The Best Furnaces of 2017 Revealed

We compare the top furnace brands and models and rank them based on 6 key categories outlined below. Then we identify three of the best performing furnaces in each category for three price tiers: value, mid-range, and premium.

You can jump ahead to see our top 3 overall picks for the best furnace of 2017.

When it comes to choosing the best high-efficiency natural gas furnace for your family the choices can be overwhelming.  At Furnace Prices we believe in providing consumers with the information they need to make informed decisions about the heating solutions that meet their needs.  To that end we created Battle of the Titans, May the Best Furnace Win: 6 Key Factors to Choosing Your Perfect Furnace as a companion to our popular,  Ultimate Furnace Buyer’s Guide.  

6 Key Factors to Determining the Best Furnace

Our Experts Have Identified the Following 6 Key Comparison Categories for Selecting the Best Furnace Manufacturers & Models:

  1. Efficiency rating
  2. Features
  3. Price and Overall Value
  4. Warranty Information
  5. Brand Recognition
  6. Quietness

We will review the top three brand models for the value, mid-range and premium options available in each category.

What about reliability, you ask?

The fact is that the reliability of a furnace depends on more than just the brand and model. Things like proper installation, correct sizing, and how well maintained the furnace is can all affect lifespan and reliability. These added variables make it difficult to evaluate which brands are most reliable, because the contractor or company that installed it also plays an important role, among other things.

Furthermore, any data on furnace malfunctions and breakdowns, including consumer reviews, tend to be skewed by a number of factors. For example, larger and more popular brands tend to have more complaints by customers, since there are simply far more people that have these units installed overall. Even if the percentage of people that encounter serious issues is relatively low, online feedback may give the impression that problems are more common than they really are.

People are also much less likely to take the time to go online and post a review about their furnace quietly doing its job, but are far more likely to post a review when something goes wrong. For this reason, consumer reviews of furnaces often appear to have a negative slant, regardless of brand.

Therefore, we’ve chosen to compare Warranty Coverage as gauge instead as this gives a tangible way to compare different brands. Although warranty coverage doesn’t directly indicate reliability, it does offer a good indication of the type of guarantee offered by the manufacturer, and also how long you can expect to be covered in the event something goes wrong.

Ultimately, most modern furnaces that are sized correctly by a professional, and installed by an experienced and certified technician tend to be quite reliable, with few major differences in reliability across most brands and manufacturers.

A few notes about this article:

We’ve done our best to highlight some of the top brands and models available to a wide range of Canadians across the country. This doesn’t mean that you should limit your options to only the manufacturers found here, as many local distributors and contractors will supply good quality, reliable, and efficient products from other brands.

Pricing Tiers: We’ve organised the different major brands into three pricing tiers, which are based on general average prices for their products. These tiers are meant as a general guideline only and are NOT meant to indicate quality levels. Actual prices will vary based on things like where you live, the company you deal with, factors relating to the installation, the exact model you choose, and more. Furthermore, each brand will usually have their own value, mid-range, and premium tier models.

1. Best Efficiency Furnaces

AFUE refers to Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency.  The higher the furnace’s AFUE the greater the efficiency.  A high efficiency furnace ensures that your energy dollars are working for you.  When you’re looking to upgrade to a high efficiency furnace the higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient your furnace will be.  Furnaces with an AFUE rating greater than 95% are Energy Star certified.  

Value

AFUE ratings in the value tier provide consumers with an entry level fuel efficiency to assist in reducing overall energy costs.  AFUE in this range is typically anywhere from 90-92%.  

After careful consideration the following brand models came out on top for the best AFUE rating in the efficiency value category.

Tied for first place, each of these models are Energy Star certified and 98% AFUE

  • Goodman GMVM97
  • KeepRite G9MAE
  • York YP9C

Mid-Range

When purchasing a furnace with a mid-range AFUE rating, consumers can expect to see 93-94 cents of every energy dollar spent going to heat their home.  

Here are the top three brand models in the mid-range efficiency category:

  1. Amana AMVM97 – 98% AFUE
  2. American Standard AUHMB060ACV3VB – 97.3% AFUE
  3. Rheem R97V Prestige Series Gas Furnace97% AFUE

Premium

Consumers who are focused on achieving the highest AFUE ratings available on the market will reap the benefits of energy savings of these premium options. Premium AFUE ratings from 95-98%.

Each of the top three furnace brand models in this category are Energy Star certified.

  1. Lennox SLP98V Variable Capacity Gas Furnace – 98.7% AFUE
  2. Carrier Infinity Series 59MN7 – 98.5% AFUE
  3. Bryant Evolution Variable Speed Gas Furnaces 987M – up to 98.3% AFUE

2. Best Innovative Technology & Features

Innovative technology is one category to pay close attention to.  Many top brands strive to set themselves apart from their competition and achieve their goal of providing consumers with the most advanced home heating systems on the market.

Value

Goodman GMVM97 – Goodman’s ComfortNet™ Systems invites consumers to enjoy the benefits of a built in touch screen display with monitoring

KeepRite G9MAE – KeepRite offers a unique Communicating Capability

York YP9CClimaTrak™ technology adjusts to your climate

Mid-Range

The innovative technologies offered by American Standard and Rheem’s top brand model for the mid-range category focus on providing consumers with remote control access to their home heating system. Amana provides the same innovative technology as Goodman.

Amana AMVM97 – ComfortNet™ control

American Standard AUHMB060ACV3VB – AccuLink™

Rheem R97V Prestige Series Gas Furnace  EcoNet™

Premium

Lennox, Bryant, and Carrier have outdone themselves with their top brand models innovative technologies. These cutting edge technologies allow homeowners to ensure that their high-efficiency heating systems are running quietly, with perfect humidity control and responsive heating.

