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Choose The Best Furnace For Your Home

It’s important for Canadians to choose the best furnace for their home. Prepare for winter with the right home heating system and have it properly installed and maintained. Let’s look at some important elements to consider when choosing the best furnace for your home.

Choose The Best Furnace by AFUE

To better understand how furnaces are measured for efficiency, you need to know what AFUE stands for. AFUE is the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating. It works much like the miles-per-gallon rating on a car – the higher the rating, the lower the fuel costs. A higher annual fuel utilization efficiency means more comfort for every dollar spent. If a furnace is 25 years old or older, it could have a rating as low as 55% to 65% AFUE. For instance, if a furnace has an AFUE rating of 80, then it means that 80% of the fuel it consumes will be used as heat, and 20% will be completely wasted as exhaust. So, the higher the AFUE, the better!

higher AFUE = greater energy savings

Of course, AFUE is not the only thing to consider when choosing the best furnace for your home. Cost of maintenance, operating cost, size and your personal home heating needs all influence your decision. Some of the popular types of furnaces in Canada include gas, electric and propane. Gas furnaces are the most common and that is what most people select due to their features: safety, reliability and of course, efficiency. HVAC technology has changed dramatically over the past few years. For example, gas furnaces have become more efficient (95%+) in terms of performance, functionality, and energy consumption.

How do you choose the best furnace for your home?

With so many options to choose from, why would you choose a Napoleon furnace? With superior design and engineering, a Napoleon furnace provides safe, reliable and efficient heat to any home. It is one of the most reliable gas furnaces on the market.

Choose Canadian

made in Canada, Napoleon is a proud Canadian company, engineered and designed by Canadians for Canadian climates

Did you know that Napoleon furnaces are engineered and designed by Canadians specifically for Canadian climates. Napoleon products are manufactured in Barrie, Ontario. Napoleon was also selected as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies!

Choose Clean Air

Napoleon offers the option of installing a HomeShield UV lamp directly into the cabinet of the furnace. This allows the air passing through the furnace to be purified with HomeShield’s UV technology before it circulates through your home. HomeShield uses chemical free, ultra-violet light to intercept airborne pathogens like allergens and dust mites. It halts bacterial growth from reoccurring and helps to maintain healthy air in your home. Air quality is one of the top things to consider when you choose the best furnace for your needs.

Choose Quietness

With Napoleon’s Whisper Quiet™ operation the EnerSave Plus and EnerSave Pro motors will ‘soft start’ & ‘soft stop’ gradually changing speed to reduce the noise created by conventional furnace motors.

Choose Wifi

The Napoleon’s 9600 furnace is compatible with smart thermostat technology. Easily paired with a wide variety of wifi-enabled thermostats and control boards, the 9600 is compatible with your home and is future ready. Comfort controls at your fingertips from wherever you are.

Choose Variable Speed Technology

Napoleon’s motors use variable speed technology, creating a two stage furnace. A two-stage furnace runs longer at lower capacity – 60% versus 100%. The blower runs at 60% on first stage for most of the year and reduces electrical consumption by up to 80% over conventional blower motors. Therefore, this feature saves you fuel and money while delivering even and consistent heat to your home.

Choose the Best Furnace: NAPOLEON

Are you ready to upgrade your existing home heating system or replace your old furnace? Is it time to get rid of your old, inefficient furnace and choose a Napoleon furnace? Consult an HVAC professional at Ignite Heating to help you choose the right furnace for your home. Models range from 40,000 BTU’s up to 120,000 BTU’s. We can help you determine which Napoleon furnace is the best for your needs.

Call (780) 919-4916 or email us today. At Ignite, your comfort is our concern!

Home Heating Emergency!

Congratulations, you survived the latest Alberta cold snap! Did your home heating system struggle? Could your furnace keep your home nice and warm? Did you suffer from a home heating emergency? Let’s look at the three most common HVAC heating emergencies that you might want to avoid next time we get a burst of cold Alberta winter weather.

⚠️ Emergency #1: Plugged Air Intake Vent

To work properly, your furnace needs adequate airflow. If your furnace is having problems starting, or seems to be trying to start but can’t, a blocked airflow from the intake pipe could be the culprit. Even if you aren’t having trouble with your furnace, it’s a good idea to check your intake before the cold weather arrives. Most often snow and ice are the typical causes for blocked air intake vents, and it’s a common reason to cause your furnace to stop running. Having a properly installed fresh air intake is the first step to improving your home’s indoor air quality. We suggest you double check that your fresh air intake is clean and free of snow and ice to keep your furnace running smoothly all winter.

