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Before and After – Gas Fireplace Installation

Today our guys converted a wood fireplace to an insert gas fireplace – what a difference!

Not only does the home owner now have instant heat (without the work of wood), they also have a brand new look to their once tired looking fireplace!

The colours in the brick are now accented perfectly by the black trim around the fireplace making the entire fireplace and stone a true (new) master piece!

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* NEW* Muskoka 35″ Electric Fireplace | Just In Time For Christmas!

If you are looking to add instant warmth and coziness to your home which is also very affordable, portable and also convenient… the new Muskoka Fireplace just might be for you!

The Muskoka 35″ Electric Fireplace can be mounted on the wall or on the included stand. There are 3 options of crushed glass, traditional wood and clear stone ember beds all included in the box! Remote control included and will heat up to 400 square feet!

NEW just in stock today and available for a limited time at this price while quantities last!

Drop into the office to see the fireplace in action! Our office is open Monday to Thursday 8am to 5pm and Friday 8am to 4pm.

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Protective Screens Required for all Gas Fireplaces, Stoves and Inserts | December 31, 2014

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The following information has been provided by Regency Fireplace Products…

“Changes are coming as of January 1, 2015 for ALL hearth industry manufacturers to be required to provide a third party test laboratory approved safety barrier with all gas fireplaces/stoves/inserts. According to the standard, manufacturers can no longer manufacturer glass front fireplaces/stoves/inserts without the safety barrier as of December 31, 2014.”

View the video below for more information and to get a glimpse at what the protective screen is going to look like.

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What this means for our customers… if you like the clean face glass – you MUST order one before December 31st, 2014 otherwise after that you will have to have the protective screen. This is affecting all fireplace manufacturers and all gas (and propane) models.

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Give Mike a call at the office to discuss your options if you are interested in a Gas Fireplace.

Stay warm even when the power goes out! | Regency Gas Fireplace

With all the Hurricane Sandy talk, images being shared online, wind and rain warnings the question has crossed many minds of – what if the power goes out! Will I be able to stay warm?

Regency Fireplaces can keep you warm! From their website FAQ:

Yes. All our Regency gas fireplaces, inserts and stoves are designed to operate during a power failure. 
 
Give Mike a call at the office to talk about more benefits of the Regency Gas Fireplace (Natural Gas & Propane).
 
 

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TSSA – IMPORTANT NOTICE – Majestic, CFM, Instaflame and Northern Flame Fireplaces

Please call our office to schedule an inspection of your Natural Gas or Propane Fired direct vent free standing fireplace if you see any of these names on your unit – Majestic, CFM, Instaflam and Northern Flame Fireplaces.

We just received notice last night from TSSA directly that a Safety Order has been issued FS-195-12.

Please click here to view the Director’s Order

As per the order effective September 14, 2012…

1. Director’s Safety Order, Reference No. FS-195-12, dated September **, 2012 prohibits the sale,

leasing, renting, installation or use of Natural Gas and Propane Fired Models: FSDV22, FSDV30

and FSDV32, Series manufactured by CFM Inc (Majestic Fireplace);

2. Any affected fireplaces currently in use shall have the fuel supply terminated immediately. Since

the manufacturer is no longer in business no retro fit kit is available; and

3. Distributors, certificate holders and fireplace owners shall consider operation of the affected

fireplaces to pose immediate hazards and shall follow the directions prescribed in section 13 of the

Ontario Regulation 212/01

If you have a free standing fireplace with either of these names on it – DO NOT USE THE FIREPLACE. Please call us to do a thorough inspection. If you have any of the above models your Fireplace will be red tagged and you will NOT be able to use it any longer.

A woman needs to know her home’s HVAC System

I am writing this post entirely from a woman’s perspective.

And all about heating. Can you feeeel the excitement!

