How to choose a reliable Duct Cleaning Service Provider

All duct cleaning service providers are not equally responsible and trained. Talk to different companies and get the written statements before choosing a company. Ask them to come up with relevant state license, and whether they have experience on a system like yours. Make sure not to hire cleaners who assert unsubstantiated claims about health benefits and don't go for those who urge you to have cleaning as the routine part of the heating and cooling system. Here we present SUGGESTIONS for choosing a reliable duct cleaning service provider and ways to determine if the service provider did an excellent job.

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What to Expect from a duct cleaning service provider:

- Duct cleaner should open ports and doors to ensure the every part be cleaned and inspected.
- Before thorough cleaning, ensuring there are no asbestos-containing materials. A heating system containing asbestos-containing particles like register boots insulation requires specialized procedures that can only be executed by the trained technician.
- The technician should employ the HEPA (high-efficiency particle air ) if the vacuum exhaust into the living room or use ordinary equipment to exhaust outside the home.
- They must own well-controlled brushes to dislodge dust particles
- Stricktly follow the NADCA’s rules and standards during air duct cleaning.


Can we prevent duct contamination?

Whether you are inclined to hire a duct service provider or not, but it is mandatory to follow the preventive maintenance program to mitigate the chances of duct contamination.
Here are the proven ways to stop dirt from entering the system.
- Replace air filters regularly.
- If the filters become clogged, change, or clean them more frequently.
- During construction or renovation, consider sealing off return registers and supply of the system.
- Promptly repair leaks or water damage. 

How To Determine if cleaner did a good job?

If a cleaner cleans the ducts, you may not know how to determine if he did the right job. Thorough visual inspection is the best way to verify the cleanliness of the system - all part of the system should be visibly cleaned, and there should not be debris visible with the naked eye.

We recommend providing a post-cleaning consumer checklist to the cleaners. The checklist will have several questions that the service provider answers after completing the job. If they answer “NO” to any of the questions on the list, this shows that have not performed a satisfactory job.
               

Sample Template of Post Cleaning Consumer Checklist

Questions
YES
NO
Did the service provider thoroughly clean air ducts, air pans, fans, and humidifiers?


The exchange heat surface has thoroughly been cleaned? 


Both sides of the cooling coil have no visible debris?


Coil drain pan is clean and drains water properly?


Does the return air plenum possess no visible debris?


Has internal ductwork professionally been cleaned?


Registers, Grilles, diffusers are attached again to the walls, fans or ceiling?


Is the system working correctly after cleaning in both heating and cooling modes? 




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What to do when AC does not turn on?

It is not wrong to say that we heavily rely on Air Conditioners to beat the heat and when we have an infant or elderly at home, it becomes essential to have fully functional AC for their overall health and wellbeing.

Firstly, the Air conditioner should not be taken for granted because when it breaks down, we can’t keep the serenity and straightly get mad. Before you fret, it’s better to assess the problem and identify the real reason behind this trouble. However, it sometimes gets difficult to figure out the exact issue – especially when AC has not been timely serviced.


The most common reasons AC won’t turn on

It’s common for homeowners to experience a problem with their ac unit occasionally. Before you rush to avail the services of an HVAC technician, follow the steps outlined below to identify and solve the problem.

Faulty motors:

Have you heard the unusual sounds before the unit stopped working altogether? If yes, then it is more likely the issue lies on the motor. To be surer, do a capacitor test to find out whether the problem is actually with the motor or not.

Faulty compressors:

The defective or broken compressor often makes the air conditioner to shut down. Timely cleaning and maintenance can go a long way to help prevent these problems.

The thermostat needs to be replaced:

A broken or outdated thermostat that either needs a battery or has some other technical fault can immediately stop the ac from turning on. If you have the basic knowledge for HVAC, you can conveniently identify the issue by yourself or go through the various settings of the Thermostat to make sure it works properly.

Dirty condenser lines:

Condenser lines that have mold, algae grown-up can sometimes be a reason for the air conditioner's sudden breakdown. The AC condenser unit is generally outside the home, and you can clean all the mess inside with white vinegar.

The fuse is not working:

You can do a continuity test with a multimeter to find out whether the fuse is working correctly or not. If you hear no beep in the multimeter, then the reason behind AC not turning is: “blown fuse”.

Tripped circuit breaker:

When there is a massive electricity overload, it is very likely for the circuit breaker to trip and interrupt the power flowing. The reason behind breakers tripping can be using too many appliances at the same time or having outdated equipment that consumes more electricity. 

