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4 Types of Home Heating Options to Choose From

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4 Types of Home Heating Options to Choose From

And so the cold weather begins!

We’ve already experienced our first snow here in Sudbury, Ontario. 

Just this week, we received a weather advisory to keep off the roads in light of approaching snowfall.

Northern Ontario homeowners are bundling up for an intense winter season. From snow tires to insulation upgrades, Canadians are well on their way to preparing for winter.

Of course, one of the most crucial ways to prepare your home for winter is with the right Sudbury heating system. It should be reliable, affordable and support your lifestyle.

If you’re in the market for a heating upgrade, this article is for you!

Our home heating experts break down 4 different heating systems - from furnaces to heat pumps!

We ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision for your home. 

Psst…if you have questions or want a FREE QUOTE, don’t hesitate to contact our team!

1. Furnace

Forced air furnaces are central heating systems - meaning they heat the entire house from one unit.

Did you know that furnaces are the primary home heating system in Canada? Over half of Canadian households reported having a forced air furnace in 2021 (Statistics Canada). In Ontario, that number is even higher - at 75%!

Why is this type of heating so popular? Let’s find out!

How It Works:

Forced air furnaces burn fuel to produce heat. That heat then passes through a heat exchanger, making that component hot.

Air from your home is then blown over the hot heat exchanger - effectively warming it.

Distribution:

Once the air is warm, it is blown (forced) throughout your home using a system of ducts.

Top Advantage:

A central furnace system uses the same ductwork as a central cooling system. So you can hook both units up to the same distribution system for all-year-round comfort!

Top Disadvantage:

Depending on the type of fuel used, furnaces can cause a risk of risk of fire, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Available Fuel Types:

  • Natural Gas
  • Propane
  • Oil
  • Electricity

2. Fireplace

Fireplaces are gorgeous additions to your home. They can drastically elevate your living space, create a cosy atmosphere, and bring people together.

These systems also offer an effective solution for zone heating!

How It Works:

There are a few different types of fireplaces - gas, wood, electric, etc.

Essentially, a fireplace creates heat similarly to how a furnace does - by burning fuel.

Distribution:

The heat from a fireplace warms your home using radiant heat. Radiant heat warms objects and people in the room as they absorb it.

It’s the same type of heat you would feel from a bonfire or even from the sun! 

Top Advantage:

Fireplaces offer fast and effective zone heating. They are also a great form of supplementary heat or when certain areas of your home are colder than others.

Top Disadvantage:

Depending on the chosen fuel type, fireplaces involve a lot of upkeep and maintenance. They can also become extremely dirty.

Available Fuel Types:

  • Gas
  • Propane
  • Wood
  • Electricity

3. Boiler

A boiler is a unique water heating system. Instead of carrying heat in the air, boilers use water to distribute that heat into your home.

While boilers typically provide home heating, they have other uses too! Driveway, swimming pool and hot tub heating are just a few other uses!

How It Works:

Boilers heat water in a central boiler with your chosen fuel type. The heated water or steam produced in this process then travels through pipes to radiators or baseboard heaters in your home.

Once the water cools, it returns to the central boiler to reheat.

Related Article: How Do You Choose The Right HVAC Boiler For Your Home?

Distribution:

Boiler systems distribute heat by sending hot water through a network of pipes in your home. That water then radiates into your home!

Top Advantage:

Boilers are especially known for distributing even, consistent heating.

Top Disadvantage:

Boilers are only used for heating. They cannot cool - making the piping a bit useless for half the year.

Available Fuel Types:

  • Natural Gas
  • Oil
  • Propane
  • Electricity

4. Heat Pump

Heat pumps are an up-and-coming home heating and cooling technology. This HVAC system is quickly becoming the favourite for homeowners looking to save money.

How It Works:

There are a few different types of heat pumps, each relying on a different source.

Heat pumps collect thermal energy from water, the earth (geothermal) or the air. They then use that energy to heat your home.

Related Article: Your Energy-Efficient Answer to Year-Round Heating and Cooling

Distribution:

Heat pumps distribute heat throughout your home using ductwork. This makes them a form of central heating!

Top Advantage:

Because these systems transfer heat rather than create it, they can reach up to 400% efficiency!

Top Disadvantage:

These systems aren’t as effective in colder climates. Most heat pumps need a supplementary heating system installed as well. Electrical heating is usually a popular choice for a backup system.

