Furnace

Homeowners in Toronto rely on their furnace to heat their homes and keep their families warm and comfortable throughout the cooler months of the year. This is an important job and one that most of us take for granted, that is until your furnace stops working as well as you expect it to.

When its in need of repairs due to a breakdown you can count on Novel Care to fix it. We’ve got over 30 years of experience with repairs, maintenance and installations, so whether you need small repairs, a tune up or a completely new unit we can help.

Contact Novel Care today for a free estimate, to schedule an appointment or just for more information: 416-921-0000

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You might be looking at your energy bill this month wondering why it’s so expensive all the time. Well, one way that you can reduce the cost is to make the appliances and systems in your home more efficient. One place to start is to increase the efficiency of your furnace.

As furnaces age, they slowly become less and less efficient, but with care and maintenance, it doesn’t have to be a major problem.

Make the Efficiency of Your Furnace a Non-Issue

  • Clear the area around vents: Keeping furniture, curtains and other things away from the vents in your home. If the air can’t properly circulate in your home, your furnace will have to work overtime to warm the rooms in your house.
  • Clean your ducts regularly: Duct cleaning is essential to allowing the warm air from your furnace to flow freely around your home. If ducts are dirty or have debris in them then airflow is inhibited and your furnace has to work harder to spread the warmth.
  • Air filters need replacing: Clean or replace your air filter. If the air filter in your furnace is dirty then the airflow is restricted and your furnace has to work harder than normal to push air through the filter and then through your home.
  • Regular furnace maintenance: Annual maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure you have an efficient furnace. An experienced and knowledgable furnace repair and furnace maintenance technician will evaluate your furnace and perform a tune-up to ensure that it’s running as efficiently and reliably as possible. This appointment will also ensure that you avoid as many repairs as possible by addressing any concerns early on before they lead to major repairs and in turn expensive repair costs.

Overall, the HVAC industry and furnace production industry has taken steps to improve environmental sustainability. Green HVAC technology is more efficient, will save you money, will last longer and reduce your carbon footprint compared to older furnaces and HVAC systems. If you’re wondering about the Efficiency of Your Furnace or replacing your furnace there’s really no reason not to buy a high-efficiency furnace.

If you’re not sure how efficient your furnace is, reach out to us at Novel Care to find out and discover more high-efficient options: 416-921-0000

New homeowners don’t always know all the little ways to help a home’s heating and cooling system perform efficiently and last longer. It’s really not that difficult, and we’ve put together a small list of things any homeowner in Toronto and the GTA can do to help get more from their furnace this winter.   

7 Non-Technical Ways To Help Your Furnace

Ceiling fans

One of the simplest furnace tips of all would be to make use of your ceiling fan – if you have one. If you don’t, you might want to consider it since they help with circulating the air in your home. This has been a cost-effective way of controlling a home’s temperature for quite some time now.

Keep vents/filters clear

Moving right along, let’s jump into a furnace tip that most people don’t think about – airflow. Keeping vents clear and open is a great way to ensure your furnace doesn’t work too hard to heat your home in the winter. And don’t forget that a clean air filter can work wonders too, as furnaces pull air from your home in order to heat it. No air, and your furnace will be working overtime trying to compensate – which is bad news.

Programmable thermostat

Most homes tend to have this furnace tip in place already. If you don’t, you should put this on the list of things to upgrade. Smart thermostats don’t have to be expensive either, as a basic one can still be programmed to adjust the level of heat in your home when you’re at work or out for the day. This not only helps your furnace, it saves you more each month on energy bills.  

Annual Furnace maintenance

Having a qualified professional take a look at your furnace once every year or two is always a good investment. They can usually identify or even deter problems and help your furnace last longer. Yes, some people feel comfortable performing their own maintenance, but we never recommend that without previous training or experience. The last thing you’d want to do is void the warranty or even put yourself in danger to save a few bucks.

Check for air leaks

Drafty windows and doors are a sure way to put pressure on your furnace. Installing weatherstripping around any minor drafts is a great furnace tip to help keep warm air from your home from escaping.

Bake/cook more at home

Ever notice that most people don’t like to cook in the summer? Using the stove or oven can raise the heat indoors, which is a great furnace tip in the winter. Don’t be afraid to cook or bake a bit more often to help warm your home – your furnace will thank you.

