Avoid these Air Conditioner repairs this Spring | Go for a tune-up!

One reason why HVAC professionals emphasize on tune-up is that this reduces the possibilities of repairs. Unmaintained appliances have to go for frequent repairs. In addition to increasing repairing frequency, the efficiency level drops significantly and the energy bills rise as well. So as a result, you have to pay more for insignificant comfort. When it comes to Air Conditioner, a spring tune-up can actually save you from 3 most common AC repairs that homeowners have to go through frequently in Summer.


- Damaged evaporator coil

The evaporator coil damage can result in preventing the refrigerant from cooling the air or can result in freezing the coil. This one damage becomes the core reason for damaging other components as well. With a spring Air Conditioner tune-up, a professional technician can inspect such damages in the evaporator coil saving you from hefty repairs later in the middle of the summer.

- Leaking condensate line

During a tune-up, a technician also inspects the condensate line to make sure there's no blockage or leakage in the line. While this might seem an unimportant inspection, this saves from very hefty repairs that result as the leakage from condensate line damages the attic, cabinets, kitchen and other parts. Once a tune-up takes place in Spring, such damage is fixed in time.

- Electrical Components 

As the unit remains unused for long, the electrical components are often damaged by insects or animals. If the damage is not massive, the unit may work as it is turned on but will soon become problematic. Getting a spring tune-up ensures safety for the unit and your family as well. The most common types of HVAC accidents include fire because of damaged electrical components. 

- Emergency Breakdowns 

Above all other benefits is the benefit of protection from a sudden breakdown. In the middle of summer, as the unit fails, it becomes difficult to deal with the failure provided that the technicians are not available and the services become expensive. A Spring tune-up let's a professional see the possibilities of breakdown and he can identify them well in time.

Why should you avoid unprofessional tune-up if you have a new unit

If you have a new unit and it is still on warranty, abstain from performing DIY tune-up or taking service from an unprofessional technician. Doing so will keep the appliance at risk while will also cancel the warranty.
And if your unit is old, it is even more important to avoid DIY or unprofessional tune-up as it will deteriorate the efficiency even more. Also, since you shall not be able to inspect possible threats, the possibilities of breakdown and repairs will still remain there.

If you are living in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Barrie, London, Etobicoke or anywhere else in the GTA, we are here to serve you for your Air Conditioner tune-up needs. With over 15 years of experience, we serve homes and homeowners with the best of the best HVAC services.
Call today: 1-855-245-4328

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When does your Air Duct need cleaning?

Should dust in an air duct be no cause of concern for you? A culprit behind the major IAQ problems is your clogged or dirty air duct. A leak or hole in air ducts can cause expensive and uncomfortable problems which neither of us likes to deal with.
Airborne contaminants, dirt particles or other microbes that fit into your ducts can be found in it. Although it's not always harmful yet some allergic reactions can get triggered due to leaky or dirty air ducts. If you witness any of the signs, you should roll up your sleeves right away.


The 5 disturbing things Canadians discover in their air ducts:

1.     The improper air ducts provide the easiest pathway to the critters. Leaky air ducts attract the mice while appealing to all those rodents who nest out in a moist insulated environment.
2.      It is certain that every animal who manages to get into air duct will leave droppings – very dangerous contaminants. Moreover, the furry animals will leave their danders, if they somehow expire in the air duct, the smell and contamination can spread throughout the home.
3.      Dust in air duct is no cause of concern but excessive debris is surely problematic. Most of the people forget to switch off the Furnace while renovating home. That results in accumulation of drywall dust, construction debris and saw debris ultimately reducing the flow inside the air ducts.
4.      Bacteria are everywhere and the ducts are no exception. Sometimes bacteria are not harmful, yet some viruses and bacteria can still trigger cold and flu in winter seasons. Therefore, cleaning air duct is essential to make it germ-free.
5.      The spots of mould can appear anywhere in air registers, return ducts, and on other parts of the HVAC system. The brown or grey fungus can set off spores that spread throughout the home.

The obvious signs that indicate your air ducts need cleaning:

If you witness signs of people in your home getting allergic attack whenever you turn the AC/Furnace on or notice the dust puffs lingering around the vents, be alert!  This and the below-mentioned signs are clear indications of your air duct needing cleaning.  

