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Your Essential
Home Heating Guide

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Over 60% of your annual energy costs go to heating your home, so it's worth heating it as efficiently as possible.

In this guide, you'll find helpful tips, resources and checklists to keep your home comfortable and energy costs down.

Source: Save on Energy


Is your furnace trying to tell you something?

Watch the video to learn how to save with incentives.

Is it time for
a new furnace?

Think about upgrading if:

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Your home's air is
too dry or dusty

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Your system is more
than 10 years old

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It's unusually noisy

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You need major
parts replaced

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Rooms served by the
furnace are chilly

Working with
a contractor

When it comes to hiring
a contractor, it pays to
do your homework.
Here's how to be
better prepared.

How to choose a contractor + questions to ask

  • Start with our list of participating contractors near you
  • Read online reviews
  • Ask friends and neighbours for recommendations (check to ensure they're on the list of participating contractors)
  • Get at least three quotes and compare estimates
  • Ask for an inspection of your current system
  • Get everything in writing
  • Ask about rebates for high-efficiency systems
  • Ensure your contractor has general liability insurance to protect yourself
  • Ask about services post-installation, including annual servicing, maintenance, etc.

No-cost tip

During the heating season, help heat your home naturally by opening blinds during the day and closing them at night.

10 tips to
tune up

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Shopping for
a new furnace?

While high-efficiency units tend to have a higher purchase price, lower operating costs mean you'll spend less over time.

Added benefits:

  • Proven reliability
  • Quiet performance
  • Better warranty protection
  • Improved air quality
  • Use less energy

Look for the
high AFUE rating

The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, found on the official Canadian EnerGuide label, is a measure of how efficient your furnace is. The higher the rating, the more efficient the model.

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With rebates that help offset the upfront cost, now's the time to think about upgrading.

Get $250

When you install a
high-efficiency furnace.

Get up to $400 Illustration of an air conditioner and a furnace

When you install a
central air conditioner.

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