Posts Tagged ‘efficient cooling’

Low Interest Financing forFurnace and AC Upgrades

March 22, 2016

Hello my Dear Friends,

Have you been thinking about replacing your furnace, AC or water tank but it is just too expensive? Rental is out of the question due to the predatory interest rates that are being charged by the rental companies. Even financing can be costly. Well I have good news for you. The City of Toronto is offering homeowners and building owners very low interest rates for upgrades to  your heating and domestic hot water systems. You can get a 10 year commitment at 3.75%. This is simply unbeatable. Chances are if you take advantage of this offer, you will save more on your utility bills than what your payments will be so you will be increasing your cashflow from day 1.

As the summer is approaching and our hydro rates have drastically increased since last summer, most people will be shocked by their hydro bills this summer. You can protect yourself from this hit to your wallet.

Feel free to contact me to see how we can help you take advantage of this incredible offer.

Click here for more information on the Home Energy Loan Plan

Canadians tell politicians to save energy first – SaveEnergyFirst.ca

February 24, 2012

Canadians tell politicians to save energy first – SaveEnergyFirst.ca.

Are you upset that the energy efficiency incentives have been discontinued? Were you thinking of upgrading your heating equipment to take advantage of the government incentives?

Now you have a voice. Please click on the link above and sign the petition to send a message to Ottawa that Canadians want help upgrading to high efficiency!

Beware of Drive By Pricing

December 23, 2010

Hello Friends,
Whenever I am asked to provide pricing for a replacement furnace or air conditioner, we always perform a full analysis of the home including a heat loss/gain report to ensure that our customer gets the best system for their needs. This procedure requires a 2.5 hour visit to the customer’s home. Recently, a customer asked me, “Why do you need so much time? Another contractor gave me a price in 5 minutes! Don’t you know what you are doing?”

I would like to answer this question.

The replacement of your home heating and air conditioning system is a significant investment that will dictate your comfort, efficiency and safety for the next 10 – 20 years. Only with the proper research can you be confident that your system will meet your expectations and satisfy your needs.

Some of the many questions that need to be answered are as follows.

  1. Is your home warm enough?
  2. Does your current system maintain a uniform temperature throughout your home?
  3. Are there rooms that are always too cold or too warm?
  4. Is the air in your home fresh or do you find that your home air is stale and stuffy?
  5. Is your home too dry? Is your furniture and/or hardwood floors cracking?
  6. Is your home too humid? Do you have a mould or condensation problem?
  7. Will the new air system be compatible with the existing duct system and piping system in my home?
  8. Do you have enough hot water?
  9. How will this new system affect my air quality?
  10. How will this new system affect the pressure in your home?
  11. Is your home air clean? Does anyone in your household have breathing issues like asthma and allergies?
  12. Is your existing system oversized and operating inefficiently?
  13. How much heat do you actually need?
  14. How much cooling do you actually need?

As you can see, there are so many issues that must be dealt with in order to make the right equipment selection and to ensure that your selection will work well together with your existing infrastructure.

I have been to so many homes where the client is suffering because the contractor they hired to replace their furnace just offered a quick 5 minute Drive By Quote and failed to properly assess the home and their needs.

Any contractor who makes a proposal with a 5 minute visit will not be able to propose the best system for your budget, comfort, safety and efficiency.

The CMHC Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has published a FREE guide on how to buy a new furnace, boiler and/or air conditioner. You can click here to get to the order page and you can order the printed booklet or electronic copy.

For your interest, I have put a copy of the guide below.

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See this video about what can happen if your contractor does not properly assess your needs.

Boilers Part 9 – Modulating/Condensing Boilers – Operational Efficiency

November 11, 2010

Proud of a great furnace install.

The energy savings of a condensing boiler is compounded by its operating efficiency. Operating efficiency means that the boiler operates in such a way to maximize savings and reduce energy consumption due to this special sequence of operation. This is all in addition to the fact that its combustion efficiency is high. There a several ways in which the modulating condensing boilers offer operational efficiency and depending on which boiler you select, you will benefit from some or all of these operational advantages.

