|The Outdoor Products You Need For The Perfect Summer
The Outdoor Products You Need For The Perfect Summer
Summer is (finally) right around the corner!
After a long winter and a confusing spring, we’re all excited to officially dive into warmer weather.
There’s so much to look forward to - from family barbecues to bonfires,
Is your backyard equipped with all the fundamental summer amenities?
At Campeau Heating, we know how to make the most of summer. We want to help make this your best summer yet!
With the right outdoor products, you can create the perfect backyard oasis.
The best part?
All these summer products are actually made for all-season use! So you can enjoy them throughout the whole year.
Let’s get started!
Napoleon Outdoor Barbeques: Master The Grill
If you don’t have one yet, you NEED a barbecue in your life. And we’re not just saying that because we stock one of the best grill brands ever!
Barbecuing is the perfect way to,
Enjoy a home-cooked meal, and
Take advantage of the short-lived summer weather!
In fact, in July 2019, 62% of consumers were more likely to prepare their summer meals on the grill 1-3 times a week!
And why not? Who doesn’t love the smell of the grill on a hot summer day?
5 Reasons You Need a Barbeque This Summer:
They expand your at-home menu!
There are endless meal options with an outdoor grill. From fish to veggies or burgers to kabobs, there’s always something for everyone to enjoy!
They help you save money!
We all know the pain of a steakhouse bill. But with an at-home steakhouse grill, everything changes! You can cook up your favourite rare-cut steak right from your own backyard!
They turn mealtime into social time!
If you’re like most Canadians, summer is your top socializing season.
With a barbecue, you can spend less time cooking alone inside and more time socializing with your friends outside!
You can use them year-round - no matter the weather!
As long as you install your barbecue under a shelter (i.e. BBQ shelter), you can use it whenever you’d like - rain or shine!
They truly complete your backyard!
For most homeowners, especially those in rural areas, barbecues are a household staple. And with so many options, you choose the right BBQ for your budget, style and cooking preferences!
At Campeau Heating, our Napoleon grills offer advanced grilling features and engineered performance.
OUR NAPOLEON BBQ SERIES:
Built-In Gas Grills
Not sure which will suit your patio space and cooking preferences best? Give our team a call!
Napoleon & Heat and Glo Outdoor Fireplaces: Extend Your Patio Season
We’ve talked about extending your patio season with an outdoor fireplace before. But if you’ve missed those articles or need more convincing, keep reading!
Outdoor fireplaces have been a popular patio addition for years.
These gorgeous backyard amenities create the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities!
They add a warm, cosy ambience to your living space - perfect for outdoor dinner parties or bonfires. And we’re not just talking metaphorically!
Our outdoor fireplaces actually exude warmth!
They also look incredible!
Still not convinced?
5 Reasons You Need an Outdoor Fireplace
They add a focal point for your outdoor living space.
If you’re looking to add the perfect wow factor to your patio, this is it!
Fireplaces have always been a main focal point of a home. Adding one outside means transferring that same light, warmth and charm outdoors!
They can improve the visual appeal of your outdoor patio.
With so many style options, you can choose the outdoor fireplace that best suits your patio. Whether you’re looking for modern, traditional, rustic or eclectic, we have the perfect fit.
You can even choose the most practical fuel for your home - wood-burning or gas!
They produce actual heat - so you can use them year-round!
Although they’re gorgeous, outdoor fireplaces aren’t just for looks. They’re for warmth too!
This means you can continue enjoying the great outdoors all year round - regardless of whether it’s warm out or not!
They extend your entertainment space.
Another great reason to buy an outdoor fireplace is to extend your hosting space.
Designing a functional backyard living space adds a whole new dimension to your home.
Big event coming up?
With an outdoor fireplace, your guests aren't limited to crowding into your home. You can extend your event space to include your patio!
They can increase your home value.
Looking for a worthy spring project? Your patio is the perfect place to start!
There is incredible value in upgrading your outdoor living space. Whether you’re renovating for personal use or to sell!
Not only will it increase your own comfort and enjoyment, but can also increase your home value by 20% (ASLA).
Kohler Generators: Power Your Whole Home
If you haven’t installed a whole-home backup generator, now is the perfect time!
While these systems aren’t technically meant to add charm to your patio, they are invaluable to your home.
Whole-home Kohler generators mean you never have to worry about losing power again!
As long as you invest in the correct amperage, this generator can power:
- Indoor and outdoor lighting
- Home heating systems (including outdoor fireplaces if needed)
- Air conditioning systems
- Kitchen appliances (refrigerators, freezers, ovens etc.)