Replace or repair the unit:

AC problems are frustrating and even worse when the AC does not turn on altogether. Generally, modern Air Conditioners have a life expectancy up to 15-20 years. However, timely maintenance can extend the useful life to a significant extent. It is best to replace the 12 years old unit with a more cost-effective unit. If the Ac is not that old and repair does not cost you more than 50% of the overall value of the unit, then better go for repair.

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What causes Air Conditioner fires and how to avoid them?

They say, 'Prevention is better than cure''. And they say it right. Adopting preventive measures to avoid Air Conditioner fires can save you from massive property damages and life losses. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) of the United States provided with astonishing figures of annual damages and losses caused by Air Conditioner fires. Here is a summary of the 2016 report covering the data for the year 2014;

- Around 78,000 home structure fires were reported to have been caused by AC fan or other Air Conditioner equipment. 
- A life loss of 50 people was recorded in 2014 in the US alone while over 200 were sent for medical treatment as a result of mild or severe injuries.
- A property loss of 213 million dollars also resulted from these fires.  
- From 2006-2010, up to 2,500 fires were caused by Air Conditioners annually. The fires caused by Heat Pumps were 500 (This does not imply that heat pump does not cause a fire. The difference in the number is due to the fact that more people use Air Conditioners).




What causes Air Conditioner Fires? 

Since Air Conditioner is an electrical-mechanical appliance, the fires usually have the very reason behind; electrical or mechanical. For example; up to 33% of fires in previous years were caused by failing insulation of the wire or cable, short-circuiting, over-heating of the appliance or poor wiring material used. 

Ways to prevent Air Conditioner fires 

- Strictly avoid over-usage

As mentioned above, over-usage was among the top reasons for fires as it over-heats at the appliance. It is common among Canadian homeowners to constantly run the Air Conditioner during hot summers. But whether it's a Split Air Conditioner or a Central Air Conditioner, non-stop usage is one BIG MISTAKE. And since a lot of people haven't yet shifted to Programmable or Smart Thermostats, the AC keeps on running on unusually high temperatures resulting in high bills and burdening the system.
So the solution is; avoid over-usage of the appliance and follow the right practices; turn off or lower the system when not in use. Choose hours of the day to give rest to the system. Use additional appliances; fan, portable Air Conditioner or fans as alternatives to give rest to the system and to use them when there are only a few people at home. 

- Maintenance ensures safety 

While a lot of homeowners think that the rant of HVAC technicians about Air Conditioner maintenance is just their way of ensuring more customers to make more money, the truth is that maintenance is a genuine need of the appliance. And, avoiding or postponing it becomes the cause of big loss and massive damage. Almost all the reasons for fires caused by Air Conditioner can be traced back to this one reason of no or bad maintenance. For instance; dirty filters cause fires, damaged wires that do not get in time repair cause fires, improperly functioning of fan motor cause fires, dried operational parts which produce sparks cause fires and the list of reasons goes on. All these reasons are those which can be identified and fixed if the appliance is given in time maintenance. 

To cut the long story short, the simplest and easiest ways to avoid Air Conditioner fires is to;
- Avoid over-usage
- Provide the system with regular maintenance 

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Troubleshoot noise and odour issues of your Split Air Conditioner

Usually, the noise and odour problem in the typical Central/Duct Air Conditioners are attributed to the duct system itself which harbours dust and debris, mould and spores. These elements in the duct later become the source of loathsome odours and irritating noises as the components get clogged and the airflow is hindered. But since the ductless system does not have a duct, why do these units too produce the same issues? In this blog, we shall explain why the Ductless Air Conditioners develop noises and odours. Simple DIY solutions shall also be discussed.

Ductless Air Conditioner noises and odours - Toronto

Odourous Split Air Conditioner - Fix it!

Causes:

The cause of a split unit giving odours, as it is turned on is the dirt developed inside of it. As you might already know that a ductless operates on the principle of pulling the warm indoor air outside, treating it with the condenser (which result in condensing the air and turning the warm air into liquid) and sending the cool air back into the indoor. Since the air is not generated by the AC, it is the indoor air which is full of dust and debris that keeps going in and out. Although there are filters installed in the system, these filters do not trap all dirt. As a result, this dirt goes and sticks back into the compressor unit components. Also, the liquid of condensation sometimes does not get drained because of clogged condensate line. As a result, mould is developed. So every time, a cycle of air is treated to be circulated back in the indoor, all these odours also go along with that air. And it is for this reason that every time the AC is turned on, a very detestable odour is circulated in the indoor.