Lennox SLP98V Variable Capacity Gas Furnace SilentComfort™ Technology

Bryant Evolution Variable Speed Gas Furnaces 987M – Perfect Humidity™

Carrier Infinity Series 59MN7 – Greenspeed Intelligence™

3. Best Furnaces: Price & Overall Value

When beginning the process of researching a new high-efficiency natural gas furnace, the first thing many consumers want to know is how much will it cost?  

We have examined top natural gas furnace brands in the value, mid-range and premium tiers and have calculated the average range consumers can expect to pay for high-efficiency natural gas furnaces.  This range in price is a result of several factors which can cause the total price to fluctuate, including BTU required, installation, etc.  Click here to receive a personalised quote from one of our local distributors in your area.

Tier 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Value Goodman $2,000 – $,4000 York $2,000 – $4,000 KeepRite $2,800 – $4,000
Mid-Range American Standard $3,500 – $5,000 Rheem $3,000 – $5,500 Amana $3,000 – $7,000
Premium Lennox $3,000 – $7,500 Bryant $3,000 – $7,500 Carrier $3,500 – $7,500

4. Best Warranty Coverage

When you purchase a high-efficiency natural gas furnace it is important to ensure that your investment is protected under warranty.  Many manufacturer warranties have specific rules and regulations which must be followed.  Our local distributors are knowledgeable about each of the limited manufacturer warranties for each brand model and will assist you with the process of completing your warranty paperwork.

Here are a few of the top warranty plans available in the value, mid-range and premium high-efficiency natural gas furnace tiers:

Value

  1. Goodman – lifetime heat exchanger, and 10 year parts and unit replacement limited warranty plan available for all furnace models with a 96% AFUE rating and above.
  2. York – 10 year parts and Lifetime Heat Exchanger limited warranty plan available for all furnace models.
  3. KeepRite G9MAE and G9MVE – 10 year replacement and lifetime Heat Exchanger 

Mid-Range

  1. American Standard AUHMB060ACV3VB – limited lifetime warranty on heat exchanger and 10 year limited warranty for internal parts
  2. Rheem R97V Prestige Series Gas Furnace – Both the heat exchanger and conditional unit replacement qualify for a limited lifetime warranty; limited warranty plan of 10 years for parts
  3. Amana – all high-efficiency furnace models qualify for a 10 year parts and limited unit replacement warranty coverage

Premium

  1. Bryant – limited lifetime heat exchanger and 10 year parts limited warranty coverage for all high-efficiency furnaces
  2. Carrier 59SC2 – 10 year parts and 20 year heat exchanger limited warranty plan
  3. Lennox SLP98V Variable Capacity Gas Furnace – limited warranties: 10 years covered parts, and lifetime heat exchanger

5. Best Brand Recognition

Brand recognition is certainly a consideration when choosing your high-efficiency natural gas furnace. Selecting a brand with a history of providing consumers with high quality, reliable natural gas furnaces and comprehensive warranty plans will ensure that you are able to enjoy your investment worry-free.

Here are the top value, mid-range and premium picks when it comes to brand recognition amongst consumers. Here are a few of the top warranty plans available in the value, mid-range and premium high-efficiency natural gas furnace tiers:

Value

  1. Goodman – quality home heating products at economical prices
  2. York – comfort paired with innovation to create affordable, high-efficiency natural gas furnaces
  3. KeepRite – quality, backed by a comprehensive warranty guarantee

Mid-Range

  1. American Standard – a wide variety of home heating solutions for every budget
  2. Amana – offering outstanding limited warranty coverage and high quality heating solutions
  3. Rheem – efficiency and comfort, Rheem strives for excellence

Premium

  1. Lennox – known for their long history of producing quiet and efficient heating systems  
  2. Carrier – impressive lineup of innovative technologies
  3. Bryant – providing generations of Canadians with premium home heating solutions

6. Quietest Furnaces

There’s nothing worse then the sound of a noisy furnace.  The top three contenders in each category are among the quietest high-efficiency natural gas furnaces on the market.  With innovative noise-reducing technology, if you are looking for a quiet natural gas furnace, these options are not to be missed.

Here are the top value, mid-range and premium picks when it comes to brand recognition amongst consumers. Here are a few of the top warranty plans available in the value, mid-range and premium high-efficiency natural gas furnace tiers:

Value

  1.  Goodman GMVM97 – Modulating, Variable Speed Energy Star certified natural gas furnace with ECM motor
  2. York Affinity Series Gas Furnaces YP9C – Modulating, Variable Speed high-efficiency natural gas furnace
  3. KeepRite G9MAE – Modulating, high-efficiency natural gas furnace

Mid-Range

  1. American Standard AUHMB060ACV3VB – Modulating
  2. Rheem – Modulating, ECM motor
  3. Amana AMVM97 – Modulating, Variable Speed

Premium

  1. Lennox SLP98V Variable Capacity Gas Furnace – Modulating, Variable Speed with SilentComfort™ Technology
  2. Carrier Infinity Series 59MN7 – Variable Speed with ECM motor
  3. Bryant Evolution Variable Speed Gas Furnaces 987M –  Modulating

So What is the Best Furnace? The Winners Are…

As you can see there are many factors to consider when choosing the best furnace for your home.  Careful consideration of efficiency rating, features, price/overall value, warranty information, brand recognition, and quietness will ensure that you are prepared to make an informed decision when investing in a high-efficiency natural gas furnace.

Without further ado, we give you the 2017 Overall Brand Winners….

Tier Winner
Value Goodman
Mid-Range American Standard
Premium Lennox

Glossary

Reliability

Reliability is at the top of the list of must-haves for many homeowners looking to invest in a high-efficiency natural gas furnace.  An accurate in-home assessment, conducted by a certified technician will assist you with selecting the appropriate BTU for your home heating system.  Selecting the proper size of furnace for your home will assist you in achieving a reliable high-efficiency natural gas furnace, regardless of which brand you choose.

Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t a large variation in reliability between most furnace manufacturer brands. A much bigger factor is that the furnace is the correct size, properly installed by a licensed technician, and adequately maintained. 

We would be happy to you with a obtaining a free, no-obligation furnace quote from one of our experienced local distributors.

Variable-speed blowers

Variable-speed blowers deliver air slowly when the furnace doesn’t need to produce as much heat. Not only does the slow flow of air produce less noise, but it also leads to a more consistent indoor temperature.

ECM Motors

An ECM Motor allows your natural gas furnace to work at a greater level of efficiency by using less energy.  Natural Resources Canada has reported up to 70% less energy used when the furnace is equipped with an ECM motor.  Another added benefit to a high-efficiency natural gas furnace is that the ECM motor produces relatively low operational noise in comparison to Single Stage furnaces which have loud air bursts due to the on/off nature of their blowers.  Consumers wanting a furnace with an ECM motor can expect to pay more up front as they are found in the upper midrange and premium models in most brands.  That being said it’s important to consider the return on your investment and an investment in an ECM motor now can lead to better use of  your energy dollars, resulting in greater savings.

Modulating Burners

A modulating burner allows your furnace to adjust to fluctuations in temperature. This type of response to slight changes in temperature gives consumers more control overall the temperature of their home.  Typically, modulating burners are found in the upper midrange and premium tier high-efficiency natural gas furnaces.  This means that you will need to pay more for this feature, however the energy savings you will reap from this investment will pay off over the years.

Dual Heat Exchanger

The furnace’s heat exchanger is responsible for producing heat from the burned gas. In order to produce more heat from the same amount of burned gas, high-efficiency furnaces have a primary heat exchanger that is supplemented by a secondary heat exchanger. This secondary heat exchanger is usually made with stainless steel or lined with hard plastic to limit the negative effects of corrosive acidic condensates, which may result from the use of the secondary heat exchanger. If you want a furnace with two heat exchangers, look for furnaces with the feature dual heat exchange.

Ignition System

An electronic ignition system ensures that your furnace is able to respond quickly to temperature fluctuations, keeping your home warm and comfortable.  It’s important to look for a furnace with a hot-surface ignition system.

Correct Installation

No matter which brand or type of furnace you select, the installation process of the furnace is arguably the most important factor. An experienced and certified HVAC technician will ensure a proper installation of your new high-efficiency natural gas furnace.

Correct installation by a certified technician is important for the overall reliability of the furnace, as well the safety of you and your family. An incorrectly installed furnace can pose a huge risk to the home and your family.

When purchasing a high-efficiency natural gas furnace you want to ensure that the furnace is the correct size and that the BTU output is the correct amount for the size of your house. If your furnace is too big or small for your home, it will likely function irregularly, which will lead to damage over time. 

Air Filtration

Air filtration add-ons are a great way to improve the function and performance of your furnace. If quality of the air in your home is especially important to you, air filtration should be a feature that is at the top of your list. Some furnaces come with an electrostatic filter, which works by using an electrical charge to attract particles. Other furnaces come with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate-arresting) filter. This filter works by reducing the amount of dust that ends up in the heating system.

Noise-Reducing Features

Here are a few noise-reducing features that are included in many types high-efficiency natural gas furnaces:

  • ECM Motor
  • Variable Speed
  • Two-Stage
  • Modulating

Warranty Coverage

As you narrow down your top three high-efficiency natural gas furnace options you will want to take a close look at the warranty package that each brand offers.   

Specifically what is the warranty on the following:

  • Parts – regular maintenance and service is important to ensure that your high-efficiency natural gas furnace is running properly.  However, even with annual maintenance parts can fail over time.  Be sure to check the warranty to see which parts are covered under warranty.  
  • Heat Exchanger – a broken heat exchanger is one of the most costly elements to repair so it is important to ensure that whichever brand you choose has a heat exchanger warranty that protects you from a costly repair
  • Years covered under warranty – many plans typically span 10 years limited warranty; although certain premium brands do cover specific parts for the lifetime of your furnace

When to register your high-efficiency natural gas furnace – failing to register your new high-efficiency furnace  within the specified number of days (typically the first 90 days) can result in a reduced or null and void warranty.  

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89 Comments

  1. Rod April 13, 2016 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Would be nice to include the address and phone numbers of govermemt and utility in terms of incentive rebates for gas furnaces.

  2. vjp July 18, 2016 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I think the repair history would be an applicable parameter of interest? don’t you??
    How do you take into consideration the 10 year parts warranty and service contracts…are you paying twice for the same service?

    • Furnace Prices July 25, 2016 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      The repair history can be difficult to evaluate as there are many factors which tend to affect the reliability of furnaces, and skew any data on this. For instance, the contractor or company that installed the unit also play an important role in overall reliability and so it can be hard to definitively state which furnace brands or models are more reliable than others.

      The Parts warranty is offered by the manufacturer (note, you must register your furnace with the manufacturer shortly after installation). The parts warranty generally comes at no extra charge, though some manufacturers may offer extended warranties for an additional price, often through their distributors. Labour warranties and service contracts are usually offered by the actual contractors and distributors (i.e. the companies you actually buy the unit from and who perform the installation). Most contractors will offer some type of guarantee on labour and installation (e.g. a 1-year guarantee) at no extra charge, but you may also be able to pay for extended coverage beyond the initial coverage period.

      Hope this helps!

      Regards,
      Patrick

  3. john January 30, 2017 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I got two quote for replacing my furnace, one is for a napoleon npv060t3b and the other one is for a Frigidaire 2 stage variable speed for pretty much the same price. witch one would be the best?