- Sump pumps
- Hot water heaters
- And more!
With summer storms on the way, it’s always a good idea to have a backup power system in place.
Outdoor power equipment is also built to withstand harsh weather, including heavy snow!
So whatever seasonal storm you face, your home’s power will never be at risk.
Your Best Summer Yet With Campeau Heating
We’re here to ensure you have the best summer yet! Ready to upgrade your backyard experience?
Give our Campeau Heating team a call today!
You can reach our office at (705) 560-2441 or contact us online!
|Beware of These Harmful Building Materials During Spring Renos
Beware of These Harmful Building Materials During Spring Renos
The sun is shining again! That means it’s go-time for reno season!
If you’re like most homeowners, the first signs of spring mean it’s time to put all those cooped-up ideas into action. Whether it's redoing your flooring, building that deck or painting the cabinets!
But be careful!
While hammering away, it’s important to consider the materials and processes you use.
Many homeowners have no idea of the impact these materials/processes have on their indoor air quality. And it’s a bigger deal than you think!
Many building materials, products and processes can become a health hazard. That’s why you must know what materials you’re dealing with and how each can affect you.
Are you getting ready to start your first spring project? If so, keep reading!
Harmful Building Materials, Products and Processes
When planning a home project, indoor air quality probably isn't your first thought.
But we’re hoping that after reading this, you’ll be more aware of the potential hazards.
Whether you’re an expert builder or new to the trade, there is always so much to learn. And it’s up to you to ensure you have the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about the health of your home.
So don’t go tearing down walls just yet!
If you’re planning on installing drywall, this one’s a doozy!
Installing drywall dust is messy and time-consuming. While the results or beautiful, the process is anything but.
With all that dust in the air, it’s easy to imagine the effects it can have on your indoor air quality.
There is a safe exposure limit of 15 mg/m3 - set by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). But according to a recent evaluation by NIOSH HHE, drywall sanders get 10 times that exposure!
This makes them even more vulnerable!
Health Effects of Inhaling Drywall Dust:
- Lung Irritation
- Lung Inflammation
- Respiratory Difficulties
Another common thing you’ll see floating around the air during renovations is wood dust.
Wood dust becomes airborne during processes like sawing and sanding. You can typically prevent exposure to it with effective Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). But don’t forget to wear the equipment during the cleaning process too!
Exposure can happen directly during the process and indirectly when cleaning the area.
Health Effects of Wood Dust Exposure:
- Skin Irritation
- Respiratory issues
Chemicals in Building Materials and Processes
When preparing for a project, you look for the most durable materials. This ensures that the result is sturdy and safe.
But many people don’t realize that the sturdiness of their materials is only one safety aspect.
The other lies in the installation or deconstruction processes, and how they affect air quality.
The installation process usually requires the use of adhesives, sealants and coatings. These products almost always emit VOCs during and after their installation. While some are harmless, others are odorous, irritating or toxic.
During the deconstruction process, you may have to disturb some of these hazardous materials. While they are harmless if left untouched, disturbing them isn't safe. This can cause harmful particles to become airborne.
Below is a list of some common chemicals in building materials and processes.
Formaldehyde in Laminate Flooring
Certain types of laminate flooring off-gas formaldehyde - an odorous and flammable chemical.
This chemical exists naturally in the air at low levels (less than 0.03 ppm). And most people have no problems when exposed to it. But others can experience irritation to their eyes, nose, throat, airways and skin.
Scientists also linked high levels of formaldehyde over many years to rare nose and throat cancers in workers.
Thankfully, the exposure in laying a laminate floor isn't enough to severely harm you.
Note: Do you have laminate flooring in your home made in China between 2012-2014? If so, we recommend assessing your health immediately. The CDC and ATSDR only evaluated certain types of this flooring. That means they may not all be safe for your home.
Off-Gassing Solvents in Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is another synthetic material replicating a wooden floor.
With this type of flooring, you’ll want to be extremely careful with the installation process.
Most installation processes are harmless. But others emit of-gassing solvents that can affect your air quality and health.
Asbestos in Popcorn Ceiling and Insulation
Asbestos is a heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral.
Popular placements for this material were popcorn ceilings and home insulation between 1950-1980.
When left undisturbed and isolated, this material is harmless.
But if disturbed (handled, sawed, or sanded), this material can become a health hazard.
If you have asbestos in your home, only allow a professional to remove it.
Lead in Old Paint
Don't start painting or stripping paint just yet! You must first be mindful of the potential hazards.
If you’re planning on stripping old paint in a house built before 1978, there’s lead air pollution to worry about.
