|All About Heating Boilers - Don’t Wait To Make A No Heat Call This Winter!
All About Heating Boilers - Don’t Wait To Make A No Heat Call This Winter!
Heating boilers are not quite as popular as traditional furnace (ie. gas furnaces), but that’s not to say that they aren’t a perfectly efficient source of heating for your home. In fact, depending on your home’s space and needs, it might actually be the best, most efficient heating solution on the market!
If you don’t have a heating boiler, we’ve dedicated an entire blog post to exploring the different boilers available, as well as how to know which one would fit your heating needs best.
But if you already have a boiler installed in your home, we don’t need to tell you about their many benefits - including comfort, energy savings, durability and even heat distribution.
What we do have to talk about is how to ensure that your home’s heating boiler is going to stay in tip-top condition all winter long! Because the last thing you want to experience is a chilly morning with no heat and no foreseeable solution to the problem.
Do you know how to watch for warning signs of a heating boiler that needs repairing? Unless you’re in the HVAC industry yourself, your HVAC equipment is probably quite foreign to you.
That’s why we’re gonna give you the low-down right here! Everything you need to know about maintaining heating boilers this winter and ensuring that you never have to worry about making that oh-so-dreaded no heat call!
The best part? Besides helping to keep your home warm and safe, these preventative maintenance tips will also help lower your energy bills!
Preventative Maintenance For Heating Boilers
One of the key ways to ensure your home stays toasty warm this winter is by monitoring the operation and condition of your boiler. It’s as easy as a visual inspection!
During your visual investigation, look for these warning signs:
- Clicking or Rumbling Noises
- Error Messages
- Irregular Pressure Readings
- Irregular Temperature Readings
If you are seeing (or hearing) any of these tell-tale signs, schedule your maintenance appointment with Campeau Heating today! Our technicians are qualified to service your heating system - including boilers, furnaces, gas furnaces, heat pumps, electric furnace equipment and more!
Why Is Preventative Maintenance Important For Boilers?
Like all machinery and equipment, it’s up to the owner to ensure that everything stays in good working condition. And that holds true for HVAC equipment too!
Homeowners are responsible for ensuring that their heating system is given the proper maintenance in order to function at its best. If the equipment is not taken care of properly, it can become unreliable, inefficient and costly.
So, what exactly does “proper maintenance” mean for a boiler?
For starters, it means scheduling a preventative maintenance service tune-up and safety inspection once a year. During this appointment, your trained HVAC technicians from Campeau Heating will ensure that your boiler is functioning properly, that the system is calibrated correctly and that all of the external and internal parts are cleaned accordingly.
A heating boiler actually experiences a different type of wear than gas furnaces or even an electric furnace would suffer from. Why? Because a boiler actually uses water in order to produce heat. The negative effects of water on your boiler system can include corrosion and rust. Which is why we recommend regular, yearly maintenance. Our technicians can actually help prevent this corrosion and elongate the life of your boiler equipment.
When should you be scheduling this annual boiler inspection?
We recommend making the appointment for early to mid fall - before temperatures drop. Or at least before the snow hits!
What can you expect during a professional heating boiler maintenance service?
- Thorough visual inspection and cleaning of both internal and external boiler components.
- Inspection, cleaning and testing of the heat exchanger system.
- Thermostat analysis and recalibration (if necessary).
- Water pH testing and resetting (if necessary).
- Thorough inspection and cleaning of pilot light, sensors, burners, ignitors (as needed).
- Complete inspection and securing of all boiler connections.
- Inspection and cleaning of all inlets, vents, pipes and valves.
- Cleaning and flushing of boiler tank and condensate system (if needed).
- Investigation and testing of all controls, sensors, settings and safety systems.
It’s important to note here that your qualified HVAC technician is using the proper training and equipment to analyze, clean and test your boiler system. This is not something that we recommend homeowners do on their own, as it could be dangerous. Instead, schedule your preventative boiler maintenance appointment with our professionally trained heating technicians!
4 Reasons To Invest In Annual Preventative Maintenance For Boilers
- Cut your energy bills and start saving money on expensive repairs.
- Protect and enhance your home comfort.
- Ensure that your home is a safe environment.
- Extend the life of your boiler equipment.
Warning Signs For Aging, Breaking or Broken Heating Boilers
Although boilers are known for being low maintenance heating machines, that is not to say that they do not require extra special attention. In order to enjoy the long life of a healthy boiler system, there are a few common warning signs and repair needs that you need to stay in-tune with.
1. Is your boiler leaking?
We don’t have to restate the fact that heating boilers use water in order to produce heat. But, we should put the reminder out there that anything that uses water should be monitored for leaks - including your boiler!
Although a small leak might not amount to much, water damage can cause serious repairs and even a boiler outage (there goes your heat).
This is why we always encourage our boiler owners to watch for leaks within their tank, pump and pressure relief valve.
- A leak in your tank is serious, requiring a full replacement in most cases.
- A leak in your pump can cause interior corrosion.
- A leak in your pressure relief valve leak can usually be fixed, simply by replacing the valve mechanism.
is your boiler kettling?
When mineral deposits start to build up within your boiler unit, the impact on the interior pressure causes a strange sound called “kettling”.
What does kettling sound like?
Unless you hired a percussionist, this is not a welcoming sound. In fact, it could be causing water damage, or worse, an eventual internal explosion.
3. Is your boiler having pilot issues?
The pilot system of your boiler is an ignition device that essentially starts the heating process.
If you begin to hear a repetitive ticking or clicking sound within your boiler, this device may be failing to ignite. Making it impossible to produce heat for your home!
4. Is your boiler failing to provide heat?
If your boiler is malfunctioning - essentially not able to provide heat - the problem could be slightly more difficult to diagnose. And possibly quite a lot more difficult to fix. But, as always, the trick is to take notice of the problem as quickly as possible.
Possible Causes For a Boiler Outage:
- Fuel Line Blockage
- Ignition Issue
- Broken Heat Pump
- Tripped Fuse
- Low Pressure
- Internal Corrosion
- Valve Failure
Fall Preventive HVAC Maintenance For Heating Boilers in Sudbury, Ontario
Now that temperatures have already begun to drop in Ontario, ensuring that your home’s heating system is ready to go has now become vital.
Protect your home’s warmth, comfort and safety this winter with professional boiler maintenance by Campeau Heating! Our trained HVAC technicians are here to fix all of your heating needs and ensure that your home stays warm and cozy.
We install, repair and maintain all heating solutions - including gas furnaces, boilers, oil furnaces, geothermal heating systems, unit heaters, fireplaces, heat pumps, electric furnace equipment and more!
Contact Campeau Heating Today or Schedule Your Fall Boiler Maintenance HERE!
|Learning About Boilers: How Do You Choose The Right HVAC Boiler For Your Home?
Learning About Boilers: How Do You Choose The Right HVAC Boiler For Your Home?
Heating equipment has evolved drastically, especially over the last couple decades! And choosing the right heating system for your home may involve more research and decision making than you originally thought.
Today, you now have an extensive number of heating options for your home and hot water heating systems. But which of these systems is best for your space and usage patterns?
This decision will largely depend on how well you know your home environment, but it will also rely on a thorough knowledge of what types of HVAC boilers are relevant to your needs.
So, before we get into the “why” of each boiler type, let’s overview the different types of heating boilers available today!
