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The Complete Furnace & Heating Guide

A comprehensive guide to purchasing, repairing and maintaining your home’s heating system

Your heating system is an essential but often neglected aspect of your home.  For maximum home comfort, it is important to choose the right furnace or heating system for your home and properly maintain it. This guide covers everything to know about home heating systems so you can make informed decisions about maintaining, repairing or replacing your heating system.

Buying vs Renting

The big question when it comes to installing all types of new HVAC equipment is: to buy or to rent? Here at Walker Climate Care we firmly believe that buying the equipment is always the best option for the homeowner. Let’s take a look at why you’ll want to consider purchasing your own equipment instead of choosing a rental company when it’s time to get a new model. Don’t worry – there are still great financing options available to you if you can’t pay for your equipment upfront. 

 

Save money! When you do the math renting generally will cost you thousands more over the lifespan of your equipment. As an example let’s say you rent a $5000 (CAD) furnace for $94 a month. Furnaces typically last 12-15 years if properly maintained so being conservative let’s choose 12 years. $94 x 12 months x 12 years = $13,536. In this example, you would be paying more than twice the original price! Now, this price does include maintenance but you can get a maintenance plan for your equipment for thousands less – see the full comparison in the chart below. Additionally, if you decide you want out of your rental contract you may have to pay a buyout fee which is often a percentage of the original value of the system. Actual prices will vary depending on the equipment you choose and the HVAC company you work with, but time and time again we see customers overpaying for their equipment on rental plans!

 

Financing Options – Prefer not to drain your savings and pay over time? We can help – renting is not your only option! There are many financing plans that allow you to pay off your equipment one month at a time. Unlike rentals, your payments do not increase on an annual basis and once it’s paid, it’s paid (Learn more). 

 

 

The table below outlines the total cost of ownership of purchase, financing, and rental options based on a $5000 furnace system and installation. Fees and interest rates will vary based on equipment and HVAC company.

Buy vs Finance vs Rent Comparison Chart

Move Hassle Free – Once you pay off your equipment it’s yours no need to pay monthly rental fees for a decade or more. Owning your equipment also increases the value of your home and simplifies the process of selling your home as you don’t have to worry about transferring a contract to the next owner. Additionally, if the next homeowners don’t want a rental agreement you may be forced to buy out your rental contract paying even more on top of your monthly payments and adding yet another to-do to a very busy time in your life. 

 

Get a Warranty – When you buy your equipment you will get a warranty. A good warranty should cover parts for 10 years and some can last even longer with a maintenance plan.   

 

Take advantage of government rebates – Renting severely limits, and in some cases completely excludes, your ability to take advantage of government rebates. For example, with the Canada Greener Homes Grant you could save up to 7100$ on a qualifying heat pump (learn more below). 

 

Only pay for the maintenance you need – You can still have the peace of mind that a maintenance plan offers you unbundled from a rental unit. You control the maintenance options you want and can choose from several maintenance and protection plans. For instance, CLARITY by ClimateCare is a monthly subscription program which allows homeowners to affordably purchase their HVAC equipment and enjoy hassle-free repairs and regularly scheduled maintenance at no added cost. Why pay the high upfront cost or high never-ending rental rates when you can subscribe at a low monthly rate and own your system from day one? 

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Types of Heating Systems

We know that purchasing new heating equipment for your home is often an overwhelming and tedious task. That’s why we put this guide together to walk you through all the options efficiently and comprehensively so you and your family can get back to enjoying the comforts of your home as soon as possible.

 

Heating is more than just furnaces

The number one thing to know is that furnaces are not the only option when it comes to keeping your home warm. The main three heating system options are furnaces, boilers and heat pumps – with natural gas furnaces being by far the most common in Canada. However, heat pumps have been rapidly gaining popularity in recent years as they are highly efficient – good for the planet and your wallet. There are also supplementary heating options to consider such as in-floor heating and fireplaces, these are not typically relied on for whole home heating (although they certainly can be) but are often used to provide extra comfort to rooms that need it.

Furnace

How does a furnace work? 

In brief, furnaces work by burning fuel or using electricity to heat up a heat exchanger which, in turn, heats the air that is blown past it. This hot air is then distributed through the home using ducts. 

 

What type of furnace do I need? 

The best furnace for your home depends on a multitude of factors including the size and age of your home, the climate you live in, your comfort needs and your budget. A trained HVAC professional will be able to assess your home and make tailored recommendations for you, but below we will introduce you to the basics.

