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The Right Furnace Can Keep Energy Bills Low

With winter rolling in, you need to be ready. To keep you and your loved ones toasty warm this time of year, you’ll need a furnace will that will operate reliably and won’t break the bank.

It’s no secret that in the GTA, hydro prices have seen a recent increase. Now this might be for the greater good of the city of Toronto, but most people would agree that paying more around the holidays isn’t very festive. There is something you can do though. Schedule an appointment with Furnace Pro Inc Toronto to evaluate the efficiency of your furnace. We’ll find any efficiency problems and advise you with the right steps to increase your furnace’s efficiency. In doing so we’ll be helping you lower your energy bills.

To avoid getting overly technical with furnace jargon, we’ll keep things simple. A furnace is designed to generate warm air that is pushed through your home. As the temperature dips, the furnace works a bit harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. In the event of an older, less efficient furnace, the energy that goes in isn’t necessarily equal to the heat that comes out. Less efficient means more power to heat your home – and that means more cash flowing from your wallet towards increasing energy bills.

How Do I Know If My Furnace Is Efficient?

Unless you know a thing or two about furnaces, you probably won’t know if you’re make and model is an efficient one. Now, you can absolutely do your homework and look into which models might be best for your home. However, no matter how much furnace knowledge you acquire, installing the right model takes a professional. Our experts also have over 30 years of experience in Toronto installing, repairing and maintaining furnaces. We’ll help you make the right choice for your home to suit the size of your home and your needs.

Furnace installation is no joke and takes someone with experience to do the job right. After all, you wouldn’t rewire your home because you read about it online, would you? Of course not, that would be dangerous. The same goes for furnace installation, since it requires making sure your home is at a comfortable temperature for years to come.

Professionals Know Best

In Toronto and the GTA, you can probably find a bunch of people who claim to be professionals when it comes to furnace installation, but how credible are they if they don’t have references, good online reviews or a track record of experience? That’s where we encourage you to do that homework we talked about earlier. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t go with the first person who is available, the cheapest or the closest to your home. Poor choices can result in overpaying or a wonky furnace installation job.

To save you some time researching Furnace Pro Inc, we’ve got over 30 years of experience installing furnaces in Toronto and the GTA. Our reputation is second to none and we have a lot to offer including duct cleaning, furnace repairs, furnace maintenance, boiler repairs, boiler maintenance and much more – all at a price you can afford. Sound too good to be true? Contact us at 647-547-6094 and we’ll provide you with a free estimate.

We’d love to hear from you to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Put our experience and knowledge to work for you, and keep your energy bills under control this winter.

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Upgrading To A High Efficiency Furnace

So, it’s finally happened. Your trusty old furnace has kicked the bucket. It’s a sad day in your household, but it doesn’t have to be. Now that you have to replace your old furnace you can install a new high efficiency furnace. A growing trend with our customers in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA is that they’re replacing old furnaces with new high efficiency furnaces. They’re doing so for a number of different reasons.

Save Money With A High Efficiency Furnace

Most people install a high efficiency furnace because they’re sick and tired of their rising energy bills. The government is continually increasing energy prices, so operating your household is constantly getting more expensive. A high efficiency furnace can save you up to 20% or even 30% on your energy bill depending on the size of your home and the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating on your new furnace. The higher the SEER rating on your new high efficiency furnace, the less energy it will use.

An Eco-Friendly High Efficiency Furnace

It might seem fairly obvious, but a high efficiency furnace is more environmentally friendly than other furnace models. Simply put, they use less energy to heat your home and in doing so reduce your carbon footprint. There are also models that work at two stages depending on your needs and these models operate very efficiently to provide your family with warmth all winter long.

How Reliable Is A High Efficiency Furnace?

When you install a new high efficiency furnace you might wonder if it’s going to be as reliable as your trusty old furnace that lasted for 20 years and never let you down. Are newer furnaces built as well as older ones? The truth, is they are built even better, which means they’re even more reliable. Furnace manufacturers these days have taken advantage of years of insights and technology to develop furnaces that last. They do require annual maintenance to ensure they’re running as efficiently as possible, but with advanced computer systems keeping everything in check the chances of a breakdown are significantly reduced.

