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When To Turn On Ac In Spring

When To Turn on AC In Spring As outdoor temperatures begin to increase and the first warm days in months have finally arrived, one of the first things most people tend to do is reach for their air conditioning unit to lower the indoor temperature in their living space. This raises the question about when […]Read More
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What Temperature To Leave Vacant House In Winter Canada

Leaving a home vacant during an extended period of extreme cold in Canada poses unique challenges and potential risks that demand careful consideration from homeowners to ensure their property remains safe from potential damage that leads to costly repairs and increased energy bills. Have you wonder at what temperature to leave your vacant house in […]Read More

Does turning down the heat at night save money?

Does turning down the heat at night save money? Saving on home heating costs is a concern for many, especially during the wintertime when cold weather happens for days on end. And there’s often a debate between homeowners about whether or not turning down the heat at night or when their house remains empty can […]Read More

How Should A Furnace Be Vented? 

How Should A Furnace Be Vented?  Knowing the correct way to vent your furnace is essential for efficient heating and safety. Proper venting ensures the ejection of harmful gasses, preventing potential hazards that risk your safety and well-being. Join the team at Francis Home Environment as we teach you the ins and outs of furnace […]Read More
Can I Clean My Own Furnace

Can I clean my own furnace?

Can I clean my own furnace?  Is a DIY furnace cleaning on your ever-growing to-do list? Before you delve into this home improvement task, it is critical that you recognize the technicalities of taking care of your home’s heating system. In this blog, the team at Francis Home Environment is going over the dos and […]Read More
How Long Does it Take to Install a Furnace?

How Long Does it Take to Install a Furnace?

How Long Does it Take to Install a Furnace? If you have decided that your old furnace is starting to see its years a little more and is looking (and functioning) worse for the wear, it may be time to call up your friendly HVAC technicians to schedule a replacement. When you’re mapping out your […]Read More
Installing A Humidifier On A Furnace: What To Know

Installing A Humidifier On A Furnace: What To Know

Maintaining the ideal indoor humidity becomes increasingly essential as the seasons change and the air becomes drier. At Francis Home Environment, we recognize the importance of a properly installed humidifier in improving the air quality and overall living experience in your home. We believe in providing healthier and more pleasant living environments for our customers, […]Read More

How Does A Heat Pump Work In Winter

How Does A Heat Pump Work In Winter A heating system in any home is essential, especially during those cold Ontario winters. If your current heating system is on the fritz, you may be in the market for a new one. A popular choice amongst homeowners is heat pumps, as they are energy-efficient solutions that […]Read More

Heat Pump Vs. Air Conditioning

Heat Pump Vs. Air Conditioning Are you looking for a new cooling system for your home but aren’t sure whether a heat pump or a central air conditioner is the best option for you? While both systems have an identical end objective of cooling your home, they function differently and offer distinct advantages. Therefore, if […]Read More

Are Heat Pumps Energy Efficient

Are Heat Pumps Energy Efficient Do you want to know if heat pumps are an energy-efficient way to heat and cool your residence? You’re not by yourself. With rising utility bills and rising worries about greenhouse gases, an increasing number of homeowners are turning to heat pumps to lower their consumption of energy and negatively […]Read More

Are heat pumps worth it in Canada

Are Heat Pumps Worth It In Canada If you are in Canada, you understand the importance of having a dependable heating system during the extended, chilly winter months. Heat pumps are becoming popular among homeowners as an effective and environmentally friendly solution to traditional heaters. But, in Canada, are heat pumps really worth it? We […]Read More

What is a heat pump and how does it work

What Is A Heat Pump And How Does It Work  If you’re like the majority of homeowners, you probably don’t think about how to keep your home warm or cool. You simply adjust the thermostat and relax. Recognizing the technology behind your home’s HVAC system, however, can not only help you value it more, but […]Read More

The Canadian Buyer’s Guide to Air Conditioners: Francis Edition

The Canadian Buyer’s Guide to Air Conditioners: Francis Edition Beat the Ottawa heat with our guide to buying a new air conditioning system. Ask any resident of Ottawa about the climate in the capital city and you’re bound to get an answer about the bitter cold of its long winter season.  But summers in Ottawa […]Read More
7 Signs You Need a New Furnace Now

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 […]Read More

Give the Gift of Home Comfort for Christmas This Year!

Give the Gift of Home Comfort for Christmas This Year! A Brand New Furnace & AC: The Perfect Christmas Combo A new furnace may not be the first thing that comes to mind as a Christmas gift for someone on your list – it’s a big-ticket item, but one that will be appreciated for decades […]Read More
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Upgrade, Bundle & Save on Your New Home Heating and Cooling System

Upgrade, Bundle & Save on Your New HVAC 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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More
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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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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. […]Read More

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

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

Why Early Fall is the Best Time to Clean Your Ducts

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 other […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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

What Causes Hot Water Tanks to Fail? 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 […]Read More