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How to Become an HVAC Technician in Ontario

Learning about HVAC on the job

HVAC as an industry continues to grow and there is high demand[1] for HVAC installers in Ontario. If you’re fascinated with machines and enjoy working with your hands, starting a career in this industry is an excellent choice.

Wondering how to become an HVAC technician in Ontario? Here’s a short guide on how you can start.

First Steps to Becoming an HVAC Technician

All HVAC technicians need to graduate high school, or earn both their GED and completion of some high school courses or just the ACE. Then, you’ll need to meet the requirements of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), the regulating body.

The TSSA does not require you to complete a pre-apprenticeship program in order to become licensed, but you do need to complete an apprenticeship. Some programs allow you to “challenge” the HVAC licensing tests, or to take them in order to prove you already know the information.

If you’ve already worked in the industry for two years as a gas technician two license holder, you can challenge the gas technician level one test, which gives you the highest license in the trade. Why gas technician? HVAC technicians require gas licenses, as the two trades have a great deal of overlap. There is technically no such thing[2] as an HVAC license in Ontario.

Additional licenses, like the Oil Burner Technician certification, may be of use to you depending on what you want to do within the field of HVAC.

Word training as a sign post

HVAC Apprenticeship

The next step is to apply for an apprenticeship through the Ontario Ministry of Training in either air conditioning or refrigeration apprenticeship program.  Also you will be required to be registered with  Ontario College of Trades and hold a valid membership.

Your apprenticeship is mostly on the job training, but also requires some in-class course credits as well. You will need to have an apprenticeship that gives you experience in both the gas technician and air conditioner fields.

On the Job Learning is Critical

In our opinion, the most important thing you can do to prepare yourself for a career as an HVAC technician is get some hands-on experience. Learning on the job makes you a strong candidate for apprenticeships and HVAC technician positions. There are several ways to get more on the job experience:

  • High school Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program
  • Pre-apprenticeship program that includes on-the-job learning
  • An apprenticeship

After three to five years of in-class and on the job learning, you’ll be prepared to graduate from apprentice to HVAC technician. Who knows, you may find yourself employed with us at Woodbridge GTA ClimateCare. If you have more questions about the process, reach out to us today.

[1]     https://globalnews.ca/news/3905609/7-in-demand-trade-jobs-in-canada/

[2]     http://blog.getatrade.com/blog/did-you-know-there-is-no-such-thing-as-an-hvac-license

Life Expectancy of the Different Parts in Your Air Conditioner

Learn how long your air conditioner compressor should last, as well as the life expectancy of other parts of your air conditioner.

Estimating the Life Expectancy of Different Parts in Your AC

An average air conditioner can last up to 12 to 15 years depending on the model and maintenance over the years, but certain parts of your air conditioner have a different life expectancy depending on how well your air conditioner is maintained. Estimates during regular service of your AC can help you predict when you’ll need to invest in a new part for your air conditioner, or if it’s wiser to simply replace it.

How Long Should Your Air Conditioner Compressor Last?

Your air conditioner compressor should last the whole lifespan of your air conditioner, about twelve years or more if you choose a ClimateCare air conditioner. However, it might not last that long if your air conditioner is too small for the space it’s cooling, or if you don’t keep your air conditioner well-maintained.

air conditioner with tool bag

Replacements for air conditioner compressors can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars depending on the size and type, so it’s best to have your technician keep a close eye on this component during routine service of your AC and to let you know when it’s time to think about replacing it.

How Long Does Refrigerant Last in an Air Conditioner?

Refrigerant in your air conditioner is used to move heat out of the unit. Unless there is a leak or break, refrigerant should last the whole lifespan of your air conditioner. However, refrigerant leaks are relatively common.

If your refrigerant has leaked you will need to have the leak fixed and more refrigerant put into the system so your air conditioner can cool just as much as it used to. At a certain point, however, it may be wiser to get a new air conditioner than to continue to repair the leaks.

Should You Get a New Air Conditioner?

If your air compressor is broken or your refrigerant is constantly leaking, it is usually more cost effective to simply get a new air conditioner than to replace the parts. The compressor is the most expensive part of the air conditioner, so rarely makes sense to continue to replace it if there are continuing issues. Your refrigerant may, or may not, be worth replacement depending on frequency of leaks or other problems with it.