Lead is toxic metal with zero safe level of exposure.
You typically have nothing to worry about if you leave the paint untouched and it is in good condition. But if you scrape the paint off or it becomes chipped, the harmful particles become airborne.
Lead is extremely dangerous - causing lead poisoning in almost every system of the body.
Harmful Effects of Lead Exposure:
- Behavioural Problems
- Reduced Cognitive Function
- Brain and Kidney Damage
If you plan to remove lead paint from your home, take the necessary safety precautions. Only allow a trained professional to remove it.
Protect Your Indoor Air Quality This Reno Season
Your indoor air quality is vital to the health of your family and home.
Now that you know what you’re up against, you’re more prepared to get the job done safely!
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|Important Things To Consider When Building a New Home
Important Things To Consider When Building a New Home
Happy home-building season!
If you’re building your new home, this article is for you.
New home construction involves countless, timely decisions. From outlet placement to kitchen cabinets and home layout, there’s always a decision to make.
The fun part is deciding what your dream home will look like. The downside is how much time you’ll spend in the selection process.
Let’s be honest. Once you browse 50 different flooring choices, they all start to meld together. Suddenly, choosing the best features for your new home becomes stressful and time-consuming.
Thankfully, we can help take some of the load off!
While we aren’t homebuilders, we play a vital role in setting up the major systems within your new home.
Our team of professionals handles everything from whole-home HVAC to your patio barbecue!
It's our goal to help keep your project moving forward - on schedule and within your budget. We also offer expert guidance and advice for important decisions along the way!
Keep reading to learn how Campeau Heating can help you make your dream home come true.
Get a free quote on new home HVAC design and installation!
New Home Heating and Cooling
Your brand-new home deserves unmatched comfort, efficiency and reliability.
That’s why our team equips homeowners with only the best in Sudbury heating and cooling systems.
Our Heating Options:
- Gas Furnace
- Oil Furnace
- Electric Furnace
Browse our heating units.
Our Cooling Options
- Central Air
- High Velocity
Browse our cooling units.
If you’re installing central heating and cooling, there are a few extra factors you’ll need to consider.
Beyond system selection, you’ll also need to plan the unit size, placement, and ductwork layout.
The ideal system size for your home varies according to:
- The structure and size of your home.
- Your lifestyle.
- Your heating/cooling needs and preferences.
Ideal unit placement usually depends on electrical access and soundproofing.
Lastly, when deciding on the ductwork layout, you’ll need to consider how to:
- Plan the most direct route.
- Conserve the most energy.
- Save the most space.
- Reduce as much noise as possible.
Not sure where to begin?
Don’t worry - we’ll handle the majority of these decisions for you, so you can focus on the big picture.
We may need to consult your construction and electrical team throughout this process. But we’ll do our best to make the process as straightforward and stress-free for you as possible.
Learn more about the New Home Construction HVAC process!
New Home Indoor Air Quality
Another major factor to consider in your new home construction is indoor air quality.
Right now, your home is probably covered in sawdust and totally roofless. So this may seem like a topic you don’t really need to think about for a while.
But think again!
It’s never too early to start looking into the air quality of your forever home.
After all, that’s the air you, your family and your friends will breathe in. It should be as clean and safe as possible.
With a new home built, you have a unique opportunity to prevent poor indoor air quality. Rather than battle it.
But to achieve that, you’ll need to consider:
- Using building materials that are low-emitting.
- Ensuring proper ventilation in the structure of your home.
- Preventing moisture leaks in ceilings, windows, etc.
- Installing indoor air quality products.
Our indoor air quality experts at Campeau Heating help you create a healthy home environment.
Our Indoor Air Quality Products:
- Aldes HRV
- Napoleon HRV
- Napoleon UVC
- Cinquartz Filtration
- Electro Air 3-IN-1 TRUE HEPA, UVC & PCO AIR CLEANER
Browse our indoor air quality products.
New Home Backup Power System
Preparing your new home with all the latest HVAC systems is great. But what happens during a power outage?
Power outages are unpredictable and inconvenient. They happen at the worst times - leaving you without the essential systems in your home.
No heating. No fridge or freezer. No cooking appliances. No sump pump. No running water.
That’s why we always recommend installing a reliable backup generator!
At Campeau Heating, we supply only the best in backup power. That’s why we work with Kohler generators!
Kohler designs these generators for ultimate efficiency, durability and reliability.
Browse Our Kohler Generators.
Not sure which size best fits your power needs? We can help!