⚠️ Emergency #2: Dirty Furnace Filter

How long has it been since you last changed your furnace filter? Replacing your filter on a regular schedule will keep your furnace working at it’s optimal performance. A clean air filter not only improves your indoor air quality, but it can also improve your heating and cooling system’s airflow and efficiency. This can help lower your utility bill and extend the life of your equipment. If your filter gets too dirty, it can block the return air flow to the furnace. It’s like putting a blanket over your head and asking you to breath normally! So change your filter on a schedule (hint: we recommend changing your filter every 3 months or as recommended by your equipment manufacturer manual) to keep your furnace running smoothly.

⚠️ Emergency #3: Failing Flame Sensor

No heat at all – during extreme winter weather this is the most troublesome home heating emergency! It can be alarming to wake up to no heat in your home. With the temperature dropping to dangerous levels at night this is definitely something you should avoid to keep your family safe and warm.

If your furnace keeps shutting down and cannot provide heat to the entire house, it may be because your flame sensor is failing. There are three signs of a bad flame sensor. First, the furnace starts working but then quickly shuts down – also known as “short cycling”. Second, there could be cracks in the porcelain of the flame sensor which can cause it to quit working properly. Finally, if the flame sensor is corroded or needs cleaning it could stop functioning all together.

How Can You Avoid A Home Heating Emergency?

An HVAC professional from Ignite Heating can identify your home heating emergency and offer the best solution. We repair all makes and models and can locate the parts to repair your furnace. It may even be time to replace your furnace if a repair solution is not an option. We offer free quotes on furnace replacements and can recommend the best home heating system for your home. Contact Ignite Heating today by calling (780) 919-4916 or fill out the contact form here.

Your furnace may need a “clean & check” to make sure it’s prepared for the next drop in temperature. We charge $125 to come to your home and clean and check out your furnace thoroughly – contact us today to book a clean & check. That way you will be prepared for the next cold snap and most likely avoid a home heating emergency!

At Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd., your comfort is our concern! Call us today at (780) 919-4916 for all your home heating repair emergencies and inquiries. Why not add our professional, friendly technicians, available 24/7, 365 days a year to your phone’s contact list – just in case you need us during the next Alberta cold snap!

Home Heating Repairs – A Common Winter Issue

Did you notice that our Alberta winter weather is here, and the temperature outside has dropped considerably? As a result you may be faced with some unavoidable home heating repairs! With this cold snap set to bring us record-setting -40 lows, our freezing winter weather presents some common challenges for the home heating system trying it’s best to keep you warm. Let’s take a closer look at a few common winter home heating repairs:

Inconsistent Heat – Home Heating Repair #1

Most likely you prefer your whole house to be heated evenly. Generally each room should be comfortably warm. However, a malfunctioning heating system could be causing one room to be chilly while another room feels hot. To prevent this from happening you can make sure your doors and windows are sealed properly, and your home’s insulation is sufficient. Furthermore, you can turn on your home’s circulating fan to move warm air down to lower levels because heat rises. Generally heat downstairs will eventually drift upwards with the help of a centralized fan.

Heat Cycling – Home Heating Repair #2

If your furnace is turning on and off far more often than usual, it is sometimes considered “heat cycling”. Heat cycling lowers system efficiency and raises your utility bill! Heat cycling can indicate a dirty blower motor or filter, or it could be the result of a malfunctioning thermostat. Changing your furnace filter on a regular basis and calling a professional HVAC technician can help you pinpoint the problem. Preventing heat cycling can save you money on your monthly heating bill.

No Heat – Home Heating Repair #3

No heat at all – during extreme winter weather this is the most troublesome home heating repair! It can be alarming to wake up to no heat in your home. With the temperature dropping to dangerous levels at night this is definitely something you should avoid to keep your family safe and warm.

If your furnace is having a problem producing any heat at all it may be a number of things. It could be a faulty thermostat or the pilot light is not lit. Or maybe the main burner or a control board or flame sensor has quit working properly and may need to be replaced. An HVAC professional from Ignite Heating can identify the problem and offer the best solution. We repair all makes and models and can locate the parts to repair your furnace if necessary. It may even be time to replace your furnace if a repair solution is not an option. We offer free quotes on furnace replacements and can recommend the best home heating system for your home. Contact Ignite Heating today by calling (780) 919-4916 or fill out the contact form here.

Stay warm everyone! At Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd., your comfort is our concern! Call us today at (780) 919-4916 for all your home heating repair requests and inquiries. We have professional, friendly technicians, available 24/7, 365 days a year…even when it’s -50 outside!

