Air Conditioner Safety Precautions

It is not just about the Air Conditioner, safety measures should be kept with all electrical appliances since a little mistreatment can result not only in creating situations of accidental breakdowns but can also pose life risks. While the homeowners are becoming more and more DIY oriented as a result of the available DIY helping material online, the need to keep safety measures has increased many folds. Previously, the installation and maintenance were performed by HVAC professionals and homeowners would only choose for very simple maintenance tasks. Things are different now with every other homeowner choosing to perform the installation by himself and choosing to do maintenance on his own. The alarming thing about this is that while the procedure is simple to understand, the precautionary measures are often overlooked. This results in accidents causing injuries or even death, sudden appliance break downs or severe appliance damage. Despite that safety measures are clearly written on all user manuals that come with appliances like Air Conditioner, homeowners hardly care to read them. This blog is meant to endorse the need for reading those manuals and also to highlight all those must do's which are important for safe installation, maintenance and usage.



Air Conditioner safety precautions: 

- When establishing an electrical connection of either Split or Central Air Conditioner, make sure to use a long enough and supported cord. NEVER make the mistake of using an extension cord when establishing an electrical connection for the appliance.

- Avoid twisting or turning the cord. Also, make sure the cord does not get pressed by furniture or any other thing during the course of usage.

- When the power needs to be disconnected, do not pull the plug out. Instead, carefully remove from the socket.

- The electrical components should not remain accessible once the installation has been performed.  In addition, people with a disability or underage children should not be given control of the Air Conditioner controllers.

- When performing maintenance or checking air flow, do not stand directly in front of a supply register or a split air conditioning unit for long. Lower the louvres to avoid direct exposure since direct exposure can be extremely hazardous for health.

- Avoid using unsupported batteries for Air Conditioner remote. Also, when disposing them of, strictly abide by the manual. Burning or placing the batteries in a fire can result in a big-bang.

- Do not perform any kind of installation/maintenance (unless exempted on manual) if the unit is on warranty. Doing so will void the warranty instantly.

- When cleaning the AC filters, abstain from using random chemicals. Usually, the filters get cleaned with a simple wash so any additional cleaning efficiency is not required.

- The outdoor unit of Split and Central Air Conditioners need special care when it comes to maintenance. On one hand, they need proper cleaning to ward off the dust and debris from their components. On the other hand, absolute precautions need to be followed so as not to damage the components. A slightly curved fan blade, as a result of cleaning with a high-pressure hose, can impact the overall operation of the Air Conditioner.

- When you plan a long vacation out, always plug out the unit. A little spark as a result of short-circuiting can result in fire.

There is a long list of precautions and safety measures that need to be followed when installing, maintaining the appliances. But since this was a reminder and endorsement post, these are enough for now. The rest you can find on your appliance's manual guide. ;)

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How to identify the right HVAC service providers?

When we say 'right' HVAC service providers, we mean the ones who are the real and certified HVAC professionals and not just some self-learned people having launched companies on their names. It is often endorsed by HVAC professionals that homeowners should not compromise when it comes to choosing the right people for their HVAC tasks. The reason is; one wrong choice will lead to several problems including frequent repairs, voiding of warranty, sudden breakdown and unhappy accidents etc. The unprofessional techs are too good at causing all of these bad consequences. So this blog is dedicated to helping you find the right people for your HVAC appliances and also to identify the wrong ones right in time when you come across them.



- The right techs are good communicators 

The right technicians run things rightly and therefore, understand the importance of good communication. So with the right services, good communication begins from the time of asking for a quote on call and ends at their certified technician performing the service and leaving you satisfied. In addition, the right professionals know how to keep in touch with their customers. So they are in regular contact during the sale or service procedure and even after that is completed. They keep you updated with their new offers, keep sending maintenance reminders if you have subscribed to their membership, respond to your complaints instantly and even if they are late at times, they come up with a genuine explanation and apology for that. To keep it simple, the right professionals do not leave their customers in frustration especially when they are most needed.

- The right techs use pro tools and advanced technology 

Companies that are concerned about providing satisfactory services to their clients are also concerned about upgrading their tools and technologies. Consider for instance the example of some renowned HVAC service providers in Canada. They provide their technicians with a special type of glasses (similar to the safety glasses) which record the entire procedure of service. The link to this video is later provided to the homeowners so that they can always see what tasks did the technician perform and so that it could provide them with a proof of a professional service. Did you see? The right techs always have upgraded technology with them.
If you have been taking service from a company that uses the years old tools and technology, you should better consider trying a new service which is keeping pace with the fast-moving technological world.