At Woodbridge GTA Climate Care we’ll always be honest with you about whether it’s more cost effective for you to have repairs done or look into getting a new air conditioner. We also carry some great options when you need to replace your air conditioner, including ductless air conditioners.

Air Conditioner Maintenance from Woodbridge GTA Climate Care

A well-maintained air conditioner can last up to fifteen years and Woodbridge GTA Climate Care offers smart air conditioner maintenance packages that can help you get the longest life possible for your air conditioner, saving you on replacement costs.

We can tell you exactly how long your air conditioner compressor should last if we know which model you own and what the life expectancy of your other AC parts looks like during a maintenance appointment. Contact us to get our expert advice and book your appointment today.

Saving the Planet: What Efficiency Furnace Should You Buy?

green energy

Together, people all over the world are doing their part to become more environmentally conscious and make a positive impact on the planet. Energy saving tips have been suggested as one of the main ways to make a difference.

Have you ever wondered what impact your energy saving practices are actually making on the earth? Here are the energy saving tips which have proven to be the most useful:

1. Using fluorescent light bulbs
2. Turning off the lights
3. Painting your house in light colours
4. Using small appliances to cook meals
5. Using cold water when possible
6. Powering off electronics you are not using
7. Reducing the use of your car with alternative transportation choices (cycling, the bus, walking)
8. Eliminating single use plastics (like straws)
9. Donating items rather than throwing them away
10. Upgrading to energy efficient HVAC technology.

Energy Efficient HVAC Technology

While turning off the lights and your electronics does of course contribute positively to saving the planet, energy efficient HVAC technology has been identified as one of the most effective ways to save energy and thus help save the earth.

Each year, a majority of a household’s energy expenditures come from heating and cooling the home. Working with the government, the HVAC industry has revolutionized our technology to offer more energy efficient options. Newer, energy efficient HVAC units like our TM9E furnace or our “Microchannel” technology air conditioners offer the following benefits:

• Lower utility bills
• Reduced carbon footprint
• Improved indoor climate control
• Quiet and efficient operation
• Increased unit lifespan.

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Do your part to truly help the earth by upgrading to energy efficient HVAC technology this year. Interested in learning more about what efficiency furnace you should buy? Curious about environmentally friendly cooling options? Get in touch with us today to explore your options!

Heat Efficiency: A Comparison of Four Systems

When it comes to heat efficiency, some of the most frequently asked questions we receive include:

  • Do gas fireplaces, electric fireplaces, wood fireplaces or furnaces heat better?
  • How much energy does an electric fireplace use?
  • What is the cost of running a gas fireplace versus a furnace?
  • How much energy consumption does a gas furnace use compared to a fireplace?
  • Are wood burning fireplaces sustainable?

These are all questions you may be asking yourself as you make the important decision of what type of heating system is right for your home. This blog will help you understand the pros and cons of four different systems; gas fireplaces, electric fireplaces, wood fireplaces and furnaces.

Gas Fireplaces

 Pros:

  •  Can replace a pre-existing fireplace by using the same masonry and chimney
  • Low maintenance
  • Gas fireplaces are useful for zone heating rather than heating an entire home
  • High energy efficiency, low pollution
  • No ash or creosote produced that needs to be cleaned up.

 Cons:

  •  While natural gas is affordable, propane is an expensive fuel for heating
  • Will produce the same amount of heat as wood or pellets for a higher cost
  • You won’t get the aroma of a real fire.

 Electric Fireplaces

 Pros:

  •  Dozens of décor and design possibilities to suit any home
  • Adds to your home’s atmosphere and increases the coziness of a small space like an apartment or condo
  • Saves space due to its small size (perfect for small rooms)
  • A variety of sizes and shapes are available that can be combined with shelving, mantels or TV stands
  • Longer lifespan than other fireplaces
  • Easy installation
  • Portable if you are moving to a new home
  • Does not require a chimney or gas line
  • Can run without producing heat for a nice atmosphere on summer nights
  • No heat production is lost through a chimney or venting
  • Provides effective zone heating to keep your thermostat lower
  • High safety rating
  • Highly energy efficient
  • Low maintenance – just change the light bulb every couple of years
  • Lower installation and running costs than other options.

