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Furnace Buying Guide 2023-2024: How to Choose a New Furnace

By: Team ProSolutions

Need a new furnace for your Edmonton home? This Furnace Buying Guide provides all the information you’ll need to buy a new furnace in 2023-2024.

When buying a new HVAC system, there are multiple factors to consider – from size and efficiency to the best furnace brands. As one of the best furnace installation companies in Edmonton, we’ve put together this furnace buying guide to explain how to choose a new furnace. Once you’re done reading, you’ll know precisely how to pick the perfect furnace for your home. Plus, our furnace experts will share their recommendations for the best furnaces, including what they have in their own homes!

Ready to take a deep dive into the world of furnaces? Here’s what you need to know when buying a furnace in 2023-2024.

 

Please note: This Furnace Buying Guide was originally published in 2021. The guide was updated in September 2023 to reflect the best furnace buying tips for 2023-2024.

How does a furnace work?

Furnace buying guide infographic showing how a common Edmonton home furnace works

To choose the best furnace for your Edmonton home, it’s a good idea to know how a furnace works. So, we will break down the process for you in this furnace buying guide. Don’t worry – how a furnace works is not nearly as complex as most people think! In fact, we’ll explain it in just five simple steps.

Since we’re willing to bet you have a gas furnace in your Edmonton home (most furnaces in Alberta are gas), let’s look at how a gas furnace works. 

  1. When you turn on the heat in your home (or turn up the heat or the temperature falls below a set point), the thermostat sends a signal to your furnace. This signal tells your furnace it is time to start heating cool air.

  2. When the furnace receives this signal, it opens a gas value. The gas that is released ignites the furnace’s burners. To ensure the safety of you and your home, sensors in your furnace check to ensure that all the burners are lit. If one of the burners has not ignited, the entire unit will shut down momentarily before attempting to reignite.

  3. Once all the burners are lit, they work together to heat the furnace’s heat exchanger.

  4. After the heat exchanger has reached a specific temperature, the blower motor starts. Cool air comes through your home’s ductwork toward the heat exchanger. The blower motor blows the cool air over the heat exchanger. This process warms the air.

  5. Finally, the furnace’s blower forces the warm air into your home’s ductwork. This network of ducts delivers warm air to the rest of your home. Once the air in your home reaches the set temperature, the thermostat signals the furnace to stop.

Furnace Components

In addition to understanding how a furnace works, it’s essential to know the components of a furnace. Recognizing these parts and what they do will help you better understand your HVAC system, especially when it comes to maintenance and furnace repairs!

Most gas furnaces have the following components. 

Want to see where these furnace components are located? Scroll back in the furnace buying guide to our furnace component diagram. In this diagram, you’ll see where each furnace component is typically located. Please note: this may differ from furnace to furnace.

*Thermostat

A thermostat regulates temperature and controls a furnace’s on/off operation.

Combustion Air Intake

A conduit or duct that draws in fresh air from outside. This fresh air is necessary to safely and efficiently burn fuel in the combustion chamber.

Supply-Air Plenum

A box-like chamber that collects heated air from the furnace before it is distributed throughout your home.

Burner

Your furnace’s burner is a device that mixes gas and air to facilitate combustion. This produces heat, which warms the cool air circulating in your HVAC system.

Return-Air Plenum

A chamber where the return air ducts from different rooms converge. The return-air plenum collects the used air from your home and directs it back to the furnace to be filtered, heated (or cooled), and redistributed.

Air Filter

Your furnace’s air filter removes particles, like dust, pollen, mould, and bacteria, from the air before it’s heated.

Blower Fan

The blower fan circulates air through your furnace, into the ducts and throughout your home.

Heat Exchanger

A heat exchanger is a series of coils or tubes which transfer heat from the combustion gases to the circulating air. This heats the air before it is distributed throughout your home.

Gas Line

A gas line is a pipe (also called a branch line) that connects your main gas supply to your furnace, allowing for the continuous and regulated flow of gas. This gas supply fuels the combustion process within your furnace.

Exhaust Flue

The exhaust flue is a duct or pipe that directs exhaust gases from the combustion chamber to the outdoors. This ensures that harmful gases do not accumulate in your home.

*Pilot Flame

A furnace pilot flame is a small gas flame that remains continuously lit and ready to ignite the main burner if the thermostat calls for heat.