New Home Outdoor Systems
If you live in Sudbury, Ontario, you know how stunning the landscape is. With all the gorgeous lakes, hills and rock faces, it’s incredible!
We love the outdoors. In fact, we can’t get enough of it!
That’s why we’ve helped homeowners extend their patio season with outdoor products!
Outdoor Fireplaces & Pits
Outdoor fireplaces are a gorgeous addition to your new home build. Not only are they 100% practical, but they also increase your home value and its aesthetic appeal!
Installing an outdoor fireplace can:
- Expand your personal living space.
- Give yourself more room to host friends and family.
- Extend your seasonal enjoyment.
You can shop our selection of Heat and Glo and Napoleon online!
Browse Our Outdoor Rireplaces.
Another way to enjoy the great outdoors is by extending your kitchen outside!
We recommend investing in patio furniture, a picnic table and a good quality barbecue! This creates a great outdoor atmosphere that you and your guests will love.
Our Napoleon Barbecue Selection:
- Gas Grills
- Charcoal Grills
- Built-in Gas Grills
- Portable Grills
Shop Our Napoleon Barbecues.
Complete Your New Home Construction Project With Campeau Heating
Congratulations on your new home build!
Building your dream home is an exciting time for you and your family.
We are so excited to be a part of it!
To get started, call us at 705-560-2441 or contact us online.
|Your 2023 Spring Cleaning Guide - IAQ and HVAC Sudbury
Your 2023 Spring Cleaning Guide - IAQ and HVAC Sudbury
It’s official… Spring is here!
This winter seemed to take forever to end. With a lengthy start to the season, an early thaw and an unexpected cold front - we thought we’d never see the light of a Spring day again!
Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. The weather is finally starting to warm up!
And we all know what that means…
Let the spring cleaning begin!
In today’s blog article, we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty - literally.
Welcome to your 2023 spring cleaning guide! We have everything you need to know about prepping your indoor air quality (IAQ) and HVAC for the Sudbury spring season ahead.
Let’s dive in!
Change Your HVAC Filter
First up is your HVAC filter. This thing gets dirty, fast!
After trapping pollutants all winter long, it’s bound to be grimy and gross.
Hair, dust, pet dander and dirt quickly clog a filter - making your system work extra hard to push air through.
This not only lowers the effectiveness of the system but also its energy efficiency.
Changing your air filter also helps improve your home's indoor air quality!
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing a dirty filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5-15%!
Not sure which filter your system needs? Give our team a call!
We help identify the best filter size and MERV rating.
Learn how to choose and care for your furnace filter at home!
Pro Tip: Now is the time to change the filters in all your equipment - vacuums, dryer lint screens, exhaust fan grilles, etc.
Book a Duct Cleaning
Next up, your ducts!
Much like HVAC filters, ductwork collects harmful contaminants over time. But unlike a filter, your ductwork is not so easily replaced.
And thank goodness for that! Replacing ductwork every 2-3 years would really rack up your HVAC repair bills!
The obvious solution is to then clean them. But it’s not like you can climb in on your hands and knees as if it were a tunnel either.
That’s where professional duct cleaning comes in!
This process can boost your IAQ and increase the energy efficiency of your HVAC system.
Duct cleaning services remove grime, mould and other contaminants. They leave your ducts ready to circulate clean air for another 2-3 years!
Clean Vents and Registers
We’re working our way out!
After you’ve cleaned your ductwork internally, it’s time to focus on the entry points - your vents and registers.
To clean them, simply remove the registers, wipe them down, and clear out the debris.
If you have little ones running around, or even pets, this particular task might give you a good laugh!
We can’t tell you how often we’ve found strange objects lingering in these little pockets of your home.
We’ve found everything from toys, to marbles, to socks, to birthday cards! Seriously.
And, as you can probably guess, all these tiny objects can obstruct the airways of your home.
Clean Outdoor A/C Unit
Your actual A/C unit is next on the list!
If you read our blog on how to shut down your A/C for the winter, your outdoor unit is most likely well-covered.
This cover helps protect your unit from ice, snow and other debris over the fall and winter seasons.
But this cover doesn’t completely stop nature from getting in.
Dirt, leaves, seeds and twigs could still clog your system - preventing peak efficiency.
Here’s how to clean it!
- Turn the power off.
- Use a vacuum to dust off the fins (we recommend a soft brush attachment.
- Hose off the fins.
- Let the unit dry.
- Restore power!
Clear Around The Condenser
Cleaning AROUND the condenser is just as crucial as cleaning INSIDE it.
