Here's why you should be concerned about keeping the indoor humidity controlled in Summer

Humidity is a foe to all! It causes extreme discomfort during the harsh summer of heat. Even worse, humidity in your place brings-in health hazards. The increased and unwanted moisture in the air leads to rot and mould on surfaces causing many health-related issues. Therefore, most of us would like to stay in an air-conditioned room.

Here is why everyone hates humidity in summer

- Hair and humidity can never get along - The clothes get stuck to your body the moment you step outside. - You feel like you need another one right after you get out of the shower. - Crowded subways and elevators. Hope you get the idea!

Can outdoor humidity be controlled?

There isn’t much you can do to avoid outdoor humidity. However, there are some steps you can pursue to maintain a good indoor humidity level (optimal level is between 45-60). This is the responsibility for homeowners and businesses alike to take some crucial steps to minimize summer humidity level in the indoor, so structural and furniture damages along with illness can be prevented to a significant extent.
  • Keep a close eye on humidity and temperature level in your home
  • Properly clean water leaks and sources of water standing in your place 
  • Check for the mouldy smell that is a precursor to fungus growth

How the humidity is removed from indoor?

  • One of the most popular methods to remove indoor humidity is air conditioning. When the air passes out of the coil, the air conditioner is functioned to pull out the unnecessary moisture in it.
  • The other common method is using a dehumidifier that either can be connected to ductwork or stands alone. 
  • HRV is another option to consider, as it is geared towards pushing moisture outside. It works fine with limited moisture. 
  • The most convenient way to keep humidity low is to keep your home surfaces dry. 
  • Certain areas of the home can cause stickiness and humidify your home. Basements, pipes, windows, and attic are the entryways for moisture. 

Damages from summer humidity:

Want to know what else humidity can do to ruin your day? Humidity can cause the following problems which you might not be aware of:

Humidity adversely impact the health

Humidity is a vital component of air quality. However, the presence of high vapour pressures is problematic for human health. In high humidity, people report the symptoms like: - Muscle cramps
- Nasal congestion
- Fatigue
- Headache
- Wheezing
You should never let humidity to linger – the high moisture leads towards the growth of contamination and mould that can cause severe health concerns.

Damaged furniture and décor:

High humidity can badly impact carpets and paintings and even upholstery can be damaged by the lingering moisture. Woodwork and mouldings are more likely to expand and become damaged in moisture

Damaged electronics:

The high amount of humidity can excel the conductivity of the insulators causing them to wear out prematurely. Moreover, the uncontrolled humidity also leads towards condensation which results in the short circuit of electronic equipment.

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Little deeds that will make your Summer beautiful

Little things matters and in fact, at times, it is only the little things that matter. Julia A Carney in her poem Little Things says;

Little deeds of kindness,

Little words of love,
Make our earth happy,
Like the Heaven above


While everybody is concerned about appliance replacement, upgrading home cooling essentials, doing insulation, cleaning filters etc, and all for their own comfort and ease, what if we talk instead, about doing something that brings comfort and happiness to somebody else? Have you ever thought that even your HVAC choices and the behaviours associated with them can bring a whole lot of positivity and produce a bulk of goodness? This blog is different today and that is because cool people think of cool things; not just for themselves but for others as well.



- Upgrade unit for the sake of the environment 

You might be all okay with your existing Air Conditioner unit which is not energy efficient. It could be an old unit, still comforting your summers but by not being energy efficient, causing a lot of carbon prints. So here goes the first to do; not for yourself but for mother Earth. Upgrade your unit in order to stop the harm that your existing system is causing. The comfort which you will get in return is, of course, your reward for making this kind choice.

- Show some kindness to the technicians 

Kindness costs nothing they say. It certainly does not and yet brings a chain of rewards in multiple forms. When you call a technician for installation, repair, maintenance & tune-up or any other kind of HVAC service, don't forget to show them some love and kindness. Imagine how hard would it be for us to enjoy cool summers and warm winters if these technicians were not there. Show them kindness by offering them a cold drink (as it's hot and they work hard), by appreciating what they do, by assisting them in handing them the tools, by thanking them warmly when they are done etc. When you are inclined to show kindness, you find ways to be as kind as you can in as many ways.