At Campeau Heating, we offer a Hybrid Heat Pump that combines your existing HVAC system with a heat pump component. So you can heat and cool your home with gas, electricity, or both!

Related Article: Should You Replace Your Furnace With a Heat Pump?

Available Fuel Types:

  • Ground (Geothermal)
  • Air Source
  • Water Source

 

The Bottom Line

Your heating system is the backbone of your home.

We all know how unpredictable Sudbury’s winter weather can be. Ensuring you have the right system to support your home, family, and budget is crucial.

This is an important decision, and our team of heating experts is always here to help. We hope the above guide is helpful in your search for a heating upgrade.

Understanding how each system works and how each can benefit you can help further inform your decision. This information is especially helpful in saving time and money down the road.

 

Get a Free Quote!

At Campeau Heating, we ensure you have the best heating at the best cost. Get a free quote today on the heating system of your choice!

Call us at 705-560-2441 or request a quote online.

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Furnace Smells To Watch Out For & What To Do Next

Bad Furnace Smells

Furnace Smells To Watch Out For & What To Do Next

If you haven’t already cranked the heat up, you will soon! Ontario’s winter forecast is in, and it’s going to be a doozy! 

With low temperatures and lots of snow, homeowners are in for it. Better make sure your furnace is ready to take the hit! 

If you sense anything amiss with your heating system, now is the time to get it fixed. 

Speaking of which…

In this article, our Campeau Heating team explores some not-so-welcome furnace smells. If you’ve yet to turn your furnace on this year, you’ll want to keep these smells in mind. They are warning signs, after all, potentially pointing to bigger issues.

It’s our mission to help you catch these furnace smells before they turn into big repair bills!

 

Unsafe Furnace Smells & What To Do Next

These are the furnace smells you shouldn’t ignore - they could pose a threat to your health, HVAC equipment and home!

Chemicals (Formaldehyde)

First up is the smell of formaldehyde. 

Formaldehyde is a colourless chemical with a strong, almost pickle-like odour. 

At room temperature, this chemical becomes a gas, making it a volatile organic compound (VOC). 

Burning natural gas, gasoline, wood, tobacco and kerosene all produce formaldehyde. Your system should contain the smell unless there is a crack in your heat exchanger. 

While invisible to you, formaldehyde is quickly sensed by your body or environment. 

At low levels, it can irritate your nose, eyes and throat. 

At high levels, it can pose a fire hazard and cause your furnace to leak carbon monoxide.

What To Do:

Step 1. 

  • Turn your furnace off. 

Step 2. 

  • Evacuate immediately. 

Step 3. 

  • Call a professional. 

Rotten Eggs 

The smell of rotten eggs should sound alarm bells in your mind. This furnace smell is one you should always be aware of and on the watch for. 

Natural gas is a highly flammable material that can cause a huge fire hazard and gas poisoning. 

Because natural gas is odourless, suppliers treat it with something called mercaptan. Mercaptan is what gives off that distinctive rotten egg smell.

They treat the gas so a leak can be easily and quickly detected.

What To Do:

Step 1. 

  • Evacuate immediately. 

Step 2.

  • Call a professional and/or the fire department right away. 

Smoke 

If your furnace smells like smoke, this could mean you have a blocked chimney. If this happens, your furnace could start venting smoke through your air ducts and into your home! 

What To Do:

Step 1.

  • If the smell is faint, call a professional and open windows in your home to increase ventilation. 

Step 2. 

  • If the smell is strong, evacuate your home and then call a professional to handle the issue.

Burnt Electrical 

A burnt electrical smell could point to:

  • An overheated furnace.
  • Damaged rubber components.
  • Damaged metal components.

Each of these potential issues poses a safety risk in your home. So don’t ignore it! 

What To Do:

Step 1. 

  • Turn off your furnace right away. 

Step 2. 

  • Call a professional. 

Hot Metal

The smell of hot metal is like that of burning electrical. But typically, it has more of an iron scent.

This smell could point to an electrical issue or an overheating problem. 

What To Do:

Step 1. 

  • Call a professional. 

Burning Plastic

If your furnace smells like burning plastic, there’s typically a very obvious culprit in the way. 

The smell of burning or melting plastic typically points to exactly that - a piece of plastic next to or touching your furnace. 

It could be something as small as a dog toy left too close to your system!

What To Do:

Step 1.

  • If safe to do so, remove the plastic. If not, call a professional to do it for you!

 

Harmless Furnace Smells

These are the smells that you don’t need to worry about - they’re completely harmless! 

