General

There are all types of residential buildings in Gatineau and the Outaouais region. If your home has ventilation ducts, we can install a central air conditioner or heat pump. If your home is heated with electric baseboard heaters or hot water radiators, installing a split system is a good choice. If you’re a tenant, a portable or window unit will better meet your needs.

Current systems are up to 60% more efficient than those manufactured ten years ago. You may consider changing your system if it’s old or inefficient or if you need to make costly repairs. If you’re concerned about energy costs or costly repairs, replacing a unit may be a wise choice, given the substantial energy savings you’ll get.

Several factors can affect the cost of a system and its installation: the living space of your home, the type and condition of your air ducts, as well as the addition of accessories such as thermostats, air purifiers, etc. The best way to evaluate everything is often to consider the depreciation of the cost and the life of the system, keeping in mind that Thermo-Maître offers a 12-year total parts and labor warranty*.

Check with your retailer to ensure the new system meets your real needs. Ask them to provide you with an energy analysis to determine your operating costs. If you have allergies or are sensitive to temperature variations, an indoor unit with an ECM motor will enable you to continuously circulate clean air in your home at the same energy cost as using a light bulb. Lastly, evaluate how much you can afford and the efficiency of the proposed system: does it offer a good return on investment? In other words, are the monthly energy savings greater than the monthly payments on your new unit?  You should also think about the useful life and the warranties offered.

Apart from the actual installation of a new system, your retailer will need to inspect the following items to determine if they need to be replaced, added, or modified: air ducts, refrigerant lines, electrical supply and control circuit wiring, drain pipes, thermostat, outdoor unit base, filter, dampers, condensate drain pipe, etc. Replacing a system is an excellent opportunity to review all your home’s air management and comfort needs for several years to come. Take the time to make the right long-term decisions!

If you maintain your system according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and have it serviced regularly by a qualified technician, the average life of an air conditioner is between 12 and 15 years, and that of a gas furnace is 20 to 25 years.  But be careful—the key is maintenance. The life of a system will be greatly reduced if it’s not maintained or is improperly installed. Thermo-Maître offers a 12-year total parts and labor warranty*. Our program ensures you get the maximum lifetime out of the systems we install. 

A heat pump is a thermodynamic system. It takes the heat contained in the air through the steam released inside the refrigerant lines, even at very low temperatures, and releases it inside the home. Also known as air source heating, this process has proven its worth. In the case of a reversible system, the fluid cycle can be reversed and allow you to benefit from air conditioning in summer. If you have any further technical questions, please contact us for more information.

Unlike oil and gas heating, the operation of a heat pump is based on heat transfer, not combustion. It therefore does not emit smoke or CO2 responsible for the greenhouse effect. All our Daikin machines and their technology are environmentally friendly. All our products use R410-A gas to minimize the impact on global warming. R410-A gas replaces the more harmful R-22 gas, which is now banned from production and for replacement. 

To enjoy year-round comfort for many years to come, maintaining your air conditioning, heating, and ventilation equipment is key. When it’s neglected, problems could develop (e.g., clogged air filter and gummed up fans in residential ventilation equipment, mold growth responsible for bronchitis and reduced thermal efficiency in residential air conditioning equipment), your electric (heating) bill could go up, and the useful life of your equipment may even be cut short. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, so regular preventive maintenance is essential. Thermo-Maître offers a 12-year total parts and labor warranty*.  Our program ensures you get the maximum lifetime out of the appliances we install. 

To choose the residential air conditioning system that’s right for you, you need to consider various criteria, such as the area of the rooms you want to cool, the type of home you live in, the quality of insulation in your home, and so on. If your home has ventilation ducts, you may want to consider a central air conditioner that distributes fresh air evenly throughout the house. Otherwise, a wall-mounted air conditioner is an excellent solution if your home has no ventilation ducts or if you want to cool a particular room.

Before determining the type of residential heating system you need, several factors must be considered, such as the size of your home, the airtightness of the building, the amount of natural light coming in, and so on. You also need to consider the costs of the various types of equipment, their useful life, their performance, the impact on long-term energy savings, and so on. With over 30 years’ experience and more than 10,000 residential installations in the Outaouais region, our team can provide sound advice. 

There are several advantages to installing a wall-mounted air conditioning or heating system:

No ducts to install, so costs are lower and you don’t need to do an extensive reno

Two-in-one heating and cooling system (for winter and summer)

High energy efficiency: Some units have a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of up to 25

Lower heating costs: A wall-mounted heat pump costs less to use than an electric baseboard heater

Relatively quiet units

Multiple units can be installed in larger houses

Many low-cost heating and cooling systems quickly start to lose their efficiency after an overall average of 10 to 15 years.

You should have your current system replaced if:

  • Your heating or air conditioning system is more than 10 years old and your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old
  • It’s too hot or too cold in certain parts of your home
  • There’s no one home for long periods of time and there’s no thermostat in the house
  • There are moisture problems or the house is too dusty
  • Your heating or air conditioning system makes too much noise
  • You want cleaner, dust-free, allergen-free air in your home
  • Your system requires frequent costly repairs
  • Your energy bills are increasing

The Thermo-Maître team offers ultra-efficient, ultra-durable products from Daikin along with its 12/12 warranty. It’s not uncommon to see its systems still performing well after 20 years, which is proof positive of an outstanding return on investment.

Suspect that your equipment may be obsolete?  Our Thermo-Maître consultants can guide you in choosing the most appropriate and efficient appliance for your home.

The seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) is a measure of your air conditioner’s or heat pump’s cooling efficiency. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficiently the system converts electricity into cooling power.

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