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 :)