Home Heating Systems Upgrade Options
Home Heating System Upgrade Options
Today we are speaking with Dustin Ready of Balcaen & Sons Heating & AC. We want to find out what is new in home heating, furnace, technology.
Tell us a little about yourself, Dustin
Dustin Ready: I’ve been in the industry for about 10 years now, and am now working at Balcaen & Sons. Balcaen has been in the Winnipeg heating and ac business for the past 75 years, family owned and operated. We can handle all your residential heating, ac, and hot water tank replacement needs, plumbing, etc.
Me: Lets talk about peoples options for upgrading or replacing their current furnace. Furnace technology has come a long way in the past 15-20 years. What would be an entry level furnace which home owners might consider?
Dustin: Most inexpensive is a single stage furnace. The furnace is the same as what they have now, but built to todays standards with high-efficiency. Lennox is our flagship brand, well known since the 1890’s
Me: Whats the next level of furnace up from there?
Dustin: The next level is a 2-stage furnace, the Lennox Elite Series. It has a low-heat, high-heat setting. It will run at a lower capacity when not needed. It will use a lot less gas on warmer days.
Me: How can a 2-stage furnace save money?
Dustin: Furnaces are ‘sized’ to the house for the coldest days of the year. We only have about 2 weeks of those, so the rest of the days the furnace is ‘oversized’ for that house. You dont need 100% of the gas to heat the home, and a lower setting is going to save you money
Me: And then we have the ‘Cadillac’ of the industry. Tell us a little about the bells and whistles of a top end furnace?
Dustin: The best furnace out there is the variable capacity furnace, or otherwise called a modulating furnace. It has 65 stages of heat, so it can adjust very precisely to the home’s heating requirements. Make things very comfortable in the home.
Me; Ok, so I have a friend of a friend who offered to install a furnace for a couple hundred bucks. I want to save money, but is this a good idea?
Dustin: Not at all. The home owner should get a professional to work on the home because of warranty and follow up service concerns.
Me: Now what about older homes, in areas such as river Heights and Crescentwood, that still have the old boilers in basement. Hot water heat boilers that looks like russian space ships. If owners want to replace those, what are their options?
Dustin: We still have boilers available, even high-efficiency boilers. Forced air systems CAN be installed, but will be more expensive because of the ductwork.
You can contact Dustin at Balcaen & Sons at (204) 475-1506