Purchasing a High-Efficiency Furnace
One of the first things to look out for when you’re purchasing a new furnace is the efficiency rating. An example of an excellent rating is 90+ percent, and a furnace with a score of 90+ will save you money over time and also have less impact on the environment. Also, look out for a heater that’s ENERGY STAR® certified as this shows that a unit has undergone strict testing, which confirms that the unit is capable of running in an environmentally friendly way.
Furnace Pricing & Long-Term Value
There are two monetary factors to consider when spending on a new furnace. One is the upfront cost, and the other is the long-term operating costs of the unit. The previously mentioned efficiency rating is a good indicator of how cost-effective the unit will be in the long term. These percentages actually show how many cents in every dollar will be going towards heating your home, for example, a rating of 90% means that 90 cents in every dollar will be going towards heating your home.
A Short Overview Of The BTU Level
When looking for a new furnace, you may see or hear the term “BTU” being discussed. The BTU level, put simply, is the power of your furnace. It stands for “British Thermal Unit” and is specifically the amount of energy used to create a temperature rise of 1 degree (Fahrenheit) in 1 pound of water!
Why are the BTU important?
The BTU power of your furnace is crucial for a number of reasons. For example, if your BTU is too low for your home, your furnace will constantly be struggling to adequately heat your home during the coldest parts of the year. This will cause additional strain on the unit which can cause problems over time. Also, your furnace will have difficulty doing its most important job – heating your home!
However, if your BTU rating is too high, you’ll be using additional energy to heat your home. This will result in increased heating bills, which can add up quickly. Also, an oversized furnace will end up running in quick bursts. This constant cycling on and off is not only annoying, leading to an inconsistently heated home, it can also put strain on your furnace.
What BTU level is right for me?
Usually, the larger your house, the higher your furnace’s BTU needs to be. However, there are some other variable factors to consider such as:
- How many levels your home is
- The climate of the area you live
- How well insulated your home is
- How new your windows are
Speak to your HVAC professional if you are not sure what size BTU to go for. An experienced HVAC technician will be able to suggest a size perfect for your space while considering any external factors!
Always look out for the warranty that the manufacturer includes with the furnace. A good warranty suggests that the manufacturer is confident with the quality of their product and are in a financially sound shape to fix any problems that should occur. A good warranty, say 10 years, is what you should be looking out for.
Government Rebates Available
In Ontario, The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) (formerly the Ontario Power Authority) offers rebates when you purchase a furnace with an air conditioner or a tankless water heater. There may also be rebates for installing a new ENERGY STAR high-efficiency furnace through the Heating and Cooling Incentive Program!
In Mississauga, homeowners get the following promotions:
- Get a Free NEST Smart Thermostat or duct cleaning when you purchase a furnace & central A/C combo*
- Get a Free NEST Protect Smoke Detector when you purchase a furnace OR central A/C*
Popular Furnace Brands
Residents of Mississauga, Ontario are buying units by:
- American Standard