- Do some good for no money | Donate your appliances 

What if your HVAC choices could indirectly help brighten someone else's life? Nope, we aren't talking about the brand owner whose brand you purchase and consequently, make him rich. It's rather about helping someone who is in need of help. Fortunately, there are a number of philanthropic initiatives by the HVAC community to which you can contribute. For example, Philanthro Filters. Philanthro Filter donates a portion of every filter purchased from it for the well being of orphan children across the world. Simply by purchasing filters from such visionary suppliers, you could help someone in needs. Similarly, Lennox has its "Feel The Love" program which installs free of cost heating/cooling appliances at the homes of the needy people and these are offered by the well off homeowners. As you upgrade your home cooling appliances, donate the old appliances to such philanthropic programs.

Life is not all about finding ways to comfort one's own self. It is also about making the most of the opportunities to comfort others. This summer, develop a vision of spreading love and kindness in as many ways as you can. And you, by doing this, will always shine like a star.

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Get a complete Know-How about Red Tagged Furnace in Ontario

We will be discussing some basic facts of the red tags in Ontario to make you learn what they are and why they are issued and the process of red tag removal.

Introduction about Red Tag:

Red tags are most commonly known by the name of warning tag. It is an indication that the gas-powered appliance is in “unacceptable condition” and the person who is accountable for that appliance should take some action to fix the conditions.
As far as the seriousness of the problem is concerned, the technician would be required by law to shut off the supply of gas of the appliance. It is not just the furnaces that can be red tagged, in fact, warning tag can often be given to the water heaters or the gas dryer units or gas boilers

Why your furnace gets Red-Tagged?

If your furnace or the water heater is getting red tagged; it might be possible that it has been damaged or it has been deteriorated in a way that impairs the safe operation. Moreover, there could be some sort of issue within the condition of the piping or even the hoses and tubing too. What happens next contingent upon the type of red tag you have received? Since the common reg tags are: Immediate Red Tag (Category “A”) where a technician immediately cuts off the supply of gas to the furnace. Another type of red tagging is 30-Day Red Tag Warning ( category B ), where you are required to fix the system within 30 days. In the view of furnaces, the condition of a cracked form of the heat exchanger is one of the most common reasons for the red tagging. The heat exchanger has a set of coils repeatedly looped through the air flow in a heating system. Simply stated, the heat exchanger is the important component of the furnace, responsible to heat the air.

Overview plus detail about Red Tag Removal:

Now, we are sure that you would be much interested in learning about different methods for red tag removal. There are different processes you can follow to avoid red tags that end in the hefty repair bills. - You need to get your appliance completely inspected. You should be asking the technician to completely inspect with all sorts of faults that are being identified in the red tag. You should hire an experienced and certified gas technician who will inspect the appliance and make repairs if needed. - You can also send the clearance portion of the red tag to some well-known gas company. Make sure that the gas company has received the red tag set of clearance before the deadline. The tech will simply fill out clearance and simply re-activate the appliance.
Please note that if licensed, certified gas technicians as they find any appliance in “unacceptable condition,” are required by law to give it a red tag. There is no space to put yourself in the argument. 

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What to consider before Renting a Furnace in Ontario

The question which often haunts us as homeowners is whether we should buy a Furnace or rent it? People in Canada are more inclined towards renting a furnace. For the sake of consumer protection and removing all hassles regarding sales tactics, laws have been designed by the province of Ontario. The province of Alberta also passed legislation regarding this. Though you still need to be conscious before signing any agreement at the door, today's article demonstrates about two choices regarding your cooling and heating system; purchasing a Furnace or renting it.

Is renting a Furnace worth considering?

Renting a furnace seems modest at first glance - homeowners pay monthly payments which are quite feasible than the initial outlay. The cost has been a prime consideration for any family while making an investment for their homes. Presently, homeowners have found rentals a better alternative than purchasing it and paying all cost at one-go.

Here are a few things you should consider before making your mind for purchasing a furnace
ü  Rentals allow you to pay for the unit over an extended period or you won’t have to pay a hefty amount of your Furnace all at once.
ü  Canadian rental companies offer customers complimentary annual maintenance to keep their furnace working smoothly.
ü  You don’t pay extra for protection plans as it has already been included in the price of a rental. The rental companies come with full coverage protection– meaning you won't pay for furnace service and repairs. Moreover, in any event, a furnace break downs, the company shall replace the entire unit.