*Control Board

A furnace’s control board (or circuit board) functions as the brain of the system. It controls and manages the various functions and operations of the furnace to ensure it works safely and efficiently. For example, the control board:

  • Receives signals from the thermostat to initiate heating cycles
  • Controls igniter activation, gas valve opening, and blower motor operations
  • Monitors safety devices such as flame sensors and limit switches 
  • Controls fan speed based on the heating demand
  • Identifies issues and malfunctions through diagnostic codes, etc.

*Component not pictured in the furnace buying guide diagram above.

RunTru furnace installed by ProSolutions Inc. technicians - 15 to 20 year lifespan (approx.)

How long should a furnace last?

Most furnaces last approximately 15 to 20 years. This means you should replace your HVAC system every 15 to 20 years. 

Keep in mind that this is an average. A high-quality system will be the most reliable and last the longest – especially if it is well-maintained. In fact, regular maintenance will help maximize the lifetime of your furnace and reduce the likelihood of major repairs.

If you have an older furnace that’s still running, you might think, “If it ain’t broke, why fix/replace it?” For many things, this saying is 100% true. But, when it comes to furnaces, is it better to have an old furnace or a new furnace?

In most cases, a new furnace is better than an old one. 

Why? Older furnaces can continue to operate for many years. However, newer furnaces are much more energy-efficient! As a result, you will save money on utility bills. New furnaces also have modern features such as smart thermostat compatibility, noise reduction technology, and improved air filtration systems. These features enhance comfort and convenience. Moreover, a new furnace can increase the value of your home, making it a beneficial investment in the long run.

Thus, replacing your furnace every 15 to 20 years is advisable to ensure safety, efficiency, and reliability.

 

PRO TIP: There’s a formula that HVAC professionals use to decide if it’s worth repairing or replacing a furnace. Continue reading this furnace buying guide to learn this formula.

 

How to Extend the Lifetime of Your Furnace

Want your furnace to last longer? Here are some tips to help you extend the life of your furnace.

  • Hire an experienced HVAC company to install and maintain your system.

Finding a professional furnace installation and maintenance expert to install your new furnace and conduct regular maintenance is as important as choosing the best furnace. 

A local furnace company is the best choice if you live in the Edmonton area. A local company will be familiar with the climate. As a result, they will know how to properly install and care for your HVAC system – for maximum efficiency and a longer lifespan. 

Hiring a local company is especially important in Alberta, as winters can be extremely cold, taking a toll on your furnace.

  • Replace (or clean) your air filter every 3 months.

Regularly changing your air filter will ensure your system doesn’t have to work harder than necessary. As a result, you can extend the lifetime of your furnace and reduce the need for maintenance and repairs. In addition, regularly replacing (or cleaning) your air filter will guarantee optimal air quality inside your home.

  • Schedule an annual furnace tune-up.

An annual tune-up guarantees that your HVAC system is running efficiently and effectively. Having a professional technician examine your furnace at least once per year will also allow you to identify and fix any issues before they become bigger, more expensive problems.

ProSolutions furnace technician installing new furnace in Edmonton home

How do you know when your furnace needs to be replaced?

In some cases, determining when your furnace needs to be replaced is straightforward. For example, if any of the following are true, we suggest consulting a local Edmonton furnace company. An experienced HVAC company, like ProSolutions Inc., can tell you whether your furnace needs to be replaced.

  • Your furnace is 15+ years old
  • You experience a significant increase in your energy bills
  • Your furnace starts making loud or strange noises
  • You are experiencing inconsistent temperatures in your home
  • Your furnace requires frequent repairs

If your HVAC system requires repairs, it can be more difficult to decide if it is worth fixing or replacing – especially if the repairs will be costly. 

Luckily, heating, plumbing, and air conditioning companies use a simple equation to determine whether a unit should be repaired or replaced. This equation compares repair costs and how many years a furnace has left with the furnace replacement cost.

So, if you need to decide whether to repair or replace your furnace, here’s how you can tell:

 

Step 1. Calculate – Cost of Repair x Age of the Unit (in years)

Step 2. Compare the number above to the cost of replacing your unit

Step 3. If the number you calculated in the first step is greater than the cost of replacing your furnace, then you should REPLACE YOUR FURNACE

 

Example of a Furnace Repair vs. Replace Scenario

Your furnace is 10 years old and will cost $700 to repair.

