Buying Guide – Boilers

Each year in Quebec, we can enjoy the beauty, but also the Siberian cold due to winter. For this reason, it is essential to have a boiler that provides you with heat, efficiency and durability. The latest technology for home heating allows building boilers that are more efficient, safe and eco-friendly.

Tran Climatisation offers you this buying guide that will give you all the information that you may need prior to purchase your boiler. Whether it is about its functioning, its advantages, our services or frequently asked questions, we thought of everything.

Whether you are looking for a water boiler, a gas boiler or an electric boiler, Tran Climatisation has an exceptional expertise and all necessary skills for installation, maintenance and repair of your boiler. Do business with us to save time and money, with products of the greatest quality.

Why choose Tran Climatisation?

At Tran Climatisation, the quality of the customer service allows us to entirely respond to your requirement. We provide you with global, customized solutions via our high-technology boilers.

As an authorized dealer of worldwide-known brand Carrier, we are proud to offer you the best prices for energy-efficient boilers, approved by Energy Star that will bring you all the comfort and well-being that you deserve, while making you save on your energy bills.

You can always count on the professionalism of our team, which gathers experts and certified technicians, that will take charge of all services related to your boiler : from the sale, to the installation, maintenance and repair.

Whether it is for an electric or natural gas boiler, let Tran Climatisation ally comfort and energy savings to your projects!

Electric Boiler

How does an electric boiler works?
Often connected to a heating network, the electric boiler is working in a closed circuit. This means that the water leaves the boilers, goes through the heating distribution network and goes back to the boiler. So, the water never leaves this circuit. The boilers works by heat accumulation by pressure process: the circuit must be filled with water permanently so the hydraulic environment remains as uniform as possible (this is why you have to purge your heating distributing system once in a while to let the air go.). The boiler heats the water with internal electric resistance: this heated water is also propelled in the circuit by a pressure valve.

What are the advantages of an electric boiler?
The electric boiler has this great advantage not to need any combustible tank, so it does not need much space for installation. In addition, it gives a quick heating that spreads rapidly in the house. It provides a comfortable and uniform heat everywhere in your home during winter. It is one of the greenest ways of heating because it does not release any polluting particles in the atmosphere and remains quieter than a natural gas boiler. Also, the electric boiler uses a clean and renewable source, electricity, to produce heat. Finally, it is a heating system that is not too expensive and does not require the installation of a duct system or a chimney.

Natural Gas Boiler

How does a natural gas boiler works?
The working process of the natural gas boiler is rather simple. The natural gas is burned in the boiler and the heat is transmitted to a heating body or “heating transmitter”. It is used to heat the water or air that is after transmitted by a ductwork that brings the heat in the heating distributing system. The water’s heat is then released in the air and the water goes back to its point of origin to start the heating cycle over.

What are the advantages of a natural gas boiler?
First of all, the natural gas is one of the most eco-friendly, reliable and safe energy sources that exist. With electricity, it remains one of the most used energy sources in the world and heats 180,000 homes, businesses and companies in Quebec only. A boiled fueled with natural gas transmits the heating quicker, without you worrying about any power outage. By choosing a natural gas boiler, you opt for an easy management of your energy consumption. A natural gas boiler’s installation with high energy efficiency allows you to save a lot of energy, thus, save on your energy bills. If you replace your current boiler by a natural gas system with high energy efficiency, you can save up to 20 % on energy. As we mentioned it before, natural gas is the cleanest fossil combustible you can have because it does not contribute to the smog and acid rain phenomenon. Like the human who breathes, natural gas emanates carbon dioxide and steam when burning. By choosing a natural gas boiler instead of an oil boiler, you will contribute to reducing the greenhouse emissions by up to 30%.

Propane Boiler

How does a propane boiler works?
The propane boiler works by gas combustion with a sufficient oxygen input to produce heat. The thermal energy is then carried in the heating distributing system to fuel the heat. The propane boilers require the installation of a storage tanks, most of the time, outside the house.

