Furnace Installation

Maintaining a consistent temperature in your home can be expensive, especially in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) where residents experience temperatures in January that rarely get above 1.6 degrees Celsius on a warm day and often drop to 8 degrees below Celsius on colder days. February is not any better. The end result is large annual utility bills for the average homeowner according to the government of Canada, somewhere in the neighborhood of $2,000 per year – a considerable expense for some people mired in debt caused by lower wages, illness or medical treatment, unemployment, or other unexpected bills. Heating your home is a big part of the equation, but the furnace installation professionals at AirPlus Heating & Cooling can help you get your utility bills under control and save money all year with a new furnace or tips on how to squeeze more efficiency from your existing system.

Pick the Right Unit When Ready for Furnace Installation

If you are considering a new furnace installation before cold weather sets in, there are a number of different systems to be aware of in order to make an informed decision.

  • A Central Warm-Air Furnace. This is a kind of interior space-heating system where gas, fuel oil, or electricity powers a central combustor or resistance unit and creates warm air which is then pumped through your residence by duct work in the walls, or floors. Similarly, a “forced-air furnace” forces air through the duct work via a fan, while a gravity furnace allows the force of gravity to naturally distribute warmer air throughout the home.
  • Another furnace installation option relates to Steam or Hot-Water Systems, both of which pump hot water or steam to convectors, heating pipes, conventional radiators, or baseboard radiators placed in the ceilings or walls, or equipment or heating coils which comprise a whole house heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
  • A Reverse-Cycle System (also called a Heat Pump). This is a year-round HVAC system that also uses duct work and includes a compressor, indoor and outdoor coils, and a thermostat to set the temperature.

Our furnace installation experts also can recommend a Floor, Wall, or Pipeless Furnace if appropriate. This is a system that comes with a ductless resistance unit or combustor and an enclosed chamber where heat is created when fuel is burned or through an electrical-resistance heat process. In the case of a pipeless furnace, the basement is the preferred installation location.
When it comes to choosing a qualified furnace installation company, make sure to select a contractor with several years of experience and expertise in their chosen field. AirPlus is a leading Toronto Area heating specialist that is fully licensed and insured, and is affiliated with a number of trade organizations including HRAI, ASHRAE, the Better Business Bureau, WSIB/CSPATT, and many others.

Other Considerations Before Buying a Furnace

Buying a new furnace that is appropriate is more than a matter of the brand name you choose, more than being swayed by clever marketing. A new furnace installation can be expensive and time consuming and is a decision you should only make when armed with as much information as possible. Here are some other factors to think about.

  • Furnace efficiency and how that affects your budget. Look for a furnace with an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating greater than 90 percent. The higher the AFUE, the greater the efficiency in terms of converting fuel to heat and requiring less energy in the process.
  • You should consider a furnace that uses variable speed technology to ensure your home receives a set amount of warmer air to keep occupants and visitors comfortable. This type of furnace will help control energy bills because they use less energy than a model with a single-speed motor, somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 to 80 watts of energy when in constant use — a huge drop-off compared to 400 watts for a standard model.
  • As part of a free consultation, our heating engineers may recommend you purchase a two-stage system as part of your new furnace installation. Unlike less efficient furnaces that work 24/7 at full heating capacity, a two-stage unit works like two-in-one to maintain comfort levels and consistent temperatures during colder months. In most cases, the first stage will only use about two-third of its heating capacity, while the second stage utilizes the remainder as temperatures plunge.
  • Never dismiss the noise factor. Homeowners often assume that a new furnace will be efficient and quiet, but that is not always the case depending on the model, where it is installed, and other factors. A few words to the wise: Pick a unit you are interested in, and then listen to it while it is operating. A variable speed furnace is generally quieter than a model using older technology, so choose one that fits your lifestyle.
  • A warranty is important. Look for a brand name that offers a 20 year limited warranty on the heat exchanger and 10 years on all other parts. Certain furnace components are more expensive to replace than others, so you want a unit known for a long operational lifespan. AirPlus will be happy to offer a recommendation before a furnace installation takes place.

Finally, to ensure your furnace installation goes smoothly, make sure to call the professionals at AirPlus for a home inspection that will help determine: 1.) The furnace that is the right size for your residence, and 2.) Other energy saving advice and tips to help save money and ensure your new furnace runs more efficiently during colder weather. Choosing the correct sized furnace depends on square footage of your home, the quality and amount of insulation, and how long you expect the unit to run in a 24 hour period.

AirPlus services many communities throughout the GTA, including Brampton, Oakville, Newmarket, Maple, Pickering, and others.

Call us today at 416-298-6874 to schedule a furnace installation.

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