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Heating Systems
General Considerations for Replacement Furnaces and upgraded heating systems


Today, residential gas fired furnaces fall into two general categories, non condensing furnaces offering 80% range AFUE ( annual fuel utilization efficiency ), and condensing high efficiency furnaces offering 91% or higher AFUE ratings. Non Condensing furnaces can be utilized in all furnace replacement applications, while condensing furnaces can be used in most applications. Limitations to a practical venting arrangement may restrict the installation of high efficiency furnaces in certain situations.

Venting upgrades are required at the time of furnace replacement to meet safety code requirements. The venting upgrades vary from one installation to the next based on the Safety Code requirements as it applies to each application. Subject to meeting all Safety Code required clearances and Mfr's installation instructions, high efficiency furnaces can be side wall vented or vertically vented through Approved plastic / PVC piping arrangements. In such cases the remaining gas fired appliances such as hot water tank(s)are re vented through the original vent route which is often downsized to meet code. Non condensing furnace vent installations also require upgrades and change in most circumstances to conform to today's Code requirements. Non condensing furnaces are typically vented through a chimney that is resized to handle the total vent requirements of all gas fired appliances vented into it.

Combustion air is required to provide an unrestricted means of air for combustion purposes at all times. In the case of high efficiency furnaces, combustion air is hard piped and connected right into the furnace burner system. In the case of non condensing furnace installations, combustion air is introduced close to the burner of the largest appliance in the room. It is piped to this location through an insulated pipe and terminates at a terminal device external to the appliance. As an option the homeowner can consider using an Approved damper on this pipe which will only open whenever there is a call for heat and close when the furnace shuts off. Separate combustion air intakes may still be required in high efficiency furnace installations having their own dedicated combustion air, if the remaining gas fired appliance(s) such as hot water tank(s) exceed 50MBH capacity.

Fresh air intakes provide air for ventilation purposes in the home. A fresh air intake piped into the return air ductwork allows the furnace to draw air from outdoors, and deliver it through the duct system to the living area of the home. Some older homes beyond 25 years of age may not be fitted with this feature which becomes a requirement at the time of a furnace replacement.

When contemplating a furnace replacement keep in mind any heating system deficiencies you have noticed. These may include cold rooms in the extremities of the house, uncomfortable lower levels, drafts, poor circulation, unbalanced heating, short cycling, noise, or other concerns. A good HVAC contractor will review all these points with you, to ensure the new system contemplated can meet your expectations.

Beyond the savings in fuel consumption that can potentially be saved with a new furnace, other factors should be addressed to determine which furnace model will best meet your needs.

High Efficiency 90% +
Beyond fuel efficiency, the single major feature setting a high efficiency furnace apart from older furnaces is it's ability to reduce drafts in many parts of a home; particularly an older home. Why does this occur? Quite simply, in a high efficiency furnace installation the air used for combustion in the furnace burner is drawn directly from outside through a sealed pipe connected to the furnace. Then it is vent back outside through another sealed pipe. Thus outside air no longer has to rush through cracks and leakage points around the house to make up for the air being vented or simply escaping up the chimney without any interruption, 24 hours a day. Air loss up the chimney during off cycles is greatly diminished as the chimney will be substantially down sized once the old furnace is replaced, and the new smaller lined chimney is left to vent the hot water tank alone. Today's high efficiency furnaces can offer the quietest operation, help maintain higher average humidity levels, reduces drafts and increase comfort levels through more even heating. Combine this with limited lifetime warranties on heat exchangers and five year parts warranties, and you can experience a new level of comfort in your home.

  • 94-96 % energy efficient furnaces - Variable speed DC induced motor, two stage burner, multi position cabinet
  • 93 % energy efficient furnaces - Two stage burner operation, multi position cabinet , and multi speed motors
  • 91 % energy efficient furnaces - Standard single stage burner operation , multi position with multi speed motors

    Standard Efficiency
  • 80 % energy efficient furnaces - Variable speed DC induced motor, two stage burner, multi-position cabinet
  • 80 % energy efficient furnaces - Two stage burner operation, multi position cabinet, multi-speed motor
  • 80 % energy efficient furnaces - Standard burner operation , multi position with multi-speed motor

    Furnace Options
    Air filtration and air cleaning equipment
    Air conditioning
    Approved combustion air dampers
    Condensate pumps (necessary when floor drains are non existent or not in close proximity to the furnace)
    Digital thermostats in programmable and non programmable styles
    Ductwork alterations, heating run additions, return air improvements, fresh air and combustion air additions
    HRV (heat recovery ventilation)
    Humidification systems
    Multi plexer controls that eliminate difficult thermostat wiring upgrades
    Zone Control Systems providing independent temperature control in different areas of the home

    Estimates
    We offer over 30 years experience in design, selection and installation experience. If you would like a free estimates for a furnace replacement or a heating upgrade of any type, please call to arrange an appointment at your convenience. A written firm price proposal will be provided. The proposal will outline our recommendations with a professional installation completed per code requirements. Installations are carried out by Indoor Comfort Solutions Inc. staff.

