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Having a home that costs you almost nothing in electricity and heating may seem like a distant dream. But it’s possible with net-zero energy homes, also known as zero-energy homes.

They’re becoming increasingly popular, even here in Canada, where heating requirements are considerable. In addition to economic reasons, many are choosing to respect their environmental values.

What is zero energy consumption?

A zero-energy home produces as much energy as it consumes. In concrete terms, these homes already have a very low energy demand and can produce the necessary amount of energy by themselves. So there are virtually no bills to pay for heating and electricity.

In Canada, there is a certification program under the umbrella of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA): Net Zero Home (NZH) and Net Zero Ready Home (NZRH).

Three components of net-zero energy homes

To achieve net zero energy housing, installing a few solar panels is not enough. To achieve this goal, three important components must be taken into account.

For a new home

If you’re having a house built and aiming for net zero, you can apply certain principles to the construction itself. For example, you could choose a frame that uses less wood.

Other strategies can help, such as locating windows in the wall to retain heat and installing flashings to control water and mould where there are openings.

For an existing home

It’s perfectly possible to transform an existing house into a net-zero home. Of course, this depends on the home. Potential renovations include insulation beyond building code requirements, window changes, and heating system upgrades. Subsidies are available to help you make your home more energy-efficient.

Advantages of a net-zero home

The first advantage is the most obvious: your energy bills are extremely low with a net-zero home. Because your home produces its energy, you’re protected from fluctuations in energy costs.

Because this type of energy-efficient home is built to higher standards, the constructions are more durable. They are virtually airtight, making them very comfortable. Air quality is purer, thanks to the integrated ventilation system. Its insulation also works against sound. You won’t be disturbed by your neighbour mowing the lawn or having a party. It’s a home that offers greater comfort and tranquillity.

Disadvantages of a zero-energy home

The major disadvantage may lie in the price, especially if you have a conventional home that you want to convert. Renovations can be pretty expensive. You’re looking at tens of thousands of dollars. It’s a significant investment but well worth it!

Net-zero homes are already very popular in Europe, where electricity costs are much higher. They’re becoming increasingly popular here, even though they were virtually non-existent in Quebec a decade ago. Eventually, advanced net-zero home standards could become the general building norm. Whether you’d like to take on the challenge of reducing your home’s energy consumption to zero or you’d like to lighten your bills, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help you with the heat-pump part of your project.

Are you looking to change your central heating system for a more economical and ecological option? If so, you’ll be happy to know that Hydro-Québec, through its LogisVert program, offers a grant for installing a Steffes furnace with a heat accumulator.

What Is a Heat Accumulator?

As the name implies, a heat accumulator is a system for storing heat. A thermal mass of bricks stores vast amounts of heat when the electric furnace is on. The technology has yet to be well known in Quebec, although it is quite common where dynamic pricing is used.

During peak periods, this heat will be released to heat the house rather than the furnace elements. The unit is specifically designed to do this. In other words, a heat storage unit allows you to significantly reduce your electricity consumption during peak periods without sacrificing your comfort.

What are the Advantages of a Heat Storage Unit?

A heat storage unit has many advantages.

Hydro-Québec Grant for Electric Furnaces

LogisVert, Hydro-Québec’s grant for furnaces, allows you to reduce your bill directly at the source when purchasing a heat accumulator. The installation company claims the grant from Hydro-Québec after providing you with the discount on your invoice.

This financial assistance is $15,000 for a heat accumulator and $22,000 for a heat accumulator accompanied by a central heat pump.

Only equipment replacements in existing homes are eligible for financial assistance.

To be eligible, the residence must meet the following criteria:

The heat accumulator must be a model 4,120 or 4,210 (Serenity) or any other equivalent model from the Steffes company that Hydro-Québec has approved. The device must be new and purchased in Quebec.

Also, remember that other sources of financial assistance can be combined with this offer.

Contact the Experts!

At MST, we have the expertise to advise you on the best heating system for your home. We can also guide you through the process of applying for appropriate subsidies based on the system installed. Contact us to speak with one of our experts!

In Quebec, many homes run on an oil-powered furnace for heating during the winter months. If you need to change your heating system, why should you consider converting from oil to electric heat?

THE ADVANTAGES OF AN ELECTRIC HEATING SYSTEM

Whether you opt for an electric furnace, a heat pump or both, there are many advantages to installing an electric system.

The efficiency of heating systems is measured by their co-efficiency performance (COP). COP is the ratio between consumed energy versus the energy or heat delivered. The higher the number, the more efficient the system.

For example, a COP with a rating of 3 means that three units of heat are delivered into the home for each unit of electricity consumed. In Quebec, the COP of heat pumps ranges between 1.4 and 3.3, depending on the outside temperature.

