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.


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?


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;


- 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.


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.


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. :)


Heat Exhaustion - A useful Q&A

Summer brings lots of joys; the joy of outing with friends to celebrating barbeque nights and going to the beach during vacations etc. But Summer does also bring some other things along that could be seriously sickening at times if care is not taken. One such dark Summer aspects is; Heat Exhaustion. While Winters of Canada are severe to bear, the same is true for the Summers of this North American region. The temperature rises and crosses 35-40 C at peak Summer. Such intense heat often causes Heat Exhaustion. While a temperature of your own choice can be created in the indoors, care needs to be taken for the time spent in the outdoors in order to protect yourself from the annoyance of that giant star; Sun. This Q&A blog will help you learn about Heat Exhaustion, its symptoms, causes, preventions and cures. Let's begin.

Heat Exhaustion

Q: What is Heat Exhaustion?
A: While there are relatively fewer people that suffer from Heat Stroke, a majority does go through the phase of Heat Exhaustion in hot Summer. The difference between the Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion is that Heat Exhaustion is an earlier stage of Heat Stroke and relatively less severe than Heat Stroke. Heat Exhaustion occurs when the body begins to lose its fluids and salts as a consequence of longer exposure to heat and Sunlight.

Q: What causes Heat Exhaustion?
A: As said above, Heat Exhaustion is caused by long exposure to high temperatures without providing the body with the necessary liquids and minerals. The cooling mechanism of the body is by producing sweat. When the body begins to run short of liquids by continuous sweating, and no evaporation of sweat, exhaustion occurs.

Q: What are the symptoms of Heat Exhaustion?
A: Compared with Heat Stroke, the Heat Exhaustion symptoms are different. Know about both.
Heat Stroke Symptoms are as follows:
- Body Temperature rises up to 104 F
- Heart Beat increases
- Loss of consciousness occurs
- Body gets hot, red or dry

On the other hand, Heat Exhaustion symptoms are as follows:
- Weakness
- Heavy Sweating
- Nausea
- Fainting
- Pale skin
- Dehydration
- Reduced Blood Pressure
- Headache

Q: How to prevent Heat Exhaustion?
A: Just take a bit of care and you'll be able to enjoy Summer without having to go through such health risking experiences:  
- Wear loose and light coloured dresses that absorb less heat
- Use caps and umbrellas in order to have lesser exposure to Sun
- Use Sunblocks to protect skin
- Drink as much water and juices as you can.
- Strictly avoid fluids with caffeine and alcohol since they lose body fluids and worsen the heat exhaustion.

Q: How to cure the condition of Heat Exhaustion?
A: As explained above that Heat Exhaustion is caused when the body begins to lose essential fluids and salts, it is important to quickly unplug the causes causing Heat Exhaustion.
- Move to a shady place
- Drink lots of water and juices
- Take off any excessive clothing  
- Cool your body by taking a bath, using a wet towel or by sitting under a fan

Bottom Line
Heat Exhaustion although less severe than Heat Stroke is yet a serious health problem that if not tackled in time may lead to Heat Stroke. A large number of people lose their lives due to Heat Exhaustion every year merely by not taking it seriously. While it is true that every season has its own flavour, it needs to be understood that every season demands some careful approaches too and only then it offers the complete package of seasonal joy.

Take care of yourself during hot Summer and avoid Heat Exhaustion. Take prompt action if you or somebody else face Heat Exhaustion. We've told you what to do.


DIY Air Conditioner maintenance tasks

There are numerous benefits that Air Conditioner maintenance offers, the most important of which are:
- Regular maintenance improves appliance's lifetime which saves you an early appliance replacement cost
- Maintenance keeps the appliance functioning with optimal efficiency. This helps cut on energy bills
- A major benefit that regular maintenance offers is that it prevents the appliance from serious repairs. Issues are diagnosed in time with regular maintenance which saves the appliance from the possibility of sudden breakdown

AC Maintenance

While being HVAC professionals, our responsibility is to suggest homeowners with the best of HVAC solutions, our suggestion regarding maintenance is; always choose a professional for maintenance, at least for annual maintenance. There are several homeowners that choose to perform DIY maintenance which is although possible but also keeps the appliances under the risk of damage. For risk-free maintenance, professional annual maintenance is always recommended by all HVAC professionals. However, there are several maintenance tasks that can be performed on a weekly or monthly basis by the homeowners themselves. These maintenance tasks include;
- Cleaning of units
- Cleaning of Filters
- Cleaning of registers and vents
- Cleaning of duct

DIY1: Cleaning of Units

In the case of Central Air Conditioners, the primary component that requires cleaning is the outdoor condenser/heat pump. Keep it in mind that the outdoor units of Central, as well as Split Air Conditioners, require an enough space around them in order to function properly. So while doing the cleaning, do not just ward off the dust and debris from the unit, also consider cutting the grass and other shrubs that might have grown around the unit. Using a hose for cleaning is recommended, however, care needs to be taken with keeping the pressure of the water. An excessively high pressure can damage the fan and interior of the unit.

