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A Beautiful Outdoor Fireplace Makes Patio Season Last All Year!

Campeau Heating explores the benefits of having an outdoor fireplace in Sudbury, Ontario.

A Beautiful Outdoor Fireplace Makes Patio Season Last All Year!

Ontario summers are short and sweet. Sadly, we only get to experience this long-awaited season for about three months of the year - June 21st to September 23rd. So we cram in BBQs, bonfires, campouts and parties every weekend possible just to make the most of it. 

But with an outdoor fireplace, your outdoor patio season doesn’t have to start in June and end in September. It can last as long as you’d like!

You can enjoy the warm blaze of your outdoor fireplace no matter the season. Whether that be a peaceful spring morning, a lively summer night or a crisp autumn evening. 

Choose from our selection of modern, traditional, rustic or eclectic fireplaces to create the perfect all-season backyard ambience! We even offer a choice between wood-burning and gas fireplaces, so you can choose the most practical fuel choice for your home. 

 

3 Reasons To Invest In An Outdoor Fireplace This Summer

Are you looking for the perfect summer project in 2022? This is it! 

In fact, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits were one of the top 3 most popular outdoor design elements in 2018. 

And their popularity has only grown since then - especially when the pandemic first hit. 

Since restaurants closed down for so long, homeowners began creating their own backyard patio spaces. They installed comfy patio furniture, outdoor TVs, fancy bars, barbeques and, of course, outdoor fireplaces too. 

Now, their patio days don’t have to rely on anyone else’s schedule but their own! 

If you’re not sure whether an outdoor fireplace is a good investment for your home - keep reading! 

 

1. An Outdoor Fireplace Can Increase Your Home Value 

One of the best things about installing an outdoor fireplace is that it can,

  1. Increase the value of your home while 
  2. Increasing your comfort and enjoyment at the same time. 

So whether you’re renovating your home for personal use or to sell, an outdoor fireplace is the perfect project! 

Are you planning to sell your home this year? You’ll be happy to discover that updating your outdoor living space can actually increase your home value by 20%! 

And it’s easy to see why.

Homeowners love having the option of stepping outside their homes to enjoy the beauty of nature in their own backyard. That's why they are willing to invest in landscaping, gardening, decking, paving, patio furniture etc. 

Each of these exterior upgrades will improve the livability and comfort of their home! Making it more practical, convenient and enjoyable for their families. 

Adding an outdoor fireplace to your outdoor renovations has the same effect!

Imagine enjoying an outdoor fireplace in Sudbury, Ontario, during a chilly Canadian night! Prospective buyers will picture themselves snuggled up by the fireplace with their families. Or surrounding its flickering flame with their friends long into the night - making memories for years to come!

Plus, you can recoup about 80% of the upfront and operational costs! 

 

2. An Outdoor Fireplace Can Improve The Visual Appeal of Your Patio

What are some ways that an outdoor fireplace can improve the visual appeal of your outdoor living space? 

Style 

Fireplaces have long since been a prized aspect of residential homes - sparking romance, story-telling, laughter and joy.

Our fireplace suppliers - Napoleon and Heat & Glo - have captured this tradition and created outdoor fireplaces that hold this long-establish charm. 

With our selection of modern, rustic, classic and eclectic outdoor fireplaces, you can keep stoking that flame and creating memories of your own!

Design 

The design of your outdoor fireplace also plays a key role in the overall visual appeal of your patio. After all, it will become the focal point!

That’s why we recommend choosing a design that fits your specific living space and home exterior well.

And thankfully, outdoor fireplaces come in many shapes, sizes, finishes and features - so you have lots of design options to choose from!

Examples of Outdoor Fireplace Design Options:

  • Brick or stainless steel interiors 
  • Glass media 
  • Log style 
  • Stone or brick surroundings 
  • Decorative pieces etc. 

Functionality 

Backyard patios are the perfect space for a group, family or personal use. And with the right landscaping, furnishings and amenities, you can truly make it a luxurious getaway. 

Do you enjoy unwinding after a busy day, spending quality time with your family or entertaining a large group of friends? All from the comfort of your own backyard? If so, an outdoor fireplace is a perfect addition.

And that leads us to our third and final point!

 

3. An Outdoor Fireplace Can Extend Your Entertaining Space 

Practically speaking, creating a backyard patio scene adds a whole new dimension to your home’s entertaining space. Now, your family and friends can continue their dinner conversations and socialize outdoors in the fresh our!

During the pandemic, gathering outdoors was necessary. It made the outdoor fireplace a welcome reprieve from a video or phone call. But, long before the pandemic, spending time in nature, surrounded by the calm of a warm fire was always considered a luxury. And it continues to be that luxury today!

 

View Our Selection of Outdoor Fireplaces in Sudbury Ontario 

As a family run business, Campeau Heating understands the value and importance of spending quality time with family and friends. We ensure all our home heating systems are intentionally designed to serve your family’s needs and preferences first! So that you can embrace every season to its full extent! 

Are you looking for outdoor fireplaces in Sudbury, Ontario? We have one of Northern Ontario’s largest operating showrooms! Call our office to schedule a weekend appointment!

Heat & Glo Outdoor Fireplaces 

Shop Our Selection Here

Napoleon Outdoor Fireplaces

Shop Our Selection Here

 

Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space With Campeau Heating 

Keep the spark alive! 

This year, you can make summer last. With an outdoor fireplace designed for long-lasting memories, you’ll never have to say goodbye to your favourite season.

Give our heating crew a call at (705) 560-2441 or request a free quote online!

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Stuck Between a Gas or Charcoal Grill? Which Is The Best BBQ?

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, helps homeowners explore whether a gas or charcoal grill is the best BBQ for their family.

Stuck Between a Gas or Charcoal Grill? Which Is The Best BBQ?

Which is better - a gas grill or a charcoal grill? This question is actually one of the most controversial discussions in the grilling world! And we’re here to help clear the air a bit. 

After all, one really isn’t better than the other!

The best BBQ is less about the perfect cooking conditions and more about each grill master’s preferences. 

For example… 

A charcoal grill might give a smokier flavour, but a gas grill allows you to savour the natural taste of meat. 

If you prefer a smoky-tasting steak, then a charcoal grill is probably the best BBQ for your personal taste preferences. But if the natural taste of meat is something you prefer, then a gas grill might better suit you. 

Are you a seasoned griller or new to the trade? Whether you’ve been grilling for years or are about to buy your first barbeque, we have one of the best grill selections in Sudbury! 

Everyone has their own grilling preferences. All you have to do is find your must-have tool of the trade! 

 

What Features Should You Look For In a New Barbeque?

At Campeau Heating, we always recommend a Napoleon BBQ. But whether that’s a gas barbeque or charcoal barbeque is entirely up to you! 

Let’s explore what makes both options unique. 

 

Heat-Up Time 

How long does it take a barbeque to heat up? 

If you barbeque quick weeknight meals for your family all summer long, then the heat-up time of your grill might be the most crucial factor to consider. 

However, if grilling is a passion or something you only do on the weekends, you might not mind waiting!

Charcoal Grill Heat-Up Time: 15-30 minutes 

A charcoal BBQ can take up to 30 minutes to preheat. And that doesn’t include the time it takes to ignite the charcoal either, which can add an additional 15 minutes to your prep time.

Gas Grill Heat-Up Time: 10 minutes

A gas BBQ only takes 10 minutes to heat up. And with instant ignition capabilities, you’re ready to start grilling in under 15 minutes! Plus, this quick preheat on your cooking grates gives fantastic sear marks! 

 

Cooking Power 

The cooking power of your barbeque tells you how hot your grill can get. 

The higher the heat, the hotter your grill can get. The hotter the grill gets, the faster you’ll be able to cook! 

Although some grillers prefer a slow sear, others prefer a quick meal. And if you plan to host backyard patios with lots of hungry guests, a powerful barbeque with a high heat capacity could mean the difference between dinner at 7 PM and dinner at 10 PM. 

Charcoal Grill Cooking Power: Usually up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit

Gas Grill Cooking Power: Usually up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit

 

Temperature Control 

The temperature control of your barbeque is what gives you the best control over your cooking. 

If you’re a seasoned griller, temperature control might not worry you. But if you’ve never done it before, looking for a grill with a set-it-and-forget-it type of temperature control might be your best option. 

Charcoal Grill Temperature Control: 

With a charcoal barbeque, you will need some practice and patience when learning to maintain a consistent cooking temperature. Because you are working with varying coals - each with a different size, shape and burning time - temperature control is quite difficult.

Gas Grill Temperature Control: 

A gas barbeque can easily maintain a steady heat level and distribute that heat evenly across the grill. 

 

Versatility 

The versatility of your grill can add incredible (and yummy) diversity to your menu. 