Curtains

Keeping curtains closed at night is a great way to help prevent heat from escaping. During the day, keep them open to let light in if you have a lot of natural light of course.

For Furnace Maintenance, Call Novel Care

As noted above, furnace tips are a great way to help get the most from your heating system without overworking it. That’s why we recommend calling 416-921-0000 for furnace maintenance every year or two to ensure everything is running smooth. After all, we’ve been serving Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years, so rest assured your furnace is in good hands. Give us a call to get started, and don’t forget we’re available 24/7 in the event of an emergency. At Novel Care, we put our customers first, every time.

 

September, October and November are typically the best months of the year to save money on utility bills because there isn’t a need for a furnace or air conditioner. If you get too hot you can open windows and take off clothes, or even turn on fans. If you get too cold a sweater or blanket isn’t usually too far away. Luckily, you can expect to get one of the lowest energy bills of the entire year, if you play your cards right, and by cards we mean paying attention to your energy usage.

However, this month temperatures are dipping a little low and mid November might be the time to fire up your furnace. If you have had an HVAC technician already perform annual maintenance on your furnace then you likely won’t run into any problems, but if you haven’t then there’s no time like the present. There are some basic things that need to be done in order to make sure it’s ready for an entire winter season.

Turning Your Furnace On For The First Time

Your furnace has been sitting all winter long, it collects dust just like everything else and as a result needs a good cleaning, along with your vents and duct system. When you run your furnace for the first time you might smell something that resembled burning, but don’t worry that just all the accumulated dust being toasted. If you find that the smell isn’t dissipating after an hour then it might be something more than dust and you should call an experienced HVAC technician at Novel Care.

There are a few other precautions you should take if you haven’t had a furnace tune-up and you’re starting the heating season on your own:

  • Change the filter – Your filter needs to be changed whenever its clogged, which can be up to once every few months depending on how dusty your house is. remember the blower also blows air through the filter during the summer while air conditioning your home.
  • Clear the furnace area – If your furnace is located in a storage area of your home it’s important to make sure nothing has been piled against or too close to your furnace. Anything that’s flammable can catch fire.
  • Test your thermostat – Even if your thermostat worked reliably in cooling mode, it’s worth double-checking its accuracy in heating mode. Take a digital thermometer from room to room to make sure your home is heating accurately and evenly.

Winter Is Coming, Are You Ready?

In addition to preparing your furnace there are a few things you can do to ensure your home is ready for winter. They are easier than you might think, take a look:

  • Check and replace weather-stripping – You should have some form of weather-stripping on every window and exterior door. But time and the elements can take a toll, and weather-stripping may peel or become cracked. Wherever you find damaged weather-stripping, replace it before it turns into a chilly draft.
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned – If you have a functional wood-burning fireplace that you intend to use, complete this service before building your first fire.
  • Trim your trees – Pay particular attention to tree limbs that could fall onto power lines or through windows if they were to suddenly break. If you live in an area that experiences ice storms, the added weight of ice buildup could very well bring those limbs down.
  • Prepare an emergency kit – Winter storms can develop suddenly, and severe storms could leave you without power and heat for hours or days. Store at least a three-day supply of fresh water and non-perishable food, as well as flashlights, batteries, a radio, blankets and medical supplies. If you have a generator, keep it maintained and ready.
  • Test your carbon monoxide detectors – Cracked furnace heat exchangers are among the most common causes of carbon monoxide leaks. During heating season, make sure you have at least one carbon monoxide detector for each floor of your home, and test those detectors monthly.

Getting your home ready for winter is essential to keeping it warm and running as efficiently as possible. Fall might not technically be over, but Mother Nature doesn’t care what our calendar says. If it’s cold out you need to be ready. For professional furnace maintenance, furnace repair or furnace installation contact an HVAC technician from Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

5. Lubricate & Clean The Blower Motor: Check your owner’s manual to see if your motor is the kind that needs lubricating or not. Not all blower motors need lubricating, so you can save yourself a lot of work if it doesn’t. If it does, turn off the power, open the cover and clean the caps covering the bearings. Then remove the caps and lubricate the bearings. If just reading this sounds like a lot of work to you, feel free to give one of our HVAC system technicians a call and we’ll take care of it.

