Ottawa Residential Heating

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Home Heating

To keep you warm through the winter months, Climate Works installs, services, and maintains all types of heating equipment in Ottawa. We can help you with your furnace, water heater, boiler, pool heaters and electric furnaces. We are a Lennox, York and Mitsibuishi authorized dealer. All of the furnaces we offer are of top quality and reliability.

Types of Heating Systems

Boilers and Hydronic heating use hot water or steam to heat your home. It’s one of the oldest ways to heat and is still used in many older homes in Ottawa today.

A lot of new homes in Ottawa use hot water heating because it’s efficient and versatile. Some of the ways it can be used are Radiant Floor Heating, Hydronic Air Handlers and convection or traditional cast iron radiators.

More recently, these systems have been used primarily in commercial heating plants. The process of boiling and condensing water, however, is inherently less efficient than more modern systems and typically suffers from significant lag times between the boiler turning on and the heat arriving in the radiators. As a result, steam systems are rarely implemented in new buildings.

Hot water radiators are one of the most common heat distribution systems in newer homes, second only to forced-air systems. They may be a baseboard-type radiator or may be of an upright design that resembles steam radiators. Cast iron radiators are typically only found in older homes, and operate at a lower water temperature than tube and fin convection radiators, typically found in newer homes.

When renovating or replacing an existing boiler, it is important to consider the different temperature requirements of the radiators you have or are considering installing. Newer High-Efficiency Boilers work better on systems requiring lower temperatures. Outdoor reset controls and output modulation capabilities work to keep the water temperature cooler when less heat is required, dramatically increasing overall efficiency and comfort.

Many existing hot water heating systems can be easily zoned, providing an added level of control over your home heating. Zone control is most effective when large areas of the home are not used often or are used on a different schedule than other parts of the home. Automatic valves on the hot-water radiator piping, controlled by thermostats in each zone of the house provide independent control of the heat in that area. Using programmable thermostats will allow you to automatically heat and cool off parts of your home to match your usage patterns.

Radiant floor heating is a method of heating your home by applying heat underneath or within the floor, wall or ceiling and in effect, making the entire surface of the floor or wall the radiator. Similar to cast iron radiators, this type of heat distribution warms objects directly, as opposed to raising the temperature of the air which then warms objects. Think of it as the difference between sitting in the sun or the shade. Sitting in the sun can be quite comfortable, even on an otherwise cool day.

Radiant systems operate at significantly lower temperatures than a typical radiator system and provide an even higher level of comfort. Savings of up to 20% can be attributed to Radiant Heating in Ottawa, due to the ability to maintain comfort and a lower thermostat setting something called the “Radiant Mean Temperature.”

It is a common misconception that Radiant Heating in Ottawa is a new technology; in fact, radiant heating has been in continuous use for thousands of years. The Romans used radiant heating their bathhouses and used similar technology to heat the water for the public baths. Radiant heating has been used for centuries by the Koreans to heat their royal palaces and traditional homes.

Today’s’ radiant heating technology is more advanced, and new materials and technologies can be used to provide heat for almost any purpose. Incorporating domestic water heating, pool heating and snowmelt systems. Although lesser known, Radiant Systems are also used very effectively for cooling as well.

NTI has spent almost ten years developing, testing and perfecting the technology of The Matrix heating system. The Matrix delivers a premium system that incorporates a Condensing Water Heater, Condensing Furnace, Condensing Boiler and Heat Recovery Ventilator and which is already pre-wired for air conditioning.

All of these functions are contained in one powerful system that requires less energy to operate than competing.

A world-class energy device that delivers reliable heating to keep your family comfortable. The Matrix also produces fewer tons of GHGs than any other integrated home heat product.

We do complete installations on all these units, from the demolition of old to start up and testing of new; all installed by our trained and certified technicians. Once the units are running, we can provide service and maintenance plans for you as well.

Climate Works provides 24-hour service for inspection and repairs. Should your furnace be damaged significantly during a disaster, we can give you temporary heat until your new furnace installation is approved.

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