- The right techs provide the proof of service

Did you know that not having proof of service can actually void your appliance's warranty? Oh, yes! The HVAC appliance companies offer product repair/replacement warranties on the condition that the installation and maintenance are performed by certified professionals only.  On claiming warranty anywhere during the course of the warranty period, providing the proof of professional installation and regular maintenance is a must. The right professionals know this so they always provide you with a genuine documented and stamped proof of service. So if your installer or maintenance provider never provided you with a proof of service, this alone says enough of his professionalism.

Remember to always choose certified HVAC professionals for all HVAC needs;  installation, maintenance, repair, replacement and relocation. Because this is what will make a difference to your comfort, energy bills, HVAC expenses and above all, the appliance's lifetime.

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Importance of preventive HVAC maintenance for commercial facility

In order for your commercial facility to run properly, the importance of heating and cooling system cannot be ignored. While it helps those working there at the facility, it also affects the interior. And if the facility is about items that receive a serious impact of the temperature; food and other stuff, you have to be even more concerned about the HVAC system. According to studies, preventive maintenance plans;
- Reduce overall energy consumption by 30%
- Reduce the possibilities of emergency breakdowns by 75%
and
- Reduce the regular repair and maintenance cost by 20% 
This blog highlights the importance of preventive maintenance for the commercial facility and why this is a choice worth making.



Cuts down on repair cost 

With a commercial setup, there are a lot of things to manage at a time. And the budget as well, cannot be disturbed every now and then. The most immediate consequence of choosing a preventive HVAC maintenance for your commercial facility is that it cuts down on the repair cost. In addition to that, having done with preventive maintenance, you can bring yourself at a safe harbour from sudden breakdowns that hinder the day-to-day work.

Boosts HVAC efficiency 

Regular and in time maintenance, be it of residential HVAC appliances or commercial; bring one big benefit of boosting the efficiency of the appliances. That suggests you don't have to compromise on comfort while also paying high energy bills. Improved efficiency cuts down energy costs while keeps you comfortable without constantly running the appliances.

Improves Indoor Air Quality 

Bad IAQ is becoming one big challenge for residential as well as commercial spaces. And the deteriorated IAQ has a lot to do with unmaintained HVAC system; dirty ductwork, clogged filters, dusty and unlubricated appliance components etc. The system keeps circulating stuffy air time and time again, affecting the indoor air quality. In the case of Air Cleaners installed, heedlessness towards cleaning and maintenance affects the air cleaning appliances and one again, contribute to providing a compromised indoor air quality.
Preventive HVAC maintenance helps keep a good level of indoor air quality which leaves good impacts on the health of the employees.

HVAC preventive maintenance plan for commercial facility | Annual plan

Instead of having to wait for the technicians to be available in the case of no plans subscribed, subscribing to an annual plan for commercial HVAC preventive maintenance is a far better choice. By subscribing to a plan, not only one gets priority service but the overall cost is also reduced. In addition, several home comfort heating and cooling service providers offer additional discounts on repairs and component replacement. With a constantly running commercial facility and the HVAC system in it, it is suggested to subscribe to the annual plan of a reliable home comfort heating and cooling service provider.

A good HVAC comfort at your commercial space is not about installing costly appliances. Instead, it has a lot more to do with making the right HVAC choices when it comes to installation, maintenance, repair and replacement. A very extraordinary system can fail before time if the right professionals at the right time are not employed and an ordinary system can last for years with proper maintenance given.

Make the right HVAC choices for your commercial facility. Subscribe to an annual preventive maintenance plan and most importantly, choose the right tech.
   





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Eliminate smells from the gym's locker room


People come to the gym with resolutions of fitness. And the time a wide majority of people set resolutions is the new year. So if you own a gym, this is the best time for you to think about how are you going to ensure that people who come to your gym find the best of the best environment there. And when it comes to the environment, it is the locker room environment that most gym owners are relatively less concerned about. More importance is given to the appearances of the actual gym area. But this can turn out to be the Achille's heel. Locker room odours, for example, give the newcomers a very bad impression about the place and can push the existing customers away as well. So this new year, while people are setting up the resolution to make themselves fit, this is your opportunity, as a gym owner, to set the resolution of optimal gym place maintenance. And today, we shall specifically talk about how you can ensure freshness in the locker room of the gym.

