Furnace Gas Burner - Leaks, Flames & Emergency to do’s

Did you know that 9/10 house fires in Winters are caused by heating appliances? Gas fired Furnaces and Water Heaters are widely used today in Canadian homes. It is, therefore, important that homeowners know about the issues that should be taken seriously. One of them is the gas burner leaks. How can a common homeowner get to know that his gas burner is leaking? Before we learn about that, learn about the importance of fresh air for the heating appliances.

Why does heating appliances need fresh air?

It is your home actually that needs a constant supply of fresh air else it causes back drafting which is a super serious condition that pulls residual gases back into the indoor. In order to check whether or not your home is having a sufficient supply of fresh air, do this;

Close all windows and doors and turn on all exhaust fans of your home. Then turn up Furnace, Water Heater or any other gas vented appliance that you want to test. Holding either an incense stick or a lit matchstick, go to the air intake of the burner draft hood. If the smoke resulting from the incense stick/matchstick goes up inside in the hood, congratulations! your home has a sufficient supply of fresh air, however, if the inverse happens, i.e the smoke is blown away from the hood, you could be experiencing back drafting. Call a professional immediately to fix the problem.

What to do if you suspect a gas leak?

There are many ways you can suspect a gas leak. One has been mentioned above but the other most simple way to suspect a gas leak is the smell. You can easily differentiate between any other types of indoor odours and the gas leak odour. Once you smell it whether close to a Gas Furnace or a Gas Water Heater, here's what you are supposed to do;

- Rush outside! You have no idea what quantity of gas has already been leaked. So just turn off any electrical connections and quickly rush outside

- Call an emergency service to suspect the leaks in detail and fix them

- If you know where the main gas valve is located and find the time to shut it off, do shut it off as soon as the gas leaks are suspected

What are the right colours for burner flame?

When we started, we talked right in the beginning about the importance of the fresh air that the home and the heating appliances should be getting and only then they can perform with the expected optimal efficiency. In order to maintain a balance between gas & air for the burner, the burner should be producing a levelled amount of gas and should also be getting the sufficient amount of fresh air. When both these supplies are just right, you will see a blue burner flame which is soft-edged while a light green inner flame. However, when the air supply is deficient the burner flame will be having a yellow tip and a lazy inner flame. In case of too much air supply, a blue flame with sharp outlines can be observed with a hard-edged inner flame. Find the balance and keep yourself and your family safe. Also, don't forget to call an HVAC professional once every year for a safety inspection.


Cold weather on the way - Take precautions for kids safety

Kids, compared with adults are more prone to weather changes and this necessitates that more care is taken when the climate begins to get harsher and harsher. Following some wise precautions, you can not only protect your children from getting sick but can also save the hard earned money that will otherwise get spent on appointments from the physician. They say; ''Prevention is better than cure'' and of course they say it right. Let us learn how can we keep our children safe from the monstrous effects of harsh Winters while also allowing them to enjoy the season fully.


Care with layer
You might feel irritated with a double or triple layer of warm clothes in Winters since you are an adult with better body heat, your child, nonetheless needs it. From an early age, make children used to of covering themselves up completely and fully. This is the best and easiest remedy you could do to protect them from Winter effects. However, beware to not cover small children with scarves and hood strings since they have a potential to cause accidental strangling

Safety with alarms & awareness
One major reason for house-fire in Winters is the heating elements that are, no doubt, a potential threat to the safety of home and homeowners. Whether or not you have children, install fire and carbon monoxide alarms. They will help protect you in case of an emergency situation. Also, teach your children how to evacuate in case of an emergency and to keep away from appliances that can cause harm.

Comfort with Humidity   
Often times, children find it harder than adults to enjoy a comfortable indoor environment when there's a drop in humidity. And that is especially true for infants. If you find your child suffering from breathing unease, skin irritation or simply complaining about dry air, consider installing a Whole-home Humidifier or at least a room humidifier.

