KeepRite Performance 95 N95ESU Review
AFUE:Up to 95 percent
ENERGY STAR ®:No
Blower Type:Multi-speed ECM
Price:$3,500 to $5,500
BTU Output:60,000 to 80,000
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The Performance Series 95 N95ESU is one of KeepRite’s entry-level gas furnaces. It has some good selling features, including the fact that it qualifies as an ultra-low nitrogen oxide emissions furnace.
This model review of the Performance 95 ultra-low NOx furnace will help you evaluate this model to see if it can meet the heating needs of your home.
The review will talk about the average price you can expect to pay in Canada with installation, as well as the furnace’s energy efficiency rating, key features, warranty certificate, design elements, and more.
And in case there are other KeepRite furnaces that you have your eye on, the Performance 95 N95ESU model review will conclude by comparing it to three other KeepRite furnaces based on price, tier, and features.
The KeepRite Performance 95 N95ESU in a Nutshell
Average Price (with installation): $3,500 to $5,500
- Ultra-low nitrogen oxide emissions
- High-efficiency AFUE
- Equipped with a multi-speed blower
- Offers quiet performance
- Superior ECM blower motor
- Potential to reduce energy bills
- Equipped with a secondary heat exchanger
- Dual fuel compatibility
The Bottom Line
The Performance 95 N95ESU is a relatively basic furnace. It has single-stage operation and a multi-speed blower motor. It’s not ENERGY STAR certified, but it has a 95 percent AFUE and will reduce energy bills compared to your older furnace.
The main benefit of the Performance 95 N95ESU is the ultra-low nitrogen oxide emissions, which it achieves using special premix burner technology. Nitrogen oxides are potent greenhouse gasses that can also contribute to respiratory problems.
The ultra-low NOx emissions make this furnace great for homeowners who want to reduce their greenhouse gas contributions, or people in places like California where there are stricter air quality regulations.
However, a gas furnace with a single-stage gas valve will have limited residential applications in Canada. Furnaces like this perform best in milder climates, or in smaller homes, apartments, condos, and even cottages.
As such, the Performance 95 N95ESU might not be powerful enough to keep most homes warm in the colder parts of Canada.
In Depth Review
KeepRite Performance 95 N95ESU Product Specifications
- AFUE: 95 percent
- Burner type: Single-stage
- Blower type: Multi-speed ECM
- ENERGY STAR® certified: No
- Heating capacity: 60,000 to 80,000 BTUs
The blower motor inside the Performance 95 is an ECM motor. It’s quiet, efficient, and promises reliable performance. ECM blower motors typically require less maintenance as well, which could help to save you on service costs.
This furnace is also dual fuel compatible, meaning you can pair it with an electric heat pump and compatible thermostat to switch between gas and electricity based on which one is more economical.
Ultimately, KeepRite furnaces don’t have a ton of special features, but they're made with quality components and are designed to deliver lasting performance.
Other Key Features
- Long-lasting stainless steel primary heat exchanger
- Fully insulated cabinet reduces noise and increases heat transfer
- Compatible with other HVAC accessories like air purification and humidification systems
- Silicon nitride ignitor is reliable and fuel-saving compared to a standard pilot light
- Horizontal and upflow installation options
- Soft-mount gaskets for major components reduce noise output
- Has a safety feature that prevents the unit from overheating
- Cannot be converted to propane
- Equipped with a variable-speed induced draft combustion motor
- Pre-painted steel cabinet is sturdy and reliable
The Performance 95 N95ESU is protected by a 20-year heat exchanger warranty and a 10-year parts warranty.
This is KeepRite’s most basic warranty for their high-efficiency models. Most of their high-AFUE furnaces come with a lifetime heat exchanger limited warranty. Quite a few also come with a No Hassle Replacement limited warranty
Timely registration is required to be eligible for the full coverage. You'll have to register this furnace within 90 days of installation.
Registration is pretty simple: you can do it online with KeepRite. They’ll ask for things like your contact information, the serial and model number, the date of installation, and the contact details for the HVAC professional who installed the furnace.
Comparable Models by KeepRite
Model Comparison by Price: Performance 95 versus Ion 98 G97CMN
The Ion 98 G97CMN is KeepRite’s most expensive furnace. The average installed price for the Ion Series model is between $4,500 and $5,500, but there are ways the pricier model could give you a better return on investment.
The Ion 98 is a modulating furnace with a variable-speed blower motor and an AFUE of 98 percent. It can regulate the heat output and air distribution in small increments.
This furnace will perform better in Canadian winters, deliver better temperature control, and keep every corner of your home the perfect temperature. Over time, you'll save more on heating bills.
The higher AFUE, modulating function, and ENERGY STAR certification also make the Ion 98 more likely to qualify for rebates.
As one of KeepRite’s premium-tier furnaces, the Ion 98 also has a much better warranty that includes a lifetime heat exchanger warranty and a 10-year No Hassle Replacement warranty.
Finally, the Ion model has a number of additional features and design elements. Mainly, it has Wi-Fi technology and compatibility with the Ion System Control, a smart thermostat that has some great capabilities.
Model Comparison by Features: Performance 95 versus QuietComfort 96 G96VTN
The QuietComfort 96 G96VTN is a mid-range model that arguably offers better value than the Performance model.
It has two-stage operation and a variable-speed blower motor, so it has more heating power and will be better equipped to handle Canada’s winters, even if you live in a larger home.
The Quiet Comfort series model is a high-efficiency furnace with a high and low heat output. It can save you more money than a single-stage furnace while also being able to keep up with unexpected deep freezes.
The QuietComfort 96 also has a somewhat higher 96 percent AFUE and the guarantee that comes from ENERGY STAR certification. Finally, the mid-range model is more likely to qualify for rebates, and it has better warranty protection.
Model Comparison by Tier: Performance 95 versus Performance 96 N96VSN
The Performance 96 N96VSN is another entry-level model from KeepRite. It will be a little pricier than the ultra-low NOx model, but it still falls into the same price range.
The only advantage the Performance 95 has over the Performance 96 is the emissions.
Aside from that, the Performance 96 is a slightly superior furnace. It still only has a single-stage burner, but it has a more powerful and more efficient variable-speed blower. The AFUE is also slightly higher, coming in at 96 percent. As a result, it’s a little more capable of handling Canadian winters.
Not only that, but the performance and efficiency are guaranteed with this model because it has ENERGY STAR certification.
Finally, the Performance 96 has a longer lifetime heat exchanger warranty, and that could be an indication that KeepRite has a little more faith in this model.