|Before You Switch From Cooling To Heating in Sudbury, Ontario!
Before You Switch From Cooling To Heating in Sudbury, Ontario!
It’s official - fall arrives tomorrow!
Pumpkins and sweaters are in full swing. Kids are back in school. Thanksgiving and Halloween are just around the corner!
While we have mixed feelings about saying goodbye to summer, we can’t deny our excitement for fall.
After all, heating is in our name!
From fireplaces to furnaces, we work with all kinds of heating systems.
We wrote this article to get you in the cosy, fall mood and us hyped for the season ahead!
In it, you’ll find everything you need to know about switching from A/C to heat.
The Risk of Waiting For Cold Weather To Arrive
Powering up home heating in Sudbury, Ontario, isn’t usually a proactive thought. Unfortunately, homeowners don’t get a lot of warning before that first frost hits.
This typically means you wake up to a frigid morning - frantically trying to warm your home up.
While this frantic running around might work in a pinch, it’s not ideal. Not only are you left with the risk of bad air quality and an inefficient system, but you also put your plumbing at risk!
Frozen pipes are no joke. They can lead to some pricy plumbing repairs and even cause water damage to your home.
So, how do you ensure your switch from cooling to heating goes smoothly?
Start preparing today!
How To Prepare Your Heating System For a Smooth Start-Up
To some, it may seem quite early to start thinking of your heating. But we promise you it’s not!
Every year, our emergency repair team gets calls from stressed-out homeowners unprepared for the cold.
Thankfully, after a last-minute tuneup and a few plumbing repairs, they’re on their way! But not without a few unexpected bills…
Preparing your heating system in advance ensures:
- Peak Performance
- Optimal Functionality
- High Efficiency
- Fewer Repairs Throughout The Year
- Lower Heating Bills
- 24/7 System Reliability
Here’s how to get started!
1. Replace The Air Filter
We recommend replacing your air filter at least every 90 days.
Because a clean filter helps ensure a high-functioning system.
Not only does it keep your system moving air efficiently, but it also ensures that the air is clean.
Clogged air filters wreak havoc on your system and air quality - not a great start to the season!
How do you change your furnace filter on your own? We wrote a whole blog about caring for your furnace filter last year!
Give it a read, and call us if you have any questions.
2. Clear Away Obstructions
Everyone needs space to breathe - even your heating system!
The area you have to clear depends on which system you have.
For example, if you have a fireplace, you’ll want to ensure,
a) The area surrounding it is clear of fire hazards and
b) The chimney flue is clear to prevent smoke and soot in your home.
If you have a furnace, you’ll want to ensure,
a) No nearby clutter can cause a safety issue,
b) No nearby items can reduce airflow, and
c) No nearby products can emit fumes or cause a fire hazard.
What if you have a heat pump?
With a heat pump, you’ll want to focus on the outdoor unit. Here, you’ll ensure no nearby shrubs/bushes are reducing airflow and system performance.
If you have a heat pump, we recommend reading up on preparing your heat pump for peak performance this fall. While many steps are the same from system to system, there are a few specifics to note for a heat pump.
3. Clean Your Heating System
For optimal performance, you should also clean the internal components of your system.
This will, again, differ from system to system.
If you have a fireplace, you’ll need to clean the
- Glass Covering
We also recommend clearing the ash and scrubbing out grime with a bristol brush.
If you have a furnace, we recommend focusing your efforts on cleaning the
Cleaning these parts helps ensure the system runs smoothly. It also helps prevent that classic burning dust smell at the start of the year.
4. Clean Your Ductwork/Vents/Chimney
Next up, clean your ductwork, vents and chimney flues (depending on which system you have).
It’s crazy how much dust, dirt and grime pile up in these areas.
We recommend having your ducts and vents cleaned every 3-5 years. If you live in a dustier area (i.e. on a farm), you may want to up it to every 1-2 years.
Your chimney, on the other hand, should have an annual cleaning.
Typically, we’d recommend this cleaning in the spring, as the buildup is easier to clean then. However, if you missed it this last spring, you can still do it now!
