Economic ways to control moisture in summers


Spring is already here and we'd soon be entering the summer territory. Every season has its own joys, there's no denying the fact but every season has also some problems that are associated with it. For spring, we know, the most common association is allergies, for winter, frozen bites and home boundness and for autumn, dry leaves sticking in stucco and gutters etc. There are for sure some other season specific issues, but the above-mentioned are the ones almost every Canadian experiences to some extent. So what is one of the major summer issue other than heat strokes? It's excessive humidity. With an increase in temperature, the air becomes more moist. Just like an insufficiently humidified air in winters causes problems for homes and homeowners, an overly humidified air is unsuitable as well. And did you know, high level of relative humidity has been related to high risks of cancer? One of the most common problems faced in summers is how to control the excessive humidity. While on one hand, this affects homeowners, on the other hand, it affects homes as well. Moisture destroys walls and wallpapers as well as other interiors and decoration items.

Today, we'd talk about how to control the mould production in homes in summer which indirectly means how to stop the causes the excessive moisture. Let's begin!


Controlling moisture this summer

- Check for leaks

All the indoor moisture in the indoor is not caused by seasonal moisture. Sometimes, it is a byproduct of our own uncarefulness. Leaving leaking toilet tanks, pipes and drains etc and not repairing them in time becomes one of the major cause of mould production. And the supplied moisture of the environment adds to the spread of mould. Fix your leaks before fixing anything else.

- Following the right practices

Taking bath and leaving the mirrors and walls wet does the same job that the leaking fixtures do. Clean bathroom walls, mirrors after the bath. Be careful about kitchen equally and dry out any water that is left on slabs, close to the sink table and on the floor. In summer, water evaporates quickly. It will rise and become moisture in your indoor environment. Dry it out before it takes flight.

- Timely use of exhaust fans

Most homeowners use their exhaust fans only occasionally when it's too smoky to bear inside. However, exhaust fans are a wonderful way to keep humidity and moisture in control as they expel the air outside. Use them especially at the time of bathing, cooking and performing any other activity that heats the indoor. Do not leave bathroom doors open, the moisture will spread in the entire room. Instead, close the door, open the ventilator and turn the exhaust fan on. Use the same for the kitchen if yours is not an open kitchen. 

- Air Conditioners that dehumidify

Although all Air Conditioners as they cool the air automatically dehumidify it, there are some Air Conditioners that are designed with special dehumidification features. So as you cool yourself off, they also allow you a control on the humidity level. If installing a separate dehumidifier unit does not come in your range of compatibility for whatever reasons, consider purchasing an advanced Air Conditioner (be it second hand) to kill two sparrows with one arrow. Once the AC efficiently combats the moisture every time it runs, the consequences of moisture and mould can be controlled to a great extent.

Wonder where you can purchase one such unit? We have them, we have them! Latest Air Conditioner models of renowned brands that offer advanced dehumidification controls. Want to try? Here you go; 1-855-245-4328

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Save bucks by smartly using your Tank Water Heater

While it is a common perception that Tankless Water Heaters are much more efficient than Storage Tank Water Heaters and that the storage tank units can help save only negligibly even when used efficiently, the truth is; even the tankless water heaters can bring you hefty bills and even the storage tank water heaters can help save a great deal only if; the right methods and techniques are used. Although there is a wide majority who is shifting towards the tankless units, there are still thousands of Toronto and GTA homeowners whose most favourite and most suitable water heating solution is the Storage tank Water Heater. This blog, therefore, is meant to help all those homeowners who wish to save on energy bills with having their storage tank buddies at home.



Before we begin, here's a piece of important information for you. Did you know that water heating accounts for the second largest heating expense? 18% of the energy bills come as a result of energy used for water heating. Trying to make changes in this 18% can help save a great deal annually.

Smart ways to save with Tank Water Heater

Insulation of appliance

Did you know that only the insulation of the heating unit and the pipes can make a significant reduction in energy bills? Cover the heater tank and the hot water pipes with a quality insulation material; foam etc. However, be careful to not cover the vents, the burner area, the thermostat or the bottom of the water heater.

Shift from electric to gas 

How much an appliance is costing you depends also on the type of fuel you are using to run it. Since electricity is usually costlier than gas, consider the option of fuel conversion to save in long run. Convert from electric to natural gas and you will find the difference in energy bills.

Low flow fixtures 

The higher the flow of faucets and showers, the more hot water will be used and the more your heater will have to work. Install low-flow plumbing fixtures, showerheads and faucets. This might seem like a thing that won't make a difference, it will. The use of every single day multiplied by 365 days surely makes a difference.

Upgrade dishwasher/cloth washer 

An outdated dishwasher/cloth washer consumes more water. Upgrading them would be a one-time investment that will reduce the energy bills for a long run.

