Entries by Alexandra Fricker

EV Charger Installation: FAQs

Electric Vehicle Chargers: Your Questions Answered Thinking of investing in an electric vehicle for your next car? Already decided to make the switch from gas to green? An electric vehicle means you’ll never find yourself fuelling up at a gas station again – but before you can get relief from the prices at the pump, […]

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 has a heartbeat? Or can it be more […]

Who Needs a Protection Plan, Anyway?

We thought we would skip the furnace protection plan, my husband and I, when we purchased our first home.  We were young and poor, we thought.  What could happen, we thought? What happened, exactly, was the need to replace the most expensive part of our furnace—out of pocket. The furnace guy seemed sorry to have to charge us—but was quick to point out […]

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Home

Why Your Older Furnace May Be a Health Risk If you suspect a 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 leak, that puts you and your […]

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 visitor comes calling to your home?  Or when family and friends gather inside your house for […]

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 could be in your near future.  With the fall and winter […]

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 of us breathe in every day […]

Furnasman’s New Home Furnace Buying Guide

Expert Information on Home Heating Costs, Energy Efficiency, Installation & More for Winnipeg 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 is a rite of passage every property owner goes through […]

How to Protect Your Home from COVID-19

Many of us are currently self-isolating. Now that we’re spending so much time in our homes, are there steps you can take to better protect your family from COVID-19? Handwashing and physical distancing are a good start, but UV air purifiers and advanced furnace filters might be able to help too.  Rely on Trustworthy Sources […]

11 Common Furnace Repairs & Problems to Watch For

There is never a good time for a furnace malfunction, but it’s especially important to have a reliable furnace during Winnipeg winters. Regular maintenance not only keeps your furnace running smoothly, but it can also help you avoid expensive repairs and keep your heating bill low. To help you learn from Furnasman’s 80 years of […]

Your Old Furnace is Costing You More Than You Think

Even if your old furnace is working well, keeping you and your family warm and comfortable through another winter, you may be spending more money than you think – and certainly, more than you have to.  Although the cost of replacing your furnace may seem like a high, unnecessary cost, it may be one of […]

Tankless vs. Traditional Hot Water Heaters

Pros, Cons, & Important Notes About Each For most families, water heaters are an essential piece of equipment – especially for those of us who live in cold regions. These amazing appliances give us the ability to wash our dishes and clothes easily and keep our bodies clean and healthy with warm showers and cozy […]

Guide: Cleaning Your Central Air Conditioner

Cleaning your central air conditioner regularly is important for many reasons. It helps extend the life of your air conditioner by reducing wear and tear on parts by allowing your machine to run more efficiently. Giving your air conditioner regular attention also means you are more likely to catch small problems, so they can be […]

Troubleshooting Common Air Conditioner Problems

Imagine this: you’ve just moved into a brand new home, and you’re excited because it comes with a state-of-the-art air conditioning unit. But after only a couple of months, you start to notice the air conditioner isn’t working the way it used to. So what do you do? Modern air conditioners are built with longevity […]

Why Your Furnace Breaks Down (& What to Do About It)

Regular Maintenance Prevents Furnace Breakdowns As winter approaches, a functional furnace is a necessity. When snow is piling up outside, and the temperature is dropping, the last thing you want is for your furnace to fail. Preventative maintenance is key to preventing the majority of furnace failures, so as part of your pre-winter checklist, you […]

The Winnipegger’s Guide to Home Humidity

There are many benefits of humidifiers; they improve your comfort and can even improve your health and reduce wear and tear in your home. Humidity, however, varies from location to location. For Winnipeg in particular, humidifiers can be extremely beneficial, especially in the winter months.  Humidity in Winnipeg When measuring humidity, we use a term […]

How to Save Money on Your Heating Bill

What Are the Best Ways to Save on Your Heating Bill? We’re all familiar with Winnipeg’s cold winters. Aside from moving south of the border, the experts at Furnasman are here to help you save on your heating bill. A high-efficiency furnace might be your first thought, but there are other ways you can save […]

