A DIY guide for fixing iced up Air Conditioner

Whether you're using a Central Air Conditioner, a Split system or a window unit, AC icing up is a scenario that you must have faced if you're already using Air Conditioner for several years. Although this is a frustrating situation and often puts a homeowner in the worries of whether it is time for him to replace his system, it is not a difficult to fix the problem and neither a one that necessarily requires a professional's help. In this blog, we are going to help you find you why your Air Conditioner freezes up and what you can do when that happens. 

Insufficient Air Flow

Air Conditioners work on the principle of throwing inner heat out on the evaporator coil and then bringing the cool air back. But when the Air Conditioner fails to evacuate indoor heat, the evaporator coil doesn't get sufficient heat to keep going with normal operation and instead freezes up as a protest. Well yeah! 

Low refrigerant = Icing up

The refrigerant used in Air Conditioners is usually Freon which is a gas. During operation as the gas expands, the cooling effect is produced. When there's only a limited amount of gas left and the pressure/temperature settings are the same, the gas expands to create an overly cool temperature. As a result, all the moisture/dampness around the evaporator coil turns into ice causing icing.

Temperature changes

Many times, the reason behind AC icing up is the change in the outdoor temperatures. As the temperature drops, the pressure in the unit drops which result in icing up.

Mechanical failures and icing up

Among the most common reasons comes the mechanical failure issues. Blocked air filters, twisted or torn refrigerant lines, improper blower fan operation, all of these have the tendency to cause icing up of the AC unit.

Solutions for fixing iced up AC unit

Let's now talk about some solution to fixing the iced up Air Conditioner unit.

- Clogged Filters as we mentioned above become the reason for causing icing. Check the AC's air filter for blockage. Consider using good quality filters that are also compatible with the system you have and change them at least after 3 months.

- The evaporator coil needs to have a smooth air flow through it. As it gets dirty, there's a blockage of airflow and this results in icing. Make sure the evaporator coils are clean

- A dirty ductwork restricts the air flow and causes the same consequences as the blocked filter does. The air flow restricts and therefore, icing is caused at the outdoor unit

Final word

Keeping appliances maintained is a good way to keep unexpected sudden repairs at par. Nonetheless, HVAC situations like AC icing up, insufficient cooling, AC shut off and similar issues are common and can be faced even by people who do keep their appliances maintained so it is good to keep yourself equipped with the necessary knowledge of their why's and how's.
We hope this blog helped you learn the basics of AC iced up scenario.


Here's how high humidity disturbs home comfort in summers

Here the summer season comes and there we begin to feel all irritated because of the hot weather and more than that, the high level of humidity. When the level of humidity rises, it produces a warming effect making you feel warmer than the actual temperature. All this is bearable on the outside since not much can be done in order to combat the outdoor heat & humidity completely but when it comes to the indoor, discomfort is not bearable for the long hours that we spend in the indoor. And technology has provided us with practical and affordable solutions to combat both heat and humidity. But did you know what effects does high humidity makes on your cooling system? It burdens the cooling system! Actually, as the cooling system tries to cool the indoor, it also dehumidifies it. And when there is a high level of humidity, the system has to work so hard and in some cases, it trips without properly cooling the indoor. So you constantly run the appliances, give high energy bills and still can't manage to enjoy cool indoors in the most irritating summers just because of high humidity.

You may never be sure if your home has a desirable humidity level. So many people never check for humidity level and so many others just can't do it because they have a conventional mercury thermostat. But there are signs and symptoms that can tell you your home has a high level of humidity that you need to fix and not put everything on the delicate shoulders of the poor Air Conditioner.

- Foggy Windows

The kind of water vapours that you see on the outside of the window in winters as the ice melts, you'd see a similar kind of water vapours on the inside of the windows when humidity is high in your indoor in summers. This foggy moisture on the windows glass or near the window panes shows that the Air Conditioner is failing to ward off all the excess moisture and that you are living in an undesirable humidity level.

- Musty Odours

Musty odours is a clear consequence of moisture that is constantly keeping your indoor environment (and of course the things) wet. The moisture which is basically the high level of humidity causes musty odours in the entire home and particularly at places that are relatively closed; basement, store rooms etc.

- Clammy air

Ever felt irritated in the cool blows of air? That irritation usually comes when the air is clammy and that happens once again as a result of moisture in the indoor that is more than necessary. The Air Conditioner does work constantly to cool the air but as it fails to take away the humidity, the humid air gets cooled and gives cool yet unpleasant and sticky feels.

How to fix high humidity?

In Summers it is normal for the humidity levels to go up. But depending on the location, the architecture of the home and other factors, it could sometimes be unusually difficult to manage the humidity. For that, you can do the following;

- If your AC has a hard time combating the humidity, consider installing a Dehumidifier
- Check your doors and windows for proper insulation. Insulation equally benefits in summers as it benefits in winters
- Call a professional to check the cause of high humidity. Sometimes, the cause of excessive humidity is; leaking pipes or other constantly damp areas in the home.