Replacing the unit would cost $5,000.

In this case, it would be wise to replace your furnace. Here’s why.

$700 (cost to repair) x 10 (age of unit) = $7,000

$7,000 > $5,000 (cost to replace)


After reading this section of our Furnace Buying Guide, are you still unsure if you should repair vs. replace your furnace? Our Edmonton heating services company can help! As Edmonton homeowners, the experts at ProSolutions Heating Inc. are familiar with the local climate. As a result, we can help you decide if it makes sense to replace your HVAC system or if it would be more cost-effective to repair it.


PRO TIP: got furnace problems and want to save the hassle (and cost) of calling in a professional? Try these DIY furnace troubleshooting tips before you call a heating company.

New Payne furnace installed in Edmonton

How much does a new furnace cost?

Wondering – what is the total furnace replacement cost near me? In Edmonton, you’ll pay around $5,500 to $10,000+ for a new furnace, including installation. That said, the cost of a new furnace depends on many factors, including:

  • Type of furnace 
  • Brand
  • Size
  • Efficiency
  • Installation company you hire, etc.

Another factor to consider when comparing furnace prices is the type of blower motor. There are three common types:

  1. Single-stage – a single-stage blower motor has two settings – ON and OFF. Therefore, the blower motor is either running or not, with no in-between.

  2. Multi-speed – a multi-speed blower motor typically has two or three speeds: LOW, MEDIUM and HIGH.

  3. Variable speed – variable speed blower motors can operate at many different speeds for more precise temperature control.

*More on single-stage vs multi-speed vs variable-speed furnaces below.

To help you decide which heating option best suits your budget, here’s what you can expect to pay for each type of furnace.

Type of Furnace

Furnace Cost (Including Installation)

Single Stage

$5500 – $7500

2-Stage ECM

$6600 – $9500

2-Stage Variable

$9000- $10000+

Furnace Installation Costs

Although it will cost more initially, having a professional heating company install your furnace is crucial. This is because a properly installed and calibrated furnace will save you money in the long run. It will run more efficiently and be less likely to experience major issues that require costly repairs.

In Alberta, a heat-loss calculation is also required when installing a furnace. This calculation will be done by the Edmonton heating company you hire.

The time of year you purchase and install your new furnace can also impact cost, availability and your overall experience. So, what time of year is best to replace a furnace?

As any furnace buying guide will tell you, the best time to replace a furnace is during the off-season, which is spring or fall. During the off-season/warmer seasons, more discounts and promotional offers are available. If you buy and install your furnace during these times, furnace availability is better, you’ll get quicker installation, and you won’t run the risk of freezing while you wait for your new furnace. Moreover, because HVAC companies have more availability at this time, you’ll be able to schedule the installation at the most convenient time for you!

Operating Costs

In addition to purchase and installation costs, Edmonton homeowners should consider operating costs when choosing a new furnace. 

So, what type of furnace is cheapest to run?

The day-to-day cost of running a furnace will vary depending on furnace type, size, efficiency, home insulation, and fuel source. That said, gas and propane furnaces are typically the cheapest to run in Edmonton. On the other hand, electric and oil furnaces are more expensive to operate.

Most homeowners in Edmonton opt for a gas furnace because they offer the lowest operating cost. 

Buying a high-efficiency furnace can also help reduce operating expenses, as more efficient heating systems convert a higher percentage of fuel into heat, reducing waste.

Minimize Your Operating Costs with a New High-Efficiency Furnace

Wondering how much money a new furnace might save you on your energy bills? Here’s what one of our clients had to say. (This client recently upgraded their old furnace to a new high-efficiency heating system.)

 

“Our new furnace saved us about 20 – 30% off of our gas usage. We ended up turning up the heat a degree or two vs. previous years, so we likely would have saved even more if we kept it all the same. Energy usage is definitely where we saw a major drop, though. I would assume that we saved a minimum of 15 – 20% off our electricity usage from the furnace upgrades.”

 

So, if you’re looking to save up to 30% on your monthly energy bills, buying a new furnace can help!

Does a new furnace add value to your home?

Can’t decide if you should buy a new furnace because you’ll be selling your home in the near future? No worries!

