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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Signs that your Boiler is failing

Although a majority of Toronto homeowners use Residential Furnace for the purpose of indoor heating, there are many that still love the Boiler for the benefits that it serves. Different homes have different needs and different people have different budgets. Homeowners can decide best with the help of an HVAC professional what would be most suitable while at the same time economical for them. But there's no denying the fact that Boilers are an effective system for the purpose of indoor heating keeping in view their particular feature with which they help kill two birds with one arrow; provide indoor heating and also provide water heating facility. There's one more, guess what? Since Boilers make use of steam to warm the indoor air, the steam also suffices for the scarcity of humidity in the Winters. So they serve three purposes which is cool! (Hot at the same time ;))

If you're a Boiler user, you must by now, be pleased for making this wise choice. You are indeed a wise homeowner but did you know who are the wisest homeowners? Those who not only make the right choices when it comes to HVAC appliances but also keep them maintained and keep themselves aware of the warning signs they give when it is time for them to have a repair or replacement. In order to make you one such wisest homeowner, here is our piece of service. Learn these warning signs that indicate your Boiler is about to say goodbye to you;

- Before you could look for any other signs, the biggest sign is the age itself. The average lifetime of a Boiler is 15 years approximately. If your unit has reached or surpassed this age, it's the time it is beginning to degenerate so before it says goodbye to you, it would be wise of you to take the lead and plan a wise replacement

- One of the indications of an appliance's inefficiency is that it raises the graph of your energy bills. So if your Boiler has started to suck more energy than it used to for the same usage, it is a clear sign the unit is failing

- When a unit begins to fail, it is the controls that fail at first. Another clear indication of a Boiler unit failing is that it fails to warm the air equally consequently causing discomfort. There are hot and cold zones in the home which show the control unit of the Boiler is facing issues

- Leaks do not always indicate a unit failing but they do indicate so when the unit is old enough or a regular maintenance had not been kept. If your unit is leaking and is old as well, know that it is failing. In case you think it is too early for the unit to say goodbye, consider consulting an HVAC professional

-  Just like an outdated and unmaintained Furnace becomes a threat of carbon monoxide leakage, an outdated Boiler could become equally dangerous. The signs include discolouration of the flame; yellow flames on the gas burner or black soot on oil boilers.  

These are simple and easy to check signs that help homeowners discover about their Boiler unit's falling down the hill. All that is needed is a careful observation and maintenance, without which you'd never know of the problems your Boiler is going through.

Did you ever diagnose your Boiler yourself? What were the signs that you had checked for?


Be a Smart Homeowner this Winter - Use Smart Technology!

So how much do you like to save and how many ways of saving do you use? Must be more than many. Money is earned with efforts and no sane man ever wants to waste his hard earned money on things where savings can be made easily. Take for instance the example of Thermostats. Technology is advancing and it is providing us with improved appliances that are not only time saving but are also money saving. By sticking to the old methods of heating and cooling, you could be choosing to waste hundreds of dollars that you are otherwise capable of saving. The Mercury Thermostat were once the only option but as said; technology is offering us with more than many choices. The Touch Screen Programmable Thermostats and then the latest of all, WIFI/Smart Thermostats have revolutionised the concept of control. Did you know that shifting to the /WIFI Smart Thermostats can reduce your energy bills this Winter 15%-20%?
Let's us talk in detail how can Smart Thermostats be a gigantic magnet to attract savings and why you should shift to this technology this Winter.

Wifi Thermostats

Wifi Thermostat - How it works

Before you explore the benefits of the WIFI Thermostats, get to know how they operate. A WIFI Thermostat, unlike the manual thermostats, does not require manual settings. WIFI Thermostats are capable of sensing your temperature behaviours and automatically adjust themselves according to that. Since they incorporate high-quality sensors, they turn the Thermostat up/down depending on the outside temperature that helps save amazingly. In addition to that, what makes the WIFI Thermostats a favourite of homeowners is the WIFI mechanism that allows control from anywhere in the world. Literally anywhere.

Here's why you should go for Smart Thermostats

  • Saving right away

It is true that in order to shift to a better technology, you'll have to make investment generously but with special reference to the Smart Thermostats, it is also true that your investment will begin to benefit you right away. The difference can be seen on monthly bills every month and in no more than a year, all of what you've spent will be returned. Moreover, since Smart Thermostats with the genius technology that they incorporate, reduce the extravagant use of appliances, they contribute to increasing appliance lifetimes and reducing their courses of repairs.

