A furnace can be a big investment. One of the most common questions we receive from potential clients is “how much is a new furnace in Ottawa?”. There are many factors that go into pricing a new furnace for your home. These factors include such things as type and brand of furnace, efficiency, furnace features such as sound levels and motor speed, and of course furnace size.
In Ottawa, the starting cost for a new furnace installed is $3000. Two stage high efficiency furnaces typically cost between $4000 to $6000, and variable speed furnaces have a price tag of between $5000 to $10000.
This is a large variation in prices! So what will a new furnace installation cost you? The first thing that you should do it research the size of the unit required for your home. This is easily accomplished by having an Ottawa heating comfort advisor provide you with an estimate. Our approach is to offer you two or three options (good, better, best) so that you can make a decision on what is right for your home with budget in mind.
What Makes A Furnace More Expensive?
Another common question we receive is “why should I buy a more expensive furnace”. To answer this question, we have to look at the benefits that certain furnace features offer:
Single Stage Furnace (good): A single stage furnace has a motor that runs at a single speed. When the furnace is turned on it runs at full blast. Although single stages offer much better efficiency than older models, there is still a significant improvement in efficiency and indoor comfort by going with a higher end unit. Sound is also a consideration with single stage furnaces because they are noisier than the upper end models.
Two Stage Furnace (better): A two stage furnace has a motor that can run at either a high or low speed. This motor offers a significant advantage over the lower end single stage furnace. First, by running at the low speed the furnace is quieter. It does not need to run at full blast all of the time increasing the lifespan of the unit and offering greater control over indoor air comfort.
Variable Speed Furnace (best): A variable speed furnace has the ability to run at many speeds. Think about the throttle on a boat motor. It starts out slow and can go up or down depending on your requirements. This type of furnace offers exceptional control and efficiency, and has added benefits including indoor air quality improvements. A variable speed furnace is the best option if rooms in your home are cooler than others, and is able to offer precise temperature control.
Thermostat: A common overlooked aspect of an Ottawa furnace installation is the thermostat. Smart thermostats have achieved leaps and bounds when it comes to technological advancements. Upper end furnaces require a thermostat that can work with your entire system to precisely control the temperature and air comfort in your home. This technology does come at a price, but all of our customers have been thrilled with the benefits of such thermostats. Products like the Lennox iComfort offer other benefits such as remote diagnostics, allowing us to troubleshoot your furnace remotely and avoiding the cost of a service call.
There are many other factors that differentiate furnaces when it comes to price. Features such as added sound dampening materials, precision parts, and durable material usage are all contributors. It is also important to consider which brand you choose. We have chosen to work with three major manufacturers: American Standard, Lennox, and Amana. We have chosen these brands because in our opinion they offer the best product for our customers at a fair price.
We want our customers to be satisfied over the long term. Amana for example offers a lifetime furnace replacement warranty on their heat exchanger. If you have ever had a red tagged furnace a cracked heat exchanger is the likely cause. If this happens with your Amana furnace, their current limited warranty would cover the cost of a new furnace and you would only have to pay for installation. This is an amazing proposition considering if this happens 15 years from now!
Ottawa Furnace Prices
If you are looking to receive a free quote on a new furnace in Ottawa or the Ottawa Valley, contact AirZone HVAC Services today! We offer a no pressure sales approach and believe that you will choose to work with us due to our dedication to quality and customer service, along with our expertise. All of our estimates are provided with no obligation. We look forward to meeting you! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to earn your business.