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My Water Heater Broke Down In The Middle Of Winter! What Now?

Cold water due to broken Superflue Water Heater.

My Water Heater Broke Down In The Middle Of Winter! What Now?

A broken water heater in January? That could mean no hot water in your shower, taps or washing machine! 

That sounds like a frigid disaster! Not to mention highly inconvenient for your household. 

After all, nobody wants a cold shower in the middle of winter! 

If this is your current situation, keep reading for your next steps. While calling a professional might be necessary, the problem may be less serious than you think.

It could even be something you can fix on your own!

But before you start tinkering away, you’ll need to diagnose the water heater problem. We’ve listed some of the top issues below so you can troubleshoot your system properly.

Please note: this article focuses on gas and electric storage water heater issues. Are you looking for information about a broken tankless water heater? Call our technicians!

 

First Things First, Diagnosing The Water Heater Problem 

Now, before we go into the less serious issues, let us preface this conversation with this: 

If your hot water heater is leaking, that is a sure sign to call a technician and take immediate action.

A leak can cause water damage in your basement and even a potential explosion. So if you notice even the tiniest leak, here’s what you should do: 

Emergency Next Steps

  1. Turn off the power to your tank
  2. Turn off the cold water supply to the tank.
  3. Take a picture of the situation (you’ll need this to make an insurance claim).
  4. Drain the water.
  5. Call your HVAC technician.

Click here for more non-DIY-related water heater issues. 

If, however, your water heater only has a minor issue, there are lots of quick, DIY fixes that you can do! 

Below are some common water heater issues. Click the one you’re experiencing to find out how to fix it yourself!

 

DIY Hot Water Heater Repairs!

Many hot water heater problems are actually easy to troubleshoot and fix on your own. If you’re lucky, you can get your water heater back up and running in about 5 minutes! 

Below are the three top water heater issues and an easy DIY solution for each.

Need support? Please don’t hesitate to give us a shout! Our Campeau Heating team can help troubleshoot the issue and provide a solution fast.

 

No Hot Water

Many homeowners make urgent no-hot-water calls as soon as possible. 

And no wonder! A chilly shower on a cold winter day is the last thing anyone wants to experience.

But before you make a call, you may want to do some troubleshooting of your own. The problem could be simpler than you think!

If you don’t have any hot water, there are a few possible reasons why: 

  1. Your water heater may not have power. 
  2. One of the heating elements could have failed.
  3. The limit switch may have tripped.

How To Fix It:

To fix your water heater, the first thing you’ll want to do is ensure it’s connected to power. 

Then, check for a tripped breaker. If it has tripped, switch it off and back on again. 

If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to reset the high-temperature limit on the heater. Your unit’s instruction manual should have directions for this step. But if not, give us a quick call! We can walk you through the process over the phone. 

 

Not Enough Hot Water

Is your hot water running out too fast? This issue is typically easy to diagnose, being one of two possibilities: 

  1. Your unit isn’t big enough for your household. It can’t keep up with the demand!

This is a common problem for large families. Even a family of two may require a larger tank, depending on how much hot water they use during the day. 

  1. One or both heating elements on your unit may have failed. 

If your water is typically more lukewarm than hot, you may have a defective upper heating element. 

If you run out of hot water too fast, you may have a defective lower heating element. 

How To Fix It:

If your tank is too small for your home, there’s an easy solution. However, it may be costly. An inadequately sized tank means you’ll need to

a) Buy a larger tank or 

b) Switch to a tankless unit.

If one or both of your heating elements has failed, call your HVAC technician for a repair. They’ll have the equipment and parts necessary to repair the unit. 

But wait! Before you call, we recommend checking your unit’s warranty. Your warranty may cover the repairs/replacement parts for your specific issue.

 

The Water Is Too Hot

It seems odd to complain about water being too hot if the alternative problem is no heat at all. But regardless, this is another issue you may experience with a broken water heater. 

And thankfully, fixing it is easy!

Water that’s too hot is typically a telltale sign that your heater’s thermostat is too high. 

How To Fix It:

Before you check the thermostat, turn off the heater’s circuit breaker. 

Next, remove the access panel, insulation and plastic safety guard from the heating elements. Using a non-contact voltage tester, you can safely confirm the power is off. Don’t touch the wires or terminals until you’re 100% sure! 

Next, check the thermostat settings on both heating elements. It should be around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. 

If you need to adjust this setting, remember to keep both the same!

Then replace all parts and return power to your unit. 

Note: We totally understand if dealing with your unit's electrical components is nerve-wracking. Just give us a call! We can quickly send a technician to reset your thermostats. 

 

Water Heater Issues That Need a Professional

AKA don’t try to fix these ones on your own! They present a more dangerous situation for you, your home and your family. 

A leaking pressure relief valve. 

As mentioned above, a leaky hot water tank is dangerous. And a leaking pressure relief valve is equally so. 

A leaky pressure relief valve means there's too much heat and pressure in the tank - leading to a potential explosion!

Follow our emergency next steps outlined above when handling this issue.

Rotten egg smell. 

We’ve talked about the dangers of a rotten egg smell before when breaking down the top 10 furnace warning signs. 

If you read that article, you’ll know that the smell of rotten eggs is actually the smell of mercaptan. It’s a chemical added to natural gas as a safety precaution. 

Homeowners should know that if they begin to smell mercaptan, they should

  1. Turn off the gas immediately (but don’t touch anything that could be the source of the ignition).
  2. Evacuate your home with your family and pets. Keep a safe distance from the house!
  3.  Call 911 or your gas provider's 24-hour emergency line immediately.

Popping or knocking noises.

Are you hearing a popping or knocking noise coming from your water heater? If so, it could be on the verge of breaking down. 

That popping noise is water trapped under sediment buildup. If you catch it early enough, calling a technician could save your system! Your technician can remove the buildup and prevent further damage to your unit. 

Faulty installations.

If your water heater is improperly installed, it could become dangerous. 

For example, if you have a gas water heater with poor gas connections, there’s a high risk of an explosion. 

If you have an electric heater, water corrosion can cause your system to short circuit.

If you have a faulty installation, contact your HVAC technician immediately for further assistance. 

 

Need a New Unit? Consider our Superflue Water Heater!

Trying to choose the best water heater for your home?

Shop The Superflue Water Heater 

Is your unit beyond repair, over 10 years old or too small for your household? These are all sure signs that it’s time to invest in a new system!

Consider the Superflue Water Heater! 

This water heater has a built-in blower that allows through-the-wall or through-the-roof venting up to 50 feet outdoors! It’s also gas-powered, designed with an ultra-quiet blower and incredibly safe.

The flammable vapour ignition-resistant safety feature provides more protection and peace of mind!

 

Schedule Your Water Heater Tune-Up-, Installation or Repair With Campeau Heating

At Campeau Heating, our dedicated technicians ensure your safety, comfort and convenience. 

Whether you need a seasonal tune-up, a quick repair or a new unit installation, we’re there for you!

Book a service call with our team today or contact our office at 705-560-2441! We’re happy to help troubleshoot the issue over the phone.

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Winter Power Outage in Sudbury, Ontario? Here's How To Prepare Your Home!

Family experiencing a power outage in Sudbury Ontario.

Winter Power Outage in Sudbury, Ontario? Here's How To Prepare Your Home!

Power outages in Northern Ontario are not unusual. They can occur in every season and typically do so at the most inopportune times.

Winter power outages are just one example!

If you’ve experienced a winter power outage in Sudbury, Ontario, then you know exactly what we’re talking about.

Winter blizzards with high winds and heavy snowfall are the perfect recipe for a blackout. And while we may see it coming, nobody knows precisely when or if the lights will go out.

That’s why it’s crucial to prepare yourself, your family and your home BEFORE an outage.

Does your home rely on the power grid? If so, you’re vulnerable to a power outage's unpredictable and lasting effects. Whether it’s 2 hours or 5 days, power is at the mercy of your local grid team.

That’s why it’s also important to know what you should do DURING an outage! You never know when power might return.

There are many ways to reserve your home’s heat, protect your electronics and ensure your family’s safety while your power is out and AFTER!

This article shares all the winter power outage tips you need to protect your home - before, during and after!

 

Why Is It Important To Prepare For a Power Outage in Sudbury, Ontario?

As mentioned, power outages are a pretty common occurrence in Ontario. In 2017 alone, there were 177 reported outages in Ontario!

We receive frequent alerts for severe wind, snow and rain storms. And many of those forecast warnings also come with a potential outage advisory.

In fact, many Canadians experienced a severe winter storm right before Christmas. This particular storm left 78,000 households without power!

Many homeowners had to celebrate the season with candlelight and wood-burning fireplaces.

And while many families happily embraced the change of plans, others struggled to learn how to keep their homes warm in such low temperatures.

