Friday, September 22, 2017

Planning to purchase a Humidifier? Consider these tips

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And yes, Summer is finally leaving us and fall is at the door already. As the weather will continue to change and the Winter will slowly and steadily step in, the level of humidity will also continue to drop. And as the humidity level drops beyond normal, it causes multiple problems like skin irritation, breathing unease, rashes, static electricity, home interior damages and others. In order to maintain a stable humidity level in the indoors, Humidifiers help a great deal. But a Humidifier can only be able to meet your needs without creating any issues for you if the purchase is compatible with your home. Before you bring home a Humidifier randomly and regret later, let us help you make a right choice for your home.

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Ask yourself these questions when purchasing a Humidifier
  • Large space or small space? What do I need to Humidify?
That is indeed an important question and not considering it can cost you extra dollars. If you're willing to Humidify just a room or a small area, there's absolutely no need to purchase whole home humidifiers that are relatively much costly. With such requirements, all you need is a portable Humidifier that can easily operate up to 24 hours without requiring to refill. These portable Humidifiers are available in different types; germ protection humidifiers, multiple speeds, warm or cool mist and others. But before you jump onto that, make sure your need is a portable Humidifier and not a whole home or a whole home and not a portable.
Contrary to small space, if you've a large area to humidify and are in continuous need of humidified air, then spending on a Portable Humidifier will only be a waste of money since it will fail to suffice for your needs. In such cases, you need a whole home Humidifier and even then, it matters how large the area is. Humidifiers come in different capacity models keeping the requirements of small, medium, large and extra large homes. Ask the retailer which size will work best with your home before purchasing one.

  • What Humidifier type do I want?
Now that you've decided the type of Humidifier you want; portable or whole-home, it is time to further decide what type exactly are you looking for. Humidifiers come with different types both in portable and in whole home models. There are cool mist models that disperse cool moisture in the air and use less electricity, warm mist Humidifiers that disperse warm droplets by heating the water, Ultrasonic Humidifiers that can produce both cool and warm mist and are also least noisy. Depending on your needs, you can choose the type of Humidifier.

  • Am I irritated with noise?
While this point is highly ignored, there are a large number of homeowners that face the consequences of it. People realise only after installing a Humidifier that they are irritated by the noise it produces but then, what is the use of crying over spilled milk?  All that can be done is either to bear the noise or replace the Humidifier, both choices loathsome!

  • How much maintenance can I afford?
There are Humidifiers that demand more maintenance and there are others that demand less depending on the type and model but maintenance nonetheless, is required. Therefore, one of the questions you should ask yourself before making a purchase is that of maintenance. Choosing a high maintenance demands model when you cannot manage to perform the maintenance can only result in costly repairs. So in case you've busy schedules and can't make out time for maintenance, try choosing a model that requires relatively less maintenance.

Considering these points, you are all set to purchase a perfectly suited Humidifier for your home. The rightest model. Dude! ;)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Lennox Ductless MS8H Mini Split Specifications

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Lennox comes up with better and improved Air Conditioner models every year. As the technology is progressing, the availability of indoor heating and cooling comfort is becoming easier to get to and cheaper to afford. Let's us talk about the Ductless MS8H Mini Split Air Conditioner of Lennox, its specifications and how it is making home cooling as well as heating as amazingly affordable as never before.


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MS8H Mini Split Air Conditioner Specifications

- Heat Pump technology

Why spend on heating and cooling appliances separately when it is possible to enjoy both heating and cooling with a single appliance? MS8H is designed making use of Heat Pump technology. Unlike the conventional compressor AC models in which the compressor along with the evaporator cools the refrigerant and expels the heat outside cools the indoor, this Heat Pump technology makes use of Heat Pump that works as a cooler in Summer and as a Heater in Winters. Single, dual or multiple ductless units can be attached to the Heat Pump and different zones/parts can be cooled/warmed.


- Energy efficient

One factor that should necessarily be considered while purchasing any Air Conditioner brand is its energy efficiency. The more an appliance is energy efficient the thinner bills it brings. The lesser an appliance is energy efficient, the fattier bills it brings. A specification of MS8H is its high efficiency with up to 22 SEER and 10.20 HSPF (which makes it qualified for Energy Star)


- Inverter Technology

Inverter technology has revolutionised Air Conditioning in the recent years. The inverter technology regulates the compressor motor's speed in order to continuously regulate the temperature. This way the inverter technology models deliver only the desired amount of air which makes them quieter, long lasting and less vulnerable to breakdowns.


