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Old 03-15-2012, 07:08 AM   #1
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This i know may not be easy and usually you get some liking certain models ..but is there one furnace here that does stand out better then the rest...

If i go to a new furnace, having a single stage installed now,, i am thinking of a dual stage furnace, as hydro here in Ontario is very costly, so i want to save electricity..here are 3 choices

Keeprite - Hi Eff. Gas Furnace - Two Stage - Variable Speed - DC Motor - 96% AFUE - Natural Gas - 80000 BTU - G9MXT080-IIX96 -

Ruud / Rheem - Hi Eff. Gas Furnace - Two Stage - Variable Speed - DC Motor - UP FLOW - 95% AFUE - Natural Gas - 75000 BTU - RGRM-07EYBGS -

Carrier Performance 96 - Hi Eff. Gas Furnace - Two Stage - Variable Speed - DC Motor - Up to 96.7% AFUE - Natural Gas - 80000 BTU Ė 59TP5A080 - $2480

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All furnaces will perform well if installed properly.

Asking that question is like asking what is the the best car. Everybody has their favorite ...

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Old 03-15-2012, 08:58 AM   #3
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I thought i would get a reply like this...but HVAC installers have furnaces also, why are they picking one over another..its not because of installations..
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I installed a Carrier 3 stage in my house about 3 years ago. Really like it, it is extremely quiet most of the time, has caused zero problems, and the higher efficiency has saved a fair bit over the last 3 winters. That being said, I am a Carrier dealer, so that is the product I went with. It is a lot easier to sell something, if it's what you have in your own home.

I'm sure you would be happy with the 96%. I have installed many over the last few years and my customers seem to like them. Any of the models with the ECM motors will draw very little power. I checked one a couple weeks ago, on low fire it was drawing .74 amps, and on high it was 2.2 amps (your regular unit could draw 5 to 8 amps).
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Well. Start with a load calc to find out what size your really need. Then have your duct work checked to see if it can handle the air flow of the new furnace(new furnaces need to move more air per BTU then the old ones did).
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #6
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Good information, the current furnace i have is a Clare Brothers HE@ 90 %..I have had it for 16 yrs, no problems other then a gas valve, until the last couple weeks..Just weighing my options. When we installed this furnace had a so called pro come in and look at the size of Furnace we would need to heat a 2500 SQ ft house, i trusted the guy knew what he was doing, turned out he under-sized the furnace..It has an output of 65000 BTU..and we just had all new windows and doors installed so we really have cut down on heat loss..

But it would be nice to have a up to date furnace that does use alot less hydro..Hydro is a huge concern in Ontario..

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