For example, if your barbeque has direct infrared and indirect heat, your cooking options are endless. You can bake, smoke, sear or grill! 

Some barbeques also come with multiple different burners and even rotisserie kits! 

Charcoal Grill Versatility: 

A charcoal barbeque can have direct and indirect cooking areas.

Gas Grill Versatility: 

A gas barbeque can have multiple burners, accessories and kits. 

 

Health and Safety

When selecting a barbeque for your backyard, one of your first instincts will be to check whether this appliance is safe for you, your family and your home. 

Charcoal Grill Health and Safety: 

  • The lack of temperature control could become a safety risk. 
  • The lighter fluid could cause health risks. 

Gas Grill Health and Safety:

  • A gas barbeque uses a cleaner fuel type (a natural gas BBQ), reducing its health and safety risks. 

 

Cleanup and Maintenance

It’s easy to get caught up in the cooking aspects of your barbeque and forget about the cleanup and maintenance factors. 

Charcoal Grill Clean-Up: 

A charcoal barbeque requires routine maintenance, regular ash disposal, and grate cleaning. 

Gas Grill Clean-Up: 

A gas barbeque requires: 

  • Routine maintenance
  • A routine check on the propane tank or gas line. 
  • A regular cleaning of the grill grates, drip pan and flavour bars. 

 

Cost 

Lastly, the cost is a huge consideration when selecting a new barbeque. 

Charcoal Grill Cost: Less Expensive 

  • With far fewer components than a gas barbeque, a charcoal barbeque is definitely the cheaper option. They sell for as little as $25!

Gas Grill Cost: More Expensive 

  • A gas barbeque is much pricier - ranging from $500-1500. With advanced features, they can even go as high as $2,000!

 

Shop Our Napoleon Barbeque Line at Campeau Heating

See Our Selection 

Are you ready to expand your kitchen skills outdoors with our incredible Napoleonoutdoor products? Get in touch with our Campeau Heating team today to find the best BBQ for your backyard grill!

Our Napoleon Gas Grill Line

  • Napoleon Prestige PRO Series Gas Grills 
  • Napoleon Gas Grill - Prestige Series 
  • Napoleon Rogue SE Series 
  • Napoleon Rogue Series

Our Napoleon Charcoal Grill Line

  • Napoleon Charcoal Grills 
  • Napoleon Apollo Series 

 

Get Ready For Summer Grilling With Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario! 

Get your BBQ apron on and grab a flipper - Summer is almost here!

Still not sure which barbeque suits your cooking style, budget and taste? We are here to help!

You can reach out to our Campeau Heating team at 705-560-2441 or contact us online!

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5 Pet-Friendly Indoor Air Quality Tips For a Healthier Home

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, offers 5 tips for improving your indoor air quality with pets.

5 Pet-Friendly Indoor Air Quality Tips For a Healthier Home

Our pets are our family. They live in our homes, sleep on our couches, walk on our carpets and snuggle in our blankets. But did you know that owning a pet in your home also comes with health risks?

If you own a cat or a dog, then you already know how much of a nuisance their hair can be when cleaning your home. 

And although not something we would trade in, the effects pets have on our indoor air quality is something we need to consider. 

We might be able to vacuum the hair off the carpet and mop away the dirt tracked in on their paws, but what about the pet dander floating in the air? What we don’t usually think about is how this hair and dander are affecting our indoor air quality.

In this article, we take a closer look at the indoor air quality affects our pets have on our homes. 

 

What Is Pet Dander? How Does It Affect Indoor Air Quality?

Like many of the allergens and pollutants in our indoor air, pet dander is not something we can see. 

That is, not without a microscope. 

Pet dander is microscopic and easily transported from one place to another. It can be airborne or even attached to fabrics (carpet, bedding, furniture etc.)

Where does it come from? Your furry friend, of course! Or any mammal with fur, feathers or hair - such as rabbits, hamsters, birds or guinea pigs.

When your pet sheds their coat (hair, fur or feathers), they release tiny particles of skin, called dander. And this dander can trigger an allergic reaction, affecting your breathing and hurting your health.  

Common Pet Dander Allergy Symptoms:

  • Coughing 
  • Congestion 
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose, throat or roof of the mouth
  • Swollen under-eyes
  • Hives 
  • Irritated eyes 
  • Chest tightness 
  • Wheezing 

But dander is not the only contributing factor to poor indoor air quality from your pet. 

Although harmless alone, pet hair can easily track other allergens and air pollutants in your home.

Pollen, mildew, bacteria, faeces and dust mites are just a few pollutants that can walk right through your front door without you noticing. 

And each of these pollutants has its own set of health risks to watch out for as well.

So, what are some practical ways to minimize these pollutants in our homes? 

Glad you asked!

 

5 Tips To Manage And Protect Your Indoor Air Quality With Pets

Below are some simple ways to manage pet hair, dander and other allergens at home to help protect your indoor air quality.

1. Change Your HVAC Filter regularly.

The #1 tip we have for improving and managing your indoor air quality is changing your HVAC filter regularly. 

Why? Because it is one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways of cleaning your air!

This filter traps airborne particles before they have the chance of reaching your airways.

At Campeau Heating, we usually recommend changing your furnace filter or AC filter every 90 days. But if you have a pet or several pets, you should change your filter way more often. 

Ideally, pet owners should change their filters every 40-60 days. And these filters should feature,

  1. A high MPR (micro performance rating) and 
  2. A high MERV rating (minimum efficiency reporting value) of 12-14. 

2. Install an Air Purification System.

Installing an air purification system is another effective way of cleaning up your air. These systems use a variety of technologies to not only filter but cleanse your air.

There are 5 types of air purification systems you can choose from:

  • HEPA Filters (high-efficiency particulate air)
  • UV Air Purifiers (ultravoilet) 
  • Negative Ion Air Purifiers
  • Ozone Air Purifiers
  • Activated Carbon Filters

Each produces a similar result but uses a unique form of purification to do it. 

For example:

A HEPA filter can remove particulate matter with a size of 0.3 microns. It can filter out dust, pollen, bacteria, VOCs and mould (of this size) with 99.97% success. 

A UV air purifier does not remove particulate matter. Instead, it deactivates or kills it. A UV air purifier can effectively deactivate microorganisms and pathogens by destroying the DNA and RNA structures. Essentially, it prevents these pollutants from growing. 

Not sure which air purification system will be most effective in your home? Our air quality experts at Campeau Heating can help you choose the best option for you!

3. Install a Whole-Home Ventilation System.

Another HVAC installation that can hugely benefit your indoor air quality is a whole-home ventilation system. 

If you have been tracking with our blogs for a while, you may remember us mentioning the importance of good home insulation more than once. This insulation helps keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. 

But good insulation can also trap stale air, moisture, odours, allergens and contaminants inside your home.

The solution?

Installing whole-home ventilation! This system pushes stale air full of pet dander and other pollutants outdoors and replaces it with fresh, clean air. 

4. Clean Your Air Ducts Regularly.

When was the last time you looked at your ductwork? Chances are, your answer is pretty much never. 

And that is not uncommon. 

Like your air filters, it is easy for your ductwork to go unnoticed. After all, out of sight, out of mind. Right?

Maybe not.

Your ducts might be out of sight, but they should never be out of mind. Ignoring them will only worsen your indoor air quality!

Answer this: 

How often do you vacuum your floors? Once a week? Twice? 

You know that, with pets, if you do not keep up with the hair and dirt on your floors, it will keep building up. 

Now, picture your ductwork as if it is the floors in your home. If you do not keep up with the dirt, grime and contaminants being circulated in your ductwork, it will also keep building up! 

And the sneezing, wheezing and coughing will point it out. 

Turns out, your ducts (or at least their effects) may not be so out of sight after all…

To help reduce the pollutants in your ductwork (pet dander, dust etc.), we recommend scheduling a professional duct cleaning. 

5. Get On a Cleaning Schedule.

Pet dander, pet hair, dust bunnies and dirt can accumulate in your home without proper cleaning.

You can find this accumulation, 

  • Along your baseboards.
  • In the corners of each room in your home.
  • Behind furniture.
  • On or inside your couches.
  • In the crevices of your staircase etc. 

To help minimize this accumulation and improve your indoor air quality, we recommend,

  1. Keeping a regular cleaning schedule and
  2. Investing in a HEPA vacuum cleaner. 

Implementing a Regular Cleaning Schedule

Keeping a regular cleaning schedule means frequent mopping, vacuuming, washing and airing out. And it includes your floors, walls, furniture and linens. 

Pretty much everything your pet touches or goes near regularly should be cleaned as often as possible. 

Investing in a HEPA Vacuum Cleaner

As we learned earlier, HEPA technology has incredible air-purifying abilities. It is almost 100% effective in removing particulate matter sizing at 0.3 microns - including dust, pollen, bacteria, VOCs and mould.

