Tag Archives: furnace

January 28, 2019

Why Cracked Heat Exchangers Need To Be Replaced

It’s never acceptable to allow carbon monoxide into a household, which is why a cracked heat exchanger has the potential to spell big trouble for any furnace. In fact, it’s an industry standard to immediately replace any furnace that shows cracks or holes in its heat exchanger. But how seriously is the problem really taken […]

HVAC, Installer Tips, Technology Focus
January 29, 2018

Static pressure testing in HVAC

When you’re called to inspect an HVAC system that is under-performing, there are many variables to consider. Sometimes the problem is as simple as a blocked vent or grille, but usually more complex diagnostics are required. One variable that is important to understand is static pressure, a fundamental HVAC diagnostic that is critical to a […]

Installer Tips, Ventilation
August 29, 2016

What you need to know about HVAC standards

The first half of 2016 was the hottest six months on record since we began recording temperatures 137 years ago. With these record-breaking temperatures, it’s no surprise that building energy efficiency standards are being revised to mitigate global warming. Anyone installing HVAC needs to familiarize themselves with standards, and right now this is especially true […]

HVAC
February 24, 2016

How to choose your ductwork

There are several ways to heat, cool and ventilate a home but probably the most popular method in North America is forced air. A central furnace, air-conditioning unit or heat pump is connected to the rest of the building with a network of venting. Vents can be used for three main purposes, to supply conditioned […]

HVAC, Ventilation
January 26, 2016

How to Choose the Right Wall Cap

Venting through walls is often the easiest way to intake fresh air or exhaust fumes from a house. But making any hole in the exterior can compromise the integrity of the building envelope. To prevent the entry of water and stop air leaks, use a strong and watertight wall cap. Wall caps can be manufactured […]

HVAC, Rainscreen, Ventilation
January 11, 2016

HVAC Trends in 2016

An exciting year lies ahead for HVAC installers and the construction industry. Here’s a few business and climate control trends that may affect you in 2016. HVAC Companies Will Get Busier Stricter regulations for emissions and efficiency are becoming widespread across North America meaning new buildings are getting greener. The construction industry in the U.S. […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
November 27, 2015

Tips on Getting a House Ready for Winter

With winter on the way and temperatures dipping, it’s time to think about winterizing homes for the cold. First thing to do is take a walk around the house and inspect any wall caps and vents for damage and make sure dampers are not jammed open, particularly the flapper type. Check for any damage to roof […]

HVAC
September 8, 2015

What You Need to Know About Home Central Heating

From the original wood-burning fireplace to the most modern geothermal radiant system, home heating has come a long way over the centuries. Here we look at different options for central heating: systems where heat is distributed from a main location throughout a house. Forced air heating is the most common type in North America. It […]

HVAC, Technology Focus