·         Reduced or uneven air flow is the first sign. To avoid the issue make sure to check it every month and ensure vents are opened while inspecting the air flow.
·         Sometimes whistling or beep sounds come out of your vents - an obvious sign that air ducts are filled with excessive dust or other contaminants.
·         People who do not clean air ducts for years. Also, a recently renovated place may see a blast of dust whenever the heating and cooling system is turned on. It is a telltale sign that you should avail the services of professionals on an immediate basis.
·         The respiratory problems like feeling mentally foggy, fatigue, coughing or sneezing are signs that you are battling against some allergens. To cope up with such situations, you should immediately hire a professional to stop the problem before it gets worse. 

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5 surprising things which can trigger seasonal allergies

Most of the times, so-called “seasonal” allergies comes with winter. Did you ever wonder why this is so? Are you allergic or that’s just a cold? In this article, we will share surprising facts about being allergic or having a cold, as well as things that you should care about during the winter.
The air inside our homes contains a huge amount of microscopic particles, many of which often trigger allergy symptoms throughout the year.


Are you allergic or it is just a Cold?

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), shows in research that 70% of allergy sufferers have symptoms of allergy throughout the year which means that they don’t just have seasonal pollen allergies. If someone is prone to summer allergies, he or she is likely to experience symptoms of allergies in the winter as well.

However, most of us don’t know the potential allergy triggers and tend to attribute the symptoms of winter allergy to the cold virus. Waking up with a sore throat or a runny nose in winter is considered as a cold - not allergy. The first thing to recognize whether you are having a cold or you are allergic is noticing that how long the symptoms last. Cold symptoms are mostly at their worst in the start, but taper off after a few days; but in case of allergy symptoms, they can persist for weeks with slight to zero change.

What Causes Allergies in winter?

In winter, as the temperature falls, we start spending most of the time indoors. This is when we experience indoor air pollution or airborne allergens.
Here are 5 surprising things that may trigger allergies during winter especially in holidays;

1. Wood Smoke

You should know that wood smoke is not a single cause of allergies, but it can irritate your lungs and make the impact on other symptoms even worse. If somebody around you has allergies or asthma, try to use gas fireplace instead of a wood fire (which is cosy plus safer to boot.)

2. Holiday Decorations

In the case of artificial trees, it depends on how you store them. Dust mites on these trees are a source of triggering allergies. It is better to seal your festive decoration items in closed boxes during off-months.

3. Scented Candles

Aromatic candles, sprays and deodorizers contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and tiny particles that may trigger allergic symptoms. Try saving the real candles for special events and decorate your house with flameless candles.

4. Freshly-Cut Boughs and Trees 

Some people are allergic to the evergreen trees, though few may react to the terpenes that give boughs their fresh scent. On the other hand, Christmas trees have a tendency to harbour the mould spores. So, if these trees sit longer outside, there are more chances to attract mould.

5. Dry Air

In our homes, turning up the heat also makes the Winter drier. As the humidity decreases, your throat and nose become more prone to irritation, resulting in sensitivity to airborne allergens.

So keep checking the humidity in your home and if it drops below 35% (check via thermostat or hygrometer). Also, consider installing a Furnace humidifier in order to regulate humidity.

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3 ways to find out if your Furnace is Energy Efficient

Seen that "energy efficient" prefix with so many HVAC appliances and, in this case, Furnaces? What does that mean? And how do energy efficient Furnaces help save? Also, how a common homeowner can find out if his system is energy efficient? This blog will help find the answers to these questions.

The term energy efficiency refers to the system's ability to make the most use of energy. A high energy efficient Furnace utilizes almost all the energy provided while a less energy efficiency unit wastes a significant amount of energy provided. Evidently, energy efficient Furnaces help save on energy bills. While they are costlier than the conventional less efficient units, the longterm saving is promised along with better and swift comfort.
If you want to find out whether or not your current system is an energy efficient system, keep reading.


Check AFUE rating 

Every unit has an AFUE rating. AFUE mean, annual fuel utilization efficiency. The better the system is at utilizing the fuel, the less it will waste it and the higher will be the AFUE. So in the case of 98% AFUE, the system wastes only %2 energy which is almost negligible. Such units are very highly efficient units. The AFUE rating varies according to brands and then models within brands. Lower AFUE units which may be as low as 50% are lower in prices as well but then the utility bills go higher and higher.
Here another point needs to be kept in consideration and that is; a system's claimed AFUE doesn't mean the system will always run with the same efficiency. AFUE and SEER (in case of air conditioners) give the estimated highest possible efficiency. This efficiency drops partly due to age and partly due to lack of regular maintenance. So the first point to assess your Furnace's efficiency is to check its AFUE. The rest of the points are coming below.