Here's why you need to shift to energy efficient appliances

So you must have heard so much about energy-efficient appliances and if you happen to be a very simple person, must have wondered what exactly energy efficient appliances are? This blog is dedicated to explaining what energy efficient appliances are and what are their short-term as well as long-term effects. Let's move ahead!

Energy efficient appliances - what are they and how do they work?

Let's take the answer from the name itself. Energy efficient appliances are basically efficient at the use of energy. They are just the opposite of those classical appliances that were like ghosts when it comes to energy consumption; you had to put in a lot of oil, a lot of gas to get only a small amount of output. So far, science tells us that we can't really convert the input into 100% output. But it is possible to reach close to 100%. And these energy efficient appliances have made it possible. They use; less energy and give better output.  There are different types of energy efficient appliances; some that use renewable energy resources; hydal, solar etc and others whose mechanism is designed in such a way in order to use only a minimum amount of energy to produce high results.

Should I convert to energy efficient appliances?

Since we are particularly talking about HVAC appliances, you can check your appliances; there's a logo of ''Energy Star '' or a mention that the appliance is energy efficient which means it is smart in its use of energy. But if your Furnace, Air Conditioner or any other such appliance is older than a decade or more, it may not be energy efficient or the efficiency could be insignificant compared with the efficiency offered by the Energy Efficient products of today; so we would highly recommend you to make a shift for better. Here are the benefits that you can avail by installing energy efficient products;

- The foremost - energy saving

All our home comfort appliances need some kind of energy, be it; electricity, gas or oil. And this energy doesn't come for free. So you have to make sure you make a limited use of this energy. Limiting the use of appliances can only be made to a certain extent so it is using the appliances with energy-saving mechanisms that ensure less use of energy. Shift to energy efficient appliances because; they help save energy.

- The fascinating - dollar saving

Who likes spending so many dollars just on energy bills? We all are scared of heavy energy bills so here's a refuge from them. Shifting to energy efficient appliances results in; money saving. Less energy is consumed and the utility company sends you precise bills. Freedom!

- The important - Sustainable development

The Earth on which we live has limited resources. And if they are consumed with the similar speed with which they have been consumed in the past decades, estimates say that we shall finish our major energy resources in the coming decades. There's therefore, a need to conserve the energy to think of sustainable development. Energy efficient appliances help control the use. Also, the less use of energy results in less residual gases that saves the environment.


Energy efficient appliances are the need of time. Not only do they help limit the energy consumption by the appliances, lower the energy bills and elongate the appliance lifespan, they also help save the environment and the planet on the whole. So yes, if you haven't yet shifted to energy-efficient products, make a wise shift now!


Signs of high humidity and how to control it

Humidity is good but mind you! levelled humidity. And by levelled humidity, we mean relative humidity of 35% - 45% in the air. Whenever this level goes down or rises extraordinarily up, it causes problems both for the home and the homeowners. While not all homes have a humidity meter installed, there are some signs that can help indicate insufficient or excessive humidity. Since we are closer to the summer, in which humidity level rises, this blog is on the signs of excessive humidity and ways to control it.

Signs that your home has excessive humidity

- Mould production

One of the most common and easily observed signs of excessive humidity is the presence (and rapid spread of mould). Any place in your home with insufficient air circulation is likely to produce mould more quickly. You can find green and black spots on walls, ceilings or in cupboards, usually of bathroom and kitchen. Using exhaust fans at the time of cooking, bathing can reduce the risks of the further spread of mould. As a permanent solution, best is to install a dehumidifier or an Air Conditioner that offers advanced dehumidification controls.

- Sweating

When there's a lot of moisture in the air, it condenses as it rises. And this moisture makes patches on walls, ceilings or windows etc. You can find large yellow spots on walls as a consequence of sweating or slippery windows and floors also indicate excessive moisture.

- Creaky Floor

The wooden floors, in constantly high humidity, will begin to smell. Marble and other material often times begin to creak. If your home is constantly under a high humidity condition, chances are your floor will creak and will always be felt wet.

- Soggy food

Ever happened to you that you opened the jar of chips and they were rather soggy instead of crispy? That's also a sign of high humidity when dry food items begin to get soggy. A soggy chocolate chip biscuit can tell you very loudly what ruined it.

- Worsening Allergies

In addition to all the above-mentioned signs, another is worsening allergies. Overly humidified air doesn't let the pollutants and allergens to exhaust quickly. They remain floating in the air for long causing allergies and making them long term. Moreover, a constantly high-level relative humidity is also proven to increase the risks of cancer among the homeowners.

What to do?