Dangerous Effects of Power Outages For Homes:

  • No heat (if your system relies on electrical power)
  • No water
  • No lights
  • No refrigeration
  • Electrical damage to devices, appliances and systems.
  • Disconnected at-home medical equipment.

Without power, we must learn how to function as safely and proactively as we can.

 

How To Prepare Your Home For A Power Outage BEFORE It Occurs

You can never be too prepared when it comes to power outages. Follow these steps below to ensure you’re ready for whatever mother nature throws at you!

Pack An Emergency Kit

The first step in preparing for a power outage is packing an emergency kit. This kit should sustain you and your family for at least 72 hours (three days).

Here are some items to include in your kit:

  • Water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Sleeping bags
  • Toilet paper
  • First aid kit

Check out the City of Greater Sudbury Emergency Kit for a complete list.

Winterize Your Home

Next, prepare your home for the winter season. We call this winterizing!

Each of these steps helps ensure and conserve safe home heating!

Install a Gas Fireplace or Other Non-Electric Heating Unit

If you rely solely on electric heating, your home becomes increasingly vulnerable during a power outage. Essentially, without electricity, you have no heat!

No heat can cause the following damages to your home:

  • Frozen pipes
  • Mould growth
  • Damaged belongings (guitars, pianos, books etc.)
  • Damaged materials (wood flooring, furniture, wallpaper etc.)
  • Cracked boilers or radiators
  • Damaged refrigerant-running appliances

One way to ensure your home has a dependable heat source is by installing a gas fireplace or other non-electric heating units.

Examples include a propane fireplace, a wood-burning furnace or a gas space heater.

Install a Backup Generator

Another way to ensure your home is not left without heat is to invest in a reliable backup generator. Backup generators can power large home appliances - including your home heating system!

Our Campeau Heating team supplies our local homeowners with Kohler generators!

Designed for harsh winters, Kohler generators are the perfect solution for a winter power outage in Sudbury, Ontario.

The cool thing about a whole-home backup generator is its automatic transfer switch (ATS). It allows the generator to automatically turn on during a power failure or brownout.

This means you’re only left in the dark for 10 seconds at most!

Below are some appliances that a whole-home backup generator can power:

  • Furnace Blower
  • Well Pump
  • Sump Pump
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Lights
  • 1000 Watt Microwave

Note: Your generator’s capacity may differ according to the electrical requirements of your home appliances.

Turn Up The Heat If You Expect a Power Outage

If you do not have a backup generator, make sure you turn the heat up at the first sign of trouble!

We recommend turning up the heat if you know a winter storm is coming. This can help keep your home warmer for longer!

 

What To Do DURING a Power Outage

A winter power outage in Sudbury, Ontario, means your home could lose heat very quickly. As mentioned, this puts your family, plumbing, home, and appliances at risk!

You also don’t know how long the power will remain out! This means you have to protect your home from an unpredictable power surge as well. 

Conserve As Much Heat As You Can

The first thing to do when the power goes out is to conserve as much heat as possible.

If you don’t have a backup generator or non-electric heat source, your best bet is to prevent heat from escaping.

Here are some tips for conserving heat:

  • Keep external windows and doors closed
  • Close all interior doors.
  • Block drafts from windows and doorways.
  • Let sunshine heat your home.

Turn Off Your Thermostat and Unplug All Electronics

Once power returns, the initial surge rushing to your home can damage electronics.

A power surge can also cause equal damage to your heating system if the thermostat is on!

To prevent this, we recommend unplugging and/or turning off all electrical devices - including your thermostat!

 

What To Do AFTER Power Returns

Once power returns, you’ll want to carefully reconnect it to your home. Keep in mind that you should unplug ALL your devices BEFORE power returns.

Don’t Rush To Plug Everything Back In

As mentioned before, once power returns, it can happen very quickly. This puts your electronics in the direct path of a power surge!

This sudden influx of energy can damage or even destroy your electronic devices.

Wait till the power surge has a chance to stabilize before plugging everything back in - about 10-15 minutes.

Reset and Re-Power Your Electronic Devices

Once it’s safe, reset and re-power your electronic devices. This includes your heating system, refrigerator, freezer, oven etc.

Don’t forget to reset and reprogram your thermostat as well!

Inspect Your Heating System

The last step is to inspect your heating system. Ensure it functions well and wasn’t damaged during the outage.

Please note that this step may require a professional! 

Contact our Campeau Heating team for Sudbury furnace repair or maintenance. You can reach us at 705-560-2441 or schedule an appointment online.

For more safety information regarding a power outage in Sudbury, visit the Sudbury Hydro Outage Safety Guide.

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24/7 Sudbury Furnace Repair To Keep You Warm Over The Holidays

Family enjoying warm home with 24/7 Sudbury Furnace Repair.

24/7 Sudbury Furnace Repair To Keep You Warm Over The Holidays

The Christmas season is a joyful and cheerful time - full of warmth and light! Families gather together. Long-lost friends reunite. And those less fortunate are embraced with extra care.

We love seeing homes filled with love and laughter this time of year. But we’re also extra watchful.

Even on the most silent of nights, there may arise a clatter. Leaving the cheerful warmth in your home to shatter!

But seriously...

A surprise furnace breakdown has stolen many a Christmas wish in the past. And we’d hate for a no-heat call to steal your joy this holiday season!

Thankfully, Campeau Heating offers 24/7 Sudbury furnace repair!

 

Meet Your Sudbury Furnace Repair Team!

Our emergency heating team is at the ready - all season long.

The holidays are a busy season for most families. And the last thing you need to worry about is your heat quitting cold turkey.

With your home full of friends and family, keeping it warm and cosy is imperative. And with the temperature quickly dropping, the extra load on your furnace could be a bit too much for it to handle!

That’s why our team is always on our toes this time of year.

We keep our trucks gassed up and our toolboxes ready for just such an occasion!

Whether you’re hearing strange furnace noises or your system’s quiet entirely - we’ll be ready.

Not sure when to call? Keep reading!

Before You Call

Getting your furnace back up and running is our top priority. We’ll be there as fast as possible to get things warmed up again. But there are a few things you can try yourself before you call us!

While some of these checks may seem obvious, covering all your bases is important.

  • Check the power switch on your equipment – is it on?
  • Check the fuse box – is the breaker off?
  • Check the thermostat – are the batteries working? Is the thermostat set in the proper setting?
  • Check the air filter – is it clogged? We recommend changing your filter every 3 months! If it’s been more than 3 months, definitely head to your local hardware store.
  • Check the fan – is it on the “auto” setting? It could just be between cycles!
  • Have you had your furnace serviced lately? We typically recommend scheduling preventative furnace maintenance annually. Avoiding this tuneup year after year can quickly become a bad furnace habit.

You can fix many of these issues without the help of a professional - like replacing your filter. But others will need your Sudbury furnace repair team.

Call Us Now!

If your furnace repair job requires more than a quick hardware store run, you’ll need to call a professional.

This is where our team comes in!

You can reach our emergency Sudbury furnace repair team at 705-560-2441.

We typically recommend emergency repairs only when your furnace has completely konked out. Or if there is a life-threatening situation - i.e. a gas leak or carbon monoxide alert.

No heat calls are a top priority. Otherwise, your pipes could freeze, appliances could break, and your family could be in danger.

Is professional furnace repair necessary but not urgent? If so, we recommend scheduling your repair visit online!

Here are some non-urgent furnace repair warning signs:

  • Strange Furnace Noises
  • Unusually High Heating Bills
  • Changes in the Pilot Light (Note: this may be an urgent issue if the pilot light is notifying you of a health hazard)
  • Cold Spots/Uneven Heating
  • Water Leaks
  • High Humidity
  • Failure to Start
  • Strange Smells (Note: this may be an urgent issue if the smell is from a gas leak).

Discover more furnace repair warning signs here!

While You Wait

Once you’ve called your Sudbury furnace repair team, it's time to get ready for the appointment. This will help our techs get the job done faster!

Help us accurately and quickly diagnose your furnace problem by answering these questions:

  • What is the brand and model number of your unit?
  • How old is your furnace?
  • When was the last time you had your furnace serviced? Who (what heating company) last serviced it?
  • When did you change the filter last?
  • Did you check the circuit breakers to ensure none were “tripped”?
  • When did you first notice that your unit was not working?
  • Was it making any unusual noises that we should know about?
  • Are there any unusual odours that are a cause for concern? (If you smell rotten eggs, open the windows, evacuate your home and call your local gas company and/or 911 to report the leak)
  • Was there any unusual weather activity before the equipment acted up?
  • Did you notice any unusual fluids or leakage around the unit?

 

Don’t Let A No-Heat Call Sabotage Your Christmas

Our Sudbury furnace repair team is just one call away - even over the holidays!

We understand that Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year. Everyone’s busy hosting guests, planning parties and spending time with their families.

A furnace breakdown with all your family and friends over could be disastrous!