- Secure and Flexible

While this aspect is rarely talked about, the ductless units are secure. Unlike the Duct Air Conditioners, that necessitates a duct system and thus raise risks of moulds, spores, insects and theft, the Ductless Air Conditioners have least to no security threats (except the electrical connections). The MS8H Ductless Air Conditioner is safe to install, easy to maintain and small in design to blend in any room.


- Quiet Operation

Engineers are trying to design home comfort heating and cooling appliances with minimum noise level. The MS8H Split Air Conditioner is a progress in this sphere since the noise level of this model is as low as 25 dB indoor and 50 dB outdoor. This makes this model favourite for people allergic to high noise levels of HVAC appliances.


- Remote Control

The more control you have of the indoor heating/cooling, the easier it is for you to enjoy ultimate comfort. MS8H, like all ductless systems, is supported with a remote control that can be used to ON/OFF the unit, alter the temperature, scheduling a shut-off and controlling several other operations. This makes the unit even more flexible to use.


Overview

On a quick note, the MS8H specifications include:
- Heat Pump technology that makes it an efficient cooler and an efficient heater
- Up to 22 SEER efficiency
- Inverter technology that makes it durable, affordable and reliable
- Secure and Flexible design that makes it less vulnerable to breakdowns
-  Quiet operation that adds to the positive aspects by producing less indoor and outdoor noise pollution
- Remote control system that makes it easy to operate and easy to control

All these specifications and above all an affordable rate makes Lennox HS8H Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner a favourite for many. You could be the next to enjoy all the joys offered by this Lennox model. Looking to purchase? Connect with us today and purchase this unit at affordable rates: 905 201-1293

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Has your Touchscreen Thermostat stopped working? Do this!

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As long as the time-saving technological devices keep functioning smoothly, they bring ease, comfort and relief but everything goes upside down when they begin to show problems. Let's talk about Touch Screen Thermostats in particular; Unlike the old Thermostat models, these models are not only easy to use but are also more accurate and more energy efficient. Set the temperature for a day or schedule it for an entire week, use the Thermostat for optimal home cooling or effective home heating, control it using the interactive user interface or manage to control it from anywhere in the world using wifi technology, there's a bucket full of ease and comfort that this small HVAC device known as ''Touch Screen Thermostat'' brings. But hey! Bad times can come to anyone at any time without prior notice. All this comfort can disappear all of a sudden as the Thermostat stops functioning. Since technicians are not always available and particularly not available with a quick response in Summers, we always recommend learning quick HVAC fixes. So let's assume your Thermostat has stopped working, what are you supposed to do now?
Every time you face this issue, there are three quick fixes that you can try.

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1. The last time you changed the batteries was 100 years ago
There are several HVAC appliances that require maintenance only in terms of cleaning and regular manual inspection, however, there are others that need part replacement on a regular basis for them to operate properly. HVAC primary or secondary devices like Thermostats, CO Detector and others come in this category. Since they rely on batteries to fuel them, the batteries need a replacement after every six months at least else, a year. If your Thermostat stops working, the first thing is to recall what was the last time you changed the batteries? If it was 100 years ago, the batteries must have said goodbye to you to rest in the heavenly abode and you need to replace them. However, if you've changed the batteries recently, try to make sure they're properly fixed in the Thermostat before moving on to the next troubleshooting.

       
2. Do you reset your Smart Phones to fix some issues? Reset the Smart Thermostat too
Oh yeah! So how many times have you tried this? Your touchscreen mobile phone was posing issues with the touch panel or something else and a factory reset worked out. Most Touch Screen Thermostats use softwares to operate particularly the Wifi supported Thermostats. These softwares often times interrupt the operation. The reset option in many cases works as effectively for Thermostats as it does for Smartphones. Hit the reset option!


3. Check for wiring and cleaning
After the battery issue, this is the most common reason of why Touchscreen Thermostats stop working; the wiring defects and the lack of cleaning. If the Thermostat is completely dead and you've changed the batteries recently, there are 80% possibilities of a defect in the wiring. Uncover the Thermostat plate and look up for damaged wires. In case an issue is suspected and you're unsure how to fix, call on a professional.
In the case when the Thermostat is partially operating; the touch screen is posing issues, some touch buttons are working some not etc, there are chances that it is due to the dirty screen. Use a soft fibre cloth and clean the Thermostat screen with soft hands. It is recommended to use a pertinent cleaner.  

