One question we get asked all the time is “whats the deal with
tankless water heaters, do they really save you that much money?”
In short, yes they do. Typical storage style water heaters run between 50%-65% efficient, where a Navien tankless is up to 97% efficient. Depending on your existing water heater, you could be saving up to 47%.
Consistent hot water, and an almost endless supply of it. You can fill up that Jacuzzi tub finally, no problem. Run a dishwasher, shower and have the washing machine going at the same time, with no shortage of hot water.
Eco-friendly, A Navien Condensing water heater decreases no less than 964 lbs of CO2 per year compared to a conventional tank-type water heater and 324 lbs compared to a conventional tankless-type water heater.
Call us today with any questions or to get your free estimate.
Have you thought about installing a humidifier to your furnace? It’s a great way to increase moisture and humidity in your home during these next few dry winter months. Contact us to find out more.
Barrie & Wasaga Beach tend to get pretty cold throughout the winter. Save a few bucks! Wear those winter clothes, like sweaters, even when inside. This way you can keep your thermostat low, and still stay cozy!
A gas fireplace is not just a beautiful addition to your home but can become a great alternative heating source. If your power goes out this winter, a gas fireplace would be a huge asset.
Space heaters, while can sometimes be convenient, are known to be fire hazards if used without following proper instructions. Be sure to read all instructions and restrictions thoroughly.
The Barrie Fire & Emergency Service suggest to have at least one carbon monoxide detector adjacent to the sleeping area within your home. If your home has sleeping areas on several levels then more than one should be installed. Find Out More
Before winter comes upon us, make sure you contact either our Barrie or Wasaga Beach furnace specialists to have someone come inspect your furnace. The last thing any family wants is the snow to come, only to find out their furnace is not working correctly.
With autumn rolling by, there’s no doubt that winter will creep up on us when we least expect it. Perhaps you enjoy winter – tobogganing, building a snowman with your kids, skiing and snowboarding – but we can all agree that nothing beats coming inside to a well heated home after some time in the snow. What if your furnace stops working altogether? Before you panic and start putting on your snow pants & scarf and gathering wood for a fire in your living room, there is a bit of troubleshooting you can do. More often than not, furnaces can stop working for something as simple as a switch in the off position, and for simple problems – there are simple solutions.
1) Locate both the power switch and the breaker to ensure they are on. A breaker that has been tripped will be toggled in between the on and the off position. The power switch generally looks like your everyday household light switch but is usually mounted higher, so locate that as well and ensure it is in the on position.
2) Check to see if your furnace’s filter is clogged. A clogged filter in your furnace will not only limit air flow, but can cause your unit to overheat and shut down. It is highly recommended that you change your filter every 1-3 months, just to be on the safe side.
3) Make sure there’s no snow blocking the exhaust or intake vents outside. While the heat of the exhaust from the vent often melts the snow and ice in its immediate area, a buildup of snow around the venting can cause safety controls to shut down the unit.
4) Often times, a lack of heating can be caused by an incorrect setting on your thermostat. Check your thermostat for the following things:
- Is your thermostat set to “heat?”
- Have you set the temperature at least 5 degrees above your set room temperature?
- Do you have an electric thermostat? If so, it may be as simple as changing the batteries.
Hopefully by now, you will have figured out the issue and regained the heat and comfort of your home. If these troubleshooting methods didn’t work, then it’s time to give Affordable Comfort Heating and Cooling a call at (705) 503-HEAT (4328) for our Barrie office, and (705) 352-COOL (2665) for our Wasaga Beach location.
If you are considering repainting the outside of your home or if you are getting a roofing job done, keep in mind that darker colors absorb heat. If it goes with the rest of your home, consider using lighter colors for your exterior.
Air can seep out of your home in many spots including chimney gaps, around windows or doors, small leaks around where utilities enter your home (dryer vents etc). Take some time this fall to seal up these leaks or gaps with caulking or other sealing tools. This will save on both furnace and air conditioning costs.