Furnace Buying Guide

Here in Canada, we know that it can get extremely cold, so the key to keeping you and your family warm and comfortable starts with having the appropriate heating equipment. But finding the right furnace for your home can sometimes feel like a daunting task that requires a lot of consideration.

To help, here are a few important things to keep in mind when choosing the right furnace:

Furnace Types

First, it’s important to know the different types of furnaces available. There are “single stage”, “2-stage”, and “modulating” options.
Single Stage furnaces, which have just one flame setting, are the most basic and commonly installed. They simply turn on or off – there’s no middle ground – and when they’re on they operate at the highest flame setting. It will get the home warm, but may not be the most efficient option.

2-Stage furnaces have a maximum high setting as well as a medium intensity setting. This helps to ensure more even heating and lower energy consumption.

Then you have modulating furnaces, where the flame increases and decreases in smaller, finer increments so that your home’s temperature remains more consistent. This reduces temperature fluctuations and helps meet your comfort needs more accurately.
You should also consider if you want a furnace with an Electronically Commutated Motor, or ECM. These motors are energy efficient, work with the furnace to adjust the speed of the airflow to match the heat of the burners, and could also help reduce air noise in your home.


The next thing to consider when looking for a new furnace is the brand. Selecting a trusted brand that is efficient and reliable, can help to ensure you and your family stay comfortable year-round. At Reliance™, we carry a wide selection of brands with various levels of energy efficiency to suit your needs.

Some other important considerations to keep in mind so that you make the best choice are:

  • The size of your home. Make sure the output capacity of your furnace is sized accordingly.
  • A quality installation. In order for your system to run at peak performance, it must be installed correctly. Don’t leave it to just anyone.
  • Potential government mail in rebates and incentives. Check as these may be available depending on the area you live in.
  • And lastly, maintenance. Ensure you service your system regularly to help your furnace run smoothly all year round.

If you have any questions or are looking to find the right heating solution for your home, call us today. Our expert team of Home Comfort Advisors are dedicated to answering all your questions and discussing your needs to find the solution that works best for you and your home.

So remember, for all of your heating needs, Call on Reliance™.

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