How Affordable Is A High Efficiency Furnace?

Depending on the size of your home and your needs every homeowner can afford a high efficiency furnace. While they are more expensive when it comes to up front costs, high efficiency furnaces save you money in the long-term with lower energy bills and fewer repair costs. Overall, their upfront cost is easily offset by their benefits and other savings.

For more information about installing a high efficiency furnace or to schedule a free consultation and estimate contact Furnace Pro Inc today: 647-547-6094. Furnace Pro Inc has been installing furnaces in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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Furnace Filter Differences: What You Should Know

When it comes to your furnace and home heating system there are always lots of difference choices to make. Even when it comes down to the small things like your furnace filter there are lots of options to choose from. It’s always important to ensure your furnace filter is the right size for your furnace, but which type of filter is the best?

Furnace Filter Types

When it comes to your furnace filter, there are 4 main types that you can consider when replacing it.

Disposable Fibreglass Furnace Filters: This is the most basic type of furnace filter. It’s also the least expensive type of furnace filter. They’re designed to filter the air that passes through your furnace. They keep it free of debris, dust and other larger particles as they move through your system. They’re the most affordable option because they don’t do much else to ensure the air in your home is clean.

Disposable Electrostatic Furnace Filters: These are a more expensive type of furnace filter. These disposable electrostatic filters work very well when it comes to stopping very small particles, allergens and other small particles from being blown throughout your home. These filters work great if you’ve got pets in your home. They’re also ideal to help filter the air if people smoke in your home.

Disposable Pleated Furnace Filters: These filters do an excellent job of filtering out very small mites and spores out of your home. These filters need to be changed more often than other types of filters otherwise your furnace will have to work harder than it needs to. This can lead to unnecessary wear and tear to your furnace and HVAC system.

Permanent Electrostatic Furnace Filters: These filters are for those that want to reduce their household waste. These reusable filters are simply thrown into the washing machine, and can be reused for up to 8 years. The one issue with these filters is that they’re not as effective as the disposable filters.

For more information about replacing your furnace filter contact Furnace Pro Inc: 647-547-6094.

Furnace Pro Inc has been serving customers in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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Emergency Furnace Services In Toronto

Winter is coming and if you have an old furnace that might be near the end of its life you might need emergency furnace services this winter. Furnaces are machines and just like other machines they break down from time to time, especially as they get older.

When You Need Emergency Furnace Services

Let’s be honest, there’s never a good time for your furnace to break down. It typically happens when the load on your furnace is at its highest. When the dead cold of winter hits and your furnace has been running for days to keep you and your family warm it might run into some problems. It’s difficult to predict what will break on an older furnace, but you can always count on emergency furnace services to help.

You might think emergency furnace services aren’t necessary. Your furnace breaking down might not seem like an emergency because you can just put on an extra blanket and wait until the next available appointment. The problem with that thinking is there are numerous things that can go wrong as your home gets colder and your furnace operates with malfunctioning parts.

If your house gets too cold there is a big risk of your pipes freezing and bursting, which can lead to expensive repairs and water damage. If your furnace is still running but isn’t working very well and needs repairs you might be doing additional damage by letting it operate. When you realize your furnace needs repairing it’s important to turn it off instead of allowing it to run. Some components can be damaged as other components break, so turning it off is the best way to proceed.

A few blankets and winter coats might work in the short-term, but it’s important to keep your home warm as well as your family.

For more information about emergency furnace services or if you need them right now call Furnace Pro Inc: 647-547-6094. Furnace Pro Inc has been providing emergency furnace services in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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5 Key Benefits of Furnace Maintenance

Few people are happy that summer is coming to an end. Less sunlight, higher gas prices, cold temperatures, and ultimately snow-covered cars and commutes aren’t things anyone looks forward to. One of the most important things when dealing with everything winter brings with it is your furnace. Your furnace keeps your home warm and comfortable. It creates a space for you and your family to stay warm, hibernate and forget all of the negatives that come along with winter. That’s why it’s so important to properly maintain your furnace. Proper maintenance is the best way to ensure it runs well all winter long.

