Monday, November 26, 2018

3 HVAC myths

There are a number of homeowners who once start following a HVAC myth never again revise their practice and never really try to find out if the practice they are following has some real grounds. Today, we shall learn about some commonly followed HVAC practices that are nothing more than myths.

Duct Cleaning is a DIY 

Filter cleaning is certainly a DIY but duct cleaning? Say that again? Did you say Duct Cleaning is also a DIY? Well, that is the same that a vast majority of Canadian homeowners think and as a result, try to perform the cleaning themselves instead of calling professionals. A proper Duct Cleaning requires proper equipment, professionalism and the right way so that all the dust and debris of the ductwork does not fall out into the home or does not go and stick into the system's components. In addition, getting harsh with cleaning can result in damaging the ductwork, creating a trouble of repair which could be costly depending on the damage. So DIY duct cleaning is both a bad and risky idea. If you have never taken a professional duct cleaning before, take it now and you'll know the difference between a DIY and a professional's work.

Once the ductwork is installed, it's all done, all set 

Of course, once the ductwork is installed, it is anticipated that it will provide with comfort for the years to come. But that is not always true and should not be considered so. Just like all the other components of the HVAC system need maintenance, the ductwork needs it too. Over time, it can develop holes and leaks, the material can damage or corrode, as in the case of metal sheet ductworks and foil ductworks. And other than that, there are some cases in which the ductwork installed is not the right ductwork for the type of architecture the home has or the type of system that is later installed. In the former cases; of ductwork damage, it is important to maintain the ductwork and get it repaired as soon as it develops holes and leaks. In the latter case; of the wrong duct type or in the case of upgrading the system, get the ductwork renovated accordingly.
So buddies, "ductwork once installed is an all good good", is actually not a real thing. A myth once again!

Air Filters/Purifiers purify the air completely 

As far as the common duct air filters are concerned, they are of such quality so as to only trap dust and debris and that too limited to their capability. The bacteria, viruses and other microscopic organisms never get filtered by these paper filters. The Air Purifiers that are additionally installed with the ductwork; however, do some additional work of cleaning but then their capabilities are limited as well and not all Air Purifiers are meant to serve the same purpose. While some are for smoke, others may be for odours or bacterias. Assuming that one ordinary unit completely purifies all types of indoor impurities is....a myth once again. However, there are some latest models that are multi-purpose. But those are neither cheap nor very economical for everyday use.   

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Gas Fireplace Safety - Here's what you need to do

With winter comes the thought of Fireplace. The fireplace is one of the most amazing winter experiences. Sitting in front of it and enjoying coffee with the tantalizing sounds of wood crackles gives a heavenly feel. In Canada, while so many people now prefer Furnace and Heat Pumps to comfort their indoors in winters, there are many whose love for the fireplace is as strong as was in the days when Fireplace was the primary choice. But with the use of gas fireplace comes some real responsibility and care without which Fireplace can turn into a real headache. If you are one such homeowner who loves to use fireplace as the primary heating solution in winters, this blog is for you.

- Safety screen is a must 

Some people think that safety screens are supposed to be used when there are kids at home. Not really so. Safety screens have to be used even when there are no kids at home. These screen help keep the homeowners safe by creating a barrier. The skin does not come in direct contact with the heat. Also, sometimes, when wooden logs are used, the burning pieces fall out of the fireplace and this can result in serious consequences.

- CO Detectors ensure your safety 

Fireplaces, when not kept, maintained create a serious scenario of CO poisoning. The dirty vents push the burning gases back into the home. Also, the gas leaks from pipelines can also result in a fire. All of these consequences can be avoided by installing a CO detector. CO detector is a small device which alarms the homeowners when any unusual presence of gas is felt.

- Annual Inspection 

It is good if you perform maintenance of your appliances on your own. But no matter how good you are at maintenance, you'll never be as good as a professional. While you perform DIY maintenance on your own throughout the season, make sure to call a professional technician for annual maintenance. Professionals thoroughly clean the fireplace, tune up the parts and diagnose any issues well in time so that you could be saved from any serious accidents.

