The Alpha Plumbing Process


Dispatch & Diagnosis

Call 403-470-5785 to talk to our friendly Customer Care Rep. Our Certified Technicians will diagnose your issue quickly and efficiently, after you welcome them into your home.


Options
We will put together best practice options for getting your issue, or scope of work completed. Flat Rate quotes will be given to keep budgeting simple and eliminate surprise charges.

Approval
You pick which option best suits your budget and requirements.

We Get To Work
Alpha Tech’s get busy completing your work using industry leading materials and practices.

Job Completion
Alpha Plumbing Technicians take pride in leaving a spotless work area and proudly showing off our clean work! We are always happy to answer your questions and offer helpful maintenance tips.

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    Home Heating Installs for Calgary Residences

    Furnace Installation Services in Calgary


    Choosing the right furnace and having it installed by trusted professionals can save you years of headaches – not to mention freezing winter mornings in your home.

    We always forget how much we rely on our furnace to heat our home until it breaks down. Older furnaces that frequently run into problems may need replacing.

    The trusted team at Alpha Plumbing can help you select and install your new furnace so that, with proper furnace maintenance, it does its job for many years into the future.

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    Our Furnace Home Heating Services in Calgary


    Furnace Repairs & Maintenance

    Most homeowners only order furnace services when something goes wrong. Preventative furnace maintenance saves you from the constant threat of sudden breakdowns.

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    Furnace Inspections & Tune-up

    A clean furnace and a routine tune-up ensures that your furnace is not using more energy than necessary – helping to maintain efficiency and optimal performance as well.

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    Furnace Installations

    Our furnace installers are licensed and background-checked, delivering high-quality heating equipment featuring energy-efficient technology. Contact Alpha Plumbing to learn more.

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    If you have furnace home heating concerns,
    call Alpha Plumbing today.

    We want to make sure that you get the best service for your home heating needs, whether it is furnace installation, furnace repair or annual furnace maintenance.

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    How a Furnace Works: A Quick Overview


    Understanding the basics of how a furnace works can help you look for the right things when selecting a furnace for your home.

    Most furnaces in Calgary have the following key components:

    • Thermostat: measures the temperature of the air in your home and adjusts it according to your settings
    • Burners: if the air in the home needs heating, fuel is sent to the burners, which light and heat the heat exchanger
    • Blower motor/heat exchanger: a blower circulates air over the heat exchanger and it is warmed
    • Ductwork: the hot air is carried around the home through the ductwork

    Furnace Installation: What to Expect


    Selecting the right furnace is only half the battle with heating your home efficiently. Installing it makes a big difference too.

    At Alpha Plumbing, our licensed technicians provide furnace installation services that not only get your system up and running—but keep it that way.

    Because of our experience in installing, maintaining, and repairing all types of heating systems, you can depend on our team to get the job done professionally and safely, with the minimum of upheaval and leaving your home the way we found it—only a little warmer!

    We will answer any questions you may have before, during, and after the installing process and ensure that you know how your furnace and thermostat operate before we leave.

    It will help us if you can clear the installation area before our team arrives and ensure that there are no children or pets in the vicinity. Before we leave, we will conduct thorough safety tests.



    Furnace Installation Costs

    Before you can estimate the cost of a furnace, it helps to understand what type of furnace you are looking at. All furnaces can help keep you warm in winter but they do it in different ways—largely depending on what type of fuel they use.

    Natural gas furnace installation costs

    • Average cost of furnace + installation: $5,500 - $7,500 + HST

    Natural gas remains the most common fuel to power furnaces in Calgary homes. It is cost-effective and reasonably environmentally friendly. Most homes here have a gas line except those in more rural areas.

    Propane furnace installation costs

    • Average cost of furnace + installation: We currently do not offer propane furnace installs

    Where natural gas is not available, a propane furnace is a good option. While the units themselves and the cost of installation are manageable, heating costs vary greatly depending on the efficiency of the furnace you select.

