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Are you located in North Vancouver or the greater Vancouver area and need furnace repair? Would you like to book regular service and/or maintenance? We can perform an annual checkup on your heating and cooling equipment every year, a hassle-free way to keep your furnace, fireplace, heating and air conditioning equipment in top shape.
Use the form below to book an annual service call for up to two pieces of HVAC equipment in your home or business. We’ll get right back to you to confirm the price, date, and any other details. Learn tips about choosing an energy efficient furnace.
Which Furnaces are Energy Efficient?
When a furnace loses or wastes heat, it requires more energy to keep your home warm. Some furnaces lose heat through the walls of the furnace cabinet. Energy-efficient furnaces significantly reduce this loss with a blanket of insulation that lines the inside of the cabinet walls.
When a gas furnace is not in operation, most send a steady, wasteful draft of warm household air traveling up the venting system and out the roof. There are advanced furnaces available with an induced-draft blower that works in conjunction with a hot surface ignition system to pull hot gases through the heat exchanger at a constant and controlled rate of flow. As the burner cycles off, the draft blower stops, keeping the heating air in the system.
Pilot lights also can be wasteful. An electric ignition found in some furnaces eliminates the need for a constantly burning pilot. This feature alone gives up to 6% higher efficiency. And in combination with an induced-draft blower, can improve furnace efficiencies by over 20%.
Most gas furnaces vent combustion by-products and gases by allowing the warm air to rise naturally. However, on occasion, proper venting of combustion by-products may be restricted due to blockage, deterioration of venting systems, malfunctions or other causes.
A furnace with an induced-draft blower maintains a constant draft through the heat exchanger, which assures proper venting of the furnace combustion chamber. Some also feature a pressure switch which continuously monitors venting; and in the event it senses a vent flow restriction, it will automatically shut down your heating system for your safety.
The most efficient furnaces tap the energy of the hot vent gases – which can reach temperatures of 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and more. The best gas furnaces do this by routing the hot gases through a secondary heat exchanger. This step captures the otherwise wasted heat-using it to preheat the household air-and delivers AFUE ratings up to 95%
A high-efficiency furnace generally wears a higher price tag, but it can make up the difference by reducing operating costs over the long run. And with today’s consumer interest in efficiency, such equipment enhances the bottom line of your home.
Are some furnaces better than others?
Definitely. Features to look for include heat exchangers that resist corrosion, direct-drive blower units, induced draft blowers, pressure switches, and an insulated blower compartment, which helps minimize operating noise.
You also should ask your contractor if the manufacturer of the brand you’re considering quality-checks and tests every unit before it leaves the plant.
And be sure to check out the terms of the Limited Warranty. Quality manufacturers put a convincing warranty behind their work.