Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The basics of programming a Carrier Programmable Thermostat

Carrier, in addition to being the father of modern air conditioning, is also a leading manufacturer of many other HVAC appliances and gadgets among which Thermostats are included. Carrier offers quality and affordability together by manufacturing programmable and as well as non-programmable thermostats that come in varying range so as to come in the budget of almost everyone easily. The Wifi Programmable Thermostat, being the latest models available offer programming via smartphone and pc which makes it controllable from anywhere in the world. We are here today to help you learn the basics of programming a Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi programmable a thermostat of Carrier. Let’s begin:

First thing first – Time and Date:

On a programmable thermostat, the first thing that you are required to do is to set the time and date. The procedure differs a little for Touch Screen Thermostats and for conventional press button thermostats. We are mentioning both.

Setting Time & Date on Touch Screen Thermostat:
Open the plate/door if there’s any and touch the screen to activate it or press the menu button (there are slight variations depending on the model). Use the ‘’Up’’ and ‘’Down’’ options to locate ‘’Date’’. Choose it and again press the ‘’up’’ and ‘’down’’ options to look for the current date. Once done, repeat the same process for the year, month, hour and minute. When done, press ‘’menu’’ option.

Setting Time & Date on Press Button Thermostat
Open the plate/door and the screen will activate. Look on the bottom right for the d/h/m button. Make use of arrow keys to choose the desired date. Press again the d/h/m button to repeat the process for the hour and minutes. Close the door when done.

Setting ‘’Mode’’

The Thermostat, be it programmable or non-programmable requires your interference in order to operate properly. The selection of ‘’mode’’ settings by you will decide whether the Thermostat is required to heat/cool or just fan cool the indoor. When set on ‘’Auto’’, the Thermostat decides on its own whether to heat or cool the indoor depending on the current and targeted temperature. To change the modes, press the ‘’mode’’ button and toggle between heat/cool/auto.

Setting ‘’Temperature’’

Once the mode is selected, the temperature can be set using the ‘’up’’ and ‘’down’’ keys or up/down arrows. The programmed temperature can be maintained using the hold/run button. Press the ‘’hold’’ key until hold appears on the screen. Press the key again until ‘’run’’ appears on the screen. This will run the programmed temperature and the Thermostat will operate accordingly.

Programming Heating/Cooling schedules

Carrier offers Thermostats that are capable of being programmed on daily as well as weekly basis. The most advanced models offer up to 7 days programming. Programming features vary from model to model so for detailed programming you’d need to consult your user manual but here’s the general method for all.


Open the door/plate and choose ‘’set’’ button. Continue to press it until a list of days appears with a title ‘’daily schedule’’. Choose the day that you wish to schedule.

Step# 2

Set the ‘wake’ time. Then pressing ‘’heat set at’’ and ‘’cool set at’’ buttons, set the desired temperature. The programmed temperature will automatically get set at the programmed timings.


There are three other options in addition to the ‘’wake’’ option. ‘’Day’’, ‘’Evening’’ and ‘’Sleep’’. Set the temperature for the rest of them using the same method.


Use the same method for the other days of the week. Programming depends on what your Thermostat offers. It could be a 3-day Thermostat, a 5 or 7-day Thermostat.

Setting Wi-Fi

Once done with the temperature settings, it is important to make the Wifi connectivity, especially if you have a WiFi Thermostat. The WiFi Thermostats of Carrier also offer the feature that allows the Thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature by sensing the outer temperature.
To make WiFi connectivity, follow the steps:

Step# 1

Go to menu and toggle menus to find the Wifi option. Select it.


Toggle the options to find ‘’Scan WiFi’’. Select it and look for your WiFi name. When it appears, select it.


You are still to add the password. So toggle the options until the WiFi Password appears. Press ‘’change’’ option. You are now ready to add the password. Remember to press ‘’Next’’ after entering each character to advance.


Once you are done with entering the password, press ‘’start’’. There’s a WiFi symbol on the top of the display. It will blink as the WiFi connects and will remain lighted as long as the Thermostat is connected.

