Toronto Heating & Cooling Company

Novel Care has been providing heating solutions to the people of Toronto and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years. During that time we’ve relied on referrals for a big part of our business and we’ve continued to grow over the years. This tells us that our customers have been referring us quite frequently, which also tells us that they’re pleased with our services.

Our heating services include furnace installation, furnace repairs, furnace maintenance, boiler installation, boiler repairs, boiler maintenance and much more. Essentially, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you choose the right unit for your home and to keep it running well for many years to come.

For more information or a free estimate contact us today: 416-921-0000.

Heating a home on those especially cold winter nights isn’t easy. It takes a lot of energy, which in turn leads to a spike in your monthly bill. But what’s the alternative, freezing? Of course not. While the easy answer is to say you need a new furnace, boiler, or heat pump, that’s just not always a reality. For most of us, a $2,000 (minimum) expense isn’t something we can just put on our credit cards or pay off immediately. And, what if there is a draft coming in from one of your windows? Not all of us know how to seal it, and paying a handyman isn’t ideal. Luckily, there are some improved heating hacks we can share that will help you get through the winter and make those repairs in the coming spring and summer.      

Do It Yourself Improved Heating Hacks

  • Ceiling fans

This is probably the easiest improved home heating hack there is. If you have a fan in your home, you’re in luck! Throw that sucker in reverse. Of course, it won’t suddenly blow hot air instead, but it will help pull any warm air that might be trapped up along the ceiling down to you.

  • Carpets

Those thick bear skin rugs you see couples always spooning on in the movies might be cheesy, but they actually work. Don’t run out and buy one exactly like it. Just any carpet or rug will do in common areas of your home you’d like a bit warmer.

  • Drafts

Just like weatherstripping, draft stoppers are something you can buy (or make) to help eliminate hot air from escaping under your home’s doors. It usually consists of a tube-shaped cloth that spans the length of the bottom of your door and is filled with different styles of insulated materials. You could also just hack it and roll up a blanket to fit along the bottom of your door too.

  • Cooking

This improved heating hack is not only better for you, but it’s easy too. Running the stove or oven to make meals saves on the cost of dining out as well as produces excess heat for your home. Think about it, that’s why people don’t like cooking in the summer. Time to use this tip to your advantage.

  • Dishwashers, washing machines, etc

Doing the laundry can give off a bit of heat as well. Plus clothes come out toasty warm if you need a boost of heat while you’re binging Netflix. And did you know that even when your dishwasher is half full, it still uses less water than if you were to do it by hand? Keep your clothes and dishes clean by running these appliances a bit more often in the winter.

  • Curtains

While it’s always nice to let the sun in during the day, it can actually help warm your home a bit. Be sure to close them at night though. Better yet, if you have a bit of a budget, you could always check out insulated curtains too.

Improved Heating Hacks Not Enough?

Call Novel Care Obviously doing it yourself is a creative way to get through especially cold nights, but it’s important to be safe. If you ever need emergency repair service, call 416-921-0000 anytime. We’re available 24/7 and can be there within hours of a problem to assess the situation. Put our 30 years of experience to work for you.  

In the interest of saving a few bucks, you might be considering which things around the house can be put off until a later date. That’s a normal part of being a homeowner. Juggling when to redo the kitchen, paint the hallway, or finish the deck in the backyard – if you’re lucky enough to have a backyard of course – is natural when things are expensive in Toronto and the GTA. One thing you shouldn’t put off too long though is maintenance for your home’s heating system. Toronto heating maintenance from Novel Care is the solution.

Why Toronto Heating Maintenance Is Necessary

While some of you out there reading this might be quite handy around the house, even you should explore your Toronto heating maintenance options annually. You see, even if you diligently change the air filter on your furnace every few months, keep vents clear, or flush your boiler once a year, that’s still not really enough to ward off major problems from eventually building up. The truth is, a professional can take a close look at your home’s system to see any budding issues and make recommendations before they become real expensive problems.  

Some of the benefits to booking Toronto heating maintenance include:

Safety

And undiagnosed furnace could be producing a real threat if the air filters are blocked or there is a serious leak. Boilers have been known to burst if left unchecked. All it takes is a trained professional to have a look every year or two in order to foresee major issues like this and help you avoid any problems.

Using less energy

This is a big one since it has a few benefits. First, a well-running furnace, boiler, or heat pump pulls in less energy to operate properly, which in turn keeps your home’s carbon footprint smaller. The earth will love you for it, but not as much as your wallet will. In fact, an efficient heating system keeps energy bills lower on average too, so you’ll actually save a bit each month!

Novel Care Offers Can Help With Toronto Heating Maintenance

Our team has been serving Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years, so we’ve seen, maintained, and repaired it all. Call us at 416-921-0000 and we’d be more than happy to help by taking a closer look at your home’s heating system. We’re even available 24/7 in the event of an emergency, so call anytime you need help, and someone from our team will be there to take your call.   

As homeowners, we all appreciate saving a bit more money whenever we can. From finding a great deal online when shopping to something as simple as keeping energy consumption a bit lower, every little bit helps. Here, we’ll look at a few simple things you should consider if you’re looking for better heating performance from your furnace, boiler, or heat pump.     

DIY Tips To Ensure Better Heating From Your Home’s System

Starting with the basics, always be sure to have all windows closed when running your heating. While this may sound obvious, we’re all human and make mistakes, so just take a quick walk around your home to ensure all windows are fully closed.

