Saturday, 5 December 2015
Thanks to technological innovations, furnaces are now able to last longer than ever before. While generally requiring little maintenance, it is still a fact that a new unit will need to be installed from time to time. What are some of the top installation tips and what pitfalls should be avoided? Let’s take a closer look. Top Installation Tips One of the first steps is to choose the appropriately sized furnace in relation to internal heating needs. This can be a bit tricky and should be left to a professional installation team. Another area to address is determining which type of heating system is the most appropriate and what benefits are offered.
Friday, 4 December 2015
We often hear about the extremely low temperatures that are common during winters in Winnipeg. However, this region is also known for its sunny and warm summers. With average July temperatures reaching as high as 30ºC, there are times when an air conditioner can have a massive impact on the comfort levels within the home. Health Benefits Staying cool offers many additional benefits than mere comfort alone. Anyone who is susceptible to the heat can be exposed to some very real dangers. Those with pre-existing medical conditions, infants and the elderly are at a particularly heightened risk. Heat stroke, in particular, is a very real threat. The presence of an air conditioner in Winnipeg homes is also quite important from a health standpoint.
Thursday, 3 December 2015
During the dead of winter, temperatures in Winnipeg can fall to as low as -21ºC (1). This is problematic for two reasons. Obviously, such a profound chill is very uncomfortable. However, frozen pipes are another very real issue that can cause any home a great deal of costly damage. It should, therefore, be clear that search terms such as “heating Winnipeg” are commonly seen during the autumn and winter. Any qualified plumber will have the expertise necessary to install these systems around the needs of the property owner. Numerous Choices One of the benefits of modern technology is that there are a vast amount of heating solutions available. While some will depend upon the home in question, others can help the owner save a great deal of money throughout the year.
Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Winnipeg plumbers are known for their professionalism as well as for their ability to deal with nearly any emergency situation imaginable. Of course, part of this arises from the fact that frozen pipes can create very real issues. This is exacerbated considering that Winnipeg is thought to have the coldest winters within all of Canada. However, the ability to address a burst pipe is not the only trait that a plumber should bring to the table. What are some of the other hallmarks of reputable plumbing companies? Flexibility Plumbing can be a difficult job and the professional needs to be able to handle multiple different tasks that may be required. From leaky taps and broken toilets to replacing hot water tanks or providing a home with a filtration system, this flexibility is the key to provide quality services at agreeable prices.
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
As temperature begins to drop in Winnipeg, you should start giving your home’s heating a lot of thought. You have to keep an eye on your furnace and maintain it to ensure everyone’s toasty when the weather turns real cold. Even if your furnace is still working, you’ll still need to pay attention to some red flags to avoid unnecessary inconvenience. Does your furnace need repair? Watch out for these three signs: 1. Fluctuating temperature. A healthy furnace is supposed to give out consistent, reliable heat. However, if you need to readjust the thermostat over and over in order to maintain the right level of comfort, one possible explanation is that your furnace is no longer working properly.
Monday, 30 November 2015
It doesn’t take rocket science to tell whether an air conditioner needs repair, but many homeowners usually find themselves wondering whether there really is a problem or it’s all in their head. Oftentimes, Winnipeg HVAC technicians receive calls too late, when a customer’s AC system has stopped working entirely. If you’re like some homeowners, you may wonder what to observe to keep such major inconvenience from happening. Pay attention to the following signs: 1. Noise. ACs generally make a humming sound to a certain degree, although not that audible unless given notice. If, however, you hear unusual sounds like loud vibrations, rattling, whirring, squealing or grinding, that signals a system problem for sure.
Sunday, 29 November 2015
For Winnipeg residents, with the arrival of autumn and winter around the corner, it’s time to ready their plumbing for the onslaught of cold weather. The main worry is that one of your pipes can freeze. Caused by the water inside them freezing, this can result in burst or clogged pipes. There are several reasons for pipes to freeze: bad insulation, faulty heating, or sudden temperature drops. Local plumbers like Bison Plumbing & Heating LTD can help avert a lot of these problems. Frozen Pipe Basics A frozen pipe may not seem like something to trouble your plumber with, but frozen pipes can be devastating. This is because when water freezes, the ice that it becomes expands, thereby putting a lot of pressure on the structure of your pipe. Depending on how often this happens, your pipes can sometimes just burst, even if they’re made of metal.
