You might be thinking about spending more time at your cottage this winter. Make your getaway an affordable one by investing in products and services designed to provide you with year-round comfort. By safeguarding your equipment you’ll make sure your cottage is prepared to keep you safe and comfortable with a reliable heat source and potable water. Only planning on occasional visits? Installing an HVAC monitoring system like Enercare Smarter Home® gives you the ability to monitor your equipment, even when you are away from the cottage. With the Enercare Advantage™ program you can upgrade your existing HVAC and water heating equipment with $0 upfront cost and $0 parts and labour charges for repair work or maintenance.1 Whether you’re looking to turn your cottage into a second home or taking steps to escape the city this winter, it’s also a good idea to keep your investment protected through mechanical system upgrades and monitoring.
Managing a private water supply can be a challenge.
At Enercare we offer a variety of gas and electric water heaters to provide you with potable water for your cottage, no matter your water source. Based on the requirements of your space we may suggest a tank or tankless option:
- Tank Water Heaters continue to be the best option for its on-demand feature – as soon as you turn on your hot water, it is there.
- Tankless Water Heaters don’t require much space, and you only pay for the hot water that you use. However this also makes it a challenge for on-demand water requests, or when the need for hot water is required at two service points, like the shower and the dishwasher.
Water Filtration Basics
Ontario’s cottage country is one of the most popular places in North America requiring water filtration solutions. Water filtration will remove contaminants such as sediment, bacterial, dust, heavy metals and other chemicals to make water safe to drink. Based on your water source and concerns, you may want to select one of the following filtration options:
- UV Filters are the most effective method for killing bacteria and work by destroying harmful micro-organisms without adding chemicals or changing your water’s taste/odour.
- Sediment Filters work as a sieve to remove silt and sand, which often causes cloudy or dirty water and may cause blockage in your pipes.
- Carbon Filters are the most common and remove unwanted tastes and odours, recommended when bacteria aren’t present in the water.
- Iron Filters work to combat hardness and iron in water levels through a water softener, recommended for those whose water source comes from well water.
Heating Your Second Home
Cottage country is notorious for its harsh winters. Whether the home is heated by electricity, natural gas, propane or wood, having a cost effective and reliable heat source is crucial to your comfort.
Furnaces, or forced air systems, use electricity or burn propane or natural gas to establish a flame, which is then used to heat the heat exchanger to heat up the indoor air. Newer models of furnaces are more energy efficient, potentially saving you money on your utility bills. If your current heating system is over 10 years old, or if your cottage has a working ductwork system, call us to talk about upgrading your system with the latest state-of-the-art technology.
Boilers heat up the water to provide hot water or steam which moves through pipes in the home and is dispersed through radiators, baseboard radiators or radiant floor systems. Boilers can work with natural gas, oil, electricity and wood and will generally use less fuel to heat your home, potentially lowering energy costs.
- Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are an energy efficient way to provide heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. Without a HVAC system in place, heat pumps use electricity to recycle heat energy from the air. Due to advanced filtration, they can also remove pollen, dust and odour.
- Combination Systems
A Combination System is a single unit, primarily utilizing natural gas or propane to provide both domestic hot water and heating to your home.
Cottage Cooling Solutions
Your cottage should be a retreat. The more time you spend there during the hot summer months, the more of a necessity cooling your space becomes. Consider ways to cool your cottage this upcoming summer for increased comfort and a better night’s sleep.
- Centralized Air Conditioning
If your cottage has existing ductwork in good working order, a centralized air conditioning system may be the most affordable option, by using current ductwork to provide cooling throughout the cottage. This works by drawing in warm air, removing its heat and distributing it through the ducts and into your cottage.
- Split Systems
If your cottage does not have any ductwork to support centralized cooling you may not want to undergo the expensive task of installing ducts for a central system. Ductless systems provide cooling through a sleek unit mounted on the wall by pulling air through an outdoor condenser and using an indoor blower to distribute cool air. Installation is mildly invasive, but it only requires a small hole at the point where the indoor component will be mounted. By placing these systems in separate rooms, you can have room-by-room temperature control and only using cooling where needed.
You have a Smart Phone and a Smart TV – so why not make your cottage Smart? With Enercare Smarter Home® technology you can have a peace of mind knowing that your investment is being protected through 24/7 HVAC monitoring technology. It helps detect water leaks, temperature irregularities and equipment failures, right from the comfort of your own home. Enercare Smarter Home® connects to your phone or tablet through an app and will send you push notifications if something goes wrong. Don’t wait until your next trip north to make sure your HVAC system is in good working order – safeguard and plan ahead with Enercare Smarter Home®.
The Luxury Getaway
Comfort is about more than just a cozy night with the family. Turn your cottage into a first-class getaway with upgrades that will have you wanting to move in full time:
- Radiant floor heating
Using an existing energy efficient boiler, water is heated and then distributed through tubing under the floor to provide cost-effective heating – never worry about cold feet again!
- Heated driveways
The worst part about your trip to the cottage is probably the commute, but if your cottage is under 5 ft of snow, coming and going can be an even bigger headache. Hydronic snow melting systems work similar to radiant floor heating by distributing hot water under through tubes under your home’s driveway.
- Wine Chillers
Temperature and humidity control are crucial to a good glass of wine. Our HVAC systems can ensure controlled environments for the perfect pour every time.
The Enercare Difference
Enercare has been the brand to deliver all your hot water and heating and cooling needs at home – why not bring the name you trust to your cottage, too? With our Enercare Advantage™ program you can have the latest in state-of-the-art HVAC and water heating equipment to turn your cottage into a luxury getaway. You will also benefit from:
- Zero installation costs1
- Zero parts & labour charge for most repairs1
- Same day service2
Call us today to schedule a no-obligation assessment of your cottage and discuss any upgrade and maintenance opportunities that will turn your seasonal escape into a year-round retreat.
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What you get with Enercare Advantage
- Zero Installation Costs
- Zero Parts & Labour Charge for All Repairs
- Same Day Service
- Protection & Maintenance Plan Included