Hydrated with warm drinks
In Winters, everyone in general and children, in particular, tend to drink less water. They, at the same time, are losing water through their breath. This sometimes causes dehydration that can be life-threatening. So know what your children's daily need of fluid is according to their age and keep them hydrated with warm drinks and soups etc

Skiing with helmet
While you need to make sure children are safe in the indoors, you should be equally concerned about making their outdoor activities safe. Since they love to make snowmen, do skiing and play ice-hockey, it's wonderful if you let them enjoy the Winter with a full swing but it is also important that you teach them the safety measures to enjoy without getting hurt in any way. They should have proper clothing for outdoor Winter activities which include warm clothes, snowshoes and most importantly helmet for games like skiing, ice-hockey, snowboarding and sledding etc

Bottom Line
It is by taking precautionary measures that you and your family can enjoy every season. Childhood is the best time one gets in his lifetime. Let your children make their best of the best memories in Winters by providing them with a safe and secure season through wise precautions.

What other Winter precautions do you consider for your children?  


Recent HVAC Trends

Technology is improving and a lot of advancements are being made in all industries. HVAC industry is no exception. The recent trends in HVAC industry are changing the level of home comfort by making more ease for homeowners without even creating any environmental threats. Let's talk in particular about the heating cooling and ventilation trends in 2017 and how they are changing the HVAC industry.

HVAC Trends

- Trend to build eco-friendly appliances

The trend to build eco-friendly appliances has increased more than ever before. It is secondarily because of the harmful effects the older technology HVAC appliances have caused to the environment and primarily because of the awareness among consumers regarding the energy efficient and eco-friendly appliances. It is for this reason that the year 2016 observed a massive change in consumer choices and the same continued for the year 2017. Eco-friendly appliances had more sales compared with non-eco-friendly appliances and this has convinced the manufacturers to stop engineering appliances that are a threat to the environment in one way or the other.

- Government regulations

After the matter had been discussed on international forums several times, governments collectively have shown concern about the environmental threats that the HVAC industry has the potential to cause and thus have become more strict and strategic regarding the HVAC regulations. Earlier, the SEER value for Air Conditioners was 9 SEER which has been increased to 13 SEER in the recent years in almost all of Southern and Northern America. The efficiency rating for Furnace in Northern America is set at 90% while 80% is so far regulated in the southern America. The purpose of these regulations is to reduce energy consumption and also to provide better and more efficient cooling. The regulation benefits consumers and the environment alike by reducing the risk possibilities for both.

- HVAC appliances demand - trend worldwide

Due to an increase in the climate severities, the demand for HVAC appliances has increased worldwide be it for Air Conditioners, Furnaces or other heating, cooling and ventilation appliances. People all over the world are purchasing latest technology appliances to suffice for their HVAC needs and this is, of course, a good news for the HVAC appliance manufacturers. The growth rate of HVAC appliances demand has overall increased that has increased the competition in the HVAC industry as well.

- HVAC Automation Trend - Increased

Life is busier than it was ever before. We have a lot more distractions that we ever had so it is practically not possible to keep oneself so hooked with appliances so as to tune and tackle them constantly. The load of work would make you forget about turning your Air Conditioner off when leaving home, the changing schedules will make it harder for you to schedule Thermostat daily and the list goes on. HVAC industry felt the need to make HVAC appliances more automatic than they were ever before. While the Thermostat had already done half of the job some years ago, more advancements are being made to make HVAC equipment automatic and consequently offering more relief. The latest technology Smart Thermostats are the loop of the same chain. Talking in particular about Smart Thermostats, the HVAC system has been made so automatic through them that for heating and cooling system, multiple schedules can be set for up to 7 days and more. Once set, go worry-free with the wonders of automation.

- Online Connectivity - A leading trend in HVAC

People from the HVAC industry have found the online world a wonderful place to advertise their business and connect with relevant customers and contractors. The recent trends have shown a massive increase in the use of the online forum, SEO strategies and other internet tools by the HVAC servers. In addition to that, use of mobile applications for HVAC appliance search, reviews and product purchases have also been observed.
These were 5 out of many HVAC trends observed in the recent years. We'll be sharing more. Stay tuned!