THE BENEFITS OF WI-FI CONTROLLED THERMOSTATS

Wi-Fi controlled thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature of your home remotely, using the Internet on any device, including desktop computers, laptops, iPads and tablets and mobile phones. Wi-Fi controlled thermostats may seem like an unnecessary luxury, but there are many reasons to consider having one installed in your home. Convenience If, for nothing […]

REASONS WHY YOUR FURNACE MIGHT BE LEAKING

Have you uncovered a leak that seems to be coming from your furnace? Leaks should be attended to quickly since they can cause further damage to your furnace’s electrical and are a potential safety hazard. Here’s a list of the top five causes for a leaking furnace. A Condensation Leak Condensation leaks can be a […]

WHAT’S THE RIGHT FURNACE FOR YOUR HOME?

Are you in the market for a new furnace? Knowing which one is right for your home can be a challenge with so many models and sizes to choose from. Here are a few factors to consider when comparing different units Size of your home The size of your home is definitely a large factor […]

WHEN SHOULD YOU REPLACE YOUR FURNACE FILTER?

Many people aren’t aware of just how important regularly replacing their furnace filter can be. A clogged filter not only can cost you more on your utility bills by forcing the air handler to work harder. The filter can also heat up, causing your furnace to shut off too early, so your house never achieves […]

FALL IS HERE! TIME TO GET YOUR FURNACE CHECKED

The leaves are falling, and children are getting excited and planning for Halloween. If you don’t want spooky things happening when you turn on your heat for the cold months ahead, then now is the time to get your HVAC system inspected and ready for winter. Remember, your furnace has not been used for quite a few […]

IS DUCT CLEANING A SCAM?

Over time, the ducts in your home can become obstructed with dirt, dust, and other debris. As a result, your HVAC systems will start providing poorer performance while consuming more power, which can seem insignificant but still build up to staggering sums. Similarly, you can expect the air quality of your home to start suffering […]

IT’S SPRING!

How can you make sure your air conditioner is ready for warmer weather? After a long, cold Winnipeg winter, it’s hard to imagine wanting to get away from the warmth of spring and summer. Having said that, spring is a great time to tune up your home’s air conditioner to make sure you’re ready when […]

WHAT ARE COMMON PROBLEMS WITH AIR CONDITIONERS?

According to Murphy’s Law, anything that can go wrong will, and usually at the worst possible time. Air conditioning is no exception. Modern A/C  units are relatively trouble-free, but they always seem to fail at the most inconvenient time. Luckily, most problems are easy to fix or can be prevented with regular maintenance. Here we’ve […]

10 ‘COOL’ FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AIR CONDITIONING

Until the 20th century, dealing with hot weather meant sweating it out and fanning ourselves. Thanks to several innovations that led to today’s modern A/C, we’re now able to keep cool at the flip of a switch. Here we’ve summarized some interesting facts surrounding air conditioning units, including a brief history, how they work, maintenance […]

CHOOSING THE BEST AIR CONDITIONER FOR YOUR WINNIPEG HOME

Not all air conditioners are created equal – especially when you factor in your home’s location. Due to being located in the Canadian Prairies, and its distance from both mountains and oceans, Winnipeg is exposed to numerous extreme weather systems. Not only is it considered one of the coldest cities in the world, but its […]

HOW YOUR THERMOSTAT CAN SAVE YOU MONEY

Did you know you could save a lot of money simply by updating your thermostat or changing its settings? A non-programmable thermostat can waste up to 20% of your total energy usage each month! A programmable thermostat costs a little more up front than a regular thermostat but it will pay for itself in heating […]

How Often Should You Have Your Ductwork Cleaned?