Saturday, 28 November 2015
Nowadays, homeowners have practically almost every convenience they’d want in terms of home upkeep. Case in point: dishwashers. The convenience that they bring have made them staples in most modern kitchens, but all of the ease they offer can disappear in the blink of an eye should they refuse to work. Fortunately, a few troubleshooting techniques can help you know if you’ll need to call people from plumbing companies in or around Winnipeg such as Bison Plumbing and Heating for repairs. Let’s start with what’s possibly the simplest potential issue: the unit’s power source. If your dishwasher doesn’t light up, it might not be getting enough or any power at all. Begin by checking whether the power plug is neatly tucked into the socket (if your unit plugs into a GFI outlet, ensure that it wasn’t accidentally tripped, and reset the GFI if required). Should these prove futile, check on your circuit breaker and see if it is in the right position.
Friday, 27 November 2015
There is no doubt that the temperatures during a Winnipeg winter can be anything but forgiving. With the mercury dipping as low as -21ºC overnight, a furnace will quickly become the most important appliance within any home. It is important that the right company be chosen for any repair or installation needs. What are some of the approaches and qualities that define such a reliable organisation? Financial Clarity and Flexibility During 2014, a survey highlighted that some homeowners were paying up to $700 dollars a month in heating bills. With such a spike in prices, many are looking for cost-effective solutions and upfront pricing. A company should therefore make all of their fees very clear from the start. In addition, professionals must also be able to accommodate low-cost solutions for those who cannot afford a high-end furnace installation.
Thursday, 26 November 2015
What are some of the primary benefits that a modern air conditioning system is able to provide to the average Winnipeg home? While Canada may be known to host some rather frigid weather during the winter months, many Winnipeg residents are well aware that the summer can often be associated with temperatures above 26ºC. So, staying cool and comfortable is always a very real concern. Whether one has young children, is retired, or simply wishes to beat the heat, there are many advantages regarding modern air conditioners that are worth mentioning.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Having a reliable heating system is essential. However, like many other things, it needs to be regularly serviced. Here is a list of the top reasons why you should get your heating system serviced by a qualified plumber in Winnipeg who has ample expertise in dealing with heating systems, such as those from Bison Plumbing & Heating Ltd. You will save money on repairs Costly heating system problems can often develop from minor faults. Regular servicing will increase the chances of identifying minor problems and fixing them before they become major problems.
Monday, 23 November 2015
Although Winnipeg can enjoy some balmy temperatures during the summer months, the bite of the winter air is never far off. With average temperatures falling as low as -23ºC in January, property owners need to make certain that their heating systems are up to par, often with the help of professionals from established heating and plumbing companies. Of course, there are a few notable hallmarks of any trustworthy company. In order to make the most informed choices possible, it is important to take a quick look at which factors define a reputable firm. A Kaleidoscope of Services The concept of “one size fits all” has never had a place in modern heating solutions. On the contrary, the services provided should always be based around the needs of the home in question. There are a variety of areas that must be tackled. These can include (but are not limited to):
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Much like the prices of other household commodities, the cost of heating your home is on the rise in Winnipeg, and people are always thinking of ways to keep energy household costs down—–one of them being the choice of furnace type to use to heat their homes. The options include electricity, natural gas, and oil. When you’re in need of replacing your furnace, you’ll want to understand the unique features of each type. Electric Furnace This furnace is the easiest to maintain. It is convenient because there is no fuel storage tank to lug around, and can be used in practically any household electric outlet. No risk of gas explosions, or of inhaling dangerous gases, nor the likely chance of fire outbreaks.
Monday, 7 September 2015
It’s summer again here in Winnipeg – bright sunshine, elevated temperatures and relatively higher humidity levels, all of which could sometimes team up to make your home a truly uncomfortable environment. The usual remedy for this is an air conditioner, providing succour by lowering the temperature and humidity level in the home. A cooling system, however, may break down at any time, whether due to constant usage or just plain old age, requiring significant repairs or possible replacement. If you are among those who don’t think much about your air conditioning system until you need it to function and it doesn’t respond, don’t feel too bad. Most people don’t either.
Sunday, 6 September 2015
Nowadays, it’s all about the “green” game. Laws and ordinances are being passed left and right to curb water heater inefficiency—a far cry from the old days when homeowners would simply buy a new hot water tank regardless of size to replace their old one. While such directives have indeed been pushing initial installation costs high, it certainly comes with a nice trade-off in manageable utility bills. The latest energy efficiency standards for tank water heaters are pretty straightforward. For homeowners who own water heaters that can hold 55 gallons of water or less, they’ll have to switch to more efficient (but typically larger) units which can present a few problems if intended to be placed in the same position. This is where proper sizing comes in for the most optimal returns possible.
