Are you in the market for a new furnace for your home in Ottawa and/or the Ottawa Valley? Furnaces have come along way over the past 20 years. There have been some major advancements in technology during this time resulting in Ottawa furnaces that are quieter, much more efficient and dependable, and deliver a higher level of indoor air comfort and air quality.
Furnace Buying Guide Ottawa
If you have decided to invest in a new Ottawa furnace, you should first look at what your needs are in your home. Furnaces come with many different features and benefits at different price points. The starting price for a new furnace is around $3000 for an entry level system (small home). The range for a new furnace purchase can go as high as $10000. Given this wide spread of prices, it is important to analyze your needs to help determine the right furnace for your home. Consider the following points:
Top end furnaces such as the Lennox SLP line offer exceptional efficiency up to 98.7% AFUE. This means that 98.7% of the energy expelled goes into actually heating your home. This is an amazing number considering what innovations have had to happen to achieve this rating. When compared to a 15 or 20 year old furnace, a high efficiency heater such as the Lennox SLP98V can save you hundreds of dollars each year on your utility.
With a budget in mind, there are a number of very affordable furnaces from quality brands that still deliver exceptional efficiency. One of our most popular heaters come from Amana and offers up to 96% efficiency at a GREAT price. Although this furnace does not have all of the bells and whistles that the SLP has, it delivers consistent high efficiency heating backed by the best furnace warranty in the business.
A common overlooked factor when choosing a new furnace is sizing. This is one of the most important aspects of a furnace installation (choosing the right furnace size for your home). A common misconception is that a larger furnace with a higher AFUE rating will save you more each month on your utility bills. This is inaccurate when you consider that a smaller furnace draws less utility usage even with a lower AFUE rating (to a point). It is very important that you have your furnace sized by a well known and professional heating company such as AirZone to ensure the highest level of efficiency in relation to sizing.
Whatever your needs, consider a furnace that offers a AFUE rating of over 90% to ensure high efficiency. Also note that additional government incentives are available for higher end units bringing the price much closer.
There are three main categories of furnace motors; single stage, two stage, and modulating variable speed. At AirZone our least popular furnace is a single stage. This is due to the fact that it operates in either the on or off settings. This is a classic design that is being phased out for the most part with advancements in furnace technology. The benefits are substantial when moving to a two stage furnace that is able to operate at a high, low, or off setting. These benefits include better humidity control, improved indoor air quality and comfort, and a more precise temperature within the home. A variable speed furnace is the top of the line product offering a spectrum of speeds to allow for very precise adjustments, the best efficiency, and the best in total home comfort.
It is very important to consider furnace brand when choosing a new heater. We have chosen our three major brands (Lennox, American Standard, and Amana) due to their exceptional features, excellent price point, and most importantly reliability backed by quality Ottawa furnace manufacturers. We rely on a number of different factors when choosing a manufacturer including real customer support, quality furnace products, and a long track record of furnace performance. We also regularly perform testing on the furnaces we sell to ensure they are at the highest quality.
Furnace Financing vs Furnace Purchasing vs Furnace Renting
Have you heard the news in the past few years about Ottawa hot water tank rentals? A similar model exists for furnaces that effectively can charge consumers a much higher amount for a furnace products by calling it a rental. These fees are accrued typically between years 7 to 15 of a furnace rental. When compared to financing, rentals often continue to charge long after your furnace would have been paid off. For the best savings and to avoid being locked into long term rental contracts, we recommend either financing for purchasing your Ottawa furnace outright. The benefits of a financed furnace paired with a protection package far outweigh any rental contracts from a financial standpoint and allow you to keep total control of your equipment. If you are considering an Ottawa heating rental we would encourage you to contact us so that we can show you the long term savings!
Licensed and Insured Quality HVAC Dealer
Regardless of which dealer you choose to install you furnace, always ensure that they are properly licensed and insured. A great place to start your research is with the WSIB, the better business bureau, and by asking for long term references from a few years back. We often repair poorly install furnaces in the Ottawa area and want you to be safe and comfortable in your home regardless of whether we earn your business or not.
If you are ready to receive quotes on a new Ottawa furnace contact the experts at AirZone today for a free no obligation estimate on new equipment! We offer a very low key friendly sales approach that never utilizes any pressure tactics. Thank you for reading and for your consideration!