Residential furnaces

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Buy ENERGY STAR® to save you money!

An ENERGY STAR certified forced-air furnace, fuelled by gas uses 6% less energy, fuelled by oil uses 9% less energy, on average, than a standard model. Space heating represents 63% of your home energy use and offers the most potential for cutting your energy bill. Residential furnaces that have earned the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation are the best of the best – they’ll save you even more energy. Saving energy saves money and reduces your carbon footprint.

Key features

  • High-efficiency blower motors or fans that modify their speed to meet the air distribution needs rather than cycle on and off constantly. 
Residential furnaces, oil and gas

Start your research using the ENERGY STAR Product Finder tool to find and compare certified furnaces. (NOTE: you will be redirected to the US ENERGY STAR website. Make sure to click “Canada” under the “Markets” header when searching.)

Helpful tips

  • When buying a new furnace, you should always get at least 3 separate quotes and ask your contractor to calculate the heat requirements for your home to make sure your furnace is sized properly.
  • Hire a licensed heating contractor to regularly inspect your unit.
  • Clean or replace the air filter in your furnace regularly (look at your owner’s manual for the most precise information).
  • Chimney maintenance, all furnaces produce combustion gases that must be vented outside your home. Occasional inspection of the chimney is required.
  • Consult our “Heating with Gas” brochure for detailed information.

What’s in a label?

Furnaces in Canada can have two labels:

  • The ENERGY STAR symbol means the model is highly energy efficient.
  • EnerGuide labelThe voluntary EnerGuide label shows the model’s energy consumption and how it compares to similar models. Learn more about EnerGuide labels for furnaces.

The ENERGY STAR Promise

All ENERGY STAR certified products are tested to meet strict efficiency specifications and are certified by an independent third party. They perform the same as or better than standard products without compromising performance in any way.

Regulations set the energy efficiency minimum

Gas and oil furnaces are subject to Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations, which set a minimum performance standard for their energy efficiency. Find details in the Guide to the Regulations.


The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada and are registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.