    • Furnace Prices January 30, 2017 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      Hi John,

      To be honest, Frigidaire furnaces are not as widely sold in Canada. Napoleon furnaces are Canadian made if that matters to you. Both models are pretty comparable to each other from a technical standpoint. The most important thing is that the installation is done by a reputable and experienced company/installer, and one that will do a good job, offer a good guarantee on their work and has been around long enough that they can be trusted to honour it.

      Hope this helps!
      FurnacePrices.ca

  4. Karen February 1, 2017 at 9:30 am - Reply

    We are a small business and have several quotes, Goodman GMss92080 and GMEC96080 and 95% Carrier c/w1600 CFM blower or 96% 2 stage Carrier BTU furnace. How do I compare these?

    • Furnace Prices February 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Karen,

      Two-stage furnaces essentially have an additional power setting, allowing them to operate on “low” and “high” settings, whereas single-stage furnaces are “on/off” only. For that reason, two-stage furnaces tend to be more energy-efficient and provide better comfort that can adapt to different heating requirements. If budget is a big consideration for you, Goodman furnaces are generally quite a bit more affordable than Carrier ones. Both the Goodman and Carrier furnaces can do a good job of heating your home as long as they are sized and installed correctly by an experienced professional and a reliable company.

      Hope this helps!

  5. John February 7, 2017 at 12:34 am - Reply

    Can you comment on how Continental and Daikin gas furnaces stack up compared to the brands you’ve featured? I am in the process of getting quotes, but none of the companies I’ve had come in deal in the brands you have listed. I’ve spent considerable time online looking for reviews, but these brands don’t seem to have many. I’m not sure if that is a bad sign or what. Any guidance would be appreciated.

    • Furnace Prices February 10, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Hi John,

      Those two brands are certainly less common in Canada than some of the other major brands. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad furnaces. As with most other furnaces, the important thing is that it’s properly sized for your home and installed by a certified and experienced professional, from a reputable company (that will actually be around to honour any warranties and provide assistance if necessary in the event of a breakdown). We also recommend being cautious with online reviews as these are often distorted by the fact that people often only go online to leave reviews when they have a bad experience or because the company they dealt with did an inadequate job with sizing and installation. Ultimately, you shouldn’t necessarily shy away from Continental or Daikin furnaces as long as your comfortable with the fact that fewer companies tend to deal with those brands in Canada.

      Hope this helps!

  6. Elizabeth February 10, 2017 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    I found your site and the information very helpful, however, still have questions about furnaces with an ECM motor.
    One of the contractors, when asked, said that a furnace with variable speed is the same as with an ECM. Is it true?
    You do not mention Napoleon furnaces. Are they in value, mid-range or premium tier? How the Napoleon 97% AFUE, 2 stage, variable speed gas furnace compares to the brands that you compared here?

    • kurt February 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Yes a furnace with variable speed has an ECM motor.
      Napoleon furnaces are in the mid to premium tier depending on the model you select. Click here for information on Napoleon. They have a wonderful product line and is one of the few companies that are manufactured with pride here in Canada (Barrie, Ontario to be exact). Contractors find that Napoleon furnaces are comparable with Goodman and Amana.

      We’re glad you found our website very helpful. Let us know what you decide on!

      Thanks,

  7. Barb February 18, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Just would like your opinion. Maybe some reassurance too. My furnace broke down, 34 yrs old, on Friday. Called a furnace repair company and the technician said it shouldn’t be repaired but replaced (the motor was toast and the heat exchanger has blockages and corrosion). The price for an Amana, 60,000 BTU, 96%, 2 stage variable speed, DC drive furnace installed is $5,600.00. This is in Calgary. I’m without a furnace now so shopping around isn’t a luxury I have. The technician said I could go for a basic furnace but it would only save me about $600.00. Is this at least reasonable?

    • Furnace Prices February 18, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Barb, although it is difficult to confirm whether a quote is a good price or not without any inspection or pictures, the price you are receiving is the average market price for a basic installation. The price comparison between the models that the company mentioned seems accurate. As you go up each model, the price can increase $200-$400 more depending on the size of the furnace. It appears the company you are dealing with has your interest at heart since the price difference is only the difference in equipment cost and not their actual profit. This model has a very good quiet high efficiency variable speed blower. This model will help distribute air evenly throughout your home. We definitely recommend this model if you plan on living at this house for a minimum of a few years. Feel free to send us photos and even your quote for a more in depth look.
      Thank you for contacting FurnacePrices.ca!

  8. Anna Brodt February 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Thought your website was great! One thing I learned from all my researching is not only the product that’s important but the technician who should know how to properly install it. I spoke to a few companies, a lot of them with high pressure sales tactics, each one having something bad to say about the other one. In the end I went with a reputable company in my city who was very professional, took their time and they checked every little thing with a detailed list. Thank you for all the information on this site.

    Anna
    Kitchener

  9. Ken Christensen March 7, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Would appreciate your input on buying versus leasing a new furnace . Thanks

  10. Lori Somner March 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I am looking a renting a furnace from Reliance Home. I know that renting costs more in the end but am wondering about the Goodman GMVC96 furnaces. I am not familiar with the brand. Everything I have read seems good but would like to hear from someone who actually knows furnaces.

    • Furnace Prices March 12, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Hi Lori,

      Goodman’s furnaces are generally pretty solid, provided they’re correctly sized and installed. They’re nothing fancy but they’ll usually get the job done while being reasonably priced. Also, for a comparison of some of the top rental programs, please see here: Furnace Rental Companies Comparison

    • Joseph April 10, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Renting a furnace from Reliant will cost you more than financing a furnace and owning it after you have paid for it. Also if you rent a furnace you need to buy it out before you can sell your home. Ask Reliant how much it would cost you to buy out your rented furnace. You will find that you could end up with a buy out price that is outrageous! There are horror stories online from folks who rented furnaces, especially from Reliant.