To help you compare, here are the co-efficiency ratings according to different heating systems:

HOW DO YOU CONVERT YOUR OIL HEATING SYSTEM TO ELECTRIC?

To make the switch, make sure to work with an HVAC contractor who specializes in doing so. Your life will be completely simplified. For your conversion to be eligible for financial aid, the work must be done by a certified professional with the appropriate RBQ certifications.

Your air vents will be inspected, and multiple factors will be considered in order to recommend the appropriate and optimal heating system for your needs.

A specialist will uninstall the old furnace and oil tank, disposing of it responsibly.

If you do not already have one, the appropriate electric panel of 200 amps will be installed.

The heating system of your choice can then be installed.

Entreprises MST holds their RBQ license, as well as their CMEQ electricians’ license (French only). In addition, each of their technicians also has their individual license for operating in their trade.

Are you looking to replace your oil heating system and converting to an electric heat pump and furnace system? Contact us for exceptional service and personalized advice. Our team is more than happy to help you select the best energy-efficient electric system for your individual needs.

Most Québec homes are equipped with electric baseboard heaters. In the last few years, we have seen heat pumps popping up in more and more homes. What is the difference between a heat pump and electric heating? What are the pros and cons of each system?

Here is an overlook of both systems to help you choose the right heating source for your personal needs.

What Do Heat Pumps and Electric Baseboards Have in Common?

Both heat pumps and electric baseboards use electricity. As hydroelectricity is the source of 97% of all energy consumed in Québec, significantly reducing Greenhouse gas emissions, it can be said that Québec is an eco-friendly province. Our energy is clean and efficient!

Therefore, both electric baseboards and heat pumps are green sources of heat.

Pros and Cons of Electric Baseboards

Almost every home in Québec is heated with electric baseboards. They are often installed below windows, generating heat through electrical resistance. The air is heated and rises to the ceiling.

The pros of electric baseboards are:

The cons of electric baseboards are:

What is energy efficiency? The energy efficiency rating is a ratio. It indicates how many heat units are delivered per unit of energy consumed. For example, a rating of three means that three units of heat are generated for every unit of energy consumed. The higher the number, the higher the efficiency. In the case of electric baseboards, one unit of energy generates one single unit of heat. Therefore, electric baseboards are not that efficient in terms of energy consumption.

A medium home outfitted with electric baseboards will average $1,600 per year to heat.

A Deep Dive into Heat Pumps

Heat pumps do not create heat. Instead, they take the energy, or heat, from the outside air and bring it into the house.

The pros of a heat pump are:

The cons of a heat pump are:

Contact the Experts to Make the Best Choice

It’s essential to make a wise choice for your home and comfort preferences.

Our team of experts at MST Enterprises is well-versed in the world of heat pumps. Contact us for a quote or information on efficient heating.

After an initial home visit, our technicians will evaluate your needs and home requirements. They will then suggest the ideal way to heat your particular home.

Choosing the appliance to heat your home is not to be taken lightly. You want the best system for optimal comfort and in line with your budget.

You want to buy a new air conditioner or heating unit, but you need financing to do so.

MST Enterprises has associated with Financeit to offer quick, easy, and efficient solutions for heat pump financing.

Quick and Easy Financing with Financeit

With Financeit, you can finance up to $100,000 over a period of up to twenty years. So, we have you covered for whichever heat pump model you want, whether it’s a ductless heat pump, a mini-split, a central system, or a multizone. Payments can be made monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly.

Within only a few seconds, you will know if you qualify, without any commitment or obligation.

Steps to Get Financing

Get a head start on your energy savings by financing your heat pump with Financeit. It all comes down to three simple steps.

First is the application process: complete the credit application form online. You will receive an immediate response.

Second, once you have been approved, you will confirm and complete the details of your purchase with MST Enterprises by supplying the required documents.

Third, refund payments will be debited automatically from your bank account.

Financeit Benefits

At Financeit, there are no hidden fees. Everything is direct, open, and straightforward. You know exactly how much you’re paying when you purchase an appliance. All details are provided.

The Financeit loan program offers amortization periods of up to 240 months, which allows for low monthly payment plans that are easy to comply with. Interest rates range between 13.99% and 16.99%.

Financeit does everything in its power to be flexible and fair towards clients. As a result, you can make additional payments and even pay off your balance in full at any time without any penalties.

Your data is safe with Financeit. Bank-calibre encryption is used to ensure that your confidential information stays safe.

Available Subsidies

In addition to offering financing through Financeit, MST Enterprises helps you save by advising you on how to benefit from government assistance.

There are currently a few government programs available to those purchasing an energy-efficient heating or air conditioning system.

Make your choice

With this quick and easy financing option and government assistance, only one choice is left to make. What will your next heating or air conditioning system be?