Uneven cooling - Troubleshooting for Two-storey home

Does your home suffer uneven home cooling? Do you sense a temperature difference from storey to storey or room to room? Hold on! You are not alone. The problem is more frequent with older buildings or multi-storey homes. Homeowners often complain that it is always hot upstairs and cold downstairs. Some assume the reason is “sudden heat rise.” Well, it can be valid to some extent but is not always the case.
When we purchase an Air Conditioner, it is expected, the system will keep cooling all parts of home evenly. However, over time, factors like system gas, duct work problems, and dirty filters reduce the ability of AC to cool the entire part of your home evenly.
We'd help you to tackle causes that contribute to the uneven cooling along with some simple solutions.

Check air ducts for air leaks and holes:

Holes or air leaks make central air conditioner hard to work, resulting in missing or uneven air cooling around the home- meaning the air that is intended to reach a specific destination, bleeds off before it arrives. A professional inspection of the duct can help to save the problem before it gets worse. 

Control cooling with a zoning system:

Zoning system works best for those who want absolute control over cooling as the summer hits. This system is featured to control the temperature in each floor or room. It can be an expensive investment yet worth every penny.
You can hire an HVAC contractor to set up customized zones in different areas of the home. The number of zones depends upon the size and layout of the house. In general, it is the efficient and the best way to get even-cooling as summer begins to come around.

Look for blocked vents

Blocked vents and registers can be the culprit of uneven cooling. Move furniture or anything that blocks vents or registers and impede the proper circulation of air. Sometimes, build-up inside the vents can also lead to uneven cooling. You can use a vacuum with an attachment to loosen and clean the debris or dirt.

Use air vents to redirect air

You can redirect air to any area by partially closing vents of the floor. This way, air can be redirected to second-storey or any desired location. However, make sure, to never fully close the vents. 

Dirty Air filters:

Dirty air filters restrict airflow and decrease the amount of cold air. Hence, a reduced amount of cool air delivered throughout the storeys. Homeowners must clean and replace air filters twice in a year for the optimal functioning of the system. 

Add insulation in the attic:

Attic’s insulation can go a long way in serving you with two benefits: keeping the cool air inside and hot outside air out. Lack of quality insulation leaks the air and creates a noticeable temperature difference from floor to floor or sometimes room to room. There must be proper insulation with the right R-value according to the size or region of home.

Do you experience hot and cold spots in your home? How have you tried to fix those? 


How to protect yourself from Heat Wave

The heatwave is the excessive period of hot temperature which can cause humidity and sweating among people. The heatwaves are becoming common around the globe in different continents. A heatwave can be dangerous if it causes extreme sweating as it can result in dehydration. Excessive hot temperatures can also result in killing people. 7,000 die every year due to extreme temperatures. This necessitates that awareness regarding protection from heatwave is shared.

We will share a few ways to protect yourself from Heatwave:

How to protect yourself during Heatwave

- Overheating can be problematic for people who have breathing problems. The hottest time of the
day is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mostly, doctors advise people to stay indoors during these
timings. Keeping the windows and doors closed can also prevent the effect of the heat.

- Cold water is your best friend in hot weather. Doctors suggest 8 glasses of water during a regular
day. But during a heatwave, it is better to consume more water, chilled drinks and healthy smoothies
to keep your body hydrated. Avoid taking bath with hot water as it will further dehydrate your body.

- Reduce the intake of caffeinated drinks such as tea or alcohol.

- Wear loose cotton clothing and wear light colours. Dark colours attract sunlight and heat. And light
powder colours will give a cooling effect and make you look fresh. Wear shades when going out. This
will protect your eyes and surrounding skin from skin burn. Wear sunscreen all the times. Especially
during the heatwave. A heatwave can cause quick tanning. Wearing sunscreen will help you to
maintain a shield against the harmful rays of the sun. If you are working out during hot weather,
make sure to drink 20 ounces of water before working out. And seven to ten ounces after working
out. Exercises can lose water content from the body. So it is very important to maintain the natural
water content of the body.

- The foods that we eat can help us maintain our energy levels while keeping us hydrated. Melon is
considered to be a water-based fruit. Eating chilled watermelon or making healthy smoothies from
watermelon can be a great source of healthy hydration for the body. Cucumbers are also known for
their health benefits and the water content they have. Salads and making drinks from cucumbers
will not only keep you hydrated, but it will also help you get rid of any toxic elements in your body.

- Heatwaves not only affect humans, but it also has effects on animals. If you have pets, try to keep them indoors and make sure they drink enough fresh water during the day. Do not take them for walks as heat can travel through their paws and can be a cause of heatstroke.

Symptoms of Heatstroke

- It is important to take precautions but at the same time, it is equally important to know the
symptoms of heatstroke. High blood pressure, redness of the skin, vomiting, seizures and heartbeat
fluctuations are all signs of heatstroke. Although, anyone can be at the risk of heatstroke,
elderly people and children can be affected more than others.
Prevention is better than cure. Stay safe!


How Much Commercial HVAC maintenance Can Cost?

When you are running a business, there is so much to manage from overseeing and leading the work to plan, maintain, and set policies for the work system. When you are that busy, the chances are high; you put aside the tasks related to regular HVAC maintenance. For the comfort and well-being of every individual on the premises, the importance of timely maintenance of the commercial HVAC system is mandatory. How worse it could be when the AC breaks down during the scorching heat of summer? It can adversely affect the productivity of the employees and tenants of the home if you are a landlord. Therefore, to maintain a high level of business occupancy or success of the brand, make sure to repair or replace the HVAC system timely.

How does a commercial HVAC maintenance cost you?

Wondering how much a commercial HVAC maintenance can cost you? Believe us; it is not an easy question to answer. The average cost can vary from one city to another! It also depends upon the time it takes to complete the work and the age, condition, quantity, and type of HVAC model requiring repairs.

In general, a flat fee for one-time Air Conditioner maintenance can be $80-$110, but businesses are more inclined to go for the annual support – an economical option to go with.

Comparing the service contract prices:

There are various types of contracts up for grabs for the companies and landlords alike.
Some businesses may go for the contract that sounds too good to be true; It happens when we don’t think about the skullduggery. We recommend avoiding any unpleasant situation and do the comparing of every contract prices. For that, when you get the contract price, divide it by the contractor’s hourly rate to know how many hours of services you will need for the commercial HVAC system. Divide the obtained value with the number of visits and total HVAC equipment - the final costs help you to get the best plan.

Benefits of Commercial HVAC maintenance:

How bad the situation could be when you had to replace the HVAC system that could have been conveniently prevented with regular maintenance? The extra cost could be utilized more productively!

Those who skip it can have serious financial issues; some are outlined below:

- The poorly maintained HVAC system does not remain energy efficient and drive the energy bills up.
- Routine maintenance helps to identify all the failing problems early on and save you from the more significant issues.
- Any negligence can result in the extended downtime and more repairing cost.
- The longevity or lifespan of an HVAC system is expanded with the regular maintenance

Wrapping up the article:

A planned maintenance program gears up the HVAC systems for future challenges. There are also tons of operational perks of commercial HVAC maintenance, and it is essential for the start-ups or organizations to have fully established equipment. A reliable HVAC system proves to be more cost-effective and keep you ahead of your competitors.


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. ;)


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.


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%
- 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.


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.