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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.

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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.

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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.

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Don’t Forget To Change The Air Conditioner Filter

Purchasing a new high-efficiency heating or cooling system from a reputable HVAC company like Novel Care Toronto is an excellent way to ensure you save money on your energy bills. One of the easiest ways to keep it running efficiently is to keep changing the furnace or air conditioner filter. Depending on your type of system this might be the same filter, but since it’s summer let’s discuss the air conditioner filter.

The Importance of The Air Conditioner Filter

Changing the filter in your air conditioner is one of the most important things you can do, and it should be done regularly. Dust, pollen, and other airborne impurities are always being drawn into your home’s HVAC system and being filtered out of the air instead of being spread throughout your home. As your filter slowly gets clogged it can allow more and more dust and other particles into your home via the duct system. A clogged air conditioner filter also makes your air conditioner work harder to circulate air, which reduces its efficiency, and in turn increases your monthly energy bills.

Even when your system isn’t active and your air conditioner isn’t running, the fan might still be running. Many system constantly have the fan going in order to circulate the air throughout the house. Even if you haven’t used your air conditioner recently the filter still might need changing as the system continuously filters the air.

Essentially, it’s a good idea to check your filter every month and change it if necessary. If you find that your filter isn’t getting dirty and doesn’t need changing there may be another blockage somewhere in your system that’s preventing airflow. This should be investigated by an HVAC or air conditioning professional.

Overall changing your air conditioner filter is an easy task, but if you don’t know how to do it contact Novel Care Toronto today: 905-737-5016. Our technicians have been working in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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3 Top Factors That Affect New Air Conditioner Pricing

You might think that there are numerous factors that affect the price of a new air conditioner, but realistically there are 3 main factors.

  • Efficiency (SEER rating)
  • Single-Stage vs. 2-Stage Cooling
  • Size

New Air Conditioner Efficiency (SEER)

SEER is the measurement of the efficiency of your new air conditioner, it stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER ratings for any new air conditioner start at 13 and go into the 20’s. Popular air conditioners that combine affordability and energy-efficiency are typically rated between 13 and 17. These popular units are also typically single-stage air conditioners.

As it goes the higher the SEER rating the more expensive a new air conditioner usually is.

New Air Conditioner Stage Cooling

Single Stage Air Conditioner: These air conditioners function like a light. They either get switched on or off. They operate at either 100% capacity or 0%, there’s no in between.

2-Stage Air Conditioner: These air conditioners start-up running at about 2/3 of their maximum capacity and then increase to 100% only if the outdoor temperature warrants it. This ensures that the unit is operating as efficiently as possible at all times. 2-stage air conditioners typically cost about $1000 more than a single stage unit, but over time that cost can be recouped on your energy bill.

New Air Conditioner Size

When referring to the size of an air conditioner it’s not in reference to the physical size of the unit. Air conditioners are measured in tons, which indicates how much cooling capacity it has. Typically, central air conditioners increase incrementally in size by 1/2 tons. The larger the unit the more expensive it will be. To find out what size init your home or commercial space needs it’s usually best to consult with a reputable and experienced HVAC technician.

Overall, there are numerous factors that can affect the cost of your new air conditioner, but these 3 factors carry the most weight so understanding them is important. Now that you know more about the reasons for the cost of your air conditioner you can have an educated conversation with your Novel Care Toronto HVAC technician about which new air conditioner is right for you.

For more information about installing a new air conditioner or for a free estimate contact Novel Care Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

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

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Millennials Don’t Care About An Energy Efficient Air Conditioner

In case you don’t know millennials are the trendy 20ish demographic that lives in urban and densely populated city areas, they ride the subway to work, they love eating out and they don’t care at all about an energy efficient air conditioner. Well, that’s not entirely true. They do care about energy efficiency, the environment and the like, but they’re predominantly renters. This means that without owning a house they haven’t even regarded the needs that come along with it.

A recent report by the National Association of Home Builders found 75% of millennials want homes, and 66% would actually prefer to live in the burbs. 28% indicated that Energy Star appliances were essentials, while 84% of those also said an energy efficient home is ideal. Overall, they do value an energy efficient air conditioner, but haven’t even gotten around to considering it yet.

Alternative reports have indicated the same results, but have included costs. This is where millennials become price sensitive to the added costs of energy efficient appliances.

The Value: Energy Efficient Air Conditioner

The challenge the HVAC industry and leading HVAC companies in Toronto like Novel Care Toronto have encountered is there is a lack of education about the long-term benefits of energy efficiency versus the short-term cost.

Overall, energy efficient air conditioners, furnace, boilers and other appliances do cost slightly more, but in the long-term reduce energy bills. These reductions easily compensate for higher initial costs, produce fewer emissions, and quite often perform better.