Still not fixed? The last resort - A Pro
That's all you could do. If none of the above-mentioned DIY troubleshooting worked, it seems the Thermostat itself is defective and it either needs a replacement or a professional technician to fix the defect. Call a professional, that's the only resort left.



Saturday, June 17, 2017

13 Simple Ways to lower Energy Bills

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Who does not like saving? We all do! And when it comes to Summer utility bills, the desire for saving become intense every time a more fatty bill is received. But how exactly to make savings on energy bills? Are there genuine ways that can really help reduce utility bills?  
Well, there are not one or two ways, there are, in fact, tens of ways to save on energy bills. All you have to do it to practice the saving practices and there you are; saving hundreds of dollars on energy bills every year. Let's explore 13 ways that can help you in this venture:

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1. Your Thermostat is your saving box
Indeed it is!
The US Department of Energy says that Thermostats can help save on energy bills up to 15% if they're turned up a few degrees for the time you're not at home. So every time you leave home, don't forget to raise the temperature on your Thermostat. Use Programmable or Smart Thermostats for auto setting the temperature.

2. Don't keep devices plugged when they're charged
So do you see when your mobile device is charged, your device shows a notification ''please unplug'? Keeping the devices plugged even when they're already charged not only takes energy unnecessarily but can also damage the device altogether by overcharging it. Unplug as early as the device get charged to not waste energy.

3. Check capacity of appliances before purchasing
While a high-efficiency Air Conditioner or Heat Pump can cool your home quickly, it also takes more energy. If you've a medium sized or small sized home, there's no need to purchase a high capacity system. Not only will it cost you initially but will also continue to charge you in terms of energy bills. Ask a professional to suggest you a compatible system for you home.

4. Make use of off-peak hours
The electricity charges on the off peak hours are less than the peak hours. Make use of the off-peak hours and use heavy machinery in those hours. This will help you save to a great extent.

5. Look for air leaks
You'll be wasting a lot of energy if there are holes and passageways that leak air from the house. As a consequence, more energy will be required to keep the home cool which means fatty energy bills. Check for any leaks and seal them with a sealant.

6. Curtains and Blinds
Did you know that 10% of cooling loss occurs through the windows with no blinds/curtains? Draw the blinds/curtains as soon as the sun begins to get hot in the day. Just by drawing curtains, you can save energy.

7. Make use of energy efficient appliances
Technology has progressed and it has served us with appliances that are better in efficiency and cheaper in utility. If you're using old heating, cooling systems, you are spending much more than what you'd spend with the latest energy efficient system. Replace the system by making a one-time investment and then save, save, save.

8. Clean Filters regularly
One simple step that can help save. Just clean your filters. Dirty filters bar the air flow and the system as a consequence has to put in more effort to operate which takes more energy.

9. Clean the ductwork
Cleaner ducts not only provide cleaner air to breathe but also reduce the burden on the system that otherwise is if the ductwork is filled with piles of dust and debris. Clean ducts, lighten the burden on the system and enjoy a reduction in energy bills.

10. Solar Power?    
Why not make use of the Sun's energy? Even if you cannot afford to convert the whole home on solar power, think of converting some appliances on solar. Solar power is far cheaper than the electricity we use. Once installed, forget about monthly bills.

11. Ceiling fan always works
Don't forget the fans totally in intense hot Summer. They are always of use. It is recommended to use fans when the weather is still moderate but even when it gets super hot, keep making use of your fans. Using a fan in combination with the Air Conditioner can help reduce energy bills since you can raise your thermostat temperature up to 4 degrees without feeling a difference in temperature if you've your fan serving along.

12. Replace Incandescent Bulbs
Fluorescent lights take up to 25% less energy compared to Incandescent bulbs. Every time an incandescent bulb fuses, replace it with energy efficient Fluorescent Lights.
Consider LED as an option too if you can afford to install them throughout the home. Lately, LED lights have become more popular because of their efficiency, environment-friendly nature and cost effective feature.  

