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Tips to Ensure You Have an Efficient Furnace

You might not realize it, but your furnace might not be as efficient as you think. There are numerous things that can affect whether you have an efficient furnace or not and understanding them is essential to how much running your furnace costs you.

An efficient furnace is important to your monthly bottom line, and if saving money is important to you you’ll want to read this.

An Efficient Furnace Starts With…

  • Keeping furniture, curtains and other things away from the vents in your home. If the air can’t properly circulate in your home, your furnace will have to work overtime to warm the rooms in your house.
  • Duct cleaning is essential to allowing the warm air from your furnace to flow freely around your home. If ducts are dirty or have debris in them then airflow is inhibited and your furnace has to work harder to spread the warmth.
  • Clean or replace your air filter. If the air filter in your furnace is dirty then the airflow is restricted and your furnace has to work harder than normal to push air through the filter and then through your home.
  • Annual maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure you have an efficient furnace. An experienced and knowledgable furnace repair and furnace maintenance technician will evaluate your furnace and perform a tune-up to ensure that it’s running as efficiently and reliably as possible. This appointment will also ensure that you avoid as many repairs as possible by addressing any concerns early on before they lead to major repairs and in turn expensive repair costs.

Overall, the HVAC industry has taken steps to improve environmental sustainability. Green HVAC technology is more efficient, will save you money, will last longer and will reduce your carbon footprint compared to older HVAC systems and furnaces in particular.

If you’re not sure how efficient your furnace is, reach out to us at Furnace Pro Inc to find out and discover more high-efficient options: 647-547-6094

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Toronto Heating Options: Boiler Or Furnace?

When it comes to deciding how to heat your home in a city this big, there are really only 2 main Toronto heating options. Here, we’ll take a closer look at furnaces and boilers to help you know a bit more before investing in the future of your home’s heating.  

A Closer Look At Toronto Heating Options For Your Home

Let’s start with the more widely known option of furnaces. A furnace is a great Toronto heating option for a home with existing ductwork. You see, in order for a furnace to operate, it needs to pull in air, heat it up and then distribute that warm air throughout a home via ductwork or vents. Without them already in place, selecting a furnace to heat your home may prove to be quite a bit more expensive than you’d hoped. However, with ductwork in place, furnaces have proven to be a reliable source of heat – often lasting as long as 20+ years if properly maintained.

The other common Toronto heating option would be a boiler. Boilers are usually found in basements of homes and tend to take up quite a bit of room. These systems operate by pulling in water, heating it up to the desired temperature and distributing it to radiators throughout the home. While this is more compatible in just about any home, common issues like kettling, lime scale build-up and the overall amount of space a boiler can take up remind people that these are usually well suited for homes rather than the growing condo population in Toronto and the GTA.

So which one best suits your needs? To be honest, that all comes down to the size of your living space, the type of existing system currently in place, as well as how much maintenance you’d like to perform yourself. Truth is, your best bet is to be honest with yourself and make a list of pros and cons before deciding on one of these Toronto heating options. Just make sure you let a professional handle the installation.

Call Furnace Pro Inc For Help With Toronto Heating Options

For more than 35 years, our team has been available to help homeowners with the installation, maintenance and repair of their heating systems. We’re not about to stop now. Call 647-547-6094 to get started or to learn more about your options based on your needs. Trust us, after 30 years of serving Toronto and the GTA, we know a thing or two about taking care of our customers.

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The Best Furnace Repair In Toronto And The GTA

My name is Alison and calling Furnace Pro Inc this past winter was the best decision I could’ve made when I needed help with my furnace.

It started with just a noise and then snowballed – no pun intended – into a full on breakdown of my furnace. Now I live in a smaller home in Toronto and the GTA with my mother, so having no heat on a cold winter’s day isn’t really an option. My mom’s 85.

Naturally I reached out to friends and family members to see who they would recommend for furnace repair, and I got some responses that I called to book an assessment. The big problem I found was the lack of urgency from most of those other guys. Almost all of them wanted to dispatch someone the following week to just visit my home and assess what was wrong. I felt pretty defeated, but it was actually a truck on my street that led me to calling Furnace Pro Inc. They were working on my neighbour’s home, so I figured I’d see what they were all about.

To my surprise they were very receptive and empathetic to my situation. Within just a few hours, that same truck was in front of my home. They did a great job answering my questions as well as handling the furnace repair in record time. That same weekend the temperatures outside reached negative 20, so I was very grateful for the quick help. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else for quick and reliable furnace repair than Furnace Pro Inc!