    The Company
    Indoor Comfort Solutions Inc. carry full commercial liability insurance, and Worker's Compensation coverage. We are a City of Calgary licensed Contractor, and a member of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Alberta We offer Mfr backed warranties on all products sold, and provide written warranty of our own workmanship on all installations.


    Residential Air Conditioning Products and accessories

    9,000 - 24,000 btu / hr: Ductless Split Systems for condominiums, apartments, or a single room
    6,000 - 12,000 btu / hr: Window air conditioners (many models with remote control)
    12,000 - 30,000 btu / hr: Through-the-wall air conditioners
    18,000 - 60,000 btu / hr: Split systems for add-on central cooling with forced air heating systems or fan coils
    featuring 10 to 18 (Seer ratings) seasonal energy efficiency ratings
    featuring conventional Refrigerant 22 systems that begin phase out in 2004
    featuring environmentally sound comfort Refrigerant 410 systems
    featuring low sound transmission models, and two speed models
    Tomorrow's air conditioners available today


    Optional air conditioning outdoor covers that are mildew and UV resistant, to protect your investment
    Optional condensate pumps to remove water from the cooling coil drain, where floor drains are non existent
    Optional digital thermostats in programmable and non-programmable styles
    Optional outdoor unit mounting pads
    Optional humidification system upgrades
    Optional air filtration system upgrades

    Estimates
    We offer over 30 years of air conditioning design and installation experience. If you would like a free estimates for air conditioning of any type, please call to arrange an appointment at your convenience. A written firm price proposal will be provided. The proposal will outline our recommendations with a professional installation completed per code requirements. Installations are carried out by Indoor Comfort Solutions Inc. staff.

    The Company
    Indoor Comfort Solutions Inc. carry full commercial liability insurance, and Worker's Compensation coverage. We are a City of Calgary licensed Contractor, and a member of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Alberta We offer Mfr backed warranties on all products sold, and provide written warranty of our own workmanship on all installations.


    Humidification

    Although Calgary's heating season can change in a flash, relative humidity levels in the home can remain low from early fall throughout the winter and into late spring, unless sufficient humidity is added to the home. Beginning in September and stretching through to the following May, we typically find a need for added levels of humidity. Normal accepted levels of humidity are in the 35 % relative humidity range, but the actual level of humidity maintained in your home or business will be dictated by how air tight the structure is and by the grade of the windows. For example, a home with loose construction or poor window construction, will not withstand as high a humidity level as an air tight home having good quality insulating value windows.

    Historically, many homes were humidified in one fashion or another with humidifiers requiring frequent maintenance and parts to keep them working. To a large extent this problem was exasperated by our mineral laden water hardness. And any humidifier with standing water such as the old drum humidifiers or plate style humidifiers run the risk of potential breeding ground for bacteria, mould and germ growth.

    The products we install greatly minimize or eliminate all these headaches, at the same time providing high output capacities, and very low upkeep compared to the old boat anchor attached to your furnace.

    We recommend and install Aprilaire Humidifiers for several reasons including, rugged construction, fit, reliability, product support (not here today and gone tomorrow), ease of service for the homeowner, output capacity, and flexibility. To view these fine products you may wish to visit their website at aprilaire.com. Aprilaire offer a range of humidifiers suitable for almost any single family home including those with hot water heating systems.

    Indoor Comfort Solutions will professionally install a model that meets your requirements best. We also add those little extras that turn a ho hum job into an installation you can take pride and comfort in. Give us a call now at 403 - 278 - 8403.


    Air filtration / Air Cleaning/Purification

    What is the best way to improve the air quality or reduce dust build up in the home? This often repeated question can become quite complex when looking for root causes and determining the best method of resolving this problem. Regardless of the type of air filter or cleaning method currently in use, there are several specialized products available that can make improvements over an existing method and deal with the concern. Consumers want and deserve the best bang for the buck when considering these products. The following outline covers a range of products available and installed by Indoor Comfort Solutions Inc. The most popular types of product are listed , and our view on the products is expressed from our perspective of customer feedback, installation, and servicing these products over many years. Generally speaking filters should be replaced or cleaned on a regular basis to ensure efficient operation of the furnace.

  • Flat Panel Filters - Range from the lowest efficiencies to medium range. Fibreglass type not recommended
  • Pleated filters - Good to very good efficiencies in a variety of grades. Offer greater face area
  • Media Air Filtration Units - Great efficiency combined with largest surface. Some limitations due to size
  • Electronic Air Cleaners - fair to very good efficiencies with the right installation and circumstances
  • Electrostatic Air Cleaners - Fair to good efficiency, but often too restrictive to air flow when dust loaded.
  • HEPA Filters - ultimate air filter in terms of efficiency, generally used in conjunction with one of the above filtration types, in residential systems. Retail store variety portable units are only good for a small room or area
  • U/V light purification - Help control air borne bacteria, mould and some viruses. Typically used in conjunction with one of the above filtration methods

    Flat Panel fiberglass or polyester based filters in cardboard frame
    Very basic filters, will fit a multitude of existing applications. Poor air filtration efficiency for anything but very large dust particulate . Not recommended. Efficiency very low by today's standards. Left for long periods of time, the media itself can breakdown and become air borne. Fibreglass particulate can be harmful to the respiratory system. Flat Panel fiberglass or polyester based filters for hammock filter frames - Very basic filters, utilized at one time in certain furnace manufacturer's equipment. Hammock filters offered greater surface area for filtration, but generally poor air filtration capability. Not Recommended. Efficiency poor by today's standards. Same drawbacks as flat fibreglass filters.