So congratulations, your settings are completed. You can now use your Thermostat. 
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Choose and use the best Air Purifier – Here’s how

Is it the first time you are going to purchase an Air Purifier? Or did you always find the purchased unit unsuitable for your home? This won’t happen now. We are here to assist you with some useful insights regarding choosing and using the best purifier. Read on;

Tips to choose the right purifier

In order to choose & use a compatible unit, you need to know about the units in the first place in order to compare and contrast your requirements with the offered features. Here are some common types of Air Purifiers;

HEPA Filter Purifiers - Are they for you?

High-Efficiency Particulate Air HEPA is the most efficient types of purifiers that have the tendency to trap up to 99.97% of pollutants larger than 0.3 microns. Since these are efficient, this efficiency has a price and that may not be what you could afford. If you are living in an area of high pollution and have health issues too, it would be a wise investment to go for a HEPA Filter Purifier, otherwise, you can choose on a low-efficiency purifier if all you want is a little purification to give a fresh feel. 

Allergy and asthma Purifiers – Are they for you?

Yes, they are if you have allergies or are sensitive to pollution! As the name suggests, this type is specifically designed to relieve patients with asthma and allergies by providing germ and dirt free air. They trap the airborne allergens and absorb the microscopic contaminants that contribute to causing or worsening asthma and allergies.

Smoke and Odor Air Purifier – Are they for you?

Did you know that households, where there’s even one member who does smoking, can have the air dangerous enough to cause lung cancer to the rest of family members? This necessitates the installation of a Smoke Air Purifier in such homes as a safety measure. In addition, as they combat odour as well, they can best suit people with odour irritations and sensitivities. 

Chemical & Medical Gas Air Purifiers – Are they for you?

Such are meant to best suit homes and places where there are elderly or chronically ill patient with severe requirements for overly clean air. These Purifiers combat airborne toxins from the air and make it risk-free for people with compromised immune systems.

Some insights regarding using an Air Purifiers correctly

It is not only about the right purchase. It is in fact also about the right use since, without a right use, an efficient and inefficient appliance become equal. Here are some tips regarding using an Air Purifier correctly;

Location matters:

The location of your unit affects efficiency. The best location is a closed room with sufficient area left around the unit.

Do not turn off:

Do you breathe 24/7? Then your Purifier needs to be kept operational 24/7 as well. This is specifically for homes that have smokers or patients.

Windows and Doors:

With open windows and doors, the polluted air keeps coming in and the Purifier keeps working but the overall indoor air remains impure. Create a closed environment by closing doors and windows.

Point the flow rightly:

In larger rooms, it is important to point the airflow rightly. The best way is to point it nearby to get fully purified air. Much worry does not need to be taken regarding smaller areas/rooms as the air circulates throughout eventually (but the windows, doors should be closed)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

5 signs your home Insulation is failing

Home insulation is a wonderful way to save on energy bills. It keeps home warm in Winters and cool in Summers. But in addition to that it also offers multiple other benefits among which are;
- Reduction in outdoor noise level
- Safety from outer pollution
- Eco-friendly, since due to insulation, home heating/cooling appliances are used less

If you live in a climate that necessitates home insulation without which the home heating/cooling appliances will cease to work efficiently, you should go for it straight away without a second thought. And if you already had your home insulated some time long long ago, there are ways you can suspect your home's calling for insulation.

Many homeowners remain in the delusion that home insulation is only necessary if their home was built before the year 1980. This is wrong. Whether or not your home needs insulation depends on several factors that include these two for sure;
- Where your home is (in what kind of climate)
- What kind of Insulation material was used when it was first insulated since different insulation materials have different durability

Sign#1 Constant running of heating/cooling appliances

As said already, Home Insulation keeps the indoor warm in Winter and cool in Summers with minimum use of Furnace/Air Conditioner, one way to suspect the wrong with your insulation is the continuous running of heating and cooling appliances. That shows your home is failing to maintain a moderate indoor temperature and the old insulation is taking its part to cause temperature fluctuations. Call an HVAC professional to inspect and confirm whether or not you need insulation

Sign#2 Sudden rise in energy bills

There's another simple hack to suspect outdated Insulation. Compare the bills of last year with your ongoing bills. If you find a noticeable difference in the energy bills, there is an indication that your outdated insulation is taking up more HVAC appliance usage and is thus raising the energy bills.

