FAQ | Questions About Heating

Answers About Heating Systems

Comfortec Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. in Red Deer regularly receives many questions about heating systems and installations, and we hope the answers on this page help provide clarification. If you have additional questions not found below, we invite you to please contact us today for more information.

What does high efficiency heating mean?

A furnace’s efficiency can primarily be determined by two factors: what percentage of each dollar of natural gas purchased is actually used to heat your home, and the type of blower used in the furnace. High efficiency furnaces will usually use 95% to 98% of gas purchased. A low constant fan setting (such as the one found in a variable speed blower) will use as little energy as needed to run a 75-watt light bulb while maintaining even warmth throughout the house.

How fast will my investment in a high efficiency furnace pay for itself?

Depending on your home structure, heat loss factors and the variable price of natural gas, your furnace retrofit can pay for itself in as little as 3-5 years. But not only do you save on your monthly heating bills, the cost of being environmentally conscious cannot be underestimated.

Approximately how long does it take to remove an old furnace and replace it with a new one?

A retrofit to an average size home usually takes one day. We will remove your old furnace and take it away when we leave your premises. Larger homes, multi-zone projects or multiple features will take longer.

Why is there no chimney with a high efficiency furnace?

Because a high efficiency furnace uses the heated gas so efficiently, exhaust temperatures are considerably lower than conventional furnaces, which allows the use of PVC venting materials through a side wall of your house.

Do I need an inspection after my furnace installation is complete?

Not all communities require an inspection. The city of Red Deer will inspect every new home and retrofit furnace installation.

Does a garage heater have to have a chimney?

Depending on your structure, a garage heater may be vented through a side wall or a roof chimney.

Does Comfortec do furnace inspections?

Yes, we do furnace inspections, using the exclusive video camera equipment called the Inspector™. We are the only company in Central Alberta qualified to use this equipment. See our services.