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Q&A: The Ideal Indoor Humidity Level In The Winter

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Q: I have the humidifier set to the highest setting of 45 percent but the highest the humidity level I can get in the house is a reading of 35 percent. The house feels dry and I would like to increase the humidity in the house but I am unsure how to do this?

A: That's completely normal and expected.  And actually with the current outdoor temperature, you should not set nor expect to reach more than 35%. Here's why. Below, please see the chart by the manufacturer. The outdoor temperature is in F. Currently it is close to -6C, 21F and in fact feeling much closer to 10F and based on this outdoor temperature, it is never recommended to go any higher than about 35%. 


Going any higher than the above table numbers is strictly not recommended due to high chance of condensation on the windows, which will then be grounds for formation of mold and bacteria. Basically any humidifier is designed not to reach higher than the above numbers, based on outdoor temperature. And please keep in mind…

Save Up To $1700 With Lennox!

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Purchasing a new furnace or air conditioning unit is now made easier! 1st Air, our sister company and Lennox premier dealer, is now offering: Mail In Rebate of up to $1700 with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort System. AND  Receive up to $2000 in Enbridge RebatesReceive up to $650 in IESO (OPA) Rebates
Buying a new furnace or air conditioning unit may be necessary — and often times a great way to save money long term — particularly if you experience any of the following signs we have briefly pulled together to help you know when it’s time to replace your heating and cooling equipment. 
Your heat pump/air conditioner is older than 10 years and/or furnace is older than 15 years. These are the average life expectancy and if your furnace or air conditioner is older than 15 years, it may be a good idea to begin shopping! Most homeowners will prefer to replace their HVAC equipment after much research and planning has been done, rather than a panic replacement due to system fail…

How To Extend The Life Of Your HVAC System!

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There are a few steps you as a homeowner can take to ensure the air flows efficiently in your home for many years to come. 
1. The first thing you want to do is to make sure the HVAC system installed in your home is properly sized. The size of your furnace and air conditioner will play a fundamental role in how efficiently the system will operate. 
Say you purchase a high efficiency furnace (with 98% efficiency), you should only expect it to perform to peak efficiency if it is right-sized. Finding the right sized gas furnace for your home requires the knowledge of the proper criteria where the orientation of a home needs to be examined. The right HVAC professional will not only help you to select the right heating and cooling system for your home, but they will have received the appropriate certification and training required. In this way, the capacity of the furnace to put out heat compared to the electrical input based on the size of a home, window efficiency, etc must be considered…

Choosing The Right HVAC Company: Be Aware Of Misleading Tactics

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For you to recognize which Toronto HVAC company you should confide, there are a few misleading tactics we want to share that a number of practicing Heating and Cooling contractor companies make use of to close a deal with you. So next time you come across an advertisement or run into an HVAC sales representative, hopefully you can apply these tips to decide on whom you can rely.
1. Is the potential contractor an Accredited member of the Better Business Bureau, with a decent BBB rating?
Nowadays, with many quick money-making scams in every business, it is always recommended by authorities to deal with businesses that are accredited members of the Better Business Bureau, so that the company would have a transparent record of interactions with previous clients. This is especially recommended when dealing with contractors. In fact, being a BBB member, brings about a unique sense of responsibility for the company to try and put its best foot forward in all endeavours.
2. Are you offered a m…

Spring Cleaning Starts With Your Home Comfort System!

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With spring just around the corner, spring cleaning is a tradition that should extend to your HVAC system to ensure your home is running in top shape! Here are some fast and easy things you as a homeowner can do to give your home system the checkup it needs:


Check the controls of your heating and cooling equipment at the beginning of every new season: Examine the starting cycle to see if the system starts, operates and turns off properlyCheck your furnace and air conditioning filters monthly and replace if dirty. A dirty filter can cause early system failure and increase energy costs.Inspect the condensation drain in your air conditioner, furnace and heat pump. Make sure it is kept clean and clear as a plugged drain will cause problems (water damage, impact humidity levels).Take a look at your thermostat settings. You want to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home and save energy and money while away.Clean blower components. You want to avoid airflow problems.Remove the housing…

What Does AFUE Mean And Why Is It Important?

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AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. The fuel in this case being natural gas. Althought electricity is also used for the operation of the furnace blower and inducer motor, when it comes to AFUE we are only referring to the source of fuel that is used to generate heat.

Given that the AFUE is an efficiency term, the AFUE of a gas furnace is rated from a scale of 0 to 100% gas consumption efficiency. Today in Toronto, any furnace with an AFUE of 94%, is considered a high-efficiency furnace – based on Canadian government regulations. This used to be at 90% followed by 92%, previously.

What do you think the AFUE of your furnace is? Although, this number might not be readily available, you could always calculate it based on information that should be supplied on the furnace sticker – usually inside the furnace, meaning that you have to open the furnace front door to get this info. The AFUE is the OUTPUT heating power/INPUT heating power. The INPUT and OUTPUT values are alway…

We’re In The Business Of Building Relationships Based Upon Mutual Trust & Respect!