Furnace Pro Inc Is Here To Help With Furnace Repair, Furnace Installation & More

Our dedicated team of HVAC technicians and staff understand what it takes to serve Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years now. No matter the need, we are confident in out ability to diagnose the issue, and dispatch the right person to work with you finding a solution. From air conditioning installation to furnace repairs, our phone lines are open 24/7 to serve you better. Just give us a call at 647-547-6094 if your furnace is giving you trouble, and we’ll be there to answer. After all, you don’t get the privilege of staying in business for this long without learning how to take care of your customers when they need you most. Hot or cold, day or night, we’re available to help keep your home comfortable all year long.

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Always Hire A Professional For Furnace Installation

As a small business owner in Toronto and the GTA, I sincerely recommend hiring a professional to handle any HVAC installation. Late last year I was in a bit of a situation at my office. The heat was never working properly in the winter, but always seemed to get the job done regardless. Just before the holiday break, our furnace gave out completely. We needed furnace installation services fast.

With the holidays only a week and a half away, my upstairs tenant in the building we share recommended his brother-in-law to take a look. It sounded like a good idea at the time, so we gave him a call – assuming this was a furnace installation or HVAC expert. He was not.

Can I Void The Warranty If I Handle The Furnace Installation?

After taking a look and claiming to have fixed the issue, the furnace was producing warm air. The final day before the break I did a walkthrough and noticed the furnace had died. Long story short, I contacted a professional. They weren’t able to come until after the New Year.

Luckily, I saw a Furnace Pro Inc van in my neighbourhood and approached them in person. The technician was nice enough and even took a few minutes to give me a second opinion. He said that the “earlier repairs” weren’t bad enough to void my warranty, but that has happened when dealing with a novice furnace installer.

Furnace Pro Inc Is The Right Choice For Furnace Installation

Toronto and the GTA is a big place, but Furnace Pro Inc is up to the task. When it comes to HVAC issues, don’t hesitate to give them a call. They’re nice, knowledgeable, and efficient. Real professionals. I’d recommend them to anyone looking for help with their furnace. Luckily I was able to avoid the need for a new furnace until the following spring, but when it finally called it quits, I booked Furnace Pro Inc to handle my furnace installation. Now my office is toasty warm, every winter.

Our expert team at Furnace Pro Inc work hard to put our customer first for over 30 years. If you ever have a problem, we can be there to take your call 24/7, and dispatch someone to your home or office within hours. Leave your HVAC to our professionals for a job well done. Give us a call if you need anything at 647-547-6094. We’d be more than happy to help with furnace installation, repairs, maintenance and more.

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Case Study: Our Old Furnace

Billy and Jean were sitting in their Toronto home one cold winter weekend last year and all of a sudden they felt a chill. Thinking nothing of it they grabbed a blanket and cuddled up, but the chill only got worse and before they knew it they could see their breath right in their living room. It quickly became obvious that something was wrong with their furnace.

Billy fiddled with the thermostat, but it changed nothing. He went downstairs to “check” the furnace, but he knew he wasn’t an HVAC technician and yelled upstairs to Jean, “our old furnace is just finished I think”.

This isn’t uncommon. They had their furnace since they moved into their renovated Toronto home 15 years ago and haven’t changed it since. Their next step was a smart one, they called Furnace Pro Inc. They knew that it wouldn’t be long before they were dealing with frozen pipes and since they used Furnace Pro Inc for annual maintenance appointments, they knew a Furnace Pro Inc HVAC technician would be at their home to help in no time.

When we arrived we could see that Billy and Jean were cold and that they needed a new furnace. We got on it quickly and by the end of that Saturday they had a new furnace installed in their home.

Overall, Billy and Jean made the right choice knowing that Furnace Pro Inc provides 24/7 emergency services year round, even on the coldest days of winter. We know you don’t want to deal with frozen pipes, which can lead to additional costs and renovations if water ruins your home’s building materials.

If you find yourself in a situation like Billy and Jean worrying about “our old furnace” give us a call, no matter what time of day it is or even if it’s a weekend or a holiday. We’re available all the time to help out. Contact us at 647-547-6094.

My Furnace Is Making A Strange Noise

My Furnace Is Making A Strange Noise…

So winter is on the way and you’ve just turned on your furnace for the first time. Wait…what’s that you hear? You think to yourself: “My furnace is making a strange noise, who do I call?”

Don’t worry you’re not alone. This happens to lots of furnaces and lots of people throughout Toronto and the rest of the GTA. As furnaces get older they clearly have more wear and tear and as a result they can start to experience issues. Even if your furnace is working properly it can still make strange squeaking and grinding noises, which means it needs furnace maintenance or furnace repairs.