With all those signs, what is the best way to monitor and control the humidity level in the indoor? Can a common homeowner keep a check on humidity by himself? Here are some solutions.

- The first and foremost is to follow the right practices. Mostly, the cause of a sudden rise in indoor humidity is a consequence of homeowner's own malpractices like leaving bathroom walls wet after a bath and keeping the kitchen wet etc. Fix the causes!

- Once you are done with cleaning the already build-up mould, consider installing a Dehumidifier as a good and permanent solution to keep humidity under control. This is the best you can do to control a constantly surfacing problem of humidity

- Dehumidifiers are separate appliances that many homeowners find either a burden on their budget or an additional maintenance to do. If dehumidifiers aren't compatible with you, consider replacing your Air Conditioning unit with the one that offers advanced dehumidification controls. This will automatically provide you with levelled humidity

- Smart Thermostats offer data regarding indoor/outdoor temperature as well as humidity. Installing one can keep you aware of what humidity level you are living under allowing you to install a solution in time or change the practices that are causing it.

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Ideal Thermostat settings to save BIG!

You could be having the most efficient Thermostat unit and still be paying high energy bills because of having improper Thermostat settings. Keep in mind that no matter how much automation a device can perform, it would still require your interference in order to perform with optimal efficiency. With special reference to Thermostats, it has been reported by Energy Star that homeowners pay up to $2,000 annually in excess as a result of using appliances and gadgets with the wrong settings. It is estimated that up to $180 can be saved annually just by following some energy efficient thermostat settings. And that's a great deal of saving, isn't it? With $180, you could have a good pair of shoes, a stylish new handbag or a beautiful Valentine's gift. So, let us help you learn how to make those annual savings.

But before we begin, understand the fact that different homeowners have different bodily needs. Some people may be needing more warmth and other less or vice versa. An ideal Thermostat setting, however, keeps almost everyone within the zone of comfort. While these settings may be altered when people with special needs are at home, they should be followed precisely for the vacations and everyday outdoor hours; office, shopping etc. Every single day will count and at the end of the 365 days, the energy saving will result in saving you the dollars that you could enjoy elsewhere. Eureka! 

Ideal Thermostat settings for winters

Here's a common mistake that homeowners make in winter. As it gets extremely cold outside, the common sense says thermostat settings should be set at the highest possible limit. Doing so takes a whole lot of energy and keeps the system burdened with a constant operation. While in reality, home can be kept comfortably warm with moderate settings. And what are those moderate settings?

In winters, the best temperature to set when you are at home is 68-degree Fahrenheit. When away, reduce the temperature by 10-15 degrees. This can save you on bills as the change of 10-15 degrees in temperature for a period of around eight hours is sure to drop your annual bills by 10%. Remember the shoes and bags and Valentine's gift idea? ;)

While you are learning the ideal Thermostat settings, here's one more thing that we want you to learn;
Beware to not lower the temperature below 40-degree Fahrenheit if you've plants and pets at home. Moreover, the drain and sewer pipes may burst as a result of low indoor temperature. In case of plant and pets, don't go below 50 degrees. To protect the interior and pipes etc, don't reduce the temperature below 40 degrees. 

Ideal Thermostat settings for Summer

Summers are beautiful, aren't they? But they do have the potential to bring you some real shocks in the form of hefty energy bills. Here's what the ideal settings should be to save you from those shocks.
Set the Thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26C) when the home is occupied. You can keep the temperature at 76-F too and go a little more than 78-F. The warmer you home would be, the slowly the outdoor heat will penetrate in. 76-F or above!

So the next time you analyse your annual bills, you'll be excited to see the savings you made with these little energy efficient practices of setting your Thermostat the right way. Happy savings!


Air Purifier Maintenance Tips

In these times of extremely high level of pollution, Air Purifiers are no less than a blessing as they provide us with a healthy and fresh indoor air and ultimately save us from all those problems that are associated with polluted air. Throughout Canada, the use of Air Purifying appliances has significantly increased in the recent years owing to the rising levels of pollution as said above. While the home comfort appliances are meant to comfort us, there come times when the very appliances meant for comfort begin to cause discomfort. And one major reason of why this happens is; lack of maintenance. The lack of maintenance of any appliance whatever type it is of, does not only contribute to decreasing its efficiency graph, it also makes it harmful and in some cases life-threatening; for instance, an unmaintained, dirty ductwork makes the indoor dusty and stale while a totally unmaintained Furnace can cause fire. Homeowners often ignore the importance of maintenance and this is true for an appliance like the Air Purifier as well. Interestingly, it is overlooked that the appliance meant to clean your air itself needs cleaning as well. And the maintenance of an Air Purifier doesn’t end at cleaning. There are other must to do’s when it comes to the maintenance of Air Purifiers. Here are some tips regarding that;

