St. Catharines & Niagara by the Numbers
Located in Ontario, Canada’s most populated province, the Niagara region is home to the beautiful and majestic Niagara Falls. St. Catharines is the largest city in the Niagara region, home to 133,115 people.
Like most of Ontario, the Niagara region is subjected to a wide range of winter weather, including freezing and often humid cold. For this reason, it’s vital to have a high quality and reliable furnace installed in your home, to beat those frigid temperatures.
St. Catharines and Niagara see average low temperatures of -7 during January and February. This is also a wet region, with around 12 days of the month affected by precipitation on average in December alone.
Finding a furnace can be difficult, so let us help you and guide you through the process.
Top Furnace Brands by Price Tier
Top Furnace Brands by Price Level in St Catharines (including installation)
Entry level – $3,000 + Goodman, KeepRite, Armstrong, Daikin
Mid Tier – $3,500 + Amana, Napoleon, York, American Standard, Rheem, Bryant, Heil
Premium – $4,500 + Carrier, Lennox, Luxaire, Trane
How Can a New Furnace Help you Save Throughout The Year?
Furnaces that are 15 or 20+ years old are likely to be much less energy-efficient than modern models, which can reach an astounding 98.8% AFUE.
Even mid-range high-efficiency gas furnaces will typically achieve an efficiency rating of 95 – 96%. This means that almost all the energy your system consumes, is being converted into usable heat.
Practically speaking, this means that upgrading from an older unit can save you as much as 30% or more on your heating and utility bills. And you’ll be making your home more environmentally friendly too!
Purchasing a High-Efficiency Furnace
There are four types of furnaces to think about:
- Single stage furnace
- Dual-stage furnace
- Variable or multi-speed furnace
- Modulating furnace
Each type of furnace has its own pros and cons, and that means you need to think carefully about which model will suit your home, budget, and needs.
A single stage furnace is the most basic and comes with a lower price tag. It only has one heating “stage” which means it effectively can only operate at full heating output, so it’s not the most efficient. The blower will maintain the thermostat’s programmed temperature by firing at max power until the desired heat is achieved.
A dual-stage furnace, on the other hand, has a high and low output so it can more precisely match the heating output needed. This makes these systems a bit more efficient, and able to maintain a more consistent indoor temperature, with less frequent on-off cycling as single stage systems.
From there we have two types which are more energy efficient, have more functions, and have a higher price tag. The following two types of system cost even more but offer further increases in performance, noise level, comfort, and energy efficiency.
Variable or multi-speed furnaces (often called ECM or electrically-commutated motors) have an automatically adjustable blower, which creates precisely the right amount of air flow needed.
A modulating furnace has a burner that can operate at many incremental levels, again to control the amount of heat generated, and achieve a more precise and consistent temperature in your home.
Another thing to consider is how the furnace is fueled. In the St. Catharines and Niagara areas, most furnaces run on natural gas or propane in areas outside the city. Natural gas is the most common and often most cost-effective and convenient heating fuel.
You might find the odd oil-fueled unit around, but these are less common and generally costlier to operate.
Manufacturers offer a range of warranty coverage to help protect your investment, and cover some of the costs in case anything goes wrong with the system while it’s under warranty.
The length and quality of coverage tends to increase with the higher end models. Lower tier and less expensive models will generally have more limited warranties.
Look for at least a 10 year warranty on parts, and at least 20 years on the heat exchanger. Note that for full coverage, your warranty will have to be registered by the contractor you choose within 60 or 90 days (varies by brand).
And make sure the contractor you choose also offers at least 1 year of coverage on labour and installation. Just another reason to choose a trusted local contractor!
Government Rebates Available
By installing an ENERGY STAR certified furnace, you could be eligible to have a portion of the cost refunded via government and utility company rebate programs.
Our Certified local partners are registered to offer rebates, so get a quote from a local professional here. They’ll be able to give you an overview of what’s currently available, and how to claim them!
Popular Furnace Brands in St. Catharines and Niagara
These brands have years of industry experience and are leaders in their field. If you want the most comprehensive list of brands and model, you can find them right here on our website, in our Furnaces Buyer Hub.
You’ll find in-depth comparisons and model reviews, of the top brands, including:
- Comfort Maker
- And many more!