Is your Air Conditioner making whistling sounds?

It's a hot Summer afternoon and you're sleeping in your comfy bedroom with an Air Conditioner providing soothing cooling. Suddenly, it starts acting odd and here what it does;
A whistling sound begins to come from the vents. Oh nooo!!!
Since you and no one likes his dreams to be disrupted by whistling sounds, whatever you ought to do has to be done urgently. But before you set up the venture of fixing the problem, explore the causes of such sounds:

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Reasons behind AC making whistling sounds:
The major reason behind your whistling Air Conditioner is insufficient air flow through the return vents. And what causes the reduction in the return air flow? It could be due to:
  • Closed dampers
  • Blocked Return Vents
  • Several Closed Doors
and most importantly;
  • Dirty Air Filters

All these issues can be fixed right away with little effort and without calling a professional. But before we move on to the solutions, let us learn how does a low airflow cause whistling sound.

Here's how your vents whistle
Remember the whistling you learned in childhood? For that, you had to make a very small opening with your lips and blow air outwardly with high velocity. And the sound came out was of?  A WHISTLE! The same happens with your Air Conditioner. Your blower is operating all the time circulating air throughout the home. When there's insufficient air provided, the blower blows it with the same velocity and pressure. As this high pressurised air reaches the supply vents openings, it makes the whistling sound.

Fix your whistling Air Conditioner, do this
Close Dampers - Fix it
Dampers are valves that are located in your ductwork and are used to prevent air flow from reaching certain parts of the home. Locate your damper near the supply vents and make sure it is aligned sufficiently to allow proper air flow.

Blocked Return Vents - Fix it
What most homeowners do in order to not compromise on their interior is that they hide the return vents using furniture, carpets or other such blockages. This is such a grave mistake that it can affect the whole HVAC system. Insufficient air reaches the system and consequently, the system gets disturbed. If your system is making whistling sounds and you know you've done this mistake too, fix it by removing the blockages on the return air ducts.

Several Closed Doors - Fix it
Why that privacy? You can keep the doors open man! When the airflow comes from the supply vents of the main hallway or stairway and wants to spread in the entire home, it has to sneak from the small gaps under the doors in order to enter the rooms where the doors are closed. And what happens next? Insufficient air reaches there. As a consequence, insufficient air goes back from the return vents that then causes the whistling sound. To solve this, keep the doors open unless it's a super secret plan you're making inside. (Or at least keep them half opened)

Dirty Filters - Fix it
Although the most common reason behind the whistling sounds is dirty filters, we've mentioned it on the very last. And it is no additional information since you already know how important it is to clean the filters regularly. Clean them right away if the last time you cleaned them is the time you don't even remember.

Bottom Line
With home comfort heating and cooling appliances, you'll have to face issues every now and then. Although not all of them can be solved as DIY’s, there are many that can be. The above mentioned four solutions are what you can try yourself the next time your AC makes freakish noises.

Did that help? If yes, do let us know.

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The right way of using Programmable Thermostats

You can expect your energy bills to be more than expected if you do not use a Thermostat with your heating and cooling home comfort appliances. Did you know that Thermostats help save up to 15% on energy bills by turning the appliances off and on or tuning them to high or low temperature as per the outside temperature suggest? The past one decade has been quite interesting. HVAC technologies have seen a massive change and advancement as the zoning system, carbon monoxide detectors and Smart Thermostats have been introduced. Life has become much more easier than before. With special reference to the Programmable Thermostats, homeowners that use this technology in the right way are able to save up to 15% or more on the energy bills. Although the users of such Thermostats across Canada are in thousands, it is unfortunate that not even half of them know the proper use of Programmable/Smart Thermostats and thus despite installing the device, continue to have fatty energy bills. Here we mention ways to program the Thermostat accurately in order to enjoy its full benefits.

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Thermostat - Which one to choose?
Depending upon your individual needs, the type of thermostat you should buy would be different. Different type of Programmable Thermostats offers different programming options. Check out the options below.:

7-day Programming Thermostat
Families with abrupt routines can find this Thermostat to be the best since it allows different programming for every single day of the week. Usually, the price range of such Thermostats is between $55-$125. If you're looking for different scheduling for every single day, go for 7-day programming Thermostat.