Time to get your Furnace ready for Fall

Enough with the scorching Summer heat. It's time to get ready for the cool breezes of Fall and get yourself and your home ready to encounter the upcoming seasons. Let's talk in particular about the residential Furnace, the much-needed heating element that keeps your home comfortably warm during Winters. Just like nature gives you time to make up your mind for the intense cold climates after the intense hot climates by giving the time period of Fall, you should also think of giving the home comfort heating elements to enjoy this privilege and take a warm-up session in the Fall after they are done taking the long Summer rest so that they could efficiently keep you warm when the actual times of cold blows come.  
So how really to make your Furnace ready? Here are the DIY tips that will help you:

Clogged Filter - Change it!

While the Furnace was shut off, the Filters have still worn sheets and sheets of dust. Had you make the mistake of turning the Furnace on without changing the Filters, here is what will happen;
- The Furnace will fail to warm the house as desired
- The Furnace motor may burn due to putting an extra effort in blowing the air through clogged Filters
So before you make this mistake of turning your clogged filter Furnace on on a cold Fall evening, clean or replace the Filters. Here's another tip when you're replacing; Check if there's a latest Filter in the market that's compatible with your Furnace type and replace the older one with that. Using better quality Filters help clean the air more efficiently.

Blocked vents? Change the settings

As the seasons change, we make changes in the interior settings of the home. If you use a Ductless Air Conditioner in Summers, you might also place furniture, carpet or other stuff in front of the vents. But don't forget to change the setting back as the fall arrives. That is because vents that are blocked hinder the incoming and returning air and thus affect the Furnace's efficiency. Clean all the blockages and before you turn the system on, allow the vents for few days to breathe in.

Storm Windows - Try now

You might already be having Storm Windows installed at or within your windows but if you don't, it's time to have them. Storm Windows help reduce energy loss up to 50% while also increase building's comfort and the Furnace’s heating efficiency. Before the installers get too busy to be available, hire a professional now to replace/install/renovate Storm Windows for you so that you could enjoy an ultimate Autumn.
There are other benefits that the Storm Windows offer. As the name suggests they are Storm Windows, these fixtures help protect the home and the homeowners from the hazardous effects of intense storms by providing an improved protection from high winds.

Thermostat problems? Have it checked!

Since the weather of Toronto is always highly unpredictable, you never know when the weather conditions will make it impossible for you to reach a technician to have your long postponed HVAC repairs and issues solved. If you've had a hard time with your Thermostat in the Summer or the last Winters, it is the best time to have it checked by a pro otherwise the Thermostat may fail to accurately sense the temperature and would eventually fail to provide a comforting indoor environment.

Tune Up! Most important to do

It is always wise to have the systems checked up when they are restarted after a long duration. Other than dirt and debris accumulation, there are other issues that arise as the system is completely put to rest. So before you kick the back of the system, make sure it has the potential to perform as efficiently as an active horse. And for that, have the heating element; Furnace, ductwork and other HVAC components inspected by a professional.


Cool as a Cucumber - Beat hot Summer Nights without Air Conditioner

Is that really possible? Really? To spend Toronto's Summer nights with approximate comfort without an Air Conditioner? Well, that sounds like a wonderful idea if it does not suggests sleeping in the open air. The open air sleeping, as you know, has its own cons and not everyone has a roof or garden to lay a bed over there. So, let's focus only on tips that can best suit everyone.
What if you don't have an Air Conditioner and Summer arrives or your Air Conditioner is gone for a repair? A lot of people think it is close to impossible for them to spend a night comfortably without an Air Conditioner in hot Summer. But guess what? It's more possible than it is impossible. There are numerous practical ways that can be adopted to maintain a fair indoor temperature even on a hot Summer night.