HEPA vacuum cleaners use HEPA filtration and activated charcoal filters to help remove pet dander and unpleasant odours more effectively. 

 

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With Campeau Heating Products

Pets are a great addition to our families, but they don’t come without downsides. 

If you have begun to see the effects of poor indoor air quality in your home, get in touch with our air quality specialists at Campeau Heating today! Our selection of air purifying products can help monitor, control and improve your air quality fast and effectively.

Call us at (705) 560-2441 or Fill In This Form for more information on our air quality products.

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9 Most Popular Spring HVAC Problems To Watch Out For This Month!

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, discusses 9 of the most common spring HVAC problems and how to fix them.

9 Most Popular Spring HVAC Problems To Watch Out For This Month!

Everyone is ready for a fresh start - including your air conditioning unit! With spring poking its way out of the cold, there are a few spring HVAC problems that you need to start watching out for.

Spring has always been the season of new beginnings. The season when we tuck away our many insulated layers, open the windows wide and allow the crisp air to freshen up our homes. 

It’s the season of reviving our indoor air quality, brightening our mood and reviving our spirits!

But as we begin cleaning for spring, we often discover the harsh effects of a long, cold winter.

Broken fences.

Clogged drain spouts.

Cracked driveways.

Suddenly our spring cleaning turns to spring repairs as we fix up, tune up and get our homes back into shape.

But as you work your way through your spring cleaning checklist, don’t forget to give your cooling unit the attention it deserves. It has also survived a long winter tucked away and may need some TLC to get back up and running properly this spring.

Keep reading for the nine most common spring HVAC problems you should watch out for in your air conditioning unit.

Psssst….And don’t forget to ask for a FREE QUOTE on your spring air conditioning service with Campeau Heating this spring!

1. Dusty Air Filters.

One of the most common spring HVAC problems is a long-overdue air filter replacement. This is one of the top issues we’ve seen in the HVAC business.

Why? Because air filters usually go unnoticed.

Hidden away by your cooling unit’s air handler, the air filter can become clogged with a year’s worth of dust and debris without you noticing!

That is until you do...

Are you noticing more dust than usual in your home?

Are your spring allergy symptoms worsening?

Is your home filled with the smell of burning dust?

These are all telltale signs of a dirty AC filter that needs replacing as soon as possible.

2. Dirty Evaporator and Condenser Coils.

Another spring HVAC problem we see frequently lies in the coils of your AC unit.

Your air conditioner has both an outdoor condenser coil and an indoor evaporator coil that need regular maintenance.

The condenser coil on your outdoor unit can become clogged with leaves, branches, dirt and grime over the winter and spring months. And the evaporator coils on your indoor unit can also become clogged with dust and dirt over time.

This clogging can cause damage to your compressor, increased humidity in your home and poor indoor air quality if left unchecked.

But we never recommend checking the coils on your own.

These parts are delicate and not easy to clean. In fact, an untrained hand could cause even more damage in trying to clear the debris away.

Do you suspect a clogged coil on your AC unit? Give your trained HVAC technicians at Campeau Heating a shout!

3. A Clogged Condenser.

Don’t forget to clean your outdoor condenser unit too!

Because this unit is outdoors, it can become clogged just like your coils can - with the leaves, grass clipping and dirt blowing into it and the debris surrounding it.

Your condenser unit is one of the vital components of your cooling unit. If it breaks, your air conditioning unit may break down entirely.

Not an ideal situation as you’re preparing for the hot season ahead.

To prevent this expensive and untimely problem, we recommend clearing away all debris from the condenser. This includes overhanging branches and nearby bushes too. Try keeping a clean 3-5 foot radius around the condenser unit to prevent anything from accidentally falling into it.

4. Refrigerant Leaks.

Is it a refrigerant leak or just condensation?

The sudden temperature change from winter to spring can cause condensation on or around your condenser unit. Moisture on the ground or even dripping from the coils is a clear sign of this condensation in action.

If condensation is the case, there’s no need to contact your HVAC technician.

But what if that moisture is actually a sign of a refrigeration leak?

Other common warning signs of a refrigerant leak include warm air instead of cool air coming from your vent or strange noises and smells.

If you suspect a refrigerant leak, contact your Campeau HVAC technician right away!

5. Leaking, Clogged or Fractured Ductwork.

Have you noticed a rise in your energy bills lately? Although the cost of living has increased, hefty energy bills could also point to a duct problem - like a leak, clog or separation of ductwork.

Besides a rise in energy bills, you may also notice:

  • Strange smells and noises
  • Poor airflow
  • Mould and mildew
  • And dust

Have you noticed any of these above warning signs? If so, we highly recommend scheduling a professional duct cleaning service before turning your air conditioner on this spring.

6. A Malfunctioning or Inaccurate Thermostat.

Thermostats are the brains of the operation. But what happens when they start to malfunction? Or start giving you inaccurate readings and inadequate temperature control?

This could mean that the thermostat is:

  • Outdated
  • Low on batteries
  • Improperly installed
  • Defected
  • Or even broken

If you’re not sure how to troubleshoot your thermostat or are unsure of its age, our team can help!

7. A Faulty or Broken Start Capacitor.

How long does it take your cooling unit to respond when you change the temperature setting on your thermostat? Are you experiencing any temperature changes at all?

If not, you might be experiencing a faulty capacitor issue.

A start capacitor on an air conditioning unit delivers the necessary starting energy to the unit’s motor. It’s what allows the cooling cycle to begin in the first place!

If this component is malfunctioning, your air conditioning system will be less effective. In fact, eventually, it might not even be able to turn on at all.

We want you to start your summer off with effective and efficient home cooling. If your start capacitor is acting up, give us a call right away!

8. A Broken Contactor Switch.

Condenser and air handler not turning on? This could be due to a broken contactor switch - the component of your cooling unit that operates both the condenser and air handler.

Is your contactor switch broken? Call your Campeau HVAC technician for a quick repair! Although it’s an easy fix, it isn’t something we recommend homeowners tackle by themselves.

9. A Tripped Circuit Breaker.

When was the last time you looked at your breaker box?

During the winter months, circuit breakers can often trip - causing them to automatically shut themselves off.

If this happens, try resetting your breaker.

Is your cooling unit continually turning on and off each time you reset the breaker? It might be signalling a deeper issue.

It could be that it detected something worse and has shut off power to your HVAC system for safety reasons.

Give our team a call today! Our professional HVAC technicians can help troubleshoot the issue and provide you with a speedy solution.

 

Schedule Your Spring Air Conditioning Service With Campeau Heating Technicians

Keeping your home HVAC system in top condition all year long is what we do! Whether you’ve noticed one of the above spring HVAC problems or other related issues with your heating and cooling system, give us a call!

We’re happy to come out, troubleshoot the issue and discuss the solution that works best for your needs.

Book your pre-season tune-up or air conditioning service with our trained HVAC technicians today! You can reach our office at (705) 560-2441 or request a FREE QUOTE on your maintenance needs!

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What Kind of Maintenance Does a Radiant Heater Need? Find Out Here!

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, tells homeowners how to maintain their radiant heater systems.

What Kind of Maintenance Does a Radiant Heater Need? Find Out Here!

The battle for spring continues! 

Spring arrived in mid-March, but winter is doing everything in its power to prevent warm weather from defeating its reign. This means more snow, cold winds, ice frost, and the occasional hail storm too.

The frosty chill of winter would rather keep us cooped up inside - teeth chattering and toes numbing - than give in to the warmth of spring. 

In short, homeowners have had to keep both their furnaces and in-floor heating cranked up high.

Speaking of which…

When was the last time you gave your radiant heating a tune-up? Is it still running as well as it should?

Radiant heating is a lot of things - reliable, efficient, allergy-friendly, seemingly invisible… 

But it is not entirely self-sufficient (contrary to popular belief).

Like all HVAC equipment, radiant heating needs regular preventative maintenance.

But what does radiant heater maintenance include?

 

Maintenance Tips For Hydronic and Electric Radiant Heating 

In-floor heating systems rely on a variety of components... 

From coils to boilers, piping to sensors, vents to pumps etc.

And, like furnaces, they also come in a variety of different types: 

  1. Hydronic
  2. Gas-Fired (infrared heaters)
  3. Air
  4. And Electric

The specific components of each system identify which type of radiant heater you have. And since each has its own unique set of equipment, each also has its own set of maintenance needs. 

The two main types of radiant in-floor heating, and the ones we discuss in this article, are hydronic and electric. 

Hydronic Radiant Heating 

The most cost-effective solution for whole-home in-floor heating is hydronic radiant heating. This system is water-based, using water-heated tubing installed directly under your flooring. 

Amazingly, hydronic radiant heating systems can last between 30-40 years! 

