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Upgrade, Bundle & Save on Your New Home Heating and Cooling System

The benefits of investing in a 2-in-1 home comfort solution. Worried about your furnace making it through the bulk of the winter? Concerns about your air conditioner failing to kick on when the hazy summer heat starts to seep in? Home heating and cooling systems aren’t designed to last forever. Properly maintained, most central air […]Read More

Supply Chain Scarcity: What If I Need to Buy a New Furnace?

We can thank the pandemic for supply chain issues in Canada, including laptop and car shortages—oh, and bathroom tissue!    With scarcity like this, what to do if your family needs to buy a new furnace? Could a Canadian family really go the entire winter without heat?      Supplies Are Very Limited This Season, Get Your New Furnace Now!  A “wait-and-see” approach may not work well if your family needs a new furnace this season.  Rising energy costs have […]Read More

Emergency Customer Service for Your Furnace 24/7/365—Even on Holidays—No Extra Charge!

Local emergency furnace service when you need it. It occurred to me that I needed emergency customer service for my furnace at about 3:00 am on the coldest morning of a harsh Canadian winter. The air was frigid cold and when I flicked on my bedside lamp, I could see my breath hanging frosty and […]Read More
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Haven Home’s New Furnace Buying Checklist

What to look for when you’re upgrading your home comfort for the cold. It’s a tried & tested tradition for Canadian homeowners: sooner or later, that central furnace – whether it was barely brand new on moving day, or showing signs of slowing down just a few weeks after settling in – will need to […]Read More

Who Needs a Protection Plan, Anyway?

We thought we would skip the furnace protection plan, my husband and I, when we purchased our first home.  We were young and poor, we thought.  What could happen, we thought? What happened, exactly, was the need to replace the most expensive part of our furnace—out of pocket. The furnace guy seemed sorry to have to charge us—but was quick to point out […]Read More

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Home

Why Your Older Furnace May Be a Health Risk If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning or a leak from your furnace, evacuate everyone from your home immediately.  Then contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency service.  A technician came by my home to examine my furnace for a carbon monoxide leak. “Having a CO leak, that puts you and your family […]Read More

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) & Coronavirus Covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many homeowners to re-think indoor air quality.  After all, the Covid-19 virus spreads through droplets and aerosols—and people who are indoors or in enclosed spaces close to one another, are particularly at risk. Washing hands, sanitizing surfaces, wearing face masks and keeping 2 metres apart have defined our COVID pandemic behaviour. But what happens when a visitor comes calling to your home?  Or when family and friends gather inside your house for […]Read More

Why Buying a Furnace Is Better Than Renting a Furnace

To buy a furnace or to rent a furnace?   A technician comes to your house and gives you the news no homeowner ever wants to hear: the furnace is on its last legs, or even worse, broken.  Once the shock sets in, you ponder that replacing that older furnace could be in your near future.  With the fall and winter […]Read More
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Is Your Home’s Indoor Air Clean?

Find out what contaminants you and your family could be breathing in at home and the impact they can have on your health. You may not be able to see them, but the average house is a perfect petri dish for a whole host of dangerous pollutants that many of us breathe in every day without knowing it.  These invisible indoor air contaminants can come from a variety of […]Read More
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Boonstra’s New Home Furnace Buying Guide

Expert Information on Home Heating Costs, Energy Efficiency, Installation & More for Hamilton & Burlington Area Homeowners Cost | Efficiency | When to Invest & What to Look for | Installation Whether it’s from age, wear & tear, or a breakdown that’s beyond fixing, replacing your home’s furnace is a rite of passage every property owner goes through – and for most, it’s one that comes with a lot of questions, such as: […]Read More
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What Should You Expect To Pay To Replace Your Air Conditioner?