      • Furnace Prices May 4, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

        Thank you for your input Lori! Indeed, the company you choose to deal with, whether on a rent to own program or an ordinary purchase and installation is important! Not all HVAC contractors and companies are created equal. We encourage people to take advantage of our Quote Request page to find trusted local companies to deal with.

  11. Charles McKenna March 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I have a Rinnai direct vent propane fueled furnace, cost about $3800 installed. Should this suffice to heat my 1300 sqft home?

    • Furnace Prices March 12, 2017 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Charles,

      That’s difficult to answer as there are a number of factors to consider when sizing a furnace, like the BTU output, what region of the country you live in, how well insulated your home is, etc. We recommend consulting a local heating and cooling expert for help with this. We invite you to fill out our Quote Request Form to hear from a certified local specialist.

  12. mario March 27, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    With Furnace would you recommend YORK or CARRIER for longer lasting burning Element and Quiet

    • Furnace Prices March 29, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Hi Mario,

      It depends on your budget. Carrier furnaces will likely be somewhat more expensive. That being said, both York and Carrier have models with sound-reducing features like ECM fan motors that circulate air more quietly. If quiet operation and performance are important to you, the top of the line models from both brands will have more features that help in those areas. As for the lifespan of the burner, that can be hard to predict reliably from one brand or model to the next. Both can be good options if installed correctly and well maintained. Regardless of which brand you choose, we recommend dealing with a well-established company with quality, experienced installers that will give you the best chance of having a properly sized and installed, long-lasting furnace for your home. Check out our quote page to find a trusted company in your area: Request a Quote

  13. nish March 29, 2017 at 12:15 am - Reply

    Hi, Please advise about YORK Furnace in terms of price and performance.
    thanks

    • Furnace Prices March 29, 2017 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Hi Nish,

      York is generally a good option, providing decent units, usually at fairly reasonable prices, and respectable warranty coverage. Not a bad option if the installation is done correctly!

  14. Martine April 6, 2017 at 8:48 am - Reply

    We just got quoted for a Rheem R96V Furnace, how do you rate this furnace, we have a 20yr old plus semi detached home with a lennox that we need to replace.

    • Furnace Prices April 6, 2017 at 11:52 am - Reply

      Hi Martine,

      That is a good choice for a new furnace with a good efficiency rating. As always, the most important thing is that the installation is done competently by an experienced and certified installer, ideally by a well-established company that will be around in the event anything goes wrong down the line. Make sure they offer at least a one-year warranty on labour and installation in addition to the manufacturer warranty (note the manufacturer warranty often has to be registered after installation. If you need help finding a reputable company in your area, we’ve partnered with trusted local companies in major cities across Canada. Please check our quote page for details!

  15. Janice LeClair April 6, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

    How do you figure correct size. Some quotes at 40000BTU others at 60000 BTU. House is bungalow about 1000 sq. ft. Basement completely used so really 2000 usable space. Live in Peterborough, Ontario

    • Furnace Prices April 6, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

      Hi Janice,

      That is a reasonable BTU range for a house your size, however note that there may also be other considerations since every home is different. That’s why is always best to deal with a trusted local expert who can correctly size the furnace for your needs and home.

  16. Michelle April 9, 2017 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Hello,
    We just bought a Goodman furnace Value 2000, 60,000 BTU. We have since read reviews on 2016 Goodman furnaces that were good and bad . Is this a reliable furnace?

    • Furnace Prices April 10, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Hi Michelle,

      As long as it is the correct size for your home and it was installed correctly, it should get the job done. As with any brand of furnace, sometimes there will be issues or servicing may be required, but our partners have also installed hundreds of them without any major issues from homeowners.

  17. J. Shepherd May 4, 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Love your website. Very informative with great advise. Thanks

    • Furnace Prices May 4, 2017 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you for the kind words, happy we could help! Helping Canadians make informed HVAC purchases is our mission!

  18. J. Shepherd May 5, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I am new in the Oshawa area and was wondering what furnace company you might recommend that deal with Amana or Carrier. Thank You

    • Furnace Prices June 12, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Hi, both Carrier and Amana offer solid products with good efficiency ratings, overall reliability (assuming correct installation, etc), and features. Carrier tends to be somewhat more expensive but neither would be a bad choice.

  19. Victoria May 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Hello,
    Our townhouse located in the middle of the block with total 1400 sq. (exclude basement) built in year 2000 at Richmond Hill, ON. We are thinking of replacing the furnace & central air due to more frequent break down.
    Could you please advise us the BTU requirement for the new furnace and the TON requirement for the new central air.

    • Furnace Prices June 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Victoria, for this we would recommend at least a 40,000 BTU furnace and 2 ton A/C but I’d like to emphasize that it is important to have the units sized by an actual expert to ensure the units are suitable for your home as other factors can affect unit sizing. Please see our Quote page to find a local expert that can help you with this.

  20. Chris May 7, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Hi there….I too have really enjoyed your website and objectivity with the different brands and products.

    My York furnace just conked out on us after 15 years of great service (came with the house), and I’m pretty leery about who to buy from. Put in a call to Reliance and really liked the tech guy who came in and did the diagnostics while explaining the options very carefully for me. He recommended a new motor and capacitor, and at $650 + taxes, I don;t have that kind of scratch to put down all at once. I’m thinking of looking into a new, efficient furnace, and as always, we have choice as to who to deal with to get the best price. Who do you recommend to install furnaces in the GTA, while also allowing flexible payment plans over a certain amount of years? Thanks.

    • Furnace Prices June 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Chris, for that type of payment plan and financing, we recommend checking out: FurnaceFinancing.ca

  21. Barb May 8, 2017 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Is it better to purchase from a company that deals with only one brand- eg Lennox, instead of a company like Reliance?