Common Types of HVAC Boilers:
- Steam Boilers
- Hot Water Boilers
- Oil Boilers
- Natural Gas Boilers
- Electric Boilers
Now to find out which one of these boilers is best for your home!
A combi-boiler (combination boiler) is a rather new design. It actually combines the best features of both a boiler and a tankless water heater into a single unit.
Benefits of Combination Boilers:
- Frees up floor space.
- Easy to install.
- Cheaper to install, as it does not require a tank attachment.
Since the combi-boiler relies on the home’s main water source, this water is potable and safe to drink (whether it be cold or hot).
But before you choose this boiler option, it’s important to make sure that it can fully meet the needs of your home’s usage, size and family members. For example, if you require on-demand hot water for a large space and a large family, your combination boiler needs to be the right size and capacity.
Hot Water Boilers
Hot water boilers circulate heated water within a system of water pumps. This means that less energy is required to heat the water and more energy is used to circulate the water into the form of heat.
This system is made up of more than just a boiler. It actually requires multiple pumps and/or a gravity return assist. If you are considering installing a hot water boiler, be sure that you first understand the complexities involved in installing this type of system in your home.
A hot water boiler and a steam boiler work very similarly in that they heat water in order to heat your home. But instead of circulating the heated water (as a hot water boiler would do), a steam boiler heats its contents to the point of creating steam.
In this way, the energy demands of the system require a large intake of energy in order to heat the water, but a low use of energy in order to circulate it into heat.
Oil is becoming less popular today, as it is considered to be a less eco-friendly source of energy. However, if oil is your only option, it does do the trick! And if you live in a more rural area, it might even be your best bet.
With an oil boiler, you don’t have to worry about using electricity 24/7 in order to heat your home. Plus, it is usually a readily available (although non-renewable) resource.
Electric boilers rely solely on electricity in order to operate, which can be both beneficial and risky.
Benefits of Electric Boilers:
- Low Installation Cost
- Easy Installation
- Energy Efficiency
- Quiet Operation
- Overall Home Safety
Risks of Installing an Electric Boiler:
- Costly Operation
- Risk Of Electricity Outage
Although an electric boiler may seem like the obvious, modern solution to your home’s heating, it’s important that you weigh the pros and cons of this system before making that decision.
Natural Gas Boilers
Have you ever wondered what would happen if your hydro went out and you could no longer rely on an electrical heating source? This is why many homeowners choose to rely on more than just electricity to heat their homes.
Installing a natural gas heating boiler prevents an electrical power outage from affecting your home’s temperature and livability.
If you already have a propane tank, this is probably the best boiler to choose for your home as well, as it means that natural gas or propane are readily available to you.
Contact Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, To Learn More about Our HVAC Boilers
At Campea Heating, our professional HVAC technicians have years of experience in installing and servicing a variety of HVAC equipment. Whether you choose to rely on HVAC boilers, furnaces or fireplaces for your home’s heat, our team can install, maintain or replace ALL makes and models!
Still not sure what type of boiler you’re looking for, let alone what size you should be looking at? Give our technicians a call! We can discuss models, budget and capacities with you in order to help solve your home’s heating dilemma - before the cold hits!
You can reach our team at 705-560-2441 or visit us online!
|Start Saving Money and Staying Healthy With An Air Exchanger Installation
Start Saving Money and Staying Healthy With An Air Exchanger Installation
Have your energy bills begun to stack up this summer? With the recent heat wave, it’s been a challenge for homeowners to keep their energy bills from skyrocketing! And with the pandemic still in motion, trying to keep yourself and your family healthy is also top of mind!
Is there a way to do both - save money AND stay healthy?
One of the highly recommended solutions to helping achieve both goals is to install an air exchanger within your home!
Until roughly the 20th century, your “air exchanger” was an open window. This solution allowed for stale air to be essentially let out, and for fresh air to drift in. But, thankfully, the world has drastically evolved since then!
Today, our air exchanger method is much more advanced - and thank goodness for that! As the pandemic continues, having clean indoor air is so important!
But not only is our health thanking us, but our bank account too!
Keep reading to find out how installing an air exchanger can benefit your indoor air quality!
What Is An Air Exchanger?
An air exchanger is a ventilation and climate control system that aims to bring fresh air in from the outside.
There are two main types of air exchanger systems:
HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator
ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator)
Both of these systems function in similar ways, however in Northern Ontario, we usually recommend installing an HRV.
HRVs don’t cause as much indoor air humidity reduction, which allows for more moisture in our indoor air - something our northern homeowners with dry air are grateful for!
Regardless of the system you choose, however, both allow for regular air cycles and can aid in temperature control.
3 Benefits Of An Air Exchanger:
Removes your stale indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air.
The humidity levels of your home are properly balanced and maintained.
Recycles heat energy in order to pre-cool or pre-heat incoming air.
Lowers your energy bills by recycling heat energy.
How Does An HRV Work To Keep Your Air Properly Ventilated?
Did you know that Toronto actually requires ALL new home construction to install an air exchanger? That’s how effective they are at cleaning the indoor air quality of your home!
Since our most highly recommended air exchanger system is the HRV, let’s talk about this product in more depth!
Essentially, the HRV splits the air flow into two separated pathways. Logically, this would be one pathway for fresh incoming air and one pathway for stale outgoing air. In order for this process to work effectively, it’s important that these pathways are clear and do not intertwine.That’s why they are entirely self-contained!
At the very centre of these two pathways lies the heat recovery core, which transfers energy in the form of heat from one air stream to another - hence, Heat Recovery!
You can probably guess how this heat energy is then used to aid in temperature control, but we’ll break it down anyway!
Pre-heating Cold Fresh Air In Winter
The heat energy within the stale outgoing air is recycled and used to pre-heat the cold fresh air.
Pre-cooling Hot Fresh Air In Summer
The heat energy from fresh incoming air is recycled and pushed back outside, ensuring that the fresh incoming air is pre-cooled.
Can I Still Use An Air Exchanger Without Ducts?
Although it is easier and more common to install a heat recovery ventilator within your ducted HVAC system, it is possible to install a ductless air exchanger as well!
This option, however, was not available until recently when the pandemic began and increased the need for cleaner indoor air quality.
Did you know that the ductless air exchanger also has an allergy-symptom reducing option? This specialized add-on air filter is used for trapping solid particles - like pollen and dust!
How Is Using An Air Exchanger Cheaper?
Although your air exchanger will require the use of energy in order to run, a number of official estimates say that the HRV can capture from 75-90% of the heat energy present in your cycled air!
This means that you can save up to 50% of your seasonal energy expenses!
Maximize Your Savings: In order to MAXIMIZE your savings, ensure that your newly installed Heat Recovery Ventilator is Energy Star certified!
Contact Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, For Your Indoor Air Quality Needs
Did you know that inadequate air ventilation in your home can increase indoor pollutant levels? By not bringing in enough fresh outdoor air to dilute those harmful emissions from indoor sources and failing to remove indoor air pollutants from the home, your indoor air quality will steadily decrease.
Increasing temperatures and high humidity levels can also increase the concentrations of some of these harmful indoor air pollutants!
At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, we care about your health AND budget! Contact our qualified team of indoor air quality experts to learn more about our HVAC ventilation options so that you can start lowering your energy bills and protecting your health this year!