DIY2: Cleaning of Filters  

Filter Cleaning can be performed by homeowners themselves. There are several factors that affect the frequency of filter changing. Shortly, the type of filter and the quality of indoor air matters the most. Filters should nonetheless be changed from 30-60 days. A simple way of making sure when your Filters requires cleaning/changing is simply by inspecting them. Your own senses will notify you that the Filters now need to be replaced/changed when they'll change the colours and become grey or dark grey.

DIY3: Cleaning register and vents

Dirt and debris do not only stick to the air filters. As the air circulates, the dust and debris get stuck to the vents and registers as well. And the continuous circulation of air takes these air pollutants along with it which then affects the indoor air quality. So as part of regular maintenance, the registers and vents need to be cleaned which can be done either using a vacuum cleaner or a soft brush.  

DIY4: Cleaning of ducts

So dust could be at the registers, vents and at the air filters. Where else can the dust stick and become a reason of contaminating the indoor air? It is the ductwork. Dirty ducts do not only affect the quality of indoor air, they also pose massive health risks. While you'd call a professional after a year or may be never unless a repair need arises, consider performing duct cleaning by utilising a heavy duty vacuum cleaner. All you need to do is vacuuming the duct, however, make sure the dust is not pushed out of the ductwork. That will create a mess in the entire home which is something you certainly do not want.



Does your Air Flow suddenly become weaker? Try these solutions

There are several HVAC problems that homeowners face on regular basis. A majority of those HVAC problems are caused by small mistakes and mishandlings that can easily be fixed doing a DIY, however, homeowners, due to lack of HVAC knowledge prefer to rely on professional technicians. Our aim is to spread maximum HVAC awareness among homeowners so that they can fix their common HVAC problems by themselves and save money that would otherwise be spent on diagnosis and repairs. Who knows not that things like diagnosis and repair cost nowhere less than a $100. So let us today explore the problem of sudden decrease in Airflow, its causes and how can this problem be resolved doing a DIY.    


Reason#1: Clogged Air Filter

Grab a cushion. Place it over your mouth and try to breathe. Does it take an effort to breathe in? Yes! Because the Airflow has been restricted. The same happens with your system when it has dirty and clogged Filters. The duct fails to inhale air from the rooms and therefore fail to properly treat it and provide a fair flow. This is one of the reasons why a sudden decline in the Airflow is felt by the homeowners. Moreover, when the Airflow is restricted, the refrigerant lines freeze up leading to even more restricted airflow. Clogged filters held responsible!

What to do?

You know well what to do, don't you? In order to enjoy optimal Air Conditioner efficiency, clean the Filters regularly. If it is too dirty or damaged, replace it with a new Filter. A simple duct filter costs hardly a few dollars.

Reason#2: Leaks in ductwork

There are several homeowners that complaint about a dusty home. We ask them to have an inspection of their ductwork after initially asking some general questions. A lot of people are unaware of the fact that even a small leak in their ductwork can fill their home with heaps of dust in a few days and all that vacuuming and dusting will be of no use unless the leaks are fixed. Just like a leaking duct leads to a dusty home, a leaking ductwork also leads to a weaker airflow and you can guess why. A lot of energy gets wasted through the leaks and all you get at the end is what is left by the leaks. Out of mercy!

What to do?

Finding duct leaks isn't very difficult. You can feel air coming out easily as you carefully inspect the duct. Once the leak is found, try to fix it by patching a piece of HVAC tape over it and making sure no air is leaking any further. However, if the leaks are serious and you think you'd end up damaging the system, try calling your local HVAC service provider for help.   

Reason#3: Dirty AC blower

Your AC blower is responsible for blowing air towards your home and is located within the handler. But a lot of times, it is the same AC blower which is found responsible for restricting the airflow. And that happens when the blower fan is accumulated with dust and debris and thus fails to work as efficiently as it can. A low-quality fan motor can be the reason as well but mostly, it is the dirty blower. So what do you need to do with all dirty things, guys? Clean them yaaa!

What to do?