 

Furnace Types: 

 

  • Single-Stage – A single-stage is the most affordable type of furnace but will result in the most expensive operation since you’re using the most fuel. A single-stage furnace has only two settings: on and off. When the thermostat calls for heat the furnace runs at full capacity until the temperature is met, then it turns off completely until the next time it is called. 
  • Two-Stage – Single-stage furnaces always run at full capacity, while a two-stage furnace will start by using less gas to meet the heat demand, and only when required will move to full capacity. This saves on fuel and provides a good balance between cost and value. 
  • Modulating – Modulating furnaces are a premium product that provide very precise temperatures and high comfort value. These furnaces have many stages of heating, allowing airflow to run continuously and fuel efficiency to be maximized. 

 

Furnace Fuel Options:

 
  • Natural Gas furnaces are the most common heating equipment installed in Canadian homes because natural gas is typically the most affordable fuel option (depending on your location). Modern natural gas furnaces have high-efficiency ratings which keep utility costs in check.
  • Propane is a good option for rural homeowners when natural gas is unavailable. It is more expensive than natural gas but still more affordable than electricity. The homeowner must also work with a utility provider to ensure the propane is stored safely and refilled on a regular basis.
  • Electric furnaces are more eco-friendly than other furnace options, however, they can be more expensive to operate depending on the utility costs in your area. Heat pumps also run on electricity but are generally more efficient than electric furnaces making them the more popular option – learn more below.  
  • Oil used to be a common option for rural homeowners who couldn’t access natural gas however, its popularity has declined in recent years due to environmental concerns. The price has also become extreme given its scarcity, delivery costs, and the Federal Carbon Tax

Know the Difference: 

In the context of HVAC the term “gas” refers to both natural gas and propane

Natural gas is delivered directly to many homes and paid for on utility bills, whereas propane must be purchased in tanks and will need to be replaced by your local utility company.

Furnace Fuel Summary Chart

*The cost of electricity and gas greatly depends on your location. Gas has traditionally been the cheapest option however the Canadian Federal Carbon Tax is set to triple in the next ten years which will make electricity more cost-effective over time (learn more below).

How big should my furnace be?

 

It’s essential to get the right-sized furnace for your home, a furnace that is too small won’t be able to effectively heat your home, while a furnace that is too large won’t run as efficiently as it should and will cost you on your utility bills. An oversized furnace can also shorten the equipment’s lifespan as it never runs in efficient, long cycles and instead is constantly short-cycling – imagine it like turning your car on and off constantly to make very short trips.

 

Naturally, a larger home will require a larger furnace but so will a poorly insulated home, there are lots of factors that go into this measurement including the square footage, ceiling height, number and type of windows, building materials for the foundation and outside walls… anything that affects the insulative properties of your home. With all this in mind, an HVAC professional will be able to assess your home and suggest what BTU rating would be best for your home’s furnace.

Did you Know?

BTU refers to British Thermal Units and furnaces are available in ratings ranging from 40 000 to over 200 000 BTU (the larger your home the larger the BTU rating needed).

Heat Pump

Heat Pump

What is a heat pump? 

Heat pumps are not as commonly known as furnaces but, with technological advancements in recent years, they are here to stay. The demand for heat pumps is rapidly growing and they are gaining a lot of popularity in the mainstream. A heat pump runs on electricity and is responsible for both heating and cooling your home, they are highly efficient systems and in many cases can reduce a home’s utility costs and carbon footprint!

 

How does a heat pump work? 

A heat pump functions similarly to a fridge in that it is an electrically driven system that moves heat from a low-temperature location to a high-temperature location. In the summer the heat pump will move heat from your home outside and in the winter it will reverse and move heat from outdoors inside. It may be surprising but even in the winter, there is still some thermal energy that exists outdoors and can be pumped inside. A central air source heat pump looks very much like the central air conditioner you’re familiar with but has a reversing valve allowing it to work in both heating and cooling modes. One obvious difference is that a heat pump will be installed on a stand instead of on the ground like your AC, this allows the liquid to discharge and avoid ice damming in the winter.

How Heat Pumps Work
How Heat Pumps Work

What type of heat pump do I need? 

 

There are two types of heat pumps: Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs), and Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs). Ground Source Heat Pumps are often referred to as geothermal heat pumps or geothermal systems.