That’s why our team is always on standby. To keep your home holly, jolly, and most importantly, warm!

You can reach our emergency repair team at 705-560-2441! Or schedule an appointment online.

Happy Holidays!

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10 Tips To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter - For Less!

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10 Tips To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter - For Less!

A warm home is a happy home! At least, it is to us Northern Ontario homeowners.

Our winters up North are not something to take lightly!

We’ve already experienced our first snowfall of the season. But we all know there’s more where that came from. It’s just a matter of time before a hefty blanket of snow and frigid temperatures set up camp in our little corner of the country. In fact, it may have already begun unpacking!

The secret to surviving our frigid Northern Ontario winters isn’t a gallon of hot cocoa (although, that does help). And it isn’t piling extra quilts or layering your socks either.

The secret is ensuring you have reliable home heating and a good Sudbury heating company on call - 24/7!

But the downside to having your heat fired up at all times is the all-too-eager heating bills. They seem to skyrocket at the first sign of snow! And while you appreciate your heating system’s enthusiasm, those costly bills might send you running to lower the thermostat. Even in the middle of a cold front!

At Campeau Heating, we believe you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your home comfort for the sake of a cheaper heating bill. There are actually many ways to help make your system more efficient and effective!

Read on for 10 tips to keep your home toasty warm for less!

1. Install a programmable thermostat.

Conservative energy use will soon become your best friend…

Your thermostat is the brains of your home heating system. It tells your furnace when to heat things up or cool them down.

It makes sense then that if you’re looking to lower your home heating bills, your thermostat should be your first stop!

Conservative energy use lowers your thermostat during certain hours of the day or night. And it can help you reduce your energy consumption by as much as 10%!

But remembering to reset your thermostat every few hours is more than a hassle. It’s impractical and unreliable - which in the HVAC world, typically means EXPENSIVE!

The solution?

Invest in a programmable thermostat! These systems are brilliant - allowing you to create a heating schedule that reflects your home heating needs.

Instead of constantly adjusting your thermostat, the programmable thermostat is a set-it-and-forget-it fix!

For the best results, set your thermostat low overnight or while you’re away. And high when you wake up or get home!

Your Ideal Heating Schedule

  • 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. = 20 degrees
  • 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. = 15 degrees
  • 5:30 to 11 p.m. = 20 degrees
  • 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. = 15 degrees

 

2. Change the direction of your ceiling fans.

Ceiling fans are great for those hot summer days when you need to cool a room down fast. But did you know that you can also use them to keep your home warm?

You might be looking at us funny right now…and you wouldn’t be the first! Reversing the direction of your ceiling fans is a great little trick, but it’s not as well-known as other solutions.

Typically, your ceiling fan spins counterclockwise. This sucks warm air up and pushes cold air down - cooling the room.

But if you reverse that spin clockwise and set it at the lowest speed possible, the fan begins forcing warm air down.

Keep in mind that not all fans can do this! Some are too powerful or cannot change direction. Give it a try before resetting all your fans.

3. Keep the heat in!

Keeping your hard-earned heat inside is the key to a warmer home. But achieving that might be a little harder than it sounds, depending on how well-sealed your house is.

Hot air can escape your home in many different ways - your doors, windows, attic, flooring, garage, chimney, vents, outlets etc.

To prevent heat loss in these areas, you must ensure your home is well-sealed and well-insulated.

Follow these tips below to help prevent heat loss in your home:

  • Seal any gaps or cracks in your doors and windows.
  • Check the insulation in your attic or crawl space.
  • Get a chimney damper.
  • Insulate outlets and light switches.

4. Hang insulated curtains.

Heat doesn’t only escape through the seals in your windows. It also escapes through the window itself!

Glass windows are a heat sink - which means heat is drawn to and absorbed by them.

To prevent this, we recommend installing insulated curtains. This helps keep the heat in if the sun is not shining.

But if the sun is shining, don't forget to open them again.

5. Open the curtains when the sun starts shining.

Let that sunlight heat your home for free!

Keeping your windows uncovered in the middle of a bright, sunny day is a great way to help heat your home.

Because your windows are a heat sink, they’ll absorb the solar heat from the sun. That means free home heating!

6. Change your furnace filter.

This is a tip you’ll hear our technicians mention a lot. And not just in regards to preserving heat!

Changing your furnace filter helps:

  1. Improve furnace efficiency.
  2. Optimize heating performance.
  3. Enhance indoor air quality.

We typically recommend replacing your furnace filter every 90 days. However, if you have pets or children, we’d recommend upping that to 30-60 days.

Pssst…If you have all your family gathered at the house over Christmas, it might be a good idea to check your furnace filter before the New Year.

7. Add a rug or two!

Your floor needs bundling up too!

If you have tile or hardwood flooring, you’ve probably experienced some chilly wake-up calls. Stepping onto a cold floor in winter almost feels like you’re stepping out into the snow!

Rugs are a great way to help keep your toes warm!

Place one on top of your flooring for added insulation and comfort.

8. Install electric floor heating.

Another great way to warm your toes is by installing electric floor heating! This form of heating is an excellent option for affordable supplemental heat.

Adding floor heating means your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard. And your toes will thank you for the added warmth!

Where should you install electric floor heating? We’ve listed some of the popular areas for floor heating below:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Bedrooms
  • Basements
  • Unheated Spaces
  • Over-Garage Apartments

9. Cool your oven with the door open.

Now, be careful not to mishear us. We’re not telling you to use your oven to heat your home… that is a terrible idea! Not to mention expensive and dangerous.

However, cooling your oven with the door open after you’ve turned it off is a great way to recycle heat!

Instead of letting your oven waste the heat, keep it open a crack and let the heat out.

Note: Please keep pets, children and flammable items away from the oven before opening the door.

10. Schedule your furnace maintenance appointment.

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When was the last time you booked a furnace maintenance visit?

Typically, our heating company recommends scheduling an annual preventative maintenance appointment. This ensures your furnace runs as efficiently as possible for the season ahead.

If you haven’t scheduled your furnace tune-up yet, we highly suggest doing so before the real snow hits!

Our furnace maintenance techs will ensure your equipment is clean, tightened up and ready for the storms ahead.

 

Campeau Heating Promises To Keep Your Home Toasty Warm All Winter!

Our team at Campeau Heating is here to help make this winter the cosiest one of all! We promise to be there for you and your family’s heating needs all season long.

Whether you need 24/7 emergency furnace repair, some good old-fashioned heating advice or a free quote for a new system - we’re here for you!

Call your local Campeau Heating company at (705) 560-2441 or message us online.

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Napoleon Gas Fireplaces: Benefits of Adding One In Your Home!

Napoleon Gas Fireplaces in Sudbury Ontario

Napoleon Gas Fireplaces: Benefits of Adding One In Your Home!

Sudbury, Ontario, is quickly getting colder. And homeowners are looking for affordable ways to warm up. But layering sweaters and donning fuzzy socks will only get you so far!

Napoleon gas fireplaces offer exceptional heating at an affordable price. So you can stay warm all winter long without worrying about your heating bills.

Learn more about the Napoleon gas fireplace below! Our Sudbury heating technicians share the top 5 benefits of gas fireplaces.

 

Introducing The Gas Fireplace!

In our last blog article, we dove into the history of wood stoves. Those systems have been around for centuries - dating way back to the 1700s!

But in this article, we're talking about gas fireplaces, which didn't come into play until much later on. 

While fireplace inserts launched in the 1800s, gas fireplaces didn't arrive till about 1895. In fact, they weren’t even available to the mass market until the 1920s!

But once they hit centre stage, they really took off.

Their designs quickly evolved to match that of a traditional wood-burning fireplace. And with realistic logs and flames, it became difficult to even tell the difference between them!

Gas fireplaces became quite popular by the 1990s, thanks to their new, innovative technology. They were safer, more energy efficient and had an improved venting system - making them a great heating solution

Today, gas fireplaces are a prevalent choice for Canadian homes. They offer quality heat, a cozy focal point and can help reduce energy consumption!

Our Napoleon gas fireplaces even offer a wide selection of fireplace styles. So you can choose a specific design that fits your home and lifestyle.

 

5 Top Benefits of Adding a Gas Fireplace To Your Home

If you live in Northern Ontario, you know how important it is to find affordable, reliable heat. During the winter, temperatures can drop as low as -30 degrees Celcius - day or night! 

Whether you’re home or not, you need a reliable heating system to

  1. Protect your home and appliances from the cold.
  2. Keep your family warm and healthy.

This is why our Sudbury heating experts at Campeau believe in the gas fireplace!

These gorgeous heating systems aren’t just for looks. They also provide exceptional zone heating that’s safe, easy and reliable. So you can stay cozy and warm, even in the middle of a snowstorm!

Keep reading to learn about the benefits of installing a gas fireplace in your home.