Contact our Indoor Air Quality Specialists at (705) 560-2441 or Fill Out Our Indoor Air Quality Service Form!
|How To Increase The Quality Of Your Indoor Air With Your Home Air Conditioning
How To Increase The Quality Of Your Indoor Air With Your Home Air Conditioning
Getting over the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be quite the difficult process - especially in Ontario! Some researchers say that getting ahead of the pandemic is difficult for two main reasons:
Failing to reach the coverage vaccination estimate of 70%.
The continual denial of the need for improved indoor air quality.
With the continual mutating of the virus and new variants being introduced to our communities, the concept of controlling the spread of COVID-19 and overcoming the virus in all of its connotations is quite daunting!
To many, it may even seem impossible.
But even though the virus cannot be controlled, we have the advanced knowledge and technology necessary in providing protection against the virus for both ourselves and our families.
One of the solutions that researchers have found regarding safeguarding against the COVID-19 virus and its variants is improving your home’s indoor air quality.
Indoor air quality has not always been the most popular topic for homeowners, however that has drastically changed since the onset of COVID-19! Today, many homeowners are aware of the need to upgrade these air quality systems and improve the airflow within their homes in order to help purify their air.
How clean is your indoor air? What are some ways that you can improve it using your central air conditioner or ductless air conditioner? Keep reading to find out!
Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality With Air Filtration
What is air filtration? In one of our previous blogs, we talked about the Difference Between Air Filtration and Air Purification. But the main difference between the two is that air filtration blocks or removes toxins while air purification neutralizes them.
So, we understand that air filtration is a process that removes airborne particles from the air. But how does it do this?
By using the air filter on your ductless or central air conditioner or furnace!
HVAC Air Filter
One of the easiest and most common ways to filter your indoor air is with an HVAC air filter. Did you know that you should be replacing your HVAC air filter every 30 days?
If it is not changed regularly, the filter can become clogged, making it difficult for air to pass through.
If you do not change the air filter on your central air conditioning, the unit may begin to let contaminants in, causing it to fail.
If you fail to change the air filter on your furnace, the unit is likely to overheat - causing you an expensive furnace repair.
Researchers say that changing your air filter every 30 days can actually help maintain your indoor air quality drastically, helping you stay safe from COVID-19!
But is that the only thing you need?
Actually, no! Although changing your air filter is a great start, for more adequate protection, HVAC experts are also recommending the addition of a HEPA air filtration system as well.
HEPA Air Filtration
What is a HEPA air filter? HEPA actually stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air and it dates all the way back to World War II! Scientists actually used this filter in order to protect themselves from radiation leaks.
Much like a regular HVAC air filter, the HEPA air filtration system traps airborne solid and organic matter. The HEPA filter, however, provides a much denser filter that allows for smaller floating particles to be trapped as well!
FUN FACT: The HEPA filtration system is still standard issue in laboratories and COVID-19 hospital wards.
Do you have a central air conditioning and/or heating system? If so, a HEPA air filtration system is easily integratable - allowing 99.97% of particles to be broken down to 0.3 microns (1/100 the width of a strand of human hair!).
UV Air Purification As The Cleanest and Safest Indoor Air Solution
As we mentioned before, air purification neutralizes solid airborne particles instead of trapping them. But in order to provide the cleanest and safest indoor air quality solution, both liquid and gaseous airborne toxins need to be neutralized as well.
Since these toxins are more difficult to “trap”, the only way to properly neutralize them is through a purification process. And what better purification method than the strongest purifying agent in the world - ultraviolet light!
Did you know that the world was designed with it’s own air purifier? The sun actually emits three bands of UV light - A, B and C.
Both A and B bands are blocked by the ozone layer, however C is the light band that reaches earth (and can cause sunburn).
How Does UV Purification Work?
UV purification is a natural process that changes the molecular structure of a liquid and gaseous toxin in order to neutralize it.
Essentially, the UV light will penetrate the RNA within a gaseous or liquid droplet and prevent it from replicating (which is what can make a person sick).
If you have a central air conditioner or central heating unit, a UV air purifier is easily integrable.
If you have a ductless air conditioner and/or furnace, a standalone UV air purifier can also do the same job as the integrable option.
Can you Choose Either a HEPA Air Filter or UV Air Purifier? Or Do You Need Both?
Although it is recommended that homeowners invest in both a HEPA air filter and a UV air purifier, we understand that this is not always a reasonable solution.
If you’re unsure whether to install a HEPA air filter or a UV air purifier, we recommend choosing the UV air purifier.
Because the UV air purifier ensures that every molecule is exposed to the neutralizing process before it reaches you - making it the safest air cleaning option!
Contact Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario For Expert Air Conditioning and Indoor Air Quality Service
Are you concerned with your indoor air quality, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? Thankfully, there’s a way to ensure that it is both clean and safe for you and your family to breathe.
At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, keeping our customers safe and comfortable is so important to us! Our indoor air quality experts work with families in ensuring that they are breathing in the purest air at home.
Contact our qualified HVAC technicians today to learn more about your indoor air quality options! Call us at 705-560-2441 or visit us online!
|Air Conditioner Maintenance Can Save You Money and Help Protect Your Whole Family!
Air Conditioner Maintenance Can Save You Money and Help Protect Your Whole Family!
Although it seems counterintuitive to think that spending money on air conditioner maintenance can actually SAVE you money in the long run, but we’re here to tell you that it absolutely can!
And we have YEARS of experience to back us up on this as well. After working in the HVAC industry for over 64 years, there’s a few things we’ve picked up on - namely the common need for air conditioner repair!
But we’ve seen a massive decline in air conditioner repair needs when the proper AC preventative maintenance is put in place.
Whether you’ve lived in the same house for years or just recently became a homeowner, it’s common to not know when the last time your cooling unit had a check-up. For most homeowners, the need for a check-up only occurs when their AC is in dire need of a tune-up! This, however, could cause a very expensive air conditioner repair bill or even the need to replace your air conditioner all together.
At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, we always encourage our homeowners to have a routine preventative maintenance appointment scheduled for their air conditioner. Not only can this save them money on tune-ups, repairs and replacements, but it will also save their summer!
Nobody wants to spend the hot and humid days of summer cooped up in an un-airconditioned home! Read on to learn how you can stay cool this summer and save money in the process.
4 Dangerous Hazards of an Unmaintained Air Conditioner
Like we said, after this many years of hands-on HVAC experience, you start to see some trends. One of the most dangerous trends that we’ve witnessed are age-old AC units that haven’t been properly maintained. They’re usually found buried in a garden, hidden beneath the porch or even intombed in giant leaf piles.
The worst part however isn’t the outdoor unit - the indoor unit of the air conditioner is where the real dangers lie.
Although an air conditioner can break in any multitude of ways, there are four extreme hazards that should be addressed when discussing the need for preventative air conditioner maintenance.
The Risk Of Home Fires
Did you know that, each year, more than 24,000 homes experience a house fire in Canada? Within these 24,000 homes, there have been nearly 400 fatalities.
House fires are not inevitable. But they are a risk. A risk that can be greatly reduced if the proper preventative measures are put in place.
Instead of wasting hours of your summer spending your hard-earned cash on an expensive air conditioner repair (or multiple repairs), consider scheduling preventative maintenance check-ups on your appliances. This can help save you, your wallet and your house!
Sudden AC Outages
Picture this - it’s a hot, humid summer day in Ontario and you’re planning on staying inside your cool home to prevent heat stroke, over exhaustion or other serious health risks.
Suddenly, during the peak of humidity on your relaxing summer day, your cooling unit quits!
