Thursday, February 23, 2017

How to choose the right Furnace Filter?

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We've caught you grinning, we caught you! So you found it a bit hilarious why did we find the need to talk about Furnace filters when they're just one of the cheapest accessory out there? Little things matter dude! And we'll prove it to you. Keep on reading.

No matter which brand's Furnace you've at your home, how did it cost you or how does it look like. It does need Filters, doesn't it? And Filters need to be changed for the appropriate functioning of the systems don't they? If somebody has never told you that choosing the right Furnace filters does affect the heating efficiency, we will! So, man! No need to laugh!

We're helping you explore the different types of Furnace filters, their pros and the cons so that you could decide easily which one will work best for you. Let's begin the filter journey;

1. Disposable Fibreglass Filters

Disposable Fibreglass Filters

These are the filters that most homeowners use. This was the filter that came to your mind when we initially talked about Furnace Filters. Made up of thick Fibreglass of around 1 inch this type of Filters have a MERV rating of 2-3 which means they can help trap
Carpet Fibers
Textile Fibers
Dust Mites
Spray Paint Dust etc

Good of it:
The good aspect of these Furnace filters is that they're extremely cheap. Just $1 - $2 .

Bad of it:
The bad side of these Furnace filters is that they do not help clean the air much. Their MERV rating as mentioned above is very low. So these filters are surely not suitable for those having allergies and asthma etc. They better go for Filters that efficiently trap pollutants.

2. Disposable Pleated

Disposable Pleated

Looking for a better MERV rating Filter? Check this one out. The disposable pleated filters are made up of polyester or cotton paper. Their MERV rating is 6 which is far better than the MERV rating of Disposable glass filters. The price of Disposable pleated filters is usually $4- $5. Affordable!

Good of it:
The good side of these Filters like the Disposable Fibreglass filters is that they're inexpensive and are good at trapping small particles.

Bad of it:
While these Filters are made up of cotton paper or polyester, they're thick and can cause hindrance for the air flow, consequently taking more energy from the system


3. Disposable Electrostatic Filters

Disposable Electrostatic Filters

These filters are self-charging and have a very high MERV rating of 10. They are also good at trapping small particles, pet dander, milled flour, welding fumes etc. The cost of these Filters is $10

Good of it:
The good of Disposable Electrostatic Filters is their affordability plus efficiency which makes them ideal for homes with children and pets.
Bad of it:
Disposable Electrostatic Filters become expensive when it comes to purchasing them in custom sizes. If your affordability is low, better not choose them since they cost much on the replacement.

4. Permanent Electrostatic Filters

Permanent Electrostatic Filters

These filters also contain self-charging cotton fibres that pull particles and trap them. There's a machine washable filter that has a lifetime of 6-8 years. The MERV rating of these filters is 8 while the cost is $15-$20. For you, if your pocket allows.

Good of it:
These filters being permanent can be used for a long term so there's a relief from spending on Filters every now and then. With a good MERV rating of 8, they trap enough particles so as to do air cleaning too.

Bad of it:
The bad side of these Filters is that they're not as efficient as the Disposable Electrostatic Filters since their MERV rating is 8 while the MERV rating of Disposable electrostatic is 10. The custom sizes are very expensive which makes them unsuitable for those looking for low rate but high-efficiency Filters.

5. High-Efficiency Pleated Filters

High-Efficiency Pleated Filters

Ready to spend extravagantly? Want to have highly efficient Filters? Then here you go! High-Efficiency Pleated Filters are for you if you can spend $100 for purchasing a Filter that will give you clean air with a MERV rating of 14-16 which means they'll also trap bacterias. These filters are ideal for those having allergies and bacterial infections.

Good of it:
The good is their high MERV rating, This is why they're also used in hospitals in order to trap the smallest of particles.
Bad of it:
Their heavy cost is their only bad side. Only a single filter will cost $100 a year which doesn't sound much cool.

