Purchasing a High-Efficiency Furnace
The harsh winters in Peterborough make a good, reliable furnace a necessity. Natural gas furnaces with a modulating heater and variable-speed blower are features of the more efficient models on the market. You can save more money, in the long run, heating your home with a top-tier brand that may cost more initially.
One of the best signs of efficiency is if the furnace is ENERGY STAR® certified, typically showing there is an AFUE of at least 95%. The AFUE tells you how much of your dollar does directly into heating, so an AFUE of 95% means 95 cents of your dollar is working to heat your home. A bonus to that is that the more efficient your unit, the more eco-friendly it is as well.
There are a number of essential and extra features that you can get in a furnace, and what you opt for should depend on your needs and your house type. If your home is hard to heat due to drafts or large spaces, you’ll want a good fan to help circulate air. Some handy additional features to look out for include sound-dampening, and easy diagnostic panels, as well as compatibility with modern smart thermostats.
Price And Value
A furnace is a necessary big purchase for a homeowner. You’ll want to be sure about what you’re getting to ensure that you have something that will perform reliably and last you a long time. Having it sized correctly and installed right will make sure that your furnace is a solid investment down the road.
A good warranty can help you avoid a headache in the future. Knowing that a company will help you out when something goes wrong with your furnace is a lot of stress reduced later. Most companies will offer warranties for internal parts for usually 10 years, while the heat exchanger may be covered for 20 years to a lifetime. Some companies have extended warranties and some even go so far as to guarantee a full unit replacement should there be a critical issue.
The last sound you want to hear in your home is the clanging and loud whirring of the furnace as it turns on and off. New models have found ways to reduce the noise by insulating the cabinet to keep your home a comfortable space, temperature and noise-wise. Look for features that boast a quiet performance, including a variable speed fan which will reduce excess noise.
Choosing a Filter
An easy and inexpensive upgrade to your furnace is to select a filter. There are a few factors to consider what would be best for your home. The furnace itself should let you know if you check the owner’s manual what kind of filter it can handle. Some filters may actually hinder performance, simply because they aren’t compatible with your unit.
Pleated filters are good if you forget to change out your filters often since they’ve got a larger surface area to capture dust and debris.
Electrostatic filters are great if you’re sensitive to allergens or have breathing conditions, because they’ll trap more particles and create better air quality. Though keep in mind, these types of filters require more maintenance to be effective.
With a smaller population, you would expect that there wouldn’t be too many HVAC companies in Peterborough, but there are at least 60 listed companies that you can shop around with to get a quote and a good deal. There’s enough competition that you can use that to your advantage and simply look elsewhere if someone quotes you a figure that is higher than your budget.
Government Rebates Available
If you’ve got an ENERGY STAR certified furnace, most times, along with a few other energy-saving features, you’ll be qualified for a $250 rebate from Independent Electricity System Operator. Enbridge and Hydro One also offer rebates on a new, energy-efficient furnace as well as energy upgrades in some cases. Be sure to check for these rebates and their conditions before installing the new furnace.