cracks and pressure.
Finally, the Ion 98 has a number of features for quiet operation, such as an insulated cabinet, an isolated blower, and soft mounting hardware for the blower and inducer motor.
Other Key Features
- Dual fuel compatibility means you can pair the furnace with an electric heat pump to take advantage of advanced energy savings
- Compatible with air purifiers and humidifiers
- Equipped with a silicon nitride igniter that’s more reliable and that wastes less fuel than a traditional pilot light
- Numerous safety features, including a high temperature limit control
The Ion 98 has an excellent warranty that protects the furnace for many years, including:
- A lifetime heat exchanger warranty
- A 10-year parts warranty
- A 10-year No Hassle Replacement™ warranty
The No Hassle Replacement warranty is KeepRite’s version of the unit replacement warranty, and it guarantees that KeepRite will replace the entire furnace if the heat exchanger fails in the first 10 years of operation.
To be eligible for the full terms listed above, you'll have to register the Ion 98 within 90 days of installation, otherwise you'll lose some of the coverage.
Comparable Models by KeepRite
Model Comparison by Price: Ion 98 versus Performance 92 N92ESN
The Performance 92 N92ESN is a far more affordable furnace, averaging between $3,000 and $4,500 to buy and install.
The lower price, however, means a few trade-offs. Some of the most important differences are that the Performance 92 is a single-stage furnace with a fixed-speed blower, meaning it only has one heat output in the ON setting, and it can’t alter the airflow at all. It also has a lower 92 percent AFUE.
Not only will the Performance 92 cost more to operate, but it also won’t be as capable of handling Canada’s coldest winters, especially if you live in a larger house.
It might not qualify for the same rebates as the Ion 98, and those rebates could actually make the price of the Ion more comparable to the price of the Performance 92.
Further, the Performance 92 isn't compatible with the Ion System Control, it has a shorter 20-year heat exchanger warranty, and it doesn’t have a No Hassle Replacement warranty.
Model Comparison by Features: Ion 98 versus QuietComfort 96 G96VTN
KeepRite’s QuietComfort 96 G96VTN is a mid-range furnace, meaning it will be in the middle in terms of price, features offered, and warranty coverage.
The QuietComfort 96 is a two-stage furnace, meaning it has a high and low heat output in the ON setting. While these furnaces are superior to single-stage ones, they aren't as powerful as modulating models like the Ion 98.
And while the QuietComfort 96 does have the same variable-speed blower as the Ion 98, it can't compete in other areas: it has an AFUE of 96 percent, it’s not compatible with the Ion System Control, and the No Hassle Replacement warranty expires after five years.
Model Comparison by Tier: Ion 98 versus Ion 95 G95CSU
The Ion 98 is KeepRite’s top-of-the-line furnace, and while there are no other models in their product line that can compete in terms of overall features, there are some that have unique benefits that the Ion 98 doesn’t.
One of those models is the Ion 95 G95CSU. It’s part of the same premium Ion tier as the Ion 98, and it boasts some of the same great features: ENERGY STAR, a variable-speed blower, and compatibility with the Ion System Control.
But the Ion 95 only has a single-stage burner, it has a lower 95 percent AFUE, and it has a shorter five-year No Hassle Replacement warranty.
At the same time, the Ion 95 has something that the Ion 98 doesn’t: it qualifies as an ultra-low nitrogen oxide emissions furnace. Nitrogen oxide is a potent greenhouse gas, so this furnace could help to reduce your home’s environmental impact in ways the Ion 98 can't.