Friday, September 14, 2018

Air Conditioning Health Risks - An explanation

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Advancement in technology has provided us with many blessings and air conditioning is one of those. 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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Call: 905 201-1293

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Start Summer with these must HVAC to-do's

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As HVAC professionals, we suggest homeowners to not start any season randomly and instead make necessary preparations before a season arrives. With special reference to HVAC, there are some important to-do's that need to be done as the winter starts, as the autumn begins, as the spring takes its first swing and as the hot summer kicks off. The consequence of not performing the necessary maintenance and making appliances ready is that they are put into use without proper clean and tune up which compromises their efficiency while also worsen any problems that already exist. Since Summer is on way, this blog is dedicated to the necessary Summer HVAC preparations that you, as a homeowner are supposed to do on your own particularly when you don't take a professional's help.

To do#1: Check Filters

Changing/cleaning of filters takes no more than 15-30 minutes. And yet there are a number of homeowners that don't perform this task which is meant to be performed every 3-6 months and more often in the peak seasons. Checking of your filters will tell you whether or not they need cleaning/replacement. So before you turn on your Central Air Conditioner this summer, make sure the filters are super clean and don't carry the dirt of the last season. 

To do#2 Check Coils 

The function of compressor coils is to ward off heat in order to cool the refrigerant. Just like dirty filters, a dirty condenser coil affects the indoor cooling. Dirty coils fail to expel heat and as a result, cant cool the indoors properly. Moreover, the system works harder with dirty coils which raises the energy bills too.

 To do#3 Check Refrigerant Lines 

There are possibilities that your AC's refrigerant lines could be seeking repair this summer. Refrigerant lines work as a bridge between the outdoor condenser and the inside evaporator coil. These lines are insulated with a foamy material in order to avoid heat loss. Check your refrigerant lines to see if they need repairs. If the foam is torn and the repair is minute, you can try a DIY, else a professional's help is always recommended.

To do#4 Give it a start! 

A turned off system cannot tell you about all the issues it is facing so turn the power on and start the system once you are done with all the necessary cleaning. Carefully analyse the system as it starts. Listen to the sound of the fan if its normal. Listen to any unnecessary sounds; banging, rattling etc. When you are checking the AC, it is also the time you can check your Thermostat operation. Run your AC system for some time to see if it successfully cools the indoor in the expected time.

To do# 5 Call a professional 

You don't need to call a pro if your system doesn't need any serious repairs but you seriously want to take a professional's services if there is need of serious repairs. Delaying of the needed repairs only worsen the problem. We also suggest to not try any temporary solutions as they may out your system at risk. So here's your last to do of calling a pro to make the repairs.

Have you made your Air Conditioner ready for summer? What are some of the HVAC issues that you face on a regular basis?

Saturday, March 24, 2018

DIY HVAC Repair? A big NO!

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Planning to perform a DIY repair? Beware beware! No matter how careful you try to act, there still remains high risks that you may, in an attempt to save some dollars, would end up inviting danger and damage to yourself and your home. There are several accidents that took place in GTA areas as a result of homeowner's attempt at DIY HVAC repair. HVAC technicians undergo training and certification tests to finally get the authorization to touch and tackle HVAC appliances. All this procedure is followed in order to provide homeowners with safe and secure HVAC services. Therefore, there remains no need to still try on DIY HVAC repairs when one is neither proficient nor certified to do so. If you wonder what worst and what least can happen if you make one such attempt, read on to explore;


- Fixing what doesn't need any fix 

O yeah! This is what you did the last time when you tried an AC DIY repair; fixed what did not require any fix. Know that HVAC repair is not simply an open, fix, close procedure. The first thing is a proper diagnosis of what actually went wrong. For example, an AC outdoor unit may be making noise and a homeowner, assuming it a consequence of loose grills may tighten them, not realizing that the sound was coming from inside of the unit. Fixing what doesn't require any fix not only keeps that problem there where it is, it also adds to the problem when another component is put into a repair need. O gosh!

- High voltage, Danger! 

HVAC appliances use high voltage electricity. The professional technicians are not only equipped with special tools to perform repairs, they also know when and when not to keep the electric supply during the repair procedure. A common homeowner does not know these details. So yes, performing DIY repairs can give you some real ''shocks''. Bad ones.

- Exposure to chemicals and gases

Did you know that HVAC chemicals and gases are sometimes are a real danger to your safety? CO leaks, for example, can cause CO poisoning leaving the homeowners dead (at the worst) or fainted (at the least). Similarly, the cooling refrigerants used in Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps can cause environmental pollution and therefore, need to be tackled carefully. Performing a DIY, you are most expected to expose yourself and the environment to hazardous chemicals and gases leaving not only yourself and your home in danger but also the people living nearby.

- Cancellation of warranties

Hey! Did you know that almost all brands void the offered warranties if their product is repaired by an unprofessional? By performing DIY repair, you actually void your own HVAC warranty which is a quite bad deal. Isn't it?

- The danger of ''Tutorials''

The DIY fever of online tutorials is creating some real dangers. There are for sure certain things that can be performed by homeowners on their own but as it comes to HVAC stuff, most of the repairs are strictly ''professionals only''. Conversely, homeowners are into a delusion that following the instructor of an online tutorial they can fix all HVAC stuff safely. The truth is; not all video instructors are authorised. And when they are authorised, they are not equally expert at explaining the stuff so you are most likely to misunderstand the instructions. Other times, you might be following a video different than the problem you are facing. The list goes on and the conclusion is; No! Following online tutorials doesn't authorise you to perform DIY repairs.

Keeping all the above-mentioned prospect dangers and damages in mind, it can thus be said that professionals are professionals and homeowners should, therefore, avoid HVAC DIY repairs. Rely on professionals! It's safe and hey! Economic too.