Calculate age 

Done with checking the AFUE? Great with that. Now check how old your Furnace is. Did you know that unmaintained unit drops 5% in efficiency every year? If you have not been doing maintenance, you can calculate on your own how much the efficiency must have dropped. In the case otherwise, even if you have been performing maintenance but the unit is very old, it has still dropped efficiency and raised energy bills and this goes without saying. If you don't know what is an average lifespan of a Furnace, it's 15-20 years for Gas Furnaces and 25-30 years for electric Furnaces.

Analyse energy bills 

Thoroughly analyse energy bills of the ongoing year and the past year. Do they show a significant difference even when your usage has been the same throughout? Then this is an indicator of efficiency drop. The efficiency has dropped and the system is wasting more energy resulting in higher energy bills.

These 3 factors considered together can tell you a whole lot about your Furnace system's efficiency. And also about whether or not it's the time to go for an upgrade.

Did you find this blog helpful? How old is your Furnace? And what is its AFUE?
 

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HVAC-friendly landscaping is important!

The HVAC systems that are out there in your yard need due care when you're performing work there and a care also on a regular basis. Wrong landscaping can affect the HVAC efficiency and at times result in damaging the very unit. Instead of facing the scenario of frequent repairs and compromised HVAC efficiency, better learn some to do's and not to do's to avoid such circumstances. Here are some important to learn things regarding landscaping and how it can impact the HVAC units.

To do's and not to do's for HVAC system landscaping

- Be very vigilant towards maintaining your yard. After a thunderstorm, go to your yard and perform the necessary cleaning. Remove any twigs, leaves and clean the area around the HVAC unit immediately if not the entire area - At the time of clipping grass, it is highly recommended to point the grass clipping away from the compressor in order to not let the popped pieces into the unit - In the case of an upcoming wind, clear the area surrounding the HVAC unit. Wind can bang table, chairs etc in the unit resulting in damage - If you're planning vegetation in your yard, make sure it's 3 to 4 feet away from the compressor unit - While many people do not keep this in consideration, the unit should not be under the direct sun. The efficiency gets affected when the unit is under the direct sun. Also, in the winter season, the compressor unit should be covered to protect it from snow and pets. - On a routine basis, do not allow any pets or stray animals to accommodate the space near the compressor unit. Animal urine corrodes the metal very fastly. - When the compressor fan is running, do not cut the grass around it. The clippings can get stuck in the fan blades and or may clog the compressor coils - When mowing the lawn, make sure no twig or stone is in the way. A rapidly moving mower will throw them and in case it hits the compressor, you are ruined! - In order to keep maintenance, inspection and repair easy for yourself and the technicians, better not try camouflaging the unit with shrubs or plants - And needless to say that the surroundings of the compressor has to be well clear in the times it is being used. The unit needs space to exhaust the heat properly. When tightly packed, it cannot perform the job of exhausting the heat - Last but not least, always choose professionals to install the unit. It is because they know where and where not to install the unit. When the unit is installed in the right place, you don't have to worry too much about it later. And since the location matters a lot, choosing a wrong technician, who would choose the wrong location, will ultimately become a deal of loss for you. With proper maintenance and wisely made HVAC choices, you can manage to enjoy comfort throughout the year, save on monthly energy bills and also reduce the possibilities of sudden breakdown and frequent repairs. For now, you are well equipped to perform a safe and HVAC-friendly landscaping the next time.

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Using a malfunctioning Furnace? You are in danger

The furnace is no less than a blessing in a season like winter and that too of Canada's when everything just freezes up. A lot of Canadian homeowners prefer to use Furnace as their primary home heating source in winter. Some other may prefer fireplace, heat pump or space heater but Furnace nonetheless remains the most widely used and the most favourite. However, when it comes to maintaining the appliance, there are very few people who are regular and concerned about performing in time maintenance of their Furnace unit. Even worse, a vast majority in addition to delaying maintenance keeps units in use even when they are in need of repairs realizing not that doing so is synonymous with calling upon serious dangers. This blog will highlight the dangers associated with using malfunctioning or unmaintained Furnace units.