Tip#1 Alter your eating and cooking routines

What? How on Earth is eating and cooking related to cooling the home? Well, actually it is. When you cook, heat is produced and when you eat certain foods, your body produces the relevant effects too. While it is already hot and we're looking for cooling, shouldn't we abstain from producing more heat? When there's no Air Conditioner, better eat either cooked food from outside or eat stuff like salads, sandwiches and fruit juices. Eating such foods not only help prevent the production of heat but also lowers the temperature of the body and lets you feel less hot. Contrary to this, eating hot foods increase the temperature of the house and also of your body making you more ill-at-ease. Therefore, control! And alter your eating and cooking routines.

Tip#2 Wonders of Ventilation

There's no alternative to the natural ventilation. A natural cooling effect can be gained by depleting the indoor heat following the open door/windows strategy. At night, cool air blows and by keeping the doors or at least windows open, the indoors get a chance to have the fresh air, automatically making the indoors cooler.
Also, make use of exhaust fans to throw the indoor heat outwards.

Tip#3 Go to bed with an Ice-bed?

A killing idea? Are we suggesting you to sleep over an ice bed? Naah! You always misunderstand man. Have some positivity, please. The ice bed idea basically talks about placing ice or ice bottles in the bedroom close to the fan and bed. Take a tub and fill it with ice or if it is possible to arrange ice blocks, do it. Place that ice tub or ice blocks in front of the fan. This helps produce cooler air than usual and thus make you feel good. As a side idea, consider placing frozen water bottles at the bedsides or on the foot sides. This works similar to the ice block mechanism and helps produce a cooling effect to make you feel good and sleep tight.

Tip#4 Have a Basement? Wow!

If your home has a basement, your fan will suffice for you there. Lower portions are cooler than upper portions. And basements, they are much cooler than you could've imagined. Some people prefer shifting to the basement portion in the Summers in order to keep themselves comfortably cool without having to make an excessive use of air cooling appliances. (And this is a wonderful idea to follow by the way). Even if you don't wish to shift there completely, make adjustments to accommodate yourself there for the unlucky hours; the no Air Conditioning hours.

What other ways do you follow to keep yourself cool when there's no Air Conditioning available? Share with us.


Planning a DIY Installation? Avoid these mistakes

As a homeowner, one of the most important decisions that you'd make for your HVAC system is whether or not to perform a self-installation. As professionals, we recommend professional installation keeping in view the consequences of DIY installation that are reported by homeowners on a regular basis. But also realising the fact that professional installation does not always come under one's affordability and that there are people with different budgets, we do support the idea of DIY installation subject to the condition that prerequisites are not overlooked in this regard.
If you're planning to purchase or have purchased a new unit and are convinced to perform the installation yourself, here are some tips that we want you to consider in order to perform an installation that you won’t have to regret over later.

DIY AC Installation

Tip1 - ''One size fits all?'' Nope!

When it comes to Air Conditioners, the commonly heard advertisement slogan ''one size fits all'' is never true for them. Air Conditioners are of different qualities and sizes, designed by keeping in mind different sizes and requirements of homes. The most commonly made mistake is that homeowners fail to choose the right size realising not that it is not only a small AC size that can keep their home uncomfortable, a larger than required size creates, even more discomfort by making loud noises, bringing fatty energy bills and others. Therefore, it is highly recommended to either consult an HVAC professional before purchasing a new unit or make a detailed search over internet to confirm what AC size would best suit your home.

Tip2 - Make the airflow smooth and hindrance free

Alright so here's a question for you; What would happen if your plumbing and drain system has leaks? The leaks will not only affect the pressure of supplied water for everyday use, it will also cause the water to seep into the floor or walls giving way to mould and spores. Keeping it short, your system will damage your home and create more discomfort than comfort. The same is true for duct leaks. The airflow needs to be kept smooth and hindrance free for the system to work. So, while performing a DIY installation, make sure the units both indoor and outdoor are placed the right locations and the duct system is hindrance free to allow an obstacle free flow.

Tip3 - Seal it, Insulate it!

Installing the unit is not the only thing that you're supposed to do. Most homeowners forget that the home needs to be tightly packed for the Air Conditioning to take effect. Once the unit is installed whether it's a Central Air Conditioner or a Ductless Air Conditioner, make sure all the windows and doors are properly sealed. Also, if you've your home insulated and the insulation needs to be renewed, consider refilling your attic/basement whatever in order to enjoy the optimal efficiency of the newly installed unit.

