Replacing gas equipment in multi-residential buildings can lead to enormous benefits, including lower annual costs, reduced energy use, increased occupant comfort, and fewer disruptive repairs. Enbridge’s financial incentives can help you upgrade, but how do you know when it’s the right time to invest in new equipment?

Many variables affect the lifespan of equipment, but generally, the older the equipment, the less energy efficient it is, which can lead to increased operating costs and comfort issues.

If your utility bills keep rising, that may be a sign your building equipment is running inefficiently and should be replaced with newer, more modern systems.

Heating system components can break down over time, leading to health hazards. A cracked heat exchanger, for example, may leak dangerous carbon monoxide into your building. Replacing your system with a more efficient model can lower your energy costs and remove safety risks.

If your building is experiencing unexplained swings in temperature, or if different areas have different temperature zones, your boiler or furnace may not be working properly. Do your building’s occupants complain about being too hot or too cold? Can you feel cool drafts wafting through your building? Ventilation issues may be your problem. If so, a new system can eliminate these issues and result in a healthier environment.

If equipment is making grinding or squealing noises, that could be a sign that equipment is failing and may soon break down. Unusual odours coming from your HVAC system are also a sign of potential trouble. Indoor air quality may be compromised, putting residents at risk. These odours indicate at least a partial system failure and will almost certainly require equipment replacement.

Enbridge can help you determine if the time is right to replace your building equipment. Our Affordable Housing Multi-Residential Program offers building assessments and financial incentives to help you identify and implement energy efficiency initiatives that will save energy, cut operating costs, reduce carbon emissions, and improve the comfort and quality of life for your residents.

For more information on the program and available incentives, contact Cam Black at cam.black@enbridge.com or 416-758-4748, or visit enbridgegas.com/affordablehousing.