How to rent a Furnace:

Renting a furnace is a straightforward process. A homeowner will sign an agreement and upon the landlord’s approval and a signed contract, a new furnace will be installed immediately at his place and then he pays instalments after each month at a scheduled date. A renter doesn't pay any extra cost besides the fixed monthly payments.

Things to consider before renting a Furnace:

Once you have decided the furnace rental service as the best pick for you, don’t forget to consider the following facts:
ü  The company should be reputed and TSSA-certified with certifications for your region.
ü  Choose a company which offers easy and hassle-free installation and helps you to dispose of the old unit.
ü  Get a complete guideline or assistance regarding the payments, mark up rates and other important factors.

Wrapping up the article:

The final decision regarding purchasing or renting a furnace is up to your preference and budget. For some people, paying thousands of dollars in one-go isn't an option while some people lack a strong credit rating or had a bankruptcy. However, they still get a choice to go for some companies who don’t require excellent credit scoring for granting a loan or renting a commodity.

Despite all benefits, some homeowners still sense renting a furnace as an extra burden due to fewer choices of a Furnace brand, reduced flexibility, and higher overall cost. 

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Why would your Tank Water Heater Leak?

Reasons of a leaking Tank Water Heater
A leaking tank can be a lot of trouble. No one likes standing in the washroom all wet and wondering why did the water end so fast. Or coming back home to a leaking ceiling or a wet floor.
There can be multiple reasons behind a leaking water heater tank and different places from where it can leak. 
Some of the places it can leak from are:
- Water heater nipples 
- Water supply lines
- Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve
- Drain line
- In the tank
These are some of the very common places which can cause the water to leak and there can be many reasons behind it. 



Rust

All Water Heaters have anodes to prevent rusting but over time, the anode can start to fail. As most of the water heaters are made up of steel, they start rusting. You would be easily able to notice this problem as your water will start getting a little dirty due to the rust getting mixed in it. If the anode rod is not replaced, it can make your tank to leak.

Air Pressure
A strong air pressure is built up in your tank when the water coming from the exterior of your home has a strong pressure or the temperature is too high. This is not a very common problem but it can cause your tank to burst up at any time.

Build-up of Sediments

Most of the houses have hard water that comes into the water heaters and the hard water has different minerals dissolved in it. Those minerals start settling at the bottom of the tank and build up a strong layer. This layer then prevents water from heating fast or even heating at all which can eventually lead to a leak or even a burst.

Corrosion

Corrosion is very common and can happen to any kind of tank over time. This causes several small leaks which are then pretty hard to find.

General Wear and Tear

This is very much common and happens when the tanks get old. When a tank finally reaches the age of 9 to 10 years, it can start having leaks at different parts which are very general. You then probably need to replace those water heater tanks to avoid any inconvenience. 

Drain Valve

While people can jump to this conclusion very fast that there is something wrong with the hot water tank, they forget to check just this one place. It is very commonly seen that a loose drain valve might not give you a lot of trouble in the very beginning but it can start leaking a lot of water as the time passes. You just need to check if the drain valve is tightly closed or not, and if even it has some problem, you can easily replace it. 

Have you ever faced a leaking water heater scenario in your Toronto home? If yes, how did you tackle it? 

For all those homeowners struggling with their Water Heaters and planning to replace, here's our supreme collection of Toronto's best brands. 

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Here's why your Furnace is not working

Don't panic if this winter your Furnace stops working and that too on an extremely cold night. There are some common causes behind a Furnace suddenly shutting off and by exploring the causes, you can provide yourself with a quick self-help.

Did you change the filter? 

Place your hand on your mouth and try to breathe. How does it feel like? Suffocating, yes? This is the same that the HVAC system feels when it has to push and pull air through dirty filters. While clogged filters affect the airflow, they also do one more thing and that is; the burden the fan motor as it has to push harder to let the air pass through the filters. So if your system suddenly shuts off, it is probable that the filters are dirty and the system has just said no to cooperate any further. Thoroughly clean the filters and try to give a kick-start to the system. Hopefully, this would work.



It could be the naughty Thermostat 

If you've been too lazy to change the Thermostat batteries or are too bad at setting the Thermostat with the right settings, then better give a quick check to the Thermostat as well. Reset the Thermostat and make sure the fan is on ''Auto'' and try to recall what was the last time you changed the batteries. When grandma was alive? It's been long, change the batteries now.