If this were early spring or even the fall-time, this wouldn’t be an issue. But during the hottest days of the year - it has now become your main concern!
Because a sudden AC outage can mean more than just a run to the grocery store for popsicles. It can mean severe nausea, fatigue, low blood pressure, heavy sweating and even faintness. It can also cause loss of consciousness, diarrhea and mental dullness in your pets!
If the year 2020 has taught us anything, it is to prepare for the unexpected - and that includes an unexpected air conditioner outage!
Toxic Indoor Air
Toxic indoor air - the unpopular, but oh so important topic that most homeowners don’t bother to think about…”what you don’t see can’t hurt you”.
Except toxic indoor air quality can hurt you, your family and your pets!
One of the most common ways that your indoor air becomes polluted is through a dirty air filter. A small piece of equipment that’s easy to replace, yet also very easy to forget about...
Chemical and/or Water Leaks
One of the reasons that we recommend professional air conditioner maintenance is because of the chemical used to aid in the cooling process - refrigerant (coolant). This toxic chemical is incredibly dangerous and must be handled by a professional. If this chemical begins to leak it could cause serious indoor air problems!
How Can Air Conditioner Maintenance Save You Money?
No More MAJOR Air Conditioner Repair Bills!
Did you know that the average cost of an air conditioner repair in Canada is just over $400? The average cost of preventative air conditioner maintenance service, however, is only around $150!
That means you can save around $250 by simply scheduling a check-up appointment!
Reduce Your Monthly Energy Bills
When your air conditioner is properly serviced, both its function and efficiency improve. According to Energy Star, a simple air filter replacement can increase the efficiency of your cooling unit by 15%!
Improve Your Health
As we’ve mentioned, poor AC maintenance can lead to very poor indoor air quality. And we can all agree that we’ve missed out on far too much of our lives already in 2020-2021. Adding more sick days to the mix of pandemic lockdowns is just not an idealistic option for anyone.
That’s why we encourage homeowners to have their cooling unit properly serviced and cleaned regularly!
Increase the Lifespan Of Your Cooling Unit
If you want something to last, you have to take care of it. That’s just a matter of fact.
So how come caring for our AC units is not higher on our priority list?
With the proper care, your air conditioner is supposed to last up to 10 years, however with a lack of maintenance and frequent drastic repairs, you’re looking at a very expensive 5 year cooling solution!
Avoid having to buy a new AC unit before your current unit is ready to be replaced by maintaining the unit you have!
Save Money With Proper Air Conditioner Maintenance From Campeau Heating in Sudbury
At Campeau Heating, we’ve seen it all - from broken capacitors to refrigerant leaks, thermostat malfunctions to clogged filters and, worse, a totally busted AC unit! Most of these problems, however, could have easily been prevented with regular air conditioner maintenance.
If you’re looking for a stress-free and enjoyable summer this year, consider the benefits of having your AC unit serviced BEFORE a problem arises! Give us a call at (705) 560-2441 or schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment online with our team today so you can start saving your summer plans!
|What To Do When Your Air Conditioner Stops Working In The Middle of Summer
What To Do When Your Air Conditioner Stops Working In The Middle of Summer
Right when you were just about to kick back and enjoy the summer afternoon from the comfort of your air conditioned home, your cooling unit decides to suddenly quit! Leaving you without temperature control, humidity control and increased stress levels.
Nobody wants their air conditioner to conk out right in the middle of the hottest months of the year. With more and more companies switching to home offices and those summer heat waves waiting to spring on unsuspecting Canadians, this is probably the worst time for your air conditioner to die! But don’t worry, at Campeau Heating, we understand this stress very well!
During the summer months, emergency calls for a broken cooling unit are all too common! In fact, we’ve had quite a few of those unsuspecting homeowners in Sudbury, Ontario, call us with an HVAC emergency.
Depending on the make and model of your air conditioner, as well as its age and maintenance history, this could be a call you’ll be making soon as well. Whether you have central air conditioning, a split air conditioner or the best ductless AC in the region - proper air conditioner upkeep is a given in order to keep your cooling system functioning properly.
In this article, we want to give you the tools and knowledge you need to know what to do when your air conditioner breaks down. The hope is that these tips will help you stay calm and relaxed as you navigate the solution and get your home AC back up and running.
Has your air conditioner already conked out for the summer? Contact our air conditioning technicians at Campea Heating for AC repair or for a replacement cooling unit.
What You Should Do When Your Air Conditioner Breaks
Similar to how you would act if the hydro went out in your home during the winter, the first step is to try and maintain the temperature of your home and conserve the energy that was used to get it to that point.
For example, if the hydro went out in the middle of winter, you would do your best to conserve the heat in the most central part of your home. By ensuring that your home is properly sealed up, the heat is able to stay INSIDE while the cold air remains OUTSIDE.
When your air conditioner breaks down in the middle of summer, you want to keep the cool air inside and the hot air outside. So, the first step in accomplishing this is to conserve all the cool air that your air conditioner worked so hard to bring in - here’s how to do that!
Close your windows and shut the curtains. If you don’t have curtains, try putting a towel or blanket over the window to block out those UV rays.
Close the doors to the rooms you don’t need cooled and try to centralize your family’s activities to one room. It’s best if this room is naturally the coolest area of your home.
Increase air circulation by running your ceiling fans. A “cool” trick is to put a bowl of ice in front of a floor fan so that it begins to blow cold air back into your room - voila, makeshift air conditioner!
Wear “cool” clothes! Fabrics that allow your skin to breathe are a necessity during a heat wave or AC outage.
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
Not sure what the negative health effects of a heat wave are? CLICK HERE.
How To Get Your Cooling Unit Running Again
Now that your family is staying cool and comfortable, the next step is to find out WHY your air conditioner broke.
It’s important that you understand exactly why your air conditioner stopped working in order to know exactly how to fix it. Or whether it’s even fixable at all.
If you have a professional HVAC background, this is where you can put your skills to use in troubleshooting the issue. However, if you aren't professionally trained to handle HVAC equipment, we recommend calling our Campeau Heating HVAC maintenance crew.
We can assess the situation, make recommendations as per the next steps and even get started on the solution so that you can get back to enjoying your summer!
Why Did My Air Conditioner Break?
After we’ve assessed your broken air conditioner, we’ll normally come up with one of the following causes (unless it’s something more serious):
The circuit breaker has been tripped.
Is your circuit breaker responsible for powering the majority of your home appliances? If so, chances are it has been tripped.
A fuse has been blown.
If you check your home’s fuse box, you can normally see whether a fuse has been blown or not. You can also use a multimeter to run a continuity test!
The air filter is clogged.
If your air filters are clogged, air is not able to flow properly through your cooling unit - causing your AC coils to freeze over!
The outdoor condenser is clogged.
The outdoor portion of your air conditioner collects quite a bit of unwanted debris (ie. bird nests, mud, leaves). This can cause breakage within your cooling unit and prevent it from running.
The AC capacitor has died.
Your AC capacitor is what powers your motor. It’s the tool that keeps the airflow moving through your air conditioner! If your AC capacitor has quit, the unit can no longer run - goodbye air conditioning!
Should You Replace Your Air Conditioner Or Call For AC Repairs?
Knowing whether your air conditioner is repairable or not can be difficult - especially if you don’t have professional HVAC experience.
If you’re not sure what steps need to be taken to get your cooling unit back up and running, or whether you need to replace your system entirely, contact our HVAC technicians! We can help assess the damages and make recommendations on your next steps.