So, we're just done with some quick information on the types, efficiency and rates of Furnace Filters in order to help you decide which one might work best for you. Your turn now. Any questions? Help? Or anything else? Get in touch. Give us a call!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Brace your Heating System for a chilly chill Winter

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Spending Winters in Canada is not easy. The temperature in several areas drops up to -30 degrees as the Winter paces up. While one cloth over another does help beat the blows of intense Winters when in the outside environment, an alternative should be sought when one is within the four walls of a room. And the alternative is of course to maintain a moderately warm indoor temperature. So how to maintain the temperature and how exactly to get yourself fully ready for Winters? Here are some quick tips to brace yourself up for Winters.

Pre-Season Tune-Up

How about having your Furnace suddenly stop working in the intense cold weather? Well, let's talk on realistic grounds, there are times when the weather conditions are so harsh that even an emergency HVAC service can't reach you as in the case of extreme snowfall and blocked roads. In order to avoid such circumstances, schedule a pre-season tune up with some reliable HVAC service provider. As things get fixed before the season begins they continue to function smoothly. So yes, schedule a pre-season tune-up every Winter.

Give your Furnace Filters a bath
Filters are for trapping pollutants and they do their job quite very well. How about giving them a bath to get themselves refreshed for fighting pollutants more efficiently? Things that get used get dirty too. The same goes for Furnace filters. Before the Winter begins, clean your Furnace filters properly. Since Filters aren't much expensive you should probably think of replacing them by throwing the older ones. And replacing/cleaning filters really really improves efficiency. Promise!

Check exhaust vents
Exhaust vents or chimneys are the vents from where the burned gases exhaust. Just like the Filters get clogged, the chimneys and vents also get dirty. And their dirt is of extreme threat. As the exhaust vents are blocked the Carbon Monoxide which is a residue gas comes back into the house and we repeat, Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer. As you call professionals for appliance tune-up, also ask them to check your chimneys for proper exhaustion.

Lower your thermostat

What??? Lower Thermostat? Did we said that mistakenly? No!
Many homeowners set their thermostats high as the Winters begin. This is an inappropriate practice since it puts a burden on the Heating System suddenly as it begins to get in used after a long break. And this sudden burden may result in serious consequences so the right way is; Lower your thermostats as the Winter begins and raise the temperature slowly as the temperature rises. .   
Close vents in unused rooms
If you've a large home you must be having rooms that are not frequently used. In some homes, the ductwork includes vents in areas that are hardly used for example basement, attic or crawl spaces. In order to keep your Heating System work with full efficiency without excessive heat loss, close vents in unused rooms.

Incorporating the above-mentioned practices will help you bracing your Heating System perfectly for harshest of Winter and will consequently help you save on energy bills while also providing sizzling indoor experience.  



Monday, January 30, 2017

Boiler vs Furnace - The Pros and Cons

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When it comes to heating systems for homes and other buildings, you are offered two choices – boilers and furnace. Making the right choice is important as it affects many significant aspects including the parts and labour costs, power efficiency and maintenance. The discussion below will help you make the best choice by providing for you the necessary information about boilers and furnace.


The Major Difference

How is a boiler different from a furnace? The answer to this question explains why one of these will be a better option for your house. Both heating systems offer their own pros and cons. However, understanding the primary difference between boilers and furnace will help you make a more well-informed decision leading to the best results.
The major difference lies in how both the systems function. As the name implies, a boiler distributes heat through the circulation of hot water. On the other hand, a furnace makes use of hot air which is distributed throughout a building by means of ducts to maintain a warm temperature indoors. The circulation of this air is maintained with the help of a blower motor. A boiler heating system consists of more parts as compared to a furnace. Its major parts include water boilers, radiators and a network of pipes.
Choosing a Boiler

Residential Boiler

Discussed here are the positive aspects of choosing a boiler over a furnace.
  • It will be wise to go for a water boiler if you cannot stand a drafty environment which might get suffocating. Such an environment is created through the circulation of warm air by a furnace. It can, therefore, get uncomfortable. On the other hand, no such issue is created if we use a boiler for heating purposes.
  • Water boilers make use of cast iron radiators or flooring systems for the circulation of heat. The mechanism for this heat circulation is radiation or convection. It ensures steady circulation throughout a building. As a result, the indoors temperature remains quite consistent if you use a boiler.
  • In case of a furnace, the circulating air through ducts often distributes dust, allergens and disease-causing microorganisms. Maintaining warmth in your house by means of a furnace may cost you your health.