 

  • Air-Source Heat Pumps –These are the most common type of heat pump currently installed in Canadian homes. The heat is transferred from the air outside your home to the air inside your home. This works well for many locations, but if your area is especially cold in the winter there may be limited heating and a supplementary heating system will be needed. Make sure to have an HVAC professional check the cold climate rating on the heat pump to help you select the right one for your location.

 

  • Geothermal Heat Pumps – These transfer heat from the ground outside your home to the air inside your home and have exceptionally low operating costs! According to Natural Resources Canada, they are around 65% cheaper to run than electric furnaces and can provide 10-20% more savings than even air-source heat pumps because the ground holds more heat than air. Geothermal heat pump systems have long pipes that are installed in the ground outside the home, in the winter they bring up heat from the earth and in the summer they expel heat into the ground. These systems are usually installed rurally because they require enough land to accommodate the piping – learn more.

 

  • Hybrid Systems – This is a great option for those who want to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels but live in cold climates. Hybrid systems will run your heat pump in the summer to cool your home but turn on your furnace in the coldest days of winter as a backup.
Heat Pump

Distribution Options: 

 

  • Centrally Ducted: Heat is distributed through ducts to all rooms of the home.

 

  • Ductless: Heat is distributed through a unit and into the one room the unit is located in.
    • Mini-split: The single outdoor unit serves a single indoor unit.
    • Multi-split: The single outdoor unit serves multiple indoor units.

 

What are the benefits of heat pumps?

 

Less expensive to operate – Heat pumps are more energy efficient than other heating systems saving you money on utilities. There are also government rebates, such are the Canada Greener Homes Grant, that help homeowners pay for equipment including heat pumps (learn more).

 

Better for the environment – Not only does the increased efficiency save you money on your monthly utility costs but it reduces carbon emissions which is good for our planet.

Boiler

What is a boiler? 

A boiler warms water and transfers the heat from that water into your home. Some boilers, often referred to as “combi-systems”  can also be used in combination as water heaters providing the home’s domestic hot water for showers, baths and sinks in addition to heating your living space.

 

There are two primary types of boiler applications:

 

  • Water to Water systems – These systems transfer heat from the water into the home using in-floor radiant heat, or radiators. More information on these two applications can be found below.
  • Water to Air systems – These systems use hydronic fan coils that transfer the heat from the water into a centrally ducted application – providing warm air through vents just like you would with a traditional furnace. Since this is a centrally ducted system, you can also add cooling with a central air conditioner.

 

What type of boiler do I need?

 

  • Conventional – Conventional boilers used to be the standard. If you have an old boiler in your home chances are it’s a conventional boiler. These boilers have a flue to vent the boiler system however a significant amount of heat gets lost through this aged and inefficient design. 
  • Condensing – Condensing boilers are much more efficient than conventional boilers because instead of a flue they use a heat recovery system, drastically reducing the heat lost through the system.
Boiler Type Summary Chart
Radiator

Boiler Fuel Options:

 

  • Natural Gas – By far the most common and affordable boiler fuel option.
  • Propane – A good alternative in areas where natural gas isn’t available.

 

In-Floor Heating: 

Simply put, in-floor heating warms your home by running warm water through a pipe system installed under the floor. This is different than electric-based floor heat systems that are designed as comfort measures on cold surfaces like tiles. These systems warm your entire living space; not just the floor surface.

 

Radiators:

In short, hot water is run through radiators to heat them and, in turn, the air around them. They are commonly found in older buildings, make sure to hire a contractor who is experienced with radiators specifically.

 

Fireplaces

Fireplace Insert

A fireplace is a cozy addition to any home, keeping you and your family warm all winter long. They can also be great space heaters if you have a spot in your home that’s cooler than the rest like a large rec room in the basement.  

 

There are several different types of fireplaces that often get referred to interchangeably, here is the proper terminology:

 

  • Fireplace – A heat-generating appliance that’s generally framed by walls or a bookcase with a glass front exposed to see the logs and flames. It can be vented by a chimney (wood and pellet-burning) or via venting (gas-burning).
  • Stove – A free-standing type of fireplace.
  • Insert, or “gas insert” – Refers to when a gas-burning fireplace is installed into a cavity with a chimney. This is generally done when older wood-burning fireplaces are retrofitted to gas applications.
Stove

Fireplaces can be fuelled in many different ways:


  • Gas – Create true flames from burning natural gas or propane. 
  • Electric – Functions as a space heater and projects lights to imitate flames. 
  • Wood – Burns firewood collected and chopped from the outdoors.
  • Pellet – Similar to wood, pellets are a renewable, clean-burning alternative to wood that can be purchased readily from hardware stores and avoid the labour of heating with wood.