So, the summer months are on their way, and you just found out your air conditioner is no longer up for the challenge anymore and will need a replacement. Especially for Hamilton and Burlington’s more humid climate, an air conditioner is almost mandatory for a lot of citizens, and we don’t blame them.  But what […]Read More
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The Ideal Air Conditioner Maintenance Schedule

Your air conditioner is developed to withstand the vast majority of what Mother Nature can throw at it, but this doesn’t mean you can ignore it year-round. As with all home appliances, routine maintenance checks are mandatory for not only long life-spans but for saving you boat-loads of money in repairs caused by neglectfulness. But […]Read More
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How to Save Money on Your Heating Bill

Heating bills can soar during cold winters, and that’s money you can’t recover. If you’re ready to start saving money, we can shed some light on what you can do for lower bills this winter. Our experts can agree on a collection of best practices based on decades of experience. Boonstra Heating and Cooling has […]Read More
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Your Guide to Protecting Your Home from COVID-19

Now that most of us are spending more time at home, you might be wondering how you can protect your home from COVID-19. In addition to following government recommendations like physical distancing and frequent handwashing, there might be other ways you can stay safe. Although research is still emerging, UV air purifiers and specialized furnace […]Read More
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7 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Your water heater is probably not something you think about until something goes wrong. Then one day, you go to hop in a nice warm shower and get hit with an icy blast instead. You wait for a few minutes for the water to warm up; the minutes go by, yet nothing. So you start […]Read More

Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters: Your Guide to Choosing the Right Option

Whether traditional or tankless, a water heater is an essential appliance for any Canadian home. It is also one of the hardest-working: from laundry to tackling a sink full of dirty dishes, your family depends on a reliable daily supply of hot water.  Unfortunately, water heaters do not last forever. And when the time comes […]Read More
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Water Heaters

Water heaters are something you likely don’t think about a lot until you can’t get any hot water. Just like your furnace or other home appliances, however, it’s important to think about (and check on) your water heater regularly. What is a Water Heater? As the name suggests, a water heater is an appliance used […]Read More
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The Hamiltonian’s Guide to Home Heating: Furnaces, Heat Pumps, & More

As we all know, Hamilton isn’t exactly known for tropical weather and beautiful sunshine. Hamilton is as Canadian as it comes with a yearly average temperature of 8.4oC. Naturally, you are going to need a heating system built to last and will keep you cozy throughout the entire year. But where do you even start? […]Read More

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING AN ONGOING HVAC SERVICE PLAN?

Every homeowner should have a preventative maintenance plan to protect their home’s HVAC equipment. Yes, there is a cost associated, but the peace of mind you’ll gain, along with many other benefits, makes it well worth it. Here we’ll explain what’s included in a typical HVAC service plan, the benefits of an HVAC service plan […]Read More

CHOOSING THE RIGHT AIR CONDITIONING REPAIR SERVICE

Nothing is more frustrating than your air conditioner failing to work in the middle of a heat wave. When your air conditioning needs repair, it’s important to keep a cool head. What should you look for in an air conditioning repair service to ensure you get quality repairs for a reasonable cost? We recommend that […]Read More
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Preparing Your Furnace for Winter

How Do You Prepare You Furnace for Winter? Furnace maintenance is the best way to prepare your furnace for the long winters in Hamilton and Burlington. Regular maintenance helps keep your furnace safe and improves efficiency. A maintenance check by a professional can spot any issues early, including potential gas or carbon monoxide leaks.  You […]Read More
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How Your Home Loses Heat

Winter is officially upon us, which means that your furnace is working hard to keep your family warm and comfortable. You’ve likely already taken steps to prepare your furnace for winter, but creating enough heat to warm your home is only half the battle: you also need to minimize heat loss. What is Heat Loss? […]Read More
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The Significance of Good Indoor Air Quality

Air quality can be hard to get right, but it’s even harder to live without it. Outdoor air quality can present large scale problems that don’t have simple solutions. But indoor air quality can be very manageable. That means making sure that the air you breathe in your home makes it a safe haven. It’s […]Read More
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Why is My Furnace Leaking?

There are several reasons a furnace might leak. From condensation to clogs, many things can lead to a puddle of water on your furnace room floor. To help determine the cause of your leak, and the steps you should take, you first need to decide which type of liquid is coming from your furnace. What […]Read More

WHY FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR A FURNACE CHECK UP

As the summer comes to a close and fall and winter approach, homeowners need to start thinking about preparing their homes for the colder months. This can include protecting plants, outdoor water sources, closing pools, checking home insulation and ensuring that furnaces are in top working order. Having a furnace check up is vital – […]Read More

WHAT FURNACE IS RIGHT FOR YOUR HOME?

When buying a new furnace, homeowners are usually looking for the best value for their money. Generally they’re trying to find a combination of quality, dependability, efficiency to minimize usage costs, and a reasonable price tag. Here are some things to consider when buying a new furnace. What choices will I have to make when […]Read More

WIFI CONTROLLED THERMOSTATS; HOW DO THEY WORK?

