Winnipeg Furnace Replacement
You don’t need us to tell you how cold it gets in Winnipeg each winter, and how important it is to have a working furnace. We’re not talking about a furnace that just blows hot air, either – we’re talking about a full-blast, thaw you when you’re chilled to the bone, high-efficiency furnace.
When it’s time to replace your old furnace, call us. We have decades of experience in the field, and we’ll help you find a furnace that suits your needs and your budget.
Should You Repair Or Replace?
Replacing your furnace can seem like a pricey proposition. We get it. We only advise our customers to replace their broken furnace if we think it’s the best option. That can be the case when:
- Your furnace can’t be repaired.
- Your furnace can be repaired, but the cost of repairs (over time) will be as much or more than a new furnace
- Your furnace can be repaired, but the cost of repairs and lower efficiency of the furnace will make a new model more cost-effective.
Most of the time, you’ll be better off repairing furnaces that are less than 10 years old, and better off replacing furnaces that are over 10 years old. There are a number of factors that can affect this, from the warranty to the model of the furnace, as well as whether or not it was properly installed.
What To Look For In A Replacement Furnace
We have a number of competitively priced, high-efficiency furnaces that can keep your home warm while lowering your heating costs. To understand which new furnace will suit you best, it can be helpful to know a little bit about the different types of furnaces. One great place to start is deciding whether you want a natural gas or electric furnace. There are other types, but these are the two most common in Manitoba. Going electric, on the other hand, can require an entire update of your electrical system so it has the capacity to handle your regular electric load and the extra strain put on it by a furnace.
When choosing a gas furnace, we highly recommend using a high-efficiency furnace. We’ll break down some of the figures in the section below. The main reason we love high-efficiency is that it can drastically lower your heating bill – up to 35%. That can more than make up for the extra cost over a conventional furnace.
There are a number of other factors that might affect what furnace you pick, from how much space you have to how big your home is. We’ll do all of the calculations to determine how many BTUs your furnace will need to be. Too few, and your home won’t be heated properly – too many, and the furnace will cycle on and off too quickly.
What To Look For In A Contractor
We’re proud of the products and services we’ve offered to Manitobans for decades, from high-efficiency gas furnaces to heat pumps and HVAC repairs. You don’t just have to take our word for it, though. One thing you should look for in a contractor is commendations they get from manufacturers. HVAC manufacturers have a reputation to uphold, and they’ll only support contractors who provide exceptional customer service, accurate and speedy installation, and high-quality repairs. We’re a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer and the first Canadian company to be inducted into the Carrier Hall of Fame. We’re very proud of these achievements.
Another excellent source to check is talking to customers who have worked with a contractor in the past. You might have some friends who have used our services before – talk to them about us! We can also provide you with all kinds of referrals and reviews. We pride ourselves on our positive relationships with our customers.
You should also look for promotions, financing options, and an honest discussion of prices. You’ll find literally all of that on this very page! Looking for more information? Give us a call. We’ll help you size your replacement furnace so it suits your requirements perfectly. To do that, we’ll need to come to your home. There are a lot of factors, from the size of your home to how well-insulated it is, that can affect how many BTUs you need your unit to produce.
There are a wide variety of different factors that affect the price of a furnace. The make and manufacturer are, of course, a substantial part of the price. Every furnace will have different features that can increase or decrease their cost.
One of the most important factors is the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of the furnace. The premise is simple: the higher your AFUE, the more efficient your furnace is. A gas furnace with 97% AFUE turns 97% of the fuel you use into heat for your home. A furnace with an 80% AFUE, on the other hand, will only convert 80% of your fuel into usable heat.
The lower your furnace’s AFUE is, the more money you’re literally burning away. You’re not charged for gas based on how well it heats you’re home – you’re charged based on how much you use. That means that if you’re increasing your AFUE by 30%, you’re slashing your gas bill by about the same rate if you keep your home’s temperature consistent.
While you can get lower-end furnaces with low AFUEs for under $2000, you’ll find they’re often not worth the price. By spending an extra $1000-$2000, you might find a furnace that can reduce your gas bills 20%-30% more. All furnaces experience a decrease in their efficiency as they age, so you’ll get a longer lifespan out of higher efficiency furnaces, too.