5-1-1 Programming Thermostat
As the name indicates, 5 is for 5 days (working days) of the week while 1-1 is for Saturday and Sunday. Such type of Thermostats allow one programming for the working days while two different programming options for Saturdays and Sundays. If your routine remains the same throughout the week but changes on the weekends, it is suitable for you to choose this one. Average price range for this Thermostats is $35-$78

5-2 Programming Thermostat
This type of Thermostat allows one programming schedule for the entire week while a different programming for Saturdays and Sundays

1 Week Programming
1-week Programming Thermostats offer one schedule for the entire week option. Although they are less likely to save the same amount of energy but nonetheless help save. Also, how efficient does a Thermostat perform depends on how it is being used. Remember installing a Thermostat is not enough. You should know the proper use as well.

Here's how to program a Programmable Thermostat the right way
The Thermostats are usually set on an auto setting keeping in consideration the routine of a typical family but you never know what kind of typical family. So it is important to adjust it according to your own schedules and needs. A Programmable Thermostat usually has the following options:

  • Wake Time
  • Sleep Time
  • Leave Time
  • Return Time

Department of energy suggests the following settings in order to make the most savings:
Save Energy in Winters like this:  
For the Winter month,
  • Program the Thermostat at 68 degrees F for the time when you're home and are awake.
  • Lower this temperature of 68 degrees by 10-15 degrees when you're asleep or away from house.

Save Energy In Summers like this
The suggestions for Summers in order to save energy go as:
  • When you're at home, program the Thermostat at 78 degrees F
  • Program the Air Conditioner to completely shut off when you're out of the house
  • Program your Thermostat to turn off the AC 20-30 minutes before you leave home
  • Go reverse, set the Thermostat to turn the Air Conditioning on 20-30 minutes before you return home
  • Set the Thermostat to reduce the cooling almost an hour before you go to sleep
  • Set the Thermostat to increase cooling half an hour before you wake up

It is a good practice to play around with your Thermostat, changing setting for a whole week and figure out which one works best for you. But never forget to program your Thermostat after installing it.

Happy venture with Programmable Thermostats

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Carbon Monoxide Detector - Why do I need it?

If you've been using appliances at home that utilise kerosene, gasoline, charcoal, propane, natural gas, heating oil or wood without installing a carbon monoxide detector, you've been risking yours and your family's life all the way through. It is because a gas called Carbon Monoxide is a byproduct of almost all the above-mentioned fuels and if you didn't know it before, here's the shocking news for you that Carbon Monoxide is named the ''Silent Killer''. The reason for naming it with such a horrible title is its horrendous effects. Carbon Monoxide is intensely harmful to humans and other living beings. It mixes up with the haemoglobin and once goes worse ends up killing a person. But the even shocking thing is that you cannot suspect the presence of Carbon Monoxide since it is colourless, odourless and tasteless. So you never know, while you're reading this article, the gas might be around you. Are you feeling it? No! Because it kills silently.

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How to protect yourself from the Silent Killer?

When there's a problem, there's necessarily a solution to it too. So how to protect yourself from the danger of CO? The solution is simpler than you could've imagined and that is; Install a CO detector. CO detector is basically a device that works similar to the smoke detectors. They're designed to sense a certain level of CO. When the detector/alarm senses that there's a presence of CO within the home, it beeps up and alarms you so you could hurry and save yourself. However, installing a detector is not enough. One has to maintain it well, and the two most important maintenance tips for CO detectors are:
  • Install them but then don't forget that they run on batteries. Change the batteries once every year at least.
  • Do not try to hide the detector behind curtains, sofas or any other furniture. This affects not only the operation of the device but also its lifetime.

Where to place the CO Detector/Alarm?

You do not necessarily have to call a tech to install the detector. Do some YouTubing and you're done. The placement of detector, however, is usually best at the ceiling and there's a reason for that: Smoke and gases rise up and therefore, the best location to trap their presence is the ceiling. But that is not a hard and fast rule. You can change the location depending on your ease provided that it is beyond the reach of children and pets, can operate properly and most importantly you could hear the alarm when it rings.
When we are awake it is easy to sense the ringing than when we're asleep. While we are prone to the danger more when we are in deep sleep, it is recommended to install the detector units somewhere close to the bedrooms so that its alarm could be heard easily even when you're sleeping.