Choosing a Furnace

A furnace may lead to a few negative results, but you might still want to choose one over a boiler due to the following reasons.
  • Hydronic heating systems are more expensive than a furnace. The cost of all the parts as well installation charges might cross your budget.
  • A furnace heating system makes use of the same duct system used for air conditioning during the summer season. Therefore, you save time as well as installation cost.
  • Although boilers do not require frequent maintenance, cleaning a radiator takes a great deal of time as well as effort.

Conclusion


These were the pros and cons of both the heating systems. Choosing the best one depends on personal requirements as well as the budget. Make a wise choice which leads to the most effective heating and the least maintenance.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

3 Best Air Humidifiers

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Everything changes and so does the air you inhale. It is not going to be as moist as it is now. Here the level of moisture drops and there you begin to feel the dryness in the air which is an unpleasant experience. Breathing, for some people, is an ultimate experience that they wish to make as pleasant as possible and for that purpose, humidifiers are no less than a blessing. For a fresh and affable indoor air quality, air humidification products do wonder by creating an agreeable level of moisture in the air to knock off the dryness that the weather changes or other environmental conditions may cause.

Choosing the right humidifier:

It is good if you understand that humidifiers play a vital role in creating a better home comfort for you by providing a better breathing experience, but that alone is not enough. Once you choose to install a humidifier at home, it is essential to make the right choice when choosing the humidifying appliances for your home comfort. For that, research needs to be made to see what products are available in the market and which one would be the right one. We love making things easy for you. So, here's what we've just come up with.
Below is the mention of the 3 best air humidifying products along with their features.

1. Honeywell HE280 Humidifier:

Honeywell E280

Let's get started with Honeywell HE280 Humidifier. This model is perfectly wonderful for large houses up to 4,000 square feet. The design is suitable both for mounting at the warm air supply or along the return air ducts. One of the issues that the humidifying appliances cause is the production of microorganisms and other bacterias by keeping the water inside without proper drainage. To counter this issue, Honeywell HE280 has a flow through design that hinders the production of microorganisms. Although this humidifier is not a ''plug and play'', it still has fewer connections to make which makes the installation easy. Since it works with a forced air furnace, it equally distributes the moisture throughout the home creating levelled humidity. So, this product is wonderful for you if you have a wide area to humidify, want to save energy and seek an easy installation.

2. Lennox Healthy Climate Whole-Home Humidifier:

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Lennox steam humidifier has a wonderful remote mount design with accessories included. It creates whole house humidity. There are two different sizes available to cope small as well as large houses. With its high efficiency and automatic humidity control, it not only keeps the level of moisture as required but is also a good combatant for sinuses, sore throat and other breathing issues that are primarily caused by dry air. The good side is that no botheration for tank cleaning has to be made.


3. Carrier Performance Fan-Powered HUMXXLFP



This is especially for you if you're using heat pumps. This design is made to work with heat pumps, however, it works efficiently with forced air furnaces too. The water tank is made up of treated aluminium that provides ultimate efficiency. It has a capacity of 18 gallons per day. In addition to that it works on a quiet operation so if you’re tired of noise humidifiers, you must give it a try. The most amazing feature is that carrier has given 10 years of warranty on its parts.


Wisest choice:


So, which is the wisest choice? Lennox, Carrier or Honeywell? It’s all the same. The features have been given and you can now easily decide what would work best with your home. The important thing but is to understand that humidifiers do a lot to create the home comfort that we need. Apart from creating a good air quality to breathe by humidifying the air around us, they not only combat against health problems caused by dry air but also help protect the furniture and other wood material from damage. Which is, WOW!

The wisest choice thus is; Spend a little and save much much more. Check out the latest humidifiers Here.
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Friday, December 30, 2016

Furnace Maintenance Guidelines

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Nearly all of us try to give a wide berth to our heating system getting worn down at an occasion we are exceedingly having a need of it, hence we book a pre-season maintenance appointment from our local HVAC Company. Whether it will be the middle of your businesses busy season, or simply a cozy Sunday at your house, Cleanair Heating furnace maintenance service is ideal.