Air Purifier Maintenance Tips
Tip#1 Cares to take while Cleaning Filters
There are several different types of Air Purifiers. Some have a replaceable filter as the primary filter and others that have a replaceable outer filter and an irreplaceable inner filter. Whatever, the type you are using, it does need some kind of filter cleaning & cleaning and washing is recommended once a week or once every 15 days at least. In time cleaning keeps the unit efficient and protects it from additional load. But as you are cleaning the filters, make sure to not use chemicals that can harm the filter material (the filter instruction booklet has the details regarding the right method of cleaning and the suitable cleaners). Also, once you are done with washing, do not place the filters back while they are still wet and with the unit turned on. Let the filters get dried first. In addition to this, make sure to not bend or fold the rigid or semi-rigid filters as they might deform.

Tip#2 Care regarding unit replacement
It is possible that you might think of replacing your unit when you’re performing maintenance tasks. But this requires a careful decision as well. Placing the unit at an unsuitable place means devoiding it of the necessary environment that it needs for optimal performance. It is best to place/install the unit in a closed room that is well sealed as the exchange rate is higher in this case and prompt provision of super clean air can be made possible.

Tip#3 Clean the area around the Purifier
Piles of books, store room junk, bundles of clothes or any such unnecessary items that we unintentionally throw over or around the HVAC appliances affect their efficiency. As you perform maintenance, make sure that the area around the Purifier is clean and it has sufficient space to breathe in and out the air. At least one feet of clear area should be provided to the unit.

Tip#4 Consider grills and panels
As said above, the Air Purifier maintenance is not limited to the Filter cleaning; there are other parts that matter as well. Dust or other pollutants often build up in and around the grills and panels. After turning the power plug off, clean these areas with a dry cloth or a duster.

Tips#5 Remove dust containing things from around the purifier
The purpose of Air Purifier is to provide you and the other living beings in the indoors with healthy air. And it can do its job best when it is not overloaded with unnecessary dust and pollutants. If you see dust bunnies around the unit or any other things that contain or cause dust, either replace them or the air purifier in order to get ultimate performance.

Although the said tips appear to be ordinary practices, they can make a significant change in both providing you with a fresher indoor air while also providing your unit with a better efficiency.

If you are interested in purchasing Air Purifiers, wish to install one or planning to replace the older unit, we are always here to help you with your HVAC queries and needs. Call anytime; 1-855-245-4328


Furnace Oil, is it worth it?

The good thing about the whole home heating appliance, Residential Furnace is that it supports multiple fuel types. As per your feasibility, you can choose to have your Furnace run on natural gas, on propane, on oil or even can enjoy furnace operation over electricity with the Electric Furnaces. The effectivity, affordability and range of the above-mentioned fuels vary from people to people and area to area. A certain fuel may be suitable for you but not for your grandma's house who lives in another type of environment and locality. It is, therefore, important that we know about all the possibly supported fuel types so that we end up choosing the most efficient one for our home. This blog is dedicated to learning about Furnace Oil.

What actually is Furnace Oil?

Furnace Oil is basically distillate oil; i.e Oil that is formed by the process of distillation. The biggest benefit that this oil offers is that it has a high BTU content that results in high efficiency.Let us ready the detailed benefits of Furnace Oil:

- Safety First!

Did you hear about the accidents that take place every now and then because of gas leakage? Furnace oil takes this kind of accidents out of the equation and provides safer operation. It is a combustible but non-explosive fuel. Take a breath of relief!

- Durability destined

With a good quality Furnace oil, a Furnace can last as long as up to 30 years which means it offers longer appliance durability than its competitor fuels that last 15-20 years maximum.

- Cleanliness promised!

Tired of the soot, blackening and odour that other fuels produce? Distillate Furnace Oil takes away these worries as well. With the type of quality that they are produced today, they are much cleaner than they once used to be back in the past. No odour, no soot, no dirt! 

- Faster heating guaranteed

Compared with natural gas, oil burns 300 degrees hotter which ensure prompt and better heating of the indoors.

- Economical always!

The economic factor of oil as Furnace fuel varies from time to time. There were times when oil rates were extremely high but they dropped after that making oil as an affordable and economical fuel. Today, the abundance and overall economical rates of oil make oil a totally economical fuel type.

Now that we have mentioned the advantages that the Furnace oil offers, we also want you to learn about the disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage is that using a Furnace oil as a fuel, you are dependant on the prices of oil and home heating can become very expensive for you if the oil prices suddenly rise. Other disadvantages include;
* Spilling of oil tank can make cleaning a hard to do job while will also pollute environment
* Oil Furnace require electricity to operate
Are you planning to convert your Furnace fuel? And are interested to know how would it go and what would it cost? Go on! Think of all the questions that you have and call us today to learn in detail about the best Furnace fuel for your home and how to go for fuel conversion.
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