Your ducts are responsible for circulating warm and cool air coming from your central heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. They’re like the body’s veins, but they move warm or cool air instead of blood.  The ductwork in your home can become dirty or clogged as it moves air throughout your home. The dust, […]

MAKE SURE YOUR FURNACE IS ALWAYS READY TO TAKE WINTER BY STORM

A furnace maintenance plan keeps you warm and cozy through winter’s worst weather Just like cooling systems and air conditioning are lifesavers in the warm summer months, a functional furnace is essential during winter months to keep your home comfortable, if not downright cozy. If you have ever experienced waking up in the middle of […]

DISCOVER THE COMFORT OF A WHOLE HOUSE HUMIDIFIER

When the days get colder, the air also becomes much drier. To add moisture to their homes, many people use humidifiers. While small, room-based humidifiers can replace some moisture, they may not be adequate to replace enough moisture throughout a home, especially a larger one. One alternative is a whole house humidifier. If you have […]

TIPS FOR REDUCING YOUR HEATING BILLS THIS WINTER

Of all the utilities you rely on in the wintertime, nothing surpasses the need to heat your home effectively and efficiently. It may seem like costly heating bills are unavoidable in the winter, but there are many things you can do to lower your heating bills: Use a programmable thermostat Programmable thermostats can be crucial […]

WHAT YOUR HVAC CONTRACTOR SHOULD PROVIDE FOR YOU

There are certain things only a professional HVAC company can provide for you. Here’s a list of the top five from some of the most trusted sources available According to EnergyStar: Expect a home evaluation — The contractor should spend significant time inspecting your current system and home to assess your needs. This could take from […]

HEAT PUMPS FOR WINNIPEG

What is a heat pump and should I have one installed? A heat pump is an electrical device that extracts heat from one place and transfers it to another. In colder months, it moves heat still present in outdoor air, into your home. In hotter months, the process reverses, and the heat pump will move […]

PREPARING YOUR AC FOR SUMMER

AC and Furnace Maintenance: If you schedule your maintenance regularly for both your air conditioner and furnace, you will keep it working efficiently. Even before you turn on your air conditioner, you should schedule a maintenance checkup by an HVAC technician to prevent serious issues from happening. Several HVAC companies offer great maintenance plans, free assessments […]

WHAT IS A UV AIR PURIFIER AND DO YOU NEED ONE?

If it has been many years since you’ve gotten a new heating or air conditioning system, you will likely be surprised at how many options and add-ons are now available. One of these is the UV air purifier, which works with your HVAC system to improve the effectiveness of whole-house purification systems. Here is some information […]

BENEFITS OF DUCT CLEANING

While the main goal of an HVAC system in your home is to heat and cool the air, it is also important that the air you breathe is clean and healthy too. This is even more important if you or someone in your home has allergies or asthma. Clean air from your air conditioner and […]

HOW DOES UPGRADING YOUR AC UNIT SAVE MONEY?

A new air conditioning system can be a hefty investment, so most people only think about the up-front cost. Believe it or not, it’s usually more cost effective to purchase a new, energy efficient system rather than continuing to drop money into your old system. These are a few ways you’ll save money by upgrading […]

WHAT IS SEER RATING?

If you are already in the market shopping for a new air conditioner, you might have come across the term “SEER.” But what is SEER? How does it affect the over performance of your AC unit? Well, there are a lot of myths that surround the SEER value, but before we go into details, it’s […]

HOW CAN SAVE MONEY ON MY AC UNIT’S ENERGY COSTS?

The summer months mean long, sunny days and lots of outdoor activity. But when the heat rolls in, you’ll likely experience high energy bills from running your air conditioner. In order to minimize the damage, we must do all that we can for our energy-efficiency. We’ve come up with a few simple ways to effectively […]

CAN AIR CONDITIONING CAUSE HEADACHES?

Having an air conditioner is essential to combat those warm summer. But enjoying that ice-cold, amazing indoor air sometimes comes with some trade-offs. As you sit there enjoying the cool indoor air blowing through your home, have you ever had a headache come on? Keep the Aspirin Handy The unfortunate truth is, air conditioning does […]

BENEFITS OF YEARLY FURNACE MAINTENANCE

During the cold winter months, nothing is more important than your furnace. When temperatures are at their coldest, you need your heating system operating at peak performance. When these machines aren’t working like they should, it can mean using space heaters and bundling in blankets to stay cozy. In order to keep a warm, sustained […]

HOW DO UV AIR PURIFIERS WORK?

Keeping a comfortable indoor environment in your home is vital to the happiness of you and your family. While that obviously means keeping it at ideal temperatures, it also means that the air quality is at a high level. When your indoor air is dirty and full of the contaminants, it can be damaging to […]