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4 Reasons You Need Your Ventilation Systems Serviced

Your ventilation system in your home is one of the key elements of your family’s health. The air in your home can be filled with contaminants like airborne spores and germs and can be prone to mold and mildew. Poorly ventilated homes are far more susceptible than those with air conditioning and ventilation systems.

For allergy and asthma sufferers, poor ventilation is a well-known trigger, and creates a very unhealthy environment, causing unnecessary illness. By reducing dampness in the air, by lowering condensation levels, and removing dust and pollen from the air, ventilation systems makes the air cleaner, and your family healthier.

Ventilation systems undoubtedly improve the quality of the air you breathe and can also save you a lot of money. One important thing to know about ventilation systems is that with regular use, comes the requirement to maintain it. Maintenance can include cleaning filters, and general servicing to clean and ensure the system is working to its full capacity. There are of course many other reasons you should service your ventilation system. 

Here are 4 Reasons You Need Your Ventilation Systems Serviced:

Preventative maintenance

The thermostat that helps to monitor the temperatures of your home is a critical part of your heating, cooling and ventilation system, and without regular maintenance the thermostat can stop working at the capacity or stop working altogether. This can cause your home’s temperature to become out of balance, resulting in the loss of your preferred thermal comfort levels. Preventative maintenance will pick up any small thermostat issues early, allowing you to replace it before it is too late.

Dirty Filters

Regular maintenance includes the cleaning or replacement of dirty or faulty filters. Dirty filters mean air flow will be restricted and the air will not be cleaned as it should be. The only way to ensure the filters are doing the job they are designed for is through maintenance. Filters should be cleaned seasonally, and if you are in a dusty area, it might pay to purchase an extra set of filters to keep in clean storage to replace between seasonal servicing. Dirty filters also reduce the efficiency of the system, forcing the system to run harder and cost you more.

To Rectify Improper Installations or Imbalanced Dampers

Sometimes installation can be rushed or not correctly carried out for many reasons, however servicing your ventilation system allows the technician to find and repair any errors that were previously made upon installation or adjustments. Your ducting can often become unattached inside your roof or walls if it isn’t installed correctly, which can cost hundreds of dollars a year on air going inside your walls rather than where you need it to be.

Incorrectly balanced ducting can also lead to hot or cold spots in areas of the home and servicing the system can easily rectify this problem. Ducting balance can also be altered for the seasons. You house position has a big impact on how the heat is circulated through your home, and some parts are almost always hotter or colder than others naturally. Your service technician can alter the ducting and rebalance it to suit the seasons, to ensure your home is a consistent temperature throughout, all year round.

To Ensure It Runs at Optimum Capacity

For your system to run at its peak performance level, a service technician needs to be able to find and fix problems or faults. This enables your system to run at its best all year. Maintenance is a cost that you might be hesitant at paying for, however when you think about costs of maintenance versus costs of repairs, the money really is worth spending. Just like you service your car, you should service your ventilation system to prevent large costs when something breaks.

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3 Main Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating Systems

Radiant floor heating systems are a very good choice when it comes to home and business heating solutions. Many people consider radiant floor heating systems to be the best form of heating available and with the benefits that come with these types of systems, there is no wonder. Radiant heating offers many benefits, including the following.

Thermal Comfort

Radiant heat systems offer amazing human thermal comfort, and during the harshest of winters, knowing that you will be in a consistent temperature space means you will reduce the chances of getting sick. You will also remain comfortable all winter, from the moment you get out of bed to the moment you get back in.

Radiant floor heating systems gently warm the surface of the floor and work on the rising heat to consistently heat the entire space. Other systems heat the air, which can create a dry environment, causing dehydration. Air heating systems are also typically mounted at the top of the room near the ceiling, forcing the air down, only to rise again, wasting valuable energy and heat.