Did you know that proper air conditioner maintenance can save you money? Once you have repaired or replaced your cooling unit, consider scheduling regular maintenance appointments with our HVAC technicians in order to prevent the same unexpected outage in the future! We’ll check your air filters, fan motors, refrigerant level, drain lines and more.
Contact Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario
Summer is short and sweet in Ontario and we want you to enjoy every minute of it! If you’re concerned about your air conditioner or you’ve experienced an air conditioner outage, contact our experienced HVAC team today!
Give us a call at (705) 560-2441 or visit us online to schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment!
|The Year Home Air Conditioning Became A Necessity
The Year Home Air Conditioning Became A Necessity
Have air conditioners always been considered a staple home appliance? Not until just recently! Up until last year, the majority of homeowners actually considered air conditioners more of an option, or even a luxury! Never before was it considered an imperative need...that is, until now.
As we are all very well aware, the global pandemic hit in the year 2020, over a year ago today. Since then, our way of life has drastically changed. Did you know that Canadians, on average, spend over 90% of their time indoors? With the continuous lockdowns, quarantine measures and stay-at-home orders, this has only increased!
On top of this, Canada also experienced record breaking heat waves in 2020 - not good timing!
With all of this to say, it’s not surprising that Canadians are rushing to install that central air conditioning! What used to be a luxury ideal is now something we must consider, especially with the possibility of more heat waves and stay-at-home orders on the horizon.
At Campeau Heating, we can repair, replace or install your air conditioner in Sudbury, Ontario, and surrounding areas! We work with homeowners, cottage owners and business owners in providing comfort and safety in their spaces.
If you’re worried about upcoming heat waves this summer, now is the time to look into your air conditioning options! Whether you are looking for a central air conditioner, ductless air conditioner, split air conditioner, high velocity air conditioning etc., we have the cooling solution you need to prepare for the summer heat ahead!
Make the Healthy Summer Choice With a New Air Conditioner Installation
Did you know that extreme heat waves can cause serious health risks? Although it might be tempting for your kids to run outside and play in the sprinklers during a heat wave, that might not be the safest option for them.
What Are The Negative Health Effects Of Extreme Heat?
- Heat Stroke
- Heat Exhaustion
- Muscle Cramping
- Heat Rash
- Heat Edema
Many Canadians are affected by what is commonly known as “heat stroke” during our hot and humid summers. In certain areas of the country where extreme heat events are more common, it’s so important that we take the necessary precautions in protecting ourselves and our families against these dangerous health effects.
How Can Air Conditioning Help Protect You During A Heat Wave?
Your body regulates its own temperature fairly well in different weather conditions. Whether it is adjusting to hot air, hot surfaces, wind, sun rays etc., your body is focused on maintaining a healthy, regulated bodily temperature.
High humidity slows down your body’s temperature regulating process - causing a harmful increase in temperature. This is what causes the negative health effects that we’ve listed above.
In order to help protect yourself and your family from both short and long term health conditions, it is important that you:
- Prepare for upcoming heat waves in advance
- Do your best to stay cool during heat waves
- Avoid exposure, especially over-exposure, to extreme outdoor heat
Did you know that an air conditioning system can actually contribute to all three of these precautions? Air conditioners play a key role in helping regulate your indoor environment, which helps your body to better regulate its own temperature as well.
Besides regulating temperature control, air conditioning also helps with humidity control, ventilation and indoor air quality. This is why it is so important to have a well maintained and reliable air conditioner installed in your home. Especially now that Canada’s summer heat waves are expected to rise even more over the next 30 years!
5 Air Conditioning Tips For Keeping Your Home Cool This Summer
It’s important to note that, during a heat wave, your air conditioning system is working OVERTIME! So don’t be too surprised if it takes a while to even catch up to the heat wave, let alone overcome it. As long as it’s functioning properly though, it will drastically improve your indoor cooling!
Is Your Air Conditioning System Not Working? Here’s How To Troubleshoot!
- Check for a dirty air filter.
- Check for a refrigerant leak.
- Check for leaky ducts.
- Is your air conditioner overused or improperly installed (ie. an undersized air conditioner that isn’t built to cool larger areas)?
- Check for a blocked condensing unit.
If you’re not sure how to check your air conditioner for these problems, call our AC repair team at Campeau Heating! Our experienced cooling technicians have the knowledge and tools to keep your air conditioning unit back up and running in no time!
If your air conditioner is working properly, however it’s not able to overcome the heat wave, we have a few tips that can help!
1. Turn your fan switch to “on” rather than “auto”.
You’d be surprised how much of a difference this can make to your home’s air conditioning! By keeping the fan on at all times, you can help keep your indoor air circulating on a regular basis - which allows for better temperature control throughout each room in your home.
2. Keep your curtains, blinds and shades closed during the day.
How many times has your mom or grandma told you about this handy trick? Keeping your windows closed can play a huge role in keeping those hot UV rays out of your home while also helping to keep your cool air inside.
3. Close doors and air vents to rooms that are not in use.
If you only use certain rooms in your home, try closing the air vents and doors to those rooms in order to focus your AC cooling within rooms you actually use. This can help reduce the ambient temperature of your house by a few degrees!
4. Don’t use your oven, dishwasher or dryer on extremely hot days.
Home appliances, such as your oven, dishwasher or dryer, bring heat into your home when in use. That’s why, during the summer months, most homeowners opt for outdoor BBQ and/or patio dinners. This helps limit the heat being introduced into your home environment, while also conserving the cool air that your air conditioning system is working so hard to maintain.
5. Maintain, Repair or Upgrade Your Air Conditioning System
Your air conditioning system works extremely hard during the summer months to keep you and your family cool and comfortable. However, after an extremely hot summer, or a series of hot summers, your air conditioner may begin to lose power. This causes it to deteriorate in efficiency and functionality - something you do not want to experience this summer!
Our cooling experts at Campeau Heating recommend that you schedule regular AC maintenance for your air conditioning unit. This will ensure that all AC repairs are properly taken care of and that your home stays comfortable all summer long - even in an intense heat wave!
Installing Your Campeau Heating Air Conditioner in Sudbury, Ontario
Are you looking at installing an air conditioner in Sudbury, Ontario, before the real heat hits this summer? At Campeau Heating, we supply a variety of air conditioning units to help keep you and your family comfortable!
Whether you’re looking for a central air conditioner, ductless air conditioner, split air conditioner or even a high velocity air conditioner, we have the cooling solution that’s best for your specific home.
Call our office at (705) 560-2441 to speak with one of our HVAC specialists regarding your air conditioning needs! And don't forget to stay cool this summer!
|How To Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality With Ventilation Equipment
How To Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality, Reduce Allergens, and Lower Your Energy Bills This Spring!
What was once simply a not-so-interesting topic to most homeowners has now become a prominent matter of importance - Indoor Air Quality!
When the pandemic first began, keeping up with your home’s indoor air quality was simply a task that most individuals didn’t think about. In these cases, being reactive to the necessary changes was more important than being proactive to the needs of our current pandemic year.
But all that has changed as we welcomed in 2021 with yet more continued lockdowns - increasing home offices, homeschooling and home-bound hobbies. It’s definitely fair to say that home renovating, baking and crafting took a huge leap this year, as we began to find things to occupy our time during the stay-at-home orders.