Prevention is better than Cure - Install one now!

They say prevention is better than cure and they say it right. Every year, tens of families suffer due to CO poisoning. Many lose their lives just because of CO leaks at home that are mainly from Furnace or Gas Fireplace. So it is better to choose prevention than to be dragged for the cure later. CO detectors/alarms are inexpensive, easy to install, easy to maintain and yet life-saving. It is wise to install a Carbon Monoxide detector in order to avoid any unhappy incidents. Buy one now, install one now!
Stay Safe!

Happy home comfort!

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Four FAQs about Air Conditioners

People throughout Toronto use different ways for home cooling. While some prefer central Air Conditioners, other find Mini Splits or Ductless more suitable for them while some other prefer Window ACs and in rare cases, some love their ceiling fan enough to not replace it with anything else. All these different cooling techniques have been there for some time, however, in the recent years, Ductless Air Conditioners have become more popular. Several people have already converted to ductless and there are many who are looking to convert to Ductless Air Conditioners but want to make sure if this would be a right decision. We're mentioning commonly asked Ductless AC FAQ's to help homeowners get the answers and choose with ease.

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FAQ1: Why is Ductless AC worth it?
What most homeowners ask it, why should they convert to Ductless? How would it actually benefit them in terms of efficiency and savings? Here's the answer:

* Ductless AC's are perfect for homes that are built without ducts. Installing a ductwork is both expensive and time-consuming. Ductless AC’s can work without any ducts.

* Ductless ACs are easy to install, easy to relocate and easy to repair. It's all easy here dude!
* Ductless not only cost less in initial purchase, they also help save up to 30% on energy bills yearly

* Hate noises? Purchase Ductless. It's a quiet kid.

* Ductless are more secure compared with Central ACs

FAQ2: What kind of maintenance Ductless ACs require?
When it comes to maintenance, nothing different than the Central Air Conditioner maintenance is required. Just like the filters and components of a central AC need to be cleaned, same goes for ductless ACs. The filters, the indoor, outdoor units need to be cleaned. pipes should be checked for any possible leaks and wires for any possible damages. That's all. Nothing complex.

FAQ3: What does SEER of an Air Conditioner mean?
SEER is an abbreviation of Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. It is a unit used to refer to Air Conditioner's efficiency and is measured on energy used and the cooling given in that much consumption of energy. The more the SEER value the better the efficiency of the Air Conditioner. 13 is the least value a ductless AC should have while the higher range goes up to 27-28 SEER

FAQ4: How are Ductless systems more efficient than  Central Air Conditioners?
The most convincing reason to install Ductless is that Ductless ACs don't require a duct which means 30% of energy does not get wasted which in the case of Duct ACs does. In addition, ducts are mostly not tightly installed and leaks take place which also contributes to energy loss. All these factors are not present in the Ductless system. It simply works without a ductwork saving 30% energy while also giving quick cooling.

So, do you have any other Air Conditioner questions? Are you bewildered to switch to Ductless Air Conditioner or not? Do you wish to fix your fatty energy bills problem? Here's the answer:
Consult an HVAC professional and have him inspect your system as well as your home requirements to suggest what is the best suitable to you. Remember, although Ductless AC's are what most people are turning to, there are still some homes where Duct ACs can work the best. So before you make a hefty investment, seek a professional suggestion.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until Summer To Buy Your New Air Conditioner

Smart people make smart choices. They pre-plan things instead of waiting to take action at the eleventh hour. When it comes to home comfort heating and cooling appliances, most homeowners prefer purchase of appliances as their season begin. This too because spending a season without the relevant seasonal appliances is hard and also because the sales are on right in the beginning of the seasons. But is it really a smart choice to purchase an appliance right at the time when its season begins? Let's talk about Air Conditioners in particular and discuss why should you think of purchasing Air Conditioner now than in early or mid-Summer.

