Toronto HVAC

When most people think of HVAC, they likely think about big industrial and commercial heating and cooling units that keep all the big buildings in Toronto evenly heated and cooled. This is definitely a great example, but heating and cooling goes well beyond that of commercial buildings.

It can be found right in your home. Your furnace, boiler, water heater, ductless air conditioner, central air conditioner, tankless water heater, ductwork and much more is all part of your home’s heating and cooling system. You and your family rely on these specialized appliances to keep them comfortable year round, and Novel Care is here to ensure they do just that.

We have over 30 years of experience with the installation, maintenance and repair of all heating and cooling equipment you might find in your home and in commercial buildings. All of this experience allows us to ensure that your equipment is operating efficiently and reliably, so you and your family are never left out in the cold, or the heat wave.

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

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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.   

A red tag in the HVAC industry is basically a product warning. This means that the product you have installed in your home or business is no longer safe to operate and needs to be repaired or replaced immediately. These tags are typically placed on gas appliances by licensed technicians and at times that same technician may be required by law to turn off or disable the HVAC appliance in question.

Is There More Than 1 Type Of Red Tag?

There are two types of red tags that you should know about. “A” red tags are placed on appliances that pose an immediate threat to the safety of the building and the people in the immediate area. “B” red tags are an indication of unsafe conditions. A “B” red tag provides a specified period of time to have the equipment repaired or replaced. If corrective action isn’t taken within a specific timeline, your natural gas will be turned off by the local utility. Whether you have an “A” or “B” red tag it’s important to quickly resolve the issues. The fastest way to have them fixed is to give us a call at 416-921-0000

Why Do I Have A Red Tag?

Red Tags are placed on the appliances or piping systems in your home or building that use natural gas. It takes a licensed HVAC gas technician to identify a hazardous situation in order for a Red Tag to be issued.

One common example of the need to issue a Red Tag is if an appliance is releasing carbon monoxide into the air. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas that has no colour, taste or small. It has the ability to cause serious health problems and even death if it goes undetected.

What Do I Do When I Receive A Red Tag?

The best thing you can do is call Novel Care: 416-921-0000. Our HVAC technicians have the knowledge and experience necessary to properly and safely evaluate the situation and provide you with a resolution. That also means that you get a free estimate for the work that’s needed in order to resolve the problem. Whether that means expert HVAC repairs or the replacement of equipment you can count on Novel Care.

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.

Looking for performance and energy savings in your commercial HVAC system? Schedule an HVAC Coil Cleaning appointment today and notice the benefits of clean coils versus dirty coils right away.

It should be known that HVAC maintenance at the commercial and residential levels is absolutely important. If anyone tells you otherwise they don’t know what they’re talking about. Proper HVAC maintenance is the best way to ensure that your system operates as efficiently as possible for as long as possible. Deterioration of the part and the efficiency of an HVAC system will happen over time no matter what you do, but maintenance can drastically reduce how much and how fast that happens. One very important part of HVAC maintenance is HVAC Coil Cleaning.

The difference in terms of performance between an HVAC system with clean coils versus one with dirty is incredible to say the least. Dirty HVAC coils prevent your system from operating at peak efficiency, which means it needs to use more energy to operate. As a result of using more energy, your HVAC system is costing you more on a monthly basis on your energy bills. That’s just one main reason why HVAC Coil Cleaning is so important.

On top of efficiency, HVAC Coil Cleaning is important for health reasons. Dirty HVAC coils can affect how well your system control humidity, they can breed bacteria, they can impede air flow throughout your building, and as mentioned they can drastically affect your monthly expenses. While we’re discussing how much dirty coils affect costs, it’s important to know that dirty HVAC coils can also lead to more breakdowns and the needs for replacement parts. They can also lead to the need to prematurely replace your entire HVAC system, or at the least parts of it.

Statistically speaking, dirty coils can consume up to 37% more energy than clean ones. They can also be a major factor in losing up to 30% of your heating and cooling capacity.