But only if you take good care of them…

Here's how to maintain your hydronic radiant heating:

  • Check for low pressure. Low pressure causes your system to work at reduced efficiency, racking up your utility bills. 
  • Check for leaks in your pipes and expansion tank. Leaks can cause rust and corrosion in your entire system. 
  • Clean and inspect the pump and valves. Cleaning and repairing your radiant heat pump and valves can extend their life and prevent problems.
  • Listen for strange noises. If working properly, your radiant heater should operate quietly. So if it does start making unexpected sounds, you could have a problem on your hands (or rather, under your feet). 
  • Check pH levels in your glycol-based system. Glycol is a freeze-protectant liquid in your antifreeze solution. If pH levels are too low, the metal components of your system can begin corroding.
  • Recalibrate your thermostat as needed. Radiant heater thermostats connect to the floor sensors of your radiant heating system. If these sensors malfunction, they could cause your floor to become too hot or too cold. 
  • Clean all visible components of your system. Like all HVAC systems, your radiant heating system needs regular cleaning.

Electric Radiant Heating 

An electric radiant heating system is perfect for smaller home applications:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Office spaces etc. 

But electrical radiant heating is not a cost-effective solution for your entire home. With the high cost of electricity in Ontario, electric in-floor heating can get quite pricy. 

But, if you're looking for a quick, affordable fix for a single space, electric radiant heating could be your best bet!

An electric radiant heater is also more efficient than forced-air furnaces and baseboard heating! Why? Because it doesn't need ductwork.

Instead, electric in-floor heating uses electric cables hardwired to your home’s electrical system.

Here’s how to maintain your electric floor heating system:

  • Have your electric cables professionally inspected.
  • Make sure your electrical connections are both strong and stable.
  • Ensure your thermostat is calibrated properly.
  • Inspect your space for uneven heating. This could be through damage caused by rodents, rust, corrosion, shifting land etc.

 

Book Your Radiant Heater Maintenance Visit With Campeau Heating

With the proper maintenance, radiant heating systems can outlast furnaces! But if your radiant heating system is old, unkempt or malfunctioning, its lifespan drastically declines. 

That’s why we recommend scheduling an annual preventative maintenance appointment with our heating team.

When was the last time you had your in-floor heating serviced? 

Did you buy a house with radiant heating? Do you know when it had its last tune-up? 

If not, it’s time to call the experts at Campeau Heating! Book your radiant heater maintenance today!

Benefits of Radiant Heater Maintenance: 

  • Performance Improvements 
  • Preventative System Monitoring 
  • Improved Energy Efficiency 
  • Guaranteed Heat

 

Campeau Heating is Your Hamilton Heating Expert!

Campeau Heating has served Sudbury with quality heating maintenance since 1983. You can trust us to check up, tune-up and repair your heating fast - and for an affordable price!

Contact our expert heating technicians today at (705) 560-2441.

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With a Kohler Backup Generator, You Can Restore Your Home's Power In Just 10 Seconds!

Campeau Heating helps restore and protect your home's power with a Kohler backup generator.

With a Kohler Backup Generator, You Can Restore Your Home's Power In Just 10 Seconds!

Spring comes with many weather-related twists and turns. From thunderstorms to torrential downpours and gusty winds, there’s always something in the air (literally). But this intense season brings more than just flying debris, fallen trees, lightning strikes, and water damage. 

Did you know that these spring weather conditions can also wreak havoc on your home electrical system? 

Spring weather conditions can cause: 

  1. Damage to power lines. 
  2. Power outages.
  3. Power surges. 
  4. Electrical overload and more!

To help protect your home, your family and your investments, we recommend installing an automatic backup generator. This automatic power supply restores your power instantly and protects your entire electrical system 24/7!

At Campeau Heating, we’re all about keeping our local homeowners and business owners informed, prepared and protected. That’s why we supply automatic generators by Kohler Power!

 

What Is a Backup Generator? How Does It Work? 

A backup generator (also known as a standby or automatic generator) is a guaranteed power source. It can keep your entire home running, even during a power outage! 

Here’s How Your Automatic Standby Generator Works: 

Step 1. Your backup generator detects a utility power outage. 

As its name implies, a standby generator is always on the ready - 24/7/365! It’s also connected directly to your home electrical system. So when utility power to your home electrical system is lost, your standby generator is the first to know! 

Step 2. The generator automatically redirects power. 

When power is restored, there is usually a sudden surge of high voltage, called a power surge, that heads straight to your devices. A power surge is why our team advises you to unplug your electronics during a power outage. If not protected by a surge protector, this voltage will essentially fry your devices with an electrical overload.

Thankfully, your automatic generator can also act as a surge protector. Once it realizes the outage, it will automatically reroute the power!

Step 3. Your generator powers your home for as long as you need.

Once your generator has begun powering your home electrical, it will continue to do so until utility power is restored. This could take hours, weeks or even months! But regardless of how long your utility power is out, your backup generator will stay on.

This unending power supply is possible through the commercial-grade engine built into your Kohler generator. This engine is designed to handle extreme workloads for as long as you need it to! 

Step 4: Your generator automatically powers off when it’s no longer needed.

Once utility power is restored, your backup generator will automatically power down - ready and waiting for the next power emergency! 

 

The Difference a Kohler Generator Can Make

At Campeau Heating we work with Kohler Power to provide you with the very best backup generator solutions in Sudbury. 

The 4 Most Innovative Components On Your Kohler Backup Generator And How They Work:

1. The Automatic Transfer Switch

Your Kohler generator is equipped with an automatic transfer switch (ATS). This switch monitors your electricity input from the utility source at all times - day and night! 

2. The Power Indicator 

The power indicator identifies where your power is coming from. Normally, this would tell you that your home’s power is coming from the utility power source. But, if you’ve recently lost power, this will tell you that your power is now sourced from your generator. 

3. The Weekly Self-Test 

Your Kohler generator has a built-in weekly self-test. These automatic diagnostic tests run for about 20 minutes each week and ensure peak performance. 

4. The OnCue System 

Your Kohler Generator operates automatically, whether you’re home or not. But did you know that with the OnCue Kohler Generator Management System, you can monitor your generator externally? This system communicates directly with the device of your choosing so that you can receive real-time updates wherever you are!

Restore Power To Your Home In 10 Seconds Flat With A Kohler Generator! 

One of the reasons we choose to work with Kohler Power generators is their power restoration turnaround time. A Kohler generator can redirect and restore power in only 10 seconds!

A Kohler generator can also generator power to your entire home, including your: 

  • Kitchen appliances
  • Electronics (TV, computer etc.)
  • Heating 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Lighting 
  • Hot water heater 
  • Sump pump 
  • Heat pump
  • Plumbing (showers, washing machine, toilets etc.)
  • And more! 

Whether you want to back up your entire home, or only essential utilities, your backup generator has the power you need!

Speak with your Campeau Heating technician today to select the best generator size and load capacity for your power needs.

 

Why Choose a Natural Gas Backup Generator?

A backup generator fuelled by natural gas or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) is quickly becoming the cleaner and safer generator solution. If you’re looking for a way to provide a reliable power backup to your home without harming the environment or breaking the bank, this is it! 

Benefits of a Natural Gas Backup Generator:

  • Reduced emissions. 
  • Safe operation. 
  • Low maintenance.
  • Zero refuelling.
  • Cost-effective. 
  • Minimal environmental risks.
  • Reduced operation costs. 

 

Never Be Without Power Again! Learn More About The Kohler Generator From Your Campeau Heating Technicians.

This spring, be prepared for anything! 

You can rely on your automatic backup generator to keep things running - day or night.

Looking for a reliable backup power supply for your home, business or cottage? Contact our Campeau Heating Technicians in Sudbury, Ontario, today! 

You can reach our office at (705) 560-2441 or Fill In This Form For a FREE QUOTE!

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Your Heating System is The Heart of Your Home! But How Do You Keep It Running Strong?

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, lists 10 furnace warning signs that homeowners should be watching for this winter.

Your Heating System is The Heart of Your Home! But How Do You Keep It Running Strong?

If your ductwork is the lungs of your home, your heating system is the heart! And it’s your job to keep that heart running strong, even during the coldest of Canadian winters.

But to keep your heating system working efficiently, you first need to understand what warning signs to watch out for. 

Do you know how to tell if your furnace is malfunctioning? 

Do you know whether it’s time for a furnace repair or a furnace replacement?

In our last blog post, we told you how to Conquer Your Year-End HVAC Maintenance Checklist and Say Goodbye to Winter! But winter is still holding on - keeping our furnaces running hard for just a few weeks longer.

So, in this article, our Campeau Heating technicians are going to help your furnace survive this last bout of cold weather! How? By making sure it’s operating in peak condition!

Plus, being aware of repair or replacement needs NOW could save you from being entirely without heat next winter! Something Canadians would really rather not experience, especially in Northern Ontario.

