Warranty information is brand specific so the amount of coverage will depend on which model and company you purchase your furnace from. These typically range from 5 year limited parts warranties to 10-year, 20-year or lifetime ‘comprehensive’ warranties.
Warranties that you are entitled to include: manufacturer warranty which includes parts warranty, heat exchanger warranty). Be sure to read the fine print carefully and ensure that you register your warranties so that they are on file. Some warranties require annual maintenance and cleaning be done a certified technician.
You may also get additional labour warranty coverage on the installation through your licensed HVAC technician who completes your new home furnace installation, typically for the period of one year.
Rebates and Incentives
Different provinces have different rebates and incentives available and these are subject to change. If you are a resident of the province of Ontario, you may be eligible for one of the following rebates and incentives, specific to ENERGY STAR propane or natural gas furnaces:
- Ontario Power Authority rebate of $250 for upgrading to an Energy Star model furnace
- Enbridge Gas Distribution: Enbridge provides $2000 toward home energy audit and upgrade costs
- Hydro One: Hydro One offers $250 off new high-efficiency furnace
For more information on current heating & cooling rebates and incentives in Canada, please see here.
Humidifiers and Air Filtration
These add-ons can help filter your home’s air and maintain optimal humidity, making air healthier and easier to breathe. Air filtration systems, especially those with HEPA filters, reduce allergens and pollutants and makes breathing easier, while also reducing the chance of mould, asthma flair ups, and other skin and respiratory issues. It is important to change your air filter periodically in order to maximize the efficiency of your furnace.
|| Recommended House Humidity
| -20°F to -10°F
| -10°F to 0°F
| 0°F to +10°F
| +10°F and above
| Summer months
Zoned heating allows you to control the temp of individual rooms, which is a fairly expensive upgrade. It can be beneficial especially with large homes, as it allows you to heat the rooms you use the most, while keeping the others at a lower temperature when you’re not using them.
Most houses are non-zoned = 1 thermostat that controls the heating of the whole house (natural gas furnace or propane furnace). Though individual vents may have manual switches to close air flow for a particular room.
There is a common myth out there that square footage is the only factor required to determine the size of a residential home heating system. Many factors need to be taken into account when determining the appropriate furnace size to heat your home.
Other factors that may be considered during a home assessment include:
- type of insulation used
- amount of insulation
- windows: size, type, amount, direction they face
- house material – vinyl siding vs. brick
- air leakage
A professional will assess all of these factors in order to provide you with a home heating system that meets your home’s needs. You can request a free quote from local professionals with the form above.