Booking an HVAC Coil Cleaning with a professional HVAC technician like those at Novel Care Toronto will address all of these problems. They will remove the dirt and dust from your unit without damaging the coils or any of the associated part. Professional HVAC Coil Cleaning will lead to better airflow, higher efficiency, improved indoor air quality, lower expenses, and with a company like Novel Care Toronto 100% satisfaction, guaranteed.

For more information about HVAC Coil Cleaning contact Novel Care Toronto 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.

There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when the inevitable happens. Your trusty old furnace just isn’t as trusty as it once was. Hopefully it happens in the fall before the first cold snap of the winter, but your furnace has now broken down. A technician has told you that it’s going to be cheaper in the short and long-term to buy a new furnace than it is to fix your existing one. At this point many people might get stressed out, but since replacing your furnace is something you can’t really control at a certain point, think of this as an opportunity.

New Furnace Options

Why should you think of this as an opportunity? First of all, we do understand that purchasing a new furnace is fairly expensive, but put that aside for a moment and consider the other benefits.

Since your last furnace was installed furnace technology has drastically improved. A new furnace will most certainly be quieter, more efficient, smaller, and cost you less month to month and in the long-term.

Now that you’re buying a new furnace you can ask a professional HVAC technician what the best model is for your home. An HVAC technician has the experience and knowledge to make the best recommendation for your needs. This means you can choose a high-efficiency model that will save you money on your energy bill each month. These models also reduce your carbon footprint.

Newer furnaces are also much smarter and easier to fix than older models as they use advanced technology to heat your home.

The Cost of A New Furnace

Depending on the make and model of your new furnace they can cost anywhere between $2000 and $5000 for a typical residential model. At Novel Care we understand that not everyone has $5000 just lying around ready to spend on a furnace. This is why we work with manufacturers to offer our customers great HVAC promotions. We also offer great furnace financing options and once you have your new furnace our HVAC protection plans are the perfect way to keep your investment working for you.

Overall, we make it easier to buy a new furnace, so you don’t have to pay for it all up front.

For more information about buying a new furnace contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000. Novel Care has been installing new furnaces in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

At Novel Care we do everything we can to ensure our customers get the best service and competitive pricing. We continuously work with lots of different furnace, air conditioner, and HVAC manufacturers to bring you the best products and great prices, like this furnace rebate.

Right now we’ve got an amazing rebate offer on the table in partnership with Lennox. This furnace rebate from Lennox applies to certain Lennox products and provides you with up to $1600 IN FURNACE REBATES, or other rebates as you require for your home. Here are some of the details of this great offer:

$1,600 Furnace Rebate & Other Rebates

This furnace rebate is made even sweeter with our don’t pay until Spring 2017 with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox home comfort system. If your current furnace or air conditioner is on the fritz what more could you ask for?

$1,300 In System Rebates

Save on a complete qualifying Lennox home comfort system which includes a gas furnace or blower coil, an air conditioner or heat pump and thermostat. There are also more product rebates when you purchase an iComfort S30 Smart thermostat, iHarmony zoning and a PureAir system.

$100 Zoning Rebate

iHarmony zoning is the perfect way to bring enhanced comfort to your home. iHarmony zoning is a major advance in precision climate control and one that will help you ensure your home is the temperature you want at all times.

$100 Thermostat Rebate

The iComfort S30 is the ideal thermostat the help you save money on your energy bills, and with this $100 rebate you’ll save upfront too. Anytime your routine or the weather changes, the iComfort S30 smartly adapts to the changing climate and helps you reduce your energy usage and costs.

$100 Air Purification Rebate

You’ll notice the difference in your indoor air quality with the PureAir system. $100 rebate in savings and fewer pollutants with a PureAir system can’t be beat short-term or long-term. This system cleans the air inside your home better than any other single system you can buy.

For more information about this furnace rebate and additional rebates call or email Novel Care today for complete promotion details: 416-921-0000 or info@novelcare.ca.