Furnace Maintenance

“My furnace is making a strange noise…” First you said it and then your wife said it and then you heard your kid say: “My furnace is making a strange noise…”, which made you smile, but you still know that you need a solution. A furnace maintenance appointment is the best thing you can do.

When you call Furnace Pro Inc for a furnace maintenance appointment we’ll come to your home on time for your scheduled appointment. We will clean your furnace and check all the components for wear and tear and test them to quickly uncover where the noise is coming from and what may or may not need repairing immediately and in the near future.

Furnace Repairs

Once our Furnace Pro Inc HVAC technician has had a look at your furnace they will know what needs furnace repairs. At this point we will provide you with a price for all parts and service and let you know exactly what needs doing and how long it will take.

Overall, you can count on Furnace Pro Inc for furnace maintenance and furnace repair services. We have over 35 years of experience with furnace repairs and furnace maintenance, so you know we have the knowledge necessary to get your furnace up and running quickly and efficiently. Contact us today for more information about our expert furnace services: 647-547-6094

When Should I Replace My Furnace?

Yes, it’s not winter time yet, but summer is coming to an end and in the near future you will need to switch from using your air conditioner to using your furnace. Your furnace will have to keep you and your family warm all winter, but there’s one thing you may be asking yourself. When should I replace my furnace?

Answers: When Should I Replace My Furnace?

How did your furnace perform last winter?

This is when you should evaluate how well your furnace worked last spring or winter. If i broke down, produced hot air, consumed a lot more energy than usual or didn’t run well in general then you may need to have it evaluated by a professional for replacement.

Have you performed furnace maintenance lately?

Lots of people forget to take care of annual furnace maintenance or they don’t see value in it. These aren’t good choices as they can lead to having to make expensive repairs and even replace your furnace sooner than you’d like to. Lack of maintenance can also drastically affect the performance of your furnace. Quick tips: change your filter and clear out your stuff from around the vents.

Factor in whether you’ve performed maintenance regularly or not to whether your furnace needs a repair or replacement. If you haven’t performed maintenance lately, that may be all that’s needed to get your furnace back to working at full capacity again.

How old is your furnace?

Clearly the age of your furnace is one of the main factors in whether it needs replacing or not. Better brand and models will certainly last longer than others, but a furnace that is routinely maintained will last longer than it would otherwise. So understanding how strict your maintenance regimen was is part of the equation. Typically, a furnace starts to see decreased efficiency and starts to break down more often after 12 years of use, and you should consider replacing it between 16 and 20 years.

Contact Furnace Pro Inc for more information about furnace replacement or if you’re just asking yourself: When should I replace my furnace? Give us a call at 647-547-6094

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Before Calling For Furnace Repair…

Furnace season is almost here. Most of us didn’t take the time this summer to check that our furnace is operating properly because it was nice and warm out, and of course we have all been very busy having fun. Well, the fun is slowly coming to an end with September almost here and school upon us. You may find that your furnace isn’t working as well as it should, but before calling for furnace repair here’s what you need to know.

Don’t worry, not all furnace repairs require a full furnace replacement, but again before calling for furnace repair…

Here are the things you should check before calling for furnace repair

The Power

One of the most common issues is that there is no heat coming through the vents in your house at all. This might mean that a circuit breaker has been tripped, which is one of the most common reasons a furnace isn’t working. If this is something that happens often, then you might need to call an electrician to evaluate if you have the right type of circuit breaker for your furnace. The last thing you want is for your furnace to draw more power than your electrical system can handle.

The Outdoor Air Intake

One thing to be sure to check before calling for furnace repair is the outdoor air intake. If this is blocked with leaves or snow your furnace might not be able to draw enough air into the system, which can really inhibit how well it works. This will also negatively affect the efficiency of your furnace, which will also cost you money on your monthly energy bills.

The Thermostat

If your furnace won’t turn on you may just need to change the battery in your thermostat, if it isn’t hard wired to your home. A weak battery may not be able to send the signal from the thermostat to the furnace to tell it to turn on, which may lead you to believe your furnace needs repairs.

The Furnace Filter

If your furnace is running, but there’s no hot air and old clogged filter might be the culprit. A really dirty filter will affect how well your furnace works and also negatively affect the efficiency of your furnace. You will also experience much more wear and tear than usual.

Overall, if your furnace isn’t working well and you’ve checked all these things then you should call Furnace Pro Inc for furnace repairs or furnace maintenance. Contact us for a free estimate or more information: 647-547-6094.

