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4 Reasons To Replace Your Furnace Right Now!

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Very often, there are 4 main reasons why you are looking to replace your existing furnace with a new furnace.1. Of course, the first reason is that your furnace has broken down and it is older than 10 years and/or out of warranty and a furnace repair is not justifiable with respect to its cost.2. Similarly, you may be facing a scenario where your home furnace has been “red-tagged” by a licensed gas fitter technician.In case of a ‘Type A’ Red Tag, the furnace is deemed unsafe and disapproved for further use, and the gas supply will be shut off at the gas meter outside or at the appliance from inside your home by the gas technician. If you are ever facing this situation, before finalizing a decision, it is always worth your time to get a second opinion, since there have always been reports of high pressure sales or rather scare tactics in an effort to make you believe that your furnace is unsafe – where in reality your furnace could have another several healthy years of its life ahead a…

HVAC Q&A: Furnace Ignitor

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Q:  My furnace ignitor lights and the heat turns on, however, it stops shortly after. How can I resolve this issue? 

A:  It is likely that such behaviour is caused by a malfunctioning flame sensor. A flame sensor is a rather simple device located at the burner assembly — in front of the flame stream inside the furnace. The purpose of this component is part of a safety circuit as it is to indicate the presence of a flame when the gas valve is open and to shut off the unit if no flame is detected. If the flames go out and the furnace continues to emit gas with nothing to ignite it, a dangerous buildup of unburned gas in the area around the furnace will potentially occur. 
More often than not, a flame sensor is not broken but dirty from oxidation deposits. Because of the low tolerance a flame sensor has for variations in its reading, the slightest coating of oxides will cause the furnace unit to shut down. Most service work regarding furnaces can be complicated, requiring the skills of an …

HVAC Q&A: Furnace Filters and Thermostat Problems

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Q:  My thermostat says that the inside temperature of my home is currently 68 degrees - set it to 75 degrees and although heat is coming out of the vents, it isn’t very powerful and the temperature remains unchanged - What’s the problem?
A:  First, you want to make sure that your furnace filter is clean and to replace it if need be. Believe it or not, dirty filters can cause a number of unwanted issues as they impede your home’s air circulation. A dirty filter specifically blocks the cold return air flow back to the furnace.  All furnaces nowadays contain a temperature sensor, usually referred to as the 'limit switch'.  The furnace always counts on the cold return air to cool the furnace down, otherwise it will overheat and the limit switch opens circuit.  This is a safety mechanism as well as a preventative measure to make sure that the heat exchangers do not overheat.
However, if the furnace filter has been replaced for a new one and you still haven’t noticed any improvements,…

Ways To Save Money And Keep Your Home Warm All Winter!

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With the average household spending nearly half of their yearly utilities cost on heating and cooling, there are a few quick and inexpensive ways to ensure your home stays warm this winter.
1. Furnace Filters and Heating Vents
Check your furnace filters regularly. Contrary to what many people believe, the primary purpose of a furnace filter is not to clean your air but to prevent dust and debris from getting into the blower fan. That being said, it will help the quality of indoor air by removing such contaminants from being recirculated.  We suggest keeping tabs on a monthly basis as dirty filters can drastically reduce your systems ability to work at optimal performance. Typically, furnace filters should be replaced every 3 months or sooner if you notice it is dirty. It is also encouraged to opt for an Energy Star certified furnace model - should you be looking to purchase a new furnace - as certain models can reduce heating costs by 30 percent.
Ensure there is nothing in the way of you…

Warm Up Your Winter With This Quick Tip!

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During the winter months, run your ceiling fans clockwise at slow speed. As warm air rises, this will help to re-circulate the air from the ceiling, towards the walls and down to the cold spots below.

Is It Necessary To Upgrade To A Wi-Fi Enabled Thermostat?

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A Wi-Fi enabled thermostat can potentially cut the costs of your heating and cooling bills - but is it right for you? 
As it is a relatively new product to the HVAC market that has had great success by adding a number of benefits not enjoyed in the past, homeowners should still weigh all their options as it is their lifestyle that ultimately decides what type of thermostat is right for them. 
Some of the deciding factors you should consider are:

1. Travel Habits: Are you someone who leaves the house often for long periods of time and forget to adjust the thermostat or setting your programmable one? Instead of heating or cooling your home while you are gone, a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat will allow you to adjust and change the temperature of your home via a cellphone, tablet or PC. By giving you this ability, it will essentially help to avoid wasting energy.

2. System Compatibility: With so many Wi-Fi enabled thermostats on the market, it is vital to choose one that is compatible with your ex…

The Benefits Of A Modulating HVAC System

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Have you experienced hot or cold spots in your home? Have you experienced a sticky sensation from the air in your home?
Temperature and humidity control are just two of the many advantages of a modulating HVAC system - a concept often times too abstract for homeowners during the purchasing process - in which they have a direct impact on home comfort. Let’s start with the fact that a modulating system is capable of having two or more speeds while a fixed speed HVAC system can only run at full speed.  When we speak of temperature control as being a major upside to a modulating system, we refer to its ability to provide consistent air conditioning that is commensurate with the home’s needs as opposed to a fixed speed all or nothing method. The difference between the two systems will often be noticed in rooms that receive the least airflow leading to hot or cold spots. The quality of life can be directly impacted by consistent airflow particularly during the night time, when comfort is depend…