Tip4 - Don't forget Ventilation

We did talk about properly sealing or insulating the home but that does not negate the importance of ventilation. Your Air Conditioner does not operate 24/7. Keep hours in which the home is allowed to breathe in some fresh air right from the outside. Keep some doors and windows that are opened during the time the Air Conditioner is off. A properly ventilated home maintains a good and healthy level of indoor air quality. So don't forget while installation that ventilation is important.

Tip -5 Cut Cost but carefully

We all love to save, do we? Yes! And when homeowners perform DIY installation, they fail to realise the fact that cutting cost by skipping some installation steps can turn out to be extremely costly. For example, some people prefer to install a new system over the old wiring which is although okay but can be damaging if the wiring was faulty and needed renewal. As HVAC professionals, our highly recommended suggestion, in this case, is to consult an HVAC tech before trying the cutting cost strategy in the process of DIY installation.

Need to have a Professional Installation?
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Save on Cooling Cost without compromising on Cooling Comfort

Hello, Toronto!
Enjoying Summer?
The heat waves have begun throughout Toronto and the full swing Summer is on the go. While some people are totally comfortable with this temperature in the indoors, there are yet others that are worried. And why worried? The primary reason that put homeowners into a worrisome situation in Summer is indoor discomfort and higher energy bills. Due to intense heat, the system seems to work non-efficiently while the energy bills keep on rising with every passing month.
So the question is: are there any ways to enjoy an optimal AC performance with reduced energy bills without making any compromise on comfort or investing on installing new devices?
Ummm yes! Not only is it possible, it is in fact very easily possible. Here we are mentioning some ways to help you save on cooling cost without compromising on comfort.


1. Thermostat is your friend
The thermostat can help save on energy bills to a great extent if used properly. US Department of Energy says that it is possible to save up to 15% on energy bills just by raising the temperature on Thermostat when you're away from home. It is suggested to raise the temperature 7-10 degrees when leaving home. Keeping the Air Conditioner running at this temperature not only helps protect the home from the production of mould and spores (due to increased humidity in the case of AC completely turned off) but also keep the home comfortably cool. In order to cool the home according to your needs differently at different hours, Programmable Thermostats or Smart Thermostats can also be used. While Programmable Thermostats can be used to preset a Temperature at which you want your home to be cooled before you return home, a Smart Thermostat can be used to control your HVAC system from anywhere, literally anywhere using WIFI technology.
So the most important tip is to make a careful use of Thermostat in Summers if you're seeking to save on cooling cost.

2. Fans are your best friend
Remember the time there were no Air Conditioners? What did we have then? The Fans! They're our long old fellows. While some people think fans can't help in intense hot Summer, the truth is; they can, though in combination with the AC system. Fans help give a wind chill effect and you can actually raise your Thermostat up to 4 degrees without even noticing any difference in the cooling. Here's more:
A Central Air Conditioner System costs 36 cents for 3 kilowatts per hour. Contrary to that, our best friends cost only 1 cent for 30 watts per hour. This means, there's almost a 99% difference in cost. So when you use a ceiling fan in combination with the Air Conditioner and raise the Thermostat temperature, much less energy is consumed that keep you cool equally cool but reduce the energy bills.  

3. Open/Close Windows, Doors & Vents
Hey, hold on! Who told you that closing vents in unused rooms help save energy? Na man! It overloads the system and pressurises it. Do not close vents in the unused rooms. Instead, open the doors of the rooms so that cool air circulates throughout the home. The room doors need to be kept open as much as possible so that not only the air can circulate easily but also the suction of air through return vents can be made possible without burdening the system.
Done with doors and vents, now let's talk about the windows. It is simple! Keep your windows and blinds closed in the day when there's the sun outside but open them at night and in the early morning so that fresh air can circulate through the home. This cools the home too and you can raise the temperature on your thermostat in these hours. Saving you see.