But the one thing that most homeowners are finding lately doesn’t lie in a long-lost drawer (oh that’s where those knitting needles are!), but rather in their home’s AIR QUALITY.
What Do We Know About COVID-19 and Indoor Air Quality?
It goes without saying now that COVID-19 is known to be airborne. We have seen enough evidence pointing to the fact that this virus can be spread through the movement of air.
Once this observation was announced, many homeowners decided to “cut the cord” on their HVAC systems. This was, of course, done with the hopes of stopping the spread of COVID-19 in their homes and minimizing the risk of illness. However, our indoor air experts are here to tell you that you can still use your HVAC system safely during the pandemic.
What you should be focusing on is actually your indoor air ventilation - meaning the air that flows through your air ducts and into your home.
With the proper equipment and maintenance, you can improve your indoor air quality, cut energy costs and increase ventilation in order to provide healthier indoor air!
Improving Your Indoor Air Quality With Ventilation, UV Light Purification and HEPA Filtration
Many homeowners don’t actually know what goes into keeping their indoor air clean. For this reason, they usually just open a few windows now and again, spray some air freshener and hope for the best! At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, we have a better solution - one that doesn’t involve letting allergens into your home or spraying chemicals into your home’s air.
Indoor Air Ventilation Systems
Indoor air ventilation systems have one main purpose - to move air throughout your home. But did you know that they also provide many added benefits to your home’s air quality?
Installing the right air ventilation system, such as an ERV (energy recovery ventilator) or HRV (heat recovery ventilator) can hugely impact the health of your indoor air. How? Well, both of these systems work to remove polluted air from your home and replace it with fresh air. By adding filters to your ventilation system, you can also prevent common allergens (ie. grass pollen) from entering your home! The best part is, the cleaner your air is, the less your ventilators have to work! Which means, you can also lower your monthly energy bills significantly with the proper air ventilation system.
BONUS BENEFIT - During the summer months, when humidity levels are high, an ERV system works to redirect the humidity in your home by expelling it back outdoors.
Do you suffer from allergies? Ontario is currently in its prime allergy season and homeowners are feeling it!
One of the best ways to help reduce the allergens within your home’s air and provide allergy relief to you and your family is by installing a HEPA Filter (high efficiency particulate air filter). This HVAC accessory actually traps harmful pollutants before they are able to enter your home’s air.
How does a HEPA Filter work? By forcing air through a fine mesh filter, pollutants such as pollen, pet dander and dust mites are trapped - preventing these air pollutants from entering your home and your airways.
UV Air Purification
UV (Ultra-Violet) Air Purification uses ultraviolet light to purify your home’s indoor air. By targeting airborne pathogens, this system works to eliminate harmful germs and provide safer air for you to breathe.
As with most air quality equipment, the UV Air Purifier can improve your home’s air flow, increase ventilation efficiency, reduce allergy symptoms, eliminate unwanted odours and lower your energy costs!
The result? A well ventilated home with good indoor air quality AND a lower monthly energy bill!
Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, Is Your Indoor Air Quality Expert
Your comfort and safety is crucial - especially during this pandemic. If you're concerned about your indoor air quality this spring, we encourage you to give our Indoor Air Quality team a call! We care about your air quality problems, but more importantly, we care about fixing them for you!
Contact our office at 705-560-2442 or Click Here For Your Indoor Air Quality Appointment. We’ll take the time to discuss your needs and provide a solution that works best for you, your family and your home.
|Furnace Repair Warning Signs and How To Fix Them!
Furnace Repair Warning Signs and How To Fix Them!
Although we are all desperately awaiting that warmer weather, unfortunately spring in Ontario has other ideas! With cold, windy weather outside, we are all doing our best to stay warm (and hopeful!) indoors!
The problem is, your furnace has already been on overdrive for quite a few months now! If it hasn’t already begun to slow down, that unwelcome outage could be any day now!
So how do we recognize these warning signs before they become too serious? Keep reading to find out!
Our Campeau Heating technicians in Sudbury, Ontario, are here to keep your home heating running smoothly! We’ve been fixing residential and commercial HVAC for years and have tons of experience with furnace repair and furnace maintenance!
6 Reasons Why Your Furnace Is Blowing Cold Air
If your furnace has begun to blow cold air, rather than that warm air that you are expecting, it’s definitely time to do some troubleshooting!
Thankfully, your HVAC experts at Campeau Heating have created a list of 6 reasons why your furnace temperature might be malfunctioning.
1. Your Thermostat Isn’t Working
The thermostat of your HVAC system is the brains of your home’s heating system. So, when your thermostat is malfunctioning, or your furnace is failing to provide the proper temperature throughout your home, this is the first thing you should be looking at!
There are two main things that you can investigate when troubleshooting your thermostat.
The first is your thermostat setting. Within your thermostat settings you can normally adjust the temperature and fan speed.
During the current pandemic, many homeowners are choosing to keep their HVAC fan running constantly (rather than on auto) in order to increase air flow in their home. The downside to this is that, while you are increasing airflow, your energy bill can increase quite a bit as well.
On top of that, this constant fan running can create cool air drafts in between the furnace cycles.This could be why your furnace is blowing more cold air than warm air!
The second point here is your thermostat calibration. It could be that your thermostat is simply not calibrated correctly, which causes the temperature output to not match the desired temperature setting. Thus, COLD INCOMING AIR!
2. You’ve Got a Dirty Furnace Filter
If your furnace filter is not changed regularly, your furnace will have to use more and more energy in order to push air through to your ductwork. Not only does this increase your energy bills, but your blower motor might actually overheat!
Not sure how to change your own furnace filter? Contact our HVAC specialists in Sudbury and schedule your furnace maintenance appointment right away!
3. Your Drain Pipe Might Be Clogged
Did you know that your furnace has a drain? Many homeowners have forgotten this! Why? Because it’s easy to forget about your furnace drain when your line is performing as it should.
In other words, it’s hard to notice that it actually even exists - that is, until it gets clogged!
This could be the cold air culprit that you’re looking for!
But don’t worry! This is an easy fix! Call Campeau Heating furnace repair technicians in Sudbury today!
4. Your Pilot Light Has Problems
No, this is not referring to an airplane! If you have a furnace that runs on natural gas, then you probably have a pilot light! This is a small, blue flame within your furnace. It’s purpose is to ignite the natural gas, resulting in HEAT!
If your pilot light is experiencing problems, there are few common causes:
Your furnace is simply old and the pilot light has just stopped working all together. In this case, all you have to do is call our Campeau Heating team for a furnace repair appointment and we’ll get it working for you again!
The pilot light is simply dirty. When dirt and grime begin to pile up on your furnace light, it can actually cause a blockage.
Lastly, your pilot light thermocouple could be malfunctioning. This device detects whether your furnace’s pilot light is on. If this device is malfunctioning, simply give our Campeau Heating team a call!
5. There’s a Problem With Your Fuel Connection
In order to create heat, you need fuel. But if your furnace has a connection issue and cannot receive the fuel properly, then it cannot produce this warm air.
Always remember that dealing with fuel, heat and electricity can be very dangerous. We always recommend that you call one of our experienced HVAC technicians if you are experiencing any problems with your furnace.
6. Your Ducts Could Be Leaking
When was the last time you checked your ductwork? If you’re like most homeowners, this isn’t necessarily something you keep up with on a regular basis. However, your ductwork is basically the lungs of your home. So, if your lungs are malfunctioning, the rest of the home will suffer the consequences.