  1. Modulation.
  2. Reset
  3. Low water temperature operation.
  4. Turndown to support zoning.

In my next few posts, I will elaborate on these operational efficiencies and explain them in detail. Please feel free to ask a question if you require additional information.

Boilers Part 5 – Direct Vent Condensing Boilers

November 3, 2010

Hello,
Today we will discuss the best type of boiler for your home. I say the best because it is
1. The Safest
2. The Most Efficient
3. The Most Versatile
4. The Most Compact
5. The boiler that will deliver the greatest comfort.

The Direct Vent Condensing Boiler.

There are so many DVCB’s to choose from so I will dedicate the next posts to the many options, features, pitfalls, and concerns you should be aware of when selecting the right boiler for your home.

Below is a photo of a compact DVCB system that we installed.

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My Latest Ad Thornhill Liberal – October 21, 2010

October 25, 2010

At ClimateCare, we are your personal climate experts on all things air. This includes heating, air conditioning, indoor air quality and even Radon Testing.
What do think of this ad?

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Installation Quality – Drain

September 3, 2010

Do you know that both furnaces and air conditioners create condensate, which is water that must be drained away properly. There are several perils that you will have if the drainage is not designed and installed properly.

Without proper drainage, your equipment will:

  1. not work
  2. leak and make a big mess or even flood your basement and attic
  3. sustain damage
  4. lose years of its life.

Some of the factors that require specific attention is:

  1. Drain traps
  2. Drain material
  3. Drain slope
  4. cleanout access
  5. condensate pump
  6. floor drain location

As you can see, attention must be paid to every detail of a home comfort system installation in order to avoid disappointment and disaster.

Installation Quality – Venting

August 31, 2010

Every fuel burning appliance requires venting to exhaust the products of combustion out of your home. For safer and more efficient operation, all manufacturers of high-efficiency appliances strongly prefer bringing in combustion air through a pipe directly to the furnace. This combustion air/venting system is strictly prescribed by the manufacturer of each high-efficiency furnace and must be followed precisely to meet the code requirements. Installers must receive extensive training specific to each appliance to ensure that they know exactly how each appliance is to be vented. The proper pipe and fittings (System 636) must be used in order to comply with the gas code and to ensure efficient and safe operation.

Installation Quality

August 29, 2010

Installation Quality is one area where so many contractors are lacking.

In order for any home comfort product to work properly, it must be installed according to the way it was engineered and designed to be installed. Some of the items that require special care in order for your furnace or air conditioner to work according to the manufacturer’s specifications are:

  1. Ductwork
  2. Venting
  3. Controls and wiring.
  4. High voltage electrical
  5. Drain
  6. Equipment Leveling

In my next post, I will explain the importance of proper ducting.

Design and Application 3

August 28, 2010

In order to determine exactly which system to install in your home, the following things must be clarified.

  1. How much cooling does your house need?
  2. How much heat does your house need?
  3. Does your home get too dry in the winter? Does anyone experience nosebleeds? Is there static in the house?
  4. Does your home have proper air filtration? Are there people in your home with breathing issues? Allergies? Asthma?
  5. Do you have young children? Does your home have proper air sanitization? Are you concerned about bacteria, mould and other growing organisms in your air?
  6. Does your home have adequate ventilation? Is the air stale and stuffy at times?
  7. Does your home suffer from too much moisture? Do your windows drip in the winter?
  8. Is your home evenly heated and cooled or are there areas that are too cold or too warm?
  9. Is your home drafty?
  10. Does your current system use too much energy? Are your utility bills too high?
  11. Is your current equipment located in the most practical and appropriate spot?

These are some of the important issues that must be clarified and discussed before any comfort advisor can propose a home comfort system for you.

Make sure that you have a chance to discuss all these issue so that your investment in your home health and comfort will pay off.