Although you aren’t likely to get back 100% of what you paid for your furnace, you can expect to recoup a large percentage. In fact, in Canada, homeowners can anticipate receiving 50% to 80% of the total cost of their heating system back when they sell their homes. This is because a newly installed furnace adds value to the home and increases the selling price (especially if it’s a high-efficiency system). As well, a new furnace will help to attract potential buyers. This is particularly true in Alberta, where winters can be extremely cold, and a reliable heating system is a must.

Please note: if you want to know more about how to choose a new furnace after reading this furnace buying guide, our HVAC specialists can provide personalized advice. Our top priority is helping you select the perfect unit for your home and budget. So, give us a call anytime!

Furnace Buying Guide – How to Choose the Best New Furnace for Your Home

Man with family reviewing ProSolution Inc.'s furnace buying guide 2023-2024

There are many factors to consider when choosing an HVAC system. This includes common considerations like size and brand and often forgotten factors like furnace type and efficiency.

Below, our furnace buying guide will examine all the elements you’ll need to consider when choosing a heating system for your home. Our experts will discuss the following:

  • Furnace types
  • Single-stage vs. multi vs. variable speed furnaces
  • Efficiency
  • Size
  • Furnace brands

With these aspects in mind, you’ll be able to find the perfect furnace to keep you and your family comfortable throughout the winter in Edmonton.

What are the different types of furnaces?

There are several different types of furnaces to choose from. This includes four main types:

  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Oil
  • Propane

Of these options, gas and electric heating systems are the most common in Alberta. But which type of new furnace is best for you? Let’s examine some advantages and disadvantages of each.

Furnace Type

Pros

Cons

Gas

-Lowest day-to-day operating costs

-Highly efficient

-Easy to find a new gas furnace and gas furnace repair parts (because this type of furnace is so prevalent in Alberta)

-More expensive upfront to buy and install

-Never 100% efficient

Electric

-Lowest upfront cost

-Easy to install

-Most efficient option

-Smaller than gas furnaces (i.e. great for tight spaces)

-Higher day-to-day operating costs


Which Should You Choose – Gas vs Electric?

As you can see, both gas and electric furnaces have pros and cons.

While a gas system is typically more expensive to buy and install, it is less costly to operate, especially in a cold climate like Edmonton. Gas furnaces are also highly efficient. As a result, gas furnaces are by far the most popular option for homeowners in Edmonton and throughout Alberta.

So, according to this furnace buying guide (and HVAC professionals throughout Edmonton), the winner in gas vs. electric is – Gas Furnaces. Because gas heating systems are the most reliable and cost-effective in the long run, they come highly recommended by the heating experts at ProSolutions Inc.

In addition to deciding between a gas vs. electric furnace, you’ll also need to consider whether you want a single-stage, multi-stage (also known as multi-speed) or variable-stage furnace.

Single-Stage vs. Multi-Speed vs. Variable Speed Furnaces

You’re probably wondering – how do single-stage vs. multi-speed vs. variable-speed furnaces compare? And what is the difference between multi-speed and variable-speed furnaces? Let’s take a look.

  • A single-stage furnace offers two settings: on and off. As a result, temperature control is not nearly as good as with variable-speed and multi-speed furnaces. Single-stage units are also not as energy-efficient, as the motor operates at a constant high speed when the furnace is on.

  • A multi-speed system can operate at different speeds to heat your home. The HVAC system will adjust its speed to reach the desired output based on the current and desired temperature. Thus, it can better regulate temperature and home comfort. However, a multi-stage furnace typically still has only two or three output stages: low, medium, and high.

  • Variable speed heating systems can adjust more precisely. A variable-speed HVAC system will continuously monitor the temperature in your home and make slight adjustments to meet your desired temperature. The ability to operate at various speeds allows this type of furnace to provide the best possible climate control and air quality, helping to prevent temperature swings, cold spots, and issues with humidity. Variable-speed furnaces are desirable because of their precise temperature control and higher efficiency. 

Based on their many benefits, variable-speed furnaces are highly recommended by HVAC professionals in Edmonton.

What efficiency furnace should I buy?

Although high-efficiency furnaces cost more to purchase initially, they use less energy and will help you save money long-term, thanks to lower utility bills. Therefore, when buying a new HVAC system, the more efficient it is, the better!

