Monday, May 1, 2017

Get rid of Air Conditioner smells with tested solutions

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

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AC Components that cause odour

Evaporator Coil

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

Air Filters

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

Ductwork

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

How to troubleshoot Air Conditioner Smells?

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

The importance of right Filters

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

System Cleaning - A must do!

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

Air Cleaner - Breath fresh and odourless

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

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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

4 simple ways to prolong the life of your HVAC system

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Investment in HVAC systems is a hefty investment we make and, therefore, every homeowner wants to prolong the life of his system as much as possible in order to make the most of it without having to invest again. So are there any ways to actually prolong the system’s life? Oh yes! There are!


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1. Pre-Season Check Up

It is crucial to get your system cleaned and tuned up before the beginning of the season when they’ll be used the most. Better to tune up cooling appliances in Spring to make them ready for Summers and tune-up heating appliances in Fall to make them ready for Winters.
This will get any issues resolved before the season begins, and will also guarantee efficient appliance performance.
Also, remember that at the peak of seasons, HVAC professionals are full time busy and it is hard to schedule visits to get maintenance and repairs, plan maintenance at a time when they’re easily available; the timings mentioned above.


2. Checking Air Filters regularly

Messy air channels can confine the stream of air to your HVAC system which overloads the system by making the system work harder in pushing and pulling the air. This harms exorbitantly the blower assembly since it needs to put excessive energy to perform its function. Checking duct and appliance filters regularly can help remove the stockpiles of mud and dust, eventually improving the system’s efficiency and extending the life of your HVAC system.


3. Daily check up of HVAC System

Examining your HVAC system regularly can help get little issues resolved before they transform into huge ones. While you will need a professional’s help to assess your conduits for air spills and tune up your system; there are things you can take a look at by yourself. Keep a careful eye on components that are vulnerable to wear and tear. Moreover, for Air Conditioner outdoor units and Heat Pumps etc that are out of sight usually, it is a good practice to give them a quick look to make sure everything’s fine. Water leaks should also be checked on a regular basis to avoid any serious harm to the system.


4. Give pause to your system

Several homeowners in Canada run their systems 24 hours which ultimately affects the efficiency of the system. Giving pause to the system lowers the workload on it and allows the components to refresh which then leads to a prolonged lifespan of the system. But who has time to turn the system on and off? Well, installing a programmable regulator/thermostat device can do this favour for you. It helps in adjusting the temperature of your system and keeps on tuning it according to the outdoor temperature consequently not running it 24/7.


Bottom Line
Although an estimated lifespan of an appliance is predefined, there are ways that can be incorporated to prolong the life of the system and enjoy its performance for a longer period of time. There is no denying the fact that people who keep their appliances well maintained have to spend the least on HVAC system.

Are you one such wise homeowner? If not yet, start following these 4 ways and experience an ultimate comfort with massive savings.  

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Enjoy super cool Summers - Use these 9 Air Conditioning hacks

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Your neighbour's energy bills are much lower than yours while they use the same brands as you. What's the matter? Well instead of feeling jealous, you need to explore what they do that you don't. Using the same brands or the same models is not a major factor. Even the usage doesn't count much. What counts is the fact that how are the appliances being used and what are the ways employed to make the least use of energy consuming appliances. Your neighbour's home is always cool when you enter and you end up assuming they must keep their Air Conditioner on throughout the day. You thought it wrong! Actually, sorry to say but your neighbours are a real genius. They employ wonderfully simple hacks to save energy and make the least use of their Air Conditioners. This helps them stay cool while they also have to pay lower energy bills. Getting curious what they do? Great! We observed your neighbours and noted down the everyday cares they take in Summers. Take your notepads out and let's begin. This Summer's goal is to keep your home cooler than your neighbours with least consumption of energy. Brace yourself!


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1. Hack no.1, don't forget your ceiling fan. As the Summers get intense, people forget using the ceiling fans. However, turning the ceiling fan on in a counterclockwise direction blows cooler air that makes the entire home cool.


2. Your doors and windows need to have a proper seal. Just like in the Winters, you want to be as tightly sealed as possible, in the Summers the insulation is equally benefiting. Seal your doors and windows properly to enjoy cooler Summer.