Please note, Walker ClimateCare does not install nor service wood or pellet-based fireplace products. We recommend the reliability and cleanliness of gas or electric-fuelled heating appliances.

Safety Tip:

 If you have a gas fireplace ensure that you have a carbon monoxide alarm installed and test it regularly. Be sure to clearly indicate the expiration date of the device on it, and have your appliance checked by a professional once a year.

How switching to electric can save you money

Federal Carbon Tax 

 

As a Canadian homeowner you are taxed on your usage of fossil fuels, this includes your home’s heating system if it runs on natural gas, propane or oil. The Federal Carbon Tax is set to triple in the next ten years, from $50/tonne in 2022 to $170/tonne in 2030! Canadians need home comfort solutions that reduce their carbon footprint and allow them to save money at the same time. 

 

These conditions, along with the public becoming increasingly eco-conscious, have made switching to electric heating systems increasingly appealing. One of the biggest detractions in moving to electric is the cost – while gas prices will increase directly and via the Carbon Tax, heating a home on a fully electric system remains costly today. That’s why heat pumps have been gaining popularity recently – a heat pump system cost up to 65% less to operate when compared to electric furnaces.

Canada Greener Home’s Grant 

 

The Canada Greener Homes Grant was designed to help Canadians make their homes more energy-efficient and in doing so fight climate change. There are up to 700,000 available grants of up to $10,000 to go toward household energy efficiency retrofit projects. EnerGuide evaluations (valued at $600) are also available to homeowners providing expert advice for these retrofit projects. These retrofits typically comprise renovations such as upgrading windows, upgrading insulation and installing efficient non-fossil-fuel-based heating systems such as heat pumps. 

 

Walker ClimateCare wants to help homeowners leverage these grants to their full potential – learn more

How to find a reputable HVAC company

TSSA Technician

Not all installation teams are created equal! The quality of the installation matters just as much, if not more, than the quality of the equipment being installed. It doesn’t matter if you purchased a top-of-the-line heating system, if it is not installed to fit your home correctly it will not operate as intended. Below we outline how to find a reputable HVAC team and red flags to pay attention to. 

 

  • Referrals – Asking your friends and neighbours for their suggestions is a great place to start.

 

  • Check reviews – Look at online ratings such as Google, Homestars & Better Business Bureau this will give you a good idea of their reliability.

 

  • Experience – Check the number of years the company has been in business – trust is built over time.

 

  • Location – A local contractor is generally preferred because they’re always nearby. Dealing with call centres and companies located in other cities doesn’t often yield the fastest, most personal approach to service. 

 

  • Expertise and Quality Recommendations – The best  HVAC professionals will be able to come to your home and assess your situation holistically. With this information, they will be able to provide you with the best advice possible based on your needs, preferences, and budget. This should always include a proper heat loss/gain analysis.

 

  • Licences – Different licenses will be required of HVAC professionals in different regions. In Ontario, you should ensure your technician has a TSSA G2 or G1 license (for working with gas appliances) and ideally a 313 Air Conditioning Mechanic or Refrigeration license if they’re working with an air conditioner or heat pump. Many companies will operate with only one certified technician and a team of uncertified technicians working for them. You want to ensure that the tech coming to your home is fully certified so you’re getting the most educated and capable staff looking after your system’s reliability and safety!

 

  • Emergency Service –  Take a look at their emergency services hours, and practices.  If you have an emergency, it’s not always going to happen or get noticed during a convenient time. Is your contractor available to help in the evening? On weekends? What about holidays? And if they are, will they charge you a premium for service during these times?
Messy vs Neat Furnace Installation

How to maintain your HVAC system

Cleaning and maintaining your HVAC system regularly not only helps to improve reliability and prevent costly repairs but can actually save you money by making sure the system is running as efficiently as possible and prolonging its life. However, it’s a task often overlooked by homeowners – you maintain your car, so why not your HVAC system? All mechanical systems require tune-ups to operate as intended. In some cases, this is required by the manufacturer to keep the warranty valid, and/or by your home insurer to mitigate the risks of neglected mechanical systems.