    Electric furnace installation costs

    • Average cost of furnace + installation: We currently do not offer electric furnace installs

    Electric furnaces are very efficient and relatively simple and affordable to install, but electricity prices are high and this increases the running costs.


     

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    Home Furnace Heating Installations & Maintenance

    Home heating extends beyond the efficiency of your furnace. We specialize in manufacturer approved maintenance, annual tune-ups, & new furnace installations. Call us to know more at (403) 470-5785.

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    Which Factors Affect Furnace Installation Costs?


    When you consider the overall costs of a new furnace, the installation costs are a major component, as well as the upfront cost of the unit. Your total costs are influenced by:

    • The location of your home: some rural areas don’t have access to propane or gas lines, which could affect your furnace options (is electricity or oil your only option?)
    • The type of furnace: the quality, energy efficiency, size, space requirements and so on all vary between furnace brands and this will affect the overall furnace installation costs.
    • The difficulty of installation/labour costs: for difficult installations, more man-hours are required and if you are upgrading from a smaller to larger furnace, more space may need to be created.
    • Size of home/unit: the square footage of your home will affect the size of the furnace you require. Homes on average in Calgary need around 100,000 BTUs of heating capability.
    • Your previous furnace type: if you are switching from an electric furnace to a gas furnace (or vice versa), this will increase your installation costs as gas lines may need to be installed and additional ductwork may be necessary

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    What to Consider With a New Furnace Installation


    Your choice of fuel is only one consideration of many when selecting and installing a new furnace. The following four factors are also important.

    Load calculation

    First up, a load calculation considers all the factors that affect the heating requirements in your home, including house size, location, foundation type, window type, location, and other factors.

    One of our qualified furnace technicians can help you with a load calculation so that you select the right size and type of furnace for your home.

    BTU capacity

    You need a furnace with a sufficient heating capacity (BTU) to heat your home but not one that eats up fuel unnecessarily. Generally, homes in Calgary need 30-60 BTUs for every square foot of living space, depending on the age of the home.

    A furnace technician from Alpha Plumbing can help you calculate this so that you select a furnace with the right heating capacity to keep you warm all winter.

    AFUE rating

    The Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating measures how energy efficient a furnace is at converting its fuel source into heat. So, the true heating capacity of a furnace considers the AFUE rating and the BTU reading. This will help you compare different furnaces more accurately.

    If a furnace has an AFUE of 85 percent, it turns 85 percent of the energy to heat, with 15 percent lost. A unit with a BTU rating of 100,000, therefore, is really only 85,000.

    Warranty

    New furnaces usually come with generous warranties (5-10 years) that will protect your new investment if you maintain it regularly with a qualified furnace technician. You may also be able to purchase an extended warranty for an additional fee.

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    Furnace Installation Process



    The most popular type of furnace in Calgary homes is a forced-air gas furnace. The following steps cover the basic installation process:

    • Select your furnace: choose from a variety of brands, BTU/AFUE ratings, etc.
    • Select the location for installation: ensure it is clean, with adequate space for ventilation and drainage.
    • Decide where your duct and drain will be: cut the required hole in the unit for the return air duct and position the furnace suitably for the condensate drain exit.
    • Connect to the ducting system: be sure to seal any connection with metal foil tape or a proper duct sealant.
    • Connect vent pipes: these should be at a slight angle sloping towards the unit for condensation to drain.
    • Connect the gas supply: ensure adequate shutoff/ventilation and check for leaks.
    • Connect the electrical supply: you should find two connections on your furnace – a low voltage and line voltage.
    • Connect the condensate drain: usually via a hose to a drain hole in the floor of your basement.

    That’s it. Once the installation has been checked by running your furnace through a heating cycle for an hour and checked for any gas leaks, you’re done.

    Please note that a furnace installation is a job for a professional and licensed technician. Do not try to install your furnace unless you are qualified to do so.

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    New Furnace Installations in Calgary


    The experienced furnace technicians from Alpha Plumbing can help you select and install the right furnace, providing several flat-rate options in writing so that you can make an informed decision.

    Financing is available if required and all work is covered by our one-year guarantee for parts and labour.

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