3. Condensers that are clogged with dust and debris have a hard time working. More energy is used that brings more fatty energy bills. So clean your condenser properly before the intense Summer begins.


4. In Summers, the time to have natural cool air is early morning and night. Open your doors and windows at this time to let fresh cool air inside. This will also help in natural ventilation and in providing fresh air.


5. Duct cleaning will save you cost on your energy bills to a great extent. As the professionals come, they'll clean the ducts as well as the vents and registers which will eventually provide prompt cooling with little energy use.


6. LED lights are a great way to keep your home cool. Guess how? Conventional lights produce a lot of heat while the LED and fluorescent lights not only consume less energy but also do not produce excessive heat.


7. Make use of exhaust fans when cooking or bathing with hot water. This helps take the hot air out before it circulates the home.


8. Make use of an efficient Thermostat (preferably Smart Thermostat) to make an efficient and limited use of your Air Conditioner but keep in mind to not place any heat generating object i.e lamp/bulb/ close to the thermostat.


9. Last but not the least. Replace your old Air Conditioner. 60% of the annual cooling cost can be saved just by replacing the old AC unit.

Hey there! Are you still there? So now you know why your neighbour's home is always cool while their energy bills are also not fatty. These are those hacks that they use. So it's time for you to make use of these hacks and yeah! this Summer's goal is to make your home cooler than your neighbours with least energy consumption. Get set go!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Make the most of your Programmable Thermostat

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We observe interesting things on our appliance tune up or repair visits to homes. People often buy home comfort appliances but fail to make the most of them. Often times, the reason of fatty bills is the improper use of appliances. Therefore, we suggest customers read the user manuals properly before beginning to use their appliances and also seek a professional's help to get to learn how can the appliances be used effectively and efficiently. If you have a Programmable Thermostat at home but always turn it off when not in need, there's something you need to explore about it. And don't worry, we'll help you in that.

How do Programmable Thermostats work?
Simply very simply. Although, it's difficult to say with precision the complete working of a Thermostat since tens of Programmable Thermostat makes are in the market, each with its own idiocentric features, a general working principle that all programmable thermostats follow is that they  turn on and off at a given temperature or get automatically set to a programmed temperature on their own. Different thermostats offer different settings, however, the three most common settings that they allow are here under:

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5+1+1 day Model
This model allows one schedule for 5 days of the week while 2 separate schedules for Saturdays and Sundays

5+2 days Model
Thermostats that have 5+2 settings allow scheduling of one schedule for entire week while one schedule for the weekends i.e Saturday, Sunday

7 days Model
7 days model is one of the most adopted ones currently in Toronto. This type of Thermostats allow setting different schedules for different days of the week.

Make use of energy saving points
Set energy saving points. Energy saving points is the temperature at which you want your HVAC system to work when you aren't at home. After setting up energy points, the thermostat automatically switches to those points when you aren't at home.  

Make use of Hold Button
Here's another trick to save energy and improve the efficiency of your HVAC appliances. Put the Thermostat on a constant hold when there's a change in your schedules. This will help save a lot of energy.

Set Temperatures Wisely
That is important or else you'll be using your Thermostat and still will be missing the great advantages of it. Analyze the schedule of the family members and set the thermostat accordingly. It is wise to set the turn on time a little before the time for the homeowners to come so that the home is cool as they enter. Similarly, set the Thermostat to turn off a little before you're supposed to leave.

Mount it properly
For your Thermostat to work efficiently, it is important that it is able to sense the surrounding temperature properly. For that, mounting the Thermostat at a place where it can sense proper temperature is important. In case the Thermostat receives direct sunlight, it will function with faulty efficiency. To make the most of your Programmable Thermostat, mount it at a proper location.


Bottom Line
There are simple tricks that most homeowners miss and end up having fatty bills. If you're using any HVAC appliance at your home, go through the user manual in detail. Follow the do's as well as the don'ts. In case you fail to understand some features, ask your service provider or explore the stuff online in order to not miss any benefits.  

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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:

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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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