With their expansive lakeshore and history, Whitby and Oshawa are great places to visit or call home. Located in the Durham region, approximately 50 (Whitby) and 60 km (Oshawa) east of Toronto, these suburban hot spots are a great place for commuters with their easy access to Go Transit and 401 and 407 highways into Toronto.
Oshawa boasts hundreds of historic homes including the Parkwood Estate, where Billy Madison was filmed. Imagine the cost to heat and cool a mansion that big? Luckily for Oshawa residents there are at least 64 heating and cooling companies ready to service their needs. Whitby trails at 33, but with 10 kilometers between them, they are both able to benefit from a competitive market to keep prices lower for everyone. It’s easy to get a free quote online or by phone.
Finding The Perfect Furnace
Instead of looking at the purchase of a new heating system as a way of spending money, look at it as a way to save each month on your energy bill. By replacing a 20-year-old system with a new energy efficient model, you can save up to 45 per cent on your energy costs. By choosing to pay more and get the most efficient unit you can afford, you will see maximum savings on your bills as well as reducing your environmental impact. We measure energy efficiency in heating systems with term AFUE. It is a measurement of how much useable heat is being generated out of every dollar you spend. Units that are rated 95 or above are considered ENERGY STAR and can qualify for government rebates of up to $2000.
Although propane is an option for rural areas, most areas in Oshawa and Whitby have access to natural gas infrastructure and are able to choose natural gas furnaces for their homes. Those without access can choose propane, but must then put a propane tank on their properly and have it filled periodically.
More Than Just Heating And Air Conditioning
Another option to reduce your environmental footprint is to upgrade to a tankless hot water tank. Traditional tanks can waste energy by keeping hot water available at any time of the day, even if you are not home or it is not needed. With water making up 20 per cent of your energy costs, a tankless system can have a major impact on your bill.
Not only does a tankless system save money, it can also save valuable space since the unit is much smaller. It also heats water on demand, so you can forget about cold showers on a busy morning. Not quite convinced? If qualified, you can receive a government rebate between $300 and $500.