If your home’s ductwork has been around for a while, chances are there are leaks and cracks within the system. This could cause less warm air to be circulating through the ductwork properly.
At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, we offer air duct cleaning as well as ductwork patching so that your home’s airways can stay clean and efficient.
Contact Campeau Heating in Sudbury For Your Furnace Maintenance and Repair Needs
We get it - not everybody lives and breathes HVAC. However, we would argue that everyone lives and breathes BETTER with a proper HVAC system. If your furnace is beginning to show warning signs - such as a lack of warm air - call our team!
You can reach us at (705) 560-2441 !
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|How Can Preventative Air Conditioner Maintenance Save You Money?
How Can Preventative Air Conditioner Maintenance Save You Money?
Living in Ontario, Canada means rolling with the heat waves and cold warnings - all year long!
Last summer, the heat and humidity of summer hit hard, leaving Sudbury homeowners with little time to prepare. But this year can be different! If the changing landscape of COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is to be prepared for the unexpected.
So, are you ready for the heat this summer? Weather forecasters are calling for a sweltering and stormy summer, which means we’re given the opportunity to get ahead of the game!
First step? Making sure that your air conditioner is able to handle the upcoming heat. If you’re planning on working from home this summer, then your air conditioner needs to be running in tip-top condition!
What Does Preventative Air Conditioner Maintenance Do?
Although it can be easy to forget about your air conditioner unit, it’s definitely not something you want to ignore for a long period of time. Why? Because your air conditioner is one of the most important investments within your home. It protects your family, yourself, your pets, your indoor air quality, your home and your overall comfort!
Not sure what preventative air conditioner maintenance consists of? Keep reading!
Preventative Air Conditioner Maintenance Checklist:
- Check air filter
- Check fuel connections for possible leaks
- Clean condenser coils and adjust accordingly
- Tighten electrical connections
- Empty and clean drain lines
- Replace any overused parts (ie. belts)
- Assess humidity levels and adjust accordingly
- Check the refrigerant level
- Make sure all moving parts are operating smoothly
- Test the thermostat
- Check fan motors
- Check ductwork
As a family run business, our goal is to provide homeowners with the finest air conditioner products and servicing. This means staying in touch with you and your HVAC unit long after the installation is complete. Our team wants to ensure your safety, comfort and satisfaction - in every season of your life!
Scheduling preemptive maintenance for your HVAC unit can:
- Extend the life of your air conditioner
- Prevent larger, more expensive AC repair appointments
- Ensure that your air conditioner is operating at maximum efficiency
- Prepare your home for a more relaxing and enjoyable summer season
If you haven’t scheduled your preventative air conditioner maintenance appointment with our Campeau Heating team in Sudbury, CLICK HERE!
How Can You Save Money With Preventative Air Conditioner Maintenance?
Air conditioner maintenance is all about performance optimization and safety. The best part is, you only need to schedule this type of service once per year to potentially save you hundreds of dollars in annual energy costs.
According to the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario, homeowners spend around $2,358 per year on energy bills alone.
So, what if we told you that you could start saving on some of those bills with an easy, one-time solution each year?
Scheduling your annual air conditioning preventative maintenance could trim your energy bills drastically!
According to the Building Efficiency Initiative, potential savings from preventive air conditioning maintenance range between 5-10 percent! This depends on your HVAC system's make, model, age, condition and average usage patterns.
Let’s break those savings done!
With 5% annual energy savings, you would be saving roughly $75.
With 40% energy savings annually, that number increases to $600.
In most cases, our customer’s have seen the savings themselves easily paying for the preventative air conditioner maintenance appointments!
When To Call it Quits and Install A New Air Conditioner In Order To Save More
Sometimes your air conditioner comes to the point of no return. In cases like these, it’s time to give your old AC the boot and find a replacement.
Not sure if it’s time to replace your air conditioner? One of the factors to watch for when your AC unit is nearing the end of its life is simply how long it’s been in business. According to EnergyStar, the typical air conditioner unit is designed to last roughly 10 years. The kicker here is that those 10 years are based on regular, preventative air conditioner maintenance and proper AC repairs.
For more air conditioner warning signs, visit our recent blog post!
If you are considering purchasing a new air conditioner this spring, we can help! Our team at Campeau Heating knows how important it is to work with trusted brands in the HVAC industry, which is why we only supply our HVAC equipment from brands that we know and love!
Check Out Our Central Air Line HERE
Check Out Our Ductless Line HERE
Check Out Our High Velocity Line HERE
Do you have questions? Contact our Cooling Team today for more information on our air conditioner brands and products!
Get In Touch With Our Air Conditioner Experts At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario
Spring is here and we’re only a couple months away from that inevitable summer heat - is your air conditioner ready?
Give our team of qualified HVAC technicians a call today and we’ll make sure your summer 2021 is a cool one - (705) 560-2441 or visit us online.
|How To Choose The Best Hot Water Heater In Sudbury, Ontario
How To Choose The Best Hot Water Heater In Sudbury, Ontario
No matter what season it is, there is one thing that remains constant. Everyone needs hot water.
Although we normally associate a hot water heater with winter, this specific system is something we use all year round!
What Are Hot Water Heaters Used For?
- Hot Showers
- Dishwashing etc.
So, whether we’re in the dead of winter or the early stages of spring, there is no perfect time for your hot water heater to break.
Are you looking for a trusted heating and cooling company to replace your hot water heater in Sudbury, Ontario? Our team can help! Instead of waiting for the day when your hot water heater breaks - our HVAC team at Campeau Heating wants to make sure that you are prepared.
Affordable and Efficient Hot Water Heater Options
If your hot water heater has recently broken down, chances are you’ve been spending your spare time searching for the perfect deal. Thing is, instead of shopping around for the most affordable hot water heater, you should be spending your time RESEARCHING the best hot water heater SOLUTION for your home.
Every home is unique - within a different location, having different moisture levels and varying in size. It goes without saying that the hot water heater solution for your home will vary from that of your neighbour.
How much does a hot water heater cost? Contact our Hot Water Heater experts in Sudbury. We’ve got the tools, equipment and know-how to make this situation as stress-free as possible. Our goal? To provide you with the best water heater solution for your long-term home needs.
Choosing The Most Efficient Hot Water Heater For Your Home
When you start thinking of your home’s needs in the long term, rather than short term, you’ll begin to realize that the ultimate solution to your needs is not necessarily the cheapest. In most cases, the question actually lies in whether the new HVAC installation is going to be worth the investment in the long term.
The Ultimate Water Heater Solution for your home is:
- Time Efficient
- Low Maintenance
- Energy Efficient
That’s why our team at Campeau Heating works alongside our homeowners in choosing the right hot water heater solution for them. We take into consideration your home’s needs, your family’s needs and your budget.
Steps To Choosing The Best Hot Water Heater Solution in Sudbury
Looking for a hot water heater in Sudbury? We’ve got lots to choose from! But, most importantly, we have the knowledge you need to make sure you’re making the right decision.
Step 1: Choose Your Hot Water Heater Fuel Type
Today’s hot water heaters are quite versatile! They can operate using a variety of different fuel types - including electric, propane, solar, gas and even hybrid! If you are looking for an affordable and energy efficient hot water heater, the first thing you need to consider is definitely the fuel type.