  • More options more comfort

With the conventional Thermostats, you are not granted with enough choices. Either it is about switching between certain temperature options or switch between any two temperatures. Weather of Canada remains highly unpredictable and changes that occur are hard to tackle with limited temperature options. WIFI Thermostats give you an open wide way to go. You can switch between as many temperatures, can change them anytime from anywhere and even can get notifications regarding any emergency Thermostat switching off situations.

  • Data Collection and behaviour learning

So how does a Thermostat know at what time you want a particular temperature and automatically change temperature as you leave for office when you never programmed it to do so? It is because WIFI/Smart Thermostats keep track. They collect data and keep it saved. This data helps them in automation but this data also helps you to keep a track of your energy consumptions so as to make more energy saving possible for you.

When it comes to heating and cooling appliances, our major concern is; comfort and savings. WIFI/Smart Thermostats offer both. Keeping in view the above-mentioned benefits, it seems that you should better go for one of the latest models of Smart Thermostats but hold on! Here's a thing we want you to know; Smart Thermostats are not compatible with all sorts of HVAC systems. Before you make a purchase, make sure to consult an HVAC professional on whether or not this technology is supported by your system.  


5 HVAC things to be grateful this Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving eve for Canadians is around the clock. While most people pass this day just as other days considering it of no prime importance, there are others that start reflecting on the importance of the day and the reasons they should be grateful for well before the Thanksgiving day. Whatever the history of Thanksgiving is, what needs to be understood is that it is now celebrated as a day to reflect upon the blessings and be grateful for them. Research says that grateful people are the happiest people, not because they have everything but because they realise the importance of whatever they have. And this Thanksgiving, we want to divert your attention towards the HVAC blessings that you have but have never really felt thankful for them. Let's begin.


- Have an Air Conditioner? Be grateful!
Surveys say that more than 90% of Americans have Air Conditioned homes. But how many do you think would actually have been grateful for the marvel of air conditioning that they enjoy when it is scorching hot outside and they are there in their cosy homes? It is your time to add the blessing of Air Conditioning among the things you'll exclusively be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

- Breathing Clean Air? Be grateful!
While the industrial revolution has provided us with numerous time-saving and life-saving devices, the wrongs that it has done are also numerous, environmental pollution being one. It is becoming harder and harder to be able to breathe fresh and healthy air, particularly when living in the metropolis. Although making the outdoor air clean is difficult, the indoor air can be cleaned using the Air Cleaners. There are a large number of Canadian homeowners that are suffering from different airborne diseases primarily because they couldn't get clean enough air or couldn't afford to have a system for cleaning the air they'd breathed. If you've an Air Cleaner installed at home, reflect on the blessing and be as grateful as you can for being able to breathe fresh and healthy air anytime you want.
Added to the list? Let's move on.

- Have an insulated home? Be grateful!
While we are talking about all things HVAC, let us not forget home insulation. Ever pondered that the Insulation you are able to afford keeps you warm in Winters and cool in the Summers and when so many people out there have to bear the severity of weathers, all seasons for you are alike due to the comfort the home insulation provides. Take this blessing to the blessing counter and don't forget to be grateful this Thanksgiving for having a home that is also well insulated.  

- Own a high-efficiency Furnace? Be grateful!
Fall will be followed by Winter and before you start using your Residential Furnace for warming you up, let us have some moments to contemplate how would spending Winters of Canada be without any heating element? Unbearable indeed! And some people do have to face the intensity of the Winter by either burning wood or covering themselves with old clothes. If you've a high-efficiency Furnace that never lets your home go out of the zone of comfort, you're among those that are enjoying a wonderful blessing. This Thanksgiving, don't forget to be grateful for your Furnace.

- Enjoy hot water in Winters? Be grateful!
Thanksgiving is celebrated in October in Canada. That is the time when cold breezes begin to blow and the feels of the upcoming Winter get intense. Since we are discussing the home comfort heating and cooling things you should count on this Thanksgiving, we are focusing on the ones that you'll be reminded of in the season following the Fall. While you probably never have pondered over how big the blessing of hot water in Winters is, imagine yourself opening your faucet one coldest morning of Winter and finding blood freezing cold water coming out of it. Extend this unease further imagining you don’t get hot water anyway for several days. Thinking of the unavailability of these things gives a strong shiver down the spine but unfortunately, we are the ones that are not grateful for the blessing even when they are there.

So not only on the Thanksgiving eve, every time your faucet opens up with warm water, let your heart thank for the blessing.
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving day. May you celebrate and learn to be grateful always.