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3 Clear Signs Your Furnace Needs Repair

Hey Toronto! We know that many of you have had the misfortune of having your furnace break down in the middle of winter. It’s incredibly inconvenient and can actually be dangerous if you have someone who is elderly or very young living in your house. When a furnace needs repair, it doesn’t take long for the cold to creep in, so having an HVAC contractor come ASAP is very important. The alternative to having a company like Furnace Pro Inc come quickly to fix your furnace is staying in a hotel or with family or friends until someone else can come to fix it. This might be a friend or a company that doesn’t understand your urgency, but realistically you need it fixed now!

Ideally, you want to avoid the last minute “furnace needs repair” situation. Here’s what you should look out for.

Your Furnace Needs Repair If It Struggles to Maintain a Consistent Temperature

If it sounds like your furnace is running longer than usual to reach the temperature you set on your thermostat, it may be headed toward failure. Your initial thought might be that the problem lies with your thermostat, but it’s more than likely the result of a failing part inside of the furnace.

Furnace Blows Strange Smelling Air

In the fall when you turn your furnace on for the first time it’s normal for the air to smell a little differently than usual. This smell can often be attributed to dust in the furnace itself and in the duct system. But, if the smell is much stronger than you’re use to or it lasts much longer than you think it should there might be bigger problem to deal with. Hopefully, this air isn’t toxic, but just to be safe you should turn off your furnace and call an HVAC expert from Furnace Pro Inc. In all likelihood your furnace needs repair in order to operate safely.

Furnace Makes Loud and Unusual Sounds

Every furnace makes a certain amount of noise. It’s just a normal part of operation. The thing that you need to be concerned about is if your furnace is making so much noise that you need to raise your voice to speak. I this is the case your furnace needs repair. There may be clanking, clunking, grinding, or squealing sounds coming from your furnace. Regardless of your knowledge about furnaces or HVAC system it should be obvious that your furnace needs repair.

It might seem like a big expense if your furnace needs repair, but replacing your furnace because it’s so broken that it can’t be fixed is much worse. This can happen if you don’t take proper care of your furnace. Realistically, you don’t need to strap on a stethoscope and hold it up to your furnace to find out if your furnace needs repair. All it takes is just realizing that it’s not operating as it should. There are several telling indicators that can lead any homeowner to this conclusion, but if you really want to give yourself peace of mind schedule an annual furnace maintenance appointment with Furnace Pro Inc.

For more information about furnace maintenance or to schedule an appointment if your furnace needs repair contact Furnace Pro Inc in Toronto or the GTA today: 647-547-6094.

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Time For A Mid-Winter Furnace Tune Up

What an up and down winter it has been so far. We’ve had record-breaking temperatures both cold and warm. There have been massive amounts of snow, that has now all but completely melted, but not to worry more is on the way. As usual the weather in Toronto and the GTA is a hot topic around the water cooler, and it can certainly make your furnace work overtime. If you didn’t have time in the fall or late summer to get your furnace maintenance appointment in, there’s not time like the present. Don’t wait to book your mid-winter furnace tune up, it can save you money.

Save With A Furnace Tune Up

There are lots of ways a furnace tune up can save you money. Here are a few.

  • Improved Efficiency = Reduced Cost – A furnace tune up improves how efficiently your furnace operates. As a direct result of this improved efficiency it uses less energy to operate, and in doing so it costs you less money on your energy bills every month.
  • Avoid Costly Repairs – An annual furnace tune up is the best way to avoid expensive repairs to your furnace. During an annual furnace tune up our HVAC technicians check every area, part and aspect of your furnace to ensure its running properly. If they see something that indicates there might be a problem they’ll let you know and discuss options to repair it while it’s still a small issue, not a big problem.
  • Furnace Longevity – Ensuring that your furnace receives annual furnace tune up maintenance is the best way to keep it running efficiently and properly. That means less wear and tear on all it’s parts and systems. When there’s less wear and tear on your furnace, it will run for long than it would without an annual furnace tune up.
  • Healthier Air Quality – Part of a furnace tune up maintenance appointment entails a properly cleaning of the inside of your furnace. This also includes changing the filter, which many people forget to do. Changing the filter is essential to the health of your furnace and the air quality in your home. It collects dusts and other airborne particles from the air in your home, so you and your family have fresher air to breath.

Overall, a mid-winter furnace tune up is a great way to get your furnace running as efficiently as possible. Take advantage of tuning up your furnace today, as it’s a great way to save money throughout the winter and beyond. For more information about the benefits of a furnace tune up or to book one today contact a Furnace Pro Inc HVAC technician today: 647-547-6094.