5. Test Your Devices
Once your system is clean, it’s time to test things out.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First up is your carbon monoxide detector.
Psst…we actually recommend that you do this monthly!
To test it, press and hold the test button on the alarm. You should hear 4 beeps, a pause and then 4 beefs for 4-5 seconds (may differ for your specific model).
Don’t forget to change the batteries every 6 months!
Whether your smoke alarm is battery-powered or hardwired, it’s easy to test!
Just press the button on your smoke alarm and hold it down. If the alarm sounds, it’s good to go!
Like your CO detector, don’t forget to change your smoke alarm’s batteries every 6 months!
Turn your thermostat to heat and listen for your furnace to power up. If you hear it cycle on and feel the heat coming from your floor vents, it’s good to go!
If you don’t, it’s time to give our heating techs a call.
6. Schedule Your Fall Furnace Maintenance
Lastly, schedule your fall furnace tuneup!
This is typically a precautionary step that we recommend to
a) Ensure optimal performance all winter long,
b) Reduce the risk of unexpected repairs,
c) Help lower your heating bills.
It also helps elongate your system’s life span and ensure good air quality!
When To Switch From A/C To Heat
We recommend switching to heat when outdoor temperatures drop below 60 degrees. However, every home is different! Your heating preference might be slightly higher or lower than that.
The key is to ensure your heat is on before that first frost. This will help prevent plumbing repairs and water damage in your home!
Is it okay to switch between air conditioning and heating?
If you do it correctly, this shouldn’t be a problem!
- Always wait until your system completes its current cycle before switching.
- Don’t set your thermostat too high or low - this could cause unnecessary strain on your system.
What is the best temperature to set your thermostat in the fall/?
We all know the stress of high heating costs.
To help lower those unwelcome bills, we recommend using the following guide:
- Set your thermostat to 20 degrees C while you are home during the day.
- Set your thermostat to 17 degrees C overnight or when nobody is home.
Keeping your thermostat settings within this range ensures a safe and comfortable temperature. It also prevents unnecessarily stressing out your system or raising your heating bills.
More tips to help keep your home warm for less!
Things To Remember For When You First Turn The Heat Up
Here are a couple of things to remember when turning your system on for the first time:
Be Patient - Don’t Rush it!
A common mistake that many homeowners make is cranking the heat up right away.
This is not something we recommend, as it puts unnecessary strain on your furnace. This can leave you with a ridiculous furnace repair and heating bill!
Instead, we recommend taking the process slow. When temperatures start to drop, turn your A/C off.
Then, as it gets colder, turn the furnace on at a lower temperature. Slowly, over a few days, you can raise the temperature to your preference!
Don’t Ignore Strange Noises or Smells
During that first week of heat, we recommend paying close attention to the smells and sounds of your home. Does anything seem off?
Some furnace noises, like a pop, click or dull hum, are typical. But strange furnace noises, like shrieking or whistling, can point to a repair issue.
Smells, like must, rotten eggs or burning plastic, should also sound alarm bells in your mind.
Here are a few more furnace warning signs to look out for!
Start The Season Off Right With Campeau Heating
Ready for a warm and cosy fall season ahead?
Get in touch with our Campeau Heating technicians today! We ensure high efficiency and affordable heating in Sudbury homes all winter!
Call us at 705-560-2441 or contact us online!
|Prep Your Heat Pump For Peak Performance This Fall
Prep Your Heat Pump For Peak Performance This Winter
It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. After all, Sudbury experienced a crazy heat wave just a few days ago!
Heat warnings of 29 degrees Celsius sent us all running indoors to cool down. Thank goodness for well-working air conditioners!
We only had to make a few quick repair visits to help keep our clients cool during those sweltering days.
Thankfully, the rest of September looks to be cooling down. Highs of 22 degrees and lows of 11 degrees signal that summer is coming to a close. And while fall isn’t here yet, the coming cold is inevitable!
We’ve experienced too many surprise freezes over the years to leave you hanging this fall. Our team is here to help prepare your HVAC before that first frost hits.
In today’s article, we'll provide everything you need to know about prepping your heat pump for the cold. Keep reading to ensure your system operates at maximum efficiency and performance!