The warm surfaces created by radiant floor heating systems significantly reduces heat loss, allowing most people to feel happy at room temperatures lower than standard forced air-based systems. This also means that not only are you getting higher levels of comfort, but you are also using less energy to do so. Heating from the ground up makes sense, because heat rises.

An Invisible System

Heating systems, although necessary in most areas of North America, can look unsightly and take up unnecessary space. One of the main benefits of radiant floor heating systems is that they don’t take up valuable space inside your home. Radiant floor heating systems are located under your flooring and remain out of site while still performing better than most other types of systems.

Most heat emitters with other types of systems restrict where you can place furniture. However, with radiant heating systems, the floor itself is the heat emitter, so there is no need to be choosy where you put your furniture. Aesthetics of your home are simply not affected at all by the installation of a radiant floor heating system.

Quiet and Environmentally Friendly

One of the most annoying things about a lot of heating systems is that they tend to create a lot of noise. Radiant floor heating systems make little to no noise at all. Correct installation will mean the system will remain quiet. The only part that makes noise on radiant floor heating systems is the burner itself, and these are usually hidden away well out of sight, and sound.

Radiant floor heating systems reduce your energy usage compared to most other forms of heating. Radiant floor heating systems that rely on natural gas have the best energy saving options and the savings not only come from the type of fuel used in the powering of the system. The savings are due to the system’s ability to sustain comfort at lesser temperatures and the capacity to run with lower water temperatures. With energy prices constantly rising, the need for low usage systems is becoming more popular.

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Things To Consider When Choosing A HVAC

Whether you’re looking to cool down in summer or warm up in winter, a HVAC system has many benefits – provided you choose the right one for your household’s needs.

There are many different types of system and brands on the market and each of these works differently for different size rooms – and at different temperatures. To ensure you get the right system, there are a number of things you should consider when it comes to deciding which HVAC you should buy.

Here are our top 5.

1. The Size of Your Home: The smaller your home, the smaller your system requirements. You want to choose a system that will give you maximum efficiency, with the least amount of energy wastage. If you live in a 4 bedroom, 2 storey home, you’re going to need a system that is a lot bigger than you’d need if you live in a 1 bedroom apartment. It’s pretty simple.

2. How Many Rooms? You also need to think about how many rooms it needs to cover. Do you want a system that simply fills the living area with cold or warm air? Or do you want something that will actually cool the entire home or apartment? A window or wall box system is great if you only want to cover a small area, but if you want to heat or cool multiple rooms, a multi-split system will be more beneficial. Ducted systems on the other hand could be ideal for the entire home (or level if you have more than one storey).

3. Energy Rating: Consider your impact on the environment, and also the cost you’ll pay for running the system. The higher the energy rating, the better your system will be on the environment – and your wallet! If you opt for an older system because it’s cheaper upfront, you’re going to end up paying more in the long term as it won’t be as energy efficient. Look for units that have high SEER, HSPF or AFUE ratings.

4. Noise: Check the manufacturer’s brochure to find out how noisy the machine is. Whether you like the hum of a system to put you to sleep, or if you prefer silent air, there are machines available to suit. Ducted systems are generally a lot more quiet than window systems. But you should do your research and talk to the professionals about which system will be best for you.

5. The size of your system: Having too much heating and cooling will make your system work less efficiently as it will be providing too much air for a small space, stopping and starting more often than it should. And having too little will send your system into overdrive as it works to keep up with demand. You want to choose a size to suit your space.

When it comes to buying a HVAC system, you want to make the right choice from the start. Talking to a professional will help you make a better informed decision – and they’ll also be able to complete the installation for you.

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Reasons To Choose A Professional Air Conditioning Repair Company

Summer is on its way and whether you’ve been using your HVAC over the winter season for keeping warm, or it has been sitting stagnant for the past few months, it’s likely that it needs a good clean and service before the warm weather hits.

There’s nothing worse than waking up on a hot summer morning to find your air conditioner has stopped working. Preparation is the key and attempting to clean your air conditioner yourself could actually cost you money in the long term.

