Posts Categorized: News and Tips

Maintaining Floor Drains

Maintain Floor Drains

Most homeowners would not realize that basement floor drains are critical for their heating and cooling equipment. Maintaining floor drains is essential. They are also there to protect your investment if unexpected water enters into your basement. What is the Purpose of a Floor Drain? Modern furnaces and air conditioners all have condensate drain lines…. Read more »

Glorious Geothermal!

Geothermal Systems

A recent article in the Globe and Mail features two geothermal installations in Ontario. Some myths about installing geothermal systems in Canada are dispelled. Geothermal systems are shown to be a very effective, environmentally conscious way to heat and cool your home. A common misconception is that we are too far north to use geothermal…. Read more »

What is Zuba Central?

Zuba Central Heat Pump

Zuba Central is a revolutionary alternative for heating and cooling your home. Many people know that to improve on the performance of a high-efficiency natural gas furnace, you can go to a geothermal heat pump. Geothermal systems are the most energy efficient way to heat and cool your home. Geothermal however, is not for everyone…. Read more »

Does it Pay to use a Programmable Thermostat?

It Pays to Use a Programmable Thermostat

You need to know how to use a programmable thermostat to your advantage. Most people are familiar with thermostats that can be programmed to adjust the temperature of your home at night when you are asleep, or during the day when you are at work. In the heating season, you can program down the temperature… Read more »

Solar Panels Increase Home Values

Solar Panels increase the value of your home.

When we are talking to people about solar panels, one of their first questions is: “What if I sell my house?”. A recent article by ‘Cost of Solar’ says studies in the United States are showing that buyers are paying a premium for homes with solar panels. Solar panels increase the value of your home…. Read more »

Heating the Workshop

Take a drive around South-Western Ontario to see the fall colours and you’ll also notice a lot of new buildings going up. Farmers are investing in their operations, building new barns, workshops and drive sheds.The increase in propane costs has lead to a lot of questions about how to heat these buildings more efficiently. The… Read more »

Do you Need to Humidify Your Home?

Humidity in the Home

The Importance of Proper Humidity LevelsThe advantages and reasons for using a humidifier in the winter months are not always obvious to homeowners. Maintaining proper humidity levels benefits your health, your comfort, your home’s efficiency and your investment.In Southwestern Ontario, we get a lot of cold damp days in the winter. Even on damp days,… Read more »

In Loving Memory

Jim and Mary Louise Hayter

Jim and Mary Louise HayterSelf-sacrifice is challenging for many of us, but for Jim and Mary Louise Hayter, it was part of their daily lives: in business, family and the wider community.Both Jim and Mary Louise grew up in Alvinston, Ontario, where they raised a family and built their HVAC business. The company, established by… Read more »

California Making Solar Panels Mandatory

Solar Panels to be Mandatory in California

California is making solar panels mandatory on all new homes and low-rise apartment buildings by 2020. Exceptions include homes that are frequently in shade. This is the first time a state has initiated such a requirement. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by cutting energy use in new homes by over 50%. At… Read more »

Buying an Electric Car?

Solar Powered Chevy Volt

Why not go completely Green and power it with the Sun?Even an electric car has a carbon foot-print. When you plug your car in overnight, there is a power plant somewhere producing electricity to recharge your car. Most power plants in Ontario are nuclear, coal or natural gas. If you have solar panels installed on… Read more »