Sign#3 Visible Icicles on gutters and eavestrough

Visible icicles hanging from gutters or on eavestrough is a clear sign of poor insulation. The warm air that leaks into the attic makes the attic warmer and melts the ice on the roof. This melted ice freezes again as it passes through the gutter lines.

Sign#4 Visible condensation and warmer attic

A major heat loss is caused by the attic. If your attic is warmer than the rest of the house and condensation takes place that is either visible on the walls or ceiling, think seriously about insulation your home.

Sign#5 Hot/cold patches

Hold/cold patches or uneven, varying temperature throughout the home is another indication that your home sweet home is now yelling for insulation. You will find certain rooms colder than others or certain parts warmer than others. This could mean there are holes in your insulation or the overall insulation is failing. Once again, you'd need to call a professional to guide you and find you ways to fix the home insulation. Although insulation takes a heavy investment, it is an investment worth making as it drastically raises the comfort level of the home.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Is your indoor air suitable for seniors at home?

While you as a young adult could be excited as the Winter is coming, people who are senior get a little worried when the cold weather begins to get colder and colder. That is because they know Winter will bring back their hardly healed pains and they will have a hard time keeping themselves warm. There are some other health issues involved too that necessitate they spend the colder climate in the indoors and avoid unnecessary outdoor activities. But the question is; when they spend time in the indoors, are they really safe? The answer lies in the level of indoor warmth of course, but it also lies in the quality of the indoor air. Old age people spend almost 90% of their Winters in the indoors and that stay could be disadvantageous instead of being advantageous if there's poor indoor air quality. The immune system gets weaker as the age increases so the seniors relative to the young adults have a weaker immune system that makes them vulnerable to catch sickness easily. With a poor indoor air quality, the sickness can take the form of asthma, lungs problems and even heart diseases etc since an unhealthy air can lead to several devastating consequences. So here go our 10 tips list; Consider these tips if you've seniors at home.

- It is important for you to have your heating appliances diagnosed by a professional before the season begins especially if they were installed when your seniors were young; too old appliances. This is important because for old appliances you never know when they might give up or start leaking gases and become an open threat. Whether or not you are at home, the seniors will be so make sure the home is a safe abode for them and no chemicals or gases are contaminating the indoor air.

- Draperies, curtain and upholsteries accumulate dust that could or could not be visible but is, nonetheless, present and contribute to reducing indoor air quality. Wash or dry-clean them at least once a year

- Change Furnace filters on a regular basis to ensure the system works with supreme efficiency and the dust does not keep circulating in the indoor

- You might get into the delusion that Duct Cleaning is a hoax but it is not. Ducts do accumulate bucks of dirt when not cleaned. And that dirt does not remain in the ductwork, it somehow finds a way out whether it is at the opening time of vents or as a result of inefficient filters. And when it comes out, it becomes an extremely disturbing stuff for the seniors at home. So go for Duct Cleaning!

- Carpets and not only harder to clean, they are also harder to maintain. In addition to that, they are among the havens where the dust and debris hide. If you're making or renovating your home, consider wooden flooring in place of carpeted flooring. That would reduce another source of air contamination

- Clean fans and exhaust fans but more importantly, use them wisely, especially the exhaust fans. Anytime an indoor activity is done that has the potential to contaminate the indoor air, exhaust the air out to avoid its circulation in the indoor

- Natural things are natural. And no matter how efficient Air Cleaner or air purifier you use, nothing can suffice for the natural air. While your seniors might find it uncomfortable to go out even when it's a sunny day, consider opening the windows at the hours of less cold blows and let the fresh air seep in

- With seniors at home that are facing breathing problems, it is always suggested to install an Air Cleaner and also a UV Light to combat the germs and bacteria in the indoor that get harder to combat in Winter as they keep floating in the dry air

- Installation of a Humidifier is another wise investment that you can make for the ease and comfort of the seniors since Humidifiers maintain humidity and relieve us of the consequences of low humidity including skin and eye irritation, static electricity, breathing unease and others

- And last but not the least. Have an inspection of your home's indoor air quality to know what safety measures are you required to take and consider professional help for annual maintenance or repairs of HVAC appliances especially the ones used for indoor air quality improvement  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Residential Furnace - What and what not to purchase?