Here are our top reasons for choosing a professional air conditioner service company, rather than attempting to clean or fix the system yourself:

They’re experienced and professional

Take a good look at your air conditioner. Now, imagine what’s under the cover. If you’ve never seen the inside of an air conditioner before, why would you choose today to start? Air conditioner cleaning could be as simple as just changing a filter, or your machine could be in need of some major work. Rather than attempting to figure it out yourself, a professional will be able to tell you right away if there’s anything wrong and how much it will cost to fix it.

Safety is important

A professional HVAC service person knows what they are doing. They know what to touch, what not to touch, and why they shouldn’t touch it! If you’re considering DIY, you are not only putting your health at risk, but also the health of others in the home. There is a risk of leaky gas if your system is gas operated, carbon monoxide leaks and even electrocution if you’re running an electric system. Best to leave it to the people who know what they’re doing!

Save money and time

Sure, those DIY shows make it look easy – but home maintenance can be a lot of work, and there’s always a risk of messing things up. And if you do cause any damage, it’s likely the project will end up costing twice as much! Not only that, but any home maintenance takes time, and cleaning or trying to fix your HVAC in time for summer is going to take away from the time you could be outside enjoying the autumn weather! A professional has done this many times, and what might take you 3 hours, will only take them 1 – saving everyone time, and money.

You can trust them

Do your research and find a good air conditioning repair company to give your system a service. Make sure you do a search for local air conditioner repair companies in your area, and check out their websites. Do they have good reviews or testimonials on their website, do they offer all the services you require? How long have they been operating? And you might also like to do a Google search as well and see if anything comes up – you’re likely to find any bad reviews this way.

We offer a range of repair and installation services – and we have a high quality reputation to boot. Look no further and contact us today for a quote.

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Reasons To Choose A Professional Air Conditioning Repair Company

Summer is on its way and whether you’ve been using your HVAC over the winter season for keeping warm, or it has been sitting stagnant for the past few months, it’s likely that it needs a good clean and service before the warm weather hits.

There’s nothing worse than waking up on a hot summer morning to find your air conditioner has stopped working. Preparation is the key and attempting to clean your air conditioner yourself could actually cost you money in the long term.

Here are our top reasons for choosing a professional air conditioner service company, rather than attempting to clean or fix the system yourself:

They’re experienced and professional

Take a good look at your air conditioner. Now, imagine what’s under the cover. If you’ve never seen the inside of an air conditioner before, why would you choose today to start? Air conditioner cleaning could be as simple as just changing a filter, or your machine could be in need of some major work. Rather than attempting to figure it out yourself, a professional will be able to tell you right away if there’s anything wrong and how much it will cost to fix it.

Safety is important

A professional HVAC service person knows what they are doing. They know what to touch, what not to touch, and why they shouldn’t touch it! If you’re considering DIY, you are not only putting your health at risk, but also the health of others in the home. There is a risk of leaky gas if your system is gas operated, carbon monoxide leaks and even electrocution if you’re running an electric system. Best to leave it to the people who know what they’re doing!

Save money and time

Sure, those DIY shows make it look easy – but home maintenance can be a lot of work, and there’s always a risk of messing things up. And if you do cause any damage, it’s likely the project will end up costing twice as much! Not only that, but any home maintenance takes time, and cleaning or trying to fix your HVAC in time for summer is going to take away from the time you could be outside enjoying the autumn weather! A professional has done this many times, and what might take you 3 hours, will only take them 1 – saving everyone time, and money.

You can trust them

Do your research and find a good air conditioning repair company to give your system a service. Make sure you do a search for local air conditioner repair companies in your area, and check out their websites. Do they have good reviews or testimonials on their website, do they offer all the services you require? How long have they been operating? And you might also like to do a Google search as well and see if anything comes up – you’re likely to find any bad reviews this way.

We offer a range of repair and installation services – and we have a high quality reputation to boot. Look no further and contact us today for a quote.