Draining the tank 

In storage tank water heaters, sediments accumulate over time which contributes to lengthening the water heating duration. Drain the tank at least once a year to remove those sediments.

Check water leaks 

It is important to keep a check on water leaks. Did you know that one drip of water per second will waste 1,600 gallons of water a year? It is, therefore, important to fix the water leaks be they from the water pipes of the water heater tank.

Reduce the temperature 

The more the temperature is reduced, the more the savings will be. Shifting from the typical temperature of 140 degrees to a more efficient temperature of 120 degrees promises a 3%-5% decrease in energy bills for lowering every 10 degrees.

On the last note, it is recommended to upgrade your system to a more efficient system if your current system is outdated and has already completed its lifespan. Consult an HVAC professional and go for a replacement. Efficient systems can help reduce energy bills 15%-20%. 
Act smarter - save more! 
 

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It’s getting frostier – Survive the cold weather with these tips

Constant snow falling and temperature falling below -20, it isn’t easy to survive the chilling cold weather of Canada dudes! With piles of snow, roads and streets blocked and extremely cold blows of air, it needs both careful practices and careful strategies to enjoy the weather without getting hurt by it. Else, the very same weather of beautiful white snow and tantalizing fireplace crackles becomes the weather of deadly dangers. So, here we present to you tips that can help survive as well as enjoy the Canadian winter. Let’s begin;



Keep yourself updated:

With the weather making unsteady changes, it is important for you to keep yourself updated with the weather forecasts and updates. And it is easier than before to keep one’s self updated with the gadgets that we have with us all the time. So before you head out for skating, a chairlift ride or just a winter long drive, make sure you aren’t heading towards a warning sign weather.

Be very conscious of proper clothing and food:

Do it or not in any other season but never underestimate the power of protection that the clothes provide. Cover yourself with as many layers as possible but also, be sure your bodily movement doesn’t get adversely affected by layers of clothes as this itself can become a source of harm. Prefer wool or polyester fleece winter wears.
And yes, let’s talk about foot wears now. Wearing the wrong footwear would mean you will be losing a great part of warmth through your feet. Use thick sole shoes and when you are out on snow; make sure your shoes can stand the slipperiness of snow.

Here’s a quick note on food and drinks:

Warm drinks will help you maintain body heat but that does not include; caffeinated drinks and alcohol as it accelerates the loss of bodily heat.

Combat cold in crisis:

And there are probabilities that you will be in a cold combating situation some time if not today as long as you live in a climate like Canada. So what to do when such a crisis occurs?

Well, mainly the situations that take place are;
* Hypothermia
And
* Frostbite

Frostbite is a very serious condition and it can take place with as little as 30 seconds exposure to extreme cold. The affected area gets grey, pale or waxy. In such a situation, DO NOT RUB the skin to make it warm and also DO NOT expose it to direct heat. Use the bodily heat to warm the affected area without rubbing it. Or just place a warm object at the affected area in order to conduct some heat. This is what you can do as first aid steps. Don’t forget rushing to the hospital for further treatment.

Hypothermia is another emergency situation caused by cold weather. It takes place when the body begins to lose heat faster and is slower at generating heat. This result in an extremely low body temperature which then results in;
* Shivering 
* Numbness 
* Mumbling
* Confusion

When hypothermia takes place, try to gradually retain the body’s heat and remove wet clothing if there’s any.

When you are travelling with children and elderly people, keep a careful eye on them as they are more supposed to suffer from hypothermia. Just a bit of careful approach and you can stand the deadly winter of Canada. And can enjoy it as well.
Have a safe and joyful winter!

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Space Heater Buying Guide


HVAC choices are among the most important choices that you make for your home. And that is because one thing that you aspire for your home is comfort which is impossible in these times of harsh climates without using relevant and efficient HVAC appliances. Although Furnaces and Fireplaces are the most used heating elements, there are several reasons that make Space Heaters a wise choice both as a primary heating system and as a standby heating system. This blog is dedicated to learning about Space Heaters, their types, features and when it is best for you to purchase a Space Heater. 


Types and Kinds

- Radiant Space Heaters

As the name suggests, Radiant Space Heaters warm by radiating heat around them. They are a wonderful as well as an economical choice for smaller spaces

- Radiator Space Heaters

This type of heaters are filled with oil which is warmed by electricity. Efficiency is promising since oil is good at retaining heat

- Convection Space Heaters

They heat the indoor air and create lasting warmth. Such heaters are ideal for large spaces (not very large though)

- Gas Space Heaters

If you are looking for a fast and powerful space heater, Gas heaters are what can suffice for your need the best. Also, they are inexpensive while the operating cost is also less. One care, however, regarding these heaters is that they should be used in screened patios or well-ventilated areas since they pose a carbon monoxide threat

What features to look for?

