Combi Boilers: Three Facts of Life

Hydronic heating is nothing new. In fact, it’s been around since the mid-1800s; only the technological details have changed. Where once you would have had a massive central boiler that served an entire building, or perhaps a connection to a municipal district heating service, nowadays we see small self-contained systems. The advantages of this are

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Something New: The Polaris Water Heater

Water heaters are a little bit like cars; when you pay 22k for a sedan, there’s not very much to distinguish one brand from another. However, compare a basic economy model to a top-of-the-line BMW and you’re certain to notice some differences in build quality and performance.   What is this then? A Mercedes? A

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Sewer Backflow Prevention

The fifth anniversary of Calgary’s 2013 flood is coming up, and we’re all reminded of how rainy it can be here in late spring and early summer. Sewer backflow is a damage vector that you can actually do something to prevent, and chances are your insurance company will reward you for doing so.   A

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’Tis the Season for Air Conditioning

(Soon, We Promise) It’s been a long, cold, rough winter here in Calgary… We understand completely if cooling off is the last thing on your mind right now, but summer is almost here. It’s time again to get your air conditioning system ready for the season, and if you don’t have AC yet, now is

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Garburators vs Green Bins

A garbage disposal unit is an awfully nice thing to have. However, with the advent of Calgary’s Green Bin recycling program for biodegradable waste, many people have come to frown on their use.   It’s A Good Thing The Green Bin program is making a real difference for the better. More than half of what

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Water Softening: Right For You?

It’s a fact that here in Calgary we enjoy one of the world’s safest, cleanest water supplies. It’s also a fact that our water supply has a fairly high mineral content; this is understandable considering our water comes to us via overland drainage from a mountain watershed– namely the Bow and Elbow rivers.   Calgary’s

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Inspection Services Save Lives!

We’ve very recently blogged about carbon monoxide (CO) detection and the rash of venting problems occurring this winter, but we were shocked and saddened by the recent tragedy of a twelve-year-old Airdrie boy who died from CO poisoning in his own bed. The source of the gas was found to be a condensing boiler unit

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Central Humidifiers in Calgary: Full Steam Ahead

It’s the one thing every newcomer to Calgary seems to agree on: “wow, it’s really dry here.”  If you’ve been here a while, you’re familiar with our skin flaking, lip cracking, semi-arid climate. So far, this winter has been pretty rough for humidifiers because of the wide temperature swings we’ve experienced, with severe cold snaps

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Carbon Monoxide Risks

The dead of winter is peak season for carbon monoxide risks; that’s when all your gas-fired appliances are working overtime. We all know that carbon monoxide asphyxiation can spoil your whole day, but for some people chronic low-level exposure can be a problem too.   Why It’s So Dangerous Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless,

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Cold Spell Alert!

Make Sure Your Gas Appliances Can Breathe With the current cold spell and recent snowfall, we are getting a rash of calls right now concerning furnaces, water heaters and boilers conking out. A large number of these failures result from snow and frost obstructing the vents and/or fresh air intakes of gas appliances. This is

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