Entries by Dave Gregor

Boonstra’s New Home Furnace Buying Checklist

What to look for when you’re upgrading your home comfort for the cold. It’s a tried & tested tradition for Canadian homeowners: sooner or later, that central furnace – whether it was barely brand new on moving day, or showing signs of slowing down just a few weeks after settling in – will need to […]

Is Your Home’s Indoor Air Clean?

Find out what contaminants you and your family could be breathing in at home and the impact they can have on your health. You may not be able to see them, but the average house is a perfect petri dish for a whole host of dangerous pollutants that many of us breathe in every day without knowing it.  These invisible indoor air contaminants can come from a variety of […]

Boonstra’s New Home Furnace Buying Guide

Expert Information on Home Heating Costs, Energy Efficiency, Installation & More for Hamilton & Burlington Area Homeowners Cost | Efficiency | When to Invest & What to Look for | Installation Whether it’s from age, wear & tear, or a breakdown that’s beyond fixing, replacing your home’s furnace is a rite of passage every property owner goes through – and for most, it’s one that comes with a lot of questions, such as: […]

How Your Home Loses Heat

Winter is officially upon us, which means that your furnace is working hard to keep your family warm and comfortable. You’ve likely already taken steps to prepare your furnace for winter, but creating enough heat to warm your home is only half the battle: you also need to minimize heat loss. What is Heat Loss? […]

The Significance of Good Indoor Air Quality

Air quality can be hard to get right, but it’s even harder to live without it. Outdoor air quality can present large scale problems that don’t have simple solutions. But indoor air quality can be very manageable. That means making sure that the air you breathe in your home makes it a safe haven. It’s […]

Why is My Furnace Leaking?

There are several reasons a furnace might leak. From condensation to clogs, many things can lead to a puddle of water on your furnace room floor. To help determine the cause of your leak, and the steps you should take, you first need to decide which type of liquid is coming from your furnace. What […]

WHY FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR A FURNACE CHECK UP

As the summer comes to a close and fall and winter approach, homeowners need to start thinking about preparing their homes for the colder months. This can include protecting plants, outdoor water sources, closing pools, checking home insulation and ensuring that furnaces are in top working order. Having a furnace check up is vital – […]

WHAT FURNACE IS RIGHT FOR YOUR HOME?

When buying a new furnace, homeowners are usually looking for the best value for their money. Generally they’re trying to find a combination of quality, dependability, efficiency to minimize usage costs, and a reasonable price tag. Here are some things to consider when buying a new furnace. What choices will I have to make when […]

WIFI CONTROLLED THERMOSTATS; HOW DO THEY WORK?

While many electronic devices in our lives are replaced often and it can feel like a task to keep up with them, some are more permanent. Thermostats are one of the latter. While the technology is advancing quickly, their installed hardware nature means that homeowners typically like to choose models that can perform and last […]

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY FURNACE FILTER NEEDS TO BE REPLACED

Understanding the signs indicating your furnace filter needs to be replaced can save you money on repairs or the cost of replacing the unit completely. Knowing what to look for when you examine your furnace filter, and watching for symptoms around the home can also keep the environment more comfortable and cleaner for guests and […]

WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER A FURNACE MAINTENANCE PLAN

To help ensure the efficiency of your furnace and to minimize unwanted yet preventable repairs, getting regular and seasonal tune-ups is a great idea, but even with the best of care, your furnace can run into occasional operating problems. Normal aging, typical wear and tear, and a lack of maintenance will have a cumulative and […]

HOW TO DEAL WITH FLUCTUATING HEATING BILLS

When the weather outside is frightful, a spike in your heating costs can be just as scary. Large heating bills can negatively affect your monthly budget, and it is even worse when your usage fluctuates. Regardless of whether your home is heated by natural gas, electric, or radiant systems, cold temperatures and energy price volatility […]

SIGNS THAT YOU NEED A NEW FURNACE

Knowing how to tell when your aging furnace has reached the end of its life can be difficult, but the last thing you want is to find out in the middle of winter when heating your home is a necessity. If your furnace is 10-years-old or more, you need to start monitoring it to evaluate […]

THE BENEFITS OF A WHOLE-HOME HUMIDIFIER

The cozy warmth of home is an essential need when you’re stuck in the icy grip of a Canadian winter. Unfortunately, your home’s heating system can also be the cause of dry throats, skin, and hair. Forced-air central heating systems re-heat the air in your home multiple times throughout the day. Typically, this causes the […]

TOP 10 TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER HOME

There’s no place like home – right? Where we live should be a safe haven for raising our children, spent time with friends and family, as well as take time to enjoy ourselves. As Canadians, it is estimated that we spend about 90% of our time indoors; however, most people are still unaware of the […]

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A HVAC CONTRACTOR

Buying a new heating or cooling system for your home can be a daunting task. Your first step is to choose the right contractor. We’ve compiled a list of suggestions from some of the top trusted experts around to make your decision easier. EnergyStar says: Expect a home evaluation — The contractor should spend significant […]

HEAT PUMPS IN OAKVILLE, BURLINGTON & HAMILTON

What is a heat pump and is it right for my home? A heat pump, put simply, is an electrical device that extracts heat from one place and transfers it to another. During cooler months, it will move heat still present in outdoor air, into your home. During warmer months, the cycle reverses, and the […]

IS YOUR AIR CONDITIONER READY FOR SUMMER?

Finally, the warm temperatures are upon us. If you haven’t already started running your air conditioner, there are a few things you may want to consider to ensure everything is working properly and efficiently. Here are some tips on how to get your AC ready for summer and how to help your AC cool your […]

THE INSIDE SCOOP ON HOT & COLD SPOTS

What are hot & cold spots? A difference in temperature throughout your home. When one area of your room is hotter or cooler than the rest. What are the signs? When many rooms throughout your home are a different temperature. For example, upstairs rooms are warmer, downstairs rooms are cooler. This usually results in family […]