What is an ENERGY STAR® label and why is it important to have?
An ENERGY STAR certification is earned when certain products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. By choosing ENERGY STAR certified heating and cooling equipment, you can enhance the comfort of your home while saving energy. Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protect the climate by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ENERGY STAR certified boilers with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (A.F.U.E.) rating starting at 87% are considered to be energy efficient. If your equipment does not have an ENERGY STAR label on it, it may be using more energy than is necessary, ultimately costing you more money.1
How do I know if my boiler system produces heat using water or steam?
As boiler technology advances, it can sometimes be difficult to determine how your equipment produces heat. We highly recommend having one of our Enercare EMCs come to your home to assess your equipment and make the distinction.
What is an EMC?
An “EMC” is an Enercare Energy Management Consultant. They are equipped to evaluate the amount of energy loss in your home (for example, due to faulty, inefficient or old equipment) and offer energy advice and solutions tailored to your needs.
Is there a cost to have my current boiler assessed?
No, our EMCs provide a FREE in-home assessment to determine the best option for your heating needs.
Can a combination boiler fit in any home?
No, combination boilers have certain requirements and cannot be installed in every home. Book an appointment with an Enercare EMC to see which available options are best for your home.
Does Enercare sell boilers?
Yes, we sell and rent boilers.
How long does a boiler last?
While some boilers last longer than others, the useful life of a boiler is typically between 15 and 20 years. If your current boiler is in this age range, it may be time to consider getting a new boiler.
When should I change my boiler?
- While every boiler is different, there are many telltale signs that suggest your boiler might need replacing:
- If your boiler does not have an ENERGY STAR® label on it. Boilers with an ENERGY STAR label can be up to 12% more efficient than models that simply meet the U.S. federal minimum standard for energy efficiency.1
- Your equipment needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up.
- Some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold. This is a sign that heat is not being evenly distributed and may indicate that your equipment is not working as efficiently as it should.
- Your boiler is creating excessive noise.
It may also be time to change your boiler when a certified technician deems your boiler to have exceeded its useful life.
How can I change a boiler and also stay within my budget?
At Enercare, we have a wide range of boilers to choose from for almost any budget. Our EMCs will be able to offer you advice based on your home’s needs and family budget during a free in-home consultation.
Why is Enercare better?
- Home Comfort Guarantee - We’ll ensure a correctly-sized heating and cooling system for your home. If the temperature at your thermostat varies more than 3 degrees from 21 degrees in winter and 25 degrees in summer, we will make the necessary modifications for no additional charge.
- No Surprises Guarantee - The price we quote is the price you pay. Our No Surprises Guarantee protects you from any additional installation costs of your heating and cooling system.
- No Lemon Guarantee - We’ll install a brand new air conditioner or furnace if the compressor or heat exchanger fails within the first 5 years. Plus, we’ll provide you with a new 5-year No Lemon Guarantee from the date of installation.
- Environmental Focus Guarantee - We are committed to operating in an environmentally responsible way by recycling as many items as possible from metal, circuit boards and cardboard to batteries. Our goal is to keep as much waste as possible out of landfills.
- Property Protection and Client Respect - Our installers will respect and protect your property while in your home. If we don’t get it right, you’ll receive 2 years of maintenance on your new equipment at no charge.
The average price range of a typical new natural gas or propane high-efficiency furnace in Ontario ranges from $3,500 to $6,000. This price includes standard installation from a fully-insured, licensed company, at least a one year warranty and all required licenses for installation.
The cost of a new furnace is dependent on four factors:
- Environmental choices, including energy efficiency, humidification, air filtration sizes (which are dependent on allergies or other sensitivities), and comfort-enhancing options.
- Personal choices including extended warranties, maintenance plans and guarantees.
- Technical requirements including the size of the home, floor plan, number of stories, existing ductwork and BTU load.
- Code requirements including safety, licensing and building code requirements.
- To get an accurate, no-surprises, no-obligation quote, contact us at 1-855-619-7701
The average lifecycle of a furnace is 15 years, but age is not the only factor to consider. Other reasons to replace your furnace include safety, frequency of breakdowns, quality of installation and improper sizing.
Every home is unique and a number of factors impact the furnace size needed, including the size and age of your home, air flow, how many windows your home has, insulation, and specific homeowner requirements. To make sure you get the furnace size that best suits your needs, it’s crucial to have a professional visit your home to complete an evaluation to calculate heat loss and air flow. Incorrect sizing of a furnace may cause a shortened life of the equipment, higher utility costs and diminished comfort because your home is not warming up correctly.
We have five guarantees - Home Comfort Guarantee, No Surprises Guarantee, No Lemon Guarantee, Environmental Focus Guarantee and Property Protection and Client Respect Guarantee.
We recommend that you change or clean your furnace filter every one-to-three months.
If the humidity in your home is lower than 30 percent on a hygrometer it is recommended that you consider a humidifier. Health Canada recommends a home’s relative humidity should be between 30 to 55 percent in the winter. Most homes require a humidifier in Canada due to the dry air created by our cold climate.
- A natural gas or propane high-efficiency furnace will start up when an attached thermostat senses that the temperature has dropped below a preset level.
- Before the furnace starts, the ventor motor does a safety check to ensure that the venting is clear, as determined by the pressure switch. The ignitor then ignites the burners inside the furnace combustion chamber and starts creating heat. The heat is transferred to the primary or "first" heat exchanger which heats the air as it flows through the furnace. Afterwards, the combustion gases are passed through a secondary heat exchanger to further extract heat.
- The blower motor pushes the warmed air through the plenum and out into the house via the registers.
- The combustion gases, including carbon monoxide, are safely vented to the outdoors from the furnace.
- In most cases, outside fresh air is pulled into the burn chamber to provide a more efficient burn. However, this practice isn’t done in old homes.
- Any cold air left in the home gets circulated into the furnace to be heated up.