Below are 10 furnace warning signs that you should be watching out for. Keep in mind that most of these simply need a small furnace repair visit. But others could be pointing to a bigger problem!

If you’re not sure how to inspect your furnace on your own, contact our heating experts in Sudbury, Ontario!

 

How To Know If You Need A New Furnace: 10 Warning Signs To Watch For

Before you go ahead and replace your current furnace system, let’s learn what warning signs you should be watching out for. After all, your furnace may not need a full replacement. It may just need a quick furnace repair!

Furnace Warning Signs:

  1. Unusual Noises

One of the telltale signs of a broken furnace is hearing it make unusual noises. If your furnace begins making banging or screeching sounds, it’s time to get it checked out! The problem could simply be a small repair, but catching the repair early could save you thousands of dollars, or even a full replacement. 

  1. Strange Smells

Unusual smells are also a telltale sign of a broken furnace. While some furnace smells are normal, and some call for small repairs, others are there to warn you. Specifically the smell of mercaptan. This chemical smells like rotten eggs and is added to gas furnace fuel as a safety precaution.

If you start to smell rotten eggs, leave your home immediately. It could mean there is a gas leak in your furnace.

  1. High Utility Bills

Have your heating bills begun to skyrocket? Although this winter has been much colder than expected and fuel prices have increased significantly, rising utility bills could mean something more.

Did you know that your furnace will actually consume more energy if it isn’t operating at peak efficiency? This could be due to a simple repair, or it could mean that your furnace is about to call it quits for good.

  1. Uneven Heating

Uneven heat distribution is when some of the rooms in your home are warm, while others remain cold. Central furnaces are meant to heat all rooms in your home (that are connected to your ductwork) evenly. This means that each room in your home should be receiving the same amount of heat.

If your furnace is failing to provide even heating to your home, it usually means that it is no longer able to circulate heat efficiently.

  1. Excessive Dust

Is there more dust in your home than normal? Excessive amounts of dust, especially near furnace vents, are a clear sign of an old filter. If you don’t change your furnace filter, this could affect your indoor air quality!

  1. Higher Carbon Monoxide Levels

There are many factors in a furnace that can cause carbon monoxide levels to rise dangerously high. That includes poor ventilation, a broken heat exchanger, a blogged flue pipe etc.

Signs of rising carbon monoxide levels:
  • Rust on pipe connections.
  • No updraft in the chimney.
  • Water leaking from the base of your chimney.
  • Black streaks appearing on walls (soot streaking).
  • Moisture on surfaces near your furnace.
You should also be watching for symptoms of carbon monoxide over-exposure:
  • Burning eyes
  • Flu symptoms
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea etc.

Exit your home immediately if you believe there are high levels of carbon monoxide.

  1. A Yellow Pilot Light

Another way to check for a carbon monoxide leak in your furnace is to look at your pilot light. This light should be bright blue! If it’s not blue, or worse, if it’s yellow, this means you may have a carbon monoxide leak in your home.

Again, exit your home immediately if you believe there are high levels of carbon monoxide.

  1. Frequent Furnace Repair Calls

How many times did your furnace need repairing this winter? Twice? Three times? More than three times?

At Campeau Heating, we always recommend scheduling an annual furnace maintenance appointment. But if you’re scheduling numerous repair visits each winter or calling for frequent emergency fixes, it might be time to start furnace shopping!

  1. Odd and Persistent Health Issues In Your Family

Has your family been experiencing odd and persistent health issues? These can include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Allergies etc.

If so, this could be due to an ageing furnace (which we’ll talk about next). Old furnaces lose efficiency over time. This makes it more and more difficult for them to filter out unwanted particles.

Your family's health symptoms could be due to a growing level of dust, mould and allergens in your indoor air!

  1. Old Age

Old age is a common furnace warning sign that most homeowners simply brush off. After all, “why fix something that isn’t broken”?

But you might begin to regret that response when your 25-year-old furnace decides to conk out in the middle of winter.

Furnaces normally last anywhere from 15-20 years. So, if you installed your current furnace in the 90’s, it’s time to start looking at your options.

 

Schedule Your Furnace Maintenance Appointment Today

If you’ve noticed any of the above warning signs, schedule your furnace maintenance right away. Just a quick repair could save you thousands of dollars!

Our heating technicians at Campeau Heating have been repairing furnaces for over 30 years! No matter what type of furnace you have, we’ll be there to help get it back up and running.

Furnaces We Service at Campeau Heating:

 

Schedule Your Furnace Repair or Replacement With Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario!

Creating a safe and comfortable environment for your family is the reason we do what we do. That’s why we provide you with as much knowledge, experience and advice as we can.

We’ve been servicing Sudbury, Ontario, and surrounding areas since 1983 and have got quite a bit of heating experience under our belts. Give us a call at (705) 560-2441 or contact us online! We’ll be happy to help you select, install and maintain the heating solution that fits your home and budget best.

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Conquer Your Year-End HVAC Maintenance Checklist and Say Goodbye to Winter!

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, provides a spring HVAC maintenance checklist for local homeowners.

Conquer Your Year-End HVAC Maintenance Checklist and Say Goodbye to Winter!

If you’re ready to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, this article is for you.

Although it is not quite time to turn your furnace off for the season, it is time to start getting your HVAC system ready for winter’s end. This includes cleaning your vents, changing your furnace filter, booking your air duct cleaning, preparing your air conditioner etc.

Not sure where to begin?

Our heating and cooling experts at Campeau Heating have just created an easy end-of-winter- HVAC maintenance checklist for you, our local Sudbury homeowners! 

Whether you’re a beginner homeowner or just in need of a few seasonal reminders, we’re here to help. We’ll make sure that your HVAC system is ready to make the smooth transition from winter to spring. 

In this article, our technicians explore the needs of both end-of-season furnace maintenance and spring air conditioning preparation. But before we get into the checklist, let’s talk about, 

  1. Why closing your furnace down for the winter is necessary, and
  2. Why preparing your air conditioner for spring ahead of time is crucial!

 

The Importance of Spring HVAC Maintenance 

Why does your furnace need spring maintenance?

Keeping up with the weather this winter has been next to impossible - especially with the many weather advisories, snowfall warnings and extreme cold alerts. It’s no wonder Sudbury homeowners have been staying burrowed away in their homes with the heat cranked up high! 

As you begin to make the well-deserved transition from the frigid cold of winter to the welcoming temperatures of spring, keep in mind that your furnace might not be so forgiving. 

With temperatures falling so far below zero, heating systems have had to work extra hard just to keep up! So, before you close down your furnace for the year, we recommend following a seasonal shut-down checklist and checking for furnace repair warning signs

Taking extra care to ensure that your furnace is well-maintained before shutting it off for the season is going to help you: 
  • Improve your heating performance.
  • Improve your indoor air quality.
  • Increase your energy efficiency. 
  • Lower your utility bills. 
  • And avoid untimely repairs this fall!

Spring furnace maintenance will also give you a headstart for the 2022-2023 winter season ahead.

Why is spring air conditioner maintenance so important?

The more obvious HVAC maintenance you’ll need to check off your list this spring is your pre-summer air conditioning tune-up. 

Unless you thought ahead last fall, when you turned your AC unit off for the winter, this part of your HVAC system is going to need a major tune-up. Including a deep cleaning of all indoor and outdoor components.

This thorough spring tune-up on your air conditioner will help you: 
  • Extend the life of your AC unit.
  • Improve the unit’s energy efficiency.
  • Improve your indoor air quality.
  • Improve cooling performance. 
  • And more!

Did you know that many HVAC manufacturers need their units to receive regular, professional maintenance in order for their warranties to stay relevant? Keeping up with the seasonal maintenance needs of your air conditioner will ensure that your warranty remains in place! 

Spring HVAC Maintenance Checklist For Both Your Furnace and Air Conditioner

Now for the good part - your spring HVAC maintenance checklist. We made sure to make this list as practical and manageable as possible.

Your Seasonal Furnace Shut Down Checklist 

  1. Change your furnace filter.

Changing your furnace filter is one of the most important spring furnace maintenance tasks you should have on your list. Why?

This quick filter replacement can: 
  • Increase the lifespan of your furnace. 
  • Improve your furnace efficiency. 
  • Improve your indoor air quality. 
  • Reduce your maintenance costs.
  1. Clean out your vents and grilles. 

During the winter months, your supply vents and return grilles can become quite clogged with pet hair, dirt and dust. 

To clean these components for the upcoming spring season, you can simply use your indoor vacuum! 

  1. Check your insulation. 

Insulation is a huge factor in keeping your house warm in winter and cool in the summer.

When checking your insulation, be sure to include: 
  • Your home insulation (upstairs, downstairs, the attic etc.)
  • Your internal HVAC unit insulation.
  • The insulation around your pipes. 
  1. Test your thermostat. 

