The main goal of a geothermal heating system is to take heat out of the earth to heat the home in the winter months and to take heat out of your home in order to cool it in the summer months.
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Natural Gas Heating
The difference between natural gas (NG) and propane (LP) gas furnaces and boilers is determined by availability. In urban areas, natural gas is by far the dominant heating fuel.
Natural gas has heated most urban homes for decades and continues to be the dominant source of fuel for homes and businesses throughout Southwestern Ontario. Natural gas is economical, clean and efficient to burn, and is available from several providers piped to your home or business. Even though it is said to be in abundant supply, the cost of natural gas and propane will likely continue to rise over time. At Hayter’s we cannot stress enough how important it is to consider the most efficient natural gas or propane furnace or boiler heating system available. Replacing an older gas furnace with a new high-efficiency model can pay for itself with savings on both your electric and gas bills. Call The Hayter Group toll free at 877-429-8377 and let us help you determine if it makes economic sense to replace your old equipment.
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Air conditioning has become a part of almost every Canadian home for the last 10 years. In order to effectively cool a home or business an air conditioner will work in conjunction with your fan motor to remove the hot moist air from the home. The hot air from the home enters through your return ducts and condenses over the a-coil located at the top of your furnace. The refrigerant running through the a-coil absorbs the heat from the air and your condenser (located outside) works to blow the warm air away from the home. After this process is finished the air forced back into the supply ductwork system will be cool and fresh.
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Heat Pumps and Ductless Spits
A heat pump can do two things and employs the same basic principles for both. The system consists of an outdoor unit and an indoor unit, with two small refrigerant pipes connecting them. Working like an air conditioner on warm days, the pump will extract heat from inside the home and transfer it outdoors. Some heat pumps can also be used on cold days. The pump will extract heat from the outside air and transfers it inside. In heating mode, a heat pump may be thought of as an air conditioner equipped with a reverse mode.
Heat pumps are often referred to as ductless splits. They are often used only for air conditioning in homes with boilers and radiators. Typically these homes do not have duct work. The ‘head’ from the heat pump is generally wall mounted at the ceiling.
Heat pumps can be used to supplement or completely replace your heating system. Heat pumps use electricity and are very energy efficient. Even with high electrical rates, heat pumps cost less to operate than gas furnaces.
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Most high-efficiency natural gas furnaces are also available as a propane (LP) furnace. In urban areas, natural gas is by far the dominant heating fuel. If there is no natural gas pipeline available to you, an alternative source of fuel would be propane.
Even though it is said to be in abundant supply, the cost of propane will likely continue to rise over time. At Hayter’s we cannot stress enough how important it is to consider the most efficient propane furnace or boiler heating system available. Replacing an older propane furnace with a new high-efficiency model can pay for itself with savings on both your electric and gas bills. Call The Hayter Group toll free at 877-429-8377 and let us help you determine if it makes economic sense to replace your old equipment.
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The new oil furnaces and boilers can save you operating costs over your older, less efficient systems. Newer oil fired systems can be up to 40% more efficient than ones made just a few decades ago.
Oil heat minimizes the chances of carbon monoxide poisoning and is non-explosive. It is highly recommended to have your oil furnace and boiler cleaned and serviced by a professional technician every year.
Oil burning technology has made great strides with low emission burners, microprocessor controls, and flame retention heads. These improvements allow the burners to operate extremely quiet, without the odour or soot typically associated with older oil fired equipment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirms that there is little difference between particulates from burning natural gas or oil fired equipment.
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Heating with wood and wood burning technology has become more efficient and environmentally friendly. A thermostatically controlled wood burning unit, in combination with an oil heat systems will provide clean and constant heat. Wood furnaces can also be combined with electric furnaces. Now for the first time, Napoleon has developed a wood/propane furnace combination.
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The most common heat delivery system in Canada is sheet metal duct-work. Older homes with boilers, typically use hot water radiators. In floor heating is becoming more popular today because of its' superior performance.
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According to the Ontario Government’s Save-ON-Energy website, switching to a programmable thermostat can save you money. A programmable thermostat works automatically: you set it once, maybe to turn down to 16°C at night and back up to 21°C in the morning. It will continue to automatically adjust the room temperature for you. The result: you could save as much as 10% on your energy bills.
The Hayter Group installs the industry leading Ecobee smart thermostat. It has an intuitive interface and can be controlled remotely using your smartphone.
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