KeepRite Ion 95 G95CSU Review
AFUE:Up to 95 percent
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Blower Type:Variable-speed ECM
Price:$3,500 to $5,500
BTU Output:60,000 to 100,000
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Are you in the market for a new furnace and considering KeepRite? If so, then the ultra-low nitrogen oxide emissions Ion 95 G95CSU could be a great fit for you if you live in certain parts of Canada, don’t have high heating demands, want to save money on annual energy bills, and want to reduce your home’s impact on the planet.
This Ion 95 model review will help you determine if this furnace checks all your boxes for a furnace upgrade. We’ll discuss its efficiency rating, key features, price range, warranty details, and design elements.
And to make sure you're absolutely positive about your choice, we’ll also compare the Ion 95 to three other KeepRite furnaces based on price, features, and tier so that you can see what else is available and how the Ion 95 stacks up against other models.
The KeepRite Ion 95 G95CSU in a Nutshell
Average Price (with installation): $3,500 to $5,500
- Great warranty
- Quiet operation
- Ultra-low NOx emissions
- Efficient and quiet variable-speed blower
- ECM blower motor is superior to traditional blowers and requires less maintenance
- Reasonably budget-friendly
- Durable stainless steel heat exchanger
- Compatible with the Ion™ System Control
The Bottom Line
The Ion 95 is a high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 95 percent, so it will save you plenty on energy bills compared to an older and less efficient furnace.
This model has some appealing features, including the ultra-low nitrogen oxide emissions rating. Not only does this rating mean the furnace is a sound choice for the environment, but it also means the unit is suitable for places with strict air quality standards.
Another great thing about the Ion 95 is the variable-speed blower because it’s quiet, efficient, and great at managing humidity.
However, the Ion 95 is still just a single-stage furnace, and these types of furnaces perform best in milder climates or smaller homes. The variable-speed blower will help to distribute the heat more evenly throughout your house, but if you live in a large home or particularly cold part of Canada, then this furnace simply might not be up to the job.
In Depth Review
KeepRite Ion 95 G95CSU Product Specifications
- AFUE: 95 percent
- Burner type: Single-stage
- Blower type: Variable-speed ECM
- ENERGY STAR certified: Yes
- Heating capacity: 60,000 to 100,000 BTUs
KeepRite takes comfort seriously, and that’s why they equip their furnaces with numerous sound-reducing features. For example, the Ion 95 has a fully insulated cabinet that both reduces noise and improves heat transfer, and the blower and inducer motor are soft-mounted with special gaskets.
While the Ion 95 doesn’t have a ton of novel or cool technologies, there are some additional features you can unlock if you pair this furnace with KeepRite’s premium smart thermostat, the Ion System Control.
These features include being able to adjust temperature, humidity, ventilation, and even energy management settings from anywhere. The thermostat also lets you program schedules for seven days, and that includes having separate modes for home, sleep, and away.
Plus, the thermostat can give you access to diagnostics that could make maintenance faster and easier.
Other Key Features
- The silicon nitride ignitor is durable, reliable, and doesn’t waste fuel like a pilot light
- Upflow and horizontal installation options
- Can be integrated with an electric heat pump for dual fuel operation that maximizes energy savings
- Ready to be paired with humidifiers and air purifiers
- The cabinet is equipped with a tight-fitting door latch for less heat loss
- Induced draft combustion motor is quiet and variable-speed
- Standard safety features, including a high temperature limit control that stops the unit from overheating
- Not propane convertible
The Ion 95 is backed by a good warranty that’s comparable to or better than most on the market. The protection this furnace comes with includes:
- A lifetime heat exchanger warranty
- A 10-year parts warranty
- A five-year No Hassle Replacement™ warranty
If you're familiar with unit replacement warranties, then you'll understand the No Hassle Replacement warranty: if the heat exchanger fails during the coverage period, then KeepRite will provide you with a new furnace.
Although the warranty protection for the Ion 95 isn't quite as good as some of KeepRite’s other premium units, the coverage is still good compared to a lot of other brands.
You will have 90 days to register the Ion 95 after installation. Should you fail to register the unit with KeepRite, then you will lose out on some of the coverage, though the furnace will still be protected by a base warranty.
Comparable Models by KeepRite
Model Comparison by Price: Ion 95 versus Performance 92 N92ESN
The Ion 95 isn't KeepRite’s priciest furnace, but the Performance 92 N92ESN is their cheapest. On average, it will cost somewhere between $3,000 and $4,500 to buy and install the Performance 92.
One thing about the Performance 92, however, is that it’s even less powerful and even less capable when it comes to heating large homes in cold weather.
The Performance 92 is a single-stage furnace like the Ion 95, but it only has a fixed-speed blower, meaning it only has one airflow speed. It also has a lower 92 percent AFUE, which means it doesn’t meet the Canadian government’s new minimum efficiency standards for furnaces manufactured after July 2019.
This is largely because 92 percent simply isn't efficient enough for Canadian winters, meaning the Performance 92 likely wouldn’t be able to keep your home warm enough, and you’d spend an arm and a leg on heating bills.
Model Comparison by Features: Ion 95 versus QuietComfort 96 G96VTN
The G96VTN is part of KeepRite’s mid-range QuietComfort series. However, it has some desirable features that the premium-tier model doesn’t, and it falls into a similar price range and has the same warranty protection.
The main benefit of the QuietComfort 96 is that it’s equipped with a two-stage burner that has an energy-saving low heat output for temperature maintenance and a high heat output that can be used as necessary when the temperature outside plummets.
Two-stage furnaces are generally quieter and more efficient than single-stage models, and the QuietComfort 96 has an AFUE of 96 percent.
Moreover, when paired with a variable-speed blower like the QuietComfort 96 is, two-stage furnaces are very powerful and excellent at providing even and consistent temperatures throughout the house, even larger homes.
Model Comparison by Tier: Ion 95 versus Ion 98 G97CMN
The Ion 98 G97CMN is part of the same Ion series, but it’s KeepRite’s top-of-the-line furnace. It’s their most expensive and most sophisticated unit, and it has the most features and best design elements.
Although the Ion 98 will cost a bit more, and you won’t get the ultra-low NOx emissions, there are several benefits to the premier unit.
For starters, it has a modulating burner that can make incremental changes to the heat output. As a result, it’s more efficient—it has an AFUE of 98 percent—it’s quieter, it eliminates hot and cold spots better, and it will have no trouble keeping your home warm, even a large house in frigid weather.
The Ion 98 also has a secondary heat exchanger that makes it more efficient, and it has a specially designed primary heat exchanger that’s made to last longer.