Novel Care has been providing great furnace rebates and services in Toronto and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

When it comes to choosing the right air conditioner installer you can’t afford to make the wrong choice. It appears that the heat in Toronto this summer isn’t going anywhere soon, so if you need air conditioner repair, air conditioner maintenance, or an air conditioner installer making the right choice is essential.

You rely on your air conditioner for almost half of each calendar year, which means it works a lot and as a result will need maintenance and eventually to be replaced. When it comes time to replace it how do you know what to look for in a new air conditioner installer?

Finding The Best Air Conditioner Installer

At Novel Care, we know that every air conditioner installer we hire meets our high expectations, it still important for your peace of mind to do your homework. Here are a few things to do prior to calling Novel Care:

  • Google air conditioner installers, HVAC companies in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA, and compare them to each other.
  • Read review on Google, Facebook, and other forums to find out what type of reputation your perspective companies have.
  • Look your favourite companies up on the Better Business Bureau website and read reviews there.
  • Talk to your neighbours about your air conditioner installer shortlist and see if they have any opinions about the companies you’ve selected to contact.
  • Ask lots of questions when you finally start calling companies. Talk to them about warranties, insurance, bonded employees, years in the industry, and what pricing they can provide on new air conditioners.
  • Ask each company for references from past customers. Any company that has a good reputation won’t have a problem allowing you to contact any of their customers.

Whether it’s a ductless air conditioner or a central air conditioner, an air conditioner is a big investment and ensuring yours is professionally installed by a reputable company is important. If it’s not properly installed you might encounter issues that you shouldn’t and it could end up costing you more than you anticipated.

For more information about air conditioner installation services or to make an appointment for a free consultation contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

When it comes to the efficiency of your home, your cooling and heating systems account for a lot of your energy bill. If you’re not sure if your system is running correctly you might be tempted to call an HVAC technician for air conditioning repair services. Ultimately, it’s the best way to get your system working properly, but first it’s important to find out if your system needs attention.

You may notice that your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home as quickly as it used to. You’ve put your hand over the vent or register and it’s hard to tell if the air is warmer than it was a month ago, or even last summer. One simple way to test if your air conditioner is running properly is to use a thermometer.

Use A Thermometer, Then Call For Air Conditioning Repair

The easiest way to find out if your air conditioner needs a tune up or air conditioning repair services is with this easy test. Turn on your air conditioner and leave it running for at least 15 minutes. Ensure that the temperature outside is above 80 degrees F, and that the air filter is clean. Next place a thermometer on the register that’s closest to the indoor cooling equipment and leave it there for at least 5 minutes. Next do the same on the return of intake vent that sucks air from your home to be cooled. The air that’s coming out of the furnace should be 15 – 20 degrees F cooler than the air that’s being sucked in. If the air that’s coming out is less than 15 degree F cooler than there might be a problem with your air conditioner.

Issues could range between low refrigerant, leaking refrigerant, a blockage, poor air circulation, and more.

Overall, this is a good way to tell if your air conditioner is operating as efficiently as possible. Low efficiency could mean you need air conditioning repair or maintenance services.

For more information about air conditioners contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

Novel Care has been installing, repairing, and maintaining central and ductless air conditioners in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

There are several different kinds of air conditioner rebates in Ontario. The provincial government and equipment manufacturers both offer different types of rebates. The rebate described below is provided by the Ontario government through Save On Energy. Rebates apply to both commercial and residential situations. To find out if you’re eligible for a rebate take a look at the information and eligibility requirements below:

Air Conditioner Rebates In Ontario: Eligibility Requirements

  • This heating and cooling incentive is only available to residents and businesses of Ontario. Eligible businesses must be utilizing residential-type air conditioning and HVAC systems. Equipment must have been purchased through and installed by an eligible HVAC contractor like Novel Care.
  • You must be an Ontario resident to qualify.
  • All service must also be performed by an eligible heating and cooling contractor like Novel Care.