6. Test The Igniter Switch: An older HVAC system might have a pilot light that needs relighting if it blows out or is of for maintenance. A newer HVAC system will have a furnace with an electronic igniter switch. If the igniter isn’t working, push the reset button. If that doesn’t do the trick, check your breaker. Still not working? Call in a professional. The last thing you want to do is damage the igniter or the furnace.

7. Inspect The Chimney & Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer because it has no smell or taste. Chimneys can house carbon buildup or even small animals, which can lead to a blockage and carbon monoxide in your home. A professional will inspect all of the chimneys on your home to ensure that they’re safe. It’s also a good idea to routinely test or replace carbon monoxide detectors as they help protect you year round.

8. Replace The Filter And Nozzle, And Check The Tank Level Of Oil Furnaces: Unlike gas-fired systems, oil units require oil filter changes, burner nozzle cleaning and a pretty thorough heat-exchanger brushing. This keeps your entire HVAC system including your oil furnace running efficiently. Since oil doesn’t burn as cleanly as gas things can get fairly dirty and inefficient if left unattended.

Overall, there are quite a few important things that you should be taking care of at least once a year if you have and HVAC system that you take care of yourself. If home maintenance like this isn’t your thing, that’s what we’re here for. Contact us at Novel Care Toronto. We’ll give you a free quote and let you know just how quickly we can be there: 416-921-0000.

School is back in session, the leaves are starting to fall and pumpkins are popping up in festive displays all over the place. It won’t be long until you switch your HVAC system over from cooling to heating, if you haven’t already. Essentially, winter is coming and you need to ensure your HVAC system is ready. Here are some things that you need to ensure are working properly, configured properly and ready to keep your family warm.

Checking Your HVAC System

1. Turn On The Thermostat: The first thing most people do is to switch the thermostat over to heating. Setting the temperature a couple of degrees warmer this time of year doesn’t mean that your system will turn on all the time, but it’ll keep your home warm if the temperature dips slightly. If you don’t hear the furnace kick in, take the cover off your thermostat and ensure that all the wiring is properly attached and snug. Additionally, make sure that there is power to your thermostat as well as your furnace. If it’s still not working, you could check the furnace fan, blower or heat pump, but at this point it’s probably best to call a professional HVAC system technician.

2. Change The Air Filters: You may or may not already know this, but your furnace has air filters that clean the air that’s being blown around your house. Most of the time there’s only 1 filter that resides in your furnace, but some HVAC systems have filters in each of the vents throughout your home.Whether you have a single filter in your HVAC system or not they should all be changed every few months. You may not think your home is dusty until you take a look at these filters. We promise once you change them, you’ll never forget to do it again…yuck! Changing these filters means you’ll not only have cleaner air, but also it’ll help prolong the life of your furnace.

3. Cover The AC Condenser: Unless your HVAC system has a heat pump (in which case, don’t cover it at all because it runs all year), cover the condenser to protect it from falling icicles. You don’t have to completely wrap up your air conditioning systems’ condenser, but protecting the top of it from anything large falling on it can save you on repair costs come spring time. Don’t wrap it in a moisture-trapping plastic tarp.

4. Clean The Heat Exchanger: The heat exchanger in your HVAC system should be cleaned out properly at least once a year by a professional, like an HVAC technician from Novel Care. This needs to be done while the unit is disabled to avoid injury. Our technicians will look for cracks that can lead to dangerous CO2 (carbon monoxide) leaks.

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If you live in Toronto and the GTA, you know things aren’t cheap. Living costs tend to be a bit higher in this booming metropolis, and most people try to save money wherever they can. This is especially true when you own a home. That’s why it’s important to take care of your investment by making sure everything is running smooth. Toronto furnace maintenance can go a long way in helping you achieve this goal.

Save More With Toronto Furnace Maintenance

Your furnace is a big part of your home. You rely on it in the cold Toronto winters and can’t afford to neglect it since it’s too expensive to replace on a regular basis. Imagine shelling out thousands of dollars every few years on top of things like mortgage and insurance payments – not to mention regular bills and cost of living expenses. That’s why it’s important to try to get the most out of your furnace. In fact, a well-maintained unit can last between 16 and 20 years in your home.

