Keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer doesn’t have to be a tricky balance. When investing in a new furnace and AC system, many of the questions you should ask are the same. Once you have chosen the right upgrade, leave it to a professional to install.
Furnace King Home Services in Toronto is a professional HVAC company. They share some tips and questions to ask when investing in the perfect heating and cooling systems:
Start with the capacity
Both furnaces and ACs need to adequately heat or cool your home evenly. Hot or cold spots in a room indicate that your new system isn’t the right size for your home. It’s also a matter of not overspending on that new unit. A furnace or AC that is too big will result in a waste of money and fuel as it generates more heat or cold air than is needed. Likewise, a unit that is too small will end up overworking itself, trying to keep your home at the right temperature, which leads to early burnout.
Energy efficiency is always crucial.
If you are upgrading an older unit, choosing a replacement with a higher efficiency rating should always be a priority. For a furnace, check the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). The higher the number, the higher the efficiency and the lower those monthly heating bills will be. Check the star rating in a new AC unit, indicating energy efficiency. The higher the stars, the better the efficiency, which means it uses less power to run and lowers energy bills.
The fuel source is essential.
Furnaces especially have the option to run on gas, oil or electricity. While factors such as what is more economical and cleaner are essential to consider, there are also cost factors and your home to consider. However, depending on the size of your home and the climate, it may cost more to run on electricity. The best fuel source option is to talk with your contractor. They’ll know how to help pick the right type or if upgrading your home’s fuel options is the most cost-effective.
High-end filters are a must.
Once you have the perfect furnace and AC unit for your home, there’s one last thing to add. Furnaces and AC units tend to blow dust particles around and into the atmosphere. Without a proper filter, that will quickly lower the indoor air quality and affect those with asthma or allergies. For both units, installing a high-efficiency particulate-arresting filter (HEPA) is a sure way to protect your home. These filters are designed to catch dust particles, pet dander, pollen, smoke, and other harmful particles. Just be sure to check the filters each year and before the start of spring or winter in case they need to be replaced.
Take advantage of the Canada Greener Home Grant
The Canada Greener Homes Initiative is offered by the Government of Canada to help homeowners improve energy efficiency and increase energy savings.
In Ontario, the Canada Greener Homes Grant is delivered by Natural Resources Canada and Enbridge Gas under the Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+) program. This provincial grant program can be combined with the federal grant, offering up to $6,500 towards your eligible retrofits. Many of the HVAC upgrades offered by The Furnace King are eligible for this initiative, and they can help you apply.
Additionally, the program offers interest-free loans to help you manage your green home retrofits. You can qualify for $5,000 to $40,000 with a repayment term of 10 years. The Furnace King can help you maximize this program.
HVAC Companies in Toronto
Located in Mississauga and serving Toronto, Furnace King Home Services delivers quality services to every home. With over 40 years of experience, they offer customized plans and services that suit both needs and budgets. From all your heating and cooling needs, maintenance support or duct cleaning services, their team can help.
Contact Furnace King Home Services today!