Are Central Air Systems Right For Me?

After a summer in Toronto and the GTA, most people will agree that you need some kind of way to cool down on those humid nights. If you have pets or your parents living with you, you can’t afford to not have a/c in your home. The city has been under heat warnings in the past, but central air systems can make all the difference. Take a look at why central air systems are the right choice for Toronto summers.

Central Air Systems Are Quiet

Everyone always thinks that air conditioning is the same when you’re looking through countless models listed at various prices. One important X factor with central air systems is that they are known for being on the quiet side. Sure, the noise may not bother you during the day, but if you’re a light sleeper, a loud a/c unit could make summer nights last forever. Consider looking into the right model of central air conditioning for a quiet solution.

Central Air Systems Are Powerful & Efficient

To really tip the scales in favour of central air systems, you need to consider how big your home is. If it’s larger, then a window unit or even ductless option may not cool your entire living space. Central air provides you with enough power to keep your home cool and comfortable no matter how hot it gets outside.

Don’t think that more power means higher energy bills though. Most central air systems are designed to be energy efficient to avoid being wasteful. Plus, they are contained to the house itself with very little chance of cool air escaping – which is a problem for window based units.

Only Let The Professionals Install Central Air Systems

While today there might be more do-it-yourselfers than ever before, that doesn’t mean this is a job for anyone. Installing your central air takes a professional, so please don’t try to handle this one on your own.

Central air is an investment, so make sure it’s done right and it will last a long time. Trust us, we have over 30 years of experience repairing, maintaining and installing central air systems along with any other HVAC system. You wouldn’t believe the damage we’ve seen from people trying to hack it themselves and save a few bucks. We always recommend letting a professional handle important systems in your home. Just give us a call at 905-737-5016 to get started. Someone from our team would be more than happy to help you get an estimate or just answer your questions, so you can make informed decisions before you install. Contact us today, and let us keep your home cool this summer.

Choosing Central Air Conditioner Companies

In Toronto and the GTA, there is no shortage of central air conditioner companies to choose from. But knowing the good from the bad can be a challenge when going through all the different brands and models available. Here are 2 of the central air conditioner companies we use, who have been very popular with our customers over the last 30 years. Take a look.

2 Central Air Conditioning Companies You Can Trust

Lennox – Being comfortable as the temperature rises and falls is important. That’s why Lennox’s Precise Comfort Cooling Technology is so popular with its customers. This feature helps stabilize your home’s internal temperature to within 1 degree of what you set on your thermostat…all the time. Most units blast on when the thermostat changes, but that can create times where you are cold or warm and then forced to fiddle with the thermostat yourself. Instead, this cooling technology allows the central unit to adjust and distribute a steady stream of cool air in the summer, so you’re never too warm indoors.

York – Not to be outdone, York has a few interesting features of their own. First, is its efficiency. York actually has units that range between 15% and 25% higher efficiency than some models on the market today. That means you’ll see a savings each month since it uses less energy to cool your home. Second, York has its own patented feature called Quiet Drive. This ensures the model is always as quiet as it can be. Pair this with the fact that all central air conditioner units are outdoors, and rest assured you’ll almost forget you have an air conditioner when its keeping you cool all summer.

We encourage you to look into these brands for yourself to learn more. There are plenty to choose from, but having the right professional recommend specific models based on your home’s needs can help you narrow down your choices.

Novel Care Only Works With Quality Central Air Conditioning Companies

Prefer to just chat with a professional about which options make sense for you? Give us a call at 905-737-5016. Our team at Novel Care puts customer service first, so we’re always available to help by booking assessments or answering questions. After all, we have more than 30 years of experience installing, maintaining, and repairing all types of HVAC systems, so there’s nothing we can’t solve. Let us help narrow your search for central air conditioner companies, so you can have the right unit cooling your home this summer.

Benefits Of Installing A New Central Air Conditioning Unit

Hopefully, you’re reading this in the springtime to avoid any last-minute pressures that a hot summer day in Toronto and the GTA can bring. If not, no big deal, we’ll make this short and get right to the benefits of upgrading to a new central air conditioning unit in your home. Take a look below.

A New Central Air Conditioning Unit Is Very Quiet

Cooling off indoors in the middle of a heatwave is nice, but being able to sleep through a humid night is better. Good thing this air conditioning option doesn’t make a lot of noise. In fact, because the condenser is located on the outside of your home, the chances of you hearing anything are quite low. That means a solid night’s sleep, even when the temperature is well into the 30s.

Expect Your New Central Air Conditioning To Be Powerful And Last A Long Time

The major benefit of air conditioning is that it can cool your entire living space. That’s not a problem for central air. Unlike a window based unit, central air has the power to easily cool multiple rooms. Best of all, they are efficient too. That means your energy bill won’t skyrocket as long as you use your air conditioner correctly to keep your indoor temperature comfortable.