Heat Pumps Operate Differently In The Cold
Is this your first year with a heat pump? If so, congratulations on making the switch! Heat pumps are a great investment for your budget and the environment.
You probably know how your system operated over the summer months. But do you know how it works in the winter?
The cooling process is essentially reversed!
Instead of moving heat from the indoors to the outdoors, it transfers outdoor heat into your home.
Depending on the type of heat pump you have, your system extracts heat from the air, ground or water source.
Most basic heat pumps operate efficiently until -8 degrees. But there are also models that can work in temperatures as low as -30 degrees!
Learn More About How Heat Pumps Work Here.
7 Tips To Prepare Your Heat Pump For The Cold
October will be here before you know it! Our team has put together a quick list to help ensure your heat pump operates at peak performance throughout the cold season ahead.
Let’s get started!
1. Keep the area surrounding your heat pump unobstructed.
If you had a traditional A/C before installing a heat pump, you would have done this already. Typically, we recommend this simple care step for all outdoor units.
Shrubs, bushes and other debris can prevent your outdoor unit from operating correctly. These obstructions restrict airflow and can even cause damage to your system.
Keeping the area surrounding your outdoor HVAC unit clear is vital. It ensures maximum efficiency and proper airflow - resulting in better overall performance.
Note: Refer to your system manual for clearance recommendations on your specific model.
2. Protect your outdoor unit from the weather.
Besides keeping your unit clear of obstructions, you also want to protect it from the weather.
But be careful!
Traditional A/C coverings can actually obstruct airflow, just as a nearby shrub can.
For this reason, we don’t recommend traditional A/C coverings for your heat pump. Instead, we suggest installing a cover designed specifically by your unit’s manufacturer.
This cover will
a) Block your unit from falling snow and ice.
b) Act as a windbreaker.
3. Schedule preventative maintenance.
Next up, schedule your annual preventative maintenance visit!
While your heat pump is pretty self-sufficient, we do recommend booking a yearly visit.
During this maintenance visit, our techs will:
- Lubricate mechanical components.
- Measure refrigerant levels.
- Check/Fix any cracks and leaks.
- Inspect belts, pulleys and other parts.
- Replace the air filter.
- Inspect electrical wiring/connections.
- Inspect blower wheels and motors.
- Clean condenser coil fans.
- Flush out the drain line.
- Test heat pump controls.
- Check the defrost function.
- Monitor coil temperatures.
- Check safety features.
- Test the thermostat.
This may seem like an extensive list, but each is essential in
a) Ensuring maximum unit efficiency
b) Preventing mid-season breakdowns/failures, and
c_ Ensuring peak performance.
Book your fall preventative maintenance visit with our Campeau Heating team today!
4. Clean your ductwork.
Since a heat pump is a form of whole-house heating and cooling, your ducts will also need a thorough cleaning.
This maintenance step is typically forgotten (or avoided) by most homeowners. After all, out of sight, out of mind, right?
The longer you wait to clean your ducts, the worse your air quality will be.
Over time, dust and debris start to accumulate in your ductwork. This can worsen the air quality in your home and cause your system to work harder - lowering efficiency.
Our Campeau Heating team recommends cleaning your ducts every 3-5 years.
5. Clean your air vents and registers.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to clean your air vents/ and registers too!
You’d be surprised how grimy these can get over time. Unfortunately, it’s just another one of those tasks easily put on the back burner.
However, the good thing about this job is that it doesn’t need a routine schedule. Cleaning your air vents and registers is typically done on an as-needed basis.
6. Replace your air filter.
If you’ve already scheduled your preventative maintenance visit, skip this step! Your techs will take care of your filter switch for you.
However, if you aren’t scheduling a maintenance visit this fall, listen up!
Changing your air filter at least every 90 days is crucial for good air quality and system efficiency. This simple step prevents system failure, lowers energy bills and removes health risks.
7. Change your thermostat from “cool” to “heat”.
The final step is switching your thermostat from automatic cooling to automatic heating. This switch reverses the valve inside your heat pump - causing it to work in reverse. Instead of pulling heat from the indoors to the outdoors, it will do the opposite!