Too small a size to warm 

In order to efficiently warm a space, the right size of Furnace is a key requirement. A Furnace too small in size will have to work constantly in order to keep the place warm. The continuous operation will result in wear and tear and in some cases, a sudden breakdown.

Have you been regular with maintenance? 

If you have not been performing regular maintenance and more importantly, if you had not provided your Furnace with a seasonal tune-up, then don't be shocked by a sudden breakdown. The dirt, the clogs and the component problems will all combine to stop the Furnace system from operation.

What to do to avoid a Furnace breakdown in Winter? 

It is not easy to bear the cold winter of Canada. And with no heating element, it becomes even harder. So in order to avoid such a situation where you'd be shivering with cold, consider the following;
- Always get your Furnace professionally tuned-up before winter. This will help fix any possible issues
- Change your filters not only before the season but also during the season as frequently as is required. The suggested 3-6 month period may not be suitable for you if you have indoor activities that cause more dirt
- If your system is already over 15 years of age and needs to be repaired frequently, then better replace in time
- Last but not least, choose the right size and consult a professional before purchasing a unit. Also, avoid DIY or unprofessional installation because faulty installation leaves lasting impacts on appliance efficiency.

How old is your Furnace? Did you find this blog useful?

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Reasons to upgrade from Wood Fireplace to Gas Fireplace

Fireplaces have been used for centuries in houses in colder regions all over the world where
people needed to keep their homes warm during chilly winters. They were even one of the most
striking features of the traditional homes as they were placed in the living rooms or major rooms
of the house and were easily visible and accessible whenever needed. However, with the passage
of time, the conventional wood-burning fireplaces have become less adaptable as it causes
dangers like smoke-filled rooms, complaints from the neighbourhood, health issues, pollution etc.
These issues can be overcome by replacing the wood fireplace with Gas. Therefore the
popularity of Gas fireplaces has increased over the past years.
Here are some of the reasons which will throw a light upon the significance of converting Wood
Fireplace into a Gas fireplace.


Clean Burning: Less Pollution

Gas Fireplaces are significant for their clean burning factor because as compared to wood
fireplaces, natural gas and propane fireplaces produce less carbon monoxide and harmful
emissions. Hence both natural gas and propane are clean-burning fuels. But it should also be kept
in mind that no energy source is completely environmentally friendly. Natural gas and propane
also release some pollutants when burnt but they are relatively less as compared to the pollutants
emitted from wood smoke. Wood smoke, however, is considered as the source of wintertime air
pollution. While it could be said that having a wood fireplace can be pleasant to watch, it is
also polluting, so, Gas is a better alternative to avoid such pollution.

Wood smoke causes serious health issues

Some people like the smell of wood smoke; however, they do not realize that this smell is
dangerous for their health. It is especially harmful to children, elderly and people with lungs and
heart disease. As discussed before, wood smoke contains particles which can cause serious health
issues. When people use wood stoves and fireplaces, chemicals are released into the air and these
chemicals are poisonous which can cause damage to the respiratory tract. When people breathe
air with wood smoke in it, they inhale these chemicals which can go deeply into lungs; these toxic substances may also remain in lungs for months and cause diseases like cancer, asthma,
emphysema, pneumonia, headache etc.

Wood fireplace: Troublesome for neighbours

One more thing that should be kept in mind is that not only the homeowners of wood fireplace
get affected but also the neighbours; because the smoke from one family’s fireplace can
seep into neighbour's house through doors or windows and they can also get affected by this
smoke. Wood smoke is more of a problem in the winter when cold, stagnant air prevents it from
rising and dispersing.

No Chimney is required

If a gas fireplace is installed, then no chimney is needed in homes because gas fireplace burns
cleanly. Instead of having a chimney one can simply vent the exhaust to an external wall. The extra
task of cleaning the chimney is also eliminated. On the other hand, for a wood fireplace chimney is an essential element to be installed at home because it can be troublesome otherwise.

Simple On/Off Operation

Last but not least, it is easy to install a gas fireplace and the usage is as equally easy. With the flip of a switch or the push of a button, one can have a wonderfully comforting, heat emanating fireplace.

Hence from the above-mentioned reasons, it is safe to say that gas fireplace is a better option to install in homes to avoid the dangers and pollution that is caused by wood fireplaces.

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