Purchasing a High-Efficiency Furnace in Brampton
Energy efficiency is a major factor in choosing your new natural gas furnace. Replacing an inefficient forced-air furnace model can save you money on your monthly energy bill. Natural gas makes sense as a heating source in Brampton, since the infrastructure is already in place.
The term AFUE refers to the amount from every dollar that is going directly towards your energy costs. The higher the AFUE, the less money spent to heat your home. The minimum AFUE in Canada is 92 per cent, which means for every dollar spent, 92 cents will be used towards energy costs. This represents a large savings on your energy bill. A good rule of thumb is to spend as much as you can afford to get the highest AFUE you can and then you can see a maximum return.
Features to consider:
- Purchasing the highest rated AFUE model you can afford will allow for maximum savings on your energy bill. Replacing a 20-year-old furnace with an energy efficient model can show up to 45 per cent savings on energy costs.
- You can buy in bulk and save. Many companies offer deals when buying a complete HVAC system (heating, ventilating and air conditioning). This typically includes an air conditioner, heat recovery ventilator and air filtration system.
It’s important to protect your investment. When purchasing a furnace there are many factors to consider beyond the price, specifically what type of warranty is available. Warranties will vary from five-year limited parts warranty to 10, 20 or lifetime ‘comprehensive’ warranties.
A warranty will not be worth the paper it’s printed on if it is from a company that won’t be in business next year. Make sure you go with a reputable furnace manufacturer. When purchasing a warranty be sure to read all the fine print. Some warranties require you to perform annual maintenance and cleaning with a certified technician. Be sure to mail your warranties so you are on file. Some HVAC professionals will offer an additional labour warranty with installation. These typically last one year.
Government Rebates Available
The government offers money back furnace rebates to qualified buyers who purchase an ENERGY STAR model:
Ontario Power Authority rebate of $250
Enbridge gas distribution rebate of $2000 towards the cost of an energy audit and retrofit
Hydro One offers $250 off a new high efficiency furnace
Popular Furnace Brands
Innovative features and reliable performance make Goodman, Lennox, Trane, KeepRite and Carrier popular choices amongst Brampton consumers looking to buy a high-efficiency natural gas or propane furnace. Each brand offers Single Stage and Two Stage operation, and most have Variable Speed, Modulating, or Multi-Speed options available.
Goodman furnace models are compatible with ComfortNet Communication™ systems, which reduce energy costs by allowing indoor temperatures to be adjusted automatically and remotely. Lennox models also come standard with SilentComfort™ and PowerSaver™ technologies, which enable silent operation and easy temperature monitoring. Trane furnaces are designed to support the popular and efficient ComfortLink™ II remote temperature control. KeepRite, an HVAC industry mainstay for over 70 years, has a strong line of ENERGY STAR certified models while 75% of Carrier’s home heating systems are ENERGY STAR certified and feature several innovative technology features. All of these brands have industry-leading warranty coverage, superior AFUE ratings, and a reputation for excellence.