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7 Signs You Need a New Furnace Now

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 […]Read More

Give the Gift of Home Comfort for Christmas This Year!

A Brand New Furnace & AC: The Perfect Christmas Combo A new furnace may not be the first thing that comes to mind as a Christmas gift for someone on your list – it’s a big-ticket item, but one that will be appreciated for decades to come.   And while it may not be as flashy as a trip to […]Read More
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Upgrade, Bundle & Save on Your New Home Heating and Cooling System

The benefits of investing in a 2-in-1 home comfort solution. Worried about your furnace making it through the bulk of the winter? Concerns about your air conditioner failing to kick on when the hazy summer heat starts to seep in? Home heating and cooling systems aren’t designed to last forever. Properly maintained, most central air […]Read More
Supply Chain Scarcity: What If I Need to Buy a New Furnace?

Supply Chain Scarcity: What If I Need to Buy a New Furnace?

We can thank the pandemic for supply chain issues in Canada, including laptop and car shortages—oh, and bathroom tissue!    With scarcity like this, what to do if your family needs to buy a new furnace? Could a Canadian family really go the entire winter without heat?      Supplies Are Very Limited This Season, Get Your New Furnace Now!  A “wait-and-see” approach may not work well if your family needs a new furnace this season.  Rising energy costs have […]Read 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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More
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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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

How To Determine Which Type & Size of Furnace is Ideal for Your Home

Buying or upgrading your furnace system can seem daunting. For the most part, our relationship with our home heating systems consists of us setting the thermostat and walking away.  However, if you believe your current furnace isn’t up to snuff or if you’re ready for an upgrade, there are a variety of factors to consider […]Read More

The Clean Air Conundrum: How to Maintain Excellent Indoor Air Quality

Breathe Better, Feel Better, & Smell Better, Too The Importance of Good Indoor Air Quality Have you thought about your air lately? It’s unfortunate but true that many of us take indoor air quality (IAQ) for granted. Unless you are sensitive to the air you breathe, IAQ may be the last thing on your mind. […]Read More

Your Water Heater: 5 Things You Should be Doing

Let’s face it. Many of us don’t give a second thought to our water heater. After all, life is busy. As long as we are getting the hot water we need when we need it, we assume everything is working as it should.  Until it isn’t. A lack of hot water is never an enjoyable […]Read More

Winter Furnace Failures (& How to Spot Them Before They Become Huge Problems)

It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare; the temperature drops, you go to turn the furnace on, and nothing happens. Or worse yet, you come home from work to a freezing cold house, despite turning the thermostat up before you left. These unexpected winter furnace failures can be prevented if you know what to look for in […]Read More

Why Your Furnace is Blowing Cold Air (& What to Do About It)

Furnaces are designed to heat our homes, so a furnace blowing cold air instead of warm air is a huge problem. Like many problems, there are a variety of possible culprits but don’t call a professional just yet. Depending on the source of the problem, you may be able to fix it yourself with minimal […]Read More

Furnace Maintenance 101: What, Why, and When to Service Your Furnace

Like any piece of equipment, your furnace will last longer if it is regularly maintained. Keeping your furnace in good working order is also important from a health and safety perspective: an unmaintained furnace could release carbon monoxide into your home, or stop working when you need it most.  Proper maintenance is also a great […]Read More

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 […]Read More

Your Guide to High-Efficiency Furnaces: How They Work & Why They Save You Money

Keep Your Home Warm & Your Wallet Happy With winter just around the corner, many homeowners are bracing for cold weather and, consequently, higher heating bills. A high-efficiency furnace can keep both your family, and your wallet, comfortable all winter long by reducing your heating costs and your carbon footprint. What is a High-Efficiency Furnace? […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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, […]Read More

WHAT IS A HOME COMFORT INSPECTION AND WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE ONE DONE?

When it comes to buying a new home comfort system, there are a number of factors to consider to make sure that what you buy will suit your needs and your home. For most homeowners, this can be intimidating, so it’s important to talk to an expert who can assess your home accurately, ask the […]Read More

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 […]Read More

LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR FURNACE IS TRYING TO TELL YOU – IT MAY BE TIME TO REPLACE IT

Find out what furnace problems may be causing those noises you hear Like every other mechanical system, your furnace may make some noises while operating. While some of these noises can be normal, others can signal that something is not right. If not addressed quickly, you could find yourself needing extensive furnace repairs. Here are […]Read More

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 […]Read More

ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS CAN HELP PREVENT FUTURE FURNACE REPAIRS

Your furnace is an imperative part of your home. During the colder months, you want to be sure your unit is working efficiently to provide the comfort you and your family need. When contacting a furnace repair technician to visit your home, take advantage of the opportunity to learn and ask some essential furnace repair […]Read More

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 […]Read More

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN IT’S THE RIGHT TIME FOR A NEW FURNACE?

You have poured money and time into keeping your older furnace working like new, but even the most carefully maintained equipment will eventually need to be replaced. But how do you know when it’s time to replace your aging furnace with a new one? There are many furnace warning signs to be aware of that […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More

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 […]Read More