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Your Guide to Furnace Season
Indoor Air Quality Tips
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Replace your air filter
A dirty filter can mean an inefficient system.
Filters catch dust, hair and other debris in the air before they enter the blower fan in your furnace – subsequently improving your home’s air quality by preventing debris from recirculating.
Not replacing your furnace filter has a number of repercussions:
- You run the risk of clogging your furnace. If this happens, your furnace can overheat/shut down.
- Your furnace coil will get dirty
- Problems with your heat exchanger
We recommend that you replace your filter every three months, or once annually in the case of a Mechanical Air Cleaner. You will have to change it more often under the following circumstances:
- You have had construction work done in your home since your last filter replacement.
- You have several pets living in your home.
- You suffer from allergies.
- You keep your windows and doors open throughout the summer.
Clear room around your furnace
The area around your furnace should ALWAYS be clear, particularly of flammable objects.
That’s why you’ll want to ensure any items that found a place beside your furnace are moved out of the way before the winter starts. You’ll also want to ensure that all of your vents are clear from obstructions in order to maintain proper airflow.
A little maintenance goes a long way…
Scheduling an annual A1 Check, Clean & Safety Inspection for your furnace can save you the headache of an unexpected system breakdown on a cold winter’s night.
7 warning signs that you need to replace your furnace
It may not feel like it right now, but winter is on its way. The question is, will your furnace be ready?
Here are 7 warning signs that your furnace may be in need of an upgrade:
- Your furnace is over 15 years old. Note: an older furnace also means older technology and as such, it will not be as energy efficient as a newer model.
- There are visible signs of rusting around your furnace.
- Your furnace is requiring more frequent repairs.
- Your energy bill is rising, despite the same amount of usage.
- Humidity problems have suddenly become more common in your home.
- Your furnace is a lot noisier than usual.
- The rooms in your home are not heating evenly.
Having a trained HVAC professional inspect your furnace will help you gauge whether or not it’s time to replace your system.
Note: Your air conditioner relies heavily on your furnace to cool your home during the summer months. That’s why furnace maintenance is a recommendation that applies all year round.
Here’s why your high-efficiency furnace isn’t working after a large snowfall
Ensure your intake and exhaust pipes are clear of snow!
First off, you should find where the exhaust/intake pipes are connected to your furnace. These pipes will be non-metallic (likely plastic) and they will attach to your furnace and end on an exterior wall. Once you have located them, find where they lead outside and get your snow gear ready.
Once you’re all bundled up and have your shovel ready, find where you think the pipes lead to and start digging. You’ll want to clear all the snow around the area to ensure that you don’t have a continuing issue. Once done, check and see if there is anything clogging the pipe(s).
If your system is up and running again, you’ve saved yourself a service call, if not, you can always give us a call.
One major part of your indoor air quality is the humidity. Too much or too little moisture in the air affects your comfort, your family’s health and the condition of your home’s interior and furnishings. Ideal humidity is usually between 30% and 60%.
In the winter, Canadian climates can be very dry. A dry environment can lead to irritation of airborne health issues such as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis and nosebleeds. Even if you don’t suffer from any of these ailments, dry air can cause skin and eye irritations.
The products below can help you solve these indoor air quality issues.
ERV vs. HRV
At A1, we recommend an Energy Recovery Ventilation unit (ERV) over a Heat Recovery Ventilation unit (HRV). While they generally perform the same duties, ERVs can control humidity levels more effectively and are functional all year long, while HRVs are only useful in the winter.
Exchanging stale air for fresh air without significant changes in temperature is the main objective for an ERV. The system uses air-to-air temperature control, which utilizes outgoing air to condition the incoming air.
Air Purification Systems
Air Purification Systems, such as the PureAir System, are used to attack:
- Small breathable particles such as dust, dirt, pollen and allergens.
- Dangerous particles such as airborne mould, spores, bacteria and viruses.
- Unpleasant odours and potentially harmful chemical vapours.
Purification systems can offer some benefits that simple filtration can’t. The particles mentioned above would be combated, not just filtered out. By attacking these particles directly, you are able to remove a higher percentage of the pollutants from the air you breathe.
Remove the Cover
This is the simplest yet often the most overlooked task. Remove the cover from your air conditioner’s outdoor unit before starting up the system.
Clean the condenser coil
First, ensure that your air conditioner has the power shut off before doing any cleaning. Then you can clear the area surrounding the unit of any long weeds, shrubs or other obstructions.
Depending on the amount of dirt on your coil, you can usually clean it with water straight from your hose. If it’s extremely dirty and really restricting the airflow in your system, it’s best to call a service technician to clean it for you.
Change the air filter
Airflow is critical for performance, efficiency and comfort. Basic filters need to be replaced every three months. Mechanical filters need to be changed once per year.
But, there are certain exceptions of course:
- You have had construction work done in your home since your last filter replacement
- You have several pets living in your home
- You suffer from allergies
- You keep your windows and doors open throughout the summer
A clean filter catches allergens and other unwanted particles, while improving the airflow in your home.
A dirty filter can cause many problems in your system including:
Your air conditioner could freeze up and subsequently cause damage to your coil and other areas
If the coil freezes, the defrosting process could also damage your furnace since the coil sits directly above it
Check the circuit breaker
Reset the breaker associated with your air conditioner and run it for a short period of time. This will help ensure that there are no shorts in the system.
If the breaker trips when you do this, something may have happened over the course of the winter and you should schedule an appointment with a service technician to investigate.
A little maintenance goes a long way…
Scheduling an annual A1 Check, Clean & Safety Inspection for your air conditioner can save you the headache of an unexpected system breakdown.
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- Easy installation with zero ductwork
- Ability to cool specific areas in your home
- No cool air lost in the ductwork
- Quiet & non-intrusive
Central air systems are more economical and are the standard in cooling. Complete home systems feature sophisticated diagnostics, efficiency controls and optimal performance routines. Most units feature sound-control enclosures and weather protectant finishes.
- Cheaper up-front costs than ductless
- More effective for large homes
- Industry standard in cooling
- Compliments your furnace system
Did you know that 60% of your home’s energy consumption goes towards heating and cooling?
The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) offers a $650 incentive for those who want to upgrade their air conditioner and furnace. In addition to this, our manufacturers consistently offer seasonal money saving rebates.
Stay tuned to our blog for all the latest news.
As a part of A1’s added value, we have a full time Quality Assurance Inspector that ensures that your system is operating at peak levels and that you are totally familiar with your new home comfort system. We want our customers to be completely satisfied with every aspect of the installation, and to ensure you feel that you made the right decision choosing A1 for your total home comfort needs. We are the only company in the industry to provide this!
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- Annual check, clean & safety inspection
- Never pay for repairs, parts or labour again*
- No dollar limit on any repairs to covered equipment
- Priority year-round service
- 24/7 emergency no-heat service
- Generous discounts on duct cleaning and new equipment
- We never use subcontractors
- No sign-up fee or pre-inspection fee
- No charge on any service calls (even false alarms)
- Includes refrigerant
- Includes coil coverage
All for one low annual (or monthly) rate!
*Pre-inspection required prior to coverage. Coverage of heat exchangers and compressors not included. See agreement for details.
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