The Forecast…Cold!

Sherwood Park weather forecast - January 2020
Sherwood Park, AB – Weather Forecast
Source: https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/weather/alberta/sherwood-park

An HVAC Contractor – Your Heating & Cooling Expert

Choosing an HVAC contractor can be a daunting task. If you work with the right company, then the process of repairing your HVAC unit can be a smooth and effortless process. Did you know that your energy efficiency can suffer if your HVAC system isn’t installed properly? And if you choose the wrong HVAC company to repair your system, you could end up with an “HVAC Wall of Shame” story to tell your friends and neighbours at the next block party (who wants that?!).

Whether your home’s heating and/or cooling system is in need of routine maintenance, emergency repairs or a total replacement, selecting a qualified HVAC contractor is an important decision! To ensure you hire a qualified professional that best fits your job, here are a few simple tips to help you find the best HVAC contractor for your needs.

Choose The Right HVAC Contractor With These 5 Simple Tips:

HVAC Contractor Selection

Tip #1 Get A Referral

Ask neighbors, friends, and family for referrals for reliable HVAC contractors in your area. Referrals can give a homeowner insight as to the type of experience they can expect from a particular contractor.

Tip #2 Read Reviews

A quick glance at the number of review stars can often be misleading. Be sure to read the written comments and look for HVAC contractors with a good reputation for value, quality and customer service. Read Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. reviews on Google here! We also have great reviews on Yelp and Facebook!

Tip #3 Locate An Authorized Dealer

If you’re looking at a particular brand of furnace, check out the manufacturer’s website for recommendations of a local dealer and/or HVAC contractor in your area. For Napoleon products, search here to find an authorized dealer in your area. Ignite Heating is an authorized dealer of Napoleon products!

Tip #4 Look At Reliability

Check out how long the HVAC Contractor has been in business. If a company has been around for a long period of time, it usually indicates that they are well established, familiar with their service area, knowledgeable about the needs of their client base, and have very capable and skilled technicians with many years of experience. Research the history of the contractor and the business.

Tip #5 Don’t Always Go With The Lowest Bid

Sometimes, a lower price doesn’t always mean it should be your first choice. Paying a little bit more will often result in better equipment and service from your chosen company. If there are huge discrepancies in price from one contractor to another, ask them why their prices are set that way. For example, higher prices can indicate better quality of equipment, training of technicians, and above average maintenance agreements.

Tip #5 Call Ignite Heating!

Contact Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. today if you are searching for a qualified HVAC contractor in the Sherwood Park or Edmonton area. We have skilled technicians and have been in business for over 10 years. Read our Google reviews to hear what our past customers have to say about our services. We are a member of the Better Business Bureau. Call us today for a FREE QUOTE at (780) 919-4916.

Ignite Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. BBB Business Review

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Read some of our latest reviews from some of our awesome customers:
  • review rating 5  I contacted Dan thru a google search and requested that he check my sisters furnace that was not starting.... this is my sisters review: Dan from Ignite heating was a godsend today. My furnace wasn’t working and it’s-26 outside. He arrived when he said he would and adjusted my furnace and stayed to make sure everything was ok. He is a 5 star! Thank you Dan!!

    thumb Las Ventanas Costa Rica
    1/14/2020
  • review rating 5  When I had three companies come in to check if I needed a new furnace or if I should service my current one, this was the only company that told me that I have one of the best ‘old fashioned’ furnaces & that I should keep it as long as I can. Ignite is a very reliable and trustworthy. They have installed my airconditioning since & they are the ones I call when I need the furnace serviced.

    thumb Annelies Bronder
    12/17/2019
  • review rating 5  My furnace stopped working last night during the cold snap, and I called Ignite Heating very early on a Saturday morning. They answered my call and the lead technician called me back within 20 minutes. He was able to diagnose the problem over the phone and patiently walked me through the troubleshooting. Now my furnace is up and running again. Great response time and customer service - I will be using them for all my heating + AC needs!

    thumb Cheryl Stewart
    1/18/2020
  • review rating 5  We called at 6pm with our issue. Ignite dropped off the part we needed by 8pm (diagnosed issue over the phone/photos msg'd) and I was able to install/have my furnace working 5 minutes later. Invoice in hand and paid. Perfect.

    thumb Sylvie Dubois
    2/13/2020
  • review rating 5  Amazing service! We have had Ignite service our home heating system and install a furnace our garage. They explain all the steps clearly, give honest upfront pricing, and run a clean and efficient job. We recommend them to everyone because they have been so good to us.

    thumb Kelly S
    6/03/2019