 

1. Improved Home Value

Fireplaces are in high demand!

According to the National Center for Real Estate Research, gas fireplaces can up your home value by up to 12%! And according to Angi, 77% of buyers would pay more for a home with a fireplace. 

Adding one to your home could increase your asking price and help to sell your home faster.

 

2. Reduced Heating Costs

Owning a home in Northern Ontario typically comes with heavy heating bills. That’s just the downside of living in a colder climate!

But thankfully, our Sudbury heating team can help lower those bills for a more affordable winter season.

While forced air heating offers whole-home temperature control, gas fireplaces provide zone heating. This means that the fireplace warms the room it’s installed in.

These fireplaces are not the ideal solution for whole-home heating. But they do offer incredible benefits as an ancillary heating solution.

Using your gas fireplace as complementary or supporting heat can help ease the pressure on your central heating system. So while you’re in one room, you can lower the thermostat for the rest of the house. This focuses more heat on the individual room and saves money on the excess heat everywhere else.

Gas fireplaces also offer a reliable and cost-efficient heating solution for unpredictable weather. During those confusing “almost winter” and “almost summer” seasons in Sudbury, Ontario, a gas fireplace can help warm the heart of your home!

 

3. Low Maintenance

Our Napoleon gas fireplaces are very easy to operate and maintain. They don’t use real firewood or emit smoke - making them a clean, user-friendly heating solution!

Instead of chopping firewood and cleaning up ashes, all you have to do is flip a switch! It really doesn’t get any easier than that.

Maintenance appointments for your gas fireplace are also only recommended once a year. And typically, these visits simply ensure max efficiency. We very rarely need to make repairs during them!

 

4. Safe Heating

Another great benefit of a gas fireplace is the safe heat it offers.

Some heating options pose safety risks for children, pets and the environment. For example, you may worry about sparks, toxic fumes or open flames.

But with a gas fireplace, you don’t have to worry about any of these hazards! You can make a safe heating choice that supports your family's health, comfort and well-being.

 

5. Relaxing Environment

A fireplace adds a gorgeous focal point to any room in your home - whether that be the living room, basement or bedroom! But more than that, it creates a cozy, relaxing environment for your family to wind down.

The cozy glow of a warm flame is known for its ability to draw families and friends together. To warm up, tell stories and make lasting memories.

Our Napoleon gas fireplaces offer that same cozy atmosphere!

 

See Our Selection of Napoleon Gas Fireplaces at Campeau Heating 

Transform your home into a relaxing sanctuary this winter! Our Napoleon gas fireplaces are an incredible addition that keeps on giving - year after year.


To learn more about our gas fireplace options, contact our Sudbury heating experts at 705-560-2441. Or CLICK HERE for a free quote!

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Is a Napoleon Wood Stove Really Worth The Investment For Your Home?

Family Sitting In Front of a Napoleon Wood Stove.

Is a Napoleon Wood Stove Really Worth The Investment For Your Home?

Wood stoves have been around for centuries, dating way back to the 1700s! Over the years, homeowners have used them for heating, cleaning, laundry and cooking. And for quite a few years, they were the only heat source in the home - even during frigid Northern Canadian winters!

Today, wood stoves have become one of the most cost-effective home heating methods. They are also renowned for their innovative designs, efficiency and emission control.

Since 1976, Napoleon has designed and enhanced wood stoves for peak performance and efficiency. Today, the Napoleon wood stove offers industry-leading technology that has revolutionized the market.

These stoves help you save on energy bills, lower your carbon footprint and ensure quality heat in your home. 

Is the Napoleon wood stove a good investment for your Sudbury home or cottage? Keep reading to find out!

 

What is a Wood Stove? How Does It Work?

Wood stoves are an incredible invention requiring zero fossil fuels or electrical power. Instead, the user has to manually input wood and stoke the fire to keep it burning.

Wood stoves also provide zone heating instead of whole-home heating. While a typical home heating system uses ductwork and vents to heat an entire home, wood stoves rely on radiant heat to warm a smaller area or single room.

That’s why you can typically find wood stoves in small cottages, living rooms or basements.

How does a wood stove work?

A wood stove has 5 main parts, including the,

  • Stove pipe
  • Flue collar
  • Firebox
  • Air vent control
  • Hearth

Each of these parts works together to,

a) Contain a well-burning wood fire,

b) Provide oxygen to help feed the fire,

c) Regulate airflow within the stove, and

e) Deposit smoke outdoors.

The result is efficient, clean heat for your home or cottage!

 

4 Reasons To Invest In a Napoleon Wood Stove This Winter

Installing a wood stove is a long-term investment that can actually pay you back in the long run. But is it really worth it?

Let’s find out!

Some homeowners choose to install a wood stove solely to fulfil their cozy cottage dreams. But others switch to wood for more practical reasons.

Mainly, the value they add to a home.

Besides their aesthetic appeal, wood stoves actually add incredible value to your home and lifestyle.

Below are 4 reasons why a Napoleon wood stove is a good investment:

1. They Use Clean, Renewable Energy To Operate

Wood is a clean, renewable fuel source that can lower your carbon footprint.

Many fuel sources used for home heating today are actually categorized as fossil fuels. This includes fuels like natural gas and oil. These non-renewable energy sources emit harmful air pollutants that can damage the environment.

Here in Northern Ontario, winters aren’t a gentle season. And many homes still rely on fossil fuels to provide that much-needed, reliable heating.

In fact, in 2019, 55% of Canadians used natural gas as their main source of heating fuel. And that same year, natural gas emissions caused a GHG intensity of 26.1 Mt of CO2e. In contrast, wood only caused 2.6!

This is because wood burning emits fewer pollutants than these other fossil fuel sources.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) also began certifying wood stoves back in 1988. This ensured that wood stoves met specific efficiency and emission standards. Their goal today is to lessen the amount of wood needed to produce the most heat while reducing emissions.

Our S20 Napoleon wood stove features EPA 2020-certified wood-burning technology. This means it produces only 2.0 grams of smoke per hour!

 

2. They Lower Your Heating Bills.

Besides producing cleaner heat in your home, wood is also one of the cheapest energy sources.

It’s no secret that home heating is expensive.

Depending on the type of fuel you use, you could be spending thousands of dollars throughout a typical Northern Ontario winter.

A Napoleon wood stove can help lower your heating costs while still providing effective heat.

For one, wood is a much cheaper fuel alternative to oil, electricity, propane and even natural gas. And it’s even cheaper if you have access to a forest on your personal property.

Secondly, and as mentioned above, the EPA ensures more heat with less wood. So you can spend less on fuel and experience the same cozy warmth!

 

3. They Offer HIGHER-QUALITY Heat

The quality of heat you get from a Napoleon wood stove is unlike any other! Nothing beats the warm comfort and smell of a cozy wood fire on a cold winter’s evening!

As mentioned before, wood stoves rely on radiant heat rather than forced air. So as the wood stove heats up, it emits warmth from the front, sides and top - sending it out into the room for surrounding surfaces to absorb.

This heat is typically more efficient and direct than forced air heating. It eliminates the potential heat loss experienced in ductwork as warm air travels from room to room in your home.

Radiant heating also helps reduce the spread of allergens in your home, as forced air is not blowing these allergens around your indoor air.

 

4. They Ensure 24/7 Home Heating - Even During a Power Outage!

One of the most beneficial features of the Napoleon wood stove is that it doesn’t need electricity.

We explained earlier that wood stoves actually require manual input and upkeep to maintain a strong flame. And while this might seem less convenient to some, it’s actually quite the opposite!

If you live in Sudbury, Ontario, you know how extreme our winter seasons can get - with bitter winds, frigid temperatures and snow storms galore. The number of unexpected power outages we experience up North is crazy!

That’s where the wood stove comes in.

Because it doesn’t require electricity, your wood stove will continue to heat your home even if the power goes out.

This ensures your family stays warm and cozy all winter long!

 

Learn More About The Napoleon Wood Stove From Our Team at Campeau Heating!

Invest in your family’s warmth and comfort this winter with a Napoleon wood stove!

At Campeau Heating, we offer only the best in home heating. To learn more about our wood-burning options, give us a call!

You can reach our office at (705) 560-2441 or message us online!

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Screech! Clang! Don't Let These Spooky Furnace Noises Give You a Scare!

Spooky furnace sounds calling for Sudbury furnace repair.

Screech! Clang! Don't Let These Spooky Furnace Noises Give You a Scare!

Everyone loves a good spook! Unless it comes from your furnace.

Your furnace should be silent and discreet - keeping your home warm and peaceful. But what if your furnace is all but silent?

What if screeching, rattling or humming sounds have taken over your peaceful home?

You’re left wondering what or who has moved in unannounced.

If you’re hearing any of these strange noises coming from your utility room, it might be time to turn the light on and take a quick peek.