Remember, a heat pump isn’t a furnace. You may notice that air from your vents seems cooler than typical furnace heat. This is normal!
Heat pumps transfer heat rather than create it. So, while the warmth you feel may seem minimal, it is highly efficient.
Beware of Your Heat Pump’s Defrost Cycle
You'll typically notice the defrost cycle kick on in -30-degree weather.
The purpose of the defrost cycle is to remove layers of ice covering your outdoor unit.
We usually warn our heat pump customers about this function, since it can seem unnatural. But, this function is actually automatic and 100% necessary.
It's also typically not something you need to worry about. But you should know when it isn’t working correctly.
If the defrost cycle operates correctly, the process will take about 10-15 minutes. During this time, you’ll probably also notice that the air from your vents feels cool.
Don’t worry! It’ll heat back up soon.
If the defrost cycle isn’t operating correctly, you may notice two things:
a) There is a large amount of ice covering your heat pump. This would mean the system failed to remove the ice automatically.
b) The defrost cycle kicks on too often. This could point to an inefficient system or a necessary repair.
If either of these things happens, call your Campeau Heating technician!
Get In Touch
Are you ready for the fall season ahead? Our team ensures your HVAC is ready to keep you and your family warm all season long.
Preparing your heat pump for the cold ensures peak:
- Savings and
Need help prepping your system? Give us a call at 705-560-2441 or contact us online!
Don't have a heat pump yet, but looking to install one? Learn how you can save $5600 on a new heat pump with the Canada Greener Homes Grant!
|Hybrid Heat Pumps: All-In-One Sudbury Heating and Cooling
Hybrid Heat Pumps: All-In-One Sudbury Heating and Cooling
Home heating is probably the furthest thing from your mind right now. After all, your AC is still running!
But there’s never been a better time to talk about the hybrid heat pump.
This system combines the heat pump with a furnace for unmatched energy efficiency.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one Sudbury heating and cooling solution, this is it!
Keep reading to discover how this system saves you energy and money.
What is a Hybrid Heat Pump?
You can think of a hybrid heat pump as a dual heating system. It uses both an electric heat pump and a furnace to operate.
The benefit of combining these units is your system alternates between them accordingly. It all depends on which is more efficient at the time!
This system intuitively knows when to use one unit over the other. The switch it makes depends on the season, necessary function and temperature.
Maximum energy efficiency and performance - year-round!
The Difference Between a Furnace, Heat Pump & Hybrid System
So, how does a hybrid system work?
To better understand how this system operates as a whole, you need to dive into how each unit works.
After all, they work together to create the optimal system! If one doesn’t work, the whole system will suffer.
First up is the furnace - the most common type of home heating system.
A traditional furnace provides heat by burning a fuel source - propane, natural gas, oil, etc.
As the furnace produces heat, it warms the existing air in your home. These systems are typically forced air, so they warm your home via ductwork and vents.
Standard furnaces typically reach 80% efficiency, while high-efficiency furnaces reach about 90%.
This efficiency rate isn’t terrible, but it’s also not optimal.
Furnaces generate heat with a flame - created when they burn a fuel source. This flame releases the byproduct carbon monoxide (CO), which, as you know, is unsafe to inhale. That's why all furnaces have a built-in venting system - to release these gasses outdoors.
The downside of this venting process is that as the CO releases outdoors, so does some of your heat. This wasted heat lowers your energy efficiency and ultimately reduces the unit's performance.
The heat pump is quickly becoming the more energy-efficient solution for home heating. They also have the unique ability to both heat and cool!
Instead of generating heat, heat pumps actually transfer it.
You’ve heard us talk about the geothermal heat pump before. This system transfers thermal energy (heat) from the ground to your home.
At Campeau Heating, we stock the Napoleon Hybrid Heat Pump.
During the summer, this heat pump acts as an air conditioner. It draws heat from inside your home and moves it outside.
During the spring & fall, heat pumps draw heat from outside and move it indoors.
Heat pumps are especially known for their exceptional energy efficiency. Did you know that they are over 100% efficient?