In most cases, these smells are natural to furnace operation. But if any of these smells are new to you or make you uncomfortable, we highly recommend giving us a call.

Our priority is always your safety, comfort and peace of mind. And our furnace experts work with these systems all day, every day. We know them in and out! 

We’ll let you know if the smell is safe or if it has escalated into something harmful. 

Mustiness 

Musty furnace smells are typically nothing to worry about. The cause is usually moisture trapped inside your furnace. This moisture and smell should both dissipate in a few hours.

If, however, the smell does not leave after a few hours, it may mean you have mould growing in your furnace. 

Because mould can be toxic, you should monitor this smell the minute you sense it. 

What To Do:

Step 1. 

  • If the smell lasts more than a few hours, call a professional. 

Burning Oil (Diesel)

The smell of burning oil typically points to a clogged furnace filter. Thankfully, this is one of the easiest smells to fix - all you need is a new filter!

Related Article: How To Choose and Care For Your Furnace Filter 

We recommend changing your furnace filter every 90 days. If you have a large family or pets, this could increase to every 30-60 days!

What To Do:

Step 1. 

  • Change your furnace filter. If this doesn’t work to get rid of the smell, call a professional. 

Burnt Dust 

The smell of burnt dust is very typical if you've just powered on your furnace. 

Over the summer, the system’s been sitting in the basement, collecting dust. When turned on again, that dust then begins to burn away. No wonder you can smell it throughout the house!

Don’t worry. It usually only takes a few hours for the smell to leave. 

What To Do:

Step 1. 

  • Let your furnace run until the smell dissipates. If that doesn’t work, call a professional.

Dirty Socks

If you’re smelling dirty socks, your nose probably isn't far off from the truth. 

This smell typically indicates a buildup of bacteria in your furnace.

This buildup is usually caused by a buildup of condensation - causing a repulsive odour. 

What To Do:

Step 1. 

  • Schedule a furnace cleaning and replace your filter. If this doesn’t work, book a duct cleaning! 

 

Trust Your Nose - Give us a call!

When it comes to weird furnace smells, you have to trust your nose. While many smells aren't a cause for concern, others could put you and your family at risk. 

Keep the above list handy this winter! You never know when you might need to reference it. 

We also encourage all our Sudbury homeowners to invest in preventative furnace maintenance. 

During this visit, we ensure your furnace is ready for the harsh season ahead. We do our best to lower the rest of furnace breakdowns, leaks and other untimely repairs.

Give our Sudbury heating team a call at 705-560-2441 or contact us online!

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Should You Replace Your Furnace With a Heat Pump?

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Should You Replace Your Furnace With a Heat Pump?

Old man winter is on his way! It’s only a matter of time before our lakes freeze over and our trees are heavy with snow. 

In Northern Ontario, we are no stranger to frigid winters. The real challenge is preparing our homes to take on the cold before it hits! 

According to Farmer’s Almanac, we can expect quite the cold and snowy season ahead. If you like skiing or snowmobiling, this is your year! White, fluffy snow and below-average temperatures are well on the way.

But while you gear up for a fun winter outdoors, it’s crucial that you also set up your heating system. 

Living in Northern Ontario has taught us one very valuable lesson: 

Investing in reliable and affordable heat is imperative!

Is your Sudbury heating system built to withstand the frigid weather ahead? Nobody wants to experience winter with pricy heating and repair bills.

This leaves many homeowners asking whether replacing their furnace with a heat pump is the way to go. 

After all, heat pumps are one of the most effective ways to save money on your heating bills!

But replacing your entire system isn’t always the answer. 

In this article, we discuss one of our most popular heating upgrades - the hybrid heat pump! 

 

When Is It Time To Upgrade Your Furnace?

Replacing or upgrading your furnace is a big investment. If you’re like most homeowners, you’re planning to wait until it's 100% broken before taking the plunge.

While this may be a good option when saving up for a new heating system, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. 

Waiting until your furnace stops working means you’ll be making that dreaded no-heat call. 

The call nobody wants to make! 

It always seems to happen at the worst time - in the middle of the night, during an ice storm or before a big family get-together. 

If your furnace stops working in the middle of winter, the temperature in your home is bound to drop - fast! This puts your family at risk - especially if you have young children or elderly individuals living in your home. 

No heat also risks your other home appliances, plumbing and HVAC systems.