Air Conditioner Rebates In Ontario: Installation & Submission

Incentives for installations of eligible equipment completed between Jan 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016. Your contractor must enter your online incentive submission by January 8, 2017 and all supporting documentation, including the proof of purchase must be sent in by February 1, 2017.

Upon the successful submission and acceptance of your application you will receive:

  • $250 incentive when you purchase and install a new ENERGY STAR certified central air conditioning (CAC) system that satisfies at least a 14.5 SEER and 12 EER.
  • A $250 incentive when you replace your existing furnace with the purchase and installation of a new eligible high-efficiency furnace equipped with an Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM).
  • $400 incentive when you purchase and install an ENERGY STAR certified CAC system that satisfies at least a 15 SEER and 12.5 EER.
    Full Terms & Conditions can be found here.

For more information about rebates in Ontario or to purchase equipment through Novel Care to get your rebate contact us today: 416-921-0000.

Novel Care has been providing professional and reputable air conditioner and HVAC services in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

A ductless air conditioner is a great retro-fit addition to houses that don’t have existing duct systems. Houses with radiant heating, space heaters, and baseboard electric heating don’t typically have ductwork, so there’s no easy way to incorporate central air conditioning. Ductless air conditioner units are also great choices for rooms and additions where extending ductwork isn’t feasible. Overall, ductless air conditioner units are an excellent choice for a number of situations and are a great way to keep energy bills low and indoor comfort high.

Ductless Air Conditioner Main Advantages

Here are some of the main advantages of incorporating or installing a ductless air conditioner into your home of office space.

  • Size: They’re very small in size and as a result can be incorporated into just about any space and existing decor.
  • Flexibility: They can be used to suit small areas as well as large, and can be customized for spot cooling or entire floor cooling. Multiple units can be networked in order to further enhance your cooling efforts and provide flexibility to lots of different people.
  • Zone Cooling: Cooling different zones is an excellent way to keep specific areas different temperatures, and ensure that different people can adjust the cooling in their spaces to suit their preferences. This is done through the use of multiple thermostats.
  • Easy Installation: Installing a ductless air conditioner is easy and can be done in a single day. They consist of 2 main components, an exterior condenser and interior air handler. These units are connected by drilling a hole through an exterior wall and running a pipe with all the necessary components. Typically, these units should be no further than 50 feet away from each other, but exceptions can certainly be made to accommodate unique scenarios.
  • No Ductwork: Ductless air conditioner units don’t have any ductwork. That means there’s no energy loss through the ducts, there is no need for new construction to install new ducts. Duct systems can be responsible for up to 30% of a central air conditioners energy consumption through inefficiency.
  • Remote Controls: Ductless air conditioner systems are easier to operate than televisions, which ensures that anyone can properly configure and operate them.

Overall, a ductless air conditioner is an excellent choice for spaces that have existing ductwork and spaces that don’t have any.

For more information about ductless air conditioners contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

Novel Care has been installing and maintaining ductless air conditioners in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

Just about everywhere you look these days someone is telling you how hot it is outside and to find air conditioning. The weatherman is constantly proclaiming a heat warning, seniors are being told to stay indoors, and 60 sunscreen is flying off store shelves.

It might seem like the amount of advice you get during the summer is overwhelming, but everyone just has your best interests in mind. At Novel Care we do as well, which is why we’ve put together this short list of 3 ways that air conditioning is good for your health.

Air Conditioning is Healthy

  1. Dehydration: This might not be news to you, but in the summer you sweat. Sometimes you might not realize how much moisture your body is actually losing until you feel dizzy, get a headache or any other symptoms of dehydration. It can happen fast, so while drinking lots of water is an important part of keeping cool, ensuring you have easy access to air conditioning is essential. You body can take time to hydrate, but by keeping your body cool you’re reducing the amount you sweat and your core temperature.
  2. Clean Air: Air conditioning is designed to do just that, “condition” the air. In doing so the air that’s circulated through your air conditioner is filtered. Pollen, dust, smells and other particles are removed and the air you’re now breathing is much cleaner and healthier.
  3. Humidity: Humidity might not be a big deal to you, but some people have difficulty breathing when humidity is high. Additionally, humidity is also a major contributor to mould growth. If mould is allowed to form in your home you’ll be breathing in mould spores, which can contribute to a number of respiratory issues.