Once upon a time, when Winters came, all that man could arrange for his warmth was a fire set up made with wood and grass. But times don't remain the same. They change and so do the ways and means. Overtime man had learned to explore better resources in order to bring for himself more ease and comfort. With respect to the heating resources, the fireplace idea improved soon after the realisation of man that he can do better. After years and years, he was able to engineer what we know today as modern-day Residential Furnace. And it had taken a long way. Romans are said to have engineer Furnaces for the first time for residential and industrial use. The technology, evidently, was not as modern as it is today but nonetheless, in these days and nights of the second millennium, the man who had once relied on a direct contact with fire for the purpose of heating is now enjoying the miracles of the latest technology making use of the same fire differently in the form of Furnaces.

When you are on your hunt to purchase a Furnace for the first time or replace the one you had, you have to go through a vexing situation of not being able to decide what would work best for your home. Of course, you try to explore models that come in your budget range but fortunately as well as unfortunately, even the ones coming in that range of budget are of several different types. With no contact to an HVAC professional, decision making becomes even more difficult when you are grabbed by every single store owner and company pamphlets to purchase their product. So let us help you explore the different types of Furnaces and an overview of what can be the absolute choice for your home.    


  • Natural Gas Furnace - Why purchase and why not?

Natural Gas Furnaces are one of the most energy-efficient heating systems available in the market. Using the ductwork system, the Furnace unit blows hot air towards different sections of the home. These Furnaces could be the best investment you would make if you have a ductwork installed and the area you belong to has proper access to natural gas. One of the reasons why Canadians love Natural Gas Furnaces is that they are quiet in operation, deliver heat evenly and are easy to maintain.
But hold on! Here's a suggestion for you. If you're residing at a place for only a limited time span and there's no ductwork installed, it is better that you go for some other heating methods and not a Furnace. That is because you'll need to install a whole ductwork by spending several hundred dollars additional and of course, won't take ductwork with you when you'll leave. Not economical at all! Also, before you make the Gas Furnace your choice, get yourself aware of the Natural Gas prices in your area. By choosing to run your appliance on a costly fuel, you'll choose to spend your hard earned money on fatty energy bills every month.

  • Oil Furnace - Why purchase and why not?

Oil Furnace has been quite popular in America in the late 20th century. And that was because the prices of oil weren't' meeting the skies back then. The rise in the oil prices break the fall of the rising Oil Furnace usage and people turned to Gas and Electric Furnaces. But even today, Oil Furnaces are sold, however, they are among the costliest models in the market.
Although the fuel prices for this type of Furnaces are still high, these Furnaces are nonetheless the best solution for those living in areas of Natural Gas unavailability or areas where Natural Gas rates are relatively higher.
Go for Oil Furnaces if that's the fuel you'll be getting at cheaper rates and go for it if your budget flexibly allows you to purchase it.

  • Electric Furnace - Why purchase and why not?

Just like the Gas Furnaces make use of Natural Gas as fuel, the Electric Furnaces utilise Electricity as fuel. The convincing reason to go for Electric is that the Electric Furnaces are the cheapest of types to purchase and install. However, the not so convincing reason for Electric Furnaces is that they bring home fatty energy bills particularly when Electricity rates are high. This type of Furnaces best suit people that have unavailability of Gas lines or Oil supply but have access to cheap electricity and those that live in moderate climates and make only a limited use of the Furnace.
So? What do you think would best suit your home? Gas, Oil or Electric Furnace?

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Planning to purchase a Humidifier? Consider these tips

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.


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

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.


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.


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