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Choosing the right water heater for your energy needs

For a few years now, Hydro-Québec has been raising its clients’ awareness about energy consumption. The state-owned company offers various tips to use less electricity. The most energy-consuming items in a home are undoubtedly heating and water heaters. The impact of your criteria for selecting a water heater can be crucial for your wallet over the long-term, which is why it is important to choose the right model and to know one’s consumption habits.

There are 4 types of water heaters: gas, thermodynamic, solar and electric. Electrical water heaters are the most recommended as they require little maintenance and are the smallest of the four, in addition to not making any noise.

Knowing your hot water consumption

Once you’ve selected the right water heater for you, it is important to know how much hot    water your household uses. Experts agree on the fact that the tank should not be too small, otherwise it will not be sufficient to meet your family’s needs, especially at peak hours. Conversely, it should not be too large or it will use up too much energy for the use actually required.

By looking at your lifestyle habits, you will be in a position to determine whether your household consumption is high or normal. A home with a high consumption usually has a spa or a deep tub for example. The number of showers taken in a day and the number of loads of laundry using hot water also influence consumption. 

For a family of 4, it is recommended to opt for a 60-gallon tank for a normal consumption and 80 gallons for a high consumption. Children, especially teenagers, use a lot of hot water because they often take long showers.

Water heater durability and efficiency

There are different quality grades when it comes to electric water heaters: basic and high-end models. The higher the quality, the longer your water heater will keep its warmth and the lower its energy consumption will be. The room where it is located will also affect performance. If you keep your water heater in a very cold room, it will lose heat quicker than if it were in a heated room. Certified “Energy Star” systems are more energy-efficient, which means that they will help reduce your power bill.

Warranties covering electric water heaters

Electric water heaters come with various warranties, based on their quality level. Electrical systems are usually guaranteed for parts, leaks, the heating elements and for the accuracy of the thermostats. For basic models, the warranty extends over 6 years for leaks and 1 year for parts, most of the time. Higher-quality models come with a company warranty that can go up to 12 years.

It is important to keep in mind that, before choosing a water heater, you must know your family’s lifestyle habits and the appliances used in the home. To save energy, choose a quality system that will remain warm longer and install it in a room where it’s not too cold. For the Québec market, electric water heaters are recommended above all other models as they don’t take up much space, don’t make much noise and require little maintenance.

Replacing your roof: 3 clues that don’t lie

Purchasing a home comes with many aspects, which is why it is important to plan for and prepare for possible problems. As is the case with home foundations, the roofing structure is key in preserving your home. Vigilance is crucial in this case if you wish to prevent water infiltration and mold, which could spread to the attic and the structure of the house. Avoiding these inconveniences means avoiding staggering costs, hence the importance of knowing when to replace your roof.

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Gouttières Laurentides: a family affair

Doing business with an established company for installing your gutters is essential. Gutters play a key role in protecting your home. Preventing water infiltration and the presence of mold in the structure of a residence is not a luxury for homeowners. Gouttières Laurentides is a leader in gutter installation; efficiency, reliability and affordable prices are the cornerstone of its business.

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What is the difference between gutter, soffit and fascia?

Québec’s changing weather requires specific and durable installations. Without a gutter, your residence runs the risk of dealing with water infiltration problems. Without soffit and a fascia board, mold can grow in the attic. It is therefore important to distinguish these three elements if you wish to integrate them properly into your home.

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Cedar hedge: 3 reasons to opt for it around your property

When purchasing a home, it is often necessary to delineate one’s property. Installing a fence can be costly, tedious and unattractive. Another possibility is to opt for a cedar hedge. It’s an option that is attractive and durable, and which requires very little maintenance considering the visual effect it produces. Although a cedar hedge may seem like a long and difficult project to undertake, it is easier than you might think. It’s actually a good way to delineate your property.

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Gutter fires: an underestimated hazard

Fire can wreak major havoc in a home and take everything away without mercy. To top it off, insurance-related procedures can be long and cumbersome in such situations. Insurance companies will seek to uncover whether the fire was caused by negligence or an electrical problem. Often, it can even come from outside your residence. Have you ever thought of the possibility of gutter fires? Several fires are actually caused by poorly cleaned gutters that contain a large amount of debris.

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3 reasons why you should trust a professional gutter installer

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3 types of access panels to get inside your T-Rex gutter

Gutters equipped with the T-Rex are closed and seamless. This feature makes them extremely strong and prevents debris from getting inside. However, what happens when a property is located in an environment where there is dense vegetation? The gutters’ cleaning cycle takes place at an accelerated rate. Under these difficult conditions, the T-Rex® continuous hangerMC can sometimes let micro-debris in, thereby reducing its effectiveness. To address this issue, T-Rex installers have created an access panel located just above the downspouts. There are three ways to install these access panels.

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4 different types of fireplace: which one to choose?

Nothing is more comforting than the heat and crackling of a fireplace when the cold sets in. Although wood fireplaces are fun to enjoy at home, they still come with their share of drawbacks such as transporting the cords of wood, cutting the wood, scraps, soot, ashes, etc. Several other options are available as well: gas, pellet, electric and ethanol fireplaces. Each has its upsides and downsides; which to choose?

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Getting ready for winter: choosing a snowblower

Shoveling snow is a drag for many and is associated with back pains, muscle strains and fatigue. Using a snowblower is the solution to avoid injuries during the cold season. At the time of purchase, you’ll feel a bit as if you were at the dealership as you will be shown a wide variety of brands and models. There are several types of snowblowers: single-stage, two-stage, three-stage, electric and electric cordless models.

Choosing a snowblower should be made according to one’s budget, and based on the surface and the area concerned, as well as on available storage. How can you determine which one best suits your needs?

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