What you need to know when upgrading

The Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) has recently change their enforcement of the code eliminating the allowance of a one size variance in chimney size for your gas appliances to your home chimney. (as of Dec 1, 2018)

How does that effect you?

If your home has a gas hot water tank and a gas furnace, your chimney was designed and sized to accommodate both of those gas appliances to operate in one chimney. When converting a hot water tank from gas to electric or upgrading your furnace to high efficiency you will change your capacity for your home’s chimney, making it to large for only one gas appliance. When you take one of these gas appliances off the chimney the new code enforcement could require you to install a chimney liner to down size the chimney to the correct size. If upgrading your furnace, you may also consider changing your hot water tank to a power vented or an electric hot water tank to eliminate your old chimney altogether. If you have questions please feel free to call us, or inquire with Manitoba Hydro if your chimney could be affected.

Which water heater is right for you?

There are 2 different kinds of tank water heaters: Conventional gas water heaters and Electric water heater.

Conventional Water Heating

Conventional storage water heater fuel sources include natural gas, propane, fuel oil, and electricity. All conventional water heater store hot water 24 hours per day in a storage tank, typically ranging in volume from 20 to 120 gallons.

To minimize stand-by losses you should consider water heaters that offer higher levels of tank insulations. Often the lowest-priced storage water heater may be the most expensive to operate and maintain over its lifetime.

There will always be hot water. Endless hot water - for bathing, cooking, dishes, laundry, and all the other countless ways hot water enriches our lives.

We carry a wide variety of gas tank water heaters. They are often the lowest installed cost choice for replacing an existing system.

Electric Water Heating

Heat pump water heaters (HPWH) can be two to three times more energy efficient than conventional electric resistance water heaters.

HPWH use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. To move the heat, heat pumps work like a refrigerator in reverse.

While a refrigerator pulls heat from inside a box and dumps it into the surrounding room, a stand-alone air source water heater pulls heat from the surrounding air and dumps it - at a higher temperature - into a tank to heat water.

We carry stand-alone heat pump water heating systems from several manufacturers. They are all integrated units with a built-in water storage tank and back-up resistance heating elements.

Heat pump water heaters should be installed in locations that remain in the 40°-90°F range year-round and provide at least 1,000 cubic feet of air space around the water heater. Cool exhaust air can be exhausted to the room or outdoors.

A great choice is to install them in spaces with excess heat, such as a furnace rooms. HPWH tend to cool the spaces they are in so you can benefit from free air conditioning in the summer as you are heating hot water.

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Water Heater Differences

Electric Water Heater

Electric Water Heaters can save the average household approximately $250 per year on its electric bills compared to a standard electric water heater. Larger families - that typically use more hot water - will save even more!

Conventional Water Heater

Traditional Tank Style Water Heaters are an economical choice for smaller homes with less demand for hot water.

Our Express Hot Water Service Includes:

  • Gas inspection
  • 40 Gallon tank
  • 8 year tank leakage protection
  • 6 year parts warranty
  • 1 year labour warranty
  • Free removal of old tank
  • Service on evenings, weekends and holidays at no extra charge
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