Purchasing a High-Efficiency Furnace
Kingston has its fair share of cold and dark winters that call for a reliable furnace system that won’t let you down in the dead of the season. Energy-efficient units, though usually more expensive upfront, will save you money year after year and have a smaller impact on the environment by having less wasted fuel.
There are a few features in a furnace that make it an efficient and optimally performing unit. ENERGY STAR® qualified furnaces have an AFUE of at least 95% and a fan efficiency of maximum 2%. An AFUE rating of 95% means 95 cents of your dollar goes directly into heating your home, while a fan efficiency of 2% means that no more than 2% of the energy used by the furnace is by the fan.
Modern furnaces can have an overwhelming amount of features, which can make for a confusing time for a consumer. There are necessary features, like a high AFUE rating and variable-speed blower motor, and there are features that are convenient like an easy-to-change filter or an option to use only fresh air. Depending on your home needs, you’ll end up prioritizing some features over others, such as keeping out drafts or trying to heat a large space evenly.
Price And Value
Most furnace units are reliable and well-constructed. The important factor is making sure it’s accurately-sized for your home. With that in mind, you’ll get the most value for your money by assessing what your needs are and making sure that you cater to them so you’re not wasting fuel and energy down the road on trying to close the gap with a furnace that may not cater specifically to your needs.
If something were to go wrong with your furnace, you’d want to know that the manufacturer hasn’t left you in the dark. Repairs can be costly and you don’t want to reach the point where it would be less expensive to buy a new furnace. Checking out the warranty helps to ensure that you know what’s covered in case of emergency. Most warranties will cover internal parts for 10 years and the heat exchanger for a lifetime. Though these do not typically include shipping or installation, you may find extended or additional warranties that provide the security you want.
The last sound a homeowner wants to hear is the stopping and starting of the furnace. The clanging can be disruptive, which is why most modern furnaces have noise-cancelling features added to them. The cabinet that houses the fan is often insulated to keep warmth and noise in.
How to Change a Filter
It’s important to know when you change your filter since a dirty filter can reduce the lifespan of your furnace. The cost of a new filter is preferable to cost of repairs or a new unit for most homeowners. Filters protect the blower motor from dust and particles to give your home clean air.
Select the right filter for your unit and needs: fiberglass, pleated or electrostatic filters all have their benefits. Change it every month to every three months. A good tip is to change the filter when you can no longer see light pass through it.
Kingston is home to a number of different HVAC companies, and since most companies will offer free quotes, you can take advantage of this by calling and comparing the rates that you get for a furnace that you desire.
Government Rebates Available
The IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) offers a few rebates with its “Save on Energy” program. Installing a new high-efficiency furnace with an ECM can get you $250 back. They offer other discounts for energy upgrades in your home. Another great place to check for rebates is your gas or energy provider. They may have offers that you can use if you are qualified. Just be sure to ask about them before you get your new furnace installed since it’s often harder after the fact.