This means they can transfer more energy than they consume!
The downside of these units is that, the colder it gets, the harder they have to work. This can lead to lower energy efficiency and higher energy bills on super cold days.
A hybrid system combines the furnace with the heat pump - so you get the benefits of both systems in one!
These dual systems are great for Ontario homeowners.
As you know, Ontario experiences all four seasons to their full extent. Weather and temperature vary like crazy, especially up in Northern Ontario!
That’s why an efficient Sudbury heating and cooling system is so vital. It can make or break your budget!
A hybrid system selects the most efficient heating/cooling unit based on a series of factors. We mentioned these above, but they include things like temperature and season.
It then heats/cools your home as quickly and efficiently as possible. The goal is to ensure you don’t pay more than you need to for optimal home comfort.
Start Saving With a Hybrid Heat Pump
Did you know that 60% of the energy used in the average Canadian house is for home heating?
If you don’t yet own a home, you can imagine how quickly these costs can skyrocket.
If you do own a home, you’ve experienced those high energy bills firsthand!
At Campeau Heating, we always strive to provide our clients with HVAC products that,
a) Improve their home comfort, and
b) Increase their energy efficiency!
One without the other just isn’t realistic with our drastic Canadian temperatures.
You need a system that has your back - ensuring optimal home comfort without breaking the bank.
That’s where the hybrid heat pump comes in!
We like to think of this system as the future of Sudbury heating and cooling. It combines all the best features of both systems!
We’ve listed a few of these combined benefits below:
5 Benefits of a Hybrid Heat Pump
- Lower Carbon Footprint
- Efficient Heating
- Energy-Cost Resilient
- Easy Operation
- Year-Round Home Comfort
Canada Greener Homes Grant
Save up to $5,600 on a new heat pump!
The Government of Canada is helping Canadians increase energy efficiency in their homes, for less.
Their goal is to help you save money and fight climate change.
Here's how this helps you!
GRANTS FROM $125 TO $5,000
To get back a portion of your costs for eligible home retrofits.
UP TO $600
As a maximum contribution toward the total costs of your pre and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations.
Learn more about the Canada Greener Homes Grant.
Book Your Installation With Campeau Heating
Get ready for a more affordable home heating season!
Our Campeau Heating team ensures you get the most out of your Sudbury heating and cooling system.
Call us today at 705-560-2441 or get a free, online quote!
|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.
|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!
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|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!
|Is a Napoleon Wood Stove Really Worth The Investment For Your Home?
Is a Napoleon Wood Stove Really Worth The Investment For Your Home?
Wood stoves have been around for centuries, dating way back to the 1700s! Over the years, homeowners have used them for heating, cleaning, laundry and cooking. And for quite a few years, they were the only heat source in the home - even during frigid Northern Canadian winters!
Today, wood stoves have become one of the most cost-effective home heating methods. They are also renowned for their innovative designs, efficiency and emission control.
Since 1976, Napoleon has designed and enhanced wood stoves for peak performance and efficiency. Today, the Napoleon wood stove offers industry-leading technology that has revolutionized the market.
These stoves help you save on energy bills, lower your carbon footprint and ensure quality heat in your home.
Is the Napoleon wood stove a good investment for your Sudbury home or cottage? Keep reading to find out!
What is a Wood Stove? How Does It Work?
Wood stoves are an incredible invention requiring zero fossil fuels or electrical power. Instead, the user has to manually input wood and stoke the fire to keep it burning.
Wood stoves also provide zone heating instead of whole-home heating. While a typical home heating system uses ductwork and vents to heat an entire home, wood stoves rely on radiant heat to warm a smaller area or single room.
That’s why you can typically find wood stoves in small cottages, living rooms or basements.
How does a wood stove work?
A wood stove has 5 main parts, including the,
- Stove pipe
- Flue collar
- Air vent control
Each of these parts works together to,
a) Contain a well-burning wood fire,
b) Provide oxygen to help feed the fire,
c) Regulate airflow within the stove, and
e) Deposit smoke outdoors.
The result is efficient, clean heat for your home or cottage!