Another great perk of central units are they last long. On average, a good maintained system can last anywhere between 15 and 20 years. That’s a great investment that will help you beat the heat summer after summer after summer.

Let The Professionals At Novel Care Install Your New Central Air Conditioner

Now that you’ve read the positives of choosing central air, don’t make the fatal error of finding just anyone to install it. That’s how money is wasted. In a city as big as Toronto and the GTA, there could be countless “professionals” and “handymen” who might be available to help, but that doesn’t mean they are qualified to get the job done right.

Make sure the person or company you choose has been around long enough to have the correct experience. In our case, we’ve been serving Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years, so we know everything about maintaining, repairing, and installing HVAC systems correctly – including central air conditioners. Just give us a call at 905-737-5016 to get started. A member of our team is always around to answer your questions and setup an appointment to provide an onsite assessment. After all, we want to make sure the job is done right, and we’ll go out of our way to make sure that happens. Contact us today.


Save On Air Conditioning This Summer – Part 2

So, here we are in part two of our blog series about how to save on air conditioning this summer. We hope that part one gave you some useful information that will lead to lower energy bills this summer. Without further ado, here’s part two:

Save On Air Conditioning: Turn Up the Temperature

We know that many of our customers don’t want to turn the temperature on their thermostat up at all during the summer. We get it, you’ve got an air conditioner because you want to keep your home cool, but honestly 1 degree won’t be noticed. You may notice it a little at first but your body will adapt. In the end 1 degree can save you a few hundred dollars over the course of a season of use. Essentially, if you’re really hot turning down the temperature as low as it will go doesn’t cool you off any quicker. It simply wastes energy by making you colder than you need to be.

Most households can be comfortable with a temperature of about 78°F (although some adjustments may need to be made for older residents and small children). Keep the temperature around this setting during the daytime and turn it up about 5° or 10° when you leave the house; you may be surprised at how much you save! You can also turn it up or of at night, which was covered in part one of this blog series.

Even More Ways To Save On Air Conditioning

One of the easiest ways to save on air conditioning costs is to book an annual air conditioning maintenance appointment. This ensures that your air conditioner is operating as efficiently and properly as possible. When this is the case it runs perfectly and doesn’t have to work as hard or as long to cool your home, obviously resulting in saved energy and money.

Another way to accomplish this exact same thing is to change the filter often. A dirty filter impeded airflow, which reduces efficiency. It will also reduce the air quality in your home.

On top of all that if you notice a strange noise or sound coming for your air conditioner, or it’s just not working as well as it use to call an air conditioning technician. Getting problems fixed right away means less time running an inefficient air conditioner. It also means that you may be able to avoid a big repair when something even bigger goes wrong.

For more ways to save on air conditioning check out part one of this useful blog series.

If you’ve read enough and want to make an air conditioning maintenance or installation appointment call Novel Care Toronto today: 905-737-5016.


Save On Air Conditioning This Summer – Part 1

Summer is just around the corner. It may not feel like it since snow seems to be on every corner these days, but it’ll come faster than you think. When the nice weather is here we all want nothing more than to soak it all up, but that also means we want our homes to be a cool refuge for us at the end of the day. Not a problem since you’ve got an air conditioner, but while you’re at it you might as well save on air conditioning this summer. It’s much easier than you think. Here are some tips.

Save On Air Conditioning: Stay Cool On Your Own

We all know at least one heat wave will barrel through Toronto and the GTA each summer, so ensure that your air conditioner is ready for it. It’s important for the health of your family. Keep yourself and your family cool and you won’t have to run your system as much to save on air conditioning. Here are some ways to keep cool:

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor work, and if you do need to work outside take plenty of breaks and make sure someone is there with you. They can see how the heat affects you just as well as you can feel it affecting you.
  • Listen to your body, and learn to take rests every now and then if needed.
  • Wear light clothing in light colors, as this reflects the sun’s rays, so you won’t burn up and be able to take advantage of any cool breeze.
  • Always drink plenty of water while your working and even when you’re not. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as it dehydrates you, which makes you hotter. This also increase your risk of passing out, heat stroke and other ailments.

Save On Air Conditioning By Giving It A Break

Your air conditioner is a machine, which means it needs a break from time to time. The alternative is that it will experience more wear and tear than it was made to handle at a time and can break down. Here are some tips to save on air conditioning simply by turning off your air conditioner.