Furnace Maintenance Benefits

Paying Lower Energy Bills

By properly maintaining your furnace you’re also ensuring good efficiency. This is especially important when you’re placing a heavy load on your furnace during the cold months of winter. Maintenance means that electrical connections are tightened, moving parts are lubricated and all other components are inspected and repaired if necessary. By keeping things running properly your furnace will use less energy and cost you less in the long run.

Longer Life

During maintenance your furnace is thoroughly tested and inspected, which means an experienced technician will look for common issues with your make and model and identify anything that urgently needs repairing. When some parts wear out or malfunction they can negatively affect related parts causing them to have problems. A proper cleaning is also a great way to reduce the wear and tear on parts. Overall, maintenance will increase the life of your furnace.

Less Repairing, More Enjoying

Regular inspections and checkups are the best way to find small problems before they become big problems. Finding small problems that can be fixed with adjustments rather than large problems that require replacement parts is essential to avoiding repairs.

Safer Operation

Annual maintenance typically includes a review of the safety features and problems areas. Depending on the make and model of your furnace this can include a variety of different checks. The last thing you want is for your furnace to be the source of carbon monoxide in your home, or for it to stop operating when you’re not there, which can lead to frozen water pipes on cold days.

Better Capacity

After your maintenance is finished you’ll notice that your system runs better and more efficiently. Its overall capacity will increase and it will work much less to heat your home.

For more information about heating your home, maintenance or to book an appointment contact Furnace Pro Inc today: 647-547-6094. Furnace Pro Inc has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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Does Your Cat Love Your Furnace?

If you’re a cat owner you may noticed your cat sitting on the heating vent that distributes air for your forced air furnace. It might not even be that cold in the house or outside yet, but cats love sitting on furnace registers. If you’ve been scratching your head trying to figure out why the reasons might be more obvious than you actually think. Cats like any other animal are constantly searching for comfort. Whether it’s through eating, being scratched, playing, or sleeping and resting they want to be comfortable.

Sitting on the furnace register is the ideal place to be to get a nice even warmth for any cat. Whether it’s cold out or not, cats love being warm.

Cat Furnace Safety

You might think that your cat is smart enough to avoid all danger in your home on their own, but it may or may not understand where danger lies. In your basement there are a number of HVAC dangers including your furnace. Sitting near or on the furnace shouldn’t be something you encourage and 90% of the time no harm will come to your cat, but there is always chance they get too close to the pilot light or brush up against a hot tube or duct.

Your water heater is even more dangerous for your cat. There is a risk of burning if the wrong surfaces are touched, so discouraging your pets from going near your furnace or any other basement appliances is advised. As mentioned, your cat may have been hanging out in your basement for year without incident, but there is always a chance of injury just like there is to a child.

Sitting On The Heat Vent

Overall, sitting on the heat vent won’t bring any harm to your cat, but there are reported cases where male cats that sit on vents too often or for too long aren’t able to reproduce. This is the result of their reproductive organs being heated up prior to mating and temporarily sterilizing them. Not all cat owners want to breed their cats, but if you do and are having issues with the male this might be one of the reasons.

For more information about cat safety and animal healthy consult your veterinarian. We definitely aren’t experts concerning cat health, regardless of our love of felines.

For more information about your furnace, furnace installation, furnace repairs or ensuring your furnace is ready for winter, contact Furnace Pro Inc today: 647-547-6094. Furnace Pro Inc has been providing HVAC services in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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Fall Furnace Maintenance Checklist

Sadly, winter isn’t that far away anymore and fall is right around the corner. Taking time to enjoy nature’s changing colours and the brisk feeling in the air is important as it will soon be gone and you’ll want to retreat inside where it’s warm. Keeping your furnace in good condition is a big part of escaping the cold, and there’s no better time than fall to take a look at your fall furnace maintenance checklist.

Basic furnace maintenance is the best way to ensure your furnace is working perfectly now that cold weather will soon be upon us. Don’t be fooled by the hot temperatures this week, the cold air that invades the night is a sure indication that it won’t last much longer.

Gas Furnace Maintenance Checklist

Here are a few essential things you can do to ensure your furnace is working properly.