Provincial governments, including the Government of Alberta, also offer rebates for high-efficiency furnaces. For example, under the Edmonton Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator program, Edmonton homeowners can receive up to $250 per unit when they install an ENERGY STAR high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 97% or higher.

Now, you might wonder – how is furnace efficiency measured, and what is AFUE? Our furnace buying guide is here to help!

How is furnace efficiency measured?

Furnace efficiency is measured using AFUE. 

AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. AFUE is a ratio that describes the amount of fuel going into your furnace vs. how much of that fuel is converted to heat. For example, if your unit has an AFUE of 97%, this means that 97% of the fuel going into the furnace is converted to heat, and only 3% is lost.

A typical gas furnace must have a minimum AFUE of 95% in Canada to be considered energy efficient.

What determines furnace efficiency?

Now that you know how efficiency is measured, you might be asking – what determines the efficiency of a furnace?

Several factors determine furnace efficiency, including:

  • Furnace model and efficiency rating

  • Type of blower motor (i.e. single-stage, multi-stage, variable speed)

  • Furnace size – choosing the right size furnace for your home will have a huge impact on how efficiently it performs.

  • Age of the furnace – the older a furnace is, the less efficient it will be.

  • Furnace maintenance and repairs – regular maintenance and preventative repairs will ensure that your furnace is running as efficiently as possible.

  • Air filter condition – this is one of the most significant factors that can affect your furnace’s efficiency. A dirty furnace filter will force your unit to work much harder than it needs to, greatly reducing efficiency.

So then, what is the best and most efficient furnace in Edmonton? Our furnace buying guide wouldn’t be complete without some top-notch recommendations.

Amana furnace installed in Edmonton home

What is the best and most efficient furnace in Edmonton? Recommendations from Heating Experts

Are you wondering how to choose a new furnace that is efficient and reliable?

The best and most efficient HVAC systems in Canada are ENERGY STAR certified. When you see an ENERGY STAR label on a new furnace, you can rest assured that it will be highly efficient and reliable, providing the best possible home comfort.

The furnace and heating experts at ProSolutions recommend the following furnaces for Edmonton homeowners:

  • TRANE S9V2-VS – ENERGY STAR certified, up to 97% AFUE
  • TRANE XC95M – ENERGY STAR certified, up to 97.3%
  • AirEase A97MV – ENERGY STAR certified, up to 97% AFUE

 

PRO TIP: if you opt for a high-efficiency furnace, you can maximize its efficiency even further with the help of a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat will monitor your home and learn your habits so that it can automatically adjust based on your preferences. You can also manage your smart thermostat remotely. Therefore, you can adjust the temperature at any time, from anywhere. This will help to reduce energy use by optimizing the temperature in your home based on the time of day and whether or not you are away.

 

What size furnace do I need?

Furnace size, or capacity, is another important factor when buying a new furnace.

Our furnace buying guide will walk you through all the most important sizing aspects so you can determine the perfect size unit for your home.

Why is size important?

Furnace size matters for several reasons. First and foremost, if you don’t have the right size furnace for your home, the unit will not be as energy-efficient as it could be. As a result, you will use more energy, increasing your utility bills. In addition, if your HVAC system is the wrong size, it may experience added maintenance requirements and a shorter lifespan.

A furnace that is too big will turn on and off regularly, reducing efficiency and lifespan and increasing the need for maintenance. Alternatively, a unit that is too small will constantly be running as it tries to keep your home warm. In addition to being unable to heat your home properly, the increased workload will boost energy consumption and wear out the unit.

That said, you’re probably wondering – what size furnace do I need?

Before our furnace buying guide looks at how you can determine what size system you’ll need, let’s examine how furnace size is measured.

How is furnace size measured?

When plumbing and heating companies, like ProSolutions Inc., refer to furnace “size,” they are not referring to the unit’s dimensions. Rather, size refers to how much heat a unit can produce. Therefore, furnace size is also commonly referred to as heating capacity.

Furnace size, or capacity, is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs) per hour. BTU measures energy output. More specifically, it measures the energy required to heat 1 lb of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. For example, a furnace rated 45,000 BTU will produce 45,000 BTUs of energy per hour.

The higher the BTU rating, the more heat a furnace will produce. Therefore, the bigger the space it can comfortably heat.

Now, let’s look at how to choose a new furnace size.