What are the advantages of a propane boiler?
One of the main advantages of the propane boiler is the availability of the energy source. The propane is submitted to very strict standards regarding transport and storage. The Canadian propane production represents 3,5% of the worldwide propane production. Also, production and use of propane in a boiler are also submitted to rules and very strict standards. Modern conception makes them safer and more reliable devices. The propane’s combustion is also considered as slightly damaging for the environment; it produces little to no carbon monoxide and very little particles (soot). Like the natural gas boiler, the propane boiler provides a comfortable and enveloping heat that quickly spreads in the house. During power outage, you can also benefit from the heat produced by your propane boiler

Oil Boiler

How does an oil boiler works?
Consisting of a forced air burner and an air exchanger, the oil boiler is fueled with combustible and outdoor air. First, the forced air burner allows a cleaner combustion and the air exchanger recovers fumes’ heat produced by the combustion. This heat is absorbed and transported by water. This same water will heat up your home, using your heat distributing system.

What are the advantages of an oil boiler?
The first quality of an oil boiler is the comfort it provides. Like the other fossil fuels, the heat provided by the oil boiler is transmitted a lot quicker in each room for your comfort and well-being. Also, the constant evolution of the heating systems’ technology allows the manufacturers to build safer and more efficient oil boilers. You can also combine your oil boiler with an electric heating system like a heat pump, to benefit from the dual energy fee. If you replace your current oil boiler by an Energy-Star approved oil boiler, with high energy efficiency, you can save up between 25 % and 35 % on your energy bill.

Hot Water Boiler

How does a hot water boiler works?
The hot water boiler, or hydronic boiler, is one of the most used heating systems in Quebec. Usually fueled with electricity, you can find it as a wall iron box in basements or mechanical rooms in homes. Its functioning is rather easy: it heats the waters with electric resistances; this heated water goes through a distributing network. The operation process is the same as an electric kettle. Hot water goes through the air duct network that transmits the heat everywhere in your home via electric radiators.

What are the advantages of an electric boiler?
The benefits of having a hot water boiler as a heating system are numerous. First, by choosing a hot water boiler model that is Energy-Star approved, not only will it be more energy efficient, but you will also save up to 20% on your heating bills. Also, the heat produced by this type of boiler is uniform, pleasant and constant; you will never feel any drastic temperature variation, regardless of where you are in the house. The hydronic boiler is also a very quiet heating system. It uses a clean and renewable source, water, to heat your home. Its installation cost is relatively low and this device’s life span can last up to 20 years if maintained properly.

Choosing a boiler: a few factors to consider

  • Energy source: Like any heating system, your boiler needs to be fueled with an energy source in order to work. Each energy source has its flaws and benefits. However, the energy source that you will choose will influence your boiler’s cost for purchase and installation. [table id=11 /]
  • Surface area to heat:
    This is an important factor since it will determine your boiler’s capacity. A boiler that is too powerful will needlessly waste its energy source (hot water, propane, natural gas, electricity, oil) and will inflate your energy bill. You boiler’s capacity is given in BTU/h or in kW (kilowatt) and must precisely fit with your home’s heating needs. Call upon the expertise of a Tran Climatisation’s technician to do this calculation that will mostly estimate the possible heat losses in your home. Many variables are taken into account during this calculation:

    • House volume and surface area
    • House orientation and configuration
    • Geographic location
    • Construction type
    • Isolation and water-resistance
    • Windows’ dimensions, type and orientations.

    We have to specify that the calculations we use nowadays are not only considering heat losses, but also recent data about the climate. You can demand explanations about the calculation. This procedure can appear to be unnecessary but after, you will have a clearer idea of your boiler’s capacity, and your home will be more comfortable and you will avoid wasting money and energy.

  • Capacity and energy efficiency:
    With Energy Star approval, most of domestic devices, whether it is for air conditioning or heating, have this approval. If you choose a combustible boiler, (natural gas, oil, propane), look for the AFUE quotation (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). This quotation classifies in percentage and determines the efficiency of your boiler to use the combustible for heating. For example, a 90% AFUE quotation means that 90% of combustible turns into heat, when 10% is lost by the chimney or ducts. Nowadays, most of the combustible boilers have a quotation around 90% and 97%. A 15-year plus boiler has an AFUE quotation that goes from 55% to 90%. Not only these devices are not as efficient as they should be, but have a tendency to emit more polluting particles during the combustion. A brand new boiler that has a AFUE quotation above 90% will contribute to reducing the greenhouse gases, up to two tons a year.
  • Purchase and Installation cost
    Initial cost depends on many factors like the model, the brand and the boiler’s capacity. Do not hesitate to contact one of Tran Climatisation’s counselors to help you establish a budget and to choose a boiler that does not only meet your needs but will make you save on your energy bills. You can obtain a free quote for purchase and installation costs for your new boiler.
  • Annual Heating Cost
    This factor can be determinant of the energy type you will choose for your boiler. Take a look at the following chart that is an approximate overview of the heating cost for single family home during the winter.[table id=12 /]

    *Study done by l’Agence de l’efficacité énergétique du Québec.*
    After looking at these explanations, if you wish to know more about boilers prior to your purchase, do not hesitate to communicate with Tran Climatisation and we will be happy to put its expertise and knowledge at your service.

