If you're planning to replace your furnace, the extra cost to upgrade from a new mid-efficiency model to a high efficiency one is approximately $800. The typical grants and incentives for this upgrade (if done before July 2006) total around $1,300. You could get a high efficiency furnace and its related energy savings for $500 less than a mid-efficiency model. Check out the EnerGuide page for more information.
On average, half of all the energy used in your home is for space heating. Reducing your heating requirements by temperature set-backs and improved furnace efficiency are two of the most significant ways you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.
High-efficiency furnaces can have a longer service life and more comprehensive warranty.
Using a programmable thermostat and installing a high-efficiency furnace can significantly reduce your annual heating bill, protecting you from increasing and fluctuating gas prices. The average home with an older standard furnace (70% efficient) might expect to save $400 or more a year by making these two changes.
Start by getting an EnerGuide for Houses Evaluation.
An EnerGuide Evaluation of your home will not only assess the energy savings you could realize by replacing your furnace, but also will help you prioritize other steps you could take to reduce your energy bills. A pre-renovation EnerGuide evaluation is the first step towards claiming your EnerGuide for Houses grant. The average homeowner can receive a grant worth $400-$500 simply for replacing their furnace.
Get the right consumer information.
For detailed information about heating equipment and controls, visit Natural Resource's Canada Office of Energy Efficiency.
How to find and choose a heating contractor.
Proper installation and quality products are critical to realizing the benefits of replacing your furnace. While replacing your furnace, get a new variable-speed fan motor at the same time.
For a more detailed explanation of how to choose any contractor, download or order the CMHC general guidelines or check out our Finding a Contractor section.