Selling Your Home? Consider a Furnace, Fireplace & Air Conditioner Safety Inspection & Tune Up

April 22nd, 2016

Air Conditioner InspectionNow that Spring has sprung, the real estate market is in full swing. This is the busiest time of year for selling and buying a home especially for homeowners with school aged children.

Homeowners go to great lengths to get their homes “real estate ready” including; painting, renovations, landscaping and hiring home stagers. With all the time and effort that’s put into selling your home, it’s surprising how many people overlook the maintenance of their HVAC equipment.

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Door-to-door Sales Agents Can Leave You Out In The Cold

April 14th, 2016

Door to door salesmanWhile some door-to-door sales are legitimate, it is becoming an increasingly popular practice used to cheat unsuspecting people into getting caught up in expensive long-term contracts. A CBC poll from 2013 found that over 66% of Canadians found door-to-door salespeople overly aggressive even when homeowners clearly stated they were not interested in what was being sold. There are many door-to-door sales agents promising great savings on furnaces. These savings may seem too good to be true – and they are. Don’t be fooled.  Just this month, a single mother in Saskatoon was coerced into signing a furnace contract that would have had her spending over $10,000 over the course of 10 years, a number much higher than she was initially told.

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What to Look for When You’re Buying a Central Air Conditioner

April 12th, 2016

Where To Buy Air Conditioner BarrieYour air conditioner is an important investment when it comes to the comfort level of your home.  It has the responsibility of keeping you, your family, your pets and your guests comfortable and safe. Here are some tips on what to look for when buying a Central Air Conditioner:

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5 Benefits of Natural Gas Barbeques

March 30th, 2016

Natural Gas BBQ HookupYou may have noticed the weather getting warmer now that spring is finally here. Summer is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the changing seasons than with a family BBQ? Of course, if you are currently using a charcoal or propane grill, you might be thinking of the inconvenience of purchasing and storing bags of charcoal or tanks of propane. Luckily, there is an alternative. Natural Gas Barbeques offer convenience, precision control, and reliability that you want in a BBQ while still being safe for your family and the environment. Here are 5 great benefits of switching to a natural gas BBQ.

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Electric To Gas Home Conversions

March 15th, 2016

convert house to gas powerEvery year, especially in the spring, we receive calls from homeowners who are shocked by the cost of their electric bills over the winter.

With the constant increase in hydro rates, home owners with electric heating are now looking for alternate ways to heat their homes.

Converting to natural gas or propane can provide substantial savings when compared to electricity.  Currently, natural gas costs approximately 70% less than electricity.  Propane costs approximately 35% less respectively. The cost of electricity has been on the rise for some time now and with the promise of more increases in the near future, some homeowners have no choice but to find alternate ways to heat their home.

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How to maintain ideal humidity levels in your home

February 18th, 2016

Fix home humidity with an HRVDuring the winter months, what was once a good level of humidity in your home might now be excessive. Cold air cannot sustain much water vapour and so condensation may start to appear on your windows as a result.

Opposite to high humidity, you could be experiencing excessively dry air instead.  If cold air is coming into your house through air leaks you will experience dryness in your home. Maintaining a comfortable level of humidity inside can be a balancing act. You want the air to be moist enough to prevent sinus problems such as nosebleeds, but not too moist or else you are at risk of experiencing mould, mildew, and rotting problems over time.

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CSA Group Warns of Door-to-Door Inspection Scam

February 11th, 2016

CSA Scam safetyIt seems that too often there are scammers who try to take advantage of community members, in the latest scam in our area, individuals are posing as CSA group employees are asking to inspect homeowner’s furnaces.  The CSA group never goes to private homes to inspect anything.  If you are approached by these individuals, be sure to refuse them entry and contact local police immediately. 

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Why Has Your Gas Furnace, Boiler or Fireplace Been “Red Tagged”?

January 14th, 2016

Has Your Furnace Been Red TaggedIf a licensed gas technician sees a furnace, boiler, fireplace, hot water tank or other gas appliance he deems unsafe or potentially unsafe he is required by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (T.S.S.A.) to “red tag” the appliance.

The tag shown is provided by the T.S.S.A and is very common, but it does not have to be used. Any document which provides the same information is O.K.

The reason for the tag could be with the appliance itself, the venting (chimney), the gas piping or the electrical wiring. Anything that is deemed unsafe or dangerous or potentially so is a valid reason for the tag.  Thus any part of the system which contravenes the gas code can be cause for a red tag.

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How To Fix Condensation And Humidity Problems In Your Home

January 13th, 2016

Over the course of the winter, we get a lot of calls from customers about humidity and condensation problems in their home.

Home Windows CondensationMost people know how to remedy the lack of humidity in their homes, but want to know what to do about excess humidity and condensation. Complaints range from the issue of finding condensation on windows to water running down the windows and ruining sills and floors.

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Keeping Your Home Sufficiently Humidified

November 30th, 2015

When winter comes rolling in full-force, you are going to turn to your home heating system in order to keep your living space warm and cozy during the coldest time of the year. However, you must remember that maintaining comfortable temperatures in your home alone may not be enough to keep it truly comfortable. While your heating system may not dry out the air in the way that running an air conditioner non-stop can, it also will not humidify the air. Because the air outside in the winter is so much drier than in the summer, anyway, this can lead to excessively dry air in your house. That is why you may want to use a whole-house humidifier in Barrie, ON. If you decide to do so, be sure to schedule service with the technicians at Custom Comfort ClimateCare.

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