Locker room odours and poor indoor air quality - The link 

There's a direct link between locker room odours and indoor air quality. The presence of odours is an indication of the presence of bacteria and viruses in the air. And when there's insufficient circulation of air, these odours keep hanging around. In addition, the moisture in the air produced as a result of the absence of fresh air creates the perfect condition for mould to grow, adding another odour to your place. With the absence of enough air circulation, the air pollutants begin to create health hazards including breathing problems, rashes, nose, eye and throat irritation etc. And it seems quite ironical to provide people with an environment to become sick at a place where they have come to become healthy. So how to ensure optimal maintenance in the gym locker room? What are the must to do's?

Control Odour - Begin with the basics 

Regularly change towels 

One of the major reasons of bad odour in the locker room is the used towels that have not been washed or were kept in the locker while they were still wet. Since you own the gym, it is your responsibility to keep an eye on towels and replace old towels. Also, the bucket used for used towels should have a lid in order to control humidity and odour from spreading. 

Daily and weekly cleaning 

There should be a clear pattern of daily and weekly cleaning. Without proper routines, you may be missing out on meeting the standards. Scrub and sanitize lockers weekly if the daily maintenance still leaves the need for better conditions in the locker room.

Duct Cleaning and HVAC maintenance 

One reason for bad indoor air quality is the dirty ductwork and unmaintained HVAC system. It is as if you clean the gym thoroughly and then turn the Furnace/Air Conditioner on to let blows of stale air fill the place again. It is important to keep proper ventilation. Therefore, if you have been neglecting duct cleaning and HVAC maintenance, consider it this year.

With a properly maintained gym and particularly locker rooms, you can attract maximum customers and set up new standards for annual revenues and service excellence. 

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Top reasons behind a frozen Air Conditioner

The in-depth guide about frozen Air Conditioner will help you to troubleshoot this issue. Although to figure out the exact factor which can contribute to freezing up the air conditioner is exhausting. Home-owners often experience dismay, realizing insufficient freezing of air conditioner at some point or another. If the problem of Frozen Air Conditioner is not timely addressed, it not just adversely affects the cooling but also damages the important components of an AC unit. Therefore, in the first place, one should fix out the problem before it gets worse. Here you go with factors that can ice up an air conditioner.


Thermostat and drainage problems

The prime causes, which often lead towards freezing up the air conditioner are either the faulty thermostat or refrigerant leak. The air conditioner condenses water vapours into liquid. If the coil somehow freezes, the ice blocks the drain hole and does not let your place to warm. On the other hand, a leak in the refrigerant line reduces the pressure, that causes the refrigerant to expand, making evaporator coil colder than usual.

Faulty blower fan

The blower is responsible to pull in all the warm air and then distributing fresh air evenly. The malfunctioning of a blower fan can result in the accumulation of ice on the evaporator coil. If the fan is dirty, damped or blocked, homeowners can easily clean it.

Low Temperature

The low outside temperature can be a reason of icing up of the air conditioner. Ambient heat transfer is essential for smooth functioning of the equipment. For instance, if the outside temperature is somewhere between 15-16°C, the system can’t remain efficacious and the ice will start building up.

Evaporator coil needs cleaning

It is obvious for the debris and dirt to build up in the central heating and cooling system. Over time, dirt will start accumulating on the evaporator coil, which ultimately makes harder for the refrigerant to absorb heat. The irregularity in the heat absorption patterns result in condensate to freeze.
Mostly, homeowners lack the expertise to clean the duct or do not bother to unclog the ducts at all.

Improper Air Flow

The air conditioner cools the entire place effectively when warm air is pulled into the ductwork, and the evaporator coils expel the heat outside. The refrigerant absorbs the heat; that prevents the moisture from freezing. The improper heat flow is the foremost cause of many complications therefore, experts recommend – problems associated with improper air flow should be addressed instantly. The poor airflow can also be the reason for turning condensate to the ice. The common issues of poor airflow, that most of the homeowners do not investigate are:
·         Leaky or clogged air ducts
·         Blocked dampers or gates
·         Dirty filters
·         Debris in the supply registers

Wrapping up:


A frozen air conditioner sounds strange but it happens with the most of air conditioner either by a reduced pressure due to a refrigerant leak or warm air not finding the way to go to evaporator coil or low ambient temperature. 

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Crane Electric Fireplace - Features & Safety

Canadian homeowners are using a number of different kinds of home heating appliances. Among them is Space Heaters. Whether or not homeowners use space heaters as their primary appliance, they do use it as a secondary heating appliance. This is why in almost every other home, there's a space heater ready as a backup heating solution. To meet the needs, Crane has launched Electric Fireplace Heaters that work both as Space Heaters and as appealing Fireplace. This can be especially fascinating for homeowners who love Fireplaces but don't like the mess that the conventional Fireplaces cause. Get the glow of an actual Fireplace with this Crance Electric Fireplace model.