    • Furnace Prices May 9, 2017 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      Hi Barb,

      That shouldn’t necessarily be a major factor in your decision. Companies that carry more than one brand can certainly provide reliable services. Although in many cases companies will lean towards one or two brands that they prefer anyway.

  22. Helen June 3, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Hi there, our furnace just died on us and we have been getting a lot of quotes, all with different brands. There are a couple of brands that we aren’t familiar with such as Ruud and Armstrong. Is there anything you can tell us about these brands

    Thanks

    • Furnace Prices June 7, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Hi Helen,

      These are both ok brands, though perhaps somewhat less popular in Canada for the most part. Ruud is a sub-brand of Rheem. Neither is necessarily a bad choice, provided it’s sized and installed correctly by an experienced professional. Please feel free to check out our other brand information and review pages for more info. Hope this helps!

  23. Kevin Kiley June 11, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Hello. I have three quotes on furnaces; Trane, Payne and Luxaire. Would you recommend one brand over the other? Trane is the highest priced, Payne the lowest. Thank you for your opinion and advice. Kevin. Fenwick, Ontario

    • Furnace Prices June 12, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      Hi Kevin, Payne is a sub-brand owned by Carrier and Luxaire is a sub-brand owned by Lennox, so they are essentially their “less premium” or value brands. Payne and Luxaire are not a bad choice overall but Trane would likely offer slightly better features and performance, if budget isn’t an issue for you.

      • Gene Penko June 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

        Don’t see to much information on Luxair furnaces and A/C units. Also the Napoleon Brand of furnaces and A/C. Have a Keep Rite furnace 14 yrs old mid efficency furnace. Never had a problem with it. Mated with a Grimsby central air unit, 22 yrs old also never had an issue. Had to be charged up a couple of times. Other than this no issue. The Keep Rite furnace has just started leaking water all over the floor when the A/C is running. Checked the drain all clear. I believe the pan which is made of metal is rotted. So time to replace both units. Don’t want the Cadillac of units just something dependable with good warranty. I know having a competent installer is the probably the biggest factor. Thanks.

        • Furnace Prices June 27, 2017 at 9:39 am - Reply

          Hi Gene,

          Yeah occasionally minor maintenance like replacing (and regularly draining) the pan is necessary, especially with a unit you’ve had for many years. We do have a review and brand info page on Luxaire furnaces. They’re a sub-brand of Lennox, effectively just a somewhat cheaper/less-premium brand, but not bad overall nonetheless. As you said, the most important thing is dealing with a reliable company with good technicians, which you can find by visiting our quote page! Hope this helps!

  24. nancy June 25, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I am looking to replace an old electric furnace with a HE gas. I have which seems like a good deal on a keeprite furnace. g9mve0801716a. how ever I would be purchasing the furnace from AB and having it installed in BC. Is this a good realiable furnace.

    • Furnace Prices June 27, 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Hi Nancy, yes KeepRite generally makes good products. Although I’m not sure from whom you’re purchasing the unit or what your arrangement is, but I would caution against buying it from a different province and/or from a different company than the one doing the installation. It’s usually best to deal with a local company that will be around should there be any issues after installation… and HVAC contractors and companies may be reluctant to install or provide a warranty on equipment that they didn’t supply. Just something to consider. Hope this helps!

  25. Jan July 27, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this site! It has been so helpful. Buying a gas furnace & central air unit. Based on the fact that different brands have better ratings for furnaces & air should you buy the same brand for both or is it okay to have different brands? Thanks!

    • Furnace Prices July 28, 2017 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Hi Jan, glad you’ve found the site helpful! There may be some benefits to having the same brand for both your furnace and AC. Many brands have special smart thermostats and phone apps that can be used to control your furnace and AC, which obviously would work best if both your furnace and AC were the same brand. Just from an ownership perspective, it may be simpler as far as warranty registration, any future repairs that might be needed, etc. Also when the AC and coil are attached to the furnace, if both are the same brand, it may be somewhat easier from an installation perspective.
      However these are all relatively minor issues in the grand scheme of things, and there should be no real problems with having different brands for your furnace and AC.
      Hope this helps!

  26. Nancy J August 16, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

    thank you for the objective reviews of various brands

    • Furnace Prices August 16, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

      Thanks Nancy, glad you found them helpful!

  27. Patricia O'Halloran August 25, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Very Helpful info

    • Furnace Prices August 25, 2017 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the feedback Patricia!

  28. Patricia O'Halloran August 25, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

    We have a quote for a Everest 60 MBTUH 2 stage gas valve Hi Efficient Natural Gas Furnace. with 636 Standard Venting Out ($4158.59) installed——–I can not find any info on this type of furnace—also what does MBTUH stand for??
    Also a quote for a Daiken 60,000 96% 2 stage multi speed energy efficient 1 yr labor warranty 12 yr limited parts and lifetime heat exchanger warranty (3,600.00) plus Hst and a 250.00 rebate.
    Don’t know which we should choose —any suggestions? Thanks Patsy

    • Furnace Prices August 25, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Patricia, MBTUH in this case refers to the heat output, and basically translates to thousand BTU per hour… essentially 60,000 BTU, which is a common size of furnace. Everest is a private label of Goodman furnaces, and Daikin is also made by/owned by the same company as Goodman so there likely isn’t a huge difference in the actual units. So whichever seems like the best deal!

      Hope this helps!

  29. Rene Lacasse September 4, 2017 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    After 30 years, I will be replacing the Ultramax ll (80,000) btu with a Keeprite n9mse1002114a2 ( 100,000) btu. House is 1288 sq ft. plus a basement. Question: Is the 100,000 btu an overkill? How do you rate btu vs. Sq. footage?