4. Did you know of "OFF peak hours"?
If not, you must have wasted hundreds of dollars on utility bills that could have been saved. There are hours of the day when electricity is being used massively. On those hours, the electricity rates are higher than the off-peak hours when the applied rates are less. While it is not possible to turn off the Air Conditioner at the peak hours to save energy, it is yet possible to use other appliances that use massive energy i.e iron, dishwasher, washing machine etc in the off-peak hours. This way, not only the energy is saved but also no compromise is made on cooling comfort.

5. No Maintenance - Higher Bills
Did you know that one of the major reasons of why people have to face fatty energy bills is the lack of appliance maintenance? Appliances that are not given proper maintenance are prone to corrosion and repair. Moreover, they fail to provide the expected efficiency. It is, therefore, better to spend on in-time maintenance than to spend on sudden repair and heavy energy bills.
Before the season begins, let your system inspected by a professional.

Bottom Line: There are several ways to save without making any compromise on comfort. All it takes is some careful practices and responsible attitude towards the home comfort heating and cooling appliances. If you've been tired of high energy bills and want to reduce them, use the above-mentioned ways and reduce energy bills up to 15%.


3 Things to consider when upgrading a Thermostat

Have you been using a Manual Thermostat and now planning to convert to Programmable? Or bewildered whether or not to convert? Upgrading a Thermostat could be very confusing. Most of the times, homeowners are unaware of their own HVAC needs and thus fail to decide which Thermostat to choose. We can help you get through this confusion but before that we want you to understand that your Thermostat is basically the control centre for your whole HVAC system. It controls how comfortably the system will heat/cool your home. Any problem with this control system can disturb the efficiency and performance of the whole system. So for you, the most important advice we'd begin with is; choose carefully!

There are usually two types of Thermostats i.e Programmable and Non-Programmable. If you're planning to upgrade your Thermostat and wonder which one to choose here are 3  things to consider. Let’s do 3,2,1


3. Manual/Non-Programmable vs Programmable Thermostat?

While the market is teamed with Programmable Thermostats and this is what the latest trend as well is, we don't insist for Programmable Thermostats if a homeowner is comfortable with the version he was already using. If you've been using Manual Thermostats, were comfortable with them and think that getting along with Programmable Thermostat wouldn't be easy for you (since they are much costlier than manual) purchase the latest model of the same type of Thermostat that you were using. However, in case you want better efficiency, more saving on energy bills and are able to make a little heavier investment, put your hand on a Programmable Thermostat preferably a Smart Thermostat.

2. Check Thermostat Compatibility

Did you hear us saying that not all Duct Filters are suitable for all HVAC systems? If not, we just repeated it. Well, the same goes for Thermostats as well. Although manufacturers try to make Thermostats compatible with all different types of HVAC systems, this doesn't actually happen always. The latest technology Thermostat can certainly not work perfectly with an old style HVAC system. Before making the purchase, consult your seller or the local HVAC service provider to make sure you're purchasing the right products.

1. What features are you looking for?

An important question! So what features are you looking for? The same that your old Thermostat had or the ones that your neighbour has in his Thermostat? (which is a Wifi Thermostat by the way)
We always recommend homeowners to make a careful research before making the purchase of any HVAC appliance. If is good to explore in detail what features does a particular product offers that you're planning to purchase. And more importantly, making sure whether or not you'll be able to use those features. For instance, many people purchase 7day Programmable Thermostats (that are no doubt exceptionally cool and offer lots of features) but never actually use those features. This way, not only a lot of money is wasted in purchasing an expensive product but also no exceptional savings are made on energy bills. A loss! So make sure what features do you exactly want and what feature would you be able to bear easily with.

Bottom Line

Here go the three most important things to consider when upgrading a Thermostat. It is now your turn to put them in practice and purchase the rightest Thermostat for your home. Happy home comfort!


