Energy efficiency is important when choosing the best heating system for your home. More efficient furnace systems result in lower annual energy costs. Two key components must be considered when calculating the efficiency of home furnaces: the type of fuel they use and the amount of electricity required to operate the system’s controls and blower motor.

AFUE, short for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, is a percentage-based measurement that reflects how well a furnace converts fuel into heat energy. High AFUE ratings translate into higher-efficiency furnaces. For example, in the mid-1970s, most gas furnaces had relatively low AFUE ratings of around 65 percent. An AFUE of 65 means that only 65 percent of the fuel input into the furnace is converted into the heat necessary to warm a home. The remaining 35 percent is lost during the process. Today home heating systems are much more efficient than they used to be. Residential gas furnaces sold in Canada must have a minimum AFUE of 90 percent (much higher than the U.S, where the minimum remains 78 percent). High-efficiency condensing furnaces feature AFUE ratings as high as 98 percent, meaning almost all of the fuel is turned into heat for your home.

High-efficiency furnaces have higher initial costs than lower-efficiency units. Of course, while you can expect to pay more upfront for high efficiency, these units will recoup this investment over their operating lifetime in the form of reduced annual energy bills. How quickly this happens depends on your home’s unique insulation, local climate variances, and the average local cost of gas and electricity. In our cold-winter climate, the higher the efficiency the better.

For those also concerned about the environment, higher-efficiency furnaces generate fewer harmful emissions.

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Ventilation System: Four Types for Your Home

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Installing a mechanical ventilation system in your home is a great way to ensure your indoor air environment has plenty of fresh and clean air. Whole-house ventilation systems are designed to provide households with healthy indoor air all year long. When it comes to choosing the right ventilation system for your household, you have the […]

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Perhaps more than any other aspect of your home-comfort systems, thermostats have seen huge advances in technology, and not just with the ability to program temperature changes to fit your schedule. WiFi thermostats are your way to take your energy efficiency, comfort and convenience to the next level. What Is a WiFi Thermostat? Also called Internet thermostats, […]

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Differences Between Standard and Condensing Gas Furnaces

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With winter in full swing, it’s important to maintain your home’s heating system and ductwork. In houses that rely on forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts circulate conditioned air. Yet, a fifth of that air is generally lost through leaky ductwork, leading to higher energy bills and an uncomfortable home. How can you recognise whether this […]

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Energy-Saving Practices That Can Also Help the Environment

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Given the bone-chilling cold of Ontario’s winters, putting energy-saving practices into play to offset high heating bills not only will save you money, but also will help the environment. It’s likely that your heating system uses the majority of energy your home requires during the long winter, and these tips can help you cut consumption. […]

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Avoiding Frozen Pipes When the Temperature Plunges

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Fall Allergies Are Annoying; Here’s How to Keep the Lid on Them

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The Air Filter and the Particles It Traps: Understanding MERV

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Buying a new air filter for your air conditioner or furnace can easily become overwhelming. There are a number of different options available on the market and knowing to choose the best air filter for your household takes a basic understanding of MERV ratings. Most HVAC air filters are labeled with a MERV rating. An air […]

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With such a wide variety of home heating systems available in the market, many people have a difficult time choosing the right system for their home. However, if you do your research and consider factors like the size and type of your house, the climate, and availability and cost of energy, this will help you […]

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Why Should I Upgrade to a High Efficiency Gas Furnace?

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No matter how much you may want to postpone replacing your old furnace, there comes a time when you know it’s time for a new one. In this case, upgrading to a high efficiency gas furnace may just be the best option for you given its increased reliability and lifelong economical service. A high efficiency […]

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7 End of Season Air Conditioning Repair Tips

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Keep Your Home Air Conditioning System Running Smoothly With Reliance Service Plans

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How to Choose the Best Water Heater for Your Family’s Needs

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How Much Does a New Furnace Cost? And 3 Other Questions about Upgrading Your HVAC System

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Time For a New A/C Unit? Our List of the Best Central Air Conditioners