    • Furnace Prices September 7, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Hi Rene, modern furnaces do tend to be more effective and efficient, so a 100,000 btu unit may not be necessary. In fact an over-powered unit may cycle on and off too frequently. We strongly recommend having a professional size the unit. Please feel free to visit our quote page to request a quote from a local expert!

  30. Anna September 7, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Hi
    I was quoted two prices for a furnace just not sure on which to pick. One is the Daikin 96% Hi efficient gas furnace, two stage with D.C Multi speed (DM96VE 060) at $ 4244, the other one the Daikin 96% Hi efficient gas furnace two stage with D.C Variable (DM96VC 060) at $ 4855. My problem is which is better will I see a difference in quality of temperature in the house between the two are they reliable furnaces? Also how much better are these to the basic model with only one stage gas flow and A.C alternating current blower a basic contractors build? Am I really going to save money each year with the higher priced Furnace? Also to note I do have problem with my bedroom being a lot warmer in the winter then the rest of the house since it is above the furnace, what I was told was with the D.C Variable speed motor will even out the temperature in the house so I will be not as warm is that true? Thanks

    • Kurt - FurnacePrices.ca September 18, 2017 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      Hi Anna,

      We usually recommend going with the DC Variable speed furnace if it’s within your budget. Depending on the thermostat you pair with the new furnace, the variable speed blower will have many advantages, like helping ensure even temperatures throughout the rooms. As the heat exchanger gets warmer in the furnace, the fan will gradually pick up speed from the slowest RPM. This is done by the internal board making calculations and adjusting the RPM to the most accurate output. A multi-speed fan will switch between a few different speeds based on the timing of each cycle.
      Most manufacturers recommend the communicating thermostat with variable speed systems to help better calculate the RPM. If your thermostat has the “on” position for the fan, or “circulate” on a newer model, the air can be constantly circulated at a low RPM, making the operation very quiet to the point some people wonder whether their furnace is even on. All this air will constantly run through your filter and keep the air quality of your home healthier and cleaner.
      Once the temperature is set and the furnace stops heating, the blower motor can continue circulating to even out all the air in the house. In terms of savings, it depends on where you live and how often you will use it. Obviously everyone’s situation is a bit different. But most ECM motors operate at 75-100 Watts of power which can be equivalent to one bright light bulb. So you will likely achieve some savings and more comfort with this model.

      Hope this helps!

  31. Morris September 30, 2017 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Great site. Lots of very useful information and help in my picking the right furnace. Thanks very much

    • Furnace Prices October 2, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Thanks Morris, glad we could help!

  32. Felix Orlandowski October 1, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Recently we have been given a quote on a Distinctions by Amana DGMVC96 gas furnace. I have read that this is a “rebadged” Goodman. But this is of concern to us as I have also read some unfavorable reviews of Goodman furnaces. Could I please ask if the furnace I have mentioned is really a Goodman and is there a quality difference between Goodman and Amana. Of those two brands which would you recommend? At this point we are looking more at reliability than pricing. Thank you.

    • Furnace Prices October 2, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

      Hi Felix, Goodman and Amana models are indeed virtually the exact same units. So if you would like to choose between them, we would advise you to simply choose the best combination of price you were quoted, warranty coverage offered and of course the reputation and experience of the actual contractor. Proper sizing and installation is as important as the brand you choose. Although there have been occasional quality issues with some Goodman/Amana models, the same could be said of many other brands, so we wouldn’t necessarily recommend against choosing Goodman or Amana. One thing they are known for is generally solid heat exchangers (a key component of the furnace) and pretty competitive warranties, so combined with a good labour warranty from the contractor should provide a measure of peace of mind. Hope this helps!

  33. Rick October 3, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

    I have recently had a furnace cleaning and the technician told us that the furnace is too large for our house (100,000 btu ) and is causing too much heat in the furnace. He showed me some small dark lines on the heat exchanger and said that this is caused by the heat build up in the burner area. He has red tagged us and we are currently getting quotes for a new furnace. Is this a ” too large a furnace ” problem or could it be something else that we should be looking at. All the vents were open at the time of the test and we have sufficient air returns. The house is 12 years old and is approx 2800 sq. ft. Thank you.

    • Furnace Prices October 10, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Hi Rick, it is indeed possible that your furnace may be overpowered. This is not unheard of and highlights the importance of correctly sizing the furnace. That being said, without having seen your particular furnace, it is difficult to say with certainty that that is the issue.

  34. Arline Allison October 6, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Have a quote for a Goodman GMEC96 (our house is approx. 2100 sq. ft.) and a Lennox EL296V with a price difference of almost $850.00 (the Goodman being less). Not sure how much longer we will be in our house (may be 10 – 20 years) and cost is a factor. Which would be better?

    • Furnace Prices October 10, 2017 at 10:33 am - Reply

      Hi Arline, if cost is a factor than the Goodman may be the best option in your case, especially if you may be moving at some point. As long as either unit is correctly sized and installed and well maintained, it should provide effective, reliable heat well into the future. Lennox is more of a ‘premium’ brand, and although their units may be a bit more sophisticated or offer a few more bells and whistles, you’re also partially just paying a premium for the brand name.

  35. Denise Rudnicki October 6, 2017 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this terrific site. It’s full of useful information. What do you do when there is no date on the installation of your furnace? It’s an UltraMax III with an efficiency rating of ninety four per cent AFUE. It was here when we moved in five years ago but we really don’t know how long it’s been in the house. Also, it’s been acting up. Several times over the last two winters, it ‘clicks’ three times but won’t start. I feel like replacing it but would feel better if I knew how old the thing is!

    • Furnace Prices October 10, 2017 at 10:39 am - Reply

      Hi Denise, the date of manufacture can sometimes be encoded in the serial number. If you could share that, we may be able to help.