Testing and resetting your thermostat before a new season begins is critical to ensuring that your HVAC system is running properly. 

If you’ve found that your thermostat is malfunctioning or even out of date, it might be time for an upgrade! 

If so, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat!

A smart thermostat has the incredible ability to: 
  • Be controlled remotely using a smartphone. 
  • Lower your energy costs. 
  • Track energy usage and learn the unique patterns of your home. 
  • Create a home energy profile that adjusts your heating and cooling needs automatically. 
  1. Readjust your whole-house humidifier settings. 

Readjusting your whole-house humidifier settings goes hand in hand with resetting your thermostat. 

Indoor humidity levels should be set to a minimum of 40% during the winter months. But, as you transition from winter to summer, that humidity setting should be readjusted to a maximum of 60%. 

Learn more about Improving Your 2022 Indoor Air Quality With Optimal Humidity Control here!

 

Your Spring Air Conditioning Tune-up Checklist

  1. Change your air filter. 

Changing your air conditioner filter is equally as important as changing your furnace filter. An old filter can cause an unnecessary buildup of dirt and debris in your AC unit. This buildup then causes your HVAC system to work harder and consume more energy to operate. 

We always recommend changing your HVAC filter every 30-90 days. 

  1. Clean out (and around) your outdoor unit. 

After a long fall and winter season, your outdoor AC unit is likely full of leaves, dirt, branches etc. Clearing out a two-foot diameter around your outdoor unit can help your air conditioner operate more efficiently once turned on. 

  1. Schedule your spring air duct cleaning. 

Spring air duct cleaning is a MUST. Metaphorically speaking, your air ducts are the lungs of your home. So, when you clear out the dust, mold and other airborne toxins in your ductwork, you instantly improve your indoor air quality. 

As we near the spring allergy season, cleaning out your ductwork can also drastically reduce your allergy symptoms. 

  1. Repair air drafts and leaks within your home. 

Repairing air drafts in your home falls under the same category as improving your home insulation. After all, what’s the point of cooling your home in the summer if all that cool air is just blowing straight outdoors? 

Five Common places to look for air leaks in your home: 
  • Window weather stripping 
  • Door seals 
  • Gas service entrances 
  • Attic hatches 
  • Dryer vent entrances 
  1. Check your refrigerant levels. 

Lastly, before you turn your air conditioner on, you should always check your refrigerant levels. If the refrigerant levels are low, it means that there is a leak in your AC unit. This leak, if not repaired, can cause major and expensive damage to your air conditioner - including a new compressor! 

 

Schedule Your Professional Spring Air Conditioning Tune-Up 

If this list is overwhelming, or you simply do not have the time for it, you can also schedule a professional air conditioning tune-up! 

During a spring air conditioning tune-up, your HVAC technician will ensure that your system is 100% prepared for the summer season ahead. 

 

Contact Your Local Heating and Cooling Technicians at Campeau Heating 

We’re all excited to begin making that transition from winter to spring, but simply turning your furnace off and your air conditioner on is not the solution. 

Start your spring cleaning the right way with our spring HVAC maintenance checklist! And, if you need any help going through the steps, we highly encourage you to reach out to our team. We’ll inspect your HVAC system, note any necessary repairs/replacements and help ensure that your system is ready to go before the first heatwave hits! 

Contact our team today at (705) 560-2441 or Fill In This Form to get started on HVAC spring cleaning!

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Your Energy Efficient Answer to Year Round Heating and Cooling! The 2-in-1 Heat Pump!

Campeau Heating helps Sudbury, Ontario, homeowners save on their annual energy costs with Heat Pump technology solutions.

Your Energy Efficient Answer to Year Round Heating and Cooling! The 2-in-1 Heat Pump!

It’s that weird time of year again. Spring is peeping out just around the corner, yet winter is holding on with all its might. Is there an affordable way to begin preparing your home for the warmer months ahead, while still keeping your heating top of mind? 

A heat pump is your quick fix for the best year-round heating and cooling! It does the job of both systems while lowering your energy consumption at the same time. 

Who wouldn’t love to lower their carbon footprint and save money at the same time? 

Keep reading to learn more about heat pump technology from our Campeau Heating experts! 

 

What Is a Heat Pump and How Does it Work?

After the frigid Canadian winter we just experienced in Sudbury, Ontario, the last thing we want to think about is cold air conditioning. But if you’re looking for a way to maximize your year-round heating and cooling efficiency, now is the time to start looking. Especially with heat pump technology becoming increasingly popular! 

Between 2000 and 2016, heat pump installations in Canada went from 400,000 to 700,000! And not just for homeowners. Business owners have also seen the obvious benefits of heat pump technology - quickly adopting this form of heating and cooling within their commercial locations. Why? To lower their energy costs and provide cleaner air for their staff and customers!

But, before we get into all the benefits, let’s talk about the system itself. What is a heat pump and how does it work? 

A heat pump essentially moves energy from one place to another - “pumping” it either inside or outside your home. It does use electricity to operate, but, it does so in a much more energy-efficient way - relying mainly on renewable energy sources. 

To better understand how a heat pump operates, think of it as having two main components. 

  1. The source, and 
  2. The sink. 

The source is where the heat energy comes from while the sink is where the heat energy is going.

Heat pumps function by: 

a) Removing the heat energy found in a low-temperature location and,

b) Delivering it to a higher temperature location. 

This process can also be reversed by simply flicking the switch. This will effectively swap which area is the source and which is the sink. 

Here’s how this process works from season to season. 

During the winter: Heat pumps take heat energy from the ground, air or water and use it to heat your home.

During the summer: Heat pumps remove heat energy from within the home and “pump” it outdoors. (You might notice that this process is very much like that of a traditional air conditioner system). 

 

The 2 Main Types of Heat Pump Sources Used in Ontario: 

  1. Air-Source Heat Pump 

An air-source heat pump is currently the most popular heat pump in Canada. It operates by either drawing heat from the outside air or rejecting heat to the outside air. 

2. Ground-Source Geothermal Heat Pump 

A ground-source heat pump, also called geothermal heating and cooling, uses the ground or groundwater as its source. It either takes heat energy from the ground or rejects heat energy towards the ground. 

Ground-source heat pumps aren’t quite as popular as air-source heat pumps. But they are steadily becoming more widely used across Canadian provinces. 

 

The 2 Main Types of Heat Pump Sinks Used in Ontario: 

1. Indoor air is heated using a central, ducted heat pump system or a ductless heat pump system. 

A central ducted heat pump uses ductwork to deliver consistent heating and cooling throughout the home. 

A ductless heat pump, or mini-split heat pump, is a more modern form of technology that offers zoned heating and cooling. This heat sink uses many heat pump heads throughout the house in order to deliver its heat.  

Zoned heating allows the homeowner to control the temperature of individual rooms in their home. This prevents your HVAC unit from working to maintain equal temperature throughout your entire house. 

2. Indoor water is heated using a hydronic heat pump system (ie. radiant floor heating). 

As the name implies, a hydronic heat pump system uses water to deliver the heat to its sink. Some of the common hydronic sinks include radiant floor heating, radiators or fan coil units. 

 

Benefits of Heating and Cooling With a Heat Pump

  • Increased Energy Efficiency 
  • Lower Energy Costs 
  • Reduced Carbon Footprint 
  • Dual Heating and Cooling
  • Safe Operation 
  • Long-Lasting (approximately ten years longer than a fossil fuel heating solution)
  • Improved Indoor Air Quality 
  • Increased Home Value 
  • Low Maintenance

 

Why Are Heat Pumps More Efficient Than Traditional Furnace and Air Conditioning Technology?

As we mentioned before, heat pumps do use electricity. But this electricity is used in the most efficient manner possible. And the system relies much more heavily on renewable energy to operate. 

The electricity used to operate a heat pump is only used to transfer thermal energy. And the thermal energy created by this process exceeds the amount used to operate it. For every 1kW of electricity consumed, a heat pump can produce 3-4.5kW more!

In fact, heat pump technology can produce five units of heat energy, with four of these units being entirely free! 

With these savings, you’ll be lowering your heating and cooling bills in no time! 

Does a Heat Pump Work in Colder Climates, Like Sudbury Ontario?

Although it might seem improbable for heat pumps to operate in colder climates, modern technology says otherwise! Both air-source and ground-source heat pumps are now designed to work in the cold Canadian regions.

Ground-Source (Geothermal) Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps use the more reliable temperatures of the ground as their heat source. Since their network of underground piping is below the frost line, the system has less chance of losing efficiency when temperatures go far below freezing. 

Air-Source Heat Pumps

Air-source heat pumps rely on the heat energy found within the outdoor air. But they lose efficiency once temperatures reach between -3.8-4.4 degrees Celcius. Why? During winter, the outdoor air holds much less heat energy. Which makes the heat pump have to work extra hard to bring in enough heat for the home.