Regularly scheduled maintenance can be as frequent as once a year, but most likely only needs to be done every other year depending on your home. High traffic or larger homes might add a bit to the wear and tear of your furnace. This is something a professional would need to assess when they pay you a visit.

One final tip is that furnace maintenance calls are usually the same price across the board, so searching for the cheapest option online won’t really pay off. If you want it done right, you’ll need to invest in looking for a professional rather than typing “cheapest Toronto furnace maintenance near me” into google.

For Toronto Furnace Maintenance Done Right, Choose Novel Care

At Novel Care, we’ve spent the past 30 years focussing on being there for our customers in Toronto and the GTA. Whether it’s an emergency repair in the middle of the night, or just a regular service call, we’re available 24/7 by phone. This is something our customers really appreciate, and we’re happy to help.

We’ve taken the time to not only train our team, but first carefully select the ones who we trust to uphold our mission. There are a lot of people claiming to be good at maintaining furnaces, installing air conditioners or repairing boilers, but we want to be Toronto and the GTA’s first choice. Give us a call to get started at 416-921-0000. We’ll gladly be there to take your call, and schedule a free consultation to assess any issues and make recommendations. We want you to get the most out of your heating and cooling, without draining your savings.

Most people forget that winter lasts until March in Toronto and the GTA. So no matter how mild of a winter you’ve had, there’s always time for the cold to roll in and change everything. When the mercury dips below zero, your boiler or furnace keep you warm, but what if they didn’t? It’s good to know who to call when things go wrong. Emergency HVAC services make all the difference.  

There When You Need Us

Whether it’s the middle of the night or the beginning of the work day, Novel Care is there to help with emergency HVAC services. Our experts understand that furnaces and boilers rarely break down at a convenient time, so we’re ready to answer the call when you need heat. We’ll work with you to assess the situation and dispatch a professional to address any issues, no matter how late into the night you call.

Older Homes Are At Greater Risk In The Winter

Toronto and the GTA has no shortage of new condos being built, but it also has plenty of homes available too. While the newer ones might be built with energy efficiency in mind, older homes weren’t. Consider how much energy it takes to heat a home with an unfinished basement or poorly insulated attic. These homes aren’t held to the same standard, and that can cost you in two ways.

The first is that it can increase your energy bill. With your home not being able to properly store the heat, your furnace or boiler work a bit harder on those cold winter days. This brings us to our second expense; the need for repairs when things break down. Even if your furnace isn’t very old, freezing temperatures outside means you need more heat insider. Combined with a poorly insulated home, your furnace or boiler could be working overtime to keep you warm. That’s when things break. And that can leave you stranded at home in the middle of a cold winter night.

Take Better Care Of Your Furnace Or Boiler

  • Schedule a professional for maintenance
  • Keep an eye on that thermostat

Most homeowners are not professionals when it comes to boiler or furnace maintenance, and that’s okay! It is recommended you have a professional take a look once in a while though to see how your home is doing. The right professional can identify things before they break down and even make suggestions to catch problems before they happen.

The other simple and cost-effective way to save your furnace or boiler from the harsh winter months is to manage your thermostat. Turning it up a couple of degrees can save you from overdoing it when it’s cold out. Also, it never hurts to try your best to keep any vulnerable pipes properly insulated either to avoid frozen pipes. Additionally, you can ward off frozen pipes by keeping a small stream of water running on those especially frigid days, but that’s not very cost-effective.

Professional Emergency HVAC Services

Toronto and the GTA has plenty of self-proclaimed professionals available to offer their services for a cost. Trouble is, that cost may be more than a hit to your wallet. Hiring the wrong person to work on your furnace or boiler isn’t worth the hassle.

Good thing Novel Care is a name you can trust. Our HVAC experience spans over the last 30 years and that makes us a great choice for emergency HVAC services. We always strive to offer the help you deserve, right from the time we first answer your call. So remember, if winter strikes your furnace or boiler, contact us at 416-921-0000 for a real professional experience. We’ll even throw in a 22-point inspection of your furnace or boiler to stay ahead of any future problems you might encounter. This is all part of our way of taking care of our customers, all winter long.