When most people conjure up an image of island life, they do not picture Montreal. Although rich in history and beauty, the largest city in Quebec is not a tropical climate. Bordered by the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers, July is the hottest month with average temperatures reaching 21 degrees Celsius and January sees the mercury plummet to a chilly -9 degrees Celsius. Luckily for Quebecers, there are at least 34 companies offering heating and cooling services to help keep them comfortable all year long. You can get a FREE quote by clicking HERE.
Do I Need A New Furnace?
For most of us, our furnace is a huge steel monster in our basement that we know next to nothing about. That’s okay. But to avoid the dreaded mid-winter breakdown, it’s important to know the signs that you may need a replacement. The average lifespan of a furnace can be 20 to 30 years, but unfortunately 10 to 20 years is more realistic. Most of us are lucky if we remember to change our filters, let alone perform any maintenance. To avoid be left out in the cold this winter go ahead and complete our checklist:
Check your plants. Are you plants droopy? Do you get frequent static shocks? Believe it or not, this could be a sign your furnace needs replacing. Old furnaces are often unable to keep the air in your home moist and clean. The result is an increase in dust allergens as well as dry noses, throats and skin.
What colour is your flame? A change in colour could indicate a potentially dangerous situation. If the flame changes from the normal blue to a yellow hue, or is flickering, it can be a sign that your furnace is creating carbon monoxide. Other signs are soot around your unit, excessive moisture on your windows or rust on your flue pipes.
How are you feeling? Headaches, nausea and other flu-like symptoms can be a sign of carbon monoxide. Older heat exchanges can crack and if present, carbon monoxide can leak. If you suspect a leak, be sure to leave your house immediately and call a licensed gas service technician.
Are you comfortable? Are some rooms in your home too hot and others too cold? The inability to heat your home evenly is a sign that your heating unit needs to be replaced.
How loud is your unit? Older furnaces tend to make more and more noise towards the end of their life. Like an older car, older furnaces also tend to go downhill fast and require more and more repairs with harder and harder to find parts as they age.