Being the daughter and wife of a technician, I have learned a lot over the years and even more so when I had my own children. I can remember in our first house coming home after work and it was freezing! FREEZING. Of course my hubby wasn’t home from work yet and I called on my dad, who merely said to me just turn the thermostat off and back on. Well wasn’t I surprised when that worked! I had heat!

It wasn’t until we had children that I really began to care about the indoor quality of our home. Not long after our son was born, we found out our family was expanding again and we began looking for a bigger home, within my criteria was natural gas – this is something that in our first home I, (and our budget) became very comfortable with. I love cooking with natural gas both inside and on the bbq. During the home inspection of our 2nd home, they made sure they tested the furnace – which thankfully they did as the heat exchanger failed (a great reason why during a home inspection you should also always have a furnace inspection or insist on the seller having one). What this meant was we were able to adjust our price on the home to cover the installation of a new energy efficient furnace – which in all honesty I did prefer.

One home we did look at which had a nice lot and large garage for the husband, had electric baseboard heat. Although we could change this out, many homeowners do not realize the large cost of doing this retrofit – of course it can be done and your home will be much better in the long run with an energy efficient hvac system for heating, cooling and ventilation, your home will also have improved air flow and circulation, which is a downfall of electric baseboards.

I grew very accustomed to the personal benefits of gas (natural gas in our case, propane also has the same benefits) of having an unlimited supply to our bbq, gas dryer, gas water heater, gas stove and a new energy efficient gas furnace. All very affordable as well.

As a young mother having this option of gas in our home was a true convenience for me, if we used our basement we had a gas fireplace which would provide instant heat when needed, with cooking on the bbq I did not have to worry about running out of fuel, especially when planning dinner for our family with a husband working late – this was huge!

Dad even said it perfectly to us one day, if there is a problem within the home whether its plumbing or heating if you ask the woman of the home she will always be able to describe it perfectly –  in most cases women are home more than men.

Why do women need to be educated in what an HVAC system is – simple –  this is the system that literally runs your household. When you need heat or cooling and push a button or slide the temperature, you want heat or cold air. You want and need to know that your family is comfortable and healthy.

Especially important during the buying process, when you begin to do your research. You want to ensure you have a quality product by a reputable manufacturer, bought from a knowledgeable supplier and installed by a qualified contractor who will be around if you do have issues.

Do you want to save money? – of course everyone does especially with the rising costs of hydro. Do you have children? – you will want the system to be quiet and healthy – yet still efficient.  Water conservation? That is a must now a days, be sure you take the time to do the research! When you are planning out your new home or your renovation – be a part of this discussion.

I wont ever claim I know more than my father or husband when it comes to HVAC (that would be silly 😉 ), however I know what little things matter to me, as a mother.

When we began our search for our 3rd home with property, my number one on my list was natural gas – although there were other homes we looked at and one we even had an offer in on that didn’t have gas – but could have gas installed. The next criteria was the HVAC System in the home, this would have to be inspected to ensure the efficiency. One of my other points was an HRV – which if it was already installed would be a bonus, if not it was a must install after we moved in.

One of the biggest compromises for me in this home that we did purchase was it did not have a gas stove in the kitchen, nor could we install one without a major renovation. After much deliberation we purchased a new energy efficient electric convection wall oven. This was a major compromise for me, however we have a gas cook top and purchased a large broil king gas BBQ which we use much more than our stove. We did however have to have a gas line run for the BBQ. One of the benefits that I love in this home is the home having an HRV system and the gas fireplace downstairs.

