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  • Should I put an air deflector over my baseboard heaters? No!

    Jean Charles from Shawinigan, Quebec noticed that the heat from his baseboard heaters was flowing up and being "wasted" by hitting the cold window glass. So he decided to put a piece of plywood over the heater to deflect the heat out into the room. He even sent me sketches of before and after.Y...
  • Can I insulate my electric in-the-floor heater?

    Debbie from North Bay, Ontario has electric heaters sunk right into her floor. Very few people even know that these things exist, but if you have a baseboard heated house you know how hard it is to get heat in front of a patio door or some other place that needs heat but there seems no way to ge...
  • Poor heat distribution in a house

    Barb from Regina has a house with a slab on grade with the furnace in a closet and the heating ducts running under the concrete and the cold air return high on an inside wall. Some of the ducts don't give her much heat and the floor is often cold.High inside wall heating and return ducts were...
  • Heating systems across the country

    Leon Spurrell from National HVAC Consultants Ltd. in Toronto came onto my TV show to talk about heating systems, and their differences across the country.One important point he made, was that heating, ventilation, filtration and air conditioning all work together as a single system. When the...
  • Where do you put portable heaters for maximum affect.

    What surprises many people is that however big or small a portable heater may be, if it they are rated 1500 watts, they all give off the same heat. A watt is a watt no matter how it is packaged. One thing that is different, is whether they have fans on them or not.As to where to place them, ...
  • Asbestos on heating pipes

    Catherine in Toronto has asbestos insulation on the hot water pipes that run from her boiler to her radiators. She is changing the boiler and wonders if she has to remove all the old insulation.If the insulation is in good shape and will not be disturbed by the new work, then it can be left a...
  • Poor draft up a wood fireplace chimney

    Daniel in Ottawa has a lot of trouble getting the fire started without smoke in the house.Chimneys on the outside of the house always have more problems than chimneys that run up inside the warm part of the house. There may not be enough air available for the draft to start, which can be demo...
  • Installing a Gas Fireplace Insert

    Free standing gas fireplaces, gas fireplace inserts and in this segment from my TV show, a cross breed between the two put a very inefficient fireplace back into operation. Yes you need a chimney liner when you do something like this - that is the duct sticking out of the fireplace in the photo....
  • Chimneys that Work! -- an overview

    Chimneys : The Six CommandmentsChimney does not belong to the house, but to its appliance.More carefully sized to the heating appliance.Be insulated.Be tightly constructed.Be located within the heating envelope of the house.Terminate at or near the highest point of the building.The best resource...
  • Compare: Ground Source Heat Pump vs. Propane Furnace

    An e-mail from Roger in Cambelleville Ontario:We have just started to build our home (3300 sq. ft.) and I recently found out that natural gas is not available. So the great debate begins on what fuel source to use. I have narrowed down my selection to radiant heat using a propane to heat the ...