Don’t worry! Our Sudbury furnace repair team can handle whatever you may find down there - no matter how scary it is.

Want to help crack the case and expose the culprit? Keep reading!

 

What’s Causing These Spooky Furnace Noises?

Although furnace noises can be spooky, they may also be your only key to discovering exactly what is lurking in your heating system.

Below is a list of the strangest sounds our Sudbury furnace repair team has heard over the years. Do any of them match the sounds you’ve been hearing?

Once you’ve identified the noise, you can then learn WHY it exists and HOW to get rid of it.

Got your detective hat on? Let’s go snooping!

 

Shrieking

Is it a high-pitched shrieking noise you’re hearing from your furnace? This is probably one of the more terrifying sounds your furnace can make. And definitely not one to ignore!

That shrieking could indicate several different things, including:

  • A loose blower fan belt
  • Loose shaft bearings
  • Worn shaft bearings
  • Blower motor damages

Most of these issues are easily fixed, as long you catch them in time! However, if ignored, they can quickly become more extensive.

 

Whistling

Whistling sounds can be quite eerie, especially if nobody in your family tends to whistle.

But thankfully, it’s usually quite easy to find the source.

Typically, you can find the whistling culprit in either,

  1. A blocked or leaking air duct, or
  2. A dirty air filter.

Simply schedule a quick duct cleaning and repair service and/or change the furnace filter!

 

Rattling

Do you hear rattling or rumbling sounds coming from your furnace unit? If so, you can pretty much assume a part inside your furnace has become loose.

The sound you hear is that part vibrating inside your unit - knocking into other elements and potentially causing even further damage to the system.

This part could be within the blower motor, heat exchanger, gas burners or surface ignitor.

And while the problem is easy to diagnose, we don’t recommend trying to fix it yourself. A certified Sudbury furnace repair technician has the tools, experience and know-how to get things tightened back up on your behalf.

 

Popping

Some popping sounds are normal, like the one you hear when your furnace kicks on. But others can point to a more serious problem - like a dirty igniter or burner. 

If you’ve had your furnace for a while, there’s a high chance that sediment has begun piling up on the burners and/or igniter.

If you ignore this buildup, those popping sounds could be the ignition of that buildup.

As you can probably guess, this ignition can easily damage surrounding components - leaving quite the costly repairs in its wake.

The solution?

Make sure you clean out this sediment buildup at least once per year.

 

Banging

Was that the sound of a gunshot? Or was it the sound of your ducts expanding and contracting?

As you kick on your furnace, the pressure can cause the ducts to expand quickly, releasing a loud bang or boom.

Then, as the pressure regulates, the ducts will contract, causing a second loud bang to occur.

If these are the sounds you’re hearing, you have nothing to worry about!

 

Humming

Most furnaces release a low humming sound when turned on. But it’s always good to investigate the sound before assuming it's harmless.

For example, if the humming sound is louder and more persistent than normal, there could be a much larger issue at hand.

Loud humming could indicate a problem in your blower fan or capacitor. And if left unchecked, the problem can quickly escalate to more than just a simple repair.

 

Scraping

Two of the most spine-chilling sounds you can hear from your furnace are,

  1. Metal rubbing against metal, and
  2. Nails scraping on a chalkboard.

In fact, we’d probably be running the opposite direction of those sounds if not for the fact that they are clearly related to your furnace.

Both of these eerie noises can indicate many furnace issues, including:

  • Worn out ball bearings
  • A loose blower wheel
  • A loose or broken fan

Needless to say, this sound should never go unchecked.

Our advice? Turn off your heat immediately and call your Sudbury furnace repair team!

 

Our Sudbury Furnace Repair Team Can Make These Sounds Disappear!

Are these mysterious furnace sounds keeping you up at night? Visiting a haunted house sounds fun, but living in one is entirely different.

Don’t let these furnace repairs come back to haunt you. Our Sudbury furnace repair team at Campeau Heating can make them disappear!

Call us today at (705) 560-2441 or schedule your furnace repair visit online.

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Avoid These Bad Furnace Habits Or Face The Costly Consequences!

Shocked homeowners with high Sudbury heating bills.

Avoid These Bad Furnace Habits Or Face The Costly Consequences!

Your furnace is a lifesaver. But it can also be a money pit if you’re not careful!

Our Northern Ontario winters are not something you can shy away from. And facing them with sufficient heat is imperative. But after last year’s skyrocketing fuel costs, finding affordable Sudbury heating is a must.

Are you looking for ways to make your home heating bill more affordable in 2022? Keep reading!

In this article, Campeau Heating uncovers all sorts of bad furnace habits that homeowners typically adopt.

And you have two choices:

  1. Learn how to avoid these bad habits.
  2. Face the costly consequences!

 

7 Bad Furnace Habits That Are Raising Your Sudbury Heating Bills

There are many ways to keep your home heating more affordable, regardless of high fuel costs. It just involves breaking some bad habits!

We’ve listed some of these bad habits below. Which ones have you unknowingly adopted over the years?

1. Forgetting to schedule preventative maintenance.

Your furnace should never have to fend for itself. It needs regular care and upkeep to ensure things run smoothly and efficiently. Without any hiccups along the way!

Otherwise, what may begin as a simple repair or cleaning, could escalate into something much more costly.

We recommend booking your maintenance appointment before turning your furnace on for the season.

During this visit, our HVAC techs inspect, clean, repair and optimize your furnace equipment. We ensure it’s in prime condition before the start of the cold season so you can enjoy the comforts of your home in peace!

Scheduling an annual preventative maintenance appointment ensures:

  • High Performance
  • Peak Efficiency
  • Reliable Operation
  • Longer Life Expectancy
  • Complete Home Safety and Comfort
  • Improved Air Quality
  • Lower Energy Costs

Your heating company might even require these annual tune-ups to keep your furnace warranty valid.

Schedule your furnace maintenance appointment with our team at Campeau! 

 

2. Neglecting your furnace filter.

How often do you change your furnace filter? Be honest!

Most homeowners actually forget their furnace filter exists. After all, it is neatly tucked away in the furnace unit itself. So we understand how easy it is to forget that it isn’t a fixed component of your heating system.

However, neglecting your furnace filter has many consequences that aren't so easy to ignore.

What happens if you don’t change your furnace filter regularly?

  • You may experience more dust accumulation in your home.
  • Your furnace could short cycle - causing it to overheat every time it turns on.
  • Your furnace will need to work harder to heat your home.
  • Your indoor air quality may suffer.
  • Your furnace may provide uneven heating - leaving cold spots in certain rooms.
  • Your furnace equipment could malfunction or even fail entirely.

It may seem like an inconsequential component, but a simple furnace filter swap is extremely valuable. Especially if you’re looking to lower your energy costs and improve your furnace performance.

So, how often should you change your filter?

Every heating company may have a different answer to this question. But the general rule of thumb is to change your furnace filter every 90 days. Personally, our Campeau Heating techs recommend more frequent changes if you have allergies, pets or a large family.

And our advice is to always ensure you care for your furnace filter as best you can. We promise it will pay off in the end - in more ways than one!

 

3. Setting your thermostat temperature too high.

How high do you set your thermostat?

Up North, homeowners battle frigid temperatures daily - all winter long. But keeping your home cozy and warm doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on heating!

You could actually be overestimating how much heat your home actually needs.

At Campeau Heating, we’re all about home comfort. But we’re also in the business of keeping your heating bills as low as possible.

So while we do recommend keeping your home at a comfortable temperature, we also suggest ensuring that it’s the LOWEST comfortable temperature possible.

Did you know that you can save up to 10% of your heating costs in a year just by keeping your thermostat 7-10 degrees cooler than you typically would?

If you’re home during the day and it’s not sunny outside, keeping your furnace on high is a must. But if you’re at work all day anyhow, lowering your thermostat can keep your home heating both comfortable and affordable.

 

4. Constantly adjusting your thermostat.

Now, while we did suggest adjusting your thermostat throughout the day, there’s a particular way to do that. One that doesn’t involve manually setting and resetting it every few hours.

This can overwhelm your system and cause it to work harder than it has to.

Instead, invest in a programmable thermostat!

These thermostats adjust accordingly to your heating preferences. And all you have to do is give it a schedule to stick to!

 

5. Ignoring your ductwork.

Your ductwork is another component, like your furnace filter, that typically goes unnoticed. But now that you know the effects of ignoring your filter, you can probably guess what happens if you neglect your ductwork too.

Your ductwork is the lungs of your home. But what happens if that airway becomes clogged or cracked?

Your furnace has to work extra hard to push air through it - raising your energy bills and lowering your indoor air quality.

That’s why we recommend cleaning and inspecting your ductwork at the first sign of trouble.

