Comparing the Top Furnace Brands in Canada

We look at a few of the most popular brands of furnace sold in Canada.

VALUE

Goodman

Goodman has a long-standing reputation of providing solidly built furnace units that appeal to customers on a budget. Its heating systems offer a balance between comfortable home heating and energy savings. Goodman units are increasingly energy efficient and the company stands by its products with a substantive warranty.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Goodman furnaces are known for their energy efficiency and their products range from 92-98% AFUE, with quite a few ENERGY STAR rated models available. Goodman’s ComfortNet™ System offers a built-in touch screen display for easy installation, programming and monitoring.

USER RANKING

Users report that professionally installed Goodman furnaces are reliable and any repairs that have been needed were minor with parts readily available.

COST RANKING

We’ve evaluated Goodman to be the best furnace brand in the value price tier for 2018. Units typically fall within the $2,500 – $4,500 range with installation (depending on several factors of course). Goodman also offers a competitive warranty, including a lifetime warranty on the heat exchanger and a 10 year parts and unit replacement limited warranty plan, which is available for all furnace models with a 96% AFUE rating and above.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

Goodman has established a solid reputation for providing a reliable and energy efficient product that suits a modest budget.

KeepRite

KeepRite offers high-efficiency quality units at prices that still fit within an economical budget. All models offer at least 92% AFUE efficiency and many are are ENERGY STAR certified. The company stands by their product and offers a warranty that consumers can feel good about.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Even though KeepRite is a value priced brand, their furnaces offer a good range of special features. KeepRite offers a range of energy efficient heating systems and selection of Single Stage, Two Stage, Multi Speed and Variable Speed options.

The Tempstar® Observer® Communicating Control on premium models enables user wifi remote access and temperature adjustment.

USER RANKING

KeepRite’s 1, 5 and 10 year No Hassle Replacement™ policy gives reassurance and the company is known for its excellent customer service. Though KeepRite’s units are on the more expensive end of the value range, customers are willing to spend a bit more for that product assurance.

COST RANKING

A KeepRite furnace can typically cost you anywhere from $2,800 – $6,000, offering good value in terms of price and warranty. Unit costs are on the higher end of the economy range, but cost is balanced by comprehensive warranty coverage. Most furnaces are covered by a 10 year replacement warranty and a lifetime warranty on the furnace heat exchanger.

Of course, as with any brand, KeepRite has both entry-level and more high end models, so the cost will vary significantly based on the model and size of unit you choose, as well as the installation since every home is different.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

KeepRite offers home comfort, energy efficiency and product guarantee, all for an affordable price.

MID-RANGE

American Standard

An established brand with a reputation for providing quality units that stand the test of time, American Standard is a popular brand in the middle price range for furnaces. Their propane and gas furnaces rank competitively in terms of pricing, warranty and efficiency.

SPECIAL FEATURES

American Standard sells a range of furnaces with varying levels of efficiency and a few ENERGY STAR rated models. AccuLink™ allows you to monitor your furnace remotely and can relay furnace diagnostics for proactive maintenance.

The Comfort-R™ variable speed blower enables customized humidity control.

USER RANKING

Buyers of an American Standard furnace talk most often about its reliability and that, with proper installation and maintenance, their furnace endures over the long term without problems. Lower energy bills and quietness are also cited as the benefits of these units.

COST RANKING

American Standard furnaces, which range from $3,500 – $5,500 on average including installation, offer excellent value for money.
The brand offers limited lifetime warranty on the heat exchanger and 10 year limited warranty for internal parts, with up to a 20 year warranty for certain models.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

If you’re in the market for a furnace that will steadily warm your home into the future, American Standard is a brand that you can count on.

Bryant

Bryant offers a great range of high-efficiency furnaces, the majority of which have ENERGY STAR rating, which means energy, and cost, savings on heating your home. Their offerings fall in the mid-range price tier and offer quite a few unique features comparatively.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Bryant’s Perfect Heat™ technology is designed to provide quiet, two stage heating resulting in more consistent heating of your home. The Fan On Plus™ technology allows users to adjust the furnace fan speed directly from the thermostat.

Humidity levels can also be controlled, independently of heating and cooling, with Perfect Humidity™ systems.

USER RANKING

Purchasers of Bryant furnaces report that the units are solid and reliable, as long as proper installation and maintenance is observed. Some do find the warranty limited, however.

COST RANKING

Bryant units can range from $3,000 – $6,000, but offer consistent value for money. The brand offers assurance with its limited lifetime heat exchanger and 10 year parts limited warranty coverage for all high-efficiency furnaces. Unlike other brands, the warranty offered is the same, no matter which model is purchased.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

What they lack in warranty diversity, Bryant makes up for in reasonable pricing, helpful features and reliable units.

PREMIUM

Lennox

High-efficiency furnaces from the Lennox brand carry a premium price tag, but offer a high standard of reliability, efficiency and assurance. The company prides itself on providing some of the quietest and most efficient systems on the market, backing up their products with an extensive warranty.

SPECIAL FEATURES

All Lennox models have greater energy efficiency than the Canadian minimum of 92% AFUE. They also sell a broad range of ENERGY STAR rated products. Their Power Saver™ motor is purported to be 33% more efficient than a conventional furnace motor.

Lennox also highlights their SilentComfort™ Technology, with which they claim their furnaces to be up to 50% quieter than competitor furnaces, achieved by using variable speed motors.

USER RANKING

Lennox patrons consistently report that they are impressed with the quietness and efficiency of their furnaces. Many find some of their initial costs to be offset by savings on their energy bills.

COST RANKING

A Lennox furnace will cost you between $3,000 and $7,500. Lennox offers an initial limited warranty with 10 years for covered parts and lifetime guarantee for the heat exchanger for its base models, but warranty coverage increases if you invest in a higher-tier unit.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

A Lennox furnace is a significant expenditure, but it should be considered an investment in energy efficiency that will save you money on your energy bills to come.

Carrier

An innovator in home heating solutions, Carrier is a leader in the premium furnace brand business. Offering high efficiency and a large range of features, a Carrier heating system will mean lower energy bills and consistent comfort throughout your home.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Carrier is a furnace brand that is constantly innovating in the arena of home heating and cooling. Its units offer a wide range of unique technologies. Greenspeed Intelligence™ uses a modulating gas valve to adapt the furnace’s output to the needs of your home.

The Ideal Humidity System™ allows for independent control of your home’s humidity and the Smart Evap™ feature can reduce home humidity by 10%. Comfort Heat™ technology maintains temperature consistency by running on a lower stage for a longer period of time.

The Comfort Fan™ feature allows you to set the speed of your furnace fan, increasing energy efficiency.

USER RANKING

Purchasers of a Carrier furnace report most often that it is reliable and that they have seen a significant savings on their energy bills. Carrier units also rate highly in terms of home comfort and diversity of features.

COST RANKING

A Carrier model furnace will cost you between $3,500 and $7,500. Carrier warranties are consistent across model tiers, giving you a limited lifetime guarantee on your heat exchanger and a limited 10 year warranty on parts.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

Carrier high-efficiency furnaces offer the most innovative features on the market and are designed to increase your home comfort and energy efficiency.

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