Cold Climate Heat Pumps

If you are looking to install an air-source heat pump, we recommend considering a Cold Climate Heat Pump (CCHP). This newer air-source heat pump is designed for the cold climate of Canada. It allows the heat pump to maintain its efficiency even during frigid temperatures by using: 

  • Variable-capacity compressors and, 
  • Improved heat exchanger designs and controls.

Hybrid Heating 

If you are looking for a more winter-friendly heating solution, you can also invest in a hybrid heating system - both a heat pump and a furnace! 

By using a heat pump as your main heating service and a furnace as your backup, you can still lower your heating bills! But you'll be ensuring that your home is protected from the unpredictable cold at the same time.

 

Learn More About Heat Pump Technology With Our Campeau Heating Experts! 

Heat pump technology is an incredible invention! Our Campeau Heating team is very excited to explore this opportunity with our Sudbury homeowners and business owners. 

If you’re interested in learning more about heating and cooling with a heat pump, let us know! You can contact our HVAC experts at (705) 560-2441 or Request a Free Quote Here!

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Why Should You Switch To A Tankless Water Heater In 2022?

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, explains the benefits of switching to a tankless water heater in 2022.

Why Should You Switch To A Tankless Water Heater In 2022?

Would you believe that one of the most sought after features in a home is its supply of hot water? Although this isn’t something realtors usually include in their home evaluations, it is a prominent feature of the house - and one that is impossible to hide after an attempted hot shower or bath.

During the summer months, a lack of hot water isn’t normally a priority. But, during the cold, winter months of Sudbury, Ontario, not having enough hot water isn’t something you can ignore. Waking up on a dark, chilly morning in January without the comforts of a warm shower is simply not an option - or at least, you wouldn’t choose for it to be.

Whether you are continually running out of hot water with your large family, or your water heater just doesn’t seem to be heating to the proper temperature, our HVAC experts at Campeau Heating can help! 

In this timely article, we will discuss common hot water heater issues, how to identify them and how to prevent them in the future. We’ll then discuss the reasoning and benefits of switching to a tankless water heater system - including energy efficiency, on-demand water heating and space saving! 

 

Why Is Your Current Water Heater System Not Working Properly?

To start, we’ll tell you how to troubleshoot your current water heater tank  - helping you pinpoint the exact reasoning behind your hot water issues.

6 Reasons Your Tank Might Be Running Out Of Hot Water:

1. Old Age 

Every HVAC system has an estimated lifespan, even your hot water heater! 

In fact, the average hot water heater tank, whether electric or gas, has an average life expectancy of 10-15 years.  

Once your hot water tank has reached this expected lifespan, you’ll likely start noticing a lack of hot water, as well as a myriad of other issues…

Tip: If you’re not sure how old your hot water tank is, check the serial number.

2. Tank Leak 

A tank leak is, unfortunately, not a simple fix. Actually, in most cases it is a clear sign that your hot water heater needs to be replaced. 

Tip: To check for tank leaks, look for drips of water on the tank itself, leaking pipes or a pool of water beneath the tank. 

3. Low Water Pressure 

Low water pressure causes sediment to build-up at a quicker rate. If you’re lucky, and have caught this build-up of sediment early enough, a quick maintenance call can effectively fix the issue. However, if you’ve let this low water pressure continue for an elongated amount of time, then you will most likely need to replace your entire hot water heater. 

Tip: To check for low water pressure in your home, turn your shower and sink faucets on full blast. Then, proceed to flush the toilet. If you notice that the shower’s water pressure slows during the flush, it’s highly likely that you have low water pressure needing attention right away. 

4. Inconsistent Water Temperature 

Inconsistent water temperature is one of the most obvious signs of a broken water heater, as it points to the possibility of malfunctioning heating elements within your tank. 

Tip: Pay close attention to the temperature consistency of your water during a 10-minute shower. If the temperature begins to rise or fall unexpectedly, there is most likely a problem with either your thermostat or your entire water heating unit. 

5. Thermostat Malfunctioning 

A malfunctioning thermostat is a common issue that is highly overlooked when troubleshooting for a lack of hot water. Why? Because it can seem like an oversimplified fix. 

Thermostat settings are easy to change and, oftentimes, are changed by accident due to simply bumping the unit. 

If your thermostat was simply knocked or set lower by accident, this is an easy fix!

Tip: Set the temperature back to normal (around 120 degrees Fahrenheit). If set too low, you could risk bacteria growth within your hot water tank. If set too high, you could risk serious burns to your exposed skin.

6. Broken Dip Tube 

A dip tube is supposed to push cold water to the bottom of the tank where it will be heated. If this piece of equipment is broken, this could cause insufficient water circulation within your tank, leaving your hot water more lukewarm, or even cold! 

Tip: If your hot water heater is over 20 years old (especially those made between 1993 and 1997), you could be causing increased hot water problems, as well as faucet clogging. 

 

Prevent Hot Water Tank Issues 

To help protect your hot water heater equipment and keep your HVAC system running as it should, we highly recommend scheduling regular preventative maintenance appointments with your Sudbury plumbing crew at Campeau Heating! 

If you’ve noticed any of the above warning signs pointing towards a damaged hot water heater, we encourage you to schedule your HVAC system tuneup with our team as soon as possible. 

 

Preventative HVAC System Maintenance 

At Campeau Heating, we offer maintenance services for a variety of HVAC equipment - including heating, air conditioning, fireplaces, indoor air quality equipment and hot water heating equipment. 
 

Replacing Your Hot Water Tank With A Tankless Water Heater

If your hot water tank has reached the end of its life, and it’s time to look into a replacement system, we highly recommend considering a tankless water heater installation - and here’s why!

Benefits Of a Tankless Water Heater:

  • Hot Water On Demand 
  • Less Energy Usage 
  • Increased Efficiency 
  • Longer Lifespan (5-10 years longer than a traditional hot water heater) 
  • Increased Space Availability In Your Home 
  • Endless Hot Water

A tankless hot water heater is both an affordable and efficient hot water solution, providing your whole family with instant and endless hot water. 

How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

A tankless water heater doesn’t function with a tank. Instead, they operate on demand - heating water as it is needed, rather than storing it in a large tank until use.

As opposed to a hot water tank, which heats up between 20 and 50 gallons at a time, a tankless water heater provides unending hot water in an instant. 
 

Install Your Tankless Water Heater With Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario

Is your current water heater not able to keep up with the demands of your home? Has it begun to malfunction, leaving your family to enjoy frigid showers all winter long? 

If so, then this is the year to start considering the installation of a tankless water heater!


Give our HVAC team a call today (705) 560-2441 or contact us online!

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Improving Your 2022 Indoor Air Quality With  Optimal Humidity Control 

Campeau Heating explains the optimal humidity levels for improving your indoor air quality in 2022.

Improving Your 2022 Indoor Air Quality With  Optimal Humidity Control 

With the recent announcement in Ontario regarding the return to Stage 2 of the reopening plan, it’s no wonder homeowners are beginning to rethink their home indoor air quality once again. 

Although this virus and its internal and external effects on our daily lives have been around for quite a while now, there is still much to learn about the virus. And, at Campeau Heating, we are continually finding new ways to help you, as homeowners, use the research practically in order to better combat these unwelcome germs - creating a safer, more comfortable environment for your family. 

If you haven’t taken the time to learn about the ways in which you can help limit the spread of this virus in your own home, this is the year. 

And to help you get started faster, we’ve compiled some of the research below and provided our advice on how to best put this knowledge into use within your own home. 

Our top focus in 2022? Humidity control. 

Note: If you haven’t read our previous article defining humidity, humidity control and the health effects of low humidity levels, we highly recommend giving it a read first!

 

What Is The Relation Between COVID-19 and Humidity Levels?

COVID-19 has been around for almost two years now and, as we’ve stated above, the journey of discovery surrounding this virus has been incredible! And with a new variant on the loose, there seems to be no shortage of necessary research regarding the control of its spread. 

Here’s one interesting (and quite beneficial) thing we know about COVID-19 and humidity: if controlled correctly, the correlation can appear much like a see-saw - one element lowering as the other is heightened and vice versa (also known as a negative correlation). 

To put this into perspective…

As humidity increases, two things occur to airborne viral droplets:

  1. These droplets weaken more quickly. 
  2. These droplets become heavier, preventing them from travelling longer distances. 

The result? As humidity increases, the general lingering and fast spread of airborne viral droplets decreases.

But wait…don’t make any conclusions about this correlation quite yet!

 

WARNING: Do Not Crank Your Indoor Humidifier To The Max

Although increased humidity levels have been proven to help combat the rapid spread of COVID-19, increasing humidity too much can actually cause other serious issues in your home. 