5 benefits of Ductless Air Conditioners

People throughout Canada use different ways for home cooling. While a majority has been using Duct Air Conditioners, the last decade has seen a massive change in the trend; The shifting from Duct Air Conditioners to Ductless Air Conditioners. And there are convincing reasons to convert to Ductless, one of which is that Ductless system helps save up to 30% on energy bills compared with Duct Air Conditioners provided that Thermostats are used.


5 benefits of Ductless Air Conditioners

1. Easy to install
Purchase a unit, make connections and mount it. That's all when it comes to Ductless/Split Air Conditioners. They are super easy to install, to replace and to relocate and thus ideal for people who keep on changing their interior settings or have to shift homes every now and then. Unlike Duct Air Conditioners, no ductwork is required for Split Air Conditioners.

2. Easy to operate
In addition to being easy to install, Ductless Air Conditioners are also easy to operate. Supported with wireless controls/remote control systems you can alter settings with a simple press of a button. It is an additional comforting feature since the same cannot be done with Duct Air Conditioners until and unless you've a Smart Wifi Thermostat to assist you for that.

3. Easy to accommodate
If you're living in small apartments, there's no way you can manage to install a Duct Air Conditioner since it necessarily requires a ductwork system and in addition a wide space for the unit accommodation provided that other conditions of unit placement are fulfilled as well. Contrary to that, no matter how small a home you have, a Split/Ductless Air Conditioner is always supported with that since all it requires is a small space somewhere on your wall. The outdoor unit as well is small enough to easily make its accommodation outside.    

4. Easy to afford
Not only in terms of initial installation but also in terms of maintenance, repair and utility bills, the Ductless/Split Air Conditioners are a far better choice compared with the Duct Air Conditioners. With large homes, where keeping the whole house conditioned using Duct system costs in extra fat energy bills, the ductless system can work best to cool only those areas where you wish to enjoy cooling i.e bedroom, drying room etc.

5. Easy to bear
Who wants comfort with a lot of noise? While the Duct Air Conditioners are a loud mouth, the Ductless are quiet and peaceful. The outdoor unit is outside and thus its noise is not disturbing. The indoor unit is quiet enough to produce only an unfelt sound. So if you've been struggling to maintain a quieter surroundings, go for Ductless the next time.

Bottom Line
We say it over and over and over again that everything has its own pros and cons and so do Duct and Ductless Air Conditioning Systems. Every home is different and so are it's heating/cooling needs. It is you who have to decide which one would work best for you keeping the needs of your home. Happy Summer!


Things that void HVAC warranty

One of the factors that need to be taken into consideration while purchasing an HVAC appliance (or any other appliance) is Warranty. Warranties give you the benefit of returning or replacing a product if it turns out to be faulty or collapse before the warranty time. People these days prefer purchasing appliances that offer unlimited time warranty or at least a long warranty, however, it is known by few that even warranties are conditional and not following the warranty terms nullifies the warranty. Do you know any factor that voids warranty and warranty of HVAC appliances in particular? If not, this article is for you.


Things that void HVAC warranty

Improperly installed unit
If you happen to read the appliance manual, you'll get to know that almost all HVAC appliance manufacturers require the buyer to install the appliance by a professional only. The DIY installation often voids the warranty. Read the terms and conditions at the warranty card carefully. If the warranty requires professional installation, do not try to act like a technician and end up voiding warranty.

Non-brand replacement parts
Here's an important one. Remember that every manufacturer loves its business and do not want to play at loss. While a buyer purchasing replacement parts from another manufacturer is not in the favour of the product's manufacturer, it is also not in the favour of the appliance itself. Since every product is different, using a non-brand replacement part has potential to affect the appliance's performance. It is for this reason that by the use of non-brand replacement parts, the warranty automatically loses effect which means the actual manufacturer is no longer responsible for any damage to the product anymore.

Not registering warranty
What was the last time you register a warranty? If you never did, it's probably that you are not familiar with this requirement. Not always but sometimes, HVAC manufacturers require buyers to properly register a product in order for the warranty to take effect. Make sure of all the warranty requirements when purchasing.