No-Heat Risks:

  • Frozen pipes 
  • Gas leaks
  • Elevated carbon monoxide 

For this reason, we typically recommend watching out for a few furnace warning signs. Unusual noises, strange smells and uneven heating are just a few that you should watch out for. 

Furnace Warning Signs:

  • Poor indoor air quality 
  • Frequent cycling on and off 
  • Frequent repair visits 
  • Excessive dust in your home 
  • Unusually high heating bills 

You’ll also want to check the age of your furnace. These systems last roughly 15-30 years. If yours is nearing the end of its lifespan, you’ll want to start planning an upgrade very shortly.

 

Heat Pump vs. Furnace

Now that you know when to replace your furnace, it’s time to explore your options. 

Today, many homeowners are switching from a traditional furnace to a more affordable heating unit. One of the most popular upgrades is from a fuel furnace to a heat pump. And it’s no wonder! 

With today’s advanced technology, heat pumps can reach 300-400% efficiency! 

Related Article: The 2-in-1 Heat Pump - Your Energy Efficiency Answer to Year-Round Heating and Cooling

Heat Pump 

A heat pump is an all-in-one furnace and air conditioner.

This system transfers thermal energy to heat or cool your home. 

In the winter, it can reduce your energy usage by up to 50% compared to electric resistance heating - a must for Sudbury heating!

There are a few different types of heat pumps, depending on the source of thermal energy. The two most popular sources include air and geothermal. But there is an option to use a nearby water source as well!

Heat pumps even offer improved indoor air filtering and dehumidification!

Pros

  • Improved home comfort
  • Lower energy bills 
  • Heating & cooling compatibility 
  • Improved air quality 

Cons

  • Loses efficiency in lower temperatures 
  • Higher upfront costs 
  • Lasts 10-15 years

Furnace 

A furnace is a forced air heating system. Instead of transferring existing heat, it uses combustion to create new heat. 

Furnaces typically burn fuel (i.e. gas, oil or propane) to create heat. But there are also electric and wood furnaces.

Furnaces have been around since the 1800s. But the process of burning fuel for heat existed long before that. It is a tried and true heating method, and it’s not going anywhere! 

Pros 

  • Improved home comfort 
  • Reliability in lower temperatures 
  • Lasts 15-30 years

Cons

  • Only offers heat 
  • Only reaches up to 90% efficiency 
  • Higher operation costs

Today, forced air furnaces are still considered Canada's primary home heating system. But don't let that sway you! 

In light of increased energy efficiency, heat pumps continue to climb in popularity! 

Global sales of heat pumps grew by 11% in 2022 alone!

Thankfully, there’s a way to combine the systems and get the best of both worlds.

 

Introducing The Hybrid Heat Pump

The hybrid heat pump is a dual system that combines your existing furnace with a heat pump. 

This upgraded system brings homeowners the benefit of both systems. Your system alternates between them accordingly, depending on which is more efficient at the time. 

Hybrid heat pump systems intuitively know when to use one unit over the other. They switch depending on the season, necessary function and temperature.

This dual operation ensures optimal efficiency and home comfort!

 

Benefits of Upgrading to a Hybrid Heat Pump

Hybrid heat pump systems are great for Ontario homeowners.

As we all know, Ontario experiences all four seasons to their full extent. Our summers are hot and humid. Our winters are frigid and snowy. In Northern Ontario, we especially get the brunt of the weather!

That’s why efficient and reliable Sudbury heating is so crucial. It can make or break your budget and your home comfort!

A hybrid system selects the most efficient heating/cooling unit based on a few factors. It then heats/cools your home as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

The goal? To ensure you don’t pay more than you need to for optimal home comfort.

Benefits of a Hybrid Heat Pump

  1. Lower Carbon Footprint
  2. Efficient Heating
  3. Energy-Cost Resilience
  4. Easy Operation
  5. Year-Round Home Comfort

See Our Napoleon Hybrid Heat Pump Model

Get a Free Quote 

With the rising need for energy efficiency, we offer only the most affordable and effective heating solutions. 

That’s why we work with innovative HVAC suppliers like Napoleon! 

Napoleon offers unmatched technology and design - providing homeowners with effective, efficient, and affordable HVAC.

 

Canada Greener Homes Grant

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Save up to $5,600 on a new hybrid 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

This is a maximum contribution toward the total costs of your pre and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations.

Learn more about the Canada Greener Homes Grant.

 

Get In Touch

We’ve already been busy helping Sudbury homeowners wind down their A/Cs and prep their furnaces!