 Cons:

  •  No real flames for aesthetic appeal
  • Not designed to act as a primary heat source
  • Requires electricity and cannot be used during power outages
  • Will not increase the value of your home since it is not a permanent fixture.

 Wood Fireplaces

 Pros:

  •  Most classic and traditional fireplace option
  • Authentic appearance and smell
  • Cozy to spend time around
  • Can cook on them during a power outage.

 Cons:

  •  High maintenance
  • Regular cleaning
  • Heat-loss through chimney
  • Low efficiency rating
  • Real flames can be dangerous
  • Steady supply of wood that is dry is required to operate (as well as the work involved with having a ready supply of wood).

 Furnaces

 Pros:

  •  Evenly heat entire home
  • High-efficiency
  • Cost-effective
  • Low-maintenance compared to some of the other options we’ve mentioned.

 Cons:

  • No added décor or ambience
  • Requires regular maintenance.

 Typically speaking, it is difficult to compare a furnace with a fireplace as many homes will have both. A furnace can be used to heat the entire home evenly. On the other hand, a fireplace is a nice addition for zone heating certain rooms and therefore allows your furnace to do less work in the background.

As far as fireplaces go, electric fireplaces offer the most convenience, but it really depends on your personal preference and the size of your home! Contact the pros at Woodbridge GTA ClimateCare for advice on the best heating system for your home.

The Importance of Fall Furnace Care

Here’s why you should schedule your furnace maintenance in the autumn, well before the first snow fall.

Furnace care

Prolong the lifespan of your furnace

Annual furnace maintenance gets rid of all the gunk and debris lurking inside your home heating system, including:

  • Dirt and dust.
  • Pollen.
  • Pet dander.
  • Hair.
  • Bug remains.

A dirty, clogged furnace has to work harder to deliver warm air throughout your home than a clean one. The harder your furnace has to work, the sooner it’ll break down and require unwanted and untimely furnace repairs.

Much like changing the oil in your car to keep it running smoothly, the same philosophy applies to your furnace, which is why regular furnace maintenance is so important.

Improve indoor air quality

Those contaminants? Not only do they make your furnace work harder than it should, but they also hitch a ride with the warm air traveling through your home.

Although you may not see them, they’ll end up inside your lungs, on your skin, and on your clothes too.

Plus, they’ll also wind up settling on various surfaces in the home:

  • Furniture.
  • Countertops.
  • Upholstery.
  • Appliances.
  • Electronics.
  • Clothing.

Another unintended consequence of poor indoor air quality is you’ll be spending more time cleaning your home than you should have to.

Get more furnace care tips in your FREE copy of The Top 3 Homeowner Concerns About Furnaces and How to Overcome Them

Peace of mind knowing your family is safe

Inside your furnace is a collection of electrical components, gas, and blowing air. They all have to work in perfect harmony to safely deliver warmth all winter long.

Furnace maintenance takes a closer look at these elements and ensures any small issues are resolved before they become big problems. We focus on:

  • Dirty burners: Does your furnace “pop” when it starts up? If so, it means the burners are dirty and are causing excess gas to build up and explode inside your furnace. That’s as dangerous as it sounds.
  • Gas lines: Small leaks can lead to catastrophe, especially if a flame is lit inside a room that’s full of natural gas.
  • Electrical check-up: Any misaligned connections, sparks, or circuit shorts can potentially cause big damage to your furnace.

What does fall furnace maintenance include?

From top-to-bottom, back-to-front, and inside-and-out, furnace maintenance from Woodbridge GTA ClimateCare is a thorough 26-point inspection which looks at and takes care of things like:

  • Cleaning and replacing the furnace filter.
  • Inspecting the heat exchanger for cracks and corrosion.
  • Checking all pipe fittings.
  • Ensuring fans, pulleys, and belts are properly secured.
  • Performing a carbon monoxide test.
  • Lubricating all moving parts.

When it’s all said and done, you can rest assured all winter long that your furnace is in tip-top condition.

