I want the most environmentally friendly furnace

When it come to the environment, carbon impact is key. That’s why we offer American Standard heat pumps and furnaces.

Their heat pumps are highly efficient with zero carbon footprint (depending on the source of the electricity) and their gas furnaces go all the way up to 97.3%, which means that they use less gas and have a smaller carbon footprint than 98% of the market.

And with readers of a national product testing research magazine rating American Standard  furnaces and heat pumps as the most reliable in 2014, you are not only more likely to maintain that high efficiency over their full life but with good maintenance they will also last you at least 15 years, twice as long as many furnaces, even the most popular brands.

Plus

  1. In 2014, readers of a national product testing and research magazine rated American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning’s furnaces as the most reliable brand among leading manufacturers. Their furnaces require up to 11 less repairs over their life compared to other brands, saving up to $3,300.
  2. Hassle-free, comprehensive warranties that, unlike most brands, can cover the cost of labour as well as parts.
  3. Our 140 years in business guarantees you an expert install and the peace of mind that we’ll be here to serve you for the entire life of your furnace.

 

Connect with a Comfort Expert today for free advice on how you can achieve the most environmentally friendly installation.

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3 important criteria for ensuring your furnace is environmentally friendly

Congratulations! It’s great that you are willing to choose a heating solution that will have impact for longer than just the life of the equipment. And to help ensure you make the most environmentally smart purchase, we’ve outlined three important criteria below.

Carbon content

The most obvious environmental consideration is carbon content. Here, heating systems that run on electricity are clearly the winner with no carbon content (depending on the source of the electricity).

Natural Gas is far and away the cleanest burning conventional fuel (assuming hydrogen is not conventional), followed by propane and then oil.

Although carbon content is the way most people concerned with sustainability would like to make all their decisions, there are certain economic realities that compromise this objective.

Installation Costs

Heat pump technology (that uses electricity) is significantly more expensive to install (by a significant margin) than fuel-burning furnaces. Condensing oil furnaces are the next most expensive followed by propane then natural gas furnaces. Not to be overlooked is electric baseboard heating which is quite a bit less than even a natural gas furnace.

Operating Costs

The positions do move around a bit with changing fuel costs, but generally can be listed in the following order from most to least expensive: electric baseboard, oil furnace, propane furnace, heat pump, and natural gas furnace.

There is a bit of math involved to calculate the operating costs (email us at info@hoggmechanical.com if you’d like to see it in more detail) but generally, if it costs $1000 to heat a house for a year with natural gas then it will cost around $1200 with a heat pump, $2800 with propane, $3500 with oil and $4,200 with electric baseboards (based on Aug 2015 energy prices in Southern Ontario).

Summary

This can all be summarized in the following chart with (1) being the worst (most expensive) and (5) being the best (least expensive).

Elect BB Heat Pump NG Furnace Propane Oil
Carbon content 4 5 3 2 1
Installation costs 5 1 4 3 2
Operating Costs 1 4 5 3 2

So if you can afford it, heat pumps are the best decision environmentally and oil is the worst.

It should be said here that heat pumps include air source heat pumps AND ground source heat pumps – which are also frequently referred to as Geothermal heating.

Maintain your heat pump to ensure it performs efficiently and lasts

Heat pumps, like all other heating and cooling equipment, require periodic professional inspections and tune-ups. The equipment is becoming more efficient and is using more sophisticated technology. If not calibrated periodically their performance will suffer from both a reliability and efficiency standpoint and the life of the unit will be reduced.

A $50 professional tune-up every two years will cost you $750 over the 15-year life of the heat pump. The typical cost for a repair is $300 – $500 and a poorly maintained unit will typically last half as long as a well-maintained one. Preventative maintenance is an extremely sound investment – to say nothing of the value of reducing carbon emissions.

 

Connect with a Comfort Expert today for free advice on how you can achieve the most environmentally friendly installation.

Phone 519-772-2010 or complete our contact form:

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