Different Types of Furnaces to Look For in 2023 | Things to Consider


Furnaces are essential appliances every homeowner must acquire in order to keep their homes warm during the winter months. Overall, furnaces possess a long lifespan, high efficiency, flexibility, low noise and compatibility with different homes. 

If you are wondering what the different types of furnaces are out there, you have come to the right place – this reading aims to guide you through the various furnace models and assist you with deciding what the best furnace for your home is.

What is a Furnace?

If you are a newcomer to Canada and are not used to extremely cold temperatures, you might wonder what a furnace is. Well – furnaces are vital to keeping houses warm when it is cold. A furnace is the main component of the HVAC system (heating, ventilation and air-condition) inside a house, and you activate it with your thermostat. Fans present inside the furnaces are responsible for making hot air circulate through a home. 

If you don’t have a furnace yet, it is of the utmost importance that you acquire one.

The Different Types of Furnaces to Look For in 2023

To determine what furnace you should get for your home, you must first know the different types of this appliance available in the market and take your budget into consideration. There is not a big variety of furnaces for you to choose from, but you simply should not just acquire the first one you encounter.

Here are the different types of furnaces you should look into in 2023:

Natural Gas Furnace

Gas furnaces are highly efficient, with modern furnaces reaching up to 98% efficiency rates – which makes gas furnaces extremely common in households. The gas used in this type of furnace jets and ignites to create combustion, raising the air temperature. 

This particular type of furnace uses flames to exchange heat – the exchanger then transfers the heat, blowing air through the ducts of a house.

Natural gas furnaces are cost-effective in the long term, thanks to competitive prices in the market.

Oil Furnace

The upfront cost of an oil furnace is quite affordable. Oil furnaces are a great option for homeowners who do not have access to natural gas furnaces – rather than gas, it is oil that converts into heat instead.

With a burn chamber generating heat, oil furnaces have a pump that converts the oil into mist, and the mist is sprayed to the furnace’s burner, which warms up and heats air to the duct system.

Oil furnaces require more maintenance and attention from homeowners since they require a full oil tank to function properly.

Wood Furnace

In order to create heat in a home, wood furnaces use – as the name suggests – wood to warm a home. A blower present in more modern wood furnaces distributes heat through the air duct system.

There is extra work homeowners must do when acquiring a wood furnace but unlike other furnace types, wood furnaces are much more affordable.

Electric Furnace

Electric Furnace

Electric furnaces are very easy to install and last for a long time, although it requires a higher investment from homeowners. 

Electric furnaces work by using electric elements to transfer heat into the air – then, the warm air goes out through the air ducts, heating the house. Electric furnaces work in a similar way to gas furnaces – and they can not only heat your home but also cool it during summer.

Propane Furnace

Instead of natural gas, this type of furnace uses propane to pump warm air. Propane furnaces turn liquid propane into gas that moves to a heat exchanger, and the heated air exits through air ducts, warming the house.

This furnace type is less expensive than a natural gas furnace.

Things to Consider When Choosing Type of Furnace

Now that you know the different types of furnaces, you must understand how to choose the ideal one for your home. You must not only consider the furnace model and material but also which one is going to be more adequate for your place.

Here are some things to consider when choosing the best type of furnace for your house:

  • Furnace and house sizes: smaller homes are more suitable for electric furnaces or natural gas furnaces. Gas furnaces are also a good option for big homes.
  • Climate and region: a very cold climate demands a wood furnace or an oil furnace, while more temperate climates suit an electric furnace best.
  • Your budget: wood furnaces and electric furnaces are also great options for homeowners who plan to save a bit more money when choosing their ideal type of furnace.

Consider the ceiling height of your home before purchasing the right furnace type for you, check online reviews on furnace models and brands, and see how big of a role the weather plays in your decision of selecting the best type of furnace for your home. This will help you to save you from furnace leaking water or any furnace problems.

Contact ALP Heating for All of Your Furnace Needs Today

We are proud to offer high-quality customer service throughout Toronto and the GTA for all our client’s heating, cooling and air conditioning needs. If you need assistance with choosing the best type of furnace for you and your family, reach out to the technicians at ALP Heating at 647-972-8714 today!


What are the best furnace brands out there?

You can look into Trane, Carrier, Lennox, Bryant – many companies in Canada produce great quality furnaces, and evaluating them will certainly help you choose the best furnace for you.

How can I install a furnace in my home?

If you don’t know where to start, it is better to consult ALP Heating technician! Our team will be able to best assist you with any doubts and queries you may have.

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