Solutions:

You might already have discovered the solution.
i. Clean/replace the AC filters
ii. Also, use a hose (of not a very high pressure) and clean the condenser unit as well so as to clear all the dirt
iii. Check the condensate line and clear it if found clogged 

Noisy Split Air Conditioner - Fix it! 

Causes:

Split Air Conditioners usually have very unfelt operational noise. Many latest models have almost no operation noise at all. But even the split units can become extremely noisy and when they do, they can keep you as well as your neighbours awake. The most common reasons for the noisy unit are;

- Loose cabinet: Since the compressor unit vibrates as it operates, the nuts keeping the cabinet together are loosened. As a result, they vibrate and bang with their closes part causing a noise. 

- Bent or clogged blade: A clogged fan blade could be another reason for the noise. But in case you have serviced the unit only recently, there are chances that the fan blade has been bent. 

- Use a torchlight to see if the components inside are clogged. Sometimes, especially when the outdoor unit is not covered during intense weathers, the components develop hard clogs. They still work with those clogs but not without causing big bang sounds. Consider giving a clean up to the unit. 

Solutions:

- Tighten the screws of the cabinet if found loose
- Check the blade for clogs and using a medium pressure water pipe, clean it
- Thoroughly clean the entire unit, so that all clogs go away

How often do you experience noise and odour problems in your Ductless Air Conditioner? How do you fix them? And how often do you have to spend a massive sum on these petty issues.

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Role of heating and air conditioning in home comfort

For the overall health and happiness, the importance of your home comfort heating and cooling system cannot be neglected. There are certain factors which contribute to creating a perfect indoor environment including air quality, humidity, and air temperature. Read on to know how these elements collectively optimize the comfort of your home.

Optimal Temperature

Ensuring optimum temperatures at night will allow you to get a better night's sleep and save energy cost simultaneously. Temperatures should fall in the range of 21 to 23 degrees Celsius during the heating season when the members of the household are in the home and awake. When occupants are asleep or away, it is recommended between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius.

Air Humidity

The air humidity level can affect your home comfort as well as your heating or air conditioning unit's proper functioning. If humidity somehow becomes the major hurdle of your home comfort; then consider a humidifier or dehumidifier as per your home’s requirements.

Air Quality

To protect the health of household members, indoor air quality is extremely important. Mold, fungi, bacteria, pollen, and spores are the major pollutants. This is how you can protect yourself from the unhealthy air: - Avoid exercising or spending time outside when the pollution level is high. - Refrain everyone to smoke indoor and use precautionary measures to keep your nearby area tobacco-free. - Go for the electric lawn care equipment and avoid using gasoline-powered machinery. - Don’t exercise near high traffic areas and try to use less electrical energy since more energy consumption will lead to bad air quality.

Proper Air circulation

Using your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is one of the easiest ways for air circulation. You can do this by setting the "fan only" option to your system. This system allows passing indoor air through the filter system. You can also use ceiling fans in your place which effectively move air around the room.

Professional Duct Cleaning

Professional cleaning of your home air ducts also protects your health and energy costs. Many nasty things such as dust, cobwebs, fungus, and even mold can collect in your ductwork. Your furnace will need to work harder to filter and push clean air in your entire home with this waste piled up.

Smoke Detectors and Carbon-monoxide detectors:

It is recommended to have installed one carbon monoxide and smoke detector on each level of the home, especially near bedroom or sleeping areas to maintain an ideal comfort for your home and avoid unhappy accidents.

Wrapping up the article:

People spend so much money on household energy, particularly for heating and cooling homes. How much you spend is contingent upon the area you live and the length of the season. As per the recent Stats Canada survey, natural gas is being utilized by half of the households in Canada while timber usage is considered a secondary source to create an ideal ambience. But to keep your place cool or warm, make sure to choose wise steps which can save your cost and maintain the home comfort effectively.

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What Is the Best Time to Get your Furnace Inspected

The ideal time to get your Furnace inspected is before the cold weather hits or after a full season of use –since most of the maintenance is based upon the issues that homeowners witness while using.
People think Furnace inspection is confined to flipping the Thermostat and cleaning or replacing the filters, but it involves a thorough and detailed inspection where a technician dives deep into inspecting all potential issues and resolves it before the neglected furnace costs thousands of dollars for repairs. The article covers important Q&A’s for furnace tune-up.



