Purchasing a High-Efficiency Furnace
A furnace with a good ENERGY STAR Rating means that your unit will run efficiently, have less impact on the environment and save you money over time. ENERGY STAR Ratings are overseen by the EPA and units undergo strict assessments.
Furnaces are equipped with a variety of fan systems which are suited to different home sizes and layouts. Establish what size is appropriate for your home, because, in the case of furnaces, bigger is not always better. Then, decide which features are most important to you. Do you value quietness? Efficiency? Zoned heating? There are a range of furnaces on the market offering distinct features to suit your individual needs.
An Overview of Some Common Modern Furnace Features
- Variable speed blowers – A furnace with a variable speed blower motor will blow at different speeds, resulting in better airflow control throughout your home. This increase in precision means greater efficiency, the ability to heat specific areas of your home and better humidity control, as well as the potential for better air quality, as air will be circulated continuously through the furnace filter.
- Zoned heating – Zoned heating allows you to control the temperature of specified areas, or “zones,” in your home independently from each other. The flow of air to different zones is enabled by the opening and closing of valves, known as dampers, in ductwork and is completely controlled and customized with the thermostat. Zoned heating allows consistent heating throughout your space or temperatures tailored specifically to rooms, or their residents.
- Dual heat exchangers – A heat exchanger refers to the tubes or coils within a furnace which heat the air. With dual heat exchangers, even more heat can be drawn from the burned gas, resulting in greater efficiency and consistency of temperature throughout your home, especially when winter is in full swing.
Price and Overall Value
A high-efficiency furnace may mean more money up front, but will give you energy savings in the long run. Tailor your purchase to match an industry or government rebate and get money back, too.
A manufacturer’s warranty indicates their faith in their product and duration will vary depending on the make and model you select. Some providers also offer extended warranties for an extra charge. Reputable HVAC companies will provide a licensed, experienced installation technician and should provide a satisfaction guarantee.
A good furnace shouldn’t rattle the rafters while it heats your home. Many furnaces now offer noise-reduction features and will list the decibel level of each model in the product specifications. We’ve also compiled a list of the quietest furnace models on the market, for every budget.
Check out our Best High-Efficiency Furnaces of 2017/2018 for a comparison of the best brands. We’ve scored each brand based on five key aspects: efficiency, features, price, types and warranty.
Brantford has a good number of HVAC companies for its size and many companies will offer deals when you purchase a furnace and another unit, like an air conditioner. Installers may also offer a set number of service calls or yearly maintenance to keep your unit operating optimally.
Check in with us regularly for the latest deals available in Brantford, Ontario.
Government Rebates Available
Ontario Power Authority and Union Gas offer rebates when you purchase a furnace with an air conditioner or a tankless water heater, respectively.
Check out the latest rebates available for residents of Brantford, Ontario.
Popular Furnace Brands
Residents of Brantford, Ontario are buying units by: Amana, American Standard, Carrier, Comfortmaker, KeepRite, Lennox, and Napoleon