 

A maintenance plan from a reputable HVAC company is a great option for many homeowners. They provide peace of mind that your heating and cooling systems will function efficiently through all seasons for years to come. Maintenance plans also generally come with lucrative savings in the form of discounts to homeowners, as ethical contractors want to incentivize their clients to protect their investments and mitigate the risk of requiring emergency service for preventable issues.

DIY HVAC Maintenance Tips:

 

Check your furnace filter!

 

This is our number one tip as it is the easiest, low-cost task that can fix many problems and many homeowners aren’t even aware that they should be changing their furnace filter regularly!

 

Over time the filter accumulates dust and other particles from the air stopping them from circulating around your home. If you hold your filter up to the light and can’t see light through it, it needs to be changed. When the filter is full your furnace has to work hard to blow air through it decreasing the efficiency of your machine and increasing your bills. When your filter is clogged, this also adds stress to the blower motor of your furnace which will compensate by working harder. This shortens the lifespan of this motor, and uses more electricity driving your bills up!

 

Changing your furnace filter regularly will improve the air quality in your home and the efficiency of your furnace. Every home is different and factors like the presence of pets, and renovations, can mean you need to change your filter more often. The type of filter you use also has a big effect on its life.

 

Don’t know what furnace filter is right for you? Read more on filters and MERV ratings below. 

 

Changing Furnace Filter

Inspect your Exterior Vents

Depending on your heating system your vents will look different and be in different locations. Twice a year – spring and fall are a great time to do this – inspect your vents and ensure they are free of debris. These vents serve as both fresh air intake and exhaust outlets for mechanical equipment like your furnace, hot water heater, and HRV/ERV. If they’re clogged, your appliance can stop working leaving you stranded. If they’re dirty but not fully clogged, your appliance is working its motor higher than needed to get the necessary airflow, and you’re shortening the life of your mechanical equipment in addition to using more electricity than needed to power it.

 

Adjust your Interior Vents and Fan Settings

If you have a centrally ducted heating and/or cooling system, it is good practice to close the vents in the basement or lower floors and open the higher floor vents during the summer so that more cool air is directed upwards where it is generally warmest and vice versa in the winter so that warm air is directed to the coldest floors in the home. Hot air rises and cold air sinks so this should help equalize the temperature on all floors of the home. 

 

It’s also a good idea to leave the fan of your furnace or air handler on. Rather than just blowing hot or cold air when it’s operating, most thermostats will have an “always on” or “circulate” feature to run the fan longer than necessary. This helps recycle the air between the upper and lower floors of your home and thus equalize the temperature. On modern equipment with an ECM motor, the electricity cost is negligible. If you still have an older model with a PSC-split type motor – or aren’t sure how to tell – you can learn more here

 

Check your Emergency Switch and Breaker

If your heating or cooling system isn’t turning on, it’s possible that it simply isn’t getting power, this can happen when the switch is accidentally turned off. This switch looks just like a light switch and often has a red faceplate or “emergency” sticker on it that can cut the power to your furnace. If this is set properly, the next step is to check the fuse of the breaker. This often happens with air conditioners starting up in the spring as homeowners turn this breaker off during the winter months.

 

Anything beyond this checklist is really a job for a professional. 

Repair or Replace

Most furnaces carry a parts warranty from 5-10 years and a well-maintained furnace can last 12 to 15+ years in the Canadian climate. As the equipment ages, repairs become more common and the efficiency of the machine may no longer be optimal compared to newer models, thus increasing utility costs. A trained HVAC professional will be able to advise you on if the best decision for your home and wallet is to repair or replace. Below we’ll go through some of the major points to consider when making this decision. 

 

Before worrying about repairs make sure to check your furnace filter (more on this above). This one easy task can fix a plethora of HVAC problems! 

Replace

Pros 

  • Improved reliability.
  • Professional analysis for properly sized equipment.
  • More efficient equipment with lower monthly operating costs can save you big money!
 

Cons

  • Higher upfront cost. However, there are financing options that can help – learn more.

Repair

Pros

  • Lower upfront cost.
  • Often quicker to perform.

 

Cons

  • Old equipment will start requiring more frequent repairs.
  • If your warranties are no longer valid repairs will be very expensive.

Thermostats

Do I need to replace my thermostat? 

In some cases, you will need to replace your thermostat when you replace your HVAC system. For instance, if you’re adding new functionality like using a heat pump in combination with your furnace, or a new accessory like a humidifier or HEPA filter. Your HVAC contractor will be able to advise whether replacement of your thermostat is necessary when considering replacement equipment, configure it for you and explain its operation during the installation process.