You already guessed it but how?
- Turn all AC power supplies off. Be careful to not allow any type of power through the lines as you're about to work with the handler
- Go to your handler and locate the fan motor inside the handler. You'll see it accumulated with dust and clogs.
- Use any soft brush, a toothbrush, a blusher brush or whatever brush that is available and is soft would be okay. (Makeup brushes are usually very soft dude! Just a tip)
- Clean the blower slowly. Be cautious to not damage the fins. In case you use soapy dilute mixtures for cleaning, let all parts dry before turning the power supply back on.
Done you are! The airflow is back to normal. Yeah!

Well, if you’re still sad because your problem didn’t get fixed, you should try connecting with a professional. There must be a serious problem that requires a professional to handle it.


Troubleshooting Humidifier, Air Ventilator and Air Cleaner

You'll come across such circumstances when doing a DIY troubleshooting is the only choice. Imagine yourself on a hot Summer afternoon and your Air Cleaner stops working while you're an asthma patient too. Now that you rush to call an HVAC professional, you realise that no tech can be available for at least two days since Summer days are the busiest days of the year. Now, where do you end up? In regret that you should've learned some troubleshooting tips for your appliance. But hey man! It's not too late. Neither it is the hot Summer afternoon yet nor you're suffering from asthma (and may you never). Before any such need arises, it is the best time to learn to help yourself before a helper comes. So brace yourself, we're about to teach you some Humidifier and Air Cleaner and Air Ventilator troubleshooting.


Troubleshooting Humidifier, Air Ventilator and Air Cleaner  

Air Cleaner Troubleshooting

Ever opened an Air Cleaner and examined it? Air Cleaners use several filters that trap the pollutants that include dust, pet dander, allergens and other contaminants. Not a single but several layers are responsible for all types of pollutant trapping. If a reduced air flow is suspected, there are possibilities that the flow has been restricted by the pollutants. Unplug all electrical supplies and check the filters. If they're dirty, replace them or rinse them with water. Be cautious to let the filters dry before placing them back.
If the system stops altogether, check the electrical supplies that may have got disconnected.

Humidifier Troubleshooting

In case it is not a hot Summer day and in fact, a chilly Winter night when one of your most important comfort appliances starts to feel sick; the Humidifier, here’s what to do. Before you could call a professional, call out the professional from your inside. Oh, yes! You can do it!
There are some common reasons due to which the Humidifier stops working:

One of the major Humidifier issues is when there's no water reaching the Humidifier. This could be due to two reasons. Either the solenoid is not getting enough power and has stopped working or in case water is not leaving the drain hose, it could be due to the blue orifice, in-line strainer or drain hose itself. Clear the lines for proper drainage and check the control board to fix electrical issues.
If the fan has stopped spinning which is also one of the most common problems, check the control board right away. Bad control boards often disrupt electricity. If the motor itself has burned, you'll have to wait for a professional to come.  

Air Ventilator Troubleshooting

The reason that you're able to breathe fresh and cool air even when you're living in a close and conducted house is that you've an Air Ventilator installed. Thanks a trillion to God for enabling us to enjoy the fruits of such technological advancements. But what to do when these comforting appliances need some comfort of repair? Rush to repair, what else!

One of the major problems that homeowners face regarding the Air Ventilator is the reduced air flow. To fix this, check the Filters. Just like the dirty filters of an Air Cleaner reduce its efficiency, the dirty filters of Air Ventilator do the same. If the system is still not allowing proper air flow, check the exhaust and return vents for any blockage.

When to call a professional?

We do encourage you doing small repairs, didn't we just helped you learn some tactics? But there's one thing we don't encourage and that is; you continuing to screw your appliances even when they're beyond your ability to fix. For such cases, you need a professional anyway. So once you're done checking what you can and the problem still persists, call a professional.


Duct vs Ductless Air Conditioning

The difference between Duct and Split Air Conditioner
Duct Air Conditioners use passages or ducts that are used for delivering ventilation, heating and/or cooling. The system of the duct, also called ductwork is spread out to every room in your home. The conditioned air that comes through a heat pump is taken to every room and this gives whole home heating/cooling. Basically, the idea of Duct Air Conditioner is what we commonly know as Central Heating/Cooling. One unit suffices for the entire home.

Contrary to Duct Air Conditioners, the Ductless Air Conditioners also called Split Air Conditioners require no ducts. As understood by the name, Split Air Conditioner is split in different rooms connected with one or more condenser units. This type of Air Conditioners are actually quite big and are visible on the wall while operating with a portable remote control for changing temperature settings. Not the entire but only a specific zone/zones can be conditioned using them.


The advantages of Duct Air Conditioner

The biggest advantage of Duct Air Conditioner is that you can move about freely in your home on a typical harsh sunny day of June. Since you have the ducts installed in every room, the flow of coolness is even in your home and it’s easier for you to do your tasks with no freaky noise as that of a split air conditioner. This system will let you work in peace.

