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 95 N95ESU is one of KeepRite’s entry-level furnaces, but 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 AFUE, key features, warranty details, 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
The Bottom Line
The Performance 95 N95ESU is a relatively basic furnace. It does have a high-efficiency AFUE of 95 percent, and that means it could reduce heating bills in the right house.
The main benefit of the Performance 95 N95ESU is the ultra-low nitrogen oxide emissions, which it achieves with a special burner design.
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, it only has a single-stage burner, so when the furnace is running, it’s always operating at 100 percent. Furnaces like this perform best in milder climates, or in smaller homes, apartments, condos, and even cottages.
The multi-speed blower is more sophisticated than a single-stage one because it has several airflow speeds that can be adjusted based on the heating demand. Compared to single-speed blowers, multi-speed blowers are quieter, cheaper to operate, and better at providing even heat throughout the house.
Nonetheless, 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 that operates more efficiently, quieter, and more reliably than standard blowers. They typically require less maintenance as well, which could help to save you on service costs.
The main thing that makes the Performance 95 special is the burner that results in lower NOx emissions. Nitrogen oxides are potent greenhouse gasses, but they can also cause health issues like respiratory problems.
This furnace is also dual fuel compatible, meaning you can pair it with an electric heat pump and compatible thermostat to switch between fuels based on which one is more economical.
Other Key Features
- Long-lasting stainless steel heat exchanger
- 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
The Performance 95 N95ESU has one of KeepRite’s most basic furnace warranties.
The coverage protecting this model includes a 20-year heat exchanger warranty and a 10-year parts warranty.
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 model and serial number, the date of installation, and the contact details for the HVAC professional who installed the furnace.
Unregistered units will still have warranty coverage, but you might lose some of the protection.
Comparable Models by KeepRite
Model Comparison by Price: Performance 95 versus Ion 98 G97CMN
The Ion 98 G97CMN is KeepRite’s most expensive furnace, and if you opted for this model, then you could potentially pay a couple thousand dollars more than you would for the entry-level model. The average installed price for the Ion model is between $4,500 and $5,500.
While it might seem excessive to spend that much more on a furnace, 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 and an AFUE of 98 percent. It has the ability to regulate the heat output and airflow in small increments. This furnace will perform better in Canadian winters, and keep every corner of your home the perfect temperature while using the least energy possible. 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, which could make the purchase price more similar to the Performance 95.
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, including a secondary heat exchanger, specially designed primary heat exchanger, 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, and while it will be more expensive than the Performance 95, it actually falls into the same cost category. Because of the similar cost and the mid-range model’s superior design elements, the QuietComfort 96 arguably offers better value than the Performance model.
For one, the QuietComfort 96 will be better equipped to handle Canada’s winters, even if you live in a larger home. This is because the QuietComfort 96 is a two-stage furnace with a variable-speed blower.
It’s not as sophisticated as the premier Ion model, but it has a high and low heat output, meaning 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.
Like most other KeepRite models, the QuietComfort 96 has a secondary heat exchanger, specially designed primary heat exchanger, and additional features to reduce operation noise.
Lastly, the QuietComfort 96 provides more protection for your investment because of its lifetime heat exchanger warranty and No Hassle Replacement warranty.
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 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.
It also has a secondary heat exchanger that enables it to extract more heat with the same amount of fuel.
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.