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Upgrade, Bundle & Save on Your New Home Heating and Cooling System

The benefits of investing in a 2-in-1 home comfort solution. Worried about your furnace making it through the bulk of the winter? Concerns about your air conditioner failing to kick on when the hazy summer heat starts to seep in? Home heating and cooling systems aren’t designed to last forever. Properly maintained, most central air […]Read More

Supply Chain Scarcity: 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 if your family needs a new furnace this season.  Rising energy costs have […]Read More

Emergency Customer Service for Your Furnace 24/7/365—Even on Holidays—No Extra Charge!

Local emergency furnace service when you need it. It occurred to me that I needed emergency customer service for my furnace at about 3:00 am on the coldest morning of a harsh Canadian winter. The air was frigid cold and when I flicked on my bedside lamp, I could see my breath hanging frosty and […]Read More
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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 settling in – will need to […]Read More

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 leak, that puts you and your family […]Read More

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 visitor comes calling to your home?  Or when family and friends gather inside your house for […]Read More

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 could be in your near future.  With the fall and winter […]Read More

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 of us breathe in every day […]Read More

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 is a rite of passage every property owner […]Read More

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. You may also be wondering who […]Read More

Air Purifiers: How UV Light Can Help Keep Your Air Clean

You might have heard of UV light, and you’ve probably heard of air purifiers, but UV air purifiers? UV air purifiers are a safe and effective way to purify your home’s air, and they can easily be integrated with your existing HVAC system.  What is UV Light? UV, or ultraviolet, light is a type of […]Read More

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 linked to problems with children’s development and lung disease later […]Read More

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 […]Read More

Ottawa’s Guide to Water Heaters [2019 Edition]

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 choose the right size and […]Read More

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 piece of equipment tucked away […]Read More

What Causes Hot Water Tanks to Fail (& How to Prevent It)

You go to wash your hands one evening, and you notice that the water isn’t hot.  Hmm…  It’s time to relax, so you decide you’ll investigate later. The next morning, you go to take a shower and… Before you can finish, you’re drenched with a cold conclusion. Something is definitely up with your hot water […]Read More