13. Go Green

The more green you grow around, the cooler it will keep you. Plant shady trees around your home. They will keep your home cool. You can also keep some plants within your home. Not only do they help keep the environment cool but also work as natural air cleaners.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Save Energy with Electronic Thermostats

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Welcome to the world of technology! The technology which is moving at such a speedy pace that every milestone that it sets is jaw dropping. Could anyone just a few dozen decades ago think that there would come a time when you'd be able to tweak the indoor temperature with so much precision and accuracy that seasons and weathers will make no difference? Did you ever notice that while you enjoy an ultimate comfort sitting right inside your living room and the sun is blazing outside, no compromise does your HVAC system make to keep you super cool? And by the way, did you also know that with the help of latest Thermostats, not only can you now schedule temperatures for your HVAC system but can also operate them from anywhere i.e Smart Thermostats/Wifi Thermostats

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Let's talk about the Electronic Thermostats. Well, if you're still using your Grandma's brought Mercury Thermostat, you either love her so much to not let go of anything related to her memory or love yourself so less to give yourself the shock of fatty energy bills every month, while also putting at risk yours and the planet's life. The Mercury days are gone dude! Even the Virtual Museum of HVACR Canada features Honeywell's round (mercury) Thermostat as 20th-century classics. As said above, technology is moving at the fastest pace suggesting more efficient ways of both the home comfort and energy saving, it is wise to follow the pace of technology and improve the lifestyle using the latest of technologies.

Why Convert to Digital Thermostat? Here's why:

People are bewildered that all a Thermostat is supposed to do is tweak the HVAC system's temperature then why keep on jumping from one to another? Well, no! All Thermostats don't do the same job in the same way. Digital Thermostats work far different than mercury or classical Thermostats. Here are some reasons of why you should convert to Digital.

Mercuryless - Safer!

Digital Thermostats don't have any mercury in them and are, therefore, safer than the Mercury Thermostats that have the highest amount of mercury present in household objects. Danger!

Mercuryless - Save Earth

Did you know that only a 2.5 grams of mercury if put in a lake of 8 hectares, leaves its water undrinkable and its fish inedible for an entire year? Not only the Maintenance of Mercury Thermostats is a headache, their disposing of is difficult as well. Contrary to that, Digital Thermostats do not have such horrendous effects on the environment and the planet on the whole. Why play around with Mother Earth?

Non-Moveable parts - Easy to repair

With moveable parts Mercury Thermostat, you'd have to call a technician to fix your Thermostat every time you mistakenly throw it or have its parts misplaced. Digital provides relief from these regular issues too.

Programmable - Always comfortable

Digital provide more controls. With programmable features, you can turn the heating and cooling appliances ON or OFF before coming to the home or leaving it, saving lots of energy. Did grandma's Thermostat support that? Nope!

Save up to $200

Indeed you heard it right! With Digital Thermostats, it is possible to save up to $200 per year. The increased efficiency and precision of the Digital Thermostats lets the least energy go wasted.

Bottom Line

It's good that you still have your grandma's Thermostat. It shows your love for her but probably now that you're tired of high energy bills and the hectic situations that Mercury Thermostat causes, it is the time to uninstall the older version of the 20th century and go with the flow of 21st century; Digital and Smart Thermostats.

And yes, may your grandma rest in peace! Take the Thermostat to the store room.

Optimise your Air Ducts, here's how

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There are chances that what is about to be said would be a shocking revelation for you or you could yourself be among those whose mention is going to be made here: There are homeowners that never explore Air Ducts can be optimised or that they can actually close the dampers partially when less heating/cooling is required, just like some homeowners never know how to optimise the Thermostat settings and continue to use them on a default setting throughout. Air Duct Optimization can help a great deal in creating a comfortable and balanced indoor temperature throughout the house and optimisation doesn't require much of a rocket science.

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Here’s what you will need

Here's what you'll need in order to perform the Air Duct Optimization:
1. Tabletop Thermometers (as many as the rooms you need to optimise)
2. Permanent Marker

Here’s how to optimise?

In order to Optimise the Air Ducts in every room, start with one room. Let's say it is Summer and you wish to make the Optimisation for the cool air of the Air Conditioner. Open all the ducts and registers of the in use rooms. Next, turn the Air Conditioner ON and set the Thermostat to somewhere between 74 to 78 Fahrenheit. Let the rooms cool. After half an hour, check the Thermometer's reading, visit every room and partially close the dampers of the rooms that are excessively cold. Proper optimisation will take some time, a few days or maybe a week. Try this Damper tweaking until the desired temperature is achieved throughout the home. And yes, why did we have that permanent marker? Use the marker in order to mark the final handle position that you finalise for each damper.

