(NC) - If you are considering heating and cooling options for your home or are looking for ways to reduce your energy bills, you could consider a heat pump.
Home heating costs have doubled over the past ten years, now representing 70% of the energy spent in Canadian homes. No one can predict how high fuel costs will go, however we can be certain of one thing - the costs will go up. It's anyone's guess which fuel might be the better bargain in ten or twenty years, so it's tough to shop for a heating system today without wondering if you've made the right decision.
The A-Z of housing terms from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
The fuel used to heat your new home is a personal choice, so don't hesitate to request exactly what you want from your heating or building contractor.
(NC) Some homeowners just don't seem to get it! They expect their heating systems to keep chugging along, year after year, with little or no maintenance. Then they complain when their 20-year-old furnace breaks down which usually happens in middle of winter... largely because things things don't tend to break down when you're not using them!
Keeping your feet warm is the key to comfort, which is one reason why homeowners are increasingly turning to hydronic radiant heating systems over conventional methods.
Avoiding Costly Problems With Oil Spills and Leakage
Since January 1, 2013 in Ontario, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) has required that all new oil storage tanks, both indoors and outdoors, be installed with a double bottom, double wall or secondary containment.
Clearing up common misconceptions
Source: Wood Energy Technology Transfer
One of the challenges WETT (Wood Energy Technology Transfer) faces is trying to help homeowners understand what WETT does. Most often homeowners ask about WETT because their insurance company has asked that they have their appliance WETT certified.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.