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FortisBC Furnace Rebates
Right now you can receive a rebate of $800 when you install a 95-96.9% efficient furnace or a $1000 rebate when you install a 97-99% efficient furnace. Your current furnace must be over 10 years old, non-high efficiency, and not in need of repairs over $1000. A limited number of rebates are available. See our FortisBC furnace rebate page for details.
If your home is low income, you may qualify for a rebate of $2000-$3000. Low income is defined as having an income of less than $33,700 for a 1 person household, $42,000 for 2 people, $51,600 for 3 people, $62,600 for 4 people, $71,000 for 5 people, $80,100 for 6 people, and $89,200 for 7+ people. Click here for details.
New Furnace Options
When choosing a new furnace, you have many options. The most important considerations are explained in our 4 minute video. Or you can read below for more details.
New furnaces from Good Guys Heating use up to 40% less natural gas than older models
Most furnaces made before 1995 are only about 65% efficient. This means that only 65% of the heat produced actually enters your home- the rest is wasted out the chimney. In 1995, the government raised the minimum efficiency rating of new furnaces to 78%, and most furnaces installed between 1995 and 2010 are about 80% efficient. In 2010, the minimum standard was raised to 90% efficiency. Most of the new furnaces we install are 93-98% efficient. This means you can save up to 40% on your home heating costs by upgrading to a new furnace
Since space heating accounts for about 60% of the average home’s energy cost (according to Natural Resources Canada’s Heating With Gas) these savings can be substantial.
Variable speed DC motors: Save on electricity, too
Everyone knows that their furnace is their home’s main consumer of natural gas. But according to Natural Resources Canada, a furnace’s fan motor is in “many cases the largest consumer of electricity in the household.”
While most homes currently have furnaces with AC motors, some new furnaces have DC ECM motors which only use about half as much electricity. If the fan is being run continuously, an ECM motor will only use about $61 of electricity compared to $263 with a standard motor. If the fan is being run during heating only then consumption should be about $44 per year compared to $79 per year with a standard motor.
Continuously running a variable speed fan will result in more even temperatures from room to room due to the continuous flow of air. Continuous airflow will also result in improved humidity and cleaner air from increased use of the filter. For more information on these motors see BC Hydro’s vsm h.e.l.p. sheet. Having two-stage burners can further reduce household temperature variances.
Two-stage furnaces for improved home comfort
Older furnaces only operate at full capacity, or “high fire” when they come on. On moderately cool days, they wait until your home gets cooler than the thermostats set point, and then blast out hot air for a brief period of time until your home gets too hot. Most of the furnaces we now install are two-stage furnaces which can operate at a lower capacity, or “low-fire” mode, on milder days. These furnaces run at a lower level more consistently with the fan circulating the air longer, resulting in more even temperatures over time and from room to room within your home. A two-stage furnace will also run quieter in the lower stage.
How much do new furnaces cost?
Basic high efficiency furnaces start at about $4200
FortisBC rebate qualified systems start at about $5500
These are ballpark starting prices for new furnaces. These prices are before rebates and include installation when upgrading from a low/mid efficiency furnace to a high efficiency model (prices may be lower if you already have a high efficiency furnace). However, there are also factors that can increase the cost, such as:
-Installing a new programmable thermostat or advanced filtration system
-Factors that can make the installation more difficult (such as inadequate space or no easy way to run new venting)
-Larger furnace sizes will cost more for larger homes
Good Guys Plumbing & Heating: Your top choice for furnace installations
Today’s high-tech furnaces won’t provide the comfort, reliability, quietness, and energy savings they are capable of if they are not installed properly. As the systems have become more complex, so has their installation. At Good Guys Heating Cooling & Plumbing, our weekly training sessions ensure our installers have the knowledge to perform top quality installations. We allow them to spend the time necessary to design, install, and set up your system for optimal performance.
We believe so much in our products and overall installation quality that we include a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee with most of our installations. Please contact our office for details.
Call 604 GOOD GUY (604 466 3489) for more information or to schedule a free quote on a furnace installation. Or use our online schedule quote form.
You can see a Lennox EL296V and SLP98 in operation at our showroom at 12981 80th Ave in Surrey.
Natural Resources Canada’s Heating With Gas guide
BC Hydro’s brochure explaining the advantages of variable speed fan motors
Furnace Model Information