Energy efficient air conditioners and other appliances should be viewed as an investment just like many other pieces of a home. They do have the ability to produce good returns in lower maintenance and monthly costs, and will last for many years.

For more information about energy efficient HVAC components, Energy Star appliances, or to schedule a free estimate appointment 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 and has a reputation for excellent service and competitive prices.

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3 Important Questions About Air Conditioner Size & Rating?

Our customers constantly have questions about their air conditioner. Whether we’re installing a new ductless air conditioner or performing maintenance on a central air conditioner our customer have asked lot of questions over the years. While we’ve answered lots of them in person here are a few of the less common questions we get that might be useful.

Q: What’s Variable Speed Mean?

A: Variable speed is referring to the blower motor on your air conditioner. Variable speed blower motors are designed to provide enhanced comfort throughout your home with reduced air velocity and noise. When this type of blower turns on it operates at a low-speed, which makes less noise and allows the compressor and coil to get warmed up prior to forcing large amounts of air through the units or system.

Q: What Size Air Conditioner Should I Install?

A: So, it’s finally time to replace your old air conditioner. While considering a new unit can be exciting it’s important to take a few things into consideration first. While there are similar models available by different manufacturers you must first calculate the heat-load of your home. This calculation provides you with the proper size of unit for your needs, the size of your home, it’s layout, and a few other variables. The best way to find out what size unit is best for your home is to contact a reputable and professional HVAC technician from a company like Novel Care. They have the knowledge and experience to properly evaluate your home and provide you with recommendations. Aside from that we always recommend installing high-efficiency units that will save you money on your energy bills in the long-term.

Q: What Is A SEER Rating?

A: SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration. This is a measurement of the efficiency of an air conditioner. The higher the SEER Rating is the more efficient a unit is and the less it will cost you to operate. Most brands have a number of units with great SEER ratings and highlight them so they’re easy to find and understand. A Novel Care technician can assist you in selecting a unit within your price range that has a great SEER rating.

For more information about choosing the right replacement air conditioner for your home or office contact Novel Care today: 905-737-5016.

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

Choosing A Central Air Conditioner

Eventually most homeowners will need to replace the air conditioner they rely on to keep their families cool in the summertime. Choosing an air conditioner isn’t an easy task as there are hundreds of options on the Toronto market, each with its own specific benefits and faults. Finding the right central air conditioner for your home or office is very important as it’s a purchase that will only be made every 15-20 years, so getting it right the first time is imperative to the comfort of your space.

At Novel Care we typically recommend that our customers install a high-efficiency central air conditioner as there are numerous benefits to them, but here are the main things to consider when buying a new central air conditioner.

Central Air Conditioner Purchasing & Installation

There are a number of things to consider when it comes time to replace your existing central air conditioner. Here is a short list of the most important factors.

Reliability: One of the most frustrating things that can happen is for your air conditioner to breakdown in the dead heat of summer when you need it most. While inconvenient to the core this can also be dangerous for young babies, senior, and anyone with a respiratory disease. Your air conditioner not only keeps your home cool but it also filters out the pollens and humidity from the air it circulates through your home, which in turn makes your home a healthier environment. Ensuring that the brand and model of air conditioner you purchase is reliable is one of the most important things to consider.

Energy-Efficiency: As mentioned, regardless of the make or model of air conditioner we always recommend purchasing an energy-efficient model. Energy-efficient models are designed to ensure that reliability and efficiency are primary aspect to their functioning. Energy-efficient models reduce your carbon footprint and can save you hundreds of dollars on your energy bills each year. Overall, an energy-efficient central air conditioner is a win-win for everyone.

Size: You may think that bigger is better, but when it comes to a central air conditioner it isn’t. If your central air conditioner is too big or too small it will cost you more to operate it than it should and if it runs too long or short-cycles all the time it may not last as long as it should either. A Novel Care HVAC technician is able to help you determine what size air conditioner is best for your size of your home or office based on your usage needs and the layout of your space.

Cost: The cost of your new central air conditioner will be a deciding factor as to which make and model you purchase. With a sea of options available in Toronto and the GTA a Novel Care HVAC technician can help you find an appropriately sized, reliable, and energy-efficient model that fits within your budget.

For more information about buying a new central air conditioner contact Novel Care today: 905-737-5016. We’ve been helping customers in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA purchase and install new air conditioners for over 30 years.

Air Conditioner Installation Services: How Big Should My Unit Be?

This is one of the most common questions that our Novel Care HVAC technicians are asked every spring when people need air conditioner installation services. It’s common for homeowners not to know how big their air conditioning unit should be in order to accommodate the size of their house. There are a few important things to understand prior to buying and installing an air conditioning unit that can save you lots of time and money down the road.