Schedule fall furnace maintenance care today

The sooner your furnace has been checked, the sooner you can stop worrying about it

Just imagine: Enjoying winter throughout the holiday season and into the New Year knowing that your furnace – the most important appliance for your family’s comfort – is in good working order.

There’s no better time to get it done than right now. Schedule your fall service maintenance visit today or contact us with any questions or comments you have.

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Why Does My Air Conditioner Hiss, Bang, and Click?

Noisy AC

When the sun is absolutely baking, your natural instinct is to crank up the air conditioner.

What isn’t natural is for your home cooling system to make the following sounds:

  • Hisses.
  • Bangs.
  • Clicks.

Should you discover that your AC is making some unsettling noises, there are a few things you can do:

Your air conditioner hisses

Your AC should run smoothly and quietly. It shouldn’t sound like a balloon or tire slowly deflating.

If it does emit a persistent hiss while in operation, it usually means maintenance is required on one – or both – of the following:

THERMOSTAT

Thermostat

NOTE: If it’s the thermostat, get it checked out ASAP.

Hissing coming from the thermostat indicates there’s an electrical issue taking place, such as:

  • Short circuit.
  • Disconnected/loose wiring.
  • Excessive amperage.

Live wires are dangerous. If left unattended, it could cause significant damage to your thermostat. In the worst-case scenario, an electrical fire might start.

LEAK IN THE SYSTEM

NOTE: If there’s a system leak, get it looked at ASAP.

The lines transporting AC refrigerant can become ripped or torn. When that happens, refrigerant escapes and your air conditioner can’t actually provide cool air.

Here’s why this needs to be addressed immediately:

  • Should too much refrigerant get wasted, the compressor might fail outright. Without a compressor, your AC is essentially useless.
  • Even with the smallest line leak, you’re paying for an AC that cannot properly cool your home.

System leak repair is a three-step process:

  • First, the leak itself has to be detected.
  • Then, the leak has to be sealed.
  • When that’s done, any lost refrigerant must be replaced.

A FEW OTHER NOTES ABOUT SYSTEM LEAKS

Freon

  • Loss of Freon (a common refrigerant) is damaging to the environment. If not handled by a licensed, qualified technician, that small leak can become a big environmental hazard.
  • In some instances, systems leaks are too severe and cannot be repaired. If that’s the case, the sensible option is to replace the unit.

Your air conditioner bangs

Any banging sounds – no matter how tiny or insignificant they seem – shouldn’t be ignored.

Instead, have a Woodbridge GTA ClimateCare technician take a look inside your unit. Chances are they’ll discover the banging is due to the following:

LOOSE PARTS

When your air conditioner bangs (especially if it’s constant), it usually means there’s a loose or dislodged part inside the housing.

Usually, it’s one of the following components:

  • Blower unit.
  • Connection rod.
  • Piston pin.
  • Crankshaft.

OLD COMPRESSOR

Compressor

Remember, your AC cannot function without a compressor.

So, if there’s a perpetual banging sound, it could signify the compressor needs to be replaced. Especially if the following takes place along with the bangs:

  • Your AC feels like it’s overheating.
  • The motor won’t start at all.
  • Your air conditioner repeatedly turns on-and-off.

Your air conditioner clicks

Clicks are usually the easiest sounds to spot and diagnose.

Now, if your AC clicks when it’s running, try to note when and how often the clicks occur. That’ll provide a clue as to exactly what’s going on.

CAPACITOR

NOTE: Do not try to fix this yourself.

If your AC makes a single click at start-up, that’s fine.

Electronic Capacitors Several Types isolated on white background

It means your thermostat is telling the capacitors to get to work.

It gets problematic if the clicking noise is constant, but the air conditioner cannot turn on.

That means the thermostat is doing its job, but the capacitors are unresponsive due to:

  • Shorted wires.
  • Faulty control board relay switch.

COMPRESSOR

Does the clicking sound feel like it’s coming from outside? If so, there could be something going on with the compressor.

Sometimes, it could be as simple as a loose bolt or refrigerant tubing. The best way to know for certain is to have us look at it for you.

BLOCKED FAN

When your AC clicks, does it start slow and get louder and faster?