- Upgrade to direct vents 

If you have been using an old fireplace since long, it is recommended to upgrade to a direct vent model now. Direct vents expel 100% of the combustion gases out of the home. Also, the sealed combustion mechanism keeps the indoor safe and the IAQ does not get affected.

Winter is on its way. The time to start preparing your heating appliances is right here and right now. If you are looking forward to upgrading your fireplace, replace a part, get it inspected by professionals, want a reliable repair or anything else related to the fireplace, we have the professionals who could help you out with all the fireplace related things. It had been over 15 years that we are helping homeowners in resolving their HVAC concerns. Let us serve you as well with our world-class fireplace installation, maintenance, diagnosis, repair and replacement services.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Air Conditioning Health Risks - An explanation

Advancement in technology has provided us with many blessings and air conditioning is one of those discount. But it needs to be kept in mind that in order for a thing to remain fully beneficial, it is important to use it in the right manner. Air Conditioner on hand provides comfort in the summer and maintains a desirable indoor environment but on the other hand, creates some health issues as well. Here, it is needed to mention that Air Conditioning is not risky in entirety, it is just the wrong usage and wrong practices that makes it risky. So the fearsome articles on the dangers of air conditioning are of course too much of an exaggeration. This article is meant to explain the health problems associated with Air Conditioning and when and how they occur.

Health Risks associated with  Air Conditioners 

- High Humidity 

 This problem is not caused by Air Conditioner itself but the wrong usage of it or because of selecting the wrong size. In case one, running an Air Conditioner on ''On'' setting of the fan makes the fan run constantly, resulting in returning all the humid air back inwards. This raises the humidity level. The latter case is the case of wrong size AC. A very large sized AC cools the indoor quickly and trips often resulting in not allowing the system to dehumidify the air; the indoor humidity rises. As a consequence of indoor humidity, bacteria, viruses, mould and spores spread. And the mould growth can sometimes spread to such an extent that it can affect the entire building and the homeowners throughout the home.

- Low Humidity is also a problem! 

Once again, low humidity is a result of the wrong use of AC. When the system is run constantly, it dehumidifies the indoor to such an extent that the humidity does not remain desirable. Too low humidity can cause health problems like skin, eyes, throat irritation. sinus problems and other respiratory tract problems.

- Exposure to refrigerant is risky!

The exposure does not really take place as the refrigerants are too tightly contained in the lines and keep on getting used but in case of leaks, an exposure may take place. Only a few minutes of inhaling in an environment with AC refrigerant gas can result in cutting off the supply of oxygen to your cell resulting in serious health issues.

How to avoid Air Conditioning Health Problems? 

In order to make the most efficient use of HVAC appliances, the process starts right from the time of purchase. As mentioned above, even a wrong size can lead to creating health problems, it is important to seek professional suggestion when purchasing appliances. Secondly, the user guides and the do's and don'ts need to be practised seriously. An Air Conditioner should not be expected to give absolute benefit when it is run constantly, not given maintenance and operated in the wrong way. Last but not the least, the repairs should always be get done by professional technicians. Following the proper guidelines keep the health risks away.
Have you ever faced any Air Conditioning health risks? How did you cope with them?

Friday, August 17, 2018

Fooled by fake HVAC reviews? Don't let this happen again


So let's face the facts and the facts are hereunder;

- Most people do not have adequate information about HVAC and they have to blindly rely on HVAC services
- People search for the services and end up choosing the ones that are most affordable and have a good reputation
- To know of the reputation of a service, the trend these days is to look for reviews online. Homeowners think the more 5-stars a company has, the better it is.

Do you, as a homeowner, endorse what has just been said? Great! Now the amazing part begins. Homeowners are right to assume that the companies with better ratings are better but how many of them know that a lot of the online reviews are nothing but fake and paid reviews? Which means, a company ranking so low in actual, in terms of the efficacy of services would be ranked so high online just because it's paying for fake reviews. As a result, you would end up choosing a wrong service and none of your smartness to check for reviews will be of any use.

So what to do? How to make sure of a service's quality and the authenticity of the reviews you read? Here are some genuinely smart ways;

- Avoid paid review websites

Websites that offer paid advertisements would be giving some favours to those that pay them. So, avoid checking such sites for reviews that charge for listing. Stick to authentic websites only that have strict standards and that scrutinise a review before making it public. For example, Better Business Bureau and HomeStars.

