Guide to Purchasing a New Furnace

In Canada, heating your home can represent around 61% of your energy use and have the most impact on your utility bill.

If you're in the market for a new furnace, there are several factors you'll need to keep in mind. Furnace installation is no small task and is often best left to the experts.

In Canada, furnaces often work overtime. It isn't uncommon for your furnace to be running for around six months out of the year. On average, you can expect to have to replace your old furnace once it's between 15 and 30 years old. Since furnaces must often work longer and harder to fight back against frigid temperatures, they undergo a lot of wear and tear that decreases their lifespan.

Keep reading to learn more about what you can expect when you're looking for a new furnace.


Choose the Right Contractor

Furnace installation is a huge undertaking that requires the expertise of a professional. Before you start your search for the right furnace for you, you need to find HVAC contractors who you can trust and rely upon.

If you live in Ottawa and the surrounding area, then Clement Marchand is the HVAC company you can turn to. We're a family-owned and locally-operated business that has been around for well over 40 years. We take pride in our experience, high-quality products, and personalized services. We're here for all your furnace installation and repair needs.


Decide on the Size of the Furnace

When it comes to choosing a new furnace, you need to match the correct size of the system to your home. When you work with a professional, they will use an equation to calculate the system size that your home requires. This calculation uses the entire square footage of your home. A system that is either too small or too large will fail to heat your home properly.


The Type of Fuel You Need

Nowadays, you have a variety of options for your heating needs. When you're looking for a new furnace, you can choose between gas, electric, and also oil. However, do your research before making your choice.

A gas furnace requires natural gas to run. This can be a very economical way to heat your home when winter sets in.

Oil and propane furnaces are a strong source of heat meant for the coldest of climates. The downside is that they require a fair amount of room for storage. Oil and propane furnaces can also be more expensive, depending on what the current oil prices are.

Last, an electric furnace is a cleaner alternative to both gas and oil furnaces. However, they're also more expensive. An electric furnace creates heat from electricity, which will run up your meter.


Zoning Systems for Your Home

Have you ever noticed how one room in your home might be much colder than the rest of the house? This can be due to a variety of factors, such as where the room is positioned in relation to the sun and the direction of the wind blowing. If a thermostat is near this cold spot, it can negatively impact how it regulates heat in the entire home.

A zoning system is meant to solve this problem. Each part of your home is divided into zones that are controlled by a separate thermostat.


Look for Energy Efficiency

When you're getting a new furnace, you'll want to keep efficiency at the forefront of your mind. A new high-efficiency furnace can save you big on your energy bill. You should aim to get a furnace with an efficiency rating of at least 95% and one that is Energy Star-certified.


Furnace Installation Made Easy

If you’re in need of furnace installation, let Clement Marchand help. We know how to install a furnace the right way and to help guide you through the process of choosing one you’ll be pleased with for years to come.

If you live in Ottawa and the surrounding area, Clement Marchand can help you find a furnace that’s right for your home and install it for you. Contact Clement Marchand today to make an appointment!


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