Yes? That means something is inside the housing and hitting the fan blade.

It could be a branch, stone, or even a loose part of the fan itself.

Hear any of these three sounds? Hear something else? Call us ASAP.

You don’t want your air conditioner to fail on the hottest day of the year.

And you don’t want to spend money on annoying AC repair, either.

Your best bet is to contact us immediately if your air conditioner makes the noises listed in this blog – or any other sounds that you’re concerned about.

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Allergy Sufferer? Improve the Indoor Air Quality of Your Home

Allergy sufferer

The tail-end of spring and start of summer is a brutal time if you suffer from allergies.

It seems you can’t go anywhere without coming into contact with allergens such as:

  • Dust.
  • Pet dander.
  • Ragweed.
  • Pollen.
  • Mold and mildew spores.

And while you think you might get relief by heading inside, the truth of the matter is that these pollutants can negatively impact the indoor air quality of your home.

Fortunately, there are some solutions from Woodbridge GTA ClimateCare which can help you breathe easier.

Upgrade to a HEPA filter

If you’re still coughing and wheezing while inside, it might be time to upgrade your current air filtration product to a HEPA filter.

HEPA Filter

HEPA is an acronym meaning High Efficiency Particulate Air.

In order for an air filter to earn the HEPA designation, it must reach the following standards:

  • Trap 97% of all airborne contaminants.
  • Capture pollutants 3 μm (microns) in size.

Take a look at that second bullet point for a moment. 0.3 microns is 0.000012 of an inch.

To put that in context (on average, source The Measure of Things):

  • Human hair is 99 μm.
  • A grain of sand is 1,250 μm.
  • A single strand of spaghetti is 1,700 μm.
  • Anything 30 μm or smaller can’t be seen by the naked eye.

Needless to say, HEPA filters must be incredibly sensitive to collect pollutants 0.3 μm in size.

Air purification vs. air filtration

Although they sound the same, there is a stark difference between air filtration and air purification:

Air purifier

  • AIR FILTRATION captures unwanted particles while letting clean, healthy air to pass through unimpeded.
  • AIR PURIFICATION releases cleansing elements and ultraviolet light into the air to kill mold and eliminate any odours.

As mentioned above, many of the particles which trigger allergic reactions are impossibly small. If they’re floating around in the air in your home, you cannot see them.

That’s where an air purifier comes in. It attacks those airborne pollutants and provides relief for those suffering from:

  • Asthma and other respiratory ailments.
  • Hay fever.
  • Dry throat.
  • Sensitive skin.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Runny nose.

One more thing to note: It’s possible to get an air purifier with an included HEPA filter.

That way, any contaminants they don’t get in mid-air, they’ll collect and trap via the filter.

Install a humidifier

Humidifiers work by injecting water vapour into the air in order to make it less dry and more comfortable.

Humidifier

As the humidifier does its thing, airborne viruses which cause asthmatic symptoms to appear – or worse, lead to the dreaded spring and summer cold – become minimized.

Much like tiny mid-air impurities, it’s not always easy to know when humidity levels are too low.

Usually, you’ll notice it when it’s too late and you’re dealing with things like:

  • Trouble breathing.
  • Morning dry nose and throat discomfort.
  • Lingering coughs.
  • Congestion.
  • Watery and/or red eyes.

Air conditioners are must for Woodbridge, Toronto, Vaughan, and surrounding area homeowners to keep cool and comfortable all season long.

Sometimes, though, they can dry out the air in your home.

If you think that’s happening, measure the relative humidity with a hygrometer (you want it between 45% and 50%).

And if the hygrometer reveals the air is too dry, a humidifier can solve that issue for you.

Other things you can do to improve the indoor air quality of your home

While you can’t control the air quality outside your front door, there are some common sense things you can do to make life a little easier when you’re inside:

Peace Lily

  • Clean your front doormat as often as possible. Pollen, dust, and other allergens can trap themselves on your shoes and end up on your doormat.
  • Keep the windows closed. Dry, windy days are ideal for pollutants to wander into your home via an open window.
  • Add some clean air plants into your home. Peace Lilies, Spider Plants, and Dracaena are all great at attracting and trapping pollutants.
  • Install a ventilator air cleaner. That’ll keep stale air out and help control the humidity levels inside the house.

