Buying a new furnace can be an exciting and somewhat challenging time. There are hundreds of makes and models, each with their own bells and whistles. Having a technician come to your home to discuss these options with you is an important step to make this process easier for you and for the installation technicians.
Often people think that getting a quote is as easy as just calculating the square footage of the house but in actuality there are many more factors. When deciding to replace HVAC equipment we must consider several things, such as the age of the home and existing equipment, whether the current ductwork can accommodate the new furnace and operate efficiently and quietly. They will also be checking to see if there are any preexisting code violations that can be corrected. Cost, warranty, ease of maintenance, and, most importantly, will it meet and exceed your family’s needs.
The technician is there to answer any questions you may have and can even provide a picture of what your new equipment will look like. They will go over the terms that you will want to understand, such as “single stage”, “2-stage”, “modulating”, “variable speed”, “ECM” and the pros and cons of each. They will take accurate measurements and confirm that you get exactly what you need to keep your home comfortable through the season at the best price possible.
So next time you’re in the market for a new furnace, make sure to find a company that is willing to take the time to meet with you in person. A no cost 30 minute estimate, now will make all the difference for the many years of comfort the right equipment from the right company will provide you and your family.
AFUE = Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency
The simple truth is the higher the AFUE the more efficient the equipment. For example if your current furnace or boiler is 70%AFUE, that means you have 70% of your fuel turns into heat for your home and the other 30% going out the chimney! Most new furnaces and/or boilers are now 95%AFUE or higher and some come with rebates depending on current promotions. If you would like us to help save your money from flying out the chimney, give us a call. We provide free estimates, so there’s nothing to lose.We are your trusted local furance contractor and boiler contractor in Barrie and surrounding areas.
Customers often ask us this question and the simple answer is, yes, your furnace should be maintained annually. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Technicians will not only clean, but also inspect the furnace for safe operation. They will test numerous furnace components and recommend replacing any that may fail in the near future. This is called preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance will save you time and money in the long run. There are usually coupons or promotions that make this annual maintenance affordable and far less expensive that a service call on a cold snowy night.
Have you thought about installing a humidifier to your furnace? It’s a great way to increase moisture and humidity in your home during these next few dry winter months. Contact us to find out more.
The Barrie Fire & Emergency Service suggest to have at least one carbon monoxide detector adjacent to the sleeping area within your home. If your home has sleeping areas on several levels then more than one should be installed. Find Out More
Before winter comes upon us, make sure you contact either our Barrie or Wasaga Beach furnace specialists to have someone come inspect your furnace. The last thing any family wants is the snow to come, only to find out their furnace is not working correctly.
With autumn rolling by, there’s no doubt that winter will creep up on us when we least expect it. Perhaps you enjoy winter – tobogganing, building a snowman with your kids, skiing and snowboarding – but we can all agree that nothing beats coming inside to a well heated home after some time in the snow. What if your furnace stops working altogether? Before you panic and start putting on your snow pants & scarf and gathering wood for a fire in your living room, there is a bit of troubleshooting you can do. More often than not, furnaces can stop working for something as simple as a switch in the off position, and for simple problems – there are simple solutions.
1) Locate both the power switch and the breaker to ensure they are on. A breaker that has been tripped will be toggled in between the on and the off position. The power switch generally looks like your everyday household light switch but is usually mounted higher, so locate that as well and ensure it is in the on position.
2) Check to see if your furnace’s filter is clogged. A clogged filter in your furnace will not only limit air flow, but can cause your unit to overheat and shut down. It is highly recommended that you change your filter every 1-3 months, just to be on the safe side.
3) Make sure there’s no snow blocking the exhaust or intake vents outside. While the heat of the exhaust from the vent often melts the snow and ice in its immediate area, a buildup of snow around the venting can cause safety controls to shut down the unit.
4) Often times, a lack of heating can be caused by an incorrect setting on your thermostat. Check your thermostat for the following things:
- Is your thermostat set to “heat?”
- Have you set the temperature at least 5 degrees above your set room temperature?
- Do you have an electric thermostat? If so, it may be as simple as changing the batteries.
Hopefully by now, you will have figured out the issue and regained the heat and comfort of your home. If these troubleshooting methods didn’t work, then it’s time to give Affordable Comfort Heating and Cooling a call at (705) 503-HEAT (4328) for our Barrie office, and (705) 352-COOL (2665) for our Wasaga Beach location.
Air can seep out of your home in many spots including chimney gaps, around windows or doors, small leaks around where utilities enter your home (dryer vents etc). Take some time this fall to seal up these leaks or gaps with caulking or other sealing tools. This will save on both furnace and air conditioning costs.
As we’ve stated many times before, it is good to have your furnace and/or air conditioner inspected & serviced at least once a year. So if you don’t remember the last time you had someone in, perhaps now is a good time!
Don’t overcrowd your furnace, you want to make sure you can access the air filters regularly for cleaning or replacing, as well as access to the coil so you can have someone clean it every couple of years.