Posts Tagged ‘Boilers’

How Radiant In-Floor Heating Works and What Makes It So Efficient

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

One of the most popular modes of heating among new homeowners is radiant in-floor heating. This method of heating uses a boiler to heat up water and send it through a set of pipes underneath your floor. This is often installed as part of new construction, but a technician may also retrofit this into an older home. People with in-floor radiant heat swear by its advanced comfort and efficiency. Here’s what makes these units so effective! (more…)

3 Things to Consider When Installing a New Boiler

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Few heating systems available today can offer you the advantages of a gas-powered boiler. With superb fuel efficiency and low-repair maintenance leading to many years of service, a boiler is a heating option that will return many times its installation cost.

Since 1987, Advantage Airtech has helped homeowners in Ajax, ON with boiler installation. Keep these following three things in mind when you plan for your boiler installation, and then give us a call to get started.

3 Things to Keep in Mind for Boiler Installation

  • Fuel source: Boilers, much like furnaces, can run from different power sources. Modern boilers usually run from natural gas, electricity, or oil. However, of the different models, gas boilers are the most popular because of their efficiency and low cost of operation. If you do not have a gas line into your home, than a boiler may not be the optimal choice for you. Talk to installers about your options.
  • Sizing: To work properly, a boiler needs to be “sized” to fit your home’s heating needs. A boiler too large or too small for your home will lead to problems and a short life for the unit. This is one of the reasons you need to have professionals involved from the start of the installation process: correctly sizing a boiler requires precision calculations that take into account multiple factors about your home. Professionals will also help you avoid the common mistake of going for a larger boiler than you need; there is such a thing as “too much heating power,” which will cause a boiler to short cycle and wear down much faster.
  • Pipe insulation: A problem that boilers can face during a tough Ontario winter is freezing in their pipes. Should this occur, the pressure increase can cause the pipes to burst. The pipes of boilers need insulation and protection as much as the pipes of your plumbing system. With the help of professional installers, you can rest assured that your boiler system will be installed with the proper insulation to prevent pipe-freeze during low temperatures.

You Need Professional Installation

Trying to go “do-it-yourself” for boiler installation can be disastrous. Hiring amateurs for the work can turn out almost as badly. You’ll likely end up with a boiler the wrong size that has numerous leaks from shoddy connections. You’ll save time and money with skilled professional handling the work from the start.

At Advantage Airtech, we specialize in gas boiler installation and a variety of other heating services in Ajax, ON. We are a full-service heating and cooling company with 24-hour service whenever you need repairs. Make us your first call when you think you’d like boiler installation for your home.

How to Handle Common Heating Problems with Your Boiler, Like Corrosion

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Boilers have tremendous endurance, and can outlast most other heating systems. The hydronic power of boilers involves few moving mechanical parts, and therefore fewer parts that will wear down and require repairs. This is one of the reasons boilers have remained popular for home heating for well over a century.

However, boilers do have their own set of repair issues to look for. If you have a boiler in Pickering keeping you warm this winter, make sure that it receives regular maintenance and any necessary repairs so that it will last up to and beyond its manufacturer’s estimated lifetime.

Advantage Airtech is here to assist you with your Pickering home’s boiler. Let us help keep it working for many years to come!

Heating problems boilers might experience and what to do about them

  • Corrosion: Because boilers use water, they are at risk from corrosion, which occurs when metal meets water in the presence of oxygen. Corrosion, such as rust, eats away metal and weakens it. This can cause numerous leaks in the system and eventually destroy so much of the water tank that it will require replacement. Boilers have built-in safeguards against corrosion, such as a sacrificial anode, but these need to be maintained and replaced regularly so you can prevent corrosion from getting a hold on your boiler. Aside from maintenance, you need to call professionals to remove corrosion the moment you detect it.
  • Leaking: Corrosion can cause leaks, but there are other problems within a boiler that can lead to leaks as well. A spike in water pressure can cause water to burst out at valves and connections. Water loss from leaks will not only hurt the boiler’s ability to heat, it will also cause damage to construction material. When leaks start, don’t wait to fix them: call in boiler repair specialists to not only seal the leaks, but find out the reason they started in the first place.
  • Limescale: If you have hard water in your home, it can cause a deposit of limescale to build up on the inside of the hot water tank. (The limescale is a product of heating minerals out of hard water.) Limescale is an insulator, and if it lines the tank it will cause an imbalance of temperature and make the boiler overheat. To avoid limescale, you should have the tank flushed regularly during maintenance. If your maintenance technician detects too much scale inside the tank, you will need to schedule de-liming of the tank to avoid future problems.

