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 A trained HVAC technician can help you determine your home's heating requirements

Decide on the Type of Furnace to Purchase

The two most common types of furnaces are electric and combustion. Most combustion furnaces today usually burn natural gas, but there are some that use propane or oil. An electric furnace doesn't burn fossil fuels. They use electricity instead to generate heat. In Ontario, electric furnaces are more expensive to operate than natural gas, propane, or oil because of the current high cost of electricity.

Choose the Amount of Energy Efficiency You Want

Modern furnaces are much more energy efficient than they were in the past. The easiest way to determine a furnace's level of efficiency is by taking a look at its AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the furnace will be. You can find a furnace's AFUE rating on its EnerGuide label (the Government of Canada mark found on a sticker on the outside of the unit).

The time that it takes to replace a furnace will vary from home to home, but on average it can be completed in less than a day, with most installations taking between 4 and 10 hours. The actual time that the installation process takes will depend on the size and type of furnace you have installed. If you are looking for a furnace installation professional that you can trust in the Ottawa area, contact Draft Control today.

How Long Does It Take to Replace a Furnace

The size and layout of your home will help determine what
size of furnace you buy

Consider the Size of Your Home

The size of your home will determine the size of your new furnace. You don't want a furnace that is too small, as it won't have the capacity to heat your entire home and will probably wear out faster due to overexertion. Neither do you want one that is too big, as it will have too much heating capability. As a result, it will heat your home very quickly and then shut off quickly. Constant shutting on and off of your furnace is hard on the furnace, and it means that it won't run as efficiently.

A trained professional can work with you to do a heat load calculation to determine the correct size of furnace to keep you and your family comfortable in your home. The factors they will consider include:

  • Your home's floor plan and orientation
  • The amount of insulation you have
  • The number of people living in your home
  • The number and type of windows and doors you have
  • Your square footage

The following video will step you through a basic heat load calculation.

Steps Draft Control Will Take To Install Your Furnace

Personally Assign You a Trained Technician:

When you choose to hire Draft Control for your furnace installation we will send a personally assigned technician to your home to carry out the installation. Our technician is committed to you alone during the installation and will not be called away to another call.

Initial Walk-Through:

Upon arrival, we will do a thorough walk-through of your home and of the installation area, explaining what we are going to do.

Progress Updates:

We will give you updates on our progress throughout the day. You can be assured that we are there for one thing, and one thing alone, to install your furnace. We don't take shortcuts and our installations are of the highest quality just like you deserve.

Post-Installation Checklist:

Once the job is finished, we will go over a post-installation checklist with you to confirm that we have precisely completed the job and that we have exceeded your expectations. We will also make sure you have our number to call and ask any questions you may have after we leave.

Don't take chances with your furnace installation. Hiring a professional company like Draft Control will ensure that the installation is done in a timely manner and only needs to be done once, whereas hiring an inexperienced person can waste unnecessary time and money. Contact Draft control today to install your new furnace or to do a maintenance check repair on your current model.

"The installation was fantastic, he didn't rush, left a clean job site and did everything in a timely manner.  After testing everything out, he left me his business card and told me to call or text if I had anymore questions or issues. We were so impressed with Draft Control, that in the spring we are having them replace our 20 year old air conditioner. If you are looking for an honest contractor that has competitive pricing that installs a very good brand, then definitely put Draft Controls Heating and Cooling on your short list.   I'd also recommend him for servicing heating and cooling units."

- Christopher K

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How Long Does It Take to Replace a Furnace? 4 - 10 Hours

As long as your existing ductwork is in good shape and doesn't need replacing or repairing, then the entire installation should be able to be completed in less than a day. The average time it will take is usually somewhere between 4 to 10 hours depending on the type and size of the furnace that you are installing. Larger, more complex units usually take a bit longer than smaller, basic units.

Most modern combustion furnaces will last between 15 and 20 years. Purchasing a new furnace is a large investment, so it is important to get the right size to meet the needs of your home and family for a long time. You also want to make sure that you have it properly installed by an HVAC technician with the experience and expertise to do the job correctly.