Top 3 HVAC mistakes that homeowners make

Ignorance is not a bliss dudes especially when it is kept regarding the HVAC system. Instead of taking professional consultation, homeowners often make the mistake of randomly searching the answers of HVAC queries on the internet. It needs to be understood that not everything on the internet is a valid information and not everything said on blogs is said by HVAC professionals. There are some wrong HVAC practices that the homeowners are prone to. We're about to explain the top 3 HVAC mistakes that the homeowners make and this causes not only fatty energy bills but also cause serious problems to the very system.

Top HVAC mistakes

Most expensive is not the most suitable
So there's this thing that you can easily find on several home comfort heating and cooling blogs. They say cheap filters don't filter well so go for purchasing filters that are well above $10 since they will trap more particles more efficiently. Hey, hey! Hold on! That advice although is not a misinformation but is surely not the complete information. The complete fact is; expensive filters are no doubt efficient and clean the air better than ordinary $1 filters but there's a price for this cleaning that you'll have to pay. And the price will automatically come every month in your energy bills. Basically, expensive aka efficient filters are thicker than the normal so the air has to pass through them with relatively more force. This force is exerted by the furnace/heat pump and more energy is wasted. So yes, you breathe better but with a light pocket. Also, all systems are not suitable to afford such filters and thus cause wear and tear to the system.
So if you cannot afford hefty bills it is suggested to not go for efficient filters and instead use other natural ways to purify air i.e keeping some plants in the indoor, installing a portable air cleaner etc. Also, don't combine efficient filters with an old HVAC system. Consult professionals if you do that.

Do you shut the air vents? Why on Earth?
Another advice usually given in order to avoid energy loss is that homeowners are suggested to close vents in unused rooms. They say this will help reduce energy bills. The fact could go otherwise too. When some of the vents are closed, a lot of energy still moves up to those vents and then comes back. This disturbs the airflow and the HVAC system on the whole consequently reduces its efficiency. In addition to closing the air vents, another grave mistake that the homeowners make with their personal choice is hiding the return air vents behind sofas, curtains, chairs or any other furniture. Since air vents aren't pretty, nobody likes them. Awww sad! But even though they aren't pretty, they do a pretty good job for you i.e keep you warm in Winters and cool in the Summers. Blocking the air vents by placing furniture over them or hiding them under carpets etc affects the airflow. The enough fresh air doesn't return to the system and this once again decreases the efficiency while also fail to provide quality air.

Fan mode isn't a good idea
This is the third gravest mistake being done by hundreds of Toronto and GTA homeowners i.e keeping their thermostat on fan mode. Fan mode keeps the Air Conditioner fan running continuously. Some think this helps in maintaining a cool temperature throughout the day but the consequences of an all-time fan mode can be costly. When the thermostat is kept on fan mode and there's an enough humidity in the home, it can cause the production of moulds and treating moulds is never easy you know! So we suggest not to put your thermostat on fan mode instead use Auto mode to save energy and give your HVAC system a free will for when it needs to work.

Bottom Line
Like we just said it above, not everything that you find online is a professional's suggestion or a valid information. Trying every new thing can put you and your system in a real trouble. So a better choice is to rely on a trusted HVAC service for consultation. If you don't want to spend on professional services, it is recommended to search briefly and thoroughly so that you clearly sort the right and reliable information from the wrong one.
For HVAC consultation, sales and service information or just anything HVAC related, call us and we are always here!

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Stay cool even when your AC is on repair

Most of us have the bad habit of doing things only when the need arises. There are fewer people who actually take precautionary measures or get themselves ready for the time of need. A good display of this habit is seen when people rush to have their Air Conditioners repaired when half of the Summers are already passed. HVAC professionals suggest repairing and tune up of AC's before the beginning of Summer i.e somewhere in Spring so that you're all set to give yourself cool blows when the hot season starts.
No one can stop emergencies. Your system might be well and suddenly stop working in the mid Summer. Since the HVAC technicians are extensively booked in Summers, getting a prompt repair is difficult. So, what to do if your AC is on repair?
Here are some ways to avoid the annoying heat in the Summers when you don't have your AC along.

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Enjoy the natural Air Conditioner
Oh yes! The natural Air Conditioner is always there. All you need to do is to open some doors and windows partially in the day and evening. This will let a high-velocity airflow to come in and circulate in the home making the inside air cooler. Also, consider turning fans on so that the fresh outdoor air circulates in the entire rooms.