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Leave Furnace Repairs to the Heating and Cooling Toronto Experts

May 29, 2013

Furnace repairs can be costly and stressful if you decide to take matters into your own hands. Unlike other small repairs that you can do around the house, furnace repairs require a lot more specialized knowledge and skills. This is the main reason why you should leave furnace repairs to the heating and cooling Toronto […]

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3 Spring Air Conditioner Repair Tips from the Professionals

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While most air conditioning repair jobs should be left in the hands of the professionals, it is always good to stay informed and get familiar with your A/C unit so you can watch for any potential problems and do some troubleshooting on your own. Experts know best what to do and where to look for […]

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What are the Different Types of Hot Water Heating Systems?

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Warning: do not buy a new air conditioner until you read this!

May 17, 2013

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How to ensure that your A/C is ready for the hottest day of the year

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3 Ways to Save Money and Lower Your Energy Bills

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Troubleshoot Furnace Problems, Then Call an HVAC Expert

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UV Lights: How They Keep Bioaerosols at Bay

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Annual Service: An In-Depth Check of Your HVAC System

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When shopping for a new heating system, investigate more than one type.

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When our parents went shopping for a new heating system, they basically had one option: a fuel-burning furnace. These days we have a variety of much better options, ranging from high-efficiency furnaces to solar, electric and geothermal models. You should take your time and do some research so you can make a well-informed decision on […]

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Furnace Troubleshooting tips to keep the cold at bay.

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With the colder winter weather approaching, Ontario homeowners should be considering the condition of their home’s furnace. Is it working properly? Furnace troubleshooting can save you a lot of money and ensure the safety of your family. There are a number of things you can do to detect problems or even prevent them from starting. Keep […]

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7 steps to finding a reliable HVAC contractor.

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Defeating a deceptive door-to-door salesperson

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Warmer temperatures tend to bring an increase in door-to-door sales visits. While there are surely lots of honest people in the door-to-door sales profession, we only hear about the dishonest ones who are giving the industry a bad name. We want you to be able to spot them and help make sure you are never […]

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Reliance Raindrop Challenge – Daily Draw #6

April 17, 2014

The Reliance Raindrop Challenge is into the home stretch and if you’re just joining us, our goal this month is to celebrate the change of seasons, spring showers and discuss how to make the most of a rainy day. If you haven’t been to our facebook page, be sure to do so and when you do, enter […]

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Using a House Cleaning Schedule to Prep Your House for Spring

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Reliance Raindrop Challenge – Daily Draw #5

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Welcome back! The Reliance Raindrop Challenge is in full swing and over the next few weeks our goal is celebrate the change of seasons, spring showers and discuss how to make the most of a rainy day. If you haven’t been to our facebook page, be sure to do so and when you do, enter for your […]

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Reliance Raindrop Challenge – Daily Draw #4

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Welcome back! The Reliance Raindrop Challenge is in full swing and over the next few weeks our goal is celebrate the change of seasons, spring showers and discuss how to make the most of a rainy day (or a snowy day as was the case today). If you haven’t been to our facebook page, be sure to […]

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Reliance Raindrop Challenge – Daily Draw #3

April 14, 2014

Welcome back! The Reliance Raindrop Challenge is in full swing and over the next few weeks our goal is celebrate the change of seasons, spring showers and discuss how to make the most of a rainy day. If you haven’t been to our facebook page, be sure to do so and when you do, enter for your […]

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Mold Prevention Will Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

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Your home is the place where you spend a significant amount of time, so it’s very important to maintain optimal indoor air quality. There are several factors that can lead to mold growth, but the most influential ones include warmth and a level of humidity that exceeds the ideal rate of 35 to 45 percent. […]

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Removing Vent Blockage Safely Will Save Your HVAC System

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Your comfort is important. Without it, you will have a hard time relaxing, focusing or even just enjoying the company of friends. When your comfort has been compromised because of insufficient heating or cooling, vent blockage may be to blame. Clogs in duct work can make individual rooms – or even your entire home – […]

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