If there is one weather fact we can count on here in Canada, it is this: you just never know what a Canadian winter may bring.
This particular winter season is shaping up to be a memorable one for sure, earning an array of daunting headlines such as “grim,” “old-fashioned deep freeze” and “classic Canadian winter.”
But the good news is, it is never too late to warm up your home and workplace with efficient, effective heating solutions that can be installed without disruption to your home or work routines.
In this article, we review the newest heating technology so you can choose the option that best fits your space and needs.
All Heating Options Are Not Created Equally
If there is one thing we have learned in our 70-plus years of service to date, it is this: all heating options are not equally cost effective and efficient to install and use.
As well, some options take extensive renovations or retrofits, while others can feel as simple to install and use as plug-and-play.
Here, more space to heat doesn’t necessarily have to mean more complex heating solutions, either. Thanks in large part to the new wave of heating technology developed to address the unfolding concerns regarding climate change, today’s options are more compact and customization-friendly than at any other time in history.
Here are three examples of simple, turnkey heating solutions we particularly love:
One example is the Fujitsu Halcyon systems we love. These are zone-based ductless heating furnaces. These simple, compact, efficient, and low-maintenance heating systems can work equally well in a single-room efficiency apartment and a multi-story family home.
Best of all, the zone system makes it possible to target precise areas to heat and avoid spending to heat unused spaces.
Nuheat is an innovative new system to heat the cold floors by simply laying down customized mats, cables, membranes, mesh, or a suitable combination of these options.
Nuheat can be safely placed beneath tiles, wood flooring, marble, stone, laminate, and other types of flooring, including inside showers and sauna rooms. The heating is even and consistent and a Wi-Fi thermostat attachment (sold separately) can help you control heating and energy costs even further.
Electric Radiant Heating
An alternative to Nuheat is traditional electric radiant heating, which is now available in both permanent installation and portable versions. This is another way to provide even, targeted heating in specific areas within your space without paying extra for wasted heat energy.
Even better, with electric radiant heating, you don’t suffer the drying effects of traditional heated air systems, which can leave you more susceptible to cold, flu, nosebleeds, allergies, and respiratory discomfort.
’Tis the Season for Standby Generators
With all of our wonderful modern technology, it is so easy to forget all about the pure power of nature. One deep snowfall, one furious winter squall, one batch of ice sheeting, and there goes all of our modern winter comforts!
This makes winter a particularly ideal time to consider adding a standby generator as a source of limited or whole home emergency power. A standby generator can provide extra comfort during seasonal power outages. But it can do much more than that.
For those family members who rely on oxygen or assistive at-home medical devices, having a standby generator installed that will kick in when the power goes out can make the difference between life and death. In other areas as well, a standby generator can more than earn back your investment in just one incident by providing the power to save the food stores you have tucked away in your refrigerator and freezer.
One of the best ways to determine if now is the right time to invest in a standby generator to support your existing power grid is to ask yourself what is at stake if your power goes out for 24 hours or more. The questions in this blog post can help you determine whether this is the year to make this type of valuable long-term investment.
Rent a Heater—Yes, It Really Is Possible!
Sometimes it just isn’t the right time to invest in new heating equipment. Perhaps you don’t plan to live in your current home long-term or you have already made another significant investment and new heating equipment just isn’t in the budgetary cards at the moment.
Did you know you can rent heating equipment very affordably just for the times you need some extra heat?
Here at Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric, we don’t want any family to have to shiver their way through the epic Canadian winter season! For this reason, we have started to offer heating and cooling equipment on a rental basis.
Our rental agreement is very economical. For every $1,000 in equipment value, you pay $15 per month per item you are renting. So, for example, let’s say you want to rent a furnace for six months. Here, you would pay less than $100 (with taxes) for your rental term.
There is also an option to purchase the equipment at any time during your rental term or at its conclusion. If you are ready to purchase new heating equipment but are not in a position to purchase it in full right now, this permits you to pay down a portion of your costs month by month until you are financially ready to make your purchase.
Perhaps the best perk that can come from renting heating equipment is the chance to try out a particular heating system to see if this is what you want to commit to on a long-term basis.
Get In Touch
Give us a call at 877-885-3403 to find out how our 70-plus years of heating expertise can support you so you can have the safest, warmest winter this year and every year!