Want to improve the indoor air quality of your home? Contact us

It’s never fun to suffer from allergies; especially when you’re inside the comfort and convenience of your own home.

If you’re having difficulty with the air inside your home, don’t put it off any longer. We want to help you ASAP.

Since you spend more time at home than anywhere else, the air quality should be absolutely perfect.

Contact us now with your comments or schedule a service call.

HVAC Spring Cleaning | Smart Spring Chores for Your Furnace and Air Conditioner

Smart spring chores for your furnace, air conditioner and more.

Spring cleaning is one of those begrudging home ownership traditions. A winter hibernating with the windows closed leaves the house in need of a serious refreshing, but that means a lot of annoying chores.

Spring AC maintenanceYou clean out the closets and drawers, empty and rearrange the garage, get the pool clean and ready.

It’s easy to run out of steam when maintenance on the air conditioner, ducts or furnace come around.

But we strongly encourage all homeowners to start with furnace, air condition or duct maintenance. There are so many reasons to make this a priority. Here are 3.

Owning a home is expensive.

The increased energy efficiency regular spring cleaning for your air conditioner or furnace brings can make a significant dent in your monthly heating or cooling costs.

  • Buildup inside your furnace or air conditioner can represent approximately 30% of a cooling or heating bill.
  • Leaks in your ductwork can add 20% or more.
  • Low refrigerant adds another 20% or more in cooling energy for your air conditioner.

Most families book HVAC maintenance at the start of spring or fall.

At the start of the spring, an air conditioner maintenance visit makes sure the winter hasn’t been too hard on your cooling unit. Closer to the fall, furnace maintenance brushes the cobwebs off your heating system for the winter.

If you spend the same as an average family in Ontario on heating or cooling, the cost of a maintenance visit pays for itself in the first two months of the summer/winter. It also extends the lifespan of your equipment, and helps avoid costly repairs by catching emerging problems early.

Sign up for a maintenance plan and we’ll keep track of your maintenance schedule so you don’t have to.

Are allergies a problem in your home?

air duct cleaning in torontoAllergens stick to the walls of your ductwork all year long. In the spring, when new allergens are released, the allergy effects in your home are multiplied.

The air filter in your furnace catches some, but it’s not 100% effective. Especially if you don’t replace your filter regularly (every 3 months is recommended, unless your owner’s manual says otherwise).

As all the particles land on the coils in your air handling unit, they combine with moisture in the area to form a layer of grime that’s tough to get off.

Then you have problems with mold and bacteria. If you don’t do something about it, guess what your family breathes every moment you spend at home?

We recommend most customers keep up with regular furnace and AC maintenance annually, and spring for duct cleaning every 2-3 years.

Now is the time!

Spring is here (even if it doesn’t look like it today), and the hot summer weather is just around the corner. That’ll be round-the-clock cooling from your AC, and you need it working right.

It’s always better to prevent problems with your HVAC system than pay for costly repairs. Maintenance might not avoid every issue your HVAC system can encounter, but you reduce your repair risk with every maintenance visit.

Our team is here to help. Book annual maintenance for your air conditioner or furnace today to make sure you save as much money on heating and cooling over the next year as you can.

Give Your Family A Break | Save Money on Heating & Cooling in 2018

Make your HVAC system really work for you (and cost your family less) in 2018

Like most, you probably made a few casual resolutions for 2018.

  • Cut back on the junk food and takeout.
  • Push for a promotion at work.
  • Exercise a few days each week.
  • Learn the harmonica or Spanish.

Maybe you have plans to renovate part of the house this year.

While you work on your resolutions, don’t ignore a little goal to pay more attention to your home heating, home cooling, indoor air quality or hot water systems.

Paying more attention to those major appliances means your family will spend less using them this year.

Finally get that furnace tune-up

AC maintenanceWhy do your neighbours spend money on furnace maintenance?

  • It stops minor problems from developing into major (and expensive) ones.
  • It keeps the furnace running efficiently, like they paid for. A clogged up furnace costs hundreds of dollars more to run over a year than a well-oiled furnace.
  • It extends lifespan of the furnace, so they stretch out the value of their investment further than other families.
  • It saves their lungs! Air quality inside the house depends largely on your furnace, and maintenance makes sure the air their families breathe is clean.