You need professionals on the job

Boilers may need few repairs, but those repairs aren’t the kind you can do yourself. For your boiler and any other heating services in Pickering, call Advantage Airtech and let our heating experts take care of your repairs and regular maintenance.

Goodwood Heating Installation Tip: Pros and Cons of Various Heating Systems

Monday, January 9th, 2012

When it comes time to install a new heating system in your Goodwood home, there are a lot of options to consider. Many people get overwhelmed when confronted with all of the furnaces, boilers and heat pumps on the market these days. So, to help you get a handle on what each has to offer and which will offer you the best benefits, here is an overview of the modern heating system market.


Furnaces are the core of a forced air heating system and use gas, oil or electricity to heat air which is then circulated through your home by a blower in your air handler. Furnaces are among the most fuel efficient heating systems on the market today with options available at up to 95% AFUE (meaning it uses up to 95% of the fuel consumed to produce heat). They are also inexpensive to install and while they don’t last quite as long as boilers, they are highly efficient when well cared for.


Boilers use gas, oil or electricity to heat water or steam which is then circulated through your home into radiators or baseboard heaters. The heated water or steam releases heat into your home and heats it in turn. While not quite as energy efficient as a high efficiency furnace, boiler heat is perfect for homes with existing radiators and no room for vents and ductwork. It also has less of an impact on indoor air quality since there is no air movement and boilers tend to last a very long time when well maintained.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular, especially in milder climates where it rarely gets below 40 degrees F. A heat pump uses the same technology as an air conditioner to extract heat from outside using a compressor, evaporator coils, and condenser coils with refrigerant.

It is most efficient in the spring and fall when temperatures are mild, but it uses much less energy than either a boiler or furnace and it can be used in the summer to cool your home. When properly maintained, a heat pump will last 10-20 years and save quite a bit of money, though it is recommended that you have an emergency heat source for days when the temperature outside gets below 40 degrees F.

What’s the Difference Between a Furnace and a Boiler? A Question From Newcastle

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

When it comes time to choose a new heating system for your Newcastle home, there is a good chance your choices are limited. Most homes already have either forced air or radiant heat equipment installed so choosing something different would be costly and unnecessary. But, if you have a choice or are moving into a new home, here are some things to consider regarding the difference between furnaces and boilers.

What a Furnace Does

A furnace uses a fuel like gas, oil or electricity to heat a series of coils in the device. The furnace then uses a blower to push air across the heated coil and into an air handler where it can be distributed throughout your home. This is called a forced air system and requires a combination of ducts and filters to keep air moving smoothly and cleanly throughout your home.

If you have access to gas, a gas furnace with an AFUE of 90% or higher is one of the most efficient and cost effective ways to heat your home. These furnaces can also last upwards of 20-25 years with proper maintenance.

What a Boiler Does

A boiler is different in that it uses water as the heat carrying medium, not air. Boilers still need gas  to heat up the water in the system, though they often use less of it than a traditional furnace – depending on the age of the furnace and the boiler. After water is heated in the boiler, your radiant heating system carries the water to baseboard heaters or radiators throughout your home. This form of heat is preferred by many because it doesn’t require ductwork (which requires extra maintenance) or extra air filtering and it is more humidity friendly in a large home.

In terms of efficiency, both boilers and furnaces are efficient if you’re buying a new model. Capacity is also evenly matched. Boilers take the edge in comfort level and if you have the budget, you can install radiant floor heating which allows you to pipe hot water directly into bathroom floors or your living space so that you never again need to walk on cold floors. Another benefit of radiant heating is that the system will hold heat much longer and then release it over time instead of turning on and off a lot as a furnace tends to do.