Expert Articles

At Holmes Heating and Air Conditioning, our staff members are experts in all areas of heating, cooling and air quality products and services. Dedicated to serving our customers across Ottawa, our experts have come up with several helpful troubleshooting tips and how-to guides designed to help make your home more comfortable, extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment and save you money on your energy bills.

The Ultimate Holmes Heating Gas Troubleshooting Guide

Looking for some quick tips on how to keep your gas furnace in tip-top shape this winter? The Ultimate Holmes Heating Gas Furnace Troubleshooting Guide will answer all of your furnace questions, including how to turn on a furnace, how to change a furnace filter, how to test furnace airflow, what to do if a furnace doesn't ignite, and much more.

 
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Geothermal Systems - A Heating and Cooling System You Need To Consider

A geothermal system can’t be beat. The installation cost is more expensive than traditional heating and air conditioning systems, but your annual heating and cooling costs can be significantly lower.

 
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Notice for All Homeowners About Gas Furnace Installation Requirements

Holmes Heating wants to inform all Ottawa homeowners of new minimum energy performance standards for residential gas furnaces – standards that may affect how a new gas furnace is installed into your home.

 
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HVAC Glossary and Definitions

Glossary of technical terms every home owner should know.

 
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Furnace Maintenance Tips and Troubleshooting Video

Watch our informative video on maintenance tips for your furnace.

 
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The Importance of Maintaining Proper Humidity Levels in Your Home

Since we spend most of our time indoors (an estimated 90% of each day!), it’s extremely important to maintain a comfortable and healthy indoor environment. Think of it this way – your home is a lot like your body, and it needs to stay properly hydrated in order to maintain the health and comfort of those living in it.

 
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The Benefits of an On-Demand Tankless Water Heater

Is it time to replace your old hot water tank? Curious about the benefits of an on-demand tankless water heater? Wondering if it’s the right system for you? In most cases, the answer is a resounding “yes”!

 
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Mistakes Homeowners Make When Buying a Furnace or Air Conditioner

Purchasing a new heating, cooling or indoor air quality system for your home is one of the most important buying decisions you and your family will make. Before committing to such a large investment, it’s important to do your research and ask some serious questions so you can avoid making the following mistakes:

 
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Financing Your HVAC Equipment? Watch the Fine Print

Whenever you sign on to a financing program, it always pays to read the fine print.

 
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Furnace Troubleshooting Checklist

Think your gas furnace has quit? You could save yourself the cost of a no-heat service call by checking the following:

 
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How to Turn On Your Gas Furnace

It sounds easy, but believe it or not, many people don’t know how to turn their furnace on or off. Here’s a simple, step-by-step breakdown:

 
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How to Check and Change Your Furnace Filter

Proper maintenance of your furnace filter can help optimize airflow from your furnace, which will keep it running efficiently and economically during the coldest months of the year.

 
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How to Stop Air Leaks and Prevent Heat Loss

Air leaks account for a significant amount of a home's heat loss in winter – resulting in increased heating costs as your furnace constantly tries to replace the warm air that has escaped from your home. Fixing these leaks will save you money on your heating bills.

 
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How to Test Your Furnace's Airflow

If a room in your house is too cold during the winer, it might be because your furnace isn't supplying enough warm air through the registers in that particular room. There's a simple way to test the airflow from your furnace registers to make sure they are working properly -- the garbage bag airflow test.

 
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How to Properly Remove Vent Blockages

If you become aware of a furnace problem that might involve the exterior vent, do a quick inspection and see if any snow, ice or some common household item might be blocking the vent.

 
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If Your Gas Furnace Fails to Ignite

If you can hear that your furnace is on and the fan is running, but all you’re getting is cold air, you likely have ignition failure.

 
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If a Gas Smell is Detected

In the unlikely event that you smell something like a rotten egg smell, you could have a gas leak.

 
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How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

As odd as it sounds, air pollution can often be worse inside your home than outside. Today’s home are becoming increasingly airtight, and while this saves you money on your heating bills, it also means any dust, dirt and pollen that makes its way into your home has a much harder time escaping.

 
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Is Your Indoor Air Quality Making You Ill?

The air we breathe can affect our health, comfort and productivity.

While we can’t do much about the pollution outside, we can do something about the pollution inside, where we spend 90% of our time. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor pollution levels can be anywhere from 25 to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air.

 
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The Link Between Indoor Air Quality and Your HVAC Equipment

Is your aging HVAC equipment causing your home's indoor air quality to suffer? Or is your indoor air quality actually causing damage to your heating and cooling systems?

Both options could be true.

 
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The Dangers of Mould

The ideal rate of humidity in the home is between 35% and 45% -- anything higher than this causes mould.

 
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Do Candles Cause Indoor Air Pollution?

You thought there was a problem with your HVAC system ... but candles might actually be to blame!

 
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Better Indoor Air Quality Means Healthier Children

Today's children spend more than 90% of their time indoors -- at home (especially with the lure of personal computers and video games), school, hockey arenas and shopping malls. But did you know that research has shown that concentrations of pollutants can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors?

 
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A Few Facts About Humidity

Did you know that it costs more to heat dry air than humidified air? Warm dry air acts like a giant sponge, soaking up moisture from everything it touches.

 
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How to Save Energy When Using Your Air Conditioner

Here are some easy-to-implement tips that will save energy when using your air conditioner and reduce your summer energy bills:

 
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How to Reduce Air Conditioner Noise

Today’s high density housing projects and the close proximity of residential lots means that an air conditioning unit is often installed very close to a neighbour’s lot.

 
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Properly Installing Carbon Monoxide Detectors

At least one carbon monoxide detector should be installed at knee-height, adjacent to the bedrooms in your home. Others should also be installed on the main floor and basement.

 
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Correcting Carbon Monoxide Detector Malfunction

Is your carbon monoxide detector beeping or flashing for no apparent reason? First, try resetting it by taking it outside and then plugging it in again.

 
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How to Prevent a Carbon Monoxide Buildup in Your Home

To avoid a potentially dangerous carbon monoxide buildup, we recommend the following actions:

 
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Save Money with Natural Gas

Considering switching to natural gas-based heating?

 
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Reasons to Choose Reliance Holmes for all your Ottawa Heating Needs

There are a lot of heating contractors in Ottawa to choose from. So how do you decide which one to choose?

 
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