Friday, 4 September 2015
Hard water (water laced with greater than normal amounts of trace minerals like calcium and magnesium, in the form of ions) is nothing but trouble. The excess amount of minerals can wreak havoc in your plumbing; something which can be contradicted by installing a water softener. Before buying a softener, though, you must know first if you actually have hard water—in some cases, your water may already be too soft, making a water softener completely useless. Firstly, it helps to know what a water softener actually does. Offered by local plumbing companies, like Bison Plumbing & Heating, water softeners are special appliances directly attached to your home’s water supply, designed specifically to swap out sodium ions for the excess calcium and magnesium. Water softeners are common throughout Winnipeg and other cities, though not uniform in design and function.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
No matter how well you observe facilities management best practices, you might still come across a few disagreements arising from inadequate or inconsistent indoor temperature regulation. Some employees might be freezing at their desks, for example, while others at the far end of a room may find the temperature too warm for their liking and consequently feel ill at ease. Not all employees will take it all in stride, and you can expect some of them to voice out their complaints before long. After all, you have a duty to ensure the comfort of every employee within your premises. Here are a few tips on how to maximise indoor air comfort.
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Sad as it may be, but there will come a time when even your most trusted equipment or appliance stops functioning the way you need them to. It can be your favorite coffeemaker, your lawn mower, or your furnace; these items, after all, have a set service life. As such, it is the duty of every homeowner to ask themselves one very important question when an equipment breaks down: Do I need repair or replacement? The Broken Furnace A broken furnace is one of the most inconvenient situations that any home in Winnipeg can face—especially when the temperature drops to the negative. Most houses in the area, in fact, use their furnace all year-round, particularly during colder nights. Having a broken furnace in your home, no matter the month, could significantly affect your living comfort. Here are some things to consider before you decide whether a furnace repair or a replacement is more cost-effective.
Sunday, 5 July 2015
Many people make it a point to enjoy a warm, relaxing shower after a long day at work or school. When they emerge after a few minutes, a new feeling of freshness may be attained—but what if you feel the time is ripe to bring that shower experience to a whole new level? Jacob Hurwith of Improve Net says some new shower heads can be worth the time and money invested. In fact, several Canadian homeowners may be enticed to invest in a new shower as part of any upgrades to their bathroom. Some interior design specialists even claim that a number of shower improvements can turn simple bathrooms into spa-like spaces. If you feel that your home’s showers have been worn down after years of use, consider your replacement options and have them installed by a skilled plumber in Winnipeg, such as those from Bison Plumbing & Heating LTD.
Friday, 3 July 2015
Almost every household has its own dishwasher system to aid in housekeeping duties; however, these appliances tend to act up at the most unfortunate of times, prompting a need to have them fixed up right away. In his article for HomeTips, Don Vandervort wrote that dishwashers on the fritz are a temporary setback that can be quickly settled to put your quality of life back on track. The importance of keeping the dishwasher operational cannot be lost among residents of Winnipeg, MB. Do you know that 15 restaurants in The Peg were padlocked in the second half of 2014 due to health and sanitation issues centred around dishwashers that could not properly heat up? The spectre of health problems that could threaten your home due to a faulty dishwasher can’t be ignored. Fortunately, you can count on the services of established plumbing companies in Winnipeg, such as Bison Plumbing and Heating Ltd.
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
If you’ve noticed that your furnace has been performing erratically during the past winter, you might have already been considering replacing your unit before it could take its toll on you’re your family’s comfort and your energy bills. Shopping for a new furnace, however, isn’t as simple as going to an appliance centre and buying the one with the highest energy efficiency or having the best additional features. In choosing a new furnace for your home, Winnipeg furnace experts agree that choosing the right size is among the most important factor to consider. Perils of an Over-sized or an Undersized Furnace If you’re a firm believer of “bigger is always better”, then you wouldn’t want to apply this maxim when choosing among furnaces for sale. Undoubtedly, it will keep your house warm no matter the temperature outside. In fact, it will make your house too warm for your comfort, since some of the areas being heated by your furnace tend to warm up quickly.
Monday, 29 June 2015
Summer is upon everyone once more, bringing not only warmer weather, but also the urge to stay indoors and seek the comfort of their home’s air conditioning units. Your home’s air conditioners are definitely going to be used a lot these coming months, and lest you want to be stunned by a huge energy bill, now is the time to prepare your AC for the impending heavy use. In doing your routine air conditioner maintenance, Winnipeg air conditioner experts remind you to check on these things that you might have forgotten to do. Is the area around your AC sealed? Ensuring that the area being cooled down by your air conditioning unit is sealed from any cracks or gaps is key to keeping the room cool during hot summer days. Gaps like the one found between sliding windows should be blocked out to avoid cool air from escaping, and though accordion flaps that come with most air conditioners nowadays might seem like a good fix, oftentimes they won’t fit right.