Even during winter, weeds and shrubs grow. Removing all organic matter surrounding the unit helps prevent obstruction to airflow.
How far out should you clear?
We recommend clearing a two-foot radius surrounding the unit.
It’s also helpful to place mulch, bricks, gravel or stones around the unit to prevent further growth!
Replace Batteries in Detectors
When was the last time you checked the batteries in your home detectors? This includes your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors.
Since we don’t necessarily hear these devices sound their alarms very often, it’s easy to forget they even exist.
That is until you really need them.
Check and replace the batteries on each device in your home to keep your family and home well-protected!
Install a Whole-Home Ventilation System
Shop IAQ Products
Now onto your indoor air quality (IAQ).
Let’s be honest.
We’re all longing for fresh air after a long winter spent hibernating indoors. But opening the windows just isn’t an option because…well…ALLERGY SEASON!
How do you circulate fresh air in your home without bringing in pollen, dust and other allergens?
By installing a whole-home ventilation system!
Ventilation systems remove stale air and bring in fresh air through depressurizing.
Ventilation oxygenates your indoor air while also removing pollutants, odours and excess moisture.
Install an Air Purifier
Shop IAQ Products
Another great indoor air quality system to invest in this spring is an air purifier. These systems pull in the air - trapping pollutants in the process.
The now clean air is then recirculated back into your indoor air.
This helps to increase the health of your indoor air - improving your breathing, sleep, allergy symptoms, etc.
Check The Humidity Levels
Humidity is both necessary and risky.
Our bodies need moisture to properly function. But too much can also present health risks - like dehydration, dry and irritated skin, and nosebleeds.
Low humidity can also cause wood to crack, splinter and shrink in your home. This puts your hardwood, furniture and even musical instruments at risk.
High humidity encourages mould growth in your home too - risking its structural integrity.
That’s why we recommend monitoring and controlling your home humidity levels.
One way to do this is by installing a whole home ventilation system!
With this system, you can ensure your humidity stays within the recommended 30-50%.
Stay Tuned This Spring For More IAQ and HVAC Sudbury Tips!
Looking for more practical tips on keeping up with your indoor air quality and HVAC systems? We post a new blog every other week!
We fill each blog post with expert advice from our Campeau Heating technicians. So you always get the best, first-hand advice.
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|Is Geothermal The Best Sudbury Heating and Cooling System?
Is Geothermal The Best Sudbury Heating and Cooling System?
Finding the best heating and cooling system takes lots of time and effort.
After all, there are so many factors to consider!
- How much do you plan to spend on upfront costs?
- How much do you hope to save in the long run?
- Are you looking for a system that does both heating and cooling?
- Do you want a system that has less of an impact on the environment?
These are just a few questions you should ask yourself before buying a new HVAC system.
Your answers help guide your search - making it 10x easier to find the perfect fit!
As an expert Sudbury heating and cooling company, we can help make that process even simpler!
Our Campeau Heating technicians bring years of experience to expertise to every job.
It’s our goal to ensure you have the best HVAC system for your unique needs, lifestyle and budget!
In previous articles, we’ve discussed the benefits of a Napoleon Propane Fireplace, Napoleon Wood Stove, Air Source Heat Pump, etc.
All to give you the knowledge you need to make the best decision for your home.
In this article, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about a geothermal system!
> Is it really the best in energy efficiency?
> What’s the return on investment?
> How much will you actually save by switching to a heat pump?
Keep reading to find out!
What Is Geothermal Energy?
Geothermal energy is heat energy from the earth.
So, in essence, the earth is like a mega-battery!
The thermal (heat) energy stored within it comes from,
- Solar energy radiating from the sun, and
- Thermal energy radiating from the earth’s core.
This combination allows the earth to maintain a near-constant below-ground temperature. This means the temperature a few feet below the earth’s surface stays relatively consistent. Regardless of the time of year!
This reliable thermal energy is a powerful and renewable resource! Heating and cooling technologies can harness and transfer it directly to your home.
All we have to do is plug into this natural resource!
How Does Geothermal Heating and Cooling Work?
When asked for environmentally-friendly Sudbury heating and cooling, we show this system!
A geothermal system can provide heating and cooling without any extra parts!
The geothermal system uses three components to access this year-round thermal energy:
- Outdoor Ground Loops
- Heat Pump
- Indoor Distribution System
The outdoor ground loops are what absorb the heat from the earth. We install these loops a few feet below the earth’s surface and fill them with fluid (water and antifreeze).
During the winter, this fluid travels through the loops, absorbing thermal energy and carrying it to the heat pump. Here, the heat pump transfers the heat to your home through your distribution system.