The Disadvantage of Duct Air Conditioner

The biggest disadvantage would be the heavy price it drags along with itself. Not only the initial investment is much more than what is required for Ductless AC but also the maintenance keeps your vault overloaded. But then again, it is all worth it if you’ve a large home and want to have a whole home cooling.
Also, some homes may not provide much space for this system since a proper ductwork is required so even if you are looking forward to installing it, it may not be a suitable choice for your home because of inadequate space.

The advantages of Split Air Conditioner

A split air conditioner can be installed by your will in any room you want. It is the best choice for small houses with not much space to install the ducted system. Comparatively, it is cheaper, hence it is the most used home cooling method used by GTA homeowners. In addition to being cheaper, around 30% of the heat loss can be avoided by using a Split system.

The disadvantages of Split Air Conditioner

The disadvantages of Ductless Air Conditioners is that they are not suitable for larger homes and require several units for separate rooms. Also, since they have to be mounted on the wall, people concerned about their interior may not be okay with Split Air Conditioners.

Bottom Line

Everything has its own pros and cons. Both Duct and Ductless systems have some shortcomings and the suitability depends on one’s own requirements, budget and the type of home where the device has to be installed. It is, therefore, suggested to consult professional HVAC contractor before purchasing a new system.


Hello, Hello! Your AC is showing these repair signs, don't ignore them!

After a freezing Winter in Toronto, it's nothing less than an ecstasy to have the first Spring Sun shining with vigour. As the spring begins, the time of Spring sales also begin and people start to purchase home cooling appliances to counter the upcoming hot Summer days. After a long pause, when the cooling appliances are turned on, they often show cranky signs. In other cases, they start normally but begin to show wired signs right when in extensive use. The problem is, the repair signs won't continue to show for long. If not fixed in time, a sudden breakdown is possible. Here are some repair signs that need prompt attention.

Air Conditioner Repair

Cranky Noises - Knock knock something's wrong

The simplest of all! Air Conditioners don't make noises as long as they feel okay. When they don't, they'll let you know by making awkward sounds. In the case of Ductless Air Conditioners, there's a sound that the indoor unit, as well as the outdoor unit make while they work. But that is just a normal sound. Most Air Conditioner manufacturers these days are manufacturing AC's with an extremely quiet operation already so most GTA homeowners now enjoy noiseless AC's. But even if it is an old Air Conditioner that you're using and it's indoor or outdoor unit starts to be cranky, it's the time to get alerted. The unusual noises that come from the Air Conditioner require prompt action. The first thing homeowners can do is to wash the filters if the noise is coming from the indoor unit because mostly, the dirty filters are the cause of those weird sounds. The same goes for the outdoor unit. Dirt and debris cover the condensing unit, hindering its proper efficiency. Give condenser a wash from outside to remove the dirt. If the problem persists, call a professional ASAP and do not try more DIY's.

Freezing Condenser

Although HVAC professionals say it is normal to have a little icy outdoor unit/condenser in Winters that gets build up due to temperature effects, it is certainly not normal in Summers. If you observe a buildup of ice on the outdoor unit, it is once again the time to call your trusted HVAC professional and ask him why is your AC pretending to be in Siberia when it is not.

Dripping Water from inside unit

Another repair need! Ever felt like it has started raining when you're sitting inside your cosy bedroom? It's the AC up there. One of the problems that show your AC needs a repair is the dripping of water from the AC unit as it is turned ON and the dripping continues as long as the AC is ON. You sure want your AC to give you some cool air and not a bath. Get your AC repaired before it brings in a flood.

Insufficient cooling

The temperature has been set the same as it was in the last Summer but the AC no more cools the room as it used to, why is that? One reason could be the weather. If this Summer, it's hotter than it was, there are chances that your unit will take time to treat the indoor air. But in case, it is not the matter of hot temperature and the AC still fails to cool even after taking long or trips unnecessarily, it means it needs to be seen by an expert. Call one!

When it gets smelly

Ducts are a supplementary part of Central Air Conditioners. Sometimes, the problem is not with the indoor or the outdoor unit. It is rather with the duct system. Duct leaks can waste a lot of coolness, consequently less cool air reaches the home and the Air Conditioner needs to be kept ON more than required. Dirty Ducts also consummate more energy and give birth to foul bacteria like moulds. When there's insufficient cooling received or a foul smell is felt in the home, let your Air Conditioner duct get a cleanup.

Bottom Line
As soon as any of the above-mentioned problems are suspected, mark your calendars for a repair need and get the problem fixed as early as possible. This will help save in long run, will add to the efficiency as well as the life of the Air Conditioner.
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