There are a number of factors to take into consideration when installing a new home furnace. Among these, your home size, energy needs, efficiency standards are the most important. As price differences between furnaces can tally up to thousands of dollars, it’s always a good idea to put some good thought into what you truly need, and what model is best suited for your home. In this guide, we’ve accumulated information about how to find your home’s energy needs and BTU requirements, and created a handy product comparison for our energy-efficient Lennox products. Cozyworld is your top Lennox dealer in the Toronto area, offering qualified, Energy Star Certified Lennox heating and air conditioning units.
How to figure out your home’s needs:
To figure out the average heating capacity of your home, calculate your square footage. Homes will require between 40-50 BTUs, depending on the location you live in. Temperate climates such as Ontario will need the lower end of the range, while homes in Northern Canada will require up to 60 BTUs. Newer or recently remodelled homes, as well as those with insulated windows and doors will need less. Compare your home’s specifications and outfitting for the most accurate estimate.
How you calculate is you take your home’s square footage, and multiply it by the number of BTUs needed for you climate and purposes. So, a 2,500-square foot home in a Toronto climate will be calculated as follow:
2,500 x 40 = 100,000 BTUs
Keep in mind that your furnace’s AFUE rating will also have to be taken into consideration, because just because a furnace has a 100,000 BTU capacity doesn’t mean it will be able to heat your home fully. The AFUE rating is the efficiency of your furnace. Most of our products have an AFUE rating of over 90%, meaning they will heat 90,000 BTUs of your home’s total needs. Lower end furnace models may have a rating of only 70 or 80%. When shopping, adjust your needs for the AFUE rating of the products.
One of the more precise ways to determine the best furnace for your home is to do a load calculation. This can be performed by your contractor, and is the most accurate means of determining your heating needs. The load calculation is performed in various calculation software, and takes into account your home’s foundation, flooring, roofing, insulation, location, size, windows, doors etc. As your contractor to perform one of these calculations for you, when you’re looking to replace your furnace.
The EL195E Gas Furnace is a 95% AFUE, Energy Star certified gas based furnace from the Lennox Elite series. It offers single stage heating, quiet operation heating, and a fully insulated cabinet for minimum heat loss. This furnace is Air Filter and Humidified capable and comes with a Lifetime Warranty.
The Lennox ML195 Gas Furnace is of the Lennox Merit Series, has a 95% AFUE rating, single-stage operation, a steel sealed cabinet and PSC motor. It is air filter and humidifier capable, and comes with a 20-Year Limited Warranty.
The Lennox ML193 Gas Furnace is of the Lennox Merit Series, and has a 93% AFUE rating, single-stage operation, a steel sealed cabinet and PSC motor. It is air filter and humidifier capable, and comes with a 20-year limited warranty.
The SLP98V Variable Capacity Gas Furnace is of the Lennox Signature Series, and is energy-efficient up to 98.7% AFUE. This furnace is Energy Star certified and features SilentComfort™ technology and a fully insulated cabinet, for maximum efficiency and minimal loss of heat. The variable speed motor allows for modulating heating, extended use and adjustable heating. This furnace comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty from the manufacturer.
The Lennox EL296V High-Efficiency, Two-Stage Gas Furnace is of the Lennox Elite Series and features 96% AFUE capabilities. With a two-stage heater and SilentComfort™ technology as well as a fully insulated cabinet, the EL296V is one of the highest capacity two-stage furnaces on the market. This product comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty from the manufacturer.
The Lennox EL296E High-Efficiency, Two-Stage Gas Furnace is of the Lennox Elite Series and features 96% AFUE capabilities. The PowerSaver™ constant torque engine saves on energy. With a two-stage heater and SilentComfort™ technology as well as a fully insulated cabinet, the EL296E is one of the highest capacity two-stage furnaces on the market. This product comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty from the manufacturer.
For more product comparisons, visit the Lennox brand website and select the furnaces you wish to compare. Remember that as a Canadian Certified Lennox Dealer, CozyWorld is only authorized to distribute furnaces with an AFUE of over 90%. Visit www.lennox.com for more information.