  • At night, you can often turn off the AC and open up some windows. It’s simple, the sun goes down and so does the temperatures. Many people also find that the cool night air helps them sleep better.
  • When it’s daytime close your blinds and shades. This will keep the sun and the heat out and allow you to keep your air conditioner off for longer periods at a time.
  • Try to limit your usage of the oven, dryer, washing machine and other appliances that emit a lot of heat. If you can schedule your day so they get used when the temperature drops in the evening you will notice that your home will be much cooler.
  • If you are simply running your air conditioner because you’re at home working on a computer or reading, try going to a library. They’re air conditioned and quiet as well, so you won’t have to run your air conditioning unit all day.
  • Go to the local public pool for a swim instead of sitting in your air conditioned house. You’ll not only cool down, but thank yourself for the exercise.
  • Use fans to help distribute cool air throughout the home.

Stay tuned for more ways to save on air conditioning in part two of this useful blog series.

If you’ve read enough and want to make an air conditioning maintenance or installation appointment call Novel Care Toronto today: 905-737-5016.


Automation Can Help You Save On Air Conditioning

We don’t like to brag, but we’re home air conditioning experts. It’s just one of the many things we do very well. We’ve been around for a while now, over 30 years in fact, and during that time we’ve learned a lot about air conditioning. One thing we were excited about when technology began to change is automation.

Automation Is Good For Air Conditioning

It’s not uncommon for people to waste energy and in turn money on air conditioning by leaving the system running throughout the day. Whether they don’t know any better or they forget to turn it off, they’ve left it running at a temperature designed for when people are actually home. Many of our customers do this, until we advise them otherwise of course. By now most of our customers have programmable or smart thermostats, which are excellent inventions and in our eyes a necessary automation for every home.

Using these thermostats is the best way to save money on both your air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter. Many smart thermostats actually allow you to gauge your energy usage in addition to controlling your system from anywhere.

  • Check on the air conditioning and heating systems using a remote thermostat that connects to Wi-Fi.
  • Track energy usage with data stored in the application.
  • Allow the thermostat to learn your habits in order to automatically set the most efficient temperatures for your needs.
  • Have the ability to control the temperature in case there is a drastic shift in the atmospheric temperature.

We install hundreds of new programmable and smart thermostats every year throughout Toronto and the GTA, saving our customers thousand of dollars every year.

Programmable and smart thermostats install easily with just about any air conditioning system, and with the help of an HVAC air conditioning professional you can start saving money on your energy bills in no time at all. Well, you can actually begin saving the moment your new thermostat is activated. So why wait?

Contact Novel Care today for more information about automating your system: 905-737-5016.


How Does Ductless AC Work?

One of the most common questions that we get from our customer, friends and family about our job is how does ductless AC work? It’s a very effective system for cooling your home and the process itself is fairly straightforward. But make no mistake, the technology in a ductless AC unit is state of the art and very impressive. That’s why they’re so efficient and reliable these days.

Essentially, ductless AC systems provide cooling and heating in your home without needing ductwork. The indoor unit that you see hanging on the wall or ceiling has a corresponding outdoor unit. The outdoor unit is called the compressor and carries refrigerant and power to the indoor unit through a small system of pipes. The refrigerant is delivered directly to the indoor unit, which is also called the air handler, typically located on the wall or ceiling of a room in your home. Installation is fairly easy and does not require any major construction or renovating. All that it takes is to drill a small 4 inch hole in an exterior wall that can be used to connect the two units.

If you also want ductless heating, you will need to install a ductless heat pump. These units look and function basically the same as ductless AC units. They supply both heating and cooling.

Here’s an example of how a ductless AC system is connected.

ductless AC

When is it best to use a ductless AC system?

Ductless systems and heat pumps are very useful in lots of situations and can be a great addition or any cooling or heating system in your home. There are several scenarios in which you should consider installing a ductless AC system:

  1. If you have an addition that you need to heat and cool, and don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on installing ductwork.
  2. If you have an attic or a garage space that you want to heat and don’t want to, or cannot install ductwork.
  3. If you live in an old house, where structurally it would be too difficult and expensive to install a new system of ducts.
  4. If your home is relatively small (under 1500 sq. ft.) and ductwork cannot be easily installed.
  5. If you have central heat and AC, but want a supplemental system when temperatures get either too hot or cold. A ductless system can work well in particular rooms of the house that don’t get adequate heating or cooling from the central system.

For more information about ductless AC or heat pumps give us a call. We’ll be happy to help you find out if ductless air conditioning is right for your home. Contact us today for a free estimate: 905-737-5016.


Keeping Pets Cool Is Important Too

You might think that your pets can take care of themselves when the mercury rises, but keeping pets cool is also the responsibility of pet owners. If you have air conditioning in your home there’s not much to worry about except keeping them inside, and ensuring that your air conditioner is working properly. If it’s not, schedule a maintenance appointment with Novel Care Toronto today, so you know you’re doing everything in terms of keeping pets cool.

Keeping Pets Cool This Summer

We’re all about keeping people cool with our air conditioning repair, maintenance and installation services, but we love pets too and they shouldn’t be ignored when the temperature rises. Here are some ways to help them stay cool too.