- Hey detective! Check the dates

So let's become Sherlock Holmes for some time. Check the review dates. The reviews that are a few and are posted one after the other indicate that there's something wrong. If a company that has been listed for 4 years had reviews right after it got listed and never after that, the reviews must be its own posted (high chances).

- Read the reviews carefully

You know when it's exaggerated flattery and exaggerate appreciation. Reading reviews carefully can also tell you of their authenticity. The fake reviews will have a typical format. A lot of appreciation, mentioning that everything was super good and that the service will be taken again. An advertisement kind of language could easily be spotted. The same pattern can be seen repeated in multiple reviews. The writing style would be the same as well. So what's left? You know it's fake!

- Google the fake review

And here comes another way. Simple yet useful. Copy the review text that you are suspicious about. Put it in the google search bar and press enter. Does the same review appear in results, posted on other websites as well? Caught red-handed! The review is a fake review posted by a paid reviewer. But here, a double condemnation should be made for the reviewer. Not only that he did a wrong thing but also that he did not do the wrong thing properly. Copied the review, loser!

So, did you find these tips useful? Hopefully, you'd now be able to spot fake reviews easily.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Check these 4 things before calling an AC repair tech

You do need professionals for sure but you don't need them all the times. There are times when your own service towards your HVAC system can suffice and can save you from costly repairs as well. You need to know what those times are. But also note that it is always dangerous to go beyond your DIY technical limits so the times where we suggest call professionals, do call them because that is where your DIY limits end.
If your Air Conditioner has stopped working entirely or is giving compromised cooling, check out the following things before calling a repair tech.

- Filters and filters

Tired of listening to filter change reminders and advice all the time? Well, we do it time and again because that is where some of the most common HVAC problems lie. Clogged filters hinder airflow and that overburdens the system. As a result, the system trips or if not that, gives a very compromised cooling. So, check for filters right away and if found clogged or damaged, change them.

- Check your Thermostat

You may not check Thermostat knowing that yours is a programmable one and you programmed is this morning. But anything could be possible. You never know if some naughty kid or a nosy guest had changed the settings so do check it to ensure that the settings are well set. If the problem is that of insufficient cooling and it's an unusually hot day outside, consider lowering the thermostat temperature a few degrees than usual.

- Closing vents isn't a good idea

So you must have heard of this idea of closing the vents in unused rooms to save energy and to cool the rest of the home faster. Well, this doesn't really work that way. As the vents of some of the unused rooms are closed, the air has to travel all the way to the mouth of the vent and then return back. This creates an imbalance in the airflow and burdens not only the ductwork that wears it faster but also the compressor that may then fail earlier than it would usually. So in case, you're experiencing discomfort, hot and cold spots, air pressure problem or tripping, open the vents in unused rooms and if you wish to not waste that cooling, open the doors so that the cooling can spread outside.

- Reset Circuit Breaker

If your Air Conditioner circuit breaker is tripping frequently, try this before calling a repair tech, who will charge you a hundred dollar for sure; Reset the circuit breaker. Turn the button off and then on. But remember to do this only once. Don't start that on-off play with your circuit breaker that you used to play with switches in childhood.

If even after trying all of these, the problem persists, here's where your limit finishes and a professional's begins. Look out for a reliable and professional service and let a professional diagnose and repair your system.

What was the last time you had your AC repaired? Did you try these before calling a professional?

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Philanthro Air Filters - Changing Lives

Imagine yourself alone. And the exact situation is that of an orphan (May you never experience this). No father, no mother, no family. Waiting and waiting for someone to come and make you a part of their family. Feels terrible, right? There are thousands of orphans around the world. For some, the wait does end as someone comes and adopts them but for many, the wait is a lifetime wait. For all such orphans, we are supposed to be their family and we are supposed to step forward to help them in ways that are possible for us if we are not in a capacity to fully adopt them. Philanthro is one such initiative.

What is Philanthro?