Determining the best furnace size for your Edmonton home

Several different factors determine furnace size. One of the most important aspects is the size of your home. The larger your home, the higher the BTU rating you’ll need.

Below are size recommendations from heating professionals based on the square footage of your home.

SQ. FT.

BTUs

1,200

36,000 to 72,000

1,500

45,000 to 90,000

1,800

54,000 to 108,000

2,100

63,000 to 126,000

2,400

72,000 to 144,000

Recommended furnace size based on square footage.

Other factors that will influence the size of your new furnace include:

  • Climate zone you’re located in (for example, Edmonton is in Climate Zone 5)
  • Insulation quality
  • Thickness of your windows
  • Height of your ceilings
  • Number of people in your home
  • Preferred temperature in your home
  • Condition of the basement (for instance, if your basement is large, fully furnished and functional, you may need additional BTUs)

Reading our furnace buying guide and still not sure what size furnace is best for your home? Give the heating pros at ProSolutions a call! Our experienced and local heating technicians can help you determine the perfect size HVAC system for you and your family.

Ducane top furnace brand installed in Edmonton home by ProSolutions Inc.

Which furnace brand is best?

There are many great furnace brands on the market in Edmonton. However, some are better suited to harsh Canadian winters than others.

In Alberta, homeowners require reliable, efficient, and effective heating throughout the winter. To ensure the comfort and safety of you and your family, the heating professionals at ProSolutions Inc. recommend the following furnace brands:

  • Trane
  • RunTru by Trane
  • AirEase
  • Ducane
  • WeatherMaker
  • Carrier
  • Payne

These furnace brands are known for their quality and reliability. So, you can rest easy knowing you won’t encounter any unexpected problems with your unit during a cold winter night.

Looking for some brand-specific guidance? Check out our branded furnace buying guides below. Whether you’re wondering about Trane, AirEase, Ducane or other top furnace brands, our heating specialists are familiar with all of them! 


Considering a mini-split? Need a trailer furnace? We can help there too! Ask us about mini-splits or trailer furnaces – 780-453-6640.


Furnace Brand Guides

We’ve compiled these guides to help you decide which furnace brand is best for your home (and budget). 

Need personalized assistance choosing the best furnace? Our team can help. Give us a shout, and we’ll offer our expert advice.

Furnace Buying Guide – Other Considerations

Alberta homeowner checking furnace filter

In addition to type, efficiency, size, brand, and cost, there are a few other considerations to keep in mind when buying a new furnace.

Our furnace buying guide wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the following aspects of how to choose a new furnace:

Maintenance

HVAC maintenance and tune-ups are extremely important. Regular maintenance will help to ensure your furnace is running efficiently and help extend its lifetime. 

Although your furnace requires regular maintenance, including filter changes and tune-ups, it should not need constant repairs. This is why it’s so important to buy a reliable brand. Furnaces from reliable brands are less likely to need regular repairs. Parts and qualified technicians are also readily available if repairs are necessary.

Want to know how to spot furnace problems before a complete breakdown? Check out these tell-tale Furnace Warning Signs.

Warranty

You’ll also want to ensure your new furnace has a good warranty. A furnace’s warranty says a lot about the brand and whether they believe in their product. Therefore, less reliable brands will typically have more limited warranties. If you’re looking for a great warranty, check out Amana. Amana furnaces are the only ones that come with a lifetime replacement warranty!

Features

Modern HVAC systems offer an array of features, with high-end units offering the most innovation and technology. Some of the most popular furnace features that you may want to consider for your home include:

  • Smart Thermostat Compatibility – this will allow you to automate the heating in your home and control your furnace via Wi-Fi.

  • Noise Reduction Technology – new furnaces may offer noise reduction technology. This can be beneficial if you want your furnace to run smoothly and quietly in the background.

  • Diagnostic Technology – many modern furnaces come with built-in self-diagnostics. This will alert you to performance problems and maintenance needs, helping to ensure your system is always in excellent running condition.

  • Air Filtration and Humidity Control – if you have pets, asthma or another respiratory condition or want to keep the air in your house as fresh and clean as possible, consider buying a system with built-in filtering capabilities and humidity control. Alternatively, you can purchase an add-on air filtration system.

