Indoor air quality and heat recovery ventilators

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It’s an interesting fact that the better we build homes here in Canada, the more airtight they become. That means that while Canadians are saving on heating costs by using better windows and more efficient insulation, you can no longer count on the kind of incidental air leakage that promotes good indoor air quality. You need to improve the ventilation in new homes and it’s good to know that there’s an excellent innovation that can solve … [Read more...]

A few words about the SEER rating

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Ask anyone who has been through the process and they’ll tell you that getting the right air conditioner unit means knowing about The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. This industry standard is the way that most well informed people make a choice as to the kind of air conditioner that best suits their needs. Having a little background here will give you the confidence to make the right decision. Here’s the whole concept in a … [Read more...]

Several tips for getting the most from an air conditioner

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Making an informed decision is the goal for every consumer these days when everyone is trying to make sure they can stretch their dollar as far as possible. That goes for every appliance that you have, including the air conditioner designed to keep you cool as the climate heats up. First off, it’s a good idea to do a little research about what you’re buying and looking into the SEER number of the unit that you’re interested in is a great … [Read more...]

Great air conditioner maintenance tips

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The weather seems to be getting hotter every year and that means that you need to be sure your air conditioner is running at peak efficiency all the time. Of course, when the unit breaks down completely, you’ll need to call in professionals who understand the more technical parts, but there are a few things you can do to keep you air conditioner running at a peak performance. Remember that in many cases, some routine maintenance is all … [Read more...]

What you need to know about ductless air conditioning

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When you don’t have the right ductwork in your home to install traditional air conditioning, getting the right ductless alternative is a great choice that will keep you just as cool in the hot summer months. This is a simple way to get air conditioning in older homes or other spaces like cottages. Usually all that’s needed is a three-inch opening to connect the compressor on the outside with the cooling unit on the inside. The indoor part … [Read more...]

A few air conditioner tips to head off big problems

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Keeping all of your appliances in good working order helps to keep costs down. Even seasonal appliances like your air conditioner can benefit from some maintenance before you need to use it in warmer weather. One of the bigger concerns that people have when it comes to their air conditioners centers around the refrigerant called Freon. Although many people think that average unit actually consumes this substance, Freon doesn’t need to be … [Read more...]

All about those energy star ratings

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By now most of us will have at least heard of Energy Star ratings and know something about the good they do for both the environment and lowering our energy bills. Research has proven that making the right choices when it come to energy conservation can save the average family about one third on the cost of their energy bill and lessen their greenhouse gas emissions by a similar percentage. At the forefront of this conservation movement is the … [Read more...]

Here’s a few easy ways to keep that furnace in top condition

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Ask anyone that owns a home and they’ll tell you that buying major appliances is one of the biggest cash outlays. Of course, one of the most important units that you’ll need to keep in good working order is the furnace. Buying the right one for the size of your home is critical and following up by knowing what to do as far as maintenance goes is just as important. You want to get most from your furnace and the less energy you use, the more … [Read more...]

Choosing the right heating and air conditioning contractor

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Once you’ve decided that you want a new furnace, air conditioner or perhaps even a fireplace, you need to be sure that the people you pick for the job are the kind of professionals that will get the job done right the first time, on budget. In short, you need to get the right heating and air conditioning contractor on your side and here are a few things that you should be looking for. Check references. A reputable contractor will have the … [Read more...]

Getting the most from your air conditioner

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Buying a new air conditioning unit is a major purchase and that’s why you want to get as much as possible from one of these for as long as you can. Utilizing a few tips on efficiency also helps to keep your living space cooler longer for less money. Both those points are something to consider in these economic times. You can start the savings by keeping the unit cool. An air conditioner that’s placed in the sun will consume about five … [Read more...]