If you currently need air conditioning or need air conditioning maintenance or installation contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000. We’ve been working in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years and love meeting new neighbours.

Making the best decisions for your home are important to ensure its functionality and maintenance. Searching for air conditioner repair in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA results in more options than you may know what to do with. Sifting through the various companies can be tiresome, but there are a few things you should be looking for.

Air Conditioner Repair In Toronto: HVAC Companies

There are certain things you should look for in an HVAC company that’s going to provide you with air conditioner repair in Toronto or anywhere else in the GTA.

HVAC Reputation – These days it’s easy to look online and see what kind of reputation a company has before hiring them to do work for you. When it comes to HVAC companies and air conditioner repair in Toronto there are so many options in the GTA, but there are few like Novel Care with a sparkling reputation.

Experience – Some HVAC technicians might tell you that experience doesn’t matter, but that’s just not true. Over time HVAC technicians learn more and more about their job, the products they work with, and the tools they use. An experienced HVAC technician can complete tasks quicker, cleaner, safer, and generally better than one with very little experience. Novel Care only hires HVAC technicians that have a great track record and lots of experience.

Overall, Novel Care has over 30 years of experience with things like ductless air conditioner installation, furnace repairs, ductwork, and air conditioner repair in Toronto and the GTA.

Customer Service – When it comes to customer service you know the difference between good and bad. Novel Care puts customer service at the forefront of its training so all HVAC technicians act with courtesy and professionalism on each job.

Guarantees – It’s important to choose an HVAC company that believes in their work and will stand by it with a guarantee. Novel Care provides a guarantee that ensures you’re happy with all of our work and if you’re not we’ll fix it free of charge.

Novel Care has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years. For more information about Novel Care or to schedule an appointment contact our offices today: 416-921-0000.

Your furnace is an important part of ensuring your home remains a comfortable and healthy environment. Furnace filters may not seem like a big part of that equation due to their simplicity, but in fact they are. One of the easiest ways to avoid problems with your furnace is to ensure that you change your furnace filter regularly.

An Overview of Furnace Filters

Every furnace has a filter, and if one doesn’t then it has some sort of other filtering system for the air that passes through it. Furnace filters ensure that dust, hair, and other airborne particles that are sucked in by your HVAC systems intake aren’t redistributed throughout your home via the vents. All air that gets sucked into your HVAC system passes through the furnace filter prior to being heated or cooled and sent back out into your home or office.

Types of Furnace Filters

There are three common types of furnace filters available and used in different furnace models. There are the cheap fibreglass furnace filters, pleated furnace filters, and reusable furnace filters. Each type of filter has its own pros and cons that can help homeowners decide which type is best for their purposes.

Fibreglass Furnace Filters

Fibreglass furnace filters are the cheapest filters on the market. They’re disposable and as a result typically need replacing more often than any other type of filter. At Novel Care we recommend replacing these types of furnace filters at least every 90 days or when you notice that they’re clogged and affecting the efficiency of your HVAC system. Fibreglass filters come in a variety of different sizes that can suit just about any furnace, but also have a lower filter rating.

Pleated Furnace Filters

These are the most common types of filters. They vary in price from between $12 to $50 depending on their size and quality. Pleated furnace filters are typically made from paper and polyester and should also be changed about every 90 days but can be left longer if the air quality isn’t bad or they aren’t clogged with dust. If you’re looking for a balance between cost and good quality air filtering these are the best option.

Reusable Furnace Filters

These are more expensive than fibreglass or pleated furnace filters and can last for many years with proper care and cleaning. They’re typically made from plastic and aluminum, and the filter itself can be washed and vacuumed when it’s time for cleaning. While these are the most expensive options they come in a wide range of prices depending on the filter ratings, but they’re generally accepted as the best filters on the market.