Ductwork Warning Signs:

  • Weird noises and smells
  • Cold spots
  • High energy bills
  • Dust and dirt buildup
  • Poor airflow
  • Increased allergy symptoms

 

6. Closing or blocking vents.

The size of your furnace is not random. Your heating company always calculates the size of your home before selecting your furnace. This ensures the unit has enough power to heat your home without overworking.

However, when you close or block vents or registers, it confuses your furnace.

The result?

A properly sized furnace acting as if it’s the wrong size!

This causes heating inefficiencies and lowers the system’s overall heating performance.

To ensure this doesn’t happen, always make sure your vents and registers are open and unobstructed.

Don’t bother closing vents to rooms you never use - as this could drastically affect your heating bill. And always remember their location when reorganizing furniture, storage and other household items. Placing a couch over a vent never helped anyone lower their energy bills!

 

7. Failing to seal air leaks in your home.

The last bad habit in this article is failing to seal air leaks throughout your home.

Did you know that up to 20% of your heat can escape through tiny cracks and loose seals in your house? That’s a lot of wasted heat!

To avoid losing all that heat, start looking for cracks and loose seals in your:

  • Windows
  • Door frames
  • Electrical outlets
  • Vents
  • Bricks
  • Attic doors
  • Baseboards
  • Siding

 

Get Affordable Sudbury Heating With Campeau!

Finding new ways to make your home heating bill more affordable doesn’t have to be stressful. You can lower your energy bills and increase your home comfort with a few new habits!

Is your furnace past the point of no repair? Give us a call! You can reach our office at (705) 560-2441 or schedule an appointment online!

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How To Choose And Care For Your Furnace Filter At Home

HVAC Technician replacing furnace filter.

How To Choose And Care For Your Furnace Filter At Home

The furnace filter is one of your furnace's smallest yet most significant components. It plays a major role in your home’s heating/cooling, indoor air quality, overall furnace performance and energy bills!

However, because of its small size, it usually ends up forgotten and/or neglected. In fact, this vital component becomes seemingly invisible and inconsequential to most homeowners.

However, your furnace filter, though tucked away, has an incredible impact on your home environment. If left to fend for itself, you can bet it’ll soon rear its ugly (and dusty) head. 

While you don’t see your furnace filter daily, you do see its effects on your home, health and heating bills.

In this article, we tell you everything you need to know about the furnace filter, including,

a) How it works,

b) How to care for it and

c) When to replace it.

First up!

 

What Is a Furnace Filter and How Does It Work?

While many people assume the job of an air filter is to purify your air, that’s actually only a byproduct of the process!

The real reason for installing a furnace filter is to protect the furnace itself.

You can typically find your filter behind a metal door in the blower compartment of your furnace.

As air returns from your home to the unit, it carries a variety of contaminants - pet dander, pollen, dust etc.

If enough contaminants accumulate in your furnace, they can damage the heat exchanger, reduce system performance and cause a shutdown.

The filter has to trap these contaminants before they reach your furnace system.

 

How To Care For Your Furnace Filter

Let's imagine your floors for a second.

After a few days of constant activity in your home, your floors usually accumulate quite a bit of dirt, pet hair, dander, dust etc.

This is especially true if you have a large family or pets that shed frequently.

When you see that accumulation reach a certain point, you know it’s time to haul out the vacuum cleaner.

And if you neglect the dirt on your floors, you know it will simply spread throughout your entire house.

The same is true of your furnace filter.

Over time, the filter gets clogged with air contaminants - making it difficult for air to pass through.

As mentioned above, this can damage your furnace, lowering its lifespan.

But it can also allow these harmful contaminants to continue circulating in your home - drastically reducing indoor air quality and putting your health at risk!

Another point to consider is how a clogged filter might affect your furnace efficiency.

The more clogged your filter is, the harder your furnace works to draw in and push out air.

And the harder your system works, the more energy it uses to effectively heat your home - causing your energy bills to skyrocket!

The solution?

Taking good care of your furnace filter.

Our furnace experts at Campeau Heating recommend checking your furnace filter every 30 days for signs of blockages. That could be discolouration or even a noticeable accumulation of dust.

They also advise homeowners to keep an eye, ear and nose out for the following dirty filter warning signs:

  • More dust in your home.
  • A burning smell.
  • High energy bills.
  • Low immunity.
  • Longer runtime with ineffective heating.
  • Strange noises.

If you detect any of these signs, your furnace filter needs some immediate attention.

You have two options, depending on the type of furnace filter you have.

  1. Disposable furnace filters
  2. Washable furnace filters

Our team recommends using disposable filters over washable filters for a few reasons.

Firstly, these filters are typically more effective at trapping pet dander, mould, bacteria etc.

Secondly, washable filters are not easy to clean.

And thirdly, if you damage a washable filter even slightly, they become completely unusable.

If you use a washable filter, be sure to avoid tearing or loosening the fibres as you clean them.

If you use a disposable filter, we recommend changing it at least every 90 days. And every 30 days if you have pets, a large family or family members with allergies.

 

How To Choose The Right Furnace Filter

Choosing the right filter for your furnace can be a confusing process.

Add to that the varying filter types, ratings and sizes, and the process gets even more difficult!

So we’ve simplified the process for you!

Below is everything you need to know when shopping for a new furnace filter.

 

Types of Filters

There are five main types of filters to choose from, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.

Fibreglass

The fibreglass filter is the cheapest option but offers minimal protection.

It can trap up to 80% of particles that are 50 microns or larger and 25% of particles that are 3-10 microns.

This filter greatly improves the airflow of your heating system.

However, it does little to remove pollutants that can harm your health.

Polyester

A disposable polyester filter offers more protection but is typically much more expensive.

It can trap up to 95% of particles that are 5 micros are larger.

It's also more effective in trapping pollutants that can harm your health.

Electrostatic

The reusable electrostatic filter has charged fibres - creating static electricity. This charge allows the filter to attract particles right out of the air!

Electrostatic filters come in many MERV ratings (which we will discuss below). But to give you an idea of its effectiveness, we’ll imagine a MERV rating of 10.

With a MERV 10, an electrostatic filter can trap 85% of particles between 3-10 microns.

It can also catch almost 65% of particles between 1-3 microns.

Pleated

The disposable pleated filter is a highly effective option.

It typically has a MERV rating of about 8 - meaning it can trap almost 95% of particles between 3 and 10 microns.

One of the main benefits of the pleated filter is that it can trap more particles without reducing your airflow.

HEPA

The HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter is the most effective option.

It can trap up to 99% of particles that are 0.3 microns or larger.

Many homeowners choose the HEPA filter over any other filter because of its effectiveness. 

However, they worry that with the tight web fibres, it can be difficult for air to pass through - reducing airflow.

In the past, this pressure drop was possible. But, thankfully, the upgraded HEPA filters sold today are way more effective and energy efficient.

 

Air Filter Ratings

Speaking of effectiveness, let’s talk about MERV ratings.

MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value. And it measures the ability a filter has to trap particles between 0.3 and 10 microns.

When selecting an air filter, you’ll notice that each filter has its own rating - between 1 and 16.

The higher the rating, the more small particles the filter can effectively catch.

But don’t just go buy the filter with the highest MERV rating! It’s important to know that, while the higher ratings offer better protection, they can also reduce airflow.

Always ensure the filter you purchase is as effective as it is energy efficient. Otherwise, you might be looking at quite the expensive energy bills.

 

Filter Sizes

The third factor you need to consider when shopping for a furnace filter is its size.

Furnace filters are not universal. And ensuring that it’s the correct size is crucial!

Installing the wrong size filter means it cannot effectively trap particles.

Not sure what size filter furnace needs?

While filters come in a variety of different sizes, the two most common are:

  • 16 x 25 x 1 inch
  • 20 x 25 x 1 inch

But don’t take our word for it!

To ensure you get the correct size, open your furnace filter cabinet and look at the inside of the door. There should be a label there with the exact filter dimensions.

 

For More Furnace Maintenance Tips, Follow Along With Our Sudbury Furnace Experts!

In Sudbury, Ontario, keeping your furnace in good condition is imperative. And with winter on the way, it’s time to prepare your furnace for the cold season ahead.

For more furnace maintenance tips, keep following along! And if you have any questions about your own furnace, don’t hesitate to give us a shout.

You can reach us at (705) 560-2441 or send us a message online!

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Temperatures Are Dropping! Shut Down The A/C and Power Up The Furnace!

Family enjoying the cozy warmth of their home on a fall day.

Temperatures Are Dropping! Shut Down The A/C and Power Up The Furnace!

While many of us wish summer would never end, that just isn’t possible here in Sudbury, Ontario.

Our summers are insanely brief, which is why Canadians take advantage of every summer’s day. Because they know it could be the last one of the season!

Soon, leaves will change colour.

The wind will pick up.

And frost will blanket our yards.

If we’ve learned anything as Sudbury homeowners, it's that preparation is key.