  • Zoned Heating – a furnace with zone control capabilities will allow you to set different temperatures in different rooms. This is especially helpful if you have a large home or several people prefer different temperatures.

Financing Options

Need a new furnace but don’t have the cash upfront? Don’t worry. There are numerous furnace financing options available for Edmonton homeowners.

To offer you some of the best furnace financing solutions out there, ProSolutions has partnered with SNAP Home Finance. Together with our furnace financing partner, we offer the following financing options.

  • Short-term financing – a short-term loan will allow you to optimize your cash flow and buy the best furnace for your home (even if you don’t have the cash upfront).

  • Long-term financing – making small monthly payments over an extended period will allow you to keep more money in your pocket!

Both of these financing options are fast, easy, flexible and low-cost. Better yet, these financing plans are available for all home improvement projects, including new furnace installation, maintenance and repairs, and more.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – get the perfect furnace for your home and pay later. Apply for furnace installation and repair financing today!

Green home with environmentally friendly furnace

Environmental Considerations

Did you know – approximately 85% of residential greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to space and water heating? Thus, our furnace buying guide wouldn’t be complete without examining environmental considerations. When buying a new furnace, it’s essential to consider the environmental impact!

While no government intervention has been introduced in Alberta, as of yet, governments around the globe are making changes to promote eco-friendly heating. For instance, Quebec and Vancouver have introduced fossil fuel heating bans. These bans currently only target new home construction and were introduced to reduce methane and reach net-zero emissions. Canada’s goal is to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Here’s what the fossil fuel heating bans look like in these areas.

Vancouver

  • January 1, 2022 – all heating and hot water systems in new low-rise residential buildings must be zero emissions.

  • 2025 – all new and replacement space heating and hot water systems must be zero emissions.
Quebec
  • December 31, 2021 – complete ban on oil-powered heating in new construction.

  • December 31, 2023 – illegal to replace existing furnaces with fossil fuel-powered heating systems.

So, what is the best alternative to a gas furnace? In Edmonton and throughout Alberta, electric heating is the next best choice. In warmer climates, many people are also switching to heat pumps due to their efficiency. 

Choosing a New Gas Furnace That’s Environmentally Friendly

If a gas furnace is still the best choice for your home, don’t worry – our furnace buying guide won’t leave you wondering where to turn. There are gas furnace options that allow you to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. To heat your home with minimal impact on the environment, carefully consider these furnace features and options: 

  • High-Efficiency (AFUE) Rating

Furnaces with a high AFUE rating waste less energy. As a result, buying a furnace with a high AFUE rating will help you consume less fuel and reduce your emissions. For optimal efficiency, look for furnaces with AFUE ratings of 90% or higher.

  • Energy Star Certification

Furnaces that have the ENERGY STAR label meet strict energy efficiency guidelines. These furnaces are more efficient than their counterparts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, an ENERGY STAR-certified gas furnace uses approximately 6% less energy than a standard model. 

  • Sealed Combustion

A furnace with a sealed combustion chamber loses less heat to the outside. As a result, you can reduce your energy consumption.

  • Variable Speed Blowers

Variable speed blowers automatically adjust the speed and volume of airflow in response to changes in heating demand. Thus, this feature provides more even temperature distribution and reduced energy consumption.

  • Two-Stage or Modulating Burners

Instead of the simple on/off operation, two-stage or modulating furnaces can adjust the burner’s output based on the amount of heat that’s needed. This leads to less energy consumption and more consistent temperatures.

  • Intermittent Pilot Light

Rather than having a pilot light that’s always on (i.e., a standing pilot light), modern furnaces use intermittent pilot lights, which are more energy-efficient.

  • Condensing Furnace

A condensing furnace incorporates a secondary heat exchanger. This additional heat exchanger extracts heat from exhaust gases before they’re vented away, recovering heat that would otherwise be wasted. Condensing furnaces improve efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are among the most efficient gas furnaces. 

These furnaces are an excellent option for Edmonton homeowners, as they are particularly well-suited for colder climates where the condensing process is more effective.

  • Programmable Thermostats

Pairing your furnace with a smart thermostat can significantly reduce energy consumption. Smart thermostats learn your heating preferences, optimize heating schedules, and offer remote control via your smartphone. As a result, you can minimize your energy consumption when heating is unnecessary.