 

Understanding Filter Ratings

Furnace filters are rated on the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) scale. This scale ranges between 1 and 16 with 16 being the best rating possible.  Most filters that you would want in your home are rated between 8 and 11. If you have someone with respiratory issues or allergies then finding a filter with a rating higher than 11 or 12 is ideal. Filters with high ratings are also useful if someone in your home smokes as they are better at filtering the air of smoke and related smells.

You might be thinking that it makes sense to only purchase filters that are rated 16 because they’ll provide the best indoor air quality, which is true but the might the MERV rating the slower air passes through the filter. The downside to impeding the flow of air is that it can directly affect the efficiency of your HVAC system and slightly increase your energy bills. This is because your HVAC appliances have to work harder to force air through the filters and spread it throughout your home.

Overall, furnace filters are an important part of your HVAC system and ensuring that the indoor air quality of your home is at its best. Regardless of the filter that you choose it will eventually need to be replaced, so taking a look once a month to see if it needs cleaning or replacing is ideal. Regularly changing your furnace filter also ensure that the efficiency of your system isn’t compromised by a clogged filter.

For more information about furnace filters contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000. Novel Care has been providing reputable and professional HVAC services to customers in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

Summer is officially here! You’ve got your lawnmower primed to groom a nice lawn, your gardens are coming together nicely with beautiful flowers and vegetables, and you’ve just realized that your air conditioner isn’t working properly. Your outdoor space is ready to be enjoyed, but without central air conditioning there isn’t anywhere for you to escape the high temperatures and heat that assault Toronto and the GTA throughout the summer.

Years ago central air conditioning was a luxury as many homes in Toronto, York Region and other places in the GTA didn’t have the ductwork necessary to accommodate a central air conditioner. Installing ductwork is an expensive and invasive project as well and many homeowners simply weren’t prepared to put that amount of money into their homes for a luxury. As summers have slowly gotten hotter and many older homes have been renovated the number that have central air conditioning has skyrocketed. Few Toronto homes don’t have central air conditioning and these homeowners now have the luxury of cool, evenly distributed air throughout their homes.

Aging Central Air Conditioning Systems

Central air conditioning systems typically last for up to 20 years depending on how well they’re taken care of over the years, but at the end of the day they’re machines and like all machines they require repairs, maintenance and eventually need replacing. Near the end of their lifespan it can be difficult to know if a central air conditioning system should be repaired or replaced from a financial perspective. While an older model might be reliable and the repairs small, they can add up over time and eventually become very costly. A new energy-efficient model will be reliable as well and will almost certainly save you money on your energy bills, but they come with a larger initial cost than many homeowners might be prepared for.

So, should you keep sinking money into an older model or spring for a new energy-efficient model?

Warranties & Repairs

Most central air conditioning systems come with a warranty that covers certain components and some maintenance and repairs depending on the specifics of the warranty. Once a warranty has expired and you’re paying out-of-pocket for big repairs and maintenance it’s time to start thinking about replacing your central air conditioning unit. Basically, by comparing the replacement cost to the monthly cost of running your air conditioner you can gauge whether you should replace it now or wait another year. When inefficiency and the cost of repairs starts to eclipse the cost of replacement or make a replacement seem viable then it’s probably time to pull the trigger on that shiny new efficient central air conditioning system you’ve had your eye on.

Rising Energy Bills

Over time you will notice that your energy bills will slowly increase as the efficiency of your air conditioning system decreases. At a certain point this increase may become substantial and running your air conditioner can become more expensive than it’s worth. This is the point where you should contact a reputable and professional central air conditioning company like Novel Care to evaluate your air conditioner. They’ll be able to tell you if repairs of replacement make more sense in relation to your mounting energy bills.

For more information about central air conditioning and when you should replace your system contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000. Novel Care has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years with expert HVAC services.