The best advice we can give you before we go into further detail is to never set your humidity levels above 60 percent.

How Do High Humidity Levels Affect Your Home?

  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Rot 
  • Musty Odours 
  • Structural Damage 
  • Dust Mites
  • Warped Wooden Floors 
  • Peeled Paint
  • Moisture Stains

Overall, too much moisture can bring about quite the extensive repair bill…

If your home’s humidity levels are already set too high, don’t worry! With the proper ventilation system installed in your home, you can lower the humidity levels to a more appropriate state.

 

Is There Really Such Thing As Winter Indoor Humidity?

Before the pandemic began, humidity was simply the unwelcome visitor in summer that brought sticky floors, frizzy hair, clammy skin and the all-too-common phrase - “hot-and-bothered”!

But did you know that humidity can be present in your home during the winter months as well? 

Some of the simple tasks that you complete on a daily basis throughout each season actually create quite a bit of humidity themselves, including: 

  • Cooking 
  • Laundry 
  • Dishwashing 
  • And Showering 

Other Factors Affecting Winter Indoor Humidity Include:

  • Plumbing Leaks 
  • Moisture In Your Foundation
  • Poor Ventilation 
  • Indoor Heating Preferences 
  • HVAC Heating Equipment (age, reliability, usage thereof)
  • And More!

 

Optimal Winter Indoor Humidity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

And that brings us to the real reason for this article - sharing the ideal indoor air humidity levels for your home this winter. 

Today, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, indoor air humidity should be kept between 40 and 60 percent. And, although there is fluctuation here from season to season, it should remain within that 20 percent variance at all times. 

Winter Indoor Humidity should be a minimum of 40 percent.

Summer Indoor Humidity should be a maximum of 60 percent. 

 

The Solution To Effective and Efficient Humidity Control

Now that you know exactly what percentage humidity to keep your home at this winter, how are you going to put that knowledge into practice realistically? 

With a whole home humidifier. 

This piece of HVAC equipment works as a constant humidity control feature - maintaining the humidity levels of your entire home all at once, rather than room by room (ie. such as with a portable humidifier solution). 

Other Benefits Of A Whole Home Humidifier:

  • Improved Overall Health 
  • Reduced Energy Bills
  • Improved Sleep 
  • Furniture and Home Protection
  • Healthier Skin 

 

Start Improving Your Indoor Air Quality With Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario

Our HVAC technicians at Campeau Heating are dedicated to providing our customers with home comfort that is focused on improving their safety and health. That’s why we always stay up-to-date with the most recent indoor air quality research - so that you can trust our team to give you the best advice possible when it comes to your family’s home safety. 

Are you looking to improve your indoor air quality in 2022? Contact our team today at (705) 560-2441 or Fill In This Form to get started on your indoor air quality solution!

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What Are The Effects Of Low Humidity Levels On Your Indoor Air Quality And Health?

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, explains the health risks associated with low humidity levels.

What Are The Effects Of Low Humidity Levels On Your Indoor Air Quality And Health? 

Winter is beautiful on the outside, but it can be incredibly dry from the inside. And not in a good way! 

Although you don’t necessarily want to track snow into your homes to bring moisture back into your air, if you’ve ever experienced the effects of low humidity, this might have been something that crossed your mind. And we wouldn’t blame you! 

Dry air, void of all moisture, can be extremely damaging to your skin, lungs and overall health.

Negative Health Effects of Low Indoor Air Humidity: 

  • Dehydration 
  • Sore Throat 
  • Vulnerability to Infection/Viral Transmission
  • Skin Irritation 
  • Eczema 
  • Asthma
  • Inflamed Dermatitis 
  • Allergy Symptoms 
  • Chapped Lips 
  • Poor Sleep 

But, before we dive into these negative health concerns, and how to prevent them, let’s talk about humidity, humidity control and indoor air quality

 

Humidity, Humidity Control & Indoor Air Quality - How Do They Relate? 

Humidity 

Humidity is simply a measurement of water vapour within the air. Although humidity is a naturally occurring and rather crucial part of the earth’s atmosphere, the levels of humidity do continue to fluctuate from season to season. 

When temperatures are high in the summer months, the air around us is actually able to hold more water vapour - thus having higher humidity levels. 

During the winter months, when the air is much colder, humidity levels drastically decline - especially in northern Ontario areas - like Sudbury! 

Relative humidity calculates the level of humidity in the air RELATIVE to temperature.

The average relative humidity in Sudbury, Ontario, from January to February, is 93%! This means that the air’s temperature is too cold to hold much water. In this case, the actual humidity level is quite low, since there is almost 0 humidity present in the air at all. 

Humidity Control 

It’s important to measure your indoor humidity and know what the different levels mean. Why?  Because different humidity levels mean different things, and can affect your health, and that of your family’s, in a variety of different ways. It can even damage your home itself!

If your air is too dry, your home becomes uncomfortable to live in, and rather harmful to your health. 

What Happens If Your Humidity Levels Are Too High?

If your air is too moist, your home can experience mold or a general dampness. This can actually bring about severe water damage over time, if not properly controlled. 

It can also cause you and your family to become dehydrated over time, causing muscle cramps, headaches, an increased heart rate etc. 

Your goal? To keep your home’s humidity levels controlled - a relative humidity level between 30-60%! 

Indoor Air Quality 

Both weather and your daily habits can hugely affect the humidity levels within your home, which in turn affects your indoor air quality.

We already mentioned how colder temperatures and warmer temperatures take their effect on humidity levels, but what about your everyday habits?

Indoor Tasks That Affect Humidity:

  • Dishwashing 
  • Cooking 
  • Cleaning 
  • Breathing 
  • Showering 
  • Laundry etc.

All of these daily activities increase the moisture (ie. humidity) in your air. 

 

5 Health Concerns Associated With Low Indoor Humidity 

1. Sore Throat 

One of the first signs of low indoor humidity is a sore throat. When there is very little moisture in the air you are breathing in, it can very easily dry out your throat - leaving it quite sore!

Practical Ways Of Helping Preventing This Symptom:

  • Take cold showers. 
  • Drink lots of water. 
  • Take throat lozenges. 

2. Vulnerability to Infection/Viral Transmission

When your home has low humidity levels, the membranes that normally protect your body against airborne pathogens become less effective. Meaning it becomes much more difficult for your body to filter out harmful particles.

This can result in your body’s immune system becoming vulnerable to infection and/or viral transmission . 

One practical way of helping prevent this health concern is to purchase a mist humidifier - filling it with distilled water (not tap water). 

3. Skin Irritation, Eczema, Inflamed Dermatitis and Chapped Lips 

Since dry air essentially absorbs the moisture on your body, skin irritation is quite a common symptom - causing dry skin, brittle hair, eczema, heat rash etc. 

How To Help Prevent These Symptoms: 

  • Apply moisturizing creams (or lip balms).
  • Run a fan while you shower.
  • Boil water (this puts steam moisture back into your air).

4. Asthma Attacks 

Humidity alone is not the only factor in causing an asthma attack. Humidity can actually increase the levels of dust mites, mold and ground-level ozone in your home, while also trapping harmful pollutants (ie. smoke). 

How To Help Prevent This Symptom:

  • Run a fan while you shower. 
  • Ensure that your home is properly insulated. 

5. Poor Sleep 

Humidity levels that are too high or too low can drastically affect your sleep as well. 

In terms of low humidity, you may experience a dry throat, a dry nose, sore air passageways, dehydration or general discomfort/irritation surrounding all of these symptoms. 

How To Help Prevent This Symptom: 

  • Use sheets made with 100% cotton. 

  • Run a fan in your room when you sleep. 

 

The Easy Solution To Helping Prevent Low Indoor Humidity Levels Entirely 

Although you could go out and purchase individual humidifiers for each and every room of your home, that could become quite inconvenient, not to mention expensive and tiresome. Imagine going to each room of your home and having to fill each and every humidifier with water every single day - not the most ideal solution. 

The easiest solution that Campeau Heating would recommend in preventing low indoor humidity levels is a Whole Home Humidifier. 

This piece of HVAC equipment inputs moisture into your air according to the level you set it at - so you never have to worry about your air being too dry or even too damp. 

PLUS: If you live in northern Ontario, where the winters are as dry as can be, a Whole Home Humidifier can actually lower your winter utility bills over time! 
 

Contact Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, For All Your Indoor Air Quality Needs This Winter

At Campeau Heating, you and your family’s health and safety is always top of mind. If you’re beginning to experience one or more of the above symptoms, we highly encourage you to have your humidity levels checked. And if you’ve been feeling them for a while, you might want to schedule an indoor air quality test as well. 

This winter, protect yourself, your family and your home!

Contact our team at (705) 560-2441 to learn more about our indoor air quality products and services.

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