In addition to these eco-conscious furnace features, regular maintenance can help you cut energy use and emissions. Routine maintenance (including changing your furnace filter and scheduling an annual tune-up) will ensure your heating system runs at optimal efficiency.

For Edmonton homeowners, investing in a new, high-efficiency furnace will reduce their carbon footprint and lead to savings on heating bills. To get the best of both worlds, be sure to consult a local HVAC company to determine the best and most efficient heating solution for your home.

Furnace Buying Guide Tips for Installation

As previously mentioned, finding the best furnace installer is essential, as furnace installation significantly affects how effectively and efficiently your new system works. Location, experience, and reputation are some of the most important aspects of choosing the best furnace installer.

If you live in the Edmonton area, you’ll want to work with a local Edmonton company like ProSolutions Heating. The professional and experienced technicians at ProSolutions Inc. have the local experience needed to properly install and calibrate your new furnace for maximum home comfort!

You’ll also want to determine a company’s experience level and reputation in your community. To help with this, check out online reviews and feedback.

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Money-Saving Tips for Buying a New Furnace

As homeowners, we know that buying a new furnace isn’t cheap! So, we’ve included some money-saving tips in this Furnace Buying Guide to help you save as much as possible.

Tip #1 – Look for Furnace Deals and Offers

Keep an eye out for furnace deals and offers from local Edmonton HVAC companies. You’ll often find savings on heating systems and installation!

Check out our latest promotions and deals here – Plumbing & Heating Offers

Tip #2 – Research Government Rebates and Incentives

Government rebates and incentives can also help you save! So, be sure to watch for new government programs that will help you put money back in your pocket.

Tip #3 – Get Multiple Quotes

When buying and installing a new furnace in Edmonton, make sure to shop around. But keep in mind the lowest price isn’t always the best option. Weigh the pros and cons of a cheap installer vs. a professional furnace installation company with experience and a good reputation

The Key to Long-Term Savings: Quality Over Price

It’s great to save money where you can, but choosing quality over price will always be more cost-effective in the long run! 

So, be sure to invest in a reliable furnace brand that offers a good warranty. This will help you avoid frequent repairs and replacements, saving money in the long run. Also, ensure that you invest in professional furnace installation. This will guarantee that you avoid future problems and additional costs due to improper installation.

Winter is Coming – Make Sure You’re Ready!

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Whether you’ll be buying a new furnace this year or not, the end of summer is the perfect time to start preparing for winter! 

Schedule your furnace maintenance now to avoid the fall furnace tune-up rush. And, if you need a new furnace, it’s never too early to contact a local contractor. In fact, the sooner, the better! Edmonton plumbing, heating and AC companies like ProSolutions will help you determine whether you should replace or repair your HVAC system. They can also help you choose the best unit for your home.

Ready to get started? Maximize your home comfort this winter with the perfect furnace for your Edmonton home. 

Contact us today for a free quote!


Furnace Buying Guide FAQ

Still have questions about buying and installing a new furnace in your Edmonton home? Check out the FAQs below. If you don’t see the answer to your question, call our experts at 780-453-6640 – we’d be happy to help!

How long does it take to remove and install a furnace?

The time it takes to remove and install a furnace can vary based on different factors, including the complexity of the installation and the setup of your home. However, the process typically takes anywhere from 4 to 6+ hours. That said, it is best to consult your HVAC contractor for a more precise estimate.

What questions should I ask when buying a new furnace?

Below are some important questions you should ask when shopping for a new furnace and installation company.

Questions About the Furnace

  • What size furnace do I need?
  • What is the unit’s AFUE rating?
  • Does the unit offer smart home integration and/or other advanced features?
  • What warranty comes with the furnace?
  • What additional maintenance will be required?

Questions About the Furnace Installation Company

While it’s important to ask about the features and specifications of the furnace itself, it’s also essential to ask the HVAC company about their work and experience. For example, when looking for a good furnace installation company in Edmonton, be sure to ask the company about their:

  • Licenses – do they have the licenses required to perform the services they offer?
  • Insurance – are they properly insured?
  • Technicians – are their technicians adequately trained and vetted?
  • References – do they have past clients that you can speak to about their work?
  • Service guarantee – do they offer a service guarantee?

Want to make sure you find the best furnace company in Edmonton? Check out these tips on how to find the best furnace repair company.

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