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Frequently Asked Questions About HVAC Installation

Having a high-quality air conditioner is a luxury many home owners enjoy but is also something that anyone who doesn’t have it, wishes they had. When it comes to installation, it’s not at all a simple task. If you are considering an upgrade or buying a new system you more than likely have a lot of questions.

To help you to find a professional air conditioning installation company that suits your needs and requirements in your area, here are the answers to 5 of the most frequently asked questions about air conditioning installations:

What type of air conditioner should I buy?

There are several different types of air conditioning systems used, each working in different ways for different sized rooms, at different temperatures. There are split systems which can control airflow to any area of your home, or single room solutions. You should consider things like the size of the area you want to cool, and the number of people who occupy the space. Working from your budget you can easily find pricing for a system to suit, however there are many other factors, like energy ratings, that will help you to decide what type of air conditioning system is right for you.

Is there a better brand?

It is very easy to become overwhelmed when looking at HVAC systems, as there are just so many options available. The best way to decide which brand is best for you is to contact your local HVAC system specialist for advice and pricing.

Can I install it myself?

Although it is possible to do this type of job yourself, it is not advised. It is always best to hire professionals for installation and maintenance on anything to do with electrical or gas based products, and as HVAC systems involve both, your local professional is only a phone call away.

How often does it need cleaning?

One of the roles of HVAC systems is to eliminate dust particles from the air, which unfortunately means that the filters associated with your air conditioning system should be cleaned regularly. Each home is different and depending on how much you use your system and the surrounding areas of your home, you may need to clean the filters at least once every 3 months, however most systems only require cleaning twice a year. It’s also a good idea to have your air conditioning system fully serviced before summer starts, or winter if you use it for heating.

Should I replace my old HVAC system?

Often when an air conditioner is broken, it can be repaired rather than replaced, however the age of your air conditioning system, the efficiency rating and of course your budget will all need to be taken into consideration before you begin replacing your system. A lot of parts on older air conditioning systems are replaceable, and many with newer, better, and more efficient parts.

If you need to know more about HVAC services, get in touch with our team. We’re experienced and we know HVAC systems like the back of our hand!

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How do I know which HVAC system is right for my home?

Whether you’re choosing an HVAC system for a new build or replacing one in an existing home – there are a few incredibly important aspects to consider when you are shopping for your new unit. So, let’s take a few minutes to talk about what you need to know as you embark on your journey to find the perfect HVAC unit for your home.

The Load

You need to know how small (or large) a unit you need – this is what we are referring to when discussed your home’s load. It’s the capacity that your unit must be in order to keep you comfortable in your own home. So, it will depend on the square footage of your home. However, it goes beyond that. It also takes into account how many rooms will need to be covered, your insulations R value, your doors, windows, and how many floors your home has.

You may want to speak to the professionals about this to get the most accurate calculation possible. Mathematical formulas are used to ensure all variables are taken into account, and while they may now be computerized, the professionals know how to determine the load more precisely than just using generalized responses. If your HVAC unit is too large it will lead to higher bills and it will shorten the lifespan of your equipment as well, as the cycles won’t be accurate.

Your contractor should handle these calculations for you and if they claim that it isn’t needed or they don’t seem particularly interested in doing it – you’re using the wrong contractor. You may find that your local utility provider will carry out a load calculation.

Why Size Matters

In addition to increasing your utility bills, there are other issues regarding an HVAC system that is too large.

The cooling load has two components – the air temperature (or sensible load) and the air’s humidity levels (or latent load). While a large HVAC system will quickly cool (or heat) the air, what it won’t do is manage your humidity levels effectively. So, in turn you alter the temperature level in hopes of achieving the perfect balance and all this leads to is excess moisture, mold growth, and damage (to your home and your HVAC unit).

