How Much Should I Be Paying for a Calgary Furnace Installation?

The process of furnace installation has several steps from planning the connections and creating the design to product purchase and material procurement. You have to pay for the planners and designers, product, materials, and the workforce. How much you pay depends on the product, material and labor costs. Let's examine these aspects with the example of a residential gas furnace installation in Calgary.

Safety and Quality Standards

CAN/CGA-B149.1 is the set of Canadian standards for the installation and maintenance of gas and propane-based furnace systems. Though you may not know much about them now, it is possible to read it and ensure its conformance by your contractor.  The costs could be slightly higher compared to the non-standard installation, but it ensures lifelong safety and extended durability with low maintenance.

Talk to your contractor about his conformance to the quality standards from the stage of material selection to complete installation procedures. Then you can get an idea about the cost saving and the quality of work being delivered. Striking a balance between the two parameters is the most important factor for choosing the right contractor.

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Furnace Cost

Check for the cost of a new furnace with all its accessories and parts. The cost you pay depends on the size and output capacity of the furnace. If you have a small family, it is better to opt for a mid-sized furnace which can serve water and interior heating needs. An average mid-size new furnace in Calgary could cost you between CAD 4,000 and CAD 8,500. 

Installation Cost

If you opt for replacing the old furnace with a new one, additional cost may include old furnace dismantling, refurbishing / replacing the existing fuel and pipe networks, and installation of the new furnace. The labor cost varies depending on the number of working hours and the volume of work.

Piping and Energy Network Cost

The gas furnace needs piping for the fuel inlet, water inlet from the storage unit, circulation throughout your home, and return to the storage unit. The other pipes are an air intake, gas exhaustion, and condensation carrying pipes. Your installation contractor will plan and create the piping network design after the initial inspection of your home and evaluation f your heating needs.

It is a recommended practice to use metal pipes for fuel and hot water carrying networks. They may have an external PVC coating to prevent the dispersion waste of heat during the circulation. You should

Know the net of piping length used by the contractor for the installation. Then you can calculate the cost based on the per unit length.

Venting and exhaust pipes are generally made of PVC or ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene). They may have an interior metal layer or not, depending on the need. Metal pipes with exterior plastic layer will cost you more than pure PVC pipes. You can check the prices from online shops or the nearby store.

Material Cost

The materials you buy include accessories, exterior control valves, screws and bolts, replacement washers, wall pipe hangers, etc. The other cost may include air ducts, furnace platform, and safety installations

Safety Installation Cost

You can't ignore the importance, of installing the safety equipment, extinguishers, and water sprinkler pipes. The type and volume of safety equipment depend on the furnace and network size and complexity. You can calculate the costs after analyzing the quantity/numbers.

Probable Reasons for Inflated Costs

Branded Products: Branded furnaces in Calgary are expensive due to quality and durability. They can work for decades without wearing out. Genuine parts and components ensure efficient heating. Thermal loss within the furnace is only a fraction of the net heat generated by the system.

Furnaces with higher efficiency can produce and retain heat much better than the other products. They optimize the fuel consumption for generating more heat per unit of time. You can also use them for multiple applications within your home. They can supply hot water for the kitchen, bathroom, garage, and other rooms of your choice apart from radiant heating systems.

Labor Costs: Inflation of labor costs is a common phenomenon in Calgary. Availability of skilled workforce during winter could be difficult. They may charge you more for the installation. The option between choosing the inexpensive and inexperienced workforce and the expensive and experienced is yours.

Extended Warranty: Branded furnaces and installation by established contractors come with an extended warranty. You don't need to pay for the maintenance and part replacement costs during the period. The initial installation cost could be higher, but you can save more on the maintenance.

Material Costs:  Genuine materials for piping, cabling, venting, and platform installation cost you more than the inexpensive and poor quality products. But they can work for years without rusting, corroding, and breaking down.

Choosing the Right Plan

Installation of furnaces and piping networks need a specific plan. An experienced contractor plan and design the network that saves you money in the long run. An incorrect plan can increase your energy and maintenance bills. So, you need to pay for the technicians. Choosing the experienced technicians can reduce the long-term expenses.

When to Install Your Home Furnace

Furnace installation could be economical when you get it done during the fall or summer. Product and material manufacturers may offer discounts during the season.  Labor costs may also be low due to availability and competition. It takes fewer days for the complete installation since the work can continue late in the evening.

Choosing the Right Contractor

You can get a quote for the above-listed costs from your contractor. Then you can compare it with the others and choose the most economically and technically feasible option. There is a subtle, yet strong difference between feasibility and affordability.

Feasibility considers quality, durability, safety, fuel and power saving, and efficiency of heating at competitive costs. Affordability considers only the cost without referring to the other parameters. The suggested way is to look at the feasibility factors. You can relax for decades without having to worry about the recurring costs.