4 Reasons To Invest In a Napoleon Wood Stove This Winter
Installing a wood stove is a long-term investment that can actually pay you back in the long run. But is it really worth it?
Let’s find out!
Some homeowners choose to install a wood stove solely to fulfil their cozy cottage dreams. But others switch to wood for more practical reasons.
Mainly, the value they add to a home.
Besides their aesthetic appeal, wood stoves actually add incredible value to your home and lifestyle.
Below are 4 reasons why a Napoleon wood stove is a good investment:
1. They Use Clean, Renewable Energy To Operate
Wood is a clean, renewable fuel source that can lower your carbon footprint.
Many fuel sources used for home heating today are actually categorized as fossil fuels. This includes fuels like natural gas and oil. These non-renewable energy sources emit harmful air pollutants that can damage the environment.
Here in Northern Ontario, winters aren’t a gentle season. And many homes still rely on fossil fuels to provide that much-needed, reliable heating.
In fact, in 2019, 55% of Canadians used natural gas as their main source of heating fuel. And that same year, natural gas emissions caused a GHG intensity of 26.1 Mt of CO2e. In contrast, wood only caused 2.6!
This is because wood burning emits fewer pollutants than these other fossil fuel sources.
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) also began certifying wood stoves back in 1988. This ensured that wood stoves met specific efficiency and emission standards. Their goal today is to lessen the amount of wood needed to produce the most heat while reducing emissions.
Our S20 Napoleon wood stove features EPA 2020-certified wood-burning technology. This means it produces only 2.0 grams of smoke per hour!
2. They Lower Your Heating Bills.
Besides producing cleaner heat in your home, wood is also one of the cheapest energy sources.
It’s no secret that home heating is expensive.
Depending on the type of fuel you use, you could be spending thousands of dollars throughout a typical Northern Ontario winter.
A Napoleon wood stove can help lower your heating costs while still providing effective heat.
For one, wood is a much cheaper fuel alternative to oil, electricity, propane and even natural gas. And it’s even cheaper if you have access to a forest on your personal property.
Secondly, and as mentioned above, the EPA ensures more heat with less wood. So you can spend less on fuel and experience the same cozy warmth!
3. They Offer HIGHER-QUALITY Heat
The quality of heat you get from a Napoleon wood stove is unlike any other! Nothing beats the warm comfort and smell of a cozy wood fire on a cold winter’s evening!
As mentioned before, wood stoves rely on radiant heat rather than forced air. So as the wood stove heats up, it emits warmth from the front, sides and top - sending it out into the room for surrounding surfaces to absorb.
This heat is typically more efficient and direct than forced air heating. It eliminates the potential heat loss experienced in ductwork as warm air travels from room to room in your home.
Radiant heating also helps reduce the spread of allergens in your home, as forced air is not blowing these allergens around your indoor air.
4. They Ensure 24/7 Home Heating - Even During a Power Outage!
One of the most beneficial features of the Napoleon wood stove is that it doesn’t need electricity.
We explained earlier that wood stoves actually require manual input and upkeep to maintain a strong flame. And while this might seem less convenient to some, it’s actually quite the opposite!
If you live in Sudbury, Ontario, you know how extreme our winter seasons can get - with bitter winds, frigid temperatures and snow storms galore. The number of unexpected power outages we experience up North is crazy!
That’s where the wood stove comes in.
Because it doesn’t require electricity, your wood stove will continue to heat your home even if the power goes out.
This ensures your family stays warm and cozy all winter long!
Learn More About The Napoleon Wood Stove From Our Team at Campeau Heating!
Invest in your family’s warmth and comfort this winter with a Napoleon wood stove!
At Campeau Heating, we offer only the best in home heating. To learn more about our wood-burning options, give us a call!
You can reach our office at (705) 560-2441 or message us online!
|Screech! Clang! Don't Let These Spooky Furnace Noises Give You a Scare!
Screech! Clang! Don't Let These Spooky Furnace Noises Give You a Scare!
Everyone loves a good spook! Unless it comes from your furnace.
Your furnace should be silent and discreet - keeping your home warm and peaceful. But what if your furnace is all but silent?
