Why replace your oil heating system?

In recent years, the Quebec government has set itself the goal of limiting the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) and other atmospheric pollutants. Unfortunately, one of the heating systems used in Quebec, the oil heating system, is a major emitter of CO2.

In order to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, since December 31, 2021, it is formally prohibited to install a heating system in new homes. In addition, as of December 31, 2023, it will be impossible to replace your oil heating system with a similar type of appliance. Finally, the city of Montreal will completely ban all oil-fired heating systems in 2030.

With this in mind, and with the price of oil continuing to rise, if your oil heating system is showing signs of fatigue, it may be time to consider replacing it. Here are the two most effective and economical options.


Since the apparition of hydroelectricity in Quebec in 1944, electricity remains the most used energy source by Quebecers.

Your first option is to install an electric furnace. Also known as a fan coil unit, the electric furnace is easy and safe to use. It is a rather quiet device that requires little maintenance. If you have a central oil heating system, you will need to remove the oil furnace and tank, clean the vents and install your new electric furnace.

As a second option, you can have electric baseboard heaters installed in every room of the house. This will allow you to adjust the temperature in each room according to your needs. Installing programmable thermostats allows you to regulate the temperature according to your activities. This way, you can save on your energy bills. However, before installing baseboard heaters, it is imperative to check the capacity of your home’s electrical input. If you need to increase it, call a professional electrician.

Natural Gas

If you live in an area served by a natural gas distribution network, a natural gas heating system may be an option to consider. Although it is a non-renewable fossil fuel, natural gas emits 30% less CO2 than fuel oil. 

If you have a central heating system, you should also completely remove the oil furnace and tank. You’ll also need to clean the vents thoroughly. Then you can have your natural gas furnace professionally installed. The main advantage of a natural gas heating system is that it heats more quickly and evenly than electricity.

How much does it cost?


  • Cost of an electric furnace in 2022: between $2400 and $3600*
  • Annual maintenance costs: minimal
  • Cost of baseboard heaters and thermostats: varies depending on the model, size, and features selected

Natural Gas

  • Cost of a natural gas furnace in 2022: between $4800 and $7920* (this price includes connection to the network and labor)
  • Annual maintenance fee: $245* (this includes a technician visit and filter replacement)

Are there any subsidies for heating systems in Quebec?

To promote a better energy transition, the Quebec government has created the “Chauffez Vert” program, which is mainly intended for homeowners located in Quebec.

  • Amount granted for a single-family home: $1275
  • Including the complete dismantling of the oil-fired boiler (furnace) and the removal of the tank
  • Installation of a renewable energy system such as electricity

How do I choose a company to install my new heating system?

Unless it is an emergency, avoid changing your heating system during the winter. Not only will companies be busier, but prices may be higher. By requesting a quote in the spring or summer, heating technicians are less busy. You’ll have much less trouble getting a consultation and your installation will be done before winter. 

Our advice:

  • Deal with a company that specializes in heating and offers a complete range of services (sales, installation, maintenance, repair) 
  • Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the parts and labor warranties for each unit offered.
  • To find a company that offers you excellent value, ask for at least three quotes.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the different heating systems we offer, our services, our prices, or to request a quote, contact us today. The Tran Climatisation team travels everywhere in Laval, on the South Shore of Montreal and in the Greater Montreal area.

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