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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

Garage Heater: The Next Best Thing To AC

Many people don’t pay much attention to their garage in the winter. It’s a place to keep the car free of snow and ice and it’s also the catchall for any item that doesn’t have a place inside the house. However, the garage can provide valuable residential space! It can be used as a workshop, hobby space, workout area, or just hang out space. Your garage can also be used to ensure that your car will not only be protected from the snow but also the freezing cold temperatures. However, if you live in Alberta the garage can get pretty cold in the winter – unless, of course, you have a garage heater.

By increasing the garage temperature, you now have usable space for household projects or a hobby. Even if you don’t want to use the garage as extra workspace, installing a garage heater can help your car get through the winter. Not only is nice to get into a warm car, but it’s also easier to start a vehicle when the temperature is above freezing. Also there’s no need to have to use an engine block heater if your car is toasty warm in the garage. That, in turn, helps the engine in your car to run more smoothly in the cold weather.

I find garage heaters go along the same lines as air conditioners. It is one of those things homeowners don’t think much of until they experience it at someone else’s place, and then they can’t imagine living without it! Are you ready to have your homeowner’s dream day and install heat in your own garage? Give Ignite Heating a call at (780) 919-4916 today to schedule your free quote for a new garage heater. We can answer any questions you may have about garage heaters. Contact us today. At Ignite Heating and Air Conditioning, your comfort is our concern!

Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

Brrr! Did you notice your furnace fan is running but there is COLD air coming out of your vents? Actually, there are a few reasons this could be happening – let us troubleshoot your problem – here are a few steps you can take if your furnace is blowing cold air:

#1 Wait for a minute for your furnace to warm up.

It is normal for cool air to emerge from the vents when your older style furnace first starts up, so wait a minute or two to see if the air eventually warms up.

#2 Check your thermostat.

Make sure your fan switch on your thermostat is set to “auto” rather than “on”. When it is set to “on”, the furnace will blow continually, even when the furnace isn’t actually heating air. The problem might be a simple thermostat setting – an easy fix! Also look for the primary exhaust fan switch in your home – these are typically found in a hallway or installed higher than normal light switches. Once you flip that switch, a bathroom fan will turn on and the furnace will run normally again.

#3 Change the furnace filter.

A dirty air filter may restrict airflow into your furnace and this may cause your furnace to overheat or cause a safety control to shut off the burners. This is actually a preventative measure to protect your furnace from overheating and causing any damage. So change your filter if it’s dirty. If you want a hassle-free way to keep track of when to change your furnace filter on a schedule, click here for more information about our Ignite Maintenance Club – we can help you with annual furnace maintenance which will help you lower your energy bills, reduce the number of repairs, lower the risk of surprise breakdowns and improve your equipment life. Contact us to join the club!

#4 Clean your flame sensor.

Pilotless ignition furnaces use a flame sensor to keep the furnace burning once it starts up. If your flame sensor is either defective or dirty then your furnace will turn on and then stop shortly after. If you are familiar with furnace components you can likely clean your flame sensor yourself using a fine abrasive pad. If it is faulty then you will need to replace the flame sensor.

#5 Call a professional at Ignite.

Call Ignite Heating today at 780-919-4916 if your furnace is still blowing cold air (or not working at all!) – do not try to repair your furnace yourself. We will troubleshoot and identify what is causing your furnace to blow cold air and we’ll give you an upfront estimate on how much it will cost to fix your furnace. Our friendly professionals will repair the problem, and after the repair is complete we will help you prevent this from happening again!

Our technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays!) to help you diagnose problems and come up with viable solutions to ensure your family doesn’t have to go without heat when you need it most! We service all makes and models and stock some minor parts in our vans. Call us today at 780-919-4916 or contact us here.

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