Top 3 Frequently Asked HVAC Questions Heading Into The Summer

HVAC systems keep your home comfort and safety in check, but do you know how they work to maintain this comfort and safety? For the average homeowner, these high-tech systems can be tricky to understand. That is why we have honed the expertise of our Afterglow specialists to answer our most frequently asked questions leading into the summer.

“We made it through the winter with our old furnace/boiler. Can we wait for the fall to replace it?”

We get it, everyone wants to save money if they can. But when it comes down to your furnace or boiler, we highly recommend that you don’t wait! Just because your furnace or boiler survived the winter does not mean it is working efficiently. You may be investing more money the longer you wait. Why? Your air-conditioner relies on your furnace to blow air throughout your home. If that furnace is not in good shape, it could cause your AC to stop working entirely. In the summer months —this is not a problem anyone wishes to have! Do not suffer from heat in vain. Replace your furnace or boiler now so that you are not rushed when the colder weather hits!

“Does the efficiency of an air conditioner really make much of a difference?”

If you like saving money and the environment, yes, air-conditioner efficiency matters! AC efficiency is measured in SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio), which is the rating calculated by the amount of cooling outputted during a typical cooling season divided by the electrical energy (BTU) inputted during that same time period. Essentially, the higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the unit is. For the average Canadian home running their AC from March to September, a bump up one point in SEER may result in savings of $10-$15 per month!

“If I have a boiler at home, can I even get air conditioning?”

Many of our clients think that if they have a boiler installed, they are out of luck with an AC system because boiler systems do not use ducts to transport heat throughout the home. That is not the case! Air conditioner technology is becoming more and more inventive! Ductless options with wall-mounted AC heads are available and can be quite cost-effective. These powerful systems can cool rooms or even entire floors quite rapidly, saving you at the hottest time of the year! Ducted systems are also available and can work alongside your boiler.

You asked, we answered! Do not suffer in the scorching heat this summer. Bask in the cool air you always dreamed of! Do you have any HVAC questions nagging you? Contact us —our HVAC specialists would be happy to help provide you with some clarity and expert advice!

Afterglow’s All-Inclusive Heating Guide: How to Buy a Furnace, Water Heater and Boiler

Who what whereThe who, what, when, where, why and how of purchasing a new heating system.

Are you contemplating replacing your furnace, boiler or water heater before Waterloo Region’s unfriendly winter returns? If you have been faced with sky-high energy bills or the unreliability of an old system, the time to replace is definitely now.

But we understand that the decision is not an easy one. Homeowners are struggling to spend less, use less and pollute less without giving up the warmth and comfort that they cherish. That’s where we come in!

If you have ever called Afterglow about your furnace, boiler or water heater, you know you can get the straight facts from us. For the past 24 years we have dedicated ourselves to providing our customers with an unprecedented level of home comfort, and that dedication continues today!

We have created three helpful guides to help you buy a new furnace, boiler or water heater.

How to Buy a Furnace

Looking for a top residential furnace? Download our Furnace Buying Guide from the Afterglow experts to help you make the best possible purchasing decision.

The guide includes:
– How to buy a new furnace,
– What to consider when purchasing a new furnace,
– The misconceptions surrounding furnaces and much more.

Furnace Buying Guide

How to Buy a Water Heater

Download our Water Heater Buying Guide and feel confident when replacing your system.

The guide includes:
– The five main types of water heaters,
– Which water heater you should buy and more.

Water Heater Buying Guide

How to Buy a Boiler

Buying a boiler system is probably one of the more complicated purchases one could make for their home. That’s why we have put together this informative Boiler Buying Guide!

The guide includes:
– Tips on buying a boiler,
– What to look for in a new boiler,
– How much safer a new boiler is and much more.

Boiler Buying Guide

In a nutshell, if new HVAC equipment is going to save you money, make your home safer and improve your comfort, then consider upgrading.

What’s next? Call Afterglow to get more help on your decision about your heating system.


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Are You Prepared For Heating Season?

Ok, I think it is officially time to accept that heating season is here! After a really warm September, which seemed hotter than the summer, it’s time to get ready for winter!

After digging your winter clothes out of the attic and getting new boots and coats, you need to get your house ready for winter, too. That means:

a) You need to call Afterglow for a furnace or boiler tune-up,
b) If it is time, call Afterglow about a new, more efficient, more comfortable heating system.

If you are due for a new heating system, you may be worried about the cost, but new systems work beautifully and save you money in the long run! They are far more efficient and heat homes evenly and rapidly. Along with saving you money, they also save energy and put less of a load on the energy grids, which is great for the environment. How can you go wrong?

A dependable heating system is crucial to home comfort. With new systems, there are also limited time rebates available – up to $900 in government grants. Give us a call to find out about great deals in heating systems and how your home can be warm and comfortable this winter without hurting your budget!

Afterglow will help you keep your heating system in perfect working order throughout the winter season, giving you peace of mind. So pull out those sweaters and enjoy the rest of fall before winter is upon us!

Fun fact! Ontarian’s use natural gas as their principal energy source for heating.

Afterglow. Water, warmth, well-being.

The History Behind Afterglow

What’s in a name? When we first started out in 1991, we were called Delta De-Liming. We focused mostly on mechanical problems with water heaters. As our business grew, we adapted and evolved into the full service providers we are today. We wanted to find a name that reflected what we did and our connection to the community in which we work.

Fun fact, The City of Kitchener also went through a re-naming in 1916! Before then, the city was named Berlin, reflecting the German culture of the early settlers. Great Britain and Germany were allies during the 19 century; after all, Queen Victoria was married to a German Prince! But all that changed in 1914 when Great Britain and Canada went to war with Germany.

City officials and business owners were concerned with all the products being manufactured and stamped with “Made in Berlin.” A lot of local manufacturers, such as the Lang, Eagle, and Breithaupht Tanneries were producing much needed military supplies. A referendum was called to change the city name.

Some of the names on the ballot were Brock, Corona, Adanac (Canada spelled backwards), Keowana, and Benton. However, the Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, went down in a shipwreck only a few months before the September vote, so the city chose to honour him by choosing his name.

In 2007, we changed our name from Delta to Afterglow. Some of the other names we considered were Lamplighter, Acapella, and Vitruvia. We liked Afterglow the best for numerous reasons, but mostly because after we have finished servicing or installing your furnace or boiler, we know you will feel good!

After all, there’s a lot to be said for a good name!

Afterglow. Water, warmth, well-being.