Philanthro sells high-quality air filters and has been in the field of home comfort heating and cooling since long. But what makes Philanthro different from others is that Philanthro can be considered a charity organisation in addition to being an air filter retailer. Philanthro donates 10% of every single air filter revenue to Back to Back ministries which is a charity organisation with its focus on orphans in serious needs. The good thing is, while Philanthro is offering its filters only in the US for now, the charity made helps orphans around the world. \

Why purchase Philanthro?

You can purchase any air filter, right? When then purchase Philanthro? We've just mentioned the reason above. Every time you make a purchase from Philanthro, you unknowingly help an orphan. And you never know whose smile will shine your entire life. It's a win-win. So why not think of a wider and long-term benefit and make purchases that also help somebody somewhere in the world while they comfort you. Philanthro is one such cause.

Where to Purchase? What's the procedure?

You don't have to go into complex procedures. Simply go to Philanthro's website. Mark the air filter you want to purchase and how often do you want to be delivered that filter. Click Proceed to Check out, add shipping and card details. There you go! Your filter will be delivered to you at your doorstep and as you install it, you can experience one of the most pleasurable pleasures of the world; an unknown happiness that comes right after helping someone. You have helped an orphan! You're lucky to have been able to do that.

Philanthro service areas

Philanthro is currently delivering only in the US. So if you are not a resident of the US, you might consider sharing this post with a friend and family who resides there in the United States and can still become a source of good. Every time they'll make a purchase from Philanthro, some good will come your way too in the form of light that'll shine over you.

And before you leave thinking it's an ordinary cause or that your contribution will make no difference, read this;

Every 18 seconds, a child becomes orphan. And out of the 140 million orphan children, most of them wait for an entire life to get a family or at least to enjoy a good life. And that wait never ends. Your purchase from Philanthro might end someone's wait.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Postponing VS Immediate HVAC service

There are hundreds of homeowners that have to face serious consequences as part of delaying the necessary HVAC repairs. Although we all know that delaying can worsen the problems, it still happens so frequently and there are the following major reasons that make homeowners delay urgently needed services;

- The busy schedules are one of the primary causes of delaying repairs. The busy routines of home to work and work to home do not provide enough time to think seriously about calling a repair tech and instead, homeowners try some DIY, alternatives or a temporary solution to fix the issue.

- Another reason is services that always are lazy at giving quotes and responding to customers queries. While homeowners wish to dial and hire a pro, this does not happen that quickly. A caller has to wait for a callback and that call back sometimes never come which results in delaying the repairs.

- Another reason is the homeowners common perception that delaying repairs will help them save their dollars not knowing that this delay constantly contributes to worsening the problems that exist. There are instances when appliances break down as well just because they were not repaired in time.

Immediate HVAC fixing is important, here's why

While you might be aware of the delaying benefits only, learn today about the advantages of same day/immediate service.

Safety Insured!

Living with an Air Conditioner that constantly makes weird noises, a Furnace that has a leaking gas pipeline, a Boiler that has wiring issues or a Thermostat with exposed mercury are all such situations in which you and your home are at a constant risk. Anything can happen from CO poisoning to short-circuiting and fire break out. Fixing the repairs in time means you are choosing safety over risk which is, of course, a wise choice.

Saving Insured!

As mentioned above, many people postpone repairs hoping to save some dollars. However, how things really work is like this;

- You postpone a repair that would cost you $50

- You saved $50 and ignored the repair

- The issue gets worsened and the repair cost increases

- Eventually, the repair reaches at such a point where you can't ignore it anymore and now you have to pay $100+ for the same repair that was costing you $50. So did you really save by delaying the repair?

Choose timely repairs to ensure you'll have some hundred dollars left as part of your saving.

Comfort Insured

Why do we install the HVAC appliances in the first place? To get comfort? What then is the point of appliances, that are installed, operational, costing you bucks and yet cease to provide the desired comfort? One of the benefits offered by timely HVAC repairs is that the quality of comfort doesn't get compromised. So it's worth going for!

Have you been noticing your HVAC appliance showing issues lately? Have you been delaying contacting a professional expecting to save money? Make no delay any further. Contact a professional today to bring yourself comfort, safety and savings.

And never mind contacting us; we are HVAC professionals serving for over 15 years to help homeowners fix their HVAC issues in time at affordable rates.

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