DIY hack - Water tub
Oh no no! You don't have to go and sit in the tub for an entire day or have to pour a bucket on yourself. We're talking about a different thing. If you have a whole home humidifier installed, your life would become a lot easier even without an Air Conditioner for some time. The increased level of humidity causes wetness and consequently coolness. But even if you don't have a Humidifier installed, there's something you can still do, i.e Making your own Humidifier. Oh yeah! Take a water tub and place it in the room. Turn the fan on. The air will rise and the water vapor too will slowly rise up, creating natural humidity and coolness. As long as your AC doesn't come back from a repair visit or a technician doesn't come, enjoy water tub natural humidifiers and keep yourself cool.

Everyday tips to stay cool
As said earlier, it may take several days for your AC to finally come back in working condition as the workload on technicians is high in the Summers. There are some other everyday tips that can be used to survive without an AC. Follow them and the waiting time will pass quickly;

1. Take cold water showers
2. Avoid going near stoves unnecessarily
3. ''Light is a form of energy'', remember this secondary school lesson? And energy is heat. Turn the lights off when not in use
4. Use frozen water bottles and place them on besides or on foot side of bed. This will help in spending a comfortable night
5. Turn on bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans. This will help exhaust the hot air
6. Keep the doors and windows closed during the afternoon time
7 Wear loose clothes and be concerned about the fabric they're made up of
The above mentioned little tricks and some other similar ones help a great deal in combating the hot Summers when your AC isn't available.

Oh! Heard the doorbell? Your technician has come to fix the AC. Oh yeah! Spent 2 whole days without AC and didn't' feel hot. Wonderful enough!  


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Knock Knock- It's Furnace Replacement Time!

Ah! Did you love your Furnace you just replaced? We loved ours too but had to say it a goodbye last month. Replacement has to be made in both cases, when you aren't happy with your appliance and even when you are. The only difference is, it comes later for the latter. The lifetime of a residential furnace is usually 15-20 years but if your Furnace has always kept you warm and happy by never asking for unnecessary repairs, working absolutely fine whenever you needed it and never charging you fatty bills, you must be wishing to hug it tight for a lifetime but unfortunately, this is not possible. Even if your Furnace continues to function, it is never safe to use Furnaces that are over aged and have elapsed their lifespan.
So, here we're giving some useful information on how to find out when your Furnace needs a replacement.

When to buy a new Furnace


1. The appliance lifetime is the easiest way to figure out that the time of saying a goodbye to your Furnace has come. Usually, residentials Furnaces have a lifetime of 20-25 years. In order to make a rough estimate, if you purchased your Furnace when your child was a toddler, it's the time to replace when he begins his first job after higher education. Lola? No Lola!  Though funny, never mind making the estimate like this. But if you didn't like that, better think seriously of replacement when you're done with the 15th birthday celebration of a Furnace. How cruel! It would never know what is coming after the celebration.

2. Your Furnace is too old to serve, this will start coming automatically on your energy bills. If your bills are getting fattier and fattier and fattier while you're getting thinner and thinner due to hard work and haven't increased your Furnace usability lately, then it is your Furnace telling you to not overload it. Replace a newer one.

3. Uneven heating is another indication that the Furnace Replacement is now crucial. You'll begin to sense some rooms warmer than the others. It happens because the Furnace fails to deliver even heat to the entire home due to inappropriate functioning. Consider replacement!

4. When loaded too much, your Furnace will get mad. The madness level could easily be checked if the Furnace suddenly starts to heat the home unusually and then doesn't provide the heat that is required. When that happens, your Furnace is looking for ways to either kill you with an extreme hot or with extreme cold. Before it kills you, kill it! (With an apology to those who love their Furnaces)

5. Here's the most interesting one. The Furnace actually tells you that it is old. If your Furnace is over aged and you hear banging sounds, buzzes, rattles, or just innocent hums, it is your Furnace telling you, ''Have mercy, master!''

6. Just like the Furnace makes it audible enough for you to hear its frustration, it also makes it visible when there's a need of Replacement. You'll find rust in or around the Furnace. Its parts will begin to corrode and clear cracks could be seen. Replace, Replace Replace!!!    

Conclusion
If you find all or any of the above-mentioned problems with your Furnace, it is the time to replace it. To make sure, call a reliable HVAC service provider to check your Furnace and suggest your an economical and durable replacement.
Replacement is a good-bye to your old Furnace and a Hello to the new one. While the goodbyes are hard to bear the welcomes are fascinating too.
So, a happy fascinating journey with your new Furnace and of course, a double tap on head to your old Furnace for serving you for so long. :)

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5 mistakes - Dare not to make with your Fireplace

It is true that home comfort appliances have changed the course of comfort by providing an increased and better indoor experience compared with what was available a few decades ago. But the thing that we need not forget is; precautions need to be taken no matter how efficient, safe and secure a home comfort appliance or system is. Gas Fireplace or simply any kind of Fireplace gives tantalising warmth in Winters and is also relatively a cheaper option compared with other home comfort heating solutions but when it comes to precautions, an utmost care has to be taken with Fireplace. If you've got a fireplace at home, this article is specially for you. Read the mistakes that usually homeowners make and can result in grave consequences.

