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Hot water tank

Not all hot water tanks are created equal. When shopping for a new tank, here are some things to look for:

  • Choose a high-efficiency water tank.
  • Choose the electronic ignition option instead of a traditional pilot light for greater efficiency and safety.
  • Consider a tank with an automatic vent damper to reduce convection up the exhaust stack.
  • When designing your house or basement, place your hot water tank (and mechanical room) as close to the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms as possible to avoid heat loss through your pipes.

Furnace

Staying warm safely

  • Have your furnace inspected regularly.
  • Never run your furnace with the fan compartment cover removed; it puts you at risk of fire and carbon monoxide.

Helping your furnace heat you

  • Check your filter monthly and replace it every three months. Buildup leads to increased drag on the fan and makes your motor work harder.
  • Have your vent system cleaned and balanced. Ensure your vents are clean and open, and that they aren't blocked by furniture or curtains. Also, ensure your outside vents are free from blockage.
  • Your pilot light or gas burners should burn blue. If yellow flame appears, contact a qualified heating contractor for repair.
  • Install pipe insulation on all of your hot water pipes to reduce heat loss.
  • When shopping for a new furnace, look for the electronic ignition option instead of a pilot light.