  • Services

    Tran Climatisation ensures a complete range of services related to your boiler : from sale to installation, with maintenance and repair, we provide you with a customized and professional service so you are completely satisfied with your new boiler.

    Sale & Advice

    At Tran Climatisation, our advisors, specialized in sale and advice, are regularly formed by manufacturers in order to know about the specific features of our products. Our diverse expertise allows us to adequately answer all your questions and to find the solution that perfectly fit your needs. We wish to find with your, easy and economical solutions to ensure optimum comfort all year long. Here is what we can do for you:

    • Cost evaluation of your air conditioning or heating system project
    • Research of available brands and models
    • Subsidy and financing possibilities
    • Information about our services (installation, maintenance, and repair)
    • Information on warranties

    Installation

    At Tran Climatisation, we ensure of our technicians’ excellence so that each installation is done in a professional, thorough and impeccable way. Our technician’s team, that gathers electricians, tinsmiths and certified refrigeration technicians, can go everywhere in Montreal and on the South Shore, and can also deliver boilers directly to your home

    Once he has arrived, technician proceeds with the installation, done following boilers industry rules and standards. He will take good care to leave his working environment secure and spotless. Before he leaves, our technician will make one last inspection to make sure your new boiler works properly and that you understand its functioning thoroughly. Do not hesitate to ask him all the questions you may have, so you can enjoy every aspect of your new heating system.

    • Quality work
      We guarantee that each technician that works in your house has all necessary certifications and qualifications and that his experience has been thoroughly verified. Be assured that the work accomplished will be of the highest quality.
    • Impeccable workplace
      Nothing is more frustrating than a technician who does not clean his working environment after? Our technicians are careful to clean up their work environment without leaving any equipment or thrash behind.
    • Reliability and peace of mind
      Regardless of the size of your project, our technicians are reliable professionals who verify each step of the installation. All our installations are guaranteed for a 10-year period, parts and labor.
    • Maintenance

      Your unit’s maintenance: an essential step
      Did you know that a seasonal maintenance of your boiler allows not only optimizing its functioning but also extending its life expectancy? Whether it is for cleaning dirty coils, replacing filters or adjusting wall ducts, Tran Climatisation’s certified technicians accomplish any kind of maintenance of all brands and models of boilers on the market.

      A lot of boilers contractors will tell you that you can do most of the maintenance by yourself. They could not be more wrong! Alas, this kind of advice can end up causing more damage than good, because you do not have the necessary knowledge to do a complete maintenance and inspection. For a very low cost, you are sure your boiler is properly taken care of by a professional, who knows about each element of your heating system and can give you precious advice about its functioning.

      For a quick, precise and affordable seasonal maintenance, call Tran Climatisation’s team who can go everywhere in Montreal and South Shore. Call us now for a free quote!

      Repair

      Certified specialists for a quick and guaranteed repair!

      Even if our boilers are of the highest quality, it can happen that they need a repair. Our team of technicians, which gathers electricians, tinsmiths and refrigeration technicians has all the necessary certifications and expertise to make all kinds of repair on all models and brands of boilers. With proper tools and high-technology diagnostic parameters, our technician starts with a complete inspection, in order to precisely identify the repair that needs to be done.

      We make all repairs with guaranteed standard parts and high-quality equipment, thoroughly inspected before each job. Also, since we closely collaborate with our products’ manufacturers, reception delay for parts is 48 hours or less. We can even deliver the parts and accessories if necessary.

      As we are a contractor accredited by RBQ and CMMTQ (Corporation des maîtres-mécaniciens en tuyauterie du Québec), Tran Climatisation stands out by the high quality and the precision of each repair. We know that each client has unique needs and our priority is to bring you complete satisfaction.