My only dilemma remaining is when our Water Furnace Geo Thermal System decides its had enough… For many homes geo-thermal is a great option – if you do not have gas service available at your home. As much as our Geo-thermal rep cringed when I told him I wasn’t sure what we would replace it with – we’ll have to consider all information on energy savings and product cost…

What have I learned about the HVAC System…

  • Bigger is not better at all! If the furnace is too big (not sized correctly to your home) it will not work properly and be very loud.
  • Energy Efficient equipment makes a huge difference in energy bills
  • Newer energy efficient equipment is so much quieter
  • Turning the thermostat off and on again can reset your heating system
  • Duct work design is very important in a home
  • I love the convenience of gas in my home
  • Keeping the temperature at a consistent level in your home is more efficient
  • It is very important to keep hot and cold air grills clean – especially with pets!
  • It is very important to not block your hot and cold air grills
  • I love the instant heat of a gas fireplace (ok not hvac but still heating)
  • It is important to get your ducts cleaned out every few years
  • Planning – very important to know how many gas appliances you plan to have installed now or in the future – the size of the gas line is important for this!
  • In-floor heating – this along with a gas fireplace is an excellent option for a basement!

Up next month… plumbing! Your home’s plumbing is just as important as your own body’s plumbing! 😉

What would be your dream backyard?

The best part of Summer is enjoying time outside with family and friends. What is your favourite part of your own back yard – how would you describe your “perfect” backyard space?

Could it be with a Gas BBQ?

 

Or perhaps an outdoor gas fireplace?

 

And to finish off your night what how about a dip in a swim spa?

 

 

Just add in a fabulous deck and green space with some family and friends… Id say this describes my perfect back yard 😉

Let us help make your back yard dreams come true! We can install your gas lines for the BBQ and gas fireplace as well as install your outdoor gas fireplace for instant cozy heat anytime of the year! We can even order your Hydropool Swim Spa for you as well.

Let the outdoors be an extension of your living space – enjoy your home in more ways during all seasons!

Instant cozy warmth for your backyard!

I personally love the cozy warmth that a fireplace provides to a home and even a back yard! Our customers had that exact thought in their mind when they moved into their home and began planning their backyard. When their patio was installed they had us come over and install a conduit with a gas line in it which would sit below the patio ready to be connected to a future back yard gas fireplace!

Here is our work in progress for the new fireplace in the backyard – I am excited to see the finished product once the guys get the fireplace in the frame and then the customer has the unit bricked around.

The first photo shows the conduit for the gas line going under the patio. The second photo shows the unit and the metal frame that the unit is mounted in. The third photo shows the unit and the gas line coming out of the conduit below the patio.

Very innovative and an excellent way to enjoy more outdoor living!

An awesome addition and investment for a back yard… instant, cozy warmth without the work of wood!

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Cozy up to warmth at any time of the year!

This beautiful natural gas direct vent gas fireplace is one of the newest models by Regency.

With a gas fireplace you can enjoy a very cozy (instant) warmth at any time of the year and with no prep work needed! With just the flick of the switch the beautiful flame will light and begin warming your home.

Gas fireplaces are not only a gorgeous decorative feature for any home, they can also provide a home with an excellent source of heating especially in basements!  If your home has electric baseboard heat this is an excellent alternative to save on your electricity, by having a gas fireplace installed in your livingroom to assist in the heating (more economically)!.

For more information on this model check out the Regency Website for the Regency Liberty Gas Fireplace L965E .

Features of the Regency Liberty Gas Fireplace L965E (from the Regency Website)
“As a focal point in a designed space, the new Regency Liberty L965E keeps the focus on the fire with one of the largest viewing areas available in the Regency line. The L965E permits finish materials to be installed to the edges for a pure, unadorned appearance. Excellent for larger living spaces, this fireplace features authentic hand-painted logs molded from real logs presented on a glowing bed of embers. An adjustable burner system allows the flame to be controlled for mood and comfort from a roaring fire to a gentle glow all from the convenience of a hand-held remote control.

Backed by the industry’s most comprehensive Limited Lifetime Warranty.”

We should have information on these new models soon so drop by the office or come in and see the current model literature!

 

 

Merry Christmas from Our Families to Yours || Plumbing & Heating Mount Forest

A typical winter in Mount Forest with lots of snow!

We would like to extend our best wishes for a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2011! Stay warm and safe and enjoy the time with your family.

All the best…