During the Summer, the system draws heat energy from the air in your home. Your heat pump then transfers that heat to the fluid in the ground loops. From there, the earth then reabsorbs it.
And voila! Your home is essentially using your yard to heat and cool your home!
Note: Your geothermal system also requires electricity to operate.
Is Geothermal as Energy-Efficient As They Say?
We’ve already mentioned that geothermal energy is 100% renewable and essentially unlimited.
But we didn’t mention that it also has an efficiency rating of up to 400%!
For each unit of electricity used, the system provides three to four units of heat energy in return. And that efficiency directly reflects on your energy bills!
How Much Can a Geothermal Heat Pump Actually Save You?
The exact amount a geothermal system saves you depends on many factors. This includes your home, geographic location, heating/cooling usage, etc.
But the estimated savings for the average home are incredible!
Compared to conventional systems, homeowners can reduce annual energy savings quite drastically. In heating mode, the estimated annual energy savings are typically between 30-70%. In cooling mode, the estimated savings are between 20-50%!
Are you looking for a Sudbury heating and cooling system that can help lower your energy bills?
Talk to our Campeau Heating technicians today for a free geothermal quote!
Top Advantages and Disadvantages of Geothermal Heating and Cooling
Still not sure if geothermal is the way to go?
Below are the top advantages and disadvantages of a geothermal heating and cooling system!
Advantages of Geothermal
- Energy Efficiency
- Low Operating Cost
- Healthy Indoor Air Quality
- Reduced Carbon Footprint
- Optimal Heating Safety and Home Comfort
Disadvantages of Geothermal
- High Upfront Costs
- Site Dependence
- Landscaping Disturbances
If you have any questions about the benefits and drawbacks of a geothermal system, give us a call!
Our technicians help you make the best heating and cooling decisions for your home. One that fits your lifestyle and budget needs.
With our help, we can ensure you’re getting the best system at the best cost!
Canada Greener Homes Grant: Save Up To $5600 On a New Geothermal Heat Pump!
The Government of Canada is helping Canadians make their homes more energy efficient in 2023!
The Canada Green Homes Grant Initiative helps homeowners effectively,
- Save money and
- Fight climate change!
GRANTS FROM $125 TO $5,000
UP TO $600
With a Greener Homes Grant, you can save up to $5600 on a new geothermal heat pump!
Get In Touch With Your Sudbury Heating and Cooling Experts!
Ready to start saving big on your heating and cooling this year?
Geothermal is one of the world’s greenest, most energy-efficient HVAC solutions!
Contact our Campeau Heating team today for a free quote on a new geothermal system!
You can call our office at 705-560-2441 or request a free quote online!
|4 Top Perks of a New Napoleon Propane Fireplace
4 Top Perks of a New Napoleon Propane Fireplace
Spring hasn’t entirely sprung yet in Sudbury, Ontario. In fact, tonight we’re supposed to reach a frigid drop of about -22 degrees!
Apparently, winter decided to stick around for just a bit longer.
Is your home heating ready to take another hit?
Today we discuss the top 4 perks of investing in a Napoleon propane fireplace.
Are they just as cost-effective, durable and efficient as everyone says?
Keep reading to find out!
Psst…don’t forget about our 20% Off In-Store Showroom Sale. All fireplaces and air conditioners are on discount and ready to install!
Preparing For Unpredictable Northern Ontario Weather
If you live in the area, you can confirm the unfortunate fact that Northern Ontario weather is a bit unpredictable.
And by a bit, we mean a lot!
One moment it’s sunny and warming up. The next moment it’s a blizzard with multiple weather warnings blinking at us!
Our last blog shared the best time to shop for a new air conditioner.
We talked about the sudden cold snap that reached record lows. And we stressed the importance of preparing for these bizarre weather changes in the future.
We also explained how the constantly changing temperature tells us two things:
You never know when extreme weather will hit, and
You should always prepare for the day that it does.
Due to the weather, it’s next to impossible to plan even the coming afternoon, let alone the weekend. But it’s 100% possible to ensure your home is ready for whatever Mother Nature surprises you with.
And in the middle of a frigid winter, that starts with your heating!
Below are 4 top perks of installing a Napoleon Propane Fireplace:
Dependable Heating - With or Without Power!
Power outages in Ontario are sadly more common than we’d all like.
Doesn’t matter what season - Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall - there’s always a risk of the power going out.
This could be due to wind, snow, ice, rain, hail, etc.
The important thing is to have your house ready for an outage at any time!