No Professional Clean Up

We know that you're good at ''Do It Yourself'' aka DIY stuff and kudos to you for that. But when it comes to risky things like the fireplace, better not try the DIY else you'll end up in danger or probably in an emergency ward sooner or later. God forbid!
In order to avoid any accidents or unhappy events, it is recommended to let a highly experienced professional do the cleaning of the fireplace before you actually start using it. Try to schedule a tune-up before the Winters begin. This is because, during the Summers, insects, dust and other pollutants get stuck to the fireplace burners, chimneys and to the inside walls of the fireplace. Igniting a dirty Fireplace will not only hinder the efficiency of the Fireplace but will also result in strange sounds, odour and other such problems that will affect the overall home comfort. So, before you begin with Winters, make not the mistake of using a dirty Fireplace without having it cleaned by a pro.  

Be careful about the size of the Fireplace mantel

Fireplace mantel is basically an ornamental facing around fireplace made merely for the purpose of decoration. Since people these days are overly conscious about keeping their interiors as spicy as possible, installing a Fireplace mantel is a good option to add some spice to the interior. There's a wide range of choices that you can choose from in order to have the Fireplace mantel of your choice but there are some good points to consider before you go for decorating your fireplace.
Consider the size of the fireplace and go for the mantel accordingly. A very thick mantel will end up giving your fireplace a dwarf look while a very thin mantel will fail to grab your guest's attention or add anything to the looks of the fireplace. So, go wisely and consult professionals before installing a fireplace with mantel.


Avoid placing combustible material near Fireplace

Some people are too irresponsible to be dealt with. The majority of the accidents that occur due to Fireplace are because of carelessness. Never ever place combustible material or any other chemicals close to the fireplace. Not even place them in cupboards above or beside the fireplace. This could be seriously dangerous. Also avoid placing clothes, rugs or other household related things near the main fireplace. Be careful and be safe!

Don't place LCDs above the Fireplace

So you saw the LCA mounted above the fireplace at a friend's house and thought to do the same? You're not the only one! LCDs mounted over the fireplace literally look cool and are getting trendy too. But once again, this could turn out to be a mistake if you don't consider the points to consider. In order to keep the screens secure, they need to be mounted with a fairly well distance from the fireplace mantel but that might bring you neck or muscle pains. And then, mounting them too close to the fireplace has not guarantee at all. This is what you'll do at your own risk. Also, this might cancel the LCD warranty.

Take care of the CO detector

With an open gas fireplace, installing a Carbon Monoxide detector becomes even more important. Remember that CO is a gadget that needs to be maintained properly else it will be of no use. If you've a CO detector installed, don't forget to check it regularly to make sure it's working fine. Better check the batteries on a monthly basis and have your inbuilt detector replaced after 5-10 years for better safety.

Bottom Line

All we could do is to give you the information that might help you live a better, secure and comfortable life. Implementing the suggestions and following the guidelines is then your responsibility if you're concerned about yourself and your family and are ready to prove yourself a responsible Canadian citizen too.

Be Safe and never hesitate to contact us for any help, questions or consultation. We're always at service.

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Want to spend toasty Winters? - Use these 5 ways

It's not easy to keep yourself warm in Toronto when the temperature falls up to -30 and below. Coats and sweaters and socks and caps and jackets and mufflers, you have to be all so packed up when outdoors to avoid the extreme chilly blows of Winter but what about the time your indoors? Did you know that on average, an individual spends over 80% of his life indoors and needless it is to say, that covered up with one over the other warm cloth is very uncomfortable. It is essential to create a moderate indoor environment to feel not just the warmth to combat cold but also to feel the ultimate home comfort.
Below are 5 ways to keep yourself toasty and comfortable in Winters. Extreme Winters of Toronto ... started feeling frozen?   


1. Choose High-Efficiency Furnace


High-Efficiency Furnace

Oh no, you got it wrong. We aren't suggesting you to purchase a new Furnace when you have your Furnace working well. This is primarily for those who are seeking to purchase a new Furnace or have their Furnace too over aged to be replaced. Choose High-Efficiency Furnace to feel an incredible toasty feeling. High-Efficiency Furnaces though a bit costly save you money in long run by saving on energy bills.