You should not only look for a device that warms, instead look for a device that efficiently warms. Look for the following features when purchasing a Space Heater;

- Hunt for automatic turn off temperature. There are models available in the market that shut off automatically when they reach an unsafe temperature. This can save you from great havoc

- If you've children or pets at home, look for a unit that has a cold to touch surface or a guard around the heating part in order to provide safety from burns

- Heaters that run at a single temperature can bring fatty energy bills. If your budget allows, look for a multiple heat setting unit. This will require a little more investment but will indeed save in long run

- If you're too used to using remotes or are too lazy to get off your warm bed, don't put on hold the feature of the remote control. There are remote control space heaters available now. Control from anywhere in the room

Important factors to consider when buying Space Heaters


- Keep this formula in mind. Electric units are suitable for the indoors and gas units for outdoors. As mentioned above, gas space heaters pose serious risk of CO poisoning and are relatively risky so better use them in open spaces

- If you're a person who gets annoyed by appliance operational noises, search for noise-free units. Bedroom and office use space heaters have limited to no noise

- Consider energy efficiency as an important factor. Compare the efficiency ratings of different units of different brands and try to choose the most energy-efficient unit that comes in your range

- Last but not the least; Not all Space Heaters are meant to be portable. If you think you would be dragging your heater here and there, tell your retailer this requirement so that he shows you those units that are designed to be portable. Who can drag heavy heaters in so cold weather?

If you have something else to share regarding space heaters, go on! We would encourage your contribution.

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Keep kids busy in the indoors with these 7 exciting activities

You certainly don't want your kids to go out in the pursuit of enjoyment and come back with a fever and other seasonal illnesses. But you can't stop them for long unless you have some interesting activities to keep them busy. So until the weather outside gets suitable enough to be enjoyed without any fears, here are the activities that you can serve your children with. Remember, children love to do new things and the ones they can take part in. When they find enough excitement in the indoors, they won't insist on rolling on the ice sheet outside.


Activity# 1 - Cook some cookies
Be it girls or boys, baking does have something that fascinates all. So gather together the little ones and bake cookies, muffins or any other eatable that they like. With special reference to Winters, kids like to eat snowman cookies particularly when they are denied the activity of playing with it in the outdoors.

Activity# 2 - Watch a Winter themed movie together
Sitting in warm blankets, eating popcorns and sipping hot cocoa, another activity that the kids would enjoy particularly in the evening or night time is watching a movie that too of a Winter theme. Some quick recommendations are hereunder;
- Happy Feet
- Eight Below
- Snow Dogs
- Mr Popper's Penguins
Activity# 3 - Make a snowman
No! Not from snow. Make it from pillows. Gather pillows with plain white covers and pile them one over the other. Use mufflers and caps to decorate this pillow snowman and if the facelessness of the snowman irritates you, use buttons and laces to bring him a beautiful face.

Activity# 4 Indoor Snowball Fight
It's isn't entirely pleasurable when there's a snowman but no snowball fight. Just like you have made an effort to create this indoor snowman, make a little more effort to please and involve your kids. Roll some furry clothes and make balls of them. Then allow your kids to enjoy this indoor snowball fight.

Activity# 5 Introduce children to the deceased family members and values of the family
One of the most insightful and interesting activities is spending time with children and making them aware of the family roots and values. This is a great way with which you would be able to do their grooming while also be able to keep them engaged. Bring out your family album and introduce the little ones to those that have passed or live far away and also to the family values that were once there.

Activity# 6 Start Scrapbooking  
Once you have fascinated children with the old photographs, you can give them another idea and that is of making their own scrapbook. You can help them compile old and new photographs and design them to make a beautiful hard copy of the memories that their children will be able to rejoice when it is their Winter time in the indoors.

Activity# 7 Redecorate home
Here's something that will not only keep you and your children warm but will also keep you busy in exciting and productive activity. Redecorate home or kid's room according to their own likes and dislikes. They will come up with unique ideas and will enjoy this indoor activity more than enough when the outcome will fascinate them.

What other ways do you use to keep your kids busy in the indoors in Winter?

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Noritz Tankless Water Heaters - What so special?

If you aren't a Noritzian yet, you will become by the end of this write-up. Before we begin to talk about why you should think of becoming a Noritzian this Winter, let us introduce you to the company first. Noritz is a leading HVAC company founded in 1951 with its focus on manufacturing Tankless Water Heaters. A time when everybody had conventional Tank Water Heaters, it was Noritz that had, for the first time introduced Electric Tankless Water Heater units in the market. Noritz started with Tankless as its primary product and it is still sticking to the same; Tankless Water Heater and their spare parts. The well-esteemed HVAC company has recently launched some advanced models of Water Heaters that are breaking the grounds and are becoming popular rapidly. Talking generally about Noritz Water Heaters, there are so many reasons to become a Noritzian. Here are a few;


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- Versatility & range

When it comes to Tankless Water Heaters, you won't find as versatile and as wide range anywhere else as you'd find at Noritz. From different sizes to different colours to different efficiencies and different features, Noritz has a number of series to offer including ecoTHOUGH, proTHOUGH, Value Solutions and others.


