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Improved Heating Performance From Your Furnace Or Boiler

Understanding how things work in your home can help you get the most out of them. Don’t worry, this isn’t heating 101 or anything. Instead, this is a list of things you can do to ensure you see an improved heating performance from your furnace or boiler this winter in Toronto and the GTA.

Want Improved Heating Performance? Try These Tips

Even high-efficiency heating systems need a little help sometimes to perform well. Yes, they will still heat your home, but in order to stay true to that “high-efficiency” rating, you’ll need to consider changing up a few things first. After all, if your home isn’t properly insulated, then it doesn’t matter how good your heating system is, you still need improved heating performance.

Windows 101

Besides keeping windows closed – which should be your first priority in the winter –, there are a couple of things you can do to help with drafty windows. The most basic one isn’t pretty though. Insulated window kits are for sale at most hardware or DIY stores, but you could also tape up garbage bags or even bubble wrap to help create a barrier so heat isn’t escaping.

Another tip includes keeping curtains open during the day to allow the sun to add a degree or two. You can also purchase insulated curtains to help your home retain heat at night.  

Stop that draft

Think of this as weatherstripping with less installation. Draft stoppers prevent warm air from escaping through the bottom of any door by blocking it. You can choose to buy one or simply make use of an older blanket by folding it up and laying it across the bottom of your home’s main doors for improved heating performance from your furnace or boiler.

Cooking is king

One of the simplest ways to see improved heating performance is by good ol’ fashioned home cooking. Seriously, if you prepare more food at home, you’ll feel the warmth and give your heating system the help it needs. Not convinced? Think about all those times you said you didn’t want to cook this past summer because it was too warm outside. Make good use of that stove and oven! 

Furnace Pro Inc Can Help With Improved Heating Performance

Not every DIY tip or trick can help make up for any real repairs that are needed. When you need a professional, be sure to call 647-547-6094 anytime. We’re available 24/7 to help in the event of an emergency. Rest assured, our team has been serving Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years now so there’s nothing we haven’t been able to assess, repair, and install. Give us a call.

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Toronto Heating Options: Boiler Or Furnace?

When it comes to deciding how to heat your home in a city this big, there are really only 2 main Toronto heating options. Here, we’ll take a closer look at furnaces and boilers to help you know a bit more before investing in the future of your home’s heating.  

A Closer Look At Toronto Heating Options For Your Home

Let’s start with the more widely known option of furnaces. A furnace is a great Toronto heating option for a home with existing ductwork. You see, in order for a furnace to operate, it needs to pull in air, heat it up and then distribute that warm air throughout a home via ductwork or vents. Without them already in place, selecting a furnace to heat your home may prove to be quite a bit more expensive than you’d hoped. However, with ductwork in place, furnaces have proven to be a reliable source of heat – often lasting as long as 20+ years if properly maintained.

The other common Toronto heating option would be a boiler. Boilers are usually found in basements of homes and tend to take up quite a bit of room. These systems operate by pulling in water, heating it up to the desired temperature and distributing it to radiators throughout the home. While this is more compatible in just about any home, common issues like kettling, lime scale build-up and the overall amount of space a boiler can take up remind people that these are usually well suited for homes rather than the growing condo population in Toronto and the GTA.

So which one best suits your needs? To be honest, that all comes down to the size of your living space, the type of existing system currently in place, as well as how much maintenance you’d like to perform yourself. Truth is, your best bet is to be honest with yourself and make a list of pros and cons before deciding on one of these Toronto heating options. Just make sure you let a professional handle the installation.

Call Furnace Pro Inc For Help With Toronto Heating Options

For more than 35 years, our team has been available to help homeowners with the installation, maintenance and repair of their heating systems. We’re not about to stop now. Call 647-547-6094 to get started or to learn more about your options based on your needs. Trust us, after 30 years of serving Toronto and the GTA, we know a thing or two about taking care of our customers.