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  • Does your contractor know about the furnace room combustion air damper?

    Many years ago, because of the prairie enforcement of the gas code provision that you had to supply fresh air to a furnace, an inventor in Alberta began marketing the Hoyme damper. This is a motorized damper that closes off that combustion air duct from the outdoors that dumps cold air into ...
  • Testing and developing furnace filters

    We visited the development facilities at Cimatec Environmental Engineering in Toronto, Ontario where I actually managed to get into the middle of a 65 foot ducting test system to see just what life looks like when you happen to be a furnace filter. Emanuel Mouratidis showed us how they clean the...
  • Getting heat to a back bedroom

    Anthony in Vancouver BC can't get enough heat into the upper story of the house.  He has already tried playing with the balancing dampers on the furnace ducts to try and force more air to the far reaches of the house.When that fails, just about the only thing you can do is to add a special "in-li...
  • The room heater is in the ceiling fan!

    That is an interesting idea. Put the heater on the ceiling as part of a ceiling fan which assures that all that extra heat up there gets circulated all around the room. Room light, ceiling fan for summer cooling and heating unit for winter heating all in one unit. Add to that a remote control za...
  • WHAT'S AVAILABLE IN NEW FURNACES?

    The field of energy efficient heating systems is advancing rapidly and constantly and I cannot evaluate all the new products here. Remember that it usually takes a company a couple of years to work the bugs out of new products. And some companies try so hard just for novelty that... for example i...
  • WHAT IS A COMBUSTION FRESH AIR SUPPLY?

    FURNACES & BOILERS Well-sealed houses need a fresh air supply for combustion. (search keyword "Combustion Air" for the title "DOES MY FURNACE GET ENOUGH AIR?") The most common technique in basement installations, is to use an insulated duct to dump air next to the combustion intake.  The gas...
  • Cleaning Electronic Air Filters

    When clean, electronic air filters are the most efficient furnace filters on the market - according to research at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. When dirty, they don't filter much at all. When in-between they can give off ozone. If you're a lazy homeowner, they probably won't do m...
  • WHAT IS AN AIR-TO-AIR HEAT EXCHANGER, HRV and ERV?

    Air-change ventilation systems exist that take stale air out and bring fresh air in so as to not rely on cold air drafts for the entry of fresh air to the house. They are simply a box with two fans. In a few of the warm spots of Canada these are legitimate systems on their own. In most of Canada ...
  • Advanced filtration systems -- portable and installed

    Many people would like to filter the air in their houses in an effort to improve indoor air quality. The most efficient of the furnace filter systems, when it is kept clean, is the electronic air cleaner. As you can see in the first photo, it is a large unit that is installed directly in the fur...
  • How to check if your furnace oil tank is safe

    Underground tanks are banned Many years ago we buried oil tanks in the ground. Think a minute about how bad an idea that was. When a very old tank developed a leak, we never knew about it and it just leaked oil into the ground for years, creating quite an environmental problem. That is why it is...