If you have an older furnace, you’re probably hoping to keep it running for a few more years. But something is happening on December 31, 2009 that may make you want to replace your furnace this year.
Starting January 1, 2010, all new furnaces installed in Canada must be high–efficiency furnaces rated at 90% AFUE or above. This is good: it will reduce energy bills and be better for the environment. But for some owners of older homes, it could also mean thousands of dollars more in installation costs.
Here’s why. Many older homes have space constraints that make it difficult and expensive to install a high–efficiency furnace. For example, these new furnaces often require new ductwork, since older ductwork may not be compatible, and this alone could cost a couple of thousand dollars extra, or more.
Fortunately, there is a sensible alternative, and that is to have a conventionally vented mid–efficiency unit installed this year, before the December 31 deadline. The new, mid–efficiency units are easier to install, and certainly more efficient than older furnaces. With a mid-efficiency furnace, your home should be more comfortable, you’ll still be able to reduce your energy bill, and you’ll be set for the next 10–20 years.
Clearly, the first step is to find out if it will be difficult and expensive for you to have a high–efficiency furnace installed in your home. Just call ClearView, and we’ll be happy to come study your situation and advise you.