  36. Denise Rudnicki October 10, 2017 at 11:47 am - Reply

    The model number is GTH50 and the serial number is GTZN67951. There is a schematics drawing as well with the date 2000.
    Denise

    • Furnace Prices October 10, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      It appears this unit may have been made in 1997 based on that serial number. Mind you, this may not be accurate as their serial number format could have changed over the years, especially given that brands are sometimes purchased by different parent companies for example. Anyway, hope this helps!

      • Denise Rudnicki October 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

        Wow! No wonder it’s beginning to act up. Thanks for your help. This is a terrific site and I will continue to follow these comments.

        • Furnace Prices October 10, 2017 at 2:07 pm - Reply

          Thanks for the kind words Denise! Glad we could help.

  37. Margaret October 11, 2017 at 4:57 am - Reply

    Do you know if it is possible in BC (Lower Mainland) to get a second opinion on a furnace that has been red tagged based on a CO reading? No information was offered to instill confidence that the CO reading could be relied upon as accurate (eg CO device was used properly, was calibrated properly, etc).

    • Furnace Prices October 16, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Margaret, it definitely never hurts to get a second opinion from another company.

  38. Denise Rudnicki October 12, 2017 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    I know that SmartAir is what Reliance sells. Do you know who actually makes these gas furnaces? Reliance has quoted a price of $5200 for a SmartAir 1000, which they call a mid-range furnace. This seems high compared to the prices for other furnances, even premium furnances, on your site. It does not include install. They also really promote renting. Thoughts and advice most welcome!

    • Furnace Prices October 16, 2017 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Denise, SmartAir units are usually made by Rheem and branded as SmartAir for Reliance. It’s difficult to say what price is fair, as there are many factors which can affect the final price and each home is different. However, $5200 just for the unit not including install would generally be quite high, yes.

      Hope this helps!

      • Denise Rudnicki October 16, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

        The salesman says the SmartAir 1000 is equivalent to a Rheem R96V. Is that true? And he now says the $5200 includes install. It’s so hard to know if we are being given the straight goods! So your advice is pure gold to us right now. We’re counting on you.

        • Furnace Prices October 16, 2017 at 6:34 pm - Reply

          The SmartAir 1000 does indeed appear to be the same as the RheemR96V. (Full disclaimer, we have no affiliation with either Reliance or Rheem so we can’t make any guarantees). $5200 INCLUDING install does make more sense. I would hesitate to comment on whether that is a fair price however, as there can be a multitude of factors which can impact the final price so it really is impossible to speculate sight unseen. You could always get a second quote and compare. Depending on where you live, you could get one through our quote page.

          Hope this helps!

        • Rena October 21, 2017 at 8:23 am - Reply

          Hello Denise,

          Saw your comments re the SmartAir 1000 on Furnace Prices. Was given the sales pitch re rental vs. purchase and how good the quality is on the SmartAir 1000 as apparently it is totally manufactured in the U.S.; not parts from China. Is this true? Seems difficult to have nothing made in China these days. Thought the purchase price of over $5000 was expensive compared to other brands. They really pushed renting and the services they provide, but when purchasing you’re on your own for the services. Any further comments re the SmartAir 1000 would be appreciated.

          Thank you,

          Rena

          • Furnace Prices October 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm

            Hi Rena,

            Rheem, the company that makes most of the SmartAir-branded units does have international operations, including manufacturing in Mexico (as well as the United States) from what we understand. So it’s difficult to say precisely where every component was made or assembled for a given unit, and it’s quite possible that some of the production took place outside of the US. However it seems unlikely that any of the major components would come from China at this time. All that being said, the fact that some parts may or may not have come from say Mexico shouldn’t immediately turn you off a given brand. Most brands feature components sourced or assembled in various countries, such is the reality of modern commerce and manufacturing, especially when large multi-national conglomerates are involved (i.e. most major brands sold in Canada).

            Ultimately, make sure the unit you buy and the company you buy it from offers competitive warranty coverage, and be sure your warranty gets registered after install!

            Hope this helps.

  39. Joe Depaolis October 13, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Love your site, great information.
    I’m thinking of purchasing a Lennox SLP98V furnace and XC13 Ac unit.
    How many tons is a 13 seer cooling unit and what is a limited lifetime warranty ?
    Thanks, Joe

    • Furnace Prices October 16, 2017 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Hi Joe, thanks for the kind words about our site! The SEER is the efficiency rating, whereas the tons is the total cooling output (so a larger home will need a unit with more tons). So a 13 SEER unit could come in a variety of ton levels (e.g. 1 ton, 2 ton, etc). So say a 16 SEER unit would be more energy-efficient, and could also come in a multitude of tonnages (1 ton, 2 tons, etc).

      A lifetime warranty often means it applies as long as the same homeowner (and/or spouse) live in the home in which the unit was installed. This may apply to specific parts like the heat exchanger and there are often conditions like it needs to be registered within 60 days of install. Different companies may have different definitions of what “lifetime” means so the best thing to do is read the actual warranty info document which can either be found on that manufacturer’s website, usually on the product page or it can be supplied by the dealer you purchase the unit from.

      Hope this helps!

  40. Denise Rudnicki October 20, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    One last question (I hope!) What can you say about the Aire Flo 95AF2 furnace made by Lennox? Is it reliable? Will it last? Really, this process has been exhausting. We just want to choose but keep running into high-pressure salesmen and others who don’t seem to know much about the furnances they are selling.

    • Furnace Prices October 21, 2017 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      Hi Denise, generally one of the most important factors in reliability is that the unit is correctly sized and installed, well maintained, and covered under a good warranty, including a labour warranty of at least a year by the company who installed it. You want to be sure they’ll be around and ready to help if anything goes wrong.

      It can be difficult to give definitive evaluations of the reliability of a given unit as there can be many factors affecting it. That’s why above all else we recommend going with a reputable, established company that you trust.

      Hope this helps!

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