      • High-quality work
        Be assured that each Tran Climatisation technician has all the necessary qualifications and expertise to accomplish all kinds of repairs in a professional, precise and fast way. We ensure that each technician is formed according to the highest standards of HVAC industry.
      • Repairs on all brands and models on the market
        Even if you have bought your air conditioner or heating system elsewhere, we can repair it. All our technicians are trained by HVAC manufacturers in order to perform any kind of repair on all brands and models available on the market.
      • Impeccable work site
        Many contractors have the bad habit of letting their workplace in disrepair. At Tran Climatisation, our technicians ensure to leave their workplace spotless, without leaving any equipment or debris behind.
      • Emergency repair service 24/7
        If you find yourself facing an unexpected issue outside of our opening hours, you can call upon our 24-hour emergency repair service. We will immediately send a technician to your home in order to quickly resolve your problem.

    Financing and Subsidies

    Have you ever missed the opportunity to buy or replace boiler simply because you did not have access to a financing solution or a subsidy? Concerned about helping you realize your projects, Tran Climatisation offers you the chance to participate to a subsidy program or to access to a financing solution, to realize your purchase or replacement project for a heat pump, air conditioner or heating system without hassle. Until March 2012, the Government of Canada proposed a financing solution to improve the energy efficiency of homes, while saving money on energy bills. You have now access to two subsidies programs:

    • Novoclimat Subsidy: Quebec subsidy to increase eco-energetic performance of your new home. Applies on heats pumps, air conditioners and heating systems. Can go up to $1000.
    • Rénoclimat Subsidy: Quebec subsidy for purchase or replacement of ventilation systems or heat pumps. Can go up to $650
    • If you plan to make major renovations in your home in order to purchase or replace a heat pump, air conditioner or heating systems and you wish to subscribe to a subsidy or financing program, Tran Climatisation is there to help you. Meet one of our consultants to explore subsidies or financing solutions that you are eligible to and that can help you realize your project. Our consultant will tell you about the latest financing solutions for your renovation project. Do not let any financial obstacle terminate your project: you can always count on our support to help you find financing solutions that will meet your expectations, regardless of its size. Take a few minutes to contact Tran Climatisation and we will be happy to answer all your questions.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Do you have any questions for us? We have gathered frequently asked questions that our customers have when they want to purchase a boiler or wish to learn more about the boilers we have on the market. Do not hesitate to contact a Tran Climatisation’s specialist if you have any specific questions regarding boilers and we will be pleased to answer them.

      What is the average price for a boiler?

      Do you have any questions for us? We have gathered frequently asked questions that our customers have when they want to purchase a boiler or wish to learn more about the boilers we have on the market. Do not hesitate to contact a Tran Climatisation’s specialist if you have any specific questions regarding boilers and we will be pleased to answer them.

      • Boilers’ brands and models
      • Your home’s surface area
      • Current state of your air duct system
      • Adding accessories (thermostats or air filters)

      We invite you to communication with Tran Climatisation’s team to obtain a free quote for your new boiler.

      When is it time to replace my boiler?

      Even if your boiler has a relatively long lifetime, it is possible that, after fifteen years of loyal services, it shows undeniable signs of age. Here are a few signs that will help you to know if your boiler needs to be changed.

      • Your boiler is more than 15 years old
      • It does not heat your home as quick as it should do.
      • It has become more and more noisy.
      • It needs more and more repair that increasingly frequent and expensive.
      • Your energy bills never cease to go up.

      In case you have doubts about your boilers, do not hesitate to call upon Tran Climatisation’s expertise and we will be pleased to answer all of your questions.

      What is the average life span for a boiler?

      With appropriate maintenance and repair, a boiler can last up to 25 years. This data can vary depending on the use and frequency of maintenance done.

      What is a condensing boiler?

      A condensing boiler has this particularity to recover the heat produced by the steam contained in the combustion particles of natural gas. In a standard boiler, there are some heat losses since fumes and steam contained in these fumes go in the atmosphere. The condensing boiler has the advantage of recovering a part of this thermal energy by condensing the steam exhaust fumes. This steam goes through an exchanger condenser: the steam sublimes in water and frees heat that is transmitted in the hot water network in your home. This type of boiler avoids the heat losses, because she takes the maximum from natural gas. This high efficiency allows a minimal energy consumption and make you save a lot of money on your energy bills.

      What are the advantages related to a condensing boiler?

      Using a condensing boiler allows you to increase the energy efficiency of approximately 20% compared to a standard boiler. It also gives you the possibility to save up to 30% compared to a boiler that is more than 15 years old, 15% to 20% of savings compared to a recent boiler and finally, 5% compared to a low-temperature boiler. This type of installation is very respectful towards the environment and represents a considerable saving of fuel, thus, less emission of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides released into the atmosphere.