  • Keep them properly watered by providing them with plenty of fresh water through the day and at night.
  • Even though they’re covered in fur, pets can get sunburned. keep them in the shade when you can.
  • If you’re at the beach you might think they’re safe and cool in the water, but the sun, sand and rocks reflect the sun and can also cause sunburns. On very hot days limit their time in the sun.
  • Utilize air conditioning and fans when you can to help your pets stay cool.
  • Don’t leave your pets outside on or balconies, they can quickly dehydrate and overheat on very hot days.
  • It seems like no matter how often people are told not to leave pets in hot cars it still happens. Don’t do it.
  • Take your pets for a walk during the cooler parts of the day in the early morning or later in the evening.

Keeping Pets Cool & Avoiding Heat Stroke

Yes, pets can get heat stroke too. Here are some signs that your pet might have heat stroke:

  • Rapid panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Very hot skin and fur
  • Muscles twitching uncontrollably
  • Unusual vomiting
  • Looking dazed or acting confused

For more information about keeping pets cool this summer or for air conditioner repair, maintenance or installation services contact Novel Care Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

Novel Care Toronto has been  serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.


Great Ways To Beat The Heat!

There have already been 29 days this summer where the temperature has been over 30 degrees Celsius. That means there have been at least 29 days where people in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA have had to find refuge and ways to beat the heat. Air conditioning is the best way, but there are lots of other ways to beat the heat as well.

Here’s How You Beat The Heat

  • Drink water, even before you’re thirsty, and even on days that aren’t aggressively hot.
  • Find air-conditioned places to hang out like the mall, movie theatre, library or community centre.
  • Wear clothing that is nice and loose and breathes. A large hat to keep the sun off your head is also ideal.
  • Avoid being in direct sunlight for too long or just bring an umbrella with you when you go out.
  • Plan your outdoor activities for the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the hottest parts of the day.
  • Take cold showers and use wet cloths to keep your body temperature down and to stay cool.
  • Drive with your air conditioner on or the windows down. Don’t ever sit in an enclosed vehicle or leave any person or pet in one either.
  • Find a pool, whether it’s a friend’s pool or a public pool.
  • Close your blinds and drapes during the day so the sun doesn’t heat up the air in your home.
  • Don’t use the oven or the stove to cook, use the BBQ instead on really hot days.
  • Unplug as many electronic as you can, these devices give off heat.
  • Use fans wherever you can, especially when sleeping for added comfort.
  • Put a bowl of ice in front a fan for an extra cooling effect.

Be Careful, The Heat Can Get To You

Hot days can be overwhelming, even if you are taking measures to beat the heat. Here are some things to watch out for:

  • Dizziness or feeling faint
  • Nauseous feelings or vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Quick breathing and a fast heartbeat while resting
  • Being incredibly thirsty

If you have any of these symptoms during a hot day find a cool place to sit down and drink some water. If you feel worse or your symptoms don’t dissipate see your doctor or call 911. Extreme heat can cause several medical issues.

Overall, use your air conditioner during extreme heat to stay cool and safe. If you need air conditioner repair, maintenance or installation services contact Novel Care Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

Novel Care Toronto has been serving Toronto, York Region and the GTA for over 30 years.


In Lieu of Air Conditioner Maintenance

Guess what? The heat of summer isn’t going anywhere. In fact environment Canada is predicting that this beautiful weather will continue right through September. If you haven’t had a chance to call a professional HVAC technician to take care of your air conditioner maintenance yet you might risk a breakdown at the worst possible time. At Novel Care Toronto we’ve had a very busy summer performing regular maintenance and other service for our customers in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA. Our customers who’ve planned ahead have been able to get air conditioner maintenance appointments at the beginning of summer so they’ve enjoyed efficient and reliable cooling all summer long.

We have encountered some clients that have waited a little too long to get air conditioner maintenance and they’ve either had to pay for repairs or a new air conditioner altogether.

If planning in advance isn’t your thing here’s a quick and easy solutions to ensure your family has home cooling if your air conditioner breaks down.

Building your own air conditioner is easier than you think and only costs about $30. You can pick up everything you need at a hardware store:

  • A Five gallon bucket
  • Some PVC pipe (threaded or unthreaded)
  • A Desk-top fan
  • Ice
  • A Sharpie marker
  • A Pocket knife

For more information about air conditioner maintenance contact Novel Care Toronto today. Otherwise watch the video to see how to build your very own air conditioner, we’re ready when you are.

Novel Care has been providing air conditioner maintenance, repair, and installation services in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

CONSUMER WARNING: Create this cooling system at your own risk. Novel Care is not affiliated with the CBC. Novel Care takes no responsibility for any injuries or damages that may occur.