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Air Source Heat Pumps: The Importance Of A Quality Installation

Consumer Reports: Poorly installed heat pumps are much less reliable In a recent report on central air conditioners, Consumer Reports found that “19 percent of systems installed by new-home builders failed compared with 12 percent installed by homeowners. The gap was even wider for heat-pump units, where 28 percent of the builder-installed units failed compared …

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Hot Water Tank Reviews/ Ratings: Which brand is best?

When buying a new hot water tank, one of the main questions homeowners ask is “which brand is the best?” Unfortunately, no major consumer publication (such as Consumer Reports) or surveying organization (such as JD Power) conducts brand reliability surveys. Consumer Reports just recommends to install a tank with a longer warranty, because “sawing open …

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Bosch Vs. Navien Vs. Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters: Who makes the best tankless water heater?

Deciding which brand of tankless water heater to install can be a difficult decision, as there are no consumer publications that provide brand recommendations and seemingly no sources of unbiased reviews. Hiring an established contractor that guarantees their work remains the best way to ensure you get a quality unit, as such a contractor will …

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Air Source vs. Geothermal Heat Pumps: Comparing efficiencies

Notice: Undefined index: file in /home/x4obwo122mgm/public_html/wp-includes/media.php on line 1500 It used to be considered “common knowledge” that geothermal (or ground source) heat pumps are a lot more efficient than air source heat pumps.  During the winter,  temperatures are a lot higher under the ground than they are in the air, which means a geothermal system …

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Lennox Vs. Trane Vs. Carrier Heat Pumps: Which brand is best?

The major heat pump manufacturers all make lines of heat pumps with comparable specifications. The specifications for HSPF (heating efficiency),  SEER (cooling efficiency), noise levels, and warranty duration are very similar when comparing models within each class. This is probably due to the fact that the different brands often use the same components. Overall, Carrier …

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Whole House Air Filters: Comparing HEPA filters, electronic air cleaners, UV lamps, and 5″ filters

How do professionally installed air cleaners compare to 1” filters and portable air cleaners? According to North America’s best regarded consumer publication, professionally installed whole-house air cleaners with 4-5” filters outperform  standard 1” models (even including the more advanced “allergen reducing” filters that are sold in hardware stores). They outperformed room air purifiers by an …

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Gas Furnace Reviews / Ratings: How do different brands compare?

When looking for a new car or appliances, reliability ratings for all major makes and models can easily be obtained from major consumer publications. Unfortunately, reliability data is not available for individual furnace models. However, Consumer Reports has conducted surveys on the reliability of furnaces made by the leading brands. Consumer Reports Reliability Survey The …

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Electric Tankless Water Heaters: Usually not a practical option for whole-home hot water

Most homes do not have the power supply required by an electric tankless water heater Electric hot water tanks usually take longer to re-heat hot water than gas systems. For this reason, homeowners with electric hot water tanks are often attracted to the “endless hot water” that is promised by tankless water heaters. Unfortunately, it …

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FortisBC Energy Star Tankless Water Heater Program: Install a tankless water heater and get a $400-$500 rebate from FortisBC

When you install a new tankless water heater before June 30th, 2013 FortisBC will give you a $400-$500 rebate. The amount of the rebate depends on the efficiency of the tankless water heater: Water heater type Efficiency rating* Rebate Non-condensing tankless​ 0.82 – 0.89 EF​ $400​ Condensing tankless​ 0.90 – 0.99 EF​ $500​ Condensing hybrid …

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High efficiency furnaces can be difficult to install in townhomes, as reported in the Toronto Star

A recent article in the Toronto Star reports how some homeowners are finding high efficiency furnaces very difficult to install in their homes. This is particularly a concern for townhouses and homes where the furnace is located near the centre of the basement. Since 2010, all new furnaces imported into Canada must be at least …

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