Are you ready to get your furnace geared up for the season? 

Give us a call at 705-560-2441! 

We’ll help you find the best Sudbury heating solution for your home, budget and lifestyle. 

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Before You Switch From Cooling To Heating in Sudbury, Ontario!

Family enjoying cozy home 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.

Why?

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
  • Andirons
  • Grate

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

  • Burners
  • Blower

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!

Smoke Alarm

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!

Thermostat

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

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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!

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Prep Your Heat Pump For Peak Performance This Fall

Fall heat pump maintenance in Sudbury, Ontario.

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.

Incredible, right?

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.

Here’s why:

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?

Maybe not.

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:

  • Performance,
  • Efficiency,
  • Savings and
  • Comfort.

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!

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Hybrid Heat Pumps: All-In-One Sudbury Heating and Cooling

The future of Sudbury heating and cooling - the Napoleon hybrid heat pump!

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.

The result?

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.

Furnace

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.

Here’s why:

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.

Heat Pump

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.

Hybrid System

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

  1. Lower Carbon Footprint
  2. Efficient Heating
  3. Energy-Cost Resilient
  4. Easy Operation
  5. Year-Round Home Comfort

 

Canada Greener Homes Grant

Apply Now

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!

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Important Things To Consider When Building a New Home

HVAC Design and Installation for Sudbury New Home Construction.

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
  • Geothermal
  • Fireplaces

Browse our heating units.

Our Cooling Options

  • Ductless
  • 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.

Napoleon Barbecues

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.

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Is Geothermal The Best Sudbury Heating and Cooling System?

In-Ground Goethermal 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,

  1. Solar energy radiating from the sun, and
  2. 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:

  1. Outdoor Ground Loops
  2. Heat Pump
  3. 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!

Learn More

The Government of Canada is helping Canadians make their homes more energy efficient in 2023!

The Canada Green Homes Grant Initiative helps homeowners effectively,

  1. Save money and
  2. Fight climate change!

GRANTS FROM $125 TO $5,000

  • To get back a part of your costs for eligible home retrofits.

UP TO $600

  • As a max contribution toward the total costs of your pre and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations.

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!

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4 Top Perks of a New Napoleon Propane Fireplace

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:

  1. You never know when extreme weather will hit, and

  2. 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.

Zone Heating

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!

 

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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!

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

Family experiencing a power outage in Sudbury Ontario.

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

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

Winter power outages are just one example!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dangerous Effects of Power Outages For Homes:

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

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

 

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

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

Pack An Emergency Kit

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

Here are some items to include in your kit:

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

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

Winterize Your Home

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

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

Install a Gas Fireplace or Other Non-Electric Heating Unit

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

No heat can cause the following damages to your home:

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

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

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

Install a Backup Generator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Turn Up The Heat If You Expect a Power Outage

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

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

 

What To Do DURING a Power Outage

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

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

Conserve As Much Heat As You Can

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

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

Here are some tips for conserving heat:

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

Turn Off Your Thermostat and Unplug All Electronics

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

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

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

 

What To Do AFTER Power Returns

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

Don’t Rush To Plug Everything Back In

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

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

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

Reset and Re-Power Your Electronic Devices

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

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

Inspect Your Heating System

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

Please note that this step may require a professional! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But seriously...

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

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

 

Meet Your Sudbury Furnace Repair Team!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not sure when to call? Keep reading!

Before You Call

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

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

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

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

Call Us Now!

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

This is where our team comes in!

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

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

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

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

Here are some non-urgent furnace repair warning signs:

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

Discover more furnace repair warning signs here!

While You Wait

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Holidays!

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

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

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

Our winters up North are not something to take lightly!

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Install a programmable thermostat.

Conservative energy use will soon become your best friend…

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

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

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

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

The solution?

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

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

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

Your Ideal Heating Schedule

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

 

2. Change the direction of your ceiling fans.

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

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

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

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

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

3. Keep the heat in!

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

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

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

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

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

4. Hang insulated curtains.

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

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

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

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

5. Open the curtains when the sun starts shining.

Let that sunlight heat your home for free!

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

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

6. Change your furnace filter.

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

Changing your furnace filter helps:

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

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

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

7. Add a rug or two!

Your floor needs bundling up too!

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

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

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

8. Install electric floor heating.

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

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

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

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

9. Cool your oven with the door open.

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

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

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

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

10. Schedule your furnace maintenance appointment.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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