Use Professional Air Conditioner Installation Services

One issue that we often find when homeowners purchase a unit on their own is that they’ve purchased the largest unit possible within their budget. With some things bigger is certainly better, but when it comes to air conditioners a larger unit isn’t always the best choice. If these customers had used professional air conditioner installation services to purchase their air conditioner they would have found out that its important to match size of the unit to the size of the space its cooling.

If a unit is too big it will not run as efficiently as it could and it will constantly be turning on and shutting off which with a larger unit will cost you more than with a smaller unit. It will certainly cool down your home quicker, but it will cost you quite a bit more money on your energy bills. This is not only detrimental to your bank account balance but also to the environment as reduced energy-efficiency means more energy is used.

Evaluate Energy Efficiency

We mentioned energy-efficiency earlier and bring it up again because it’s so important for the environment and keeping your energy bills down. When it’s time to replace your air conditioner, choosing one based on energy-efficiency is easy with Energy Star ratings clearly displayed these days. Energy Star certified air conditioners will have information about their Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) as well as their BTU rating. The higher the SEER rating the more energy-efficient that unit is, while the BTUs will help you evaluate the unit’s ability to properly cool your space. BTUs in air conditioners are basically a way to measure how quickly and efficiently a unit can cool your home or commercial building.

Air Conditioner Installation Services: Electrical Voltage

There are three electrical requirements to consider before buying an air conditioner:

  • There must be a proper electrical connection already in place for the unit otherwise an electrician or HVAC technician will have to run a new line
  • Voltage requirements must be satisfied
  • The required number of amps must be available in the electrical circuit

Overall one of the best ways to ensure that you purchase the right air conditioner for your needs and have it properly installed is to work with a certified HVAC technician for air conditioner installation services. Novel Care has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years. For more information about choosing the right air conditioner for your needs or to book a service appointment contact Novel Care today: 905-737-5016

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7 Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioners

As a homeowner or the owner of a commercial building understanding the heating and cooling needs of your space is important. While it may be many years after purchasing your building before you need to worry about it there are many options available in terms of heating and cooling. When it comes to cooling solutions one thing that shouldn’t be ignored is installing ductless air conditioners.

What are Ductless Air Conditioners?

Ductless air conditioners, also know as split air conditioners or mini-split ductless systems, have become a popular option in older and newer commercial and residential spaces. It took a while for them to catch on as many people typically consider cooling solutions when they plan major renovations, which are also much more popular these days. The more people learn about the benefits of ductless air conditioners the more they understand what a great cooling solution they really are.

Ductless air conditioners don’t require ductwork running throughout your home in order to cool various spaces. They provide zoned cooling and even heating through a network of internal units that are all connected to an external unit. External units can be assigned to multiple indoor units to create zones that can be cooled separated, whereas a central air conditioning system cools an entire home at once. These units are strategically placed throughout your home or office to ensure they evenly cool the areas they’re being used in.

The Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioners

There are numerous advantages to choosing ductless air conditioners, here are 7 great reasons why they might be the right solution for your needs.

  1. Efficiency: The average family spends close to $1000 each year on heating and cooling, and depending on the configuration of your home switching to a ductless air conditioning system could yield an energy savings of up to 30% of their current energy consumption.
  2. Cost Savings: Typically when efficiency is increased costs decrease. With ductless air conditioners your home or business could be using less energy year round and as a result your energy bills will naturally go down. Whether its measured on a monthly basis or annual basis it’s a significant cost savings.
  3. Targeting: Unlike cooling solutions that rely on duct systems, ductless air conditioners allow you to target specific areas of your home or office. This is not only one reason why these units save you money, but also a great way to target and cool rooms that are typically hotter than others without freezing out the rest of the building.
  4. Increased Control: Ductless air conditioners can basically be put anywhere that’s beneficial to the efficiency and cooling of a building. They can easily replace window units and configured to operate in zones to increase efficiency and comfort.
  5. Also A Heating Solution: Many ductless air conditioners and mini-split systems also have built-in heat pumps, which means they also have a heating option. This helps save you even more money because you now have all the same benefits in heating a space as you do in cooling it. Targeted heating allows you to run your furnace, boiler, or baseboard heaters much less, so you aren’t heating areas that aren’t in use.
  6. Simple Installation: Ductless air conditioners have been specifically designed to be very easy to install by professional HVAC technicians. With no ductwork or major piping, installation is very easy and won’t impact the current layout of your home with construction and ductwork.
  7. Eco-Friendly: Ensuring that your home is as environmentally friendly as possible is not only good for your energy bills but also increases the resale value and the perceived value of your home or commercial building. Saving energy is important to people and in turn they know they will be saving money too, so installing a high-efficiency ductless air conditioning system is an attractive solution.

Ductless air conditioners are an ideal solution for both residential and commercial spaces. They help people save money, energy, the environment, and provide quiet, comforting and cool air throughout your space.

For more information about ductless air conditioners and whether they’re the right choice for your space contact Novel Care today: 905-737-5016