Last month, we discussed preparing your home for a power outage. We mentioned packing emergency kits and installing a backup generator.
Another great way to prepare your home is by installing an outage-proof heat source - like a Napoleon propane fireplace!
This type of heat doesn’t rely on electricity to operate.
So whether the power goes out or not, you always have a dependable heating system.
A Napoleon propane fireplace is a great zone-heating solution!
Zone heating is the ability to control the temperature of a specific area. This type of heating is often used to maximize comfort room by room and to minimize energy costs.
Most fireplaces aren’t connected to ductwork, meaning they do not heat your entire home. This is why homeowners typically use them as supplemental heating - an addition to their furnace, heat pump or another whole-home system.
Rooms that usually utilize zone heating include living rooms, bedrooms, apartments, and basements.
A basement apartment is a great example of a space that would benefit from zone heating. The residents of the basement apartment can customize their heating settings to fit their specific preferences. And those settings won't affect those upstairs.
It’s the perfect compromise!
Easy, Convenient Heating
Nothing compares with instant heat at the touch of a button!
Propane furnaces require very little maintenance and upkeep. In fact, there’s no stoking involved whatsoever!
Wood fireplaces require wood-chopping, fire-starting and constant stoking. But a propane fireplace can simply turn on and off as you wish.
You can even program it with a thermostat!
So even if you lose power in the middle of the night, your propane fireplace can kick in without you even noticing.
With a Napoleon Propane Fireplace, you don’t even have to worry about fuel refills. Most propane tanks actually alert your propane company when they’re low. The company then comes to refill your tanks - no questions asked!
Clean & Safe Heating
If you’re looking for a clean and safe heating solution for your home, we highly recommend propane fireplaces.
Wood-burning fireplaces have an open flame and can emit fine particulate matter. This can cause allergies, asthma and other respiratory issues.
Propane furnaces have a contained flame that’s protected by a glass facing. They also burn clean since propane is a clean-burning fuel.
This makes the Napoleon propane fireplace a clean and safe heating source for the whole family!
Discover more benefits of a Napoleon propane Fireplace!
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Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, offers only the best in home heating solutions.
Need help finding a propane furnace that fits your home, budget and lifestyle?
Give our fireplace experts a call!
You can reach our office at 705-560-2441 or contact us online!
And don’t forget about our In-Store Showroom Sale!
Our BIG Winter Showroom Sale is ON NOW!
We’re revamping our showroom!
That means BIG DISCOUNTS and ZERO WAIT TIMES.
Save Big On Hearth Fireplace Displays, and Get 20% OFF All Fireplaces & Air Conditioners - IN STORE ONLY!
All discounted items are IN-STOCK and READY TO INSTALL!
HURRY IN TO SAVE BIG!
Visit our showroom today at 2288 Lasalle Blvd., Sudbury, ON.
*Offer ends February 28th, 2023.
*Discount applies in-store only.
*Restrictions may apply.
|When To Shop For a New A/C? During Our Big Winter Sale!
When To Shop For a New A/C? During Our Big Winter Sale!
When is the best time to shop for a new air conditioner?
With the recent record-low temperatures in Ontario, A/C is probably the furthest thing from your mind.
Sudbury alone reached a low of -37.1 C during the cold snap! Only a few degrees from the city's coldest recorded day - January 10, 1982, at -39.3 C.
But while that sudden cold snap came out of nowhere, the sudden thaw also came as a surprise.
Temperatures rose to as high as +3 C a few days later!
This teeter-tottering temperature tells us two things:
- You never know when extreme weather will hit, and
- You should always prepare for the day that it does.
So, to answer your question, the best time to shop for an air conditioner isn’t in the summer. It’s not even in spring when air conditioning is a hot topic (pun intended).
It’s right now - during our winter Showroom Sale!
Our BIG Winter Showroom Sale is ON NOW!
We’re revamping our showroom!
That means BIG DISCOUNTS and ZERO WAIT TIMES.
Save Big On Hearth Fireplace Displays, and Get 20% OFF All Fireplaces & Air Conditioners - IN STORE ONLY!
All discounted items are IN-STOCK and READY TO INSTALL!
HURRY IN TO SAVE BIG!
Visit our showroom today at 2288 Lasalle Blvd., Sudbury, ON.
*Offer ends February 28th, 2023.
*Discount applies in-store only.
*Restrictions may apply.
Why Buy An Air Conditioner During The Winter?
The demand for air conditioners is at its lowest during the off-season. That's why now is the best time to get shopping!
There are so many cooling options. And with very few people in line, you get the first pick!
This gives you ample time to research, find your perfect system and get the best deal!