While you’re at it, make a resolution to replace that junky old air conditioner

Thinking about summer right now is tough, but meteorologists are calling for a hot, dry one.

Your air conditioner is in for quite a workout.

Here are some telltale signs your existing air conditioner probably isn’t up to the task:

  • You can’t rely on it for a stable temperature.
  • It always leaks something.
  • It builds a protective casing of ice around itself when you run it.
  • It stinks.

Get a ClimateCare brand air conditioner with all the features of the biggest name brand manufacturers for a fraction of the cost.

For the love of air quality, change your furnace filters!

You put it off one day, then another, and suddenly you haven’t changed your furnace filter in a whole year.

Why does it matter?

  • Dirty or clogged furnace filters impede air flow, which costs you money.
  • Excess dust circulates through your air filtration system and ends up on your clothes, on your furniture or in your lungs.
  • You spend more time dusting your house than relaxing in it.

This resolution is actually quite easy to keep. Contact us to set up a maintenance protection plan.

Cut ties with your water tank rental company

tankless water heaterYou can own a more efficient water heater for less than you pay the rental company.

Your rental payments will go on forever, and often homeowners pay more than double the price of the unit in payments over the duration of the contract.

Get a better unit for less money and pay it off over a few years so your payments actually end.

You can get storage-type or tankless water heaters installed by our team this weekend.

No reason to wait!

If you want more performance from your HVAC system and less expenses every month, we can help you keep that resolution.

Give us a call to talk about your HVAC plans for the year and price out the best solutions for your family today.

How a Humidifier Will Keep You Comfortable This Winter

How a humidifier will keep you comfy this winter

Do you set up an army of humidifiers around your house when that dry winter air settles in?

Whole House Humidifier Installed on Furnace DuctSome families leave space for a humidifier in every room, and the nightly routine includes filling and turning them all on.

It’s not the most practical system, eating up time every night and space in every room.

Other families invest in a whole house humidifier, which automatically refills its own reservoir and keeps the entire house comfortable with almost no upkeep necessary.

It’s convenient, affordable and quick for a professional technician to install.

A little moisture in the air is good

There’s a reason the desert is short on life and the rainforest is teeming. Humidity is more conducive to life. We all want to live in more comfortable spaces; humans and jaguars, butterflies and trees.

Plants in humid environments thrive. They scrub the air more efficiently and display better overall health. This is as true for plants in your home as it is for kapok trees in the Amazon.

Plants help filter contaminants out of the air at home, keeping your family healthy. Humidity in the air also helps with that.

Low humidity makes your body more susceptible to cold and flu viruses. Studies show a direct correlation between high humidity and low flu infections.

Emergency service is available 24/7. When you need us, we’re there.

We sleep better when humidity is balanced. The humidity helps keep your nasal passages clear and healthy.

It also helps take care of your sinuses. Humidity reduces the possibility of infection by keeping our mucous membranes moist and allowing the hairs in the sinus to trap and expel things that aren’t supposed to be there.

Humidity also keeps your skin from cracking (well, it contributes to softer skin. You probably still have to use a moisturizer in the winter).

Your humidifier is a money saver, too

Ways to save moneyOne of the most compelling benefits of a whole house humidifier is the effect on heating bills.

Moist air carries heat differently and feels warmer than dry air at the exact same temperature. A good humidifier (and don’t worry, we can help you decide which humidifier fits the size of your house) will allow you to run the furnace at a lower temperature all winter.

For every degree you heat your house, you can add 4% to your energy bill. So for every degree you take away from your current thermostat setting, your bill reduces by 4%.

That can account for a few hundred dollars in savings across the winter.

What humidifier is the best fit for your house?

A whole house humidifier will keep the humidity even across your whole house.

It requires less maintenance and less daily work than your current solution (if you move around a bunch of smaller units). You can even sign up for a maintenance plan so we take care of it and you can rest easy knowing your family, home and wallet are in good hands.

Call us today to talk about your options and find out if this is the right addition to your home comfort system this winter.