Purchasing a High-Efficiency Furnace
Efficiency: The Basics
An energy-efficient furnace will save you money in the long term and should be one of the key factors in your decision making. Look for the AFUE rating – for example; a 92% AFUE rating means you’ll use 92 cents per a dollar on heating. Of course, the higher the AFUE, the more efficient your furnace will be! Also look for the ENERGY STAR® rating, these ratings are overseen by the EPA and units undergo strict assessments to ensure they have less impact on the environment and will save you money.
Furnaces have different fan systems that are meant for different home sizes and layouts. It’s always best to establish what type is suited to your home and can depend on factors such as size and layout. Also, premium tier furnaces and many mid-tiers come with extra features such as the ability to communicate with an external control centre to send diagnostic data, and advanced humidity controls. These are often more expensive, so you need to decide whether these features will benefit you and are worth the extra expense!
Price & Value
Don’t always make your furnace decision-based on the original price. It’s important to think of the long-term value as opposed to the short-term cost. For example, a cheap unit might have an AFUE of 80%, meaning 80 cents in every dollar goes towards heating your home. A more expensive unit might have an AFUE of 90%, and that 10 cents in every dollar going towards heating your home will save you money over time. Often, a higher initial cost will cost you less in the long term.
It’s best to be wary if a manufacturer doesn’t include a warranty with their furnace, or the warranty is poor. A good warranty, for example, 10 years, indicates a manufacturer believes their product is reliable and that they’re willing to replace it if it fails. Some providers also offer extended warranties which may be worth considering depending on the length of the included warranty. Finally, look out for warranties where you need to register after purchase. Often you will need to register within the first 30 to 60 days, or you can lose your benefits!
No one wants a noisy furnace. Most furnaces now come with technology and insolation that keeps their units quiet, but always look out for the decibel level of each model in the product specifications. If you can’t find this, it’s worth investigating further to ensure you are receiving a unit with a noise level that you can tolerate. Often user reviews can be a useful tool to find out how much noise a unit makes and if you see a trend of people complaining about how loud it is when running, it may be best to look elsewhere.
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High-Efficiency Furnace Pricing
Average furnace price + installation in Ottawa: $3300 – $6300
In Ottawa, prices can range anywhere from $2800 to $4800 for high-efficiency furnaces depending on model and brand. You will often pay between $500 and $1500 for installation by a certified HVAC technician which brings the total furnace price to between $3300 and $6300 depending on what furnace you choose.