You never quite know when the next season will arrive! And having your HVAC system ready and waiting can save you a heap of stress.

So, as you say your goodbyes to the brief heat of summer, don’t forget to start gearing your efforts towards the upcoming fall season.

Not sure where to begin?

Our Fall HVAC Checklist can help guide your transition - step by step!

 

Shutting Down Your Air Conditioner

Below are 5 crucial steps to shut your air conditioner down for the fall season.

While these steps are simple, they are also vital. Each of these steps ensures your system is in good working order - so you're always one step ahead of our ever-changing seasons.

Once you’ve powered off your air conditioning system, follow our checklist below!

 

Clean Your Outdoor Condenser Unit

Your outdoor condenser unit consists of many moving parts - all working to remove heat from your indoor air.

Because your condenser is outdoors, it’s not only vulnerable to the weather but also to surrounding dirt and debris.

Leaves, sticks, and other debris can quickly clog up your system - preventing efficient airflow.

And while this won’t harm your air conditioner during its off-season, it can definitely damage the system once it’s powered up.

At Campeau Heating, we recommend cleaning your outdoor condenser before packing it away for the season.

 

Clean Around The A/C Unit

Cleaning around the condenser unit is just as important!

After all, what’s the point of cleaning the unit itself if more dirt and debris will inevitably enter it?

Save yourself the hassle by clearing sufficient space around your condenser.

Our HVAC experts recommend at least 1 to 3 feet of clearance surrounding the entire unit.

Upon installation, your technician probably suggested,

a) Installing a concrete slab below your air conditioner or

b) Placing gravel or mulch around it.

These are very effective ways to help limit the weeds, dirt and other debris that could clog up your system.

Other landscaping solutions that help limit debris from entering your A/C unit include:

  • Removing or trimming trees/plants back.
  • Creating a gravel garden.
  • Installing evergreen plants as a windbreaker.
  • Building a protective barrier with trellis, screens or lattice boxes.

 

Empty Drain Lines and Pans

A clean A/C drain line is crucial for effective air conditioning. 

A drain line’s job is to remove condensation from the evaporator coils and lead it safely away from your home.

But if the drain has a blockage, the condensate pan can overflow - damaging your air conditioner.

An overflowing condensate pan can even lead to water damage in your home!

How does your drain line get blocked in the first place?

Over time, sludge, bacteria and mould can accumulate within the drain line - clogging the line and preventing efficient water flow.

On the outer ends of the drain line, you also have to think about dirt, dust and unwanted insects clogging the entrances.

These vulnerabilities are why our technicians recommend having your drain lines cleaned annually.

 

Inspect The Unit and Exterior Pipes For Damage

The third step in shutting your air conditioner down for the season is a thorough system inspection.

Your A/C worked especially hard this year. And after powering through multiple heat waves, it deserves a thorough check-in.

During your end-of-year A/C inspection, be sure to:

  • Change the air filter.
  • Ensure all electrical components are working.
  • Secure all physical connections.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Check the blower motor.
  • Check unit for leaks, cracks or loose seals.

 

Place a Cover Over The A/C Unit

The final step in shutting your A/C down for the fall season is to place a waterproof cover over the outdoor condenser unit.

This cover protects the unit from ice, snow, dirt and debris that might blow in over the fall and winter seasons.

 

Powering Up Your Furnace

Now that your air conditioner is safely tucked away, it’s time to ready your furnace for that inevitable first frost!

Below are 8 steps to powering up your furnace:

Clean The Inside Of Your Furnace

Before you start up your furnace, you’ll want to give it a deep clean.

After sitting back for an entire summer, the inner components of the system are bound to be dusty.

And that dust will burn as soon as you turn your heat on - stinking up your entire house!

But if you didn’t clean your furnace before shutting it down in the spring, there’s more than just dust to worry about.

Pet hair, dander, dead skin and dirt can all pile up while the furnace is in use.

So, if it wasn’t cleaned before you shut it down, all that accumulation is still there - ready to circulate in your home as soon as you turn the heat on.

The solution?

Dust the blower, motor, burners and heat exchanger.

 

Change The Air Filter

Another common place for dust and dirt to pile up is in your furnace filter.

If you changed your furnace filter before shutting your A/C down for the summer, you shouldn’t have to replace it quite yet.

However, if you didn’t change the filter in the spring, then it’s definitely time to head to the hardware store for a replacement.

At Campeau Heating, our indoor air quality experts recommend changing your furnace filter every 30-90 days. This ensures proper airflow and healthier air quality!

 

Clean Your Air Ducts

Next up on your cleaning list is your air ducts - AKA the lungs of your home!

All central heating systems use a network of ducts to circulate heat throughout the home.

And, as you can probably imagine, these ducts are perfect hideouts for mould, dust and other allergens.

If neglected, your air ducts can circulate these allergens into your home, causing:

  • Respiratory infections,
  • Allergy/Asthma symptoms
  • Other health effects.

So, before you turn up the heat, call your local air duct cleaning company!

 

Clear The Area Surrounding Your Furnace

Once you’ve finished cleaning your internal furnace system, the next step is focusing on the area surrounding it.

Many homeowners like to treat their furnace rooms as storage rooms.

However, this can create a dangerous hazard in your home.

We always recommend clearing your furnace room of all:

  • Flammable items,
  • Unnecessary clutter and
  • Hazardous chemicals.

 

Check Belts and Pulleys

Two invaluable mechanical components of an air conditioning system include its belts and pulleys.

These two moving parts control the blower and motor.

Over time, these components can wear out - potentially causing your entire heating system to break down!

Checking for wear and tear on belts and pulleys before the cold season begins ensures these components won’t break at the most inopportune time.

 

Check The Limit Switch

The limit switch is a safety control within your heating system.

Its role is to regulate the temperature of the furnace itself.

The limit switch powers off the burner if specific components become too hot. Once the temperature drops, it also shuts off the blower.

This prevents the furnace from overheating and becoming a hazard to your home.

 

Inspect Electrical Components

Another necessary safety precaution before powering up your furnace is an electrical safety check.

During an electrical safety check, all electrical parts and connections need an inspection.

A faulty wire connection alone can cause extensive heating repairs. This is why our heating experts always recommend having these components inspected.

 

Test Your System

Once you’ve reset the thermostat to your desired temperature, it’s time for a test run!

You’ll want to check for:

  • Furnace smells
  • Furnace noises
  • A malfunctioning pilot light
  • Ineffective heating etc.

Notice something out of the ordinary? If so, it might be time to schedule a furnace maintenance visit with your Campeau Heating technician.

 

Need a Furnace Upgrade? See Our Sudbury Heating Selection!

If your furnace is beyond repair, you need a new heating system - fast! 

The cold weather won’t hold off forever. And, as we mentioned above, the first frost can arrive at any time.

If you need a furnace upgrade this fall, browse our heating selection!

We offer a variety of heating solutions, including:

  • Gas,
  • Oil,
  • Geothermal and
  • Electric!

Our heating team at Campeau will help you find the right fit for your home!

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Does Indoor Air Quality Affect Your Child's Ability To Learn?

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Does Indoor Air Quality Affect Your Child's Ability To Learn?

It’s the back-to-school season! And parents are doing everything they can to ensure their children are set up for success.

Every backpack holds the best writing tools, the healthiest snacks and the most educational resources. So students have everything they need to learn, grow and excel in the coming school year!

But setting your child up for success is about more than what’s in their backpacks as they walk to the bus stop.

The health of their learning environment also plays a huge role!

Poor indoor air quality can cause many health issues - including allergy symptoms, asthma, coughing, headaches etc.

And each of these hinders your child’s learning environment.

Improving indoor air quality can actually help improve a student's:

  • Concentration,
  • Productivity and
  • Performance!

As kids prepare to return to school this fall, let’s prepare their learning spaces for a healthy academic year ahead!

 

Why Is Indoor Air Quality at School Important To Consider?

Did you know that according to Ontario Regulations (#298), children ages 7-13 spend roughly 940 hours in school each year?

There are 188 school days and 5 compulsory hours of instruction within each of these days.

And while that’s not the entirety of your child’s life, it is at least 10% of it (annually).

With that amount of time spent in a classroom, it’s obvious why we need to start focusing more on the health of our children's learning environments.

In fact, we saw just how impactful school indoor air quality became during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario schools actually closed down to prevent children from direct virus exposure.

And before reopening, many schools first set out to improve their indoor air quality. Their goal was to create healthy spaces for children to learn during the ongoing pandemic.

As schools open again this fall, many are rushing to improve indoor air quality. In hopes that they can improve not only the health of their indoor air quality but the impact that healthy air has on students’ learning abilities.

 

How Does Poor Air Quality Affect Your Child’s Focus, Productivity and Academic Performance?

Not only is indoor air quality detrimental to our children’s health, but it’s also crucial in supporting their academic success!