Visual Furnace Inspection: Take a look at your furnace to see if there is an excess amount of dust or black soot building up anywhere. Is there is then you should call an experienced furnace repair technician from a reputable company like Furnace Pro Inc immediately. Turn on your thermostat to see if the furnace cycles up correctly. Listen closely for strange noises or loud vibrations that might indicate there’s a problem. It’s also important to prime your nose to smell for any gas leaks.

Turn it Off: Now that you’ve looked it over turn the thermostat off and then the switch for the power. If you can’t find the power switch you can turn the power off at the breaker. Next turn off the gas if you’re planning on checking off any gas related items in your furnace maintenance checklist.

Dusting: Once your furnace has cooled down open it up and use your vacuum to clean out the dust. If there are areas where your vacuum isn’t working use a damp cloth to wipe the dust away.

Fan Belt: If you have a blower with a fan belt it’s important to take a good look at it for racking and fraying. Checking the tension to ensure it’s still taught is also important. It shouldn’t move more than 1/2 an inch.

Filter Replacement: The last and one of the most important things on your furnace maintenance checklist is changing the filter. Turn your furnace back on and if you’ve turned the gas off, turn it back on and relight the pilot light.

You should only perform furnace maintenance if you’re comfortable enough to do so. If you’re unsure about any aspect of your furnace maintenance checklist contact Furnace Pro Inc today for a free estimate and to make a furnace maintenance appointment: 647-547-6094.

Furnace Pro Inc has been handling furnace maintenance checklists in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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4 Benefits of Furnace Repair

Don’t get mad, you know and we know it, winter is coming! It happens every year and there’s nothing we can do about it. Something else that also happens every year is people around Toronto having their furnace break down on them, but there is something we can do about this. Furnace repair services are the best way to ensure your furnace doesn’t break down in the dead of winter or even the fall when you start it up for the first time.

Your furnace is an investments and a critical piece of your home comfort. It also ensures that you and your family have a nice indoor air quality, which is why you need to keep it running efficiently and properly.

Furnace Repair Essentials

Here are 4 simple things that you’ll benefit from with regular furnace repair and maintenance services.

  1. Lower Costs: With regular maintenance and repair your furnace will run more efficiently and save you money in the long-term. You’ll also find small problems that are easy to fix now, rather than allowing them to get really big and cost you a fortune to fix later.
  2. Guaranteed Warmth: Pending any catastrophic break down, you’ll realize near guaranteed warmth throughout the winter months with regular furnace repair and maintenance. An HVAC professional will identify issues in advance and fix them, which will drastically reduce the chances of a break down.
  3. Improved Air Quality: Furnaces use air filters, and changing these filters is very important. Not only do they remove particles from the air in your home, a clean filter can also improve the efficiency of your furnace and HVAC system.
  4. Peace of Mind: You hear a rumbling noise from your basement and are afraid to go down because you know that noise is going to cost you money, aka furnace repair and maintenance services and maybe a new furnace. Being proactive and regularly checking and repairing your furnace is the best way to keep it running reliably.

For more information about furnace repair and maintenance services or to book an appointment contact Furnace Pro Inc today: 647-547-6094.

Furnace Pro Inc has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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The 2 Most Common Questions About Furnace Filters

Our Furnace Pro Inc technicians visit so many different customers in Toronto, York Region and the GTA and we’ve noticed that two common questions always come up about furnace filters. What is the main purpose of furnace filters and how often should furnace filters be replaced? As we don’t get a chance to always visit our customers before it’s time to change their furnace filters we’re hoping this posting will provide a little more information about furnace filters so our customers can take action before it’s too late.

What’s The Main Purpose of Furnace Filters?

One of the easiest ways to explain why you need a furnace filter and what it does is by comparing it to the human respiratory system. Every human has one thing in common, which is the need to breathe. Each of us has small hairs inside of our nose which are there to ensure that dust, pollen and other floating particles are collected so they don’t get into our lungs. Furnace filters operate in a very similar way. As your furnace pulls air from your home to heat it up and redistribute it, it passes through your furnace filter. This filter ensures that dust and other floating particles aren’t re-circulated throughout your home and enter your furnace to cause damage.