2. Change/Replace Furnace filters


Furnace Filters

Since it is your Furnace which is responsible for creating the indoor warmth for you, it is important to check it's parts primarily the Filters. Dirty filters hinder the proper functioning of a Furnace. Check the condition of the filters and clean or replace them. Filters are available in cheap prices so if you're willing to save yourself the headache of washing them, replace them with newer ones.


3. Humidity Level - It's Important!


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Better the humidity, greater the warmth. To maintain a well moderate indoor temperature, check the indoor humidity level. If the level is above or below the required level, tune it by using quality Humidifiers. The better the humidity, the greater the warmth, the lesser the use of appliances and the lesser the bills.


4. Zoning


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Using the zoning technology, only the rooms where the heat is required can be warmed and for the rest, the ducts are closed to avoid energy loss. You can enjoy better warmth in intense cold temperature by using Zoning thermostat technology.


5. Insulation


Foam bed Home Insulation

The non-insulated basement and attic cause up to 30% of heat loss. It is, therefore, important to go for insulation before the Winter begins. Have your home already insulated? Check it again for possible fixations.


Bottom Line


Keeping yourself warm while also saving energy isn't difficult. All it requires is a careful approach towards Winters and following practices suggested by experts and here you go! You can enjoy cappuccino sitting on a couch with ultimate warmth all around you. Let's once repeat:
In order to enjoy toasty winters;
2. Replace/Clean furnace filters
3. Maintain Humidity level by using Humidifiers  
4. Use Zoning Thermostats
5. Check Home Insulation


This Winter, try these tips and come back with your feedback on how did you feel like?

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DIY Furnace Maintenance hacks

Running your home comfort heating and cooling appliances for a long run depends on your treatment with them. Ever wondered why people review differently on the efficiency of a product or the product installation service company? Even when the product is same and so is the technical staff, sometimes people have totally different feedbacks. Someone from Toronto might tell that Rheem water heater was the best product they ever bought while someone else from Hamilton may appear complaining that Rheem's water heater of the same model did not last longer at their home. A company may be receiving 95% positive customer reviews and in that, a couple of homeowners may pop out complaining of poor services.
So, what's that?

There's no denying the fact that we're living in the world where nothing's perfect. A product could be faulty, or the services may not have been up to the standards. But there's also another possibility and that is; the homeowners themselves ruined the product due to improper keeping and maintenance. Keeping proper maintenance is what gives the home comfort devices a longer life span and a saving of energy and money. Since we know that you wish to learn how could you keep good maintenance of appliances, here are some quick DIY maintenance hacks for furnaces.


DIY Furnace maintenance hacks:

Checking for gas leaks

That's important! Gas leakage from the gas pipes doesn't just mean a high bill, it also means that you're risking yourself if the leakage goes serious. The simple DIY tricks to make sure there are no gas leaks are given below:

1. It's as simple as that. Smell around the furnace gas piping. In case you sense no smell, great! But if you feel something fishy fishy, make sure to call professional help. No more DIY.

2. The gas leakage could be so negligible that you may fail to sense it. For that, dissolve some detergent in water. Pour that solution over the gas piping. If there's a gas leakage, bubbles will form as the liquid flows through the leaked pipe area.

Cleaning the blower: 


You can find the blower assembly at the very bottom of a furnace (In most models). The furnace blower gets dusty over time and this dust and debris take away its otherwise fair efficiency. It is for this reason that cleaning the blower fan is as much an important part of furnace maintenance as cleaning the other parts it.
1. Turn all power supplies off before opening the blower assembly. Warning!

2. Replace the front panel carefully depending on its type. Some front panels are screw fixed, others have hinges.

3. It's finally the time to clean the fan. For that, take the fan out from the fan unit.

4. Use an old toothbrush and clean the spaces between the blades.

Cleaning the blower assembly is crucial for furnace maintenance. It is because the blower assembly is the very area that pulls the air from the back of the furnace, heats it and provides it for warming the room. The dirty or clogged fan will contribute to unhealthy indoor air quality.

DIY Heat exchanger cleaning: 


Furnace heat exchanger

1. Switch off all power supplies before doing any cleaning process in the heat exchanger chambers.

2. Use a soft brush to clean the chambers. A vacuum could do a better cleaning of the small areas where the brush would fail to do the work.

Cleaning/replacing furnace filters: 


Furnace filters

1. Take the filter out of the furnace.

2. Furnace filters are available at cheap prices. The easiest and quick furnace maintenance tip is to replace the older furnace with a newer one.

3. If you can manage to clean the filters, use some soap water and clean them using a brush until they're fully cleaned.

4. Dry the filters and place them back.

Using these simple DIY furnace maintenance hacks, you can not only increase the lifespan of your furnace but can also save the maintenance cost.

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