While many electronic devices in our lives are replaced often and it can feel like a task to keep up with them, some are more permanent. Thermostats are one of the latter. While the technology is advancing quickly, their installed hardware nature means that homeowners typically like to choose models that can perform and last […]Read More

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY FURNACE FILTER NEEDS TO BE REPLACED

Understanding the signs indicating your furnace filter needs to be replaced can save you money on repairs or the cost of replacing the unit completely. Knowing what to look for when you examine your furnace filter, and watching for symptoms around the home can also keep the environment more comfortable and cleaner for guests and […]Read More

WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER A FURNACE MAINTENANCE PLAN

To help ensure the efficiency of your furnace and to minimize unwanted yet preventable repairs, getting regular and seasonal tune-ups is a great idea, but even with the best of care, your furnace can run into occasional operating problems. Normal aging, typical wear and tear, and a lack of maintenance will have a cumulative and […]Read More

THINGS THAT GO “BUMP” IN THE NIGHT SHOULDN’T INCLUDE YOUR FURNACE

Learn to recognize noises that could indicate furnace problems Your furnace is critical to keep your home comfortable during the cold winter months, but it is easy to forget about it when it is working properly. If it starts making strange noises, however, it is time to call a professional before a small problem turns […]Read More

HOW TO DEAL WITH FLUCTUATING HEATING BILLS

When the weather outside is frightful, a spike in your heating costs can be just as scary. Large heating bills can negatively affect your monthly budget, and it is even worse when your usage fluctuates. Regardless of whether your home is heated by natural gas, electric, or radiant systems, cold temperatures and energy price volatility […]Read More

SIGNS THAT YOU NEED A NEW FURNACE

Knowing how to tell when your aging furnace has reached the end of its life can be difficult, but the last thing you want is to find out in the middle of winter when heating your home is a necessity. If your furnace is 10-years-old or more, you need to start monitoring it to evaluate […]Read More

THE BENEFITS OF A WHOLE-HOME HUMIDIFIER

The cozy warmth of home is an essential need when you’re stuck in the icy grip of a Canadian winter. Unfortunately, your home’s heating system can also be the cause of dry throats, skin, and hair. Forced-air central heating systems re-heat the air in your home multiple times throughout the day. Typically, this causes the […]Read More

FURNACE REPAIR QUESTIONS: LEARN FROM TODAY’S REPAIRS TO PREVENT TOMORROW’S

It always seems to happen in the dead of winter when the temperatures are at their lowest: your furnace breaks down and you have no heat. If you’re in this position, you have to act quickly and get a heating and ventilation technician to your home as soon as possible to address the problem and […]Read More

TOP 10 TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER HOME

There’s no place like home – right? Where we live should be a safe haven for raising our children, spent time with friends and family, as well as take time to enjoy ourselves. As Canadians, it is estimated that we spend about 90% of our time indoors; however, most people are still unaware of the […]Read More

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A HVAC CONTRACTOR

Buying a new heating or cooling system for your home can be a daunting task. Your first step is to choose the right contractor. We’ve compiled a list of suggestions from some of the top trusted experts around to make your decision easier. EnergyStar says: Expect a home evaluation — The contractor should spend significant […]Read More

HEAT PUMPS IN OAKVILLE, BURLINGTON & HAMILTON

What is a heat pump and is it right for my home? A heat pump, put simply, is an electrical device that extracts heat from one place and transfers it to another. During cooler months, it will move heat still present in outdoor air, into your home. During warmer months, the cycle reverses, and the […]Read More

IS YOUR AIR CONDITIONER READY FOR SUMMER?

Finally, the warm temperatures are upon us. If you haven’t already started running your air conditioner, there are a few things you may want to consider to ensure everything is working properly and efficiently. Here are some tips on how to get your AC ready for summer and how to help your AC cool your […]Read More

THE INSIDE SCOOP ON HOT & COLD SPOTS

What are hot & cold spots? A difference in temperature throughout your home. When one area of your room is hotter or cooler than the rest. What are the signs? When many rooms throughout your home are a different temperature. For example, upstairs rooms are warmer, downstairs rooms are cooler. This usually results in family […]Read More