With our showroom sale, you can get the best A/C for your home AND your budget.
Not sure if you need a new air conditioner this year?
Below are seven signs that your A/C is about to call it quits!
5 Signs You Need a New Air Conditioner
Think back to last summer when you had your A/C running. Do any of the below signs sound familiar?
1. Ineffective Cooling
Was your air conditioner failing to do the one thing it’s supposed to be good at - cooling your home?
Ineffective cooling is a clear sign that you need to either,
a) Schedule maintenance or
b) Invest in a new air conditioner.
2. Old Age
How old is your air conditioner?
Most A/Cs can last up to 10 years! But once they’ve reached that decade point, it’s time for an upgrade.
A new cooling system will ensure you’re cooling is energy-efficient, affordable and high-performance!
3. Constant Breakdowns
How often did your A/C break down?
Constant breakdowns point to an unreliable system.
If Canadian weather has taught us anything, having a reliable system is imperative.
You never know when a cold snap or heat wave will hit! And we should always prepare ourselves and our homes for the unexpected!
The last thing anyone needs during a sudden heat wave is an unreliable air conditioner. This puts your family and pets at risk!
You’ll also have to shop with hundreds of other homeowners with the same issue.
Demand goes up, prices go up, and you have no choice but to either survive the heat or make the costly investment.
A new system installed before summer hits can help you avoid that dangerous disaster!
4. Frequent and Costly Repairs
How frequently did you have to call for air conditioner maintenance?
The occasional A/C maintenance appointment is not alarming. But if those appointments become more frequent and costly, you may have a bigger problem.
Eventually, bandaid fixes won’t work - leaving you with a broken system at the worst possible time.
5. High Energy Bills
Was your air conditioning suddenly costing a fortune to run?
This could be because your system is no longer running at peak performance.
Older systems are typically less energy-efficient than newer ones. And if you’re system is suddenly costing even more to run, it could be on its last legs.
A new air conditioning system can help you lower your energy consumption and save money!
Which Air Conditioner Is Best For Your Home?
If any of the above signs match your system, it’s time to explore your options. The right air conditioner should fit your home, family, lifestyle and budget. No exceptions!
Our big Showroom Sale happens to have all our air conditioners at a 20% discount!
Stop by our showroom today to speak to our A/C experts and find the perfect cooling solution.
Below are some of the options we have available!
Shop Central A/Cs Here
Our central air conditioning systems cool your entire home from one central location.
Benefits of a Central Air System:
- Quick cooling
- Whole home comfort
- Improved aesthetics
- Cleaner indoor air quality
- Low maintenance
Shop Ductless A/Cs Here
Our ductless air conditioning systems offer zoned cooling. These units are typically installed in cottages, basements, add-ons, apartments, etc.
Benefits of a Central Air System:
- Quiet operation
- Personalized comfort
- Easy installation
- Saves space
- Reduced carbon footprint
Shop High-Velocity A/Cs Here
Our high-velocity air conditioning systems move air 4x faster than a traditional A/C.
Benefits of a High-Velocity System:
- Improved humidity control
- Quiet operation
- Easy installation
- Improved energy efficiency
Hurry Into Our Showroom To Save Big!
Looking for the best air conditioning in Sudbury, Ontario? You found it!
Campeau Heating continues to offer only the best in performance and efficiency. Come on in and chat with our team of A/C experts today!
Showroom Address: 2288 Lasalle Blvd., Sudbury, ON.
Please note that our Showroom Sale is happening IN STORE ONLY.
|My Water Heater Broke Down In The Middle Of Winter! What Now?
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
- Turn off the power to your tank
- Turn off the cold water supply to the tank.
- Take a picture of the situation (you’ll need this to make an insurance claim).
- Drain the water.
- 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:
- Your water heater may not have power.
- One of the heating elements could have failed.
- 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:
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.
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
- Turn off the gas immediately (but don’t touch anything that could be the source of the ignition).
- Evacuate your home with your family and pets. Keep a safe distance from the house!
- 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.
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.
|Winter Power Outage in Sudbury, Ontario? Here's How To Prepare Your Home!
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:
- 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
- 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.
|24/7 Sudbury Furnace Repair To Keep You Warm Over The Holidays
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!
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.
|10 Tips To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter - For Less!
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!
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:
- Improve furnace efficiency.
- Optimize heating performance.
- 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:
- 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.
Book Furnace Care Here
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.
|Napoleon Gas Fireplaces: Benefits of Adding One In Your Home!
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
- Protect your home and appliances from the cold.
- 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!