Are Tankless Water Heaters More Energy Efficient?

Your water heater is truly the unsung hero of your household. You tend to take it for granted when it is working properly, and you are enjoying hot showers in the morning. However, the minute something goes wrong, it is pretty hard to forget. Whether you are in the market for a new water heater or thinking of upgrading your current unit, energy efficiency is likely high on your list of priorities during your search. With that in mind, it […]

What Are the Different Types of Furnaces?

If you are not familiar with furnaces, it can be really hard to choose which type will fit your needs. Currently you are able to choose from three different types of forced air furnaces. The type of furnace you use depends on a variety of factors, such as: your heating needs, the state of your existing ductwork and the insulation, the size of your home, how many levels exist in your home, and your budget.   Before you make the[…..]

5 Common Points of Failure in Conventional Furnaces

The conventional furnace is usually designed in a way that it can remain functional for many years. At times, different parts of the furnace can fail and cause the furnace to not work properly. Sometimes the entire furnace can fail to function. This is very inconvenient especially during the winter season in Winnipeg when the temperatures are low. Consequently, it is helpful to know 5 common reasons that a furnace fails.   Non Functional Blower Motor The blower motor on[…..]

6 Heating Safety Tips for Winter

Have you ever checked whether your furnace is ready for another Winnipeg winter? Maintenance and furnace service is paramount because it would have stayed unused for a long period of time during the summer months. To avoid malfunctions one should be aware of the safety tips that must be observed before bringing it back into full use. To make it ready for another winter season, the following furnace safety tips should be followed:   Scheduled Inspections Annual tune ups of[…..]

What is a Burner in a Gas Furnace?

A burner in a gas furnace is the section of the furnace where the gas (fuel) mixes with air and is burned, which subsequently heats up the house. Sometimes the fuel and air mix directly at the area where it is burned, or it is mixed beforehand, in something called a pre-mixer. Furnace burners run on different types of fuel, including propane, gas, and oil. Some gas furnaces run on a single burner while other furnaces have a multiple burner[…..]

Tips to Prevent Losing Heat in Your Home

Heating your home is a heavy expense, particularly in climates where winters can be long and bitter like here in Manitoba. Even if your home is in good condition with a functioning furnace, it may surprise you to know that it is possible your house is still losing heat. If you would like to reduce your heating costs as much as you can, it is a good idea to take a look at your home for any culprits. In addition,[…..]

Issues Caused By An Oversized Furnace

When it comes to buying a furnace for your home, bigger is not always better. Although many home owners mistakenly believe that a larger unit will be more productive, installing a furnace that is too big for the area in which it will operate can cause a multitude of problems. For this reason, furnaces come in a variety of sizes to suit the needs of different properties, lifestyles, and environments. If you have noticed an increase in your utility bill[…..]

The Weatherman on ….Zoning

What is Zoning?  Is zoning for me and my home? What are the benefits?  These are the questions we get from our customers.  Questions we hope to answer for you, so that you know if zoning is right for you. Everybody in Manitoba has a way to heat their home.  Some people like the way their home is heated, some have complaints but can simply deal with sweaters and blankets depending on the room they choose to use, and some[…..]

Wide filter that lasts longer.

Not sure what furnace filter to buy?

When replacing your furnace filter there are choices you can make. Purchasing a high efficient filter can mean cleaner air for you and your household, however there is also an increased cost to that. A better filter will mean it catches more debris, which in turn means it will get ‘plugged’ faster than a cheap filter. Therefore, all things being equal, you will have to replace a more expensive filter more often…unless you install a larger filter which will offset[…..]

Red switch that can turn off power to a furnace.

A few things you can check before you call for a technician to look at your heating system.

Sometimes there is a simple solution to a problems with your furnace that does not require a service person.   Make sure the power to the furnace is ‘ON’   Sometimes a furnace will have what’s called a ‘disconnect switch’ or a ‘service switch’.  It is a switch which will shut down the power to your furnace if you ever had a flood in the basement, or if the furnace is going to be serviced. This switch looks like a[…..]