Remember how we talked about your home’s location affecting your best solution? When you’re choosing an affordable fuel type, your options might be very obvious! For example, if the energy prices in your service are low, then natural gas is your obvious answer. However, if you have no gas service, then electricity is your best bet!
Step 2: Tankless Water Heaters Vs. Tank Water Heaters
After you have selected the type of water heater fuel that you want to utilize, the next step is figure out the type of water heater system. Is a tankless water heater worth it? Or is a tank more efficient?
Let’s talk about tank capacity!
Tank capacity can range from 20-50+ gallons. If you can imagine, this size of tank can require a lot of floor space - both for the tank itself and for the minimum safety clearance surrounding the tank.
Guide To Choosing Your Tank Size:
- Single or couple homes: 20 to 30 gallon tank.
- Family of four homes: 30 to 50 gallons.
Note: For each additional person in the household, add 10 gallons to the tank size.
How does a tankless water heater work?
Tankless hot water heaters don’t have a, you guessed it, tank. They operate on demand instead.
So, how do you choose a size if there is no tank to guide you? This is where it gets a little more complex.
First, estimate how many hot water appliances run at the same time, the flow rate and the water temperature requirements for each.
Second, identify the maximum output flow rate and temperature rise on your home’s tankless water heater.
Lastly, examine your fuel type.
If this sounds confusing, don’t worry! Our HVAC team at Campeau Heating can help! We examine, repair, replace and install tankless hot water heaters in Sudbury and surrounding areas all the time!
Step 3: How Much Does It Cost To Install A Hot Water Heater?
We get this question a lot at Campeau Heating. The main factor that we always answer with is to consider the cost of the product as well as the cost of installation.
Having your new hot water heater installed by professionals is the safest decision you can make. Our hot water experts in Sudbury have the qualifications and experience necessary to ensure a safe and proper installation. One that won’t require a follow-up maintenance appointment!
Risks Of Installing A Hot Water Heater By Yourself:
- Water damage repair costs
- Improper fuel setup
- Improperly installed temperature and pressure release
- Overall Inefficiency due to improper installation
- Product damages
Campeau Heating Can Install, Repair or Service Your Hot Water Heater in Sudbury, Ontario
Whether you have experienced your hot water heater breaking down recently, or are nervous about that happening soon, we’ve got you prepared! You now know the proper steps to take when a situation like this occurs, and how to solve it with a smart and affordable solution.
For more information on hot water heaters, contact our Campeau Heating team today at (705) 560-2441 or visit us online.
|How To Make Your HVAC System COVID Friendly For Your Family This Spring
How To Make Your HVAC System COVID Friendly For Your Family This Spring
It goes without saying that 2021 is not turning out exactly how we envisioned it to. With national news headlines now calling for a “third wave” of COVID-19, it’s difficult to prepare for the new spring season.
However, although this year does seem quite bleak so far, there is hope!
Instead of staying indoors, fearing the unknown and uncertainty of what will happen next, we can protect ourselves properly and do everything we can to stay safe with the new knowledge we have of the COVID-19 virus.
One of the most important discoveries made about COVID-19 and our health safety is the role of our home’s HVAC systems. Your furnaces, central air conditioning, and other heating and cooling operations play a key role in your home’s air quality.
Well, to put it simply, your HVAC is the lungs of your home. Similar to how your lungs work in providing you with fresh oxygen, your HVAC system should work to bring you fresh air.
Are you looking for a cost efficient and effective way to help minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 in your home this spring? At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, your family’s comfort and safety is our main priority.
Keep reading for HVAC tips that can help keep your home’s heating and cooling system COVID friendly this spring.
How To Prepare Your Home’s HVAC To Be COVID Friendly
When COVID-19 first entered our vocabulary back in March 2020, there was very minimal science to support the health and safety aspect. That’s when we all began asking questions in order to protect us, our families and our livelihoods.
“How do we avoid getting COVID?”
“How does COVID spread from one person to another?”
“How do I limit the spread of COVID in my home?”
These are all valid questions that, as families, homeowners and business owners, we have asked continually throughout the development of the COVID-19 virus.
Thankfully, we now have more science to work with!
We now know that evaporation and ventilation can spread infectious droplets to much further distances than 6 feet.
That’s where your home’s heating and air conditioning system comes in. A COVID friendly HVAC system is meant to equip your home to minimize the risk of spreading these harmful droplets. That’s why our HVAC specialist at Campeau Heating in Sudbury always recommends having your heating and cooling systems checked.
Whether you have a ductless split air conditioner, gas furnace, central air conditioner or electric furnace, it is so important that you service these systems properly.
Canada Public Health has released a series of HVAC system recommendations that can help minimize the risk of spread in your home. If you are concerned about the transmission risk of your HVAC system, keep reading!
Is your HVAC system suited to its normal daily usage?
Always consult an HVAC professional to help you determine whether your HVAC system is properly suited to its usage. This includes:
- How large the space is
- How the space is used on a daily basis
- Number of occupants within the space normally
- Length of time that the space is normally occupied
Did you know that many HVAC units are actually improperly sized? This means that the system cannot properly control the temperature of your space, as it cannot reach the extent of your entire home.
Ensuring that you have the right HVAC system installed for your home can make a huge difference in how well the HVAC system works in your home.
Scheduling preventive air conditioner and furnace maintenance can ensure that your indoor air quality is sufficiently clean. This will aid in the air flow of your home and can largely help your HVAC system guard against COVID-19.
Is your HVAC system operating properly and efficiently?
Many homeowners have actually inherited their HVAC systems. Meaning that the HVAC system installed in their home actually came with their home upon purchase. This is great in terms of managing the costs of purchasing a home, however it can be risky in terms of knowing the health of your HVAC system.
The best practice when inheriting an HVAC system is to ensure that you schedule preventive air conditioner and furnace maintenance immediately. This can help minimize health risks, lower larger furnace repair and ac repair costs in the future, and provide you with peace of mind when you move into this new space.
Is your home using the right air filter?
How do you know if you installed the correct air filter in your home’s HVAC system?
Contact one of our professional HVAC specialists in Sudbury to learn more about your home’s filter needs. We can help you discover your home’s specific filter needs and schedule an installation appointment in order to install the proper one.
At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, we recommend changing your furnace filter every 3 months.
Can your HVAC system be adjusted in order to increase air exchange rates?
Optimizing your home’s air exchange rate is extremely important in terms of protecting your indoor air quality.
Your HVAC system should be designed to properly pull in the right amount of clean air into your home. If not, you could potentially be breathing in unclean, recycled air!
Contact Campeau Heating In Sudbury For Your Air Conditioner and Furnace Preventative Maintenance Service
Our heating and cooling experts at Campeau Heating have the right equipment and experience to ensure the health and productivity of your HVAC system. Are you concerned about the health and safety of your home’s HVAC? Now is the time to schedule a Preventative HVAC Maintenance Service.
Before our HVAC technicians arrive, it would be helpful if you went through the following checklist: the
DIY Furnace Maintenance Checklist:
- Are the batteries working on your home’s thermostat?
- Is your thermostat set to the proper setting?
- Is your air filter clogged?
- When was the last time you changed your air filter?
- Do you hear any unusual noises?
- Do you smell any unusual odours?
- How old is your furnace or air conditioner system?
Our team of professional HVAC technicians at Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, have experience installing, servicing, repairing and maintaining all of your HVAC needs. If you are feeling unsafe in your home during the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to give you peace of mind.
Call our team at (705) 560-2441 or check out our HVAC services online!