What are some of the factors that can affect a child’s focus, productivity and performance at school?

Rising CO2 Levels

The dangerous chemical compound, CO2 (carbon dioxide), can harm humans physically and mentally.

And with overcrowded, overheated and poorly ventilated classrooms, high concentrations of CO2 are more likely to arise.

High levels of carbon dioxide can cause:

  • Headaches
  • Restlessness
  • Drowsiness
  • A lack of concentration

The Solution:

  1. Install a ventilation system.
  2. Control CO2 sources.

 

High Temperature

Temperature also plays an impactful role in your child’s ability to learn.

Recent research has proven that high temperatures affect our ability to process information. And this fact is relevant in both work and schooling environments.

If your surroundings are hot and stuffy, cognitive abilities can deteriorate - making it difficult for you to focus, engage and relate.

As you can imagine, this can affect a child’s,

  • Attendance,
  • Focus and
  • Learning capacity.

The Solution:

  1. Install/Repair your furnace and air conditioning system.

 

Lack of Humidity Control

Humidity tells our bodies that temperatures are higher than they actually are. This misconception causes the moisture on our skin to remain - resulting in our bodies breaking out in sweat.

Some of the physical effects of uncontrolled humidity include:

  • Overheating (i.e. heat stroke or exhaustion)
  • Increased asthma and allergy symptoms
  • Skin and eye irritation
  • Dehydration
  • Muscle cramping
  • Vulnerability to infection

And while your body struggles to combat these physical effects, your mind works double time to focus on external factors (i.e. your classes).

This results in low energy, lethargy and a lack of concentration and engagement.

The Solution:

  1. Install a dehumidifier.
  2. Control humidity sources.

 

Poor Ventilation

Poor ventilation prevents fresh air from replacing stale air! This results in higher pollution, humidity, temperature and quality. Which can then increase stress and lethargy - causing you to feel sluggish, anxious and fowl.

That’s why proper airflow and circulation are vital for healthy indoor air quality. 

With constant fresh air, your brain can feel calmer, sharper and happier - creating the ideal inner learning environment!

We discussed the importance of ventilation in one of our recent blog posts. But to sum it up, ventilation can help:

  • Improve your physical health
  • Improve your mental health
  • Manage humidity levels
  • And lower indoor air pollution

The Solution:

  1. Use ceiling fans.
  2. Install a ventilation system.

 

Poor HVAC Maintenance

If you’ve been a customer of Campeau Heating for quite some time, then you already know how we feel about proper HVAC maintenance. It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to boost indoor air quality.

And while we typically mention this to homeowners, it’s equally as vital for public locations: like schools and workplaces.

An HVAC maintenance visit ensures your systems are running at peak performance and efficiency. While also ensuring proper airflow and circulation.

HVAC systems are tough. But with enough dirt and grime, they can quickly become ineffective and dangerous for your health.

Regular, professional HVAC maintenance can help prevent and reduce potential respiratory issues! Thus improving your child’s learning experience.

During an HVAC maintenance appointment, your service technician will,

  • Clean all necessary components of your HVAC system.
  • Replace dirty air filters.
  • Identify and repair leaks, corrosion and other damages.
  • Lubricate all moving parts.
  • Tighten all electrical connections
  • Test all controls.
  • And more!

The Solution:

  1. Schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment.

 

Improve Your Child’s Learning Experience With An Indoor Air Quality Boost

Set your child up for success this fall!

You can help ensure their learning environment is healthy and impactful with improved indoor air quality.

Contact your Campeau Heating IAQ expert at (705) 650-2441 or message us online for more information!
 

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My Air Conditioner Won't Stop Running 24/7! Is That Normal?

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My Air Conditioner Won't Stop Running 24/7! Is That Normal?

To put it simply, the answer is no.

Your air conditioner should never run all the time. Even in the dead of summer, when temperatures reach over 30 degrees Celsius, your A/C should still cycle off. 

It may run more frequently in hot, sticky weather. But if it never clicks off, you could have a much bigger problem on your hands!

And what if your AC isn't even effectively cooling your home while it's on? This could cause you to waste hundreds of dollars in cooling costs without reaping any benefits.

In this article, find out when it's normal for your A/C to run more frequently and when it's not. We also explore 8 potential issues that may cause your A/C to behave like this.

 

Here’s When It’s Normal

You might notice a slightly higher energy bill during an August heat wave in Ontario.

Don’t freak out if this happens! It’s actually expected.

Your air conditioner needs to work extra hard to keep your house cool during hot and humid days.

So in this particular case, it’s normal for your air conditioner to run more frequently.

Usually, your air conditioner cycles on for about 15-20 minutes each cycle. But during a hotter day, this could extend to a few hours at a time.

 

Here’s When It’s NOT Normal

Are summer temperatures pretty average, yet your air conditioner is not taking the hint to chill out (pun intended)? That’s when you know you have a problem on your hands.

Here are some common A/C warning signs you should look out for:

  • Skyrocketing electricity bills.
  • Ineffective cooling.
  • 24/7 Operation.

Not only is your air conditioner wasting your hard-earned cash, but it’s also making your home practically unliveable.

 

Here’s Why Your Air Conditioner Might Run Nonstop

Now that we know how to recognize when it's normal and when it's not, we can start narrowing down exactly what’s wrong with your A/C unit.

After all, you don’t want to keep spending money on ineffective cooling all summer!

1. Your Thermostat is not working.

The very first thing you should check is your thermostat settings.

In fact, this could be the easiest fix in the book!

First, ensure your thermostat is set to “auto”. This allows it to cycle on and off as needed. If set to “on”, your air conditioner will continue to run no matter what. And if set to “off”, it won’t run at all!

Second, ensure the temperature settings are reasonable (around 25 degrees C). If you set your thermostat too cool during a heat wave, it’ll work overtime just trying to keep up.

2. Your A/C system is too small for your home.

During the initial installation, your HVAC technician must ensure the A/C unit and duct system are correctly sized.

A/C Unit

If your air conditioner is too small for your home, it will have to work extra hard to keep it cool. That means CONSTANT operation. And an EXTENSIVE energy bill!

Ductwork

If your ductwork is too small, air won’t be able to efficiently flow through it. This causes weak airflow as air cannot distribute evenly throughout your entire home.

3. The evaporator coils are dirty or clogged.

Dirty evaporator coils make it difficult for your air conditioner to pull hot air outside.

As a result, it has to work overtime to effectively pull enough heat and humidity out of your indoor air.

This causes it to run more frequently. Or even consistently.

4. The air filter needs replacing.

We’ve mentioned the importance of changing your air filter multiple times before. And for good reason!

Not only does a regularly changed air filter provide cleaner, healthier indoor air quality. But it also makes it way easier for your air conditioner to operate!

If your air filter becomes clogged, air can’t pass through it as easily. This, in turn, causes your air conditioner to operate more frequently in an attempt to push enough cool air out.

When was the last time you changed your air filter? If you can’t remember, we suggest heading to your local home & hardware store right away.

Typically, we recommend changing your air filter every 90 days. However, if you have pets in your home, we recommend upping that to every 60 days. And if you have family members with allergies and/or respiratory issues, we up that even higher to every 30 days!

5. Ductwork needs cleaning.

Having your ductwork cleaned is an easy and affordable way to improve the airflow of your A/C, while also improving your indoor air quality.

Over time, your ductwork can start leaking - causing cool air to seep out while on route to your home.

As a result, the attic and inside of your walls might be nice and cool. But the rooms in your home will not be.

6. Your home is improperly insulated.

Cooling a poorly insulated home is like filling a bathtub without a drain plug.

In other words, pretty much useless!

The air conditioner will continue to run 24/7 to cool your home. And no matter how hard it works, it will fail to bring in enough cool air to effectively cool the home for more than a few seconds.

Plus, poor insulation can cause outdoor humidity to start seeping through to your home as well - making your air conditioner's job even harder!

7. There’s a refrigerant leak.

Here’s the thing… refrigerant should never run out. So if your refrigerant levels are running low, it's obvious that there’s a problem.

Telltale signs of a refrigerant leak:

  • Ice on your evaporator coils
  • Bubbling or hissing sounds
  • High electricity bills
  • Ongoing cooling cycles
  • High humidity
  • Ineffective cooling

While some refrigerant leaks come from environmental damage, others come from poor A/C maintenance, which leads us to our next point!

8. Your A/C unit needs maintenance.

Most of the above issues are solvable with a simple A/C maintenance visit.

In fact, a quick check-up is one of the surest ways to ensure your air conditioner stays in great shape all season long!

 

Get Expert A/C Services at Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario

Your Campeau HVAC technician will inspect, test, repair and replace any equipment necessary in your air conditioner. So you can start SAVING money on your energy, instead of losing it!

Give us a call at (705) 560-2441 or contact us online!

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