- The scariest - Fire 

You do come across news mentioning house fires incidents throughout winters, don't you? And behind many of such incidents, there is a malfunctioning Furnace responsible. As the Furnace operates, it releases CO as a by-product. In normal cases, this by-product is designed to escape through the vents but an unmaintained unit can actually fail to expel the residual gas outside resulting in accumulation of the gas inside. Since CO is odourless and colourless, it is not possible to find it out even when it is there. And being highly flammable, only a slight fire is enough to turn your home into ashes.

- Silent death - CO 

As mentioned above, CO is poisonous and yet this poison cannot be suspected. Similar to the fire accidents, the next most common accident associated with Furnaces is the CO poisoning. This gas also called, "The Silent Killer can cause situations like extreme fatigue and loss of consciousness. In worst cases, death. While on one hand it is suggested to not use a malfunctioning Furnace, on the other hand, it is also important that a CO detector is installed in order to detect the CO presence well in time.

- Deteriorating IAQ 

Other than the above-mentioned consequencing of using a malfunctioning Furnace, one consequence is that of a bad IAQ. Even if your unit is not releasing CO, it is releasing dust and pollution whatsoever when not maintained. And the air that circulates in the entire home after passing through a dirty unit indubitably takes the pollution with it and spread it all around. Also, the dirty filters will result in the blockage of airflow burdening the system and once again, creating circumstances for a breakdown.

Moreover, a malfunctioning unit causes frequent repairs which results in unnecessary expenses and one problem gives way to another. So if you have been using a malfunctioning Furnace last winter, do not repeat the same mistake this time. Get the unit repaired by a certified professional and ensure that it is working properly. A properly working unit ensures safety as well as savings.

Are you facing any Furnace related issues? Do you want to learn some quick Furnace DIY troubleshooting? Explore our blog to find out more.

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Reasons to purchase a UV Light Air Purification system

So every time you are told about a product, you are told why you need it in the first place. And what benefits would that product give you? We are about to share some useful information about UV Light Air Purification systems and would want you to know why investing in these air purification system could be a wise choice.

Benefits of UV Light Air Purification systems

- Did you know that one of the major causes of illness reported in the past few years is bad indoor air quality? And when we talk about indoor air quality, there are a number of types of air pollutants that contribute together to worsen the air quality. And among those pollutants come the biological pollutants primarily the mould, spores, bacteria, viruses and other microbes. These contaminants can severely affect the homeowners and can make them vulnerable to sicknesses. Installing a UV Light Air Purification System ensures a protective indoor environment by eliminating such microbes. What the UV Light does is that it kills the microbes or destroy their DNA so that they can make no further reproduction. Since the design is usually a whole home design, the air of the entire home can be treated.


- And here we go with another benefit; The installation of UV Lights can protect the ductwork as well as the AC cooling coil from bacterias, mould and other similar microorganisms that affect the efficiency of the system. Due to a warm and damp area, such microbes find ductworks and coils a good place to make their abodes. One reason behind fouls smells from ductworks is the production of these moulds and bacteria. Installation a UV Light Air Purification System not only keeps the ductwork clean but also the coil which maintains an efficient operation resultantly.


- Compared with other air purification systems, the UV Lights systems are better and efficient. The filters usually only trap large particles while on the other hand, the activated carbon cleaners are not good enough at combating microorganisms. And then, the ozone generator cleaners are not only tricky to use but also have a particular function of killing odours and not all the other germs and bacterias.


- One reason to go for a UV Light Air Purification system is its maintenance which is relatively easy. Once installed, you don't have to take care of cleaning or replacing filters every now and then. The only maintenance it demands is that of changing the filter and that too after a year or so. So if you are a homeowner who finds maintenance irritating, this would work best for you.


- UV Light is dangerous and no human contact should be made with the light. It is for this reason that the design is made safe and the light itself is installed well inside of a ductwork. Out of sight, out of mind. No hectic maintenance and yet a very well-cleaned air comes right out of the ductwork because of the UV Light.


So yeah! Installing a UV Light Air Purification System is a wise decision you will make.
If you are planning to purchase one such system, call us today 1-855-245-4328

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