Keep in mind that these calculations may change if you don’t plan on staying in your home for a long time – efficiency always pays off more in the long-term. That said, homes with higher efficiency furnaces may be more attractive to prospective home buyers.
Installation fees are relatively low compared to the overall cost of the furnace, and you may see a bill in the low hundreds for labour and expertise. It’s important to keep in mind that installation costs can vary substantially depending on the infrastructure of your home. For example, getting an electric furnace installed may be quite expensive if you currently have a gas furnace – you may need to upgrade your electric system’s capacity (which requires an electrician) and change other elements of your HVAC.
Finally, we can’t talk about furnace prices without talking about BTUs. The bigger your home is, the more BTUs you might need, but that’s not the full story. You’ll also need to consider how well-insulated your home is. A home that’s extraordinarily well-insulated, like one that meets Passive House standards, may be well-served by a lower BTU furnace, or even a furnace/heat pump combo.
Higher BTU furnaces will, of course, cost you more money. The good thing is that there’s no advantage to buying a furnace with more BTUs if that furnace exceeds your need for heat. You see, when you have a furnace that produces too much heat, it can cause the furnace to turn on and off, increasing wear and tear and costing you money. Our team will go to your home and evaluate exactly how much heat you need, offering you a line of furnaces in a range of prices that will supply the perfect amount of heat.
Financing and Rebates
Now that we’ve taken a look at the prices of furnaces in Winnipeg, let’s look at the ways that you can finance your purchase. Manitoba Hydro is highly incentivized to provide you with financing for high-efficiency furnaces.
The main financing option provided by Manitoba Hydro is the Home Energy Efficiency Loan. This loan can help you buy a high-efficiency furnace; what’s more, you can use it for a new hot water tank, new windows, doors, insulation, or even new solar panels. The loan offers financing of up to $5500, and it is charged directly on your utility bill every month. That’s great, because you’ll be saving money on your bill each year because of how efficient your new furnace is. Your new bill might be almost exactly the same as your old bill for a few years; when it’s paid off after five years, you’ll be saving money on every bill.
Another loan available is the Energy Finance Plan. This loan is more focused on upgrades to energy systems, so it’s useful if you need to upgrade your electrical to accommodate a new furnace, or to get natural gas venting installed.
Now that we’ve talked about loans, it’s time to talk about rebates. Your #1 source for energy efficiency rebates in the province is Efficiency Manitoba. Haven’t heard of them? You’re not alone. They’re a new Crown Corporation dedicated to energy efficiency. You can check their website on a regular basis to find new energy-related rebates. Our favourite right now is the Income Qualified Program, which makes energy efficient upgrades more affordable to Manitobans who fall below a certain income threshold. This includes the ability to purchase a high-efficiency furnace for only $9.50 a month for five years, as well as offering free insulation.
All of these programs should make it easier for you to afford a new furnace – after all, no one wants to be left out in the cold! Need a little extra help? Take a look at our Deals and Special Offers. We also offer a variety of financing options if Manitoba Hydro’s loans don’t suit your needs.
Before or after you get your new furnace, it’s a good idea to look at your home’s insulation. You can find cold spots on your own, or you can get an energy audit. Insulation and HVAC go hand-in-hand – if you’re running a furnace full blast, but most of the heat is leaking through the walls, you’re going to be spending way more money on heat each winter than you need to.
As we’ve mentioned, Efficiency Manitoba offers a wide variety of supports to help reduce energy consumption, including rebates on insulation. The low cost of insulation combined with the energy savings it will bring you make it an easy decision; if you have an older home, it really pays to insulate.
Whether you need to get your furnace repaired or replaced, contact Provincial Heating & Cooling Inc. We just went over a lot of information – and that’s just what we can fit onto this page! Our technicians are knowledgeable and service-oriented, our prices are extremely competitive, and our furnaces are the best. Get your old, clunky, low-efficiency furnace replaced with a new high-efficiency model. You’ll notice the difference – not just in your environment, but on your heating bill. Your family and your wallet will thank you!
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