WHAT IS THE EXACT OCCASION FOR AN INTENTION OF SETTING UP FURNACE MAINTENANCE?
Furnace maintenance should be provided each year, normally prior the heating season.

WHAT IS THE ACCURATE MOMENT IN ORDER FOR CHANGING THE FURNACE FILTER?
Swapping the filter notably is subjected to the sort of furnace you have acquired. Few are required to be swapped every few months, whereas others must be changed or cleaned less frequently. Our Cleanair Heating Furnace Maintenance Experts will render you opportunity of knowing how to swap or clean it out yourself, or replace it for your sake at an occasion of your yearly furnace maintenance appointment.

FURNACE CLEANING
Dirt is the massive hazard of your house HVAC system; it will be a cause of the wastage of fuel as well as disrupt your heating system’s quality of impressive operating. The three parts of your furnace that more than necessary to be remained cleaned are the filter, blower, as well as the blower motor. Whereas the immensely vital cleaning needs to be provided from the HVAC specialist, there are multiple simple efforts that you can follow during maintenance appointments:

     Clean the vents
Dust as well as debris will find space in the vents being cause of blockage to the airflow, indeed it’s simple enough for an intention of cleaning out the surface debris. Take out the vent cover and carry out the cleaning internally from making exploitation of a vacuum extension. Based on our air duct cleaning invented for a thorough cleaning of your resident’s air duct system and vents.

     Clean Air Filter
The prime reason of the furnace filters is to catch out dust, dirt as well as other debris as quick as it transfers the blower. The sort of furnace filter as well as the time duration of your Furnace execution would make the recognition of the frequency and cleaning procedures. For instance over and over usable filter can easily be rinsed out. For a condition where the filter is found entirely clogged, you must make up your mind swapping it promptly.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Why Everybody Requires A Tune-Up Now

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Regardless of the fact your Furnace system appears to be executing flawless, it is still suggested for you to call as well as setup annualized Furnace maintenance. There are numerous reasons for which you must have your routine maintenance rendered every year as well as we have furnished a simple list of the top reasons.


·  The Reason is if not now, when.

Getting routine Furnace tune-ups would be steer clear of unexpected Furnace repair in the future. Simply because your Furnace appears to be in ideal functioning state at the present wouldn’t imply that it’s healthy enough to proceed the entire winter, particularly as the temperatures grow and it has to execute harder to stay your residence warm. You couldn’t wait until your smart phone screen damaged to get the protector installed, so why do you wait for your Furnace to be malfunctioned prior getting it inspected? In addition, tune-ups cost lesser in comparison with the repair or an entire Furnace replacement.



·  Money, money, money.

Acquiring an annualized Furnace tune-up would deliver assistance in turning your Furnace up to 30% greater in efficiency that could lessen your energy costs as well as save you dollars. Moreover, greater energy efficiency doesn’t simply save you dollars, it facilitates saving the earth, and whoever in the world doesn’t desire of saving the earth?


·  Your family’s health.

If your Furnace lacks routine as well as adequate cleaning, it might likely give establishment to bacteria as well as virus-causing germs in the air, getting the air hazardous for you and your loved ones to breathe as well as for the people with respiratory problems or weakened immune systems.


·  Lacking Maintenance will void your warranty.


Lacking annual Furnace Maintenance would really invalidate your Furnace’s manufacturer warranty therefore in case you are requiring the Furnace repair; you’ll have to be pay out for new parts and these expense will impinge on your own pocket rather than exploiting that amazing warranty which came with your Furnace. Get leverage whatever you can with your warranty by making certain it remains valid as long as possible with Furnace system tune-ups regularly.




In the genuine senses of the terms the Furnace maintenance as well as seasonal Furnace tune-ups will save your dollars, save your health, make your air unpolluted, and save you money…we said that, right? But, truly, who doesn’t wish to save his dollars?

Clean Air Heating loves to save you dollars and at current with our new winter promotion you could receive a discount on a precision tune-up for your Furnace equipment. Feel free to contact Clean Air Heating right away to find out regarding our amazing offers available now as well as to setup your Furnace tune-up.