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Avoid Installation delay

As the Summers begin, the HVAC professionals get busy since they have a whole lot of customers to serve and deal with. If you purchase your AC right in the beginning or in the very midst of Summer, chances are that you'll have to wait for a couple or more weeks to get it installed. And well, to be very frank this delay is a time that never ends when the climate is getting hotter and hotter outside. To avoid this kind of unease and discomfort, it is suggested that you purchase Air Conditioners before the Summer actually begins. Spring is the best option to be very precise.

Replace than Repair

If you're dragging a years old Air Conditioner, arriving Summers surely give you goosebumps as the Summers remind you of the repair that your Air Conditioner requires. And who knows better than you that this time it is going to be heftier than ever before since the system is older than it ever was. So, why not purchase a new unit than dragging the same and regretting a sudden breakdown later in the mid of a scorching Summer day? Uncover your AC, analyse it with a test run and also quick calculate its age. If the AC is making freakish noises, giving improper air flow or is showing serious repair signs while the age is equal to or above 15 years, pomp pomp pomp! Better go for a replacement and this is the best time to do that.

Appliance research for best purchase

What do you think, if your AC faces a breakdown right in the middle of Summer, would you be doing a lengthy research on what to buy? 90% chances are that you'll purchase a unit abruptly without doing a proper research. We suggest our customers to always seek a professional's opinion and do an individual research before making costly purchases. Buying an appliance randomly could be risky since it might prove to be an unfit product for your home. One reason why we call Spring the best time for AC purchase is that you can have enough time to search and decide while can also take some professional's opinion. A carefully researched purchase will not only help choose a perfectly fit product but will also last for longer, giving supreme efficiency. All that you want!

Bottom Line

Purchasing Air Conditioners before the cooling season actually begins is a smart choice that smart people make. Not only this preseason purchase helps avoid sudden breakdown scenarios but also benefits in the form of in time installation and in the purchase of quality products. And therefore we and all HVAC professional say, BUY NOW! It's the best time!

Looking for purchasing an Air Conditioner?
Connect with us now: 1-855-245-4328

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Here's why you should install a Heat Recovery Ventilation system

Before we move on to the reasons of why it is benefiting to install an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) system at home, it is imperative to learn what actually an HRV system does. So let's explore how a Heat Recovery Ventilation system works.


The main purpose of an HRV system is to keep the home ventilated without wasting energy. In Winters, people prefer to keep doors and windows closed so that the indoor heat doesn't get wasted. Similarly, in intense Summers, the house is kept tightly packed to not let the outdoor heat enter the home. This is not a bad practice as far as capturing of warmth or losing it is concerned. But unfortunately, we need something more than warmth. A properly ventilated home is what brings a home like experience. Today, homes are built tightly packed. Then, insulation adds to the packing and there is left little to no room for ventilation. Unventilated homes can not only cause suffocation, odor, production of molds and spores but can also promote a totally unhealthy environment. To sit fit with homes of the millennium, HRV is a device that helps. It makes ventilation possible without any loss of heat, that too without opening any windows and doors.
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In a heat recovery ventilation unit, there are two ducts.One duct is for carrying cool and fresh air from the outside towards inside of the home. While at the same time, the other duct carries warm and stale air from the inside of the home towards the outside, a bit similar to the exhaust fan. Both these ducts amalgamate at a point where the inside air shifts its energy to the incoming air, making it warmer. This particular unit is the primary part of an HRV where the most important function takes place and is called a heat exchanger. Once the energy is shifted, the incoming cool air automatically becomes warm to give a soothing indoor experience. This way, not only that the warmth does not get wasted but also the home gets proper ventilation.


Benefits of HRV system

Now that you know how the system works, it is the time to discover the benefits of it. Ready steady, here we go!


Recycles Energy

Recycling is a wonderful thing. Recycling wastes little to nothing and the thing/source is utilized in an equally effective manner again. In the case of HRV systems, the heat gets recycled and is recovered back to home, this time with an amalgamation with fresh and healthy air. One reason to go for HRV system installation is its effectivity to keep the home warm in all seasons, minimizing energy bills and a limited use of heating/cooling appliances while also providing sufficient ventilation.