Yet, when you have the right size unit your home will be comfortable and you won’t need to keep the unit running as long because it will deal with the humidity levels. In all, having the right sized HVAC unit will make you more comfortable, your HVAC system will operate more efficiently, and you will be spending less money on your utility bills.

When you are looking at the efficiency ratings of HVAC systems there are a few ratings to keep your eyes peeled for. If its air conditioning a rating of 16+ SEER is ideal, while for the gas furnace 94% or higher is what you need, a heat pump should be over 9.2+ HSPF. In every case, the higher the number the more efficient your unit is as your unit will require less energy. It is far worse that you end up with an HVAC unit that is too large rather than too small, however, provided you have an accurate load calculation you shouldn’t need to worry about going wrong with the size of your unit.

You should also have your contractor check your ductwork to ensure ducts are in good condition.

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Air Conditioning Preventive Maintenance [Checklist]

Your air conditioner is one of your home’s key pieces of equipment and if you want to ensure it is in tip-top condition then you need to ensure it is maintained regularly. If you want to keep your utility bills down, your temperature right, and your family happy – then you can use this handy preventative maintenance checklist that will tide you over between technician visits. It will also help prevent major issues from developing.

Here is a look at the most common components of your air conditioning that let you down:

The Thermostat

If your thermostat is malfunctioning it will display the wrong temperature. What you are left with is a system that starts up rapidly, but turns off too soon. It isn’t just uncomfortable for the temperature of your home, it can also cause damage to internal fans as well as the compressor.

The Air Filter

This should always be your second stop – if your filter is dirty it puts additional strain on your unit, forcing it to work much harder than it should need to. Worse still, a dirty filter can’t adequately remove irritants and allergens from your indoor air. HVAC filters should be changed once a quarter, and if you are incredibly affected by allergies then you will want to do so more often.

The Condensate Line

It’s within this drainage line where mold can build and if you leave it untreated it can cause leakages that are both a health hazard and depending on its positioning, an electrical danger.

The Wiring

It’s fairly common for wiring problems to lead to overheating – additionally, short circuits can be a fire hazard. You can easily ensure wires are tightly secured and well-insulated.

The Coils & Condenser

Condenser coils are prone to grime and dirt build up and within those coils, more dust can accumulate. This will seriously slow down how effective your air conditioner functions and sap more energy than your system would use normally. You can clean the coils to optimize unit efficiency.

The condenser itself is home the tubing that contains refrigerant. The refrigerant is a chemical that swaps your air between the indoors and out. If the tubing is leaking then you’re losing that chemical. It will increase the cost of cooling your home. Additionally, it can damage the HVAC unit.

There are also general checks you can carry out on the system, which essentially means turning your unit on and determining whether it reaches the correct temperature in the right space of time and shuts off at the appropriate times. Of course, you should always keep your eyes, ears, and nose peeled for leaks, strange noises, and unusual odors.

If you do find an issue with your HVAC unit it’s imperative that you call in the professionals to deal with immediately. It’s going to be cheaper to deal with a small issue than leaving it and allow it to become a much bigger issue. Speak to your technician about how often you should have a professional maintenance check – it’s usually at least once a year. These checks will keep your bills down and your home comfortable.

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5 Reasons Your Commercial HVAC Needs A Regular Service

A commercial HVAC system has a serious impact on what happens within your building. It isn’t just an important part of your company’s growth, it’s an integral component of the building itself. It makes sense then that you would want to invest in a high-quality system and have it serviced regularly. If you’re not sure why you should plan preventative maintenance services, here are some of the reasons:

It Saves Money

Yes, by putting a maintenance plan in place you are saving yourself money over time. Just think about the cost of calling out a technician when you experience a breakdown or the nightmare that comes from losing your HVAC system for a few hours or even days. It’s a lot like running your car – the longer you leave it the worse the problem gets, thus your costs increase.

Having your HVAC system serviced regularly means the technician can pick up on small problems and prevent them from becoming major issues. It’s just a tune-up to keep your system ticking over and running at optimum efficiency.

