There’s no doubt that you need a reliable furnace to keep you warm during the cold New Brunswick winters. If you’re looking to upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace, then check out this guide to help make the experience of purchasing a new furnace for your home as smooth as possible.
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New Brunswick by the Numbers
Average Temp. (Summer): 18 degrees Celsius
Average Temp. (Winter): -6.9 degrees Celsius
Top Furnace Brands by Price Level in New Brunswick(including installation)
Entry level – $3,000 + Goodman, KeepRite, Armstrong, Daikin
Mid Tier – $3,500 + Amana, Trane, Napoleon, York, American Standard, Rheem, Bryant, Heil
Premium – $4,500 + Carrier, Lennox, Luxaire
Purchasing a High-Efficiency Furnace
How can I help the environment with my new furnace?
1) Choose a high AFUE rating
With advancements over time, we’re now seeing some of the most energy-efficient furnaces ever produced. A few years ago, AFUE ratings of 60-70% were common, meaning that 30-40 cents in every dollar were actually wasted when heating your home. Currently,modern high-efficiency furnaces operate above 92% and commonly above 95% efficiency!
2) Look for ENERGY STAR certified products
If you see the ENERGY STAR symbol on a product you’re thinking about purchasing, you know that it has undergone strict testing by Natural Resources Canada to ensure that it meets their rigorous criteria.
Purchasing an ENERGY STAR certified product is a great way of ensuring you’re helping the environment by purchasing a product that is producing as little waste as possible.
3) Make sure your furnace is operating properly
If there’s a problem with your furnace, it will operate to a lower standard, and that can mean more energy being wasted. This not only means higher energy bills at the end of the month, but it also means that the reduced efficiency of the furnace will be negatively affecting the environment. Simple things like making sure you regularly change your filter and clean the furnace and your duct-work help keep your furnace utilizing fuel in the most efficient way possible!
4) Make sure your house is as energy-efficient as possible
External factors in your home can change how hard your furnace needs to work, meaning wasted energy and money. Make sure your home is well-insulated, and check all doors and windows for any gaps where air may be entering or exiting your home. It can be surprising how much difference a small gap in a window or door can make!
5) Use new technology to build a smarter home
The thermostat is a key part of your heating system and if you’re looking to save money, ENERGY STAR certified products are the way forward.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is the only thermostat to be certified by ENERGY STAR, meaning it has passed rigorous testing to ensure that it is as efficient as possible. The Nest Learning Thermostat automatically adjusts itself as the weather changes and as your habits change, and all you need to do is program it for the first week.
There are many other options, including smart thermostats from companies like Canadian-based Ecobee, and others.
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When purchasing a high-efficiency furnace, make sure to take into account what warranty options are available to you. A furnace isn’t a small investment, so you should try to ensure you receive the best warranty options available to cover yourself in the event of a malfunction or a broken part.
At a minimum, look out for a 10-year limited parts warranty and a 20-year heat exchanger limited warranty. Some companies, particularly when you purchase their premium-tier models, will offer better warranty options than those listed here and may include a lifetime heat-exchanger limited warranty and a unit replacement limited warranty.
IMPORTANT: Make sure your warranty is registered within 60 or 90 days of installation (the deadline varies by brand).
When purchasing a high-efficiency furnace, ensure that a qualified company or contractor is involved in the installation of the unit. A good installation is crucial to the longevity of a furnace. Also, look out for companies that offer a guarantee on the installation as this covers the value of your unit should a problem occur.
Keep an eye on NB Power for information on rebates.
Also, check out the Total Home Energy Savings Program for other incentives to make your home as energy efficient as possible.
Popular Furnace Brands in New Brunswick
These are only some of the top brands, but there are other options available. See our Furnace Buyer Center for more details.
Furnace prices in New Brunswick
Furnace prices in New Brunswick vary depending on what make and model of furnace you decide to purchase. Installation costs can also vary, but our estimate of the cost of a furnace (including installation) in New Brunswick is typically $3,200 – $5,000.
Look out for financing incentives and offers when purchasing a new high-efficiency furnace. If you’re not looking to pay the whole cost up-front, financing will allow you to split the payments into monthly portions but beware of high-interest rates that can cause you to pay back a lot more than the original cost of the unit over time.
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General City Information
New Brunswick, one of the four Atlantic provinces on the east coast, is well known for its forested uplands, harsh climate and impressive national parks. Fundy National Park, Hopewell Rocks, Kouchibouguac National Park and Roosevelt Campobello International Park are all beautiful spots which help to bring tourism into the province. This, coupled with the Port of Saint John which is a common spot for cruise ships, make New Brunswick a popular place to visit. Due to its proximity to Europe, New Brunswick was one of the first parts of Canada to be colonized and is home to many intriguing historical sites and monuments. A fun fact about New Brunswick is that the Constitution of Canada marks it as Canada’s only bilingual province, with English and French the official languages!