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Founded in 1998 by Fred Zolfaghari, BASc Mechanical Engineering, Air Makers has established a distinguished reputation in the Greater Toronto’s Heating and Cooling market in both residential and commercial applications. Latest manufacturers’ surveys have revealed Air Makers ranked #1 among the Greater Toronto’s Heating and Cooling contractors with respect to the most number of installed HVAC equipment since 2013. Air Makers’ pledge to quality means that our goal is beyond merely administering an HVAC business. We, in fact, make every effort to build a foundation of mutual trust and respect and further establish a long-term and reciprocated relationship with our clients. 

To confirm Air Makers’ reliability, we highly encourage you to find a previous client in your neighbourhood.  Air Makers has performed Installations and other Services in many communities across the GTA; from West of Burlington to East of Oshawa and from the Toronto Lakeshore to as far as Barrie. In order to serve you mo…

Furnace Repair: Knowing When It’s Time to Call A Technician

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As we dive deeper into the winter months with extreme cold weather alerts being announced more frequently, your heating system will be working much harder to keep your house at a comfortable temperature.  Unfortunately, the chances of furnace failure drastically increases when your furnace has to be running consistently. If a failure occurs overnight, it is quite often the worst possible time to contact a furnace repair technician as there will likely be many other HVAC emergencies requiring immediate service. 
With this in mind, there are ways to prevent such an occurrence from happening by cluing into several signs that indicate calling a professional prior to system failure. 
Noisy furnace operation: Most furnaces do not operate totally quiet, however, if the noise levels of your furnace grow louder and louder - it is certainly worth a closer look. A common reason for noisy furnace operation is a partially broken or cracked belt that is still functioning but may completely break at…

Emergency Repair Services: Expert Furnace and Air Conditioner Repair in Toronto & the GTA

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Air Makers Inc. Heating and Coolingis built upon mutual trust and respect and part of its success relies on our great people. We are an authorized Carrier, Lennox and Goodman Heating and Cooling equipment dealer.  For over 18 years, Air Makers Inc. has repaired thousands of furnaces and air conditioners in many communities across the GTA, including the downtown Toronto region and North Toronto. To confirm Air Makers’ reliability, we highly encourage you to find a previous client in your neighbourhood. With Air Makers, you as a customer are promised superior expertise, highest quality products and services and highly trained advisers and technicians - along with trusted customer care, installation and service staff. Our business is driven by a fundamental sense of responsibility and we take great pride in customer satisfaction. Thus, we provide prompt emergency service for furnace repair and installation, air conditioner repair and installation, boiler repairs, and hot water tanks repa…

The Best Save Of The Season With 1st Air Heating & Cooling!

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Purchasing a new furnace or air conditioning unit is now made easier! 1st Air, our sister company and Lennox premier dealer, is now offering: Mail In Rebate of up to $1700 with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort System. AND  Receive up to $2000 in Enbridge RebatesReceive up to $650 in IESO (OPA) Rebates
Buying a new furnace or air conditioning unit may be necessary — and often times a great way to save money long term — particularly if you experience any of the four warning signs we have briefly pulled together to help you know when it’s time to replace your gas furnace.
Your furnace is older than 15 years. The average life expectancy of furnaces are typically anywhere from 15 to 20 years. If your furnace is older than 15 years, it may be a good idea to begin shopping as most homeowners will prefer to replace their furnace after much research and planning has been done, rather than a panic replacement due to furnace failure.Your energy bills and equipment repairs are stea…

Why Tankless Water Heaters Are NOT A Good Investment

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Please take a moment and let us educate you with some facts about tankless water heaters.  The reason as to why we do not suggest tankless systems is our long time experience dealing with these units. For their own personal profits, many companies are not straight with you when it comes to tankless water heaters and they like to keep more than a few key points hidden from you. Below, you can find some very useful information you would want to review before even considering tankless water heaters for your home or business.  You can also have a look at the performance evaluation which was done by CONSUMERREPORTS.ORG and check out some more factual and experimental data.  For further reference, you can read this Toronto Star article THESTAR.COM.

1. There is NO big saving on tankless heaters This is a proven fact that the average gas savings with a tankless water heater for a regular-sized house is only about $60 - $80 per year. However - unlike most storage heater models that only operat…

Natural Gas is Toronto's No. 1 Choice Of Furnace Fuel Today!

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If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, you are most probably aware that the cost of natural gas has been at its ultimate low and today natural gas furnaces are most widely used amongst Torontonians. See the historical natural gas rates page. Natural Gas rates have displayed consistent decline from about 35c in April 2006 to less than 9c per cubic meter as of July 2012. See natural gas prices today:Click here. Because of this low operational cost incentive, many Toronto homes are now replacing any non-natural gas fuel source to natural gas and gas distribution companies are taking an ever-increasing proactive measure in efforts to supply all of Torontonians with natural gas and gas meters. We have many clients everyday who want to change from oil or electric furnaces to natural gas furnaces. If you are a Toronto resident currently not having a gas meter, you should think seriously about switching to natural gas and applying for a gas meter. There are also many incentives, like free in…