Features of Crane Electric Fireplace

- It's a 7.5 inches wide and 15 inches tall unit available in white, red and black finishes

- The units are portable and easily held with the help of a handle on the top

- To suffice for the craving of the ambient glow of a conventional fireplace, the ember gives off a very natural glow. The interesting feature, however, is that they give glow even when they don't give heat

- There's an auto-shut off option which prevents the unit from overheating

- One of the features of this portable Electric Fireplace is the quiet operation which is the most wanted feature for many people

- Have kids at home? They are safe to use! The ceramic heating mechanism gives off warmth but keeps the surface cool. It won't cause burns when touched

- These units offered by Crane are perfectly suitable for medium-sized rooms

- Worried about electricity bills? Don't panic. The ceramic coil used in this Electric Fireplace takes less energy than the (average) household bulb

- To offer multiple heating ranges, there are two settings; one for 750 watts, there other 1500 watts.


Space Heater Precautions

With pros come some cons. While this unit is appealing, affordable and can be used as the primary heating solution, there are some cares that need to be taken when using this Electric Fireplace Heater or any other Space Heaters:

- Keep the area of around 3 feet clear around the unit

- Do not allow children or pets near the units when it is operational or simply plugged-on. The Crane unit although offers cool-to-touch mechanism, it still has the tendency to give current

- Never use any kind of Space Heater when unattended

- Place the unit on even surfaces. Placement on uneven surfaces can result in a tip over and causing a fire

- It is risky to use the unit using extension wires. Using them this way results in frequent overheating


Tired of old heating methods and looking for something new? Want help with home comfortable heating essentials or need professional suggestions regarding upgrading your heating essentials? Thinking to take a second opinion before finalising an HVAC purchase? We can help!

Furnace AC Direct has been serving in the field of HVAC for several years. Our professionals are certified and reliable. But the good thing is, you can ask for a quick quote for any HVAC purchase or service free of cost. Also, by subscribing to one of our plans, you can also enjoy discounted repair & maintenance as well as priority services anytime you need help.

So how are you heating your home this winter?

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3 ways to avoid CO poisoning

Carbon Monoxide also known as the Silent Killer is a tasteless, odourless and colourless gas which is produced when oil, gas, coal, wood or other fuels don't fully burn. In homes, the most common sources of CO leaks can be; furnaces, fireplaces, boilers, stoves, water heaters and other appliances that burn fuels. Every year, several casualties take place as a result of CO leaks in homes which are primarily a result of lack of maintenance and wrong HVAC practices. The threat always remains there since the appliances are there and are used almost throughout the year but it can be reduced. Below are some of the ways to avoid CO poisoning;


Placement of detector matters 

The placement of the CO detector can be a fateful action in saving or not saving your home from the danger of CO leak. While many homeowners understand the importance of installing a CO detector and get one installed as well, it is still unfortunate that accidents do take place. What could be the reason for that? The reason is the wrong placement of the detector. The location should be somewhere;
- Where the alarm can easily be heard
- The potential CO causing appliances are somewhere near; at least within 15 feet
- Where there is no door/window in the immediate vicinity of the alarm. The rapid flow of air near these places compromise the device's efficiency
- Where the CO detector doesn't receive direct sunlight since the false alarms occur in this case
So yes, in order to provide yourself and your home with foolproof safety, ensure the device is installed at the right location

Schedule HVAC maintenance 

They say, ''Prevention is better than cure''. Better to call a professional before an HVAC issue arises than to wait for the issue to arise and then call the tech for repair. Repairs are always costlier. But in addition, what makes maintenance the choice of the wise is that it keeps away the danger. Getting appliances maintained, replacing the CO detector's batteries and ensuring that the unit operates fine are some essential maintenance to do's that reduce the risks of CO leaks significantly.

Install fuel powered appliances away from living place 

Basements and garages are ideal places to install Furnace, Water Heaters, Boilers and other fuel-powered home or water heating appliances. They reduce the risk of direct interaction with the gas and the possibility of getting least affected even in the case of a CO leak.

With better care and a sense of responsibility regarding appliances that can cause potential harm is a promising solution to enjoy risk-free comfort for yourself and a risk-free environment for other fellow human beings.
Remember, CO leak can cause death and has the potential to cause bad fires.

What to do? 

1. Ensure that your CO detector is installed at the right place
2. Replace the batteries if they are old enough; over a year
3. Install a unit if you don't already have one installed


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