Summer Tweaking vs Winter Tweaking

There's not much difference between the Summer and Winter Air Duct Optimisation. The only difference is that in Winters, the Furnace needs to be turned on with Thermostat temperature somewhere around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. When marking the handle positions, use 'S' for Summer, and ''W'' for Winters so that you could know which position was for which season since the damper settings would be different for Summers and different for Winters.

Why do Air Duct optimisation?

Alright so here begins the question answer session. Did you ask why is it important to do Air Duct Optimization? Okay, here's the answer:
A ductwork is used in order to circulate Air (cool/hot) throughout the home. Although the Duct network reaches every room, there are times when the conditioned Air that reaches to different parts of the home is not the same. Since a single Thermostat operates the Air Conditioner, one temperature is used for the whole home but as the flow of air is different for different parts, the temperature there is different too. This is the primary reason why many homeowners suffer from temperature difference throughout the home which is sometimes very disturbing. Optimisation of the Air Ducts is a very simple way to beat this problem. Although a careful and a little tough practice is required in the beginning, once the dampers are set, you too are all set to enjoy an even temperature throughout the home no matter what the season is.

Isn't it simple? And cool too? Your turn to try out!  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Get rid of Air Conditioner smells with tested solutions

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How about turning on your Air Conditioner after a long time to enjoy its cool breeze and rather have a stinky smell spread all around? This is a common issue homeowners face; the problem of Air Conditioner smells. A stinky or fishy odour from AC has several reasons in the background which include the growth of mould and mildew, dust and debris either in the AC units or in the ductwork. Usually, homeowners make use of air fresheners to combat this problem, however, this only proves useless as long as the droplets of freshener remain in the air and that fishy odour starts coming again in a while. To solve the problem permanently, it is important to use tested ways and more than that; to know what components of an Air Conditioner actually cause these odours:

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AC Components that cause odour

Evaporator Coil

Over time dust debris and other pollutants get accumulated over and around the evaporator coil. These pollutants with cool and damp surroundings of the evaporative coil create an ideal place for the mildew and moulds to grow which are smelly in nature.

Air Filters

The most common odour causing component is the system Filters. The purpose of filters is to filter the air and trap pollutants. When the filters are not changed for a long period, they fail to trap pollutants consequently circulating dirty air again and again which is also smelly.

Ductwork

Just like the Filters, the Ductwork can also become a source of producing fishy and stinky odours. This happens when ducts are not cleaned and the dust and debris are combined with dampness. A perfect ground in this way is created for moulds and as a result for odours.

How to troubleshoot Air Conditioner Smells?

If you've been troubleshooting these smells using an Air Freshener, you might already have started thinking they never fix up but hold on! They can be, however, with right strategies. Let us discuss a few:

The importance of right Filters

Cleaning of Filters is one thing which we've already discussed above, however, using the right filters is another. You might be living in an area where there's relatively more pollution or you might practice such activities at home that cause pollution. In such cases, a commonly used low MERV filter will not work for you. Install high-efficiency filters (after consulting an HVAC professional since high-efficiency filters are not suitable for all systems). High MERV filters successfully trap pollutants and thus help avoid odours caused by dust and debris.

System Cleaning - A must do!

This cannot happen that you do not do system cleaning and still have an odourless home. While people still argue on the question of duct cleaning, there's no difference of opinion that at least the systems need to be kept clean for efficient and odourless performance. As said above, one of the primary reason of Air Conditioner odours is the growth of bacteria in the units (mostly outside unit), cleaning of components is important. Although an annual maintenance and cleaning by a professional is what we strongly suggest, you can also do the cleaning yourself keeping the precautionary measures. Clean system components are least likely to produce any odours.

Air Cleaner - Breath fresh and odourless

If you haven't heard of them yet let us tell you. Air Cleaners are now available that can successfully combat odours as well as the causes of odours. High-Efficiency Air Cleaners can combat 99% of bacterias and other pollutants that cause odours. If using a high-efficiency filter and cleaning of system components doesn't solve the problem of AC odours for you, consult with an HVAC professional to install an Air Purifier.     

Are you fighting with Air Conditioner odours? Do you want a quick solution?  Use these ways and see what happens. All odours will be gone. Guaranteed!