Counters excessive humidity and its consequences

In addition to providing fresh air, an HRV system by providing proper ventilation reduces the excessive moisture and condensation in the home that can contribute to the production of molds and spores and also affect the home's interior. There are several homeowners in Toronto who come up with problems of excessive humidity or moisture due to basement flooding that they fail to combat. For such people, installing HRV systems is the best option since proper ventilation throughout the home reduces all such consequences of moisture and combats excessive moisture too.


Counters CO poisoning

Our homes are tightly packed today while we're also using appliances like Furnaces, Gas Fireplaces and others that produce Carbon Monoxide as a by-product. Homes that are not properly ventilated fail to exhaust poisonous gasses in case they're produced as a result of pipe leakage or vent damages. This could be a serious threat and cause fire since the lack of ventilation let the gasses circulate within the home. HRV system reduces such accidental possibilities.


Bottom Line

Keeping in view the above-mentioned benefits, it seems convincing to install an HRV system particularly if you have a non-ventilated or well insulated home. Although the installation of an HRV system is costly, it's benefits are also enough rewarding too and help save in a long run.
So what now? Planning to purchase an HRV unit now? Here you go! Find out Lennox Healthy Climate HRV System.


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Pros & Cons of UV Air Filtration

Technology is making advancements and we are moving from a life of ease to a life of more ease and comfort. There was a time when UV Lights were used in order to keep a hygienic environment for storing food in stores and to sterilise the surgical equipment in hospitals. However, since the past few decades, the use of UV lights for the purpose of purifying indoor air has increased to a great extent. People today are more conscious than they were about the air they breathe and the air today is also more filthy than it ever was. The use of UV lights for the purpose of air purification has increased particularly in Southern and Northern America/Canada. The home comfort heating and cooling appliance supplying companies have started to manufacture advanced UV Air Filtration Units that can be used independently and also in combination with the home's HVAC system. While the use of UV Lights has increased massively, an important thing that people have shown concerns towards is; How effective are UV lights and are there any side effects that the UV lights have?
Below are some positive and negative aspects of the use of Ultra Violet Lights:


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Pros of Ultra Violet Lights

A remedy for mould infection
If you're living in a moisture filled environment or you have a basement flooding problem off and on, there are chances that your home will have more production of moulds and spores. They are basically a type of bacteria that are although not harmful for health but can sometimes cause serious infections to some people. Since moulds are living organisms, UV Lights are highly useful for killing this type of bacteria consequently reducing the risks of infection.   

Protection from viruses
There are several diseases that are viral diseases or infections. Germs from an infectious person pass on to other people through the air. Therefore, almost always, viruses of different types are present in the air depending on what kind of diseased people you have around. UV Lights not only are highly effective in killing bacteria but also combat viruses well. They take their ability to spread the infections and, therefore, make the air cleaner and healthier.

No more foul odours!
You heard it right. UV Lights help remove odours too. There are some bacterias that are particularly associated with causing odours. As said earlier, UV Lights help combat all types of bacteria, they tackle with odour causing bacteria too and leave the home fresher and healthier to breathe in.

Cons of Ultra Violet Lights
Costly Installation
Since it's an expensive system, the negative side of UV Lights is that you'll have to spend way more than normal air filtration unit on UV Air Filtration units. A costly initial installation makes it unsuitable for those with a low budget.

Regular Maintenance
UV Lights are made to work with particle filters than to work as stand alone systems, regular filter replacement is required. Moreover, the UV bulbs also need to be replaced at least once a year. This makes the system even more expensive.

Efficiency lacks
Although UV Lights are helpful in combating bacteria, viruses and other such air borne particles, all they do is to deactivate them. They, therefore, do not actually remove the particles from the air, only kill their ability to harm. This makes UV Lights non-suitable for those having allergies like pollen allergy etc.

Bottom Line
It depends on your own concerns, budget and health conditions whether or not you'd like to install a UV Air Filtration Unit at home. One thing is for sure that UV Lights do help improve the air quality and do not have health risks since they do not directly get in contact with skin. If you plan to install one, try to consult your HVAC service provider in order to choose the best for your home. Also, if you're installing a UV filtration system in order to treat health problems, try consulting with your physician forehand.
Find out Lennox and Swordfish UV Filtration units here:

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