    Pleated polyester / cotton filters in cardboard frames
    This filter is adaptable to any existing standard 1 in. or 2 in. filter frame holder or slot opening. If the filter frame is non existent, a sheet metal frame can usually be added to most heating systems. Sturdy, yet relatively inexpensive, these filters offer improved efficiencies in the 25 to 35 % range for residential application and come with MERV ratings in the 6 to 8 range More frequent filter changes are mandatory with this type of filter. Care must be taken, as they trap dust more readily, and left unchanged the clogged filter can cause the furnace to over heat or run longer than it should.

    Media air filtration units
    utilize fine pleated filter media as above, only with differing depths of pleats which ultimately determine their dust holding capacity and capability. Generally speaking the greater the media depth and the greater the number of pleats the better results can be expected. This filtration system has become the fastest growing trend in upgraded air cleaning devices for existing homes and is often selected when furnace replacements are carried out. Although there is an annual cost for replacement media, many homeowners prefer this method over cleaning washable cells found in equally efficient electronic air cleaners. A media air filtration unit requires from 4 to 12 inches of space alongside the inlet of the furnace, depending on the type of unit selected. Indoor Comfort Solutions can offer expert advice on how to add these units to your present system, either as part of a furnace replacement or an add on installation to the existing forced air heating system.

    Electronic Air Cleaners
    For many years this type of unit has been the preferred choice of many contractors and homeowners. It still commands a faithful following. Your specific needs will dictate if this is the best choice for you. Electronic air cleaners excel at ionizing and capture of sub micron sized particulate , even odors, pollen and spores. However, some dust particulate may pass through an EAC numerous times before they are captured, and some particulate may not be readily ionized making it more difficult to capture. Purchasing replacement media is not required, but the EAC cells and inlet screens must be removed and washed on a regular basis to obtain optimum results. Washing is often completed in either the dish washer, a tub, or special container purchased separately for this purpose. In summer they can be hosed down or pressure washed outdoors. Care in handling the EAC cells is required to guard against damage to the cell or cutting oneself on a sharp edge. EACs remains a good choice in air cleaning and dust particulate control. Indoor Comfort Solutions can select and install an electronic air cleaner matched to your heating system, and provide any necessary sheet metal alteration.

    Electrostatic Filters
    Electrostatic filters are man made synthetic fibre manufactured with opposed electrical fields to provide capture and collection of dust particles in a fair range of particulate size. These filters are considered a permanent type of filter, but eventually may require replacement due to wear and tear. The flat face of the filter and inherent density may create a higher pressure drop than many filters and EACs do, once the filter begins to face load with dust particulate. It's efficiency may increase as a result of this, but air flow begins to decrease and eventually heating or cooling performance can be affected if not maintained. It is very important to keep this type of filter washed and cleaned. Experience has shown certain types of particulate such as cat hair, dog hair, and carpet fibers can become embedded in the media making it difficult to fully clean. However, an advantage to this style of filter is it works without any modifications in an existing filter frame that conforms to a standard size and the initial cost on these filters is relatively low compared to similar mid efficient range media or EACs. This filter is also a good choice when used in conjunction with UV light systems.

    HEPA Filters
    High-efficiency particulate air filters originally developed for laboratory clean rooms, and medical facility applications, are now available for residential forced air heating applications. These units must capture 99.97 % of harmful air borne pollutants down to 0.3 microns and larger, to qualify as HEPA filters. They assist in providing the best control of a wide range of substances including but not limited to, pollens, dusts, off gassing from man made products such as carpet, paint, and construction materials, as well as pet dander, odors and volatile organic compounds. Typically these filters are used in conjunction with a main high efficiency air cleaning device such as the previously described electronic air cleaners, or media air filtration units. A carbon prefilter, a HEPA filter, a carbon after filter and VOC (volatile organic compound filter) generally make up the replacement filter components of this device. Mfrs. suggest the HEPA filter should last at least 3 to 5 years, while the carbon prefilters may require replacement every 3 to 6 months, and the VOC filter may require replacement every 6 to 12 months. Replacement filter schedules may vary depending on a number of factors. These units can be installed to work with most existing home heating systems. Some sheet metal alteration are necessary to complete an installation with a HEPA filter.

    Stand alone self contained units are also available for condo / apartment use, or where a single room may have a special air quality requirement.

    Estimates
    If you would like a free estimates for air filtration of any type, please call to arrange an appointment at your convenience. A written firm price proposal will be provided. The proposal will outline our recommendations with a professional installation completed per code requirements. Installations are carried out by Indoor Comfort Solutions Inc. staff.

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