Why is it essential to have regular furnace tune-ups?

Very much like a car, if you don’t put serious consideration, the functionality of the car gets disturbed and many things tend to break down. Whenever you oil change a car, it prolongs the life of the vehicle and enhances the functionality. Furnace tuning also works on the same principle.
Furnace tune-up takes about 60 to 70 minutes to complete. No matter, if your furnace works perfectly, taking time out for the inspection, helps to save money and time in the long run. People often have a perception that if they put a new furnace at the home, then getting it inspected or maintained does not remain necessary. The truth is, regular maintenance preserves the longevity and maintains an extended manufacturer’s warranty.  Poor maintenance is the ultimate cause of the early replacement of the furnace. Furnace life expectancy can be between 10 to 15 years while the regular inspection tends to lengthen the duration.
Burning fuel in the furnace produces heat, and homeowners should ensure the system works efficiently. A minor problem can potentiate the gas leakage which can be life-threatening. Carbon monoxide leakage is dangerous. Having regular tune-ups can detect these safety and health risks.

 

The benefits of regular Furnace Inspection:

Furnace tune-up is often not a top of mind for many homeowners. But with regular inspection and tune-up, you can enjoy a plethora of benefits.
·         The energy bill gets reduced up to 30%.
·         Your family stays safe and warm.
·         Your furnace can last longer since it prevents major breakdowns.

What to expect from a Furnace Inspection?

Qualified furnace technicians will conduct a diagnostic and safety checklist covering all aspects from CO emissions to Thermostats, fan operation,  gas leaks, and lubrication of all moving parts. A complete inspection is carried out to check that all of your furnace and duct systems are working properly. Any concerns at this stage will be addressed to the homeowners so they can take the necessary steps to resolve the problem.

Other ways to prolong the life of a Furnace:

Along with regular maintenance, you should ensure the following factors:
·         Replacing the filter right after three months.
·         Making sure the vents are not closed.
·         Checking thermostat and replacing the old battery with the new at regular intervals.

Interested in scheduling furnace maintenance? Contact us for a free quote. You will see how affordable professional furnace repairing and maintenance services can be.

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7 Common Furnace mistakes that could cost you money

There are several common furnace mistakes that most of the homeowners make. A wise homeowner like you can become aware of these mistakes to sidestep any cost. The efficient working of the Furnace doesn’t assure you will always get the same out of your heating system.  You can be fooled if you fail to think, that a furnace is tricky equipment and has many technicalities. This article deep dived into the seven common furnace mistakes that could cost money to homeowners. 


Cloggy Air filters can spike up the bills

You can encounter many difficulties if the air filters are not timely cleaned. The airflow issues will disturb the heating pattern. Moreover, the accumulation of various microbes, dirt and airborne particles clog the proper intake of heat. The system will start requiring more energy. Thus, keep using cloggy air filters will spike up your heating cost.

Keeping Furnace for too long

Keeping the furnace for long can cause sudden problems, which can be an indication of moderate to high danger. You should start looking for a new furnace once a furnace ages 20 or past the expiry date. Make sure to switch up to the new one, which is energy efficient and a better system for your place.

Closing supply registers:

Closing supply registers will eventually cost you. The home Heating systems are designed to effectively warm the entire home. Once you restrict the flow of air, it impedes the proper air flow, which ultimately increases the pressure on a system that can cause the furnace to wear out before time.

Increasing temperature of a Thermostat:

Never set the Thermostat above the desired temperature. Sadly, a furnace does not work on this principle. It will simply excel the energy consumption. The best way is to set a moderate temperature and wait out. Meanwhile, you can look for other ways to keep yourself cosy.

Not Buying the right size:

The size of the home and furnace should match to offer homeowners the best experience. You can get assistance from the heating and cooling company about the appropriate size of the furnace to warm up the entire home. The wrong size won’t offer the desired outcomes and you might have to replace it with a new furnace for a nicer upshot.

Running Furnace All day:

No doubt! The winter has every day a freezing-cold day, and you always find ways to keep yourself warm and cosy. But it is not mandatory to run the furnace, all day long. You can reduce the cost to a significant extent, once you ensure to turn it off when you are out for work and kids are not at home.

Prioritizing price only:

Choosing a furnace based on the price is not worth considering. There are other paramount aspects you must consider i.e. energy efficiency, appropriate sizing, and durability. Don’t turn a blind eye to the rest of the important factors else you'll have to spend on repairs what you are now saving on the purchase. 

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