Annual Maintenance - A must do!
Product manufacturers cannot take responsibility of irresponsible people. Oh yes, we're referring to those type of people who purchase HVAC appliances, keep the warranty cards saved carefully but don’t take care of the appliances and then run to the manufacturers or suppliers once any problem arises. This is absurd! Having a warranty does not mean it cannot void no matter what you do. All manufacturers strictly suggest a proper maintenance of appliance for it to remain liable to warranty. At least an annual maintenance is a must particularly in the case of HVAC appliances. So here's what you need to avoid; postponing maintenance.

Bottom Line
Warranties are manufacturer's promise that if any damage occurs to the appliance in a predefined time, he will be responsible to either replace the appliance, repair it or in some cases return the money but it needs to be kept in mind that warranties are conditional, sometimes highly conditional. As said above, using non-brand replacement parts, not registering the warranty, not doing annual maintenance and not doing a professional installation, all these factors void the warranty of HVAC appliances unless a manufacturer has his own lenient terms. However, these are not the only factors that void warranty. It is, therefore, suggested to carefully read manuals and warranty cards to make sure of the terms and conditions it stands on.

Happy purchasing but be careful the next time about the warranty :)  


HVAC System - What is normal, what is not?

With an HVAC system installed at home, there are several issues that you'll have to face throughout with either the system on the whole or with a particular component of the HVAC system. Interestingly, more than half of the population in Canada has least to no knowledge about their HVAC system and about combating the common HVAC problems. It is, therefore important to shed light on the normal and abnormal HVAC behaviours for awareness and benefit of the individuals. That's what we are about to do:

Common HVAC Problems

Water Leaks


Here's what homeowners face the most and get panic right away. Water leaks can be very disturbing and exhausting particularly if you've installed the system recently. However, it needs to be understood that not all leaks are serious leaks. The sweating type effect that the condenser coil gives is a result of usual condensation process and that’s why droplets of water are found near the coil. Nothing to worry about!

Not Normal

The type of leaks that are not normal are basically the heavy leaks. Hopefully, every homeowner can differentiate between a sweating effect leaks and the leaks that produce water in excessive amount. Heavy water leaks are a symbol of some serious problem. It means some part of the system is draining improperly, is dripping or has damaged. Call professionals to check the appliance.



Other than water leaks issue, this is another issue that bothers the homeowners. Usually, Air Conditioners, Furnaces, Heat Pumps and all major heating and cooling appliances produce little to no odour. Some odours might be sensed at the beginning of the season when the appliance is restarted after a long time, however, on everyday running, there should be no odour.

Not Normal

On a routine basis, any type of odour coming from the HVAC system is a symbol indicating an issue. If burning odour is felt, there are possibilities that either some component are getting overheated or there's a wiring problem. To troubleshoot the overheating problem, shut the system off and change the filters as dirty filters are often the reason behind overheated systems. If that does not work out and the smell continues to come, call a professional to fix the issue.
Sometimes, a ‘’dirty sock’’ like smell comes from the HVAC system. It is usually an indication of mould growth in the system that might be present in drain lines, on condenser coil or system liner. Once again only a professional can help rid this situation.



Some people take HVAC noises very seriously while others give no importance to any type of HVAC noises at all. Both attitudes are wrong. There are sounds that are not worth worrying for and are system sounds while others do need to be taken seriously. The normal HVAC sounds are the very unheard intensity sounds that the components make or the sound of light air whooshes that is heard throughout the house. Nothing more!

Not Normal

If your system begins to make crackling, banging, rattling, buzzing, or banging sounds, there is something seriously wrong. Consider the problem and look for the exact component from where the noise is coming in order to fix it. Changing of filters, tightening of compressor screws, restarting of the system, resetting of the thermostat and removing any stuck items from the system often fix the abnormal noises, however, if the problem persists, you know already what you're supposed to do; call a professional.

So here it was. A small quick piece of HVAC information to better equip you with HVAC knowledge so that the next time you face an HVAC related problem, you know what it is and how to troubleshoot it. Did the article help you? Are you facing any problem with your heating and cooling appliances? Connect with us anytime and we'd be glad to help. Call:  905 822 5550