Saturday, 27 June 2015
With summer only a few short weeks away, your attention is probably on making sure if your AC unit is running properly. After all, you’ll be spending far more time trying to keep cool than warm. What most people do not understand, however, is that summer presents a few opportunities for those who need a new heating system. Since winter is still more than a few months away, now is the perfect time to purchase a replacement boiler as many vendors are willing to provide an offseason discount to customers. The question now, however, is whether or not you require a new boiler.
Friday, 26 June 2015
When was the last time you thought about the current state of your drains? Many homeowners do not take the time to think about their drains, at least not until a clog develops. This is a scenario you would probably like to avoid as backups dump a large amount of sewage back into your home. Not only will raw sewage cause massive property damage, but it also exposes you and your family to numerous health risks. According to experienced Winnipeg plumbers, there are many ways you can help prevent a clog from forming inside your drains. Fortunately, keeping your drain clear of clog-forming debris isn’t a very difficult task.
Sunday, 26 April 2015
Spring has finally arrived in Winnipeg, and people who have visited the city in the last season would have figured out why Manitoba’s capital and largest city is also called “Winterpeg.” When things have frozen over in The Peg, life can be difficult. Last year’s winter saw tenants of an apartment along Maryland Street forced out of their home after their 80-year-old heater broke down. Who could make do inside a home without a heater in a city whose winter cold could plunge to as low as 44 below zero?
Friday, 24 April 2015
Replenishing refrigerants is a task best left to a Winnipeg air conditioning service such as Bison Plumbing. Not just because poor handling can be dangerous, it’s also against the law. Manitoba enforces the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Act, which took effect on October 9, 2008. It outlaws the creation and use of any ODS, while also placing under heavy regulation other non-ozone depleting substances. Violators can be fined up to $50,000, six-month imprisonment, or both for the first offense.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Renovating your outdated bathroom can certainly raise your home’s appeal, and one important element in a bathroom renovation is a toilet change. If you think buying a new toilet is as easy as flipping through a catalog, think again. Every homeowner should refer to this Winnipeg plumber approved guide in selecting a new toilet.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Every Canadian homeowner has encountered a drain problem or two, but that’s not something you should shrug off lightly. A clogged drain is actually a lot more troubling than it sounds, as an article in The Huffington Post reveals that this problem costs at least $300 in repairs. Calling a plumber from trusted Winnipeg plumbing companies like Bison Plumbing & Heating Ltd. is the best way to resolve your drain problems, but if you find yourself needing frequent repairs, maybe it’s time to take a long hard look at what you throw down the drain. Here are some of the common culprits of drain problems.
Sunday, 5 April 2015
Winnipeg is known across Canada as one of the provinces that experiences the bitterest cold during winter season, earning the moniker “Winterpeg”. During the cold, families would turn to their trusted furnace to give them the much-needed warmth. Furnaces could last for a very long time, but how will you know that you already need to install a new one with the help of Winnipeg furnace experts? It’s ideal to purchase a new furnace once every 15 to 20 years, and should be used daily for 180 days to ensure its optimum efficiency, yet this isn’t always the case given the level of care that most homeowners extend to their own furnaces. To determine if it’s time to bid goodbye to your trusted furnace, keep in mind these three factors that have their own impacts on its life cycle.
Friday, 3 April 2015
Air conditioners have become an essential part of a home. People love to be cool all-year round and would prefer to go to sleep with the air-conditioner running on warm days. That being said, air conditioners are big investments. It can make up majority of the electric bill, especially during hot weather, specifically in summer. Nonetheless, with proper usage, homeowners can maximise the return on investment of their air conditioner in Winnipeg as well as maximise its efficiency. One of the first things to consider is the size of the air conditioner. It is advised that the size should be in proportion to the size of the room. For example, an undersized air conditioner will have to work harder and longer to cool a big room, and a large air conditioner would be too much for a small room where a regular-sized one would have done the trick. Getting the size or horsepower wrong can increase the monthly utility bills so it’s best to get the appropriate one for the room.
Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Winnipeg is known for being a chilly locale. While double-digit temperatures have just recently hit Manitoba, Winterpeg still essentially requires every home to have a heating system in place all year round. If you’re in the market for a new heating system to replace your old one, now is a good time with the onset of warmer weather. Replacing your aging furnace with a new, high-efficiency model can offset rather unpredictable energy prices; as well as give you cleaner indoor air and more efficient heating. Since gas is still the most common fuel for furnaces, here are some important factors you must consider in getting a new gas furnace.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
A typical loaf of bread will last for several days before it gets hard and stale. At this rate, some are inclined to throw it away; but Rochelle Billow of Bon Appétit says there's still hope. H2O to Rehydrate Stale Bread Assuming there are still no signs of mold growth, a slice of stale bread will benefit from a quick bath. Make sure the crust is positioned in a way that the cut-side is facing away from the faucet, but a soaked slice is still good. Warm it up for around 7 minutes (add 3 to 5 minutes if you really drenched it) in 300 to 325 degrees in the oven. Bread goes stale due to a process called retrogradation. As starch molecules harden over time, the bread loses its moisture, which gives its softness. Reheating the bread forces the molecules to reabsorb the moisture, further enhanced by water.
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Valerie Ferguson, a civil servant from Winnipeg, had to rely on space heaters and blankets to fight off the winter cold. This is because her condominium unit’s furnace broke down—in the middle of what has been reported as the coldest winter within a century, no less. Being in a cold continental climate area, Winnipeg goes through cold weather within most of the year, with winter temperatures that can be absolutely brutal. Its summer is warm but short. At around 132 days every year, the city gets more than 1 cm of snow depth. Canadians from other provinces even jokingly call the place “Winterpeg”.
Sunday, 8 March 2015
Winnipeg air conditioner units are your first line of defense when beating unfavourable temperatures. When the thermometer starts hitting the higher numbers, the heat puts more strain on your air conditioner as you use it. Therefore, your air conditioner should be subject to routine maintenance to ensure that it functions properly. Regular upkeep can help you detect any issues to prevent any inconvenience or mishaps.
Friday, 6 March 2015
Flushing a toilet is one of the biggest uses of water in Winnipeg homes. With clean usable water growing scarcer every minute, every responsible homeowner should do his part in helping conserve water. A traditional toilet uses up more water than a dual flush toilet; in fact, in the year 1992, the U.S. government stated that only toilets that use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush should be used. This led to many toilet manufacturers implementing new designs for more efficient toilet systems like the dual-flush toilet, which can be installed for you by a professional Winnipeg plumber from businesses like Bison Plumbing & Heating, Ltd.
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
When their drains get clogged, most homeowners would try to fix the problem by themselves. Money-wise, this can be practical—if done properly, that is. More often than not, though, some DIY methods cause more damage than good. By the time they call Winnipeg plumbers, the damage has already reached an extent that entails bigger repair expenses. For Canadian homeowners, here are three drain de-clogging mistakes to avoid.
Sunday, 8 February 2015
Generally, a well-maintained furnace in Winnipeg has a lifespan of around 20 years. Once it reaches the end of the road, or a major problem forces your hand, you have no choice but to purchase a replacement. If this is you will be replacing furnace for the first time, the entire process may seem like a herculean task. Of course, it’s easy to simply choose a forced-air furnace. After all, it’s the most common type throughout the country, present in roughly two-thirds of all Canadian homes. While a force-air furnace may meet the needs of the majority, there is no guarantee it is the right choice for your home. When purchasing a furnace, heating experts like Bison Plumbing recommend you keep the following factors in mind:
Friday, 6 February 2015
It is never a good sign whenever any of your home appliance starts to emit loud noises each time you turn it on. This is especially true for your home air conditioner. Loud noises can only add to your stress when you turn on your air conditioner in Winnipeg at the end of the day. More than this, the noise could be a sign that something is wrong with your AC, or some of its parts. Here are a few things you can do to determine what could be causing the noise from your AC unit.
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
This winter is turning out to be colder than normal for Canada residents, including those in Winnipeg. It is thus very important to ensure your water heating system is in good condition and can work efficiently throughout the season. An extreme winter, however, also often means high energy bills, as space and water heaters are used for longer periods, and in more occasions than normal. To help keep your utility bills down as much as possible, you may want to consider adopting certain measures, including those discussed below. These will not only help in saving energy, but can also protect your heating system from overuse.
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Does your plumbing produce a loud noise when you shut off a faucet? Most likely, that is what plumbers call a water hammer, which happens when a quickly-moving jet of water travels down a pipe and comes into contact with a closed valve. The resulting loud thud comes from the shock wave the impact creates, which should not happen if your plumbing has well-functioning air chambers in place.