When considering air flow your furnace filter can also be compared to the respiratory system. If your nose is plugged up and you try to breathe in it’s not as easy as when you have a clear nose and nasal passage. Your furnace filter is just the same. If your furnace filter is old and is clogged it wont’ allow proper airflow for your furnace. By restricting air, flow furnace filters are making your furnace work harder than it has to which reduces its efficiency and the amount of warm air that’s spread throughout your home.

How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

There are a few variables that can affect how often your furnace filter should be changed. The type of filter you have, if you have pets, the type of furnace you have, the environment inside and outside of your home, and the size of your home can all affect how often you need to change your filter. Typically, it’s a good idea to check your furnace filter at least once a month to ensure that it’s not clogged and is allowing proper airflow through the furnace. If you have an exceptionally dusty home or quite a few shedding pets then it might be worth checking more often. When furnace filters are clogged it’s very obvious and they should be changed immediately. It’s typically a good idea to have a replacement on hand so they can be quickly swapped out without the ned for a run to the Canadian Tire or Home Depot.

For more information about furnace filters or changing your furnace filter contact Furnace Pro Inc today: 647-547-6094

Furnace Pro Inc has been serving Toronto, York Region and the GTA for over 30 years, providing reputable and exceptional HVAC services.

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Summer Furnace Maintenance Services

Just because it’s summer and you’ve turned off your furnace for the season doesn’t mean you should be finished with your furnace just yet. After a long hard fall and winter where your furnace worked hard to keep you and your family cool it’s time to ensure that it’s shut down properly maintained for the summer. Summer furnace maintenance services are an essential part of your HVAC maintenance regimen and can ensure your furnace is working properly and ready for the fall when it inevitably arrives again.

The Importance of Summer Furnace Maintenance Services

Heating your home in the fall and winter isn’t the first thing that comes to mind during the beautiful hot summer months. However, summer is the ideal time to fix your furnace because you aren’t relying on it for anything. Without proper servicing and maintenance prior to fall and winter you can’t be completely sure it will work properly and might fail when you need it most. You might also have to wait for a service appointment because fall and early winter are very busy times of year.

Professional Furnace Maintenance Services

Hiring a reputable and experienced HVAC technician from a company like Furnace Pro Inc is the best way to ensure your furnace is thoroughly inspected and properly maintained. A good HVAC technician will take care of the following:

  • Clean out all dirt, dust and debris from your furnace and it’s related components.
  • Test the airflow into and out of your furnace as well as throughout your ductwork.
  • Check and test the pilot light and test the burner if your particular type of furnace has them.
  • Inspect and lubricate all parts that move or have mechanisms.
  • Check the flue.
  • Inspect the overall condition of the furnace and all of it’s related components.
  • Discuss the thermostat settings and provide advice to save you money.
  • Complete a full safety test of your furnace to ensure it’s not leaking carbon monoxide and that none of the gas connections are faulty.
  • Ensure that all areas are even heated as needed.

All makes and models of furnace can benefit from a thorough inspection. Furnace Pro Inc can also help you file a warranty claim against your furnace if it still applies, so your repairs and maintenance might be covered.

Homeowner Furnace Maintenance

Throughout the year there are a few things that each homeowner can do to ensure their furnace is operating properly. Inspecting and changing the furnace filter regularly is one of the most important things you can do to keep your furnace running efficiently. A clogged filter makes your furnace work harder to send heated air throughout your home, and if you also have a central air conditioner this filter applies to that as well.

Homeowners should also install and regularly check carbon monoxide detectors. While these are important for the safety of you and your family they can also identify a malfunctioning furnace. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to any new or strange noises coming from your furnace during operation. Typically it should make the same amount and types of noise all the time, when something new appears that means that something has changed and should be inspected by a professional.

Schedule Furnace Maintenance Services

For more information about furnace maintenance services or to schedule an appointment contact Furnace Pro Inc today: 647-547-6094. We’ve been serving Toronto, York Region and the GTA for over 30 years, providing exceptional HVAC services to customers new and old.