Buying a Furnace in Hamilton
With over 120 HVAC providers to choose from, Hamilton residents can benefit from the competitive market. Many of the top contractors in the Hamilton area are family-run businesses that have been operating for years, so you can purchase a unit from someone you can trust.
Given Hamilton’s unique weather profile, these are the key features to look for in a furnace so that you can enjoy consistent, and reliable, home heating:
In any home, there are different areas that are hotter or colder, depending on the time of day or the time of year. This inconsistency can result in an increase of fuel use and higher heating costs, especially when you are constantly trying to warm a cold basement or a drafty sitting room.
An HVAC provider can help by designing a furnace zoning system tailor-made to your home. This would usually be achieved by having multiple thermostats on different levels or areas of your home. Multi-zoned heating systems work with most high-efficiency furnaces and can be compatible with your A/C unit, as well.
The thermostats will control the dampers in the ductwork of your heating system, opening and closing, which provides or limits warm air to rooms, as necessary. In this way, zoned heating increases furnace efficiency. It also has the added bonus of catering to the different temperature preferences of family members.
Hamilton’s proximity to Lake Ontario means damp air, no matter what the season. Striking the right level of humidity is important, not only for the comfort of you and your family, but for your home as well. Too little humidity makes us feel uncomfortable and can cause irritants, like dry skin or respiratory problems. If the air is too humid, you run the risk of mold and mildew forming in your home.
Thankfully, there are a number of high-efficiency systems on the market that allow you to independently adjust the humidity of your home. Depending on the model, the humidifier may be built-in or an add-on unit. You may also find the colder the winter months get, the higher you will want to set your humidity level.
Some examples of humidity control systems are:
- Value: KEEPRITE
KeepRite offers a range of programmable thermostats for its furnaces that allow you to set your desired humidity level.
- Mid-range: TRANE
Trane humidifiers are designed to complement their home heating systems and can be controlled independently of your heating unit.
- Premium: LENNOX
The Lennox Healthy Climate® humidifier or the Humiditrol® whole-home de/humidification system works to add moisture in the winter and remove moisture in the summer, as needed for maximum home comfort.
A high-efficiency furnace is likely to be the biggest single investment you will make in your home. A comprehensive warranty will give you confidence in your investment. In general, when you purchase a premium unit, you receive a more extensive warranty. This isn’t always the case, though, so make sure you read the fine print.
Warranties are also dependent on a number of factors, like professional installation and regular maintenance. The single most important thing to do, though, is to fill in and submit your warranty paperwork. Our local contractors are highly experienced and can assist you in this process.
Some warranties that we rate highly:
- Value: GOODMAN
- Lifetime guarantee on heat exchanger
- 10-year guarantee on parts
- Limited warranty plan for unit replacement (furnace models 96% AFUE +)
- Mid-range: RHEEM
- Limited lifetime guarantee on heat exchanger
- Conditional limited lifetime guarantee for unit replacement
- Limited 10-year guarantee on parts
- Premium: CARRIER
- Limited 20-year guarantee on heat exchanger
- Limited 10-year guarantee on parts
Local companies offer deals on duct cleaning, HVAC tune-up discounts and end of season sales. You can also take advantage of free quotes and estimates, friend referral discounts and protection plans.