Detecting Carbon Monoxide

Part of the regular service is carbon monoxide testing. An HVAC system that is malfunctioning can leak dangerous fumes into the air and if you don’t have it serviced regularly you don’t know when you have a small leak (or a major one, for that matter). Typical symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include fatigue, nausea, and headaches.

A Comfortable Environment

When you create a comfortable environment everyone is happier. That means your employees will work more efficiently (and happily), which means a boost to your bottom line. Of course, the same can be said for your clients or customers.

If you operate a retail business then you know how quickly customers race through when a building is too hot or too cold. Similarly, it’s difficult to hold meetings with clients when your HVAC system isn’t getting the job done right.

Regular maintenance will keep your HVAC system working efficiently.

Eradicate Foul Odors

This should come as no surprise – but, when your HVAC system is functioning improperly your air flow and ventilation suffers. As a result, you may find that foul odors linger. You may even find that your ceilings have water stains due to leaks which will eventually lead to a fusty, damp smell in your building. There’s nothing more unprofessional (and annoying to clients, customers, and employees) than a smelly building. It also indicates that you operate your business poorly and don’t uphold strict standards across your business.

Excess Moisture

Getting your humidity levels is important, whether at home or in your business. It’s particularly important for stores and restaurants that stock perishables and food items. Excess moisture can affect the overall temperature of a building and affect the shelf lives of a variety of ambient products. You may find that your items aren’t staying fresh, are molding, and that can be costly.

Of course, excess moisture also affects other types of commercial properties as it can encourage the growth of mold which is a major problem that no one wants to deal with.

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4 Tips For Choosing Energy Efficient HVAC Systems

Are you renovating your home, working on a new build or just shopping for a new HVAC system? These days you can’t afford to choose one that isn’t energy efficient, but it can be challenging when there are so many different options available. No wonder so many homeowners feel intimated as they embark on their journey – the good news is we’ve compiled some tips to help you choose your new energy efficient HVAC system.

The Size Of Your Home

What good is an HVAC system if it doesn’t adequately control the temperature of your home? If your system is too small for the size of your home then it will need to run constantly in an attempt to keep up. Then again, if it’s too large it won’t kick in long enough to manage your home’s humidity levels.

So, your first step in choosing your new energy efficient HVAC system is to know the professionals recommend around 20 BTUs for each square foot of your home.

Fuel Sources

Natural gas is an excellent fuel source for an energy efficient HVAC system, however, not everyone has the option of this. If you’re looking to avoid rising electricity bills then you can always choose a propane or kerosene system. Check with your local utility company to find out whether natural gas is available in your locale. From there you can do more research to determine what fuel source is right for you and your new energy efficient HVAC system.

Rebates

If your HVAC system is outdated then there’s a good chance it stopped operating properly a long time ago. Replacing it with an energy efficient upgrade is a no-brainer because it’s going to save you on utility costs and make your home a much more comfortable temperature all year round. It goes beyond that, though. If you choose natural gas there are distributors who offer rebates for choosing more efficient appliances. You may find that utility companies and government agencies also offer incentives to encourage people to choose more energy efficient HVAC solutions.

Energy Saving Ratings & Features

You can narrow down your choices easily by looking at the ratings. If you want a very good system, keep your eyes peeled for a SEER rating of 16 (or higher). There is also the HSPF rating for heating and 9.2 is the lowest level of efficiency you want if you’re looking to improve your energy efficiency. Additionally, heat pumps and gas furnaces use an AFUE rating and you want to find one with at least 94% rating or higher.

Some systems may have energy-saving features to sway you. They tend to feature on HVAC systems that are already efficient, but it will more than pay you back. There is also the option to zone your home so you can direct your heating or air conditioning to the right areas.

Buying a new unit is the right decision – but getting it wrong could be a disaster for your energy costs and your comfort levels. So, if you’re not sure on what is right for you ask the professionals for a bit of advice and guidance.