Learn everything you need to know about buying a furnace in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
When many people think of Paris, Saskatchewan does not come to mind. In fact, its capital is known as the ‘Paris of the Prairies’ due to its many bridges. Named for the berry native to the area, Saskatoon is home to an estimated 260,000 people who have happily settled in this vibrant city with a diverse culture, featuring a rich indigenous community.
Native Saskatchewanians know the importance of a good heating and cooling system in their homes. Despite what many might perceive the weather in Saskatoon to be, Saskatchewan gets the most sunshine of any province and the temperature averages 30-35 degrees Celsius in July and August. Come November winter temperatures begin with the mercury dipping and then staying below freezing; with the exception of the odd chinook. There are only about 29 heating and cooling companies in the area so it is important to perform regular inspections to prevent system breakdowns.
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Do I Need A New System?
How old is your system? A good quality heating system usually lasts between 10 and 20 years As your unit ages, it becomes less efficient and the likelihood of repair increases. It is a good idea to research what you need in a new system so that you aren’t forced to make a quick decision if your system fails.
Are your bills increasing? A system loses efficiency as it ages and therefore heating bills tend to creep up and up over time. Replacing your furnace now and save on your energy bills.
Is it breaking down? Most furnace repairs happen in the last two years of a furnace’s life. If you find yourself digging in your wallet to keep an older system running it might be time to start shopping.
How is your thermostat? If you are finding hot and cold spots or are constantly readjusting the thermostat to be comfortable, you may be experiencing an thermostat issue. It is common for there to be communication issues between the thermostat and the furnace.
What colour is your burner flame? The burner flame should burn a constant bright blue. Yellow or flickering flame is a sign of an incomplete burn and could indicate carbon monoxide is being released. Symptoms of low-level carbon monoxide release include headaches, nausea and light headedness. If you suspect carbon monoxide it is advised you open any windows and doors, leave the home and then call 911.
Is your furnace noisy? Popping, shuddering and constant cycling can all be signs that your furnace is on its last legs.
Is your skin dry? As furnaces age, they can have trouble keeping air moist and dust-free. The result is dry skin, lips and throats.