 

Should I get a Smart Thermostat? 

The biggest question when it comes to thermostats is whether to get a standard thermostat or a smart thermostat. There are so many smart stat options available on the market now that there is something that fits every home, and there’s no real reason to skip on them. There also provide some very appealing benefits that can improve your comfort and save you money.

What are the Benefits of a Smart Thermostat? 

 

  • Smart thermostats can learn your temperature patterns and will adjust the temperature accordingly, like turning the heat down overnight or when you leave the house. Some also employ room sensors to accomplish this, allowing you to use less energy and save more on utility costs!
  • Control your home’s temperature from your phone. This can be convenient when you’re home as the perfect temperature is just a click away. It is also very reassuring when you’re away from home, allowing you to keep an eye on your home’s temperature.
  • Get alerts to your phone if your home drops below a certain temperature. This is especially important for those who leave their home for most of the winter. 
  • Programming schedules is a breeze with a smart thermostat thanks to your smartphone’s bright, colourful touchscreen interface. Doing this with an older thermostat is often more time-consuming and requires finding and using the manual. These schedules ensure your home is set to your comfort level, and you can save energy when that’s not needed.
  • Provides a record of usage so you can track and manage your consumption.

Humidifiers

General Aire Humidifier

The humidity level in your home affects your health and the health of your hardwood floors, artwork and furnishings. It also affects how efficiently your heating system can warm your home since water retains heat, with less humidity the home takes longer and costs more to heat. If you are noticing any of the following problems, a humidifier is likely a good option for you.

 

How to know if you need a humidifier: 

  • Dry or itchy skin 
  • Persistent sore and scratchy throat 
  • Dry eyes 
  • Congestion or nose bleeds
  • Pets with flaky skin, dry eyes or sneezing fits
  • Static electricity build up 
  • Dry or cracking wood furniture or flooring 

 

Best practice is that the relative humidity in your home should be somewhere around 40-60%. Everyone has their own individual preference for comfort, but if you see humidity levels below 30%, you should strongly consider a humidifier! Similarly, if your levels are regularly exceeding that upper threshold of 60%, you should be looking into a centralized dehumidifier – especially if you don’t have a central air conditioner that does this for you during the warmer months!

 

Types of Humidifiers:

  • Bypass – A bypass humidifier connects to the return of your furnace or air handler meaning it only runs while your furnace is in heating mode. It’s a solid, affordable, whole home solution. 
  • Steam – A steam humidifier is separate from your heating system which means it can run anytime it is needed, making it the more efficient whole-home humidifier option. However, the equipment cost is higher than the bypass humidifier. 

Furnace Filters

Thinner Filter
Thicker Filter

What furnace filter do I need? 

 

  • Size –  The filter must fit snugly in the filter rack of the furnace, if it is not airtight it will not filter the air correctly. Common sizes range from 1’’ to 5’ in width, thicker air filters tend to last longer as they have more surface area with which to catch particles and often filter the air more efficiently than thin filters. If you’re replacing your furnace and it uses the standard 1” filter media, ask your contractor about adjusting the ductwork to install a media cabinet to allow you to use a thicker, 5” filter. Not only will you need to change your filter far less often and avoid potential issues, you also help your equipment’s efficiency by lowering static pressure build-up in the ductwork!

 

  • MERV rating – The Minimum Efficiency Rating Value, or MERV,  is an index of the efficacy and quality of your filter media. The higher the MERV rating, the better its ability to filter the air. Your lungs have a MERV 8 rating so you want to ensure your furnace can filter more than your lungs or they’ll be absorbing everything your filter misses! A MERV rating between 10 and 13 is generally recommended, however if you struggle with environmental allergies you may want to put a stronger filter in.

 

  • Which Way does it Go? – We often get asked which way your filter should be installed. The filter goes between the return air duct and the furnace or air handler, with the arrow pointing toward the furnace – the same direction the air is coming from the return air vents in the home into the furnace.

 

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FURNACE INSTALLATION

At Walker ClimateCare our team will conduct a thorough assessment of your home using a load calculation. We factor in all aspects including the size of your home, its layout and direction and how much insulation you have, to determine the right size of heating system for your home and to ensure a flawless installation process.

A great heating system is only as effective as the team installing it, and our team members train multiple times each year to achieve greater quality standards.