Heating & Cooling

November 26th, 2011 Comments Off on Heating & Cooling

It’s that time of year again when I start wondering if our furnace will last through another winter.  When the furnace guy came to do the annual tune-up this summer he informed me that I would probably get 1 more winter out of it, maybe 2 winters, and 3 would be pushing my luck.

The furnace ran for one day when it got chilly in October and then died.  The repair man who came to fix the furnace came up from the basement shaking his head and said “If I were you I would start saving your pennies.”

Here’s the old girl, after 20 years of faithful service:

Since the government energy retrofit grant program is about to expire we decided to bite the bullet and replace the furnace and add air conditioning as well.  A couple of energy audits and some paperwork should get us some grant money from the Federal and Provincial governments.

Here’s the sexy new furnace.  96% efficient, 75,000 Btu’s, dual stage, variable speed DC motor, electrostatic air filter and lifetime warranty on all major components:

The venting for the furnace and hot water tank was also replaced to bring it up to current building code.  The furnace condensate drain was rerouted to the sump hole rather than to the hole in the floor where the previous furnace was drained.

Here is the a/c unit.  We won’t get to use it for a while but it’s nice knowing it’s there.

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