Entries by Alexandra Fricker

7 Signs You Need a New Furnace Now

7 Signs You Need a New Furnace Now Know When It’s Time to Let Go of Your Old Home Furnace Homeowner pop quiz: what are the signs to look for when your aging furnace has reached the end of its life? Is it obvious–like when it stops suddenly one cold winter day and no longer […]

Supply Chain Scarcity: What If I Need to Buy a New Furnace?

What If I Need to Buy a New Furnace? We can thank the pandemic for supply chain issues in Canada, including laptop and car shortages—oh, and bathroom tissue!    With scarcity like this, what to do if your family needs to buy a new furnace? Could a Canadian family really go the entire winter without heat?      Supplies Are Very Limited This Season, Get Your New Furnace Now!  A “wait-and-see” approach may not work well […]

Francis Home’s New Furnace Buying Checklist

Francis Home’s New Furnace Buying Checklist What to look for when you’re upgrading your home comfort for the cold. It’s a tried & tested tradition for Canadian homeowners: sooner or later, that central furnace – whether it was barely brand new on moving day, or showing signs of slowing down just a few weeks after […]

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Home

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Home Why Your Older Furnace May Be a Health Risk If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning or a leak from your furnace, evacuate everyone from your home immediately.  Then contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency service.  A technician came by my home to examine my furnace for a carbon monoxide leak. “Having a CO […]

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) & Coronavirus Covid-19

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) & Coronavirus Covid-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many homeowners to re-think indoor air quality.  After all, the Covid-19 virus spreads through droplets and aerosols—and people who are indoors or in enclosed spaces close to one another, are particularly at risk. Washing hands, sanitizing surfaces, wearing face masks and keeping 2 metres apart have defined our COVID pandemic behaviour. But what happens when a […]

Why Buying a Furnace Is Better Than Renting a Furnace

Why Buying a Furnace Is Better Than Renting a Furnace To buy a furnace or to rent a furnace?   A technician comes to your house and gives you the news no homeowner ever wants to hear: the furnace is on its last legs, or even worse, broken.  Once the shock sets in, you ponder that replacing that older furnace […]

Is Your Home’s Indoor Air Clean?

Is Your Home’s Indoor Air Clean? Find out what contaminants you and your family could be breathing in at home and the impact they can have on your health. You may not be able to see them, but the average house is a perfect petri dish for a whole host of dangerous pollutants that many […]

Francis Home Environment’s New Home Furnace Buying Guide

Francis Home Environment’s New Home Furnace Buying Guide Expert Information on Home Heating Costs, Energy Efficiency, Installation & More for Ottawa & Area Homeowners Cost | Efficiency | When to Invest & What to Look for | Installation Whether it’s from age, wear & tear, or a breakdown that’s beyond fixing, replacing your home’s furnace […]

COVID-19: How to Protect Your Home

COVID-19: How to Protect Your Home The novel coronavirus has effectively changed the world as we know it, at least for the time being. As the globe takes measures to manage the spread of the virus, you may be wondering just how safe you and your family are while you lay low in your homes. […]

Air Purifiers vs. Air Filters: What’s Best for Your Home?

Air Purifiers vs. Air Filters: What’s Best for Your Home? Canadians spend 90% of their time indoors. All that time inside can be harmful to our health, especially when it comes to air quality. Poor air quality can cause a variety of health issues, including nausea, headaches, coughing, and skin irritation. It has even been […]

Why Early Fall is the Best Time to Clean Your Ducts

Why Early Fall is the Best Time to Clean Your Ducts Wondering whether or not you should have your ducts cleaned? You’re not the only one.  Most HVAC companies maintain that duct cleaning is an effective way to keep allergens down as well as increase the health of your home. However, there are a few […]

Ottawa’s Guide to Water Heaters [2019 Edition]

Ottawa’s Guide to Water Heaters Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Needs You likely don’t think about your water heater a lot unless it isn’t meeting your needs. There’s nothing worse than hopping in the shower and realizing there isn’t any hot water left. To help you avoid situations like this, it’s important to […]

Water Heater Tips & Hacks

Water Heater Tips & Hacks Many of us don’t give a second thought to our hot water heater until there’s a problem which, more often than not, happens when we are hopping in the shower, tackling a sinkful of dirty dishes, or drawing a bedtime bath for the kids.   Our hot water heater is that […]