What if screeching, rattling or humming sounds have taken over your peaceful home?
You’re left wondering what or who has moved in unannounced.
If you’re hearing any of these strange noises coming from your utility room, it might be time to turn the light on and take a quick peek.
Don’t worry! Our Sudbury furnace repair team can handle whatever you may find down there - no matter how scary it is.
Want to help crack the case and expose the culprit? Keep reading!
What’s Causing These Spooky Furnace Noises?
Although furnace noises can be spooky, they may also be your only key to discovering exactly what is lurking in your heating system.
Below is a list of the strangest sounds our Sudbury furnace repair team has heard over the years. Do any of them match the sounds you’ve been hearing?
Once you’ve identified the noise, you can then learn WHY it exists and HOW to get rid of it.
Got your detective hat on? Let’s go snooping!
Is it a high-pitched shrieking noise you’re hearing from your furnace? This is probably one of the more terrifying sounds your furnace can make. And definitely not one to ignore!
That shrieking could indicate several different things, including:
- A loose blower fan belt
- Loose shaft bearings
- Worn shaft bearings
- Blower motor damages
Most of these issues are easily fixed, as long you catch them in time! However, if ignored, they can quickly become more extensive.
Whistling sounds can be quite eerie, especially if nobody in your family tends to whistle.
But thankfully, it’s usually quite easy to find the source.
Typically, you can find the whistling culprit in either,
- A blocked or leaking air duct, or
- A dirty air filter.
Simply schedule a quick duct cleaning and repair service and/or change the furnace filter!
Do you hear rattling or rumbling sounds coming from your furnace unit? If so, you can pretty much assume a part inside your furnace has become loose.
The sound you hear is that part vibrating inside your unit - knocking into other elements and potentially causing even further damage to the system.
This part could be within the blower motor, heat exchanger, gas burners or surface ignitor.
And while the problem is easy to diagnose, we don’t recommend trying to fix it yourself. A certified Sudbury furnace repair technician has the tools, experience and know-how to get things tightened back up on your behalf.
Some popping sounds are normal, like the one you hear when your furnace kicks on. But others can point to a more serious problem - like a dirty igniter or burner.
If you’ve had your furnace for a while, there’s a high chance that sediment has begun piling up on the burners and/or igniter.
If you ignore this buildup, those popping sounds could be the ignition of that buildup.
As you can probably guess, this ignition can easily damage surrounding components - leaving quite the costly repairs in its wake.
Make sure you clean out this sediment buildup at least once per year.
Was that the sound of a gunshot? Or was it the sound of your ducts expanding and contracting?
As you kick on your furnace, the pressure can cause the ducts to expand quickly, releasing a loud bang or boom.
Then, as the pressure regulates, the ducts will contract, causing a second loud bang to occur.
If these are the sounds you’re hearing, you have nothing to worry about!
Most furnaces release a low humming sound when turned on. But it’s always good to investigate the sound before assuming it's harmless.
For example, if the humming sound is louder and more persistent than normal, there could be a much larger issue at hand.
Loud humming could indicate a problem in your blower fan or capacitor. And if left unchecked, the problem can quickly escalate to more than just a simple repair.
Two of the most spine-chilling sounds you can hear from your furnace are,
- Metal rubbing against metal, and
- Nails scraping on a chalkboard.
In fact, we’d probably be running the opposite direction of those sounds if not for the fact that they are clearly related to your furnace.
Both of these eerie noises can indicate many furnace issues, including:
- Worn out ball bearings
- A loose blower wheel
- A loose or broken fan
Needless to say, this sound should never go unchecked.
Our advice? Turn off your heat immediately and call your Sudbury furnace repair team!
Our Sudbury Furnace Repair Team Can Make These Sounds Disappear!
Are these mysterious furnace sounds keeping you up at night? Visiting a haunted house sounds fun, but living in one is entirely different.
Don’t let these furnace repairs come back to haunt you. Our Sudbury furnace repair team at Campeau Heating can make them disappear!
Call us today at (705) 560-2441 or schedule your furnace repair visit online.