With the obvious stuff out of the way, let’s begin. Below are some of the ways to ensure better heating performance from your furnace, boiler, or heat pump.

Changing air filters

Just like you need air to perform at your best, so too does your heating system. Be sure to change air filters every few months throughout your home. Furnace filters should be changed just as often. Of course, it all depends on you. If you have a lot of pets or allergies, you may want to change these filters more frequently to ensure your home’s air is as clean as possible.

Maintenance

Regular maintenance should be booked at least every 2 years. Again this is based on your home and the age of the heating system. However, you’ll want to make sure to book this as it can help you get the most out of your system. A well-kept furnace, boiler, or heat pump can last decades.

Blockages

This one’s easy. Just keep all vents clear to ensure your system isn’t heating the bottom of a couch or table. If you have a radiator, please don’t keep anything too close to it. It not only prevents heat from reaching the whole room, it actually can be a fire hazard.

Insulation & air leaks

If you want better heating, you need to make sure your home is properly insulated. Just like wanting to keep windows closed, you can’t expect your home’s heating to compensate for poor insulation or even air leakages due to poor weatherstripping or improper installation of doors and windows. Best bet here is to consult an expert who can help identify any issues and make recommendations.

Better Heating Performance Is Possible With Novel Care

With more than 30 years of experience, you can trust our team to help you get the most out of your heating. Call 416-921-0000 to learn more about maintenance, installation or repair. We’re even available 24/7 in case of emergency!

With the days getting shorter and the temperature slowly starting to inch closer and closer to that freezing mark, you’ll want to take care of a few things around the house before winter arrives. While most people have a checklist in mind for the spring and fall months, there isn’t a specific date you need to worry about. Just make sure you follow these straightforward fall and winter HVAC tips to get the most out of your furnace and air conditioner.

What You Need To Know About Fall And Winter HVAC Tips

When it comes to getting the most out of your HVAC systems, maintenance is key. Start with the basics and switch out your air filters. This should be done every few months to help make sure that your systems are receiving enough airflow. The better the airflow, the better the performance. Plus, a well-kept air filter means the air in your home is a bit cleaner too, which is good for your overall health – especially if you have allergies.

Another common fall and winter HVAC tip to follow should be to book regular maintenance checkups for both your heating and cooling system. It might seem odd to call a professional to look at your air conditioner at the end of a hot summer, but it’s always good practice to make sure there are no surprises next summer. And before you flip on that furnace, it doesn’t hurt to book some maintenance either. Imagine if you left your car in the garage all summer and then started it up in the winter to go for a ride. Avoid any surprises by having a professional sign off on things if you can.

Last but not least, you should make sure your thermostat is working properly. While it is recommended to have a smart thermostat, it’s not always in the budget. However, most thermostats allow you to program the temperature. Make sure it’s not working too hard by keeping things cooler during the day while you’re at work or out of the house. You can set the thermostat to warm your home closer to the time when you’ll be there the most. This saves your furnace from overworking and keeps energy costs a bit lower.

Novel Care Can Help With Fall And Winter HVAC Tips And Maintenance

As you’ve already seen, most of these fall and winter HVAC tips you can handle yourself, but maintaining an air conditioner or furnace takes a professional. Our team has over 30 years of experience helping homeowners and business owners alike in Toronto and the GTA with their HVAC needs. We’ve seen and repaired it all, so feel free to give us a call at 416-921-0000 to book any maintenance you might need. We’re even available 24/7 in case of an emergency. Rest assured that when it comes to your HVAC, we’re always here to help.

Most people know that baseboard heating is one of the most inefficient ways to heat your home. If you don’t know what this is, baseboard heating is a series of metal units placed along the bottom of exterior walls of your home, typically under windows. These units can be controlled in various ways, but they directly use electricity to provide radiant heat to your home. While they do a good job of heating spaces they use much more energy than pretty much every other method of heating your home.

Furnaces vs Baseboard Heating

Most new furnaces use natural gas to heat air that is then forced throughout your home via a system of ductwork. New high-efficiency furnaces are very efficient and one of the most affordable ways to heat your home. The price of natural gas versus electricity is very different, and your furnace doesn’t need to use as much of it to operate properly. On top of that, your furnace is much smarter and more efficient at heating the air being used in your home, it also comes equipped with a humidity controls. This allows you to properly control the humidity in your home.

Boilers vs Baseboard Heating

Like furnaces, boilers are much more efficient at heating your home than baseboard heating is. Boilers don’t do exactly what it sounds like. They don’t actually boil water, but they do heat it up quite a bit in order to distribute heat throughout a system of piping and radiators throughout your home. As you may have guessed, most boilers operate on natural gas and are very efficient. They provide your home with reliable heating that will cost you much less than baseboard heating.

Replace Your Baseboard Heating Today

While it might be a little bit of an up front cost to replace baseboard heating in your home, you will certainly make up for the cost in the long run. Installing a boiler in a home without existing ductwork or installing a furnace in a home that has ductwork is fairly affordable and over time will pay for itself. Your baseboard heating system is simply costing you a lot to heat your home; you can literally save hundreds of dollars a year on your heating bills by replacing your baseboard heating.

Contact a Novel Care HVAC technician today to learn more about replacing your baseboard heating system. Our friendly staff will help you make an educated choice about what alternative fits your budget, your home and your lifestyle: 416-921-0000.