      What are the advantages of a regular maintenance on my boiler?

      Before the first days of winter, it is crucial that you require the services of a Tran Climatisation technician so that he can perform maintenance and an annual inspection on your boiler.

      • Never should you attempt to perform the maintenance by yourself. A seasonal maintenance is a quick and cheap solution, done by a professional specially formed for this type of work.
      • If you neglect to ask for a regular maintenance of your boiler, it can become a potential threat for damage and unexpected problems. By doing a complete inspection, the technician will be able to detect any kind of problem.
      • The average lifetime for a boiler is between 15 and 25 years. If you ask for this maintenance to be done once a year, not only will you increase your boiler’s performance, but also its lifetime.
      • Which boiler is the best for the environment?

        When the time comes to replace your boiler, the environmental question remains an important factor that can tip the scale for one or the other models. Even with the constant evolution of technology converges towards a more eco-friendly conception, it is important to know about the environmental impact that all the energy sources have on the environment.

        • Electricity: In Quebec, electricity remains of of the most used energy sources. Electricity is a renewable energy source that does not emit any dangerous particles in the atmosphere. However, the real environmental impact of electricity is made on a bigger scale, since construction of dams and electricity distribution structures often require deforestation and diversion of rivers.
        • Natural Gas: Unlike the popular beliefs, natural gas is the cleanest combustible that exists. Its combustion only produces steam and carbon dioxide, like human breathing. Also, natural gas distribution is done following strict environmental norms and the distribution network is monitored 24/7. If you opt for a natural gas boiler rather than an oil furnace, you will reduce up to 30% the greenhouse gases emissions.
        • Propane: The modern conception of propane heating systems like the boilers allows them to maximally reduce emissions of carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide in the air. Also, since propane pressure storage and transport are very low, storage and transport system is watertight to atmosphere, thus, reduces the risk of dangerous emissions by evaporations.
        • Oil : Even if used in many homes for its high heating capacity, oil remains the less popular combustible in Quebec homes. This energy source in non-renewable and cases dangerous emissions in the atmosphere and contributes to increases the greenhouse phenomenon. However, recent models reduce up to 35% of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon monoxide.
        • My boiler makes a lot of noise. What should I do?

          Generally speaking, the boiler is a relatively quiet heating system. If you think that your boiler is too noisy, ask a Tran Climatisation’s technician to come over to inspect it. Noise can be a symptom of a more important problem or a defective part; do not wait until your boiler ceases to function. An inspection done by a specialized technician is a cheap and guaranteed solution that gives you peace of mind and to continue to benefit from its comfort for years to come.

          If I change my old boiler by a more recent model, what are the savings that I can make?

          Nowadays, most boilers are Energy Star approved, so, it consumes from 20% to 30% less energy than an older boiler. This energy saving will also melt your energy up to 25%.

          Are there any restrictions regarding the place where boilers can be installed?

          Generally speaking, there are no restrictions concerning the place where you should install your boiler. The boiler requires only the installation of an air exhaust and an outdoor chimney and must meet the requirements relating to the building regulations.

          Warranties

          Concerned about providing with a complete range of services, Tran Climatisation offers you warranties that take performance and life expectancy of your boilers in consideration. In addition of offering the manufacturers’ warranty, here are the warranties offered by Tran Climatisation.

          • 10-year warranty on all installations
          • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty on parts
          • 5 to 10 years warranty on parts (varies from a manufacturer to another)
          • After-sale sale warranty after sale and installation

          When buying your boilers, Tran Climatisation is committed to give you all the necessary information regarding the warranties related to your air conditioner.

          CONTACT

          If you wish to learn more about boilers or want to obtain a free quote for your next boiler, do not hesitate to contact Tran Climatisation. We service all of Montreal’s territory as well as Montreal’s South Shore. Contact us by email, phone or come visit us directly in store.
          Tran Climatisation
          Address :
          1300, rue Louis-Marchand
          Beloeil (QC)
          J3G 6S3

          Phone :
          South Shore : 450.813.9818
          Montreal : 514.808.1328

          Fax :
          450.813.9819

          Email :
          info@tranclimatisation.com

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Important Notice about COVID-19

Tran Climatisation’s operations will start again May 11th. Like most Quebecers and local companies, we must adjust and make sure that we take all necessary precautions to adapt to this new normal. We aim to offer excellent customer service and that now includes making sure our team takes all the necessary sanitary measures during our installations. To ensure your comfort, we must ensure your safety !

 

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