- Comfort + Convenience = Noritz

Who has time to wait for the water to get hot in the conventional tank water heater? With Noritz, comfort is coming with convenience. Not only does Noritz provide ''always hot'' and that too in abundance, it also manufactures units that are space saving. You don't need an entire back kitchen area to install its Tankless Water Heaters, just a few feet space suffices.


- Noritz is durable and reliable

Noritz won't leave you somewhere in the middle of intensely cold weather on a chilly morning. It's equally durable and reliable. Unlike the conventional tank water heaters, Noritz units last double the age; up to 20 years. Your newborn will be graduating and you'll have the same water heater at home. Cool and economical!       


- The best warranties

On purchasing a new brand, you could be in a continuously worrying situation since you never know how long would it last and what if it fails? Noritz takes these worries far far away from you. With its ultimate belief in the quality of its appliances, Noritz offers 12 years (yes 12 YEARS) of warranty on heat exchanger, 5 years of warranty on parts and 1 whole year warranty on labour.


- Advanced features - better safety

Noritz Water Heaters are offering advanced features that no other Water Heater brand is offering. The safety features of Noritz models do not allow scalding water to reach your faucets. Moreover, since there's no storage mechanism, there are no possibilities of rust, sediments and scale presence in water.


-  Save heating cost - Save mommy Earth


Noritz believes in eco-friendly manufacturing. All of the Noritz models are extremely energy efficient that help saves up to 40% on energy bills while providing 30% greater efficiency than a 50-gallon conventional Water Heater. The eco-friendly mechanism saves Earth by not producing harmful by-products and the energy efficient mechanism saves you those dollars in your wallet.

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Important HVAC Questionnaire for Fall

Hey there! How's fall going? Hope you are enjoying this wonderful season and the soothing rustling sounds of the leaves. And we also hope, being HVAC professionals that you are keeping care of your home according to the Fall requirements. Fall is considered the best time to make your home heating system ready for the Winter and it is for this reason that we recommend homeowners to not take the fall for granted and make the best use of this limited time to make all the necessary preparations for a perfectly warm home in Winters. Here are a few important questions that we want you to ask yourself.

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Does your home need to have Insulation?
If your home was already insulated and you never thought of renewing it, it must be too old by now. And an old insulated home can cause discomfort, particularly in Winters. Since HVAC technicians are hardly available in the peak seasons, we recommend renewal of insulation right in this time of Fall. Not only would the Insulation professionals will easily be available, they will also perform the task efficiently without haste if you hire them now.

Have you checked your Airways?
Just like the thought of Insulation renewal hardly comes in the minds of homeowners, the thought of clearing the airways is also among the most ignored ones. Blocked airways in any form are a threat for your entire HVAC system. Not only will they bar the proper supply of warm air, they will also burden the system and would also probably result in Furnace motor failure. So make sure your airways are all clear. In case they're being blocked with furniture, carpets etc, unblock all such hindrances and perform a brief cleaning of the airways.

Is your ductwork in need of cleaning?
There's a myth that duct cleaning isn't crucial to better home comfort and improved indoor air. The truth, however, is, cleaner ducts make a smooth passage for the supply and return air while dirtier ducts not only hinder the passage, they also contaminate the air. If the Filters are not of good quality, the dust and debris don't get trapped and thus keep on circulating in the home. If you wish to enjoy warm air without having to feel a stale feeling along, check your ductwork and in case it's dirty, make sure you perform a cleaning session or call a pro to do so before the Winter begins.

What was the last time you had your system inspected by a pro?
Seems like it's been quite a time since you last had a professional inspection of your system. Did you know that costly repairs can be avoided just by having a professional diagnosis in time? If it has been long since you had your system professionally inspected, it is the time you should think of having a proper inspection. There are numerous benefits that the professional inspection and diagnosis offer. The system, if it is creating prospects of repairs gets screwed in time, the issues already present are saved from getting worse, costly repairs and sudden breakdowns are avoided, the efficiency of the system is improved and much more.

Have you ticked all these to do's?
For an efficiently working heating system, here's what you need to do or call a professional to do for you:
- Cleaning the heating elements from inside and outside
- Cleaning/Replacing Filters
- Inspecting gas lines, electrical connections for damages
- Checking the leaking ducts
- Lubricating the moving parts of the heating appliances
- Measuring the airflow
- Inspecting the ignition and burner

You've still a lot of time left but we still recommend to not put off until tomorrow what you can do today. This questionnaire was meant to inform as well as remind you of the HVAC needs your system and home in general is needing. Fulfil them in time and that will ensure comfortable Winters for you. :)

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