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Buying A New Ductless Air Conditioner

In case you haven’t noticed, summer is officially here. The weather is beautiful, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the air is starting to get much warmer. We’ve heard from lots of customers who have turned on their ductless air conditioner already just to test it out before the hot weather arrives. Some are working great and some need replacing. Turning it on for a test is a great idea and we recommend all of our customers do the same. It’s the best way to ensure that your ductless air conditioner is working after sitting for the winter, and if it’s needs replacing you need to start thinking about buying a new ductless air conditioner now.

Buying A New Ductless Air Conditioner In Toronto

Many Toronto homes are nearing 100 years old, and if they weren’t renovated with duct systems then they probably utilize ductless air conditioners, or have no air conditioning at all. Either way, buying a new ductless air conditioner will create a cool and comfortable environment for you and your family all summer, and last for many years.

You’ll notice that there are many different manufacturers when you’re buying a new ductless air conditioner.

  • Fujitsu Ductless Air Conditioners – Fujitsu has been manufacturing high quality ductless air conditioners for over 35 years. They provide many options for high quality and high-efficiency ductless products. When buying a new ductless air conditioner, considering Fujitsu is important.
  • Mitsubishi Ductless Air Conditioners – Mitsubishi is a well recognized brand worldwide. They might be known mostly for their automobiles, but they also manufacture lots of other high quality products. Mitsubishi manufactures electronics and Mitsubishi ductless air conditioners are a main product in their catalogue. Their ductless air conditioners are designed to work well in all environments such as residential, commercial, industrial and hospitality. Buying a new ductless air conditioner made by Mitsubishi is a great idea.
  • LG Ductless Air Conditioners – LG is fairly new to the world of ductless air conditioning, but that doesn’t mean LG ductless air conditioners aren’t a good product. They’ve have quickly taken a large share of the market because they’ve been identified by HVAC technicians and customers as high quality and reliable. In their brief 10 year history LG ductless air conditioners have developed a reputation for being very energy-efficient. If you’re buying a new ductless air conditioner take a look at some of the LG ductless products.
  • Panasonic Ductless Air Conditioners – Like Mitsubishi, Panasonic is a brand name that’s been around for a very long time. They’re known more for excellent consumer electronics rather than automobiles, and they’ve also moved into the ductless air conditioning market. They’ve been delivering great products in the ductless air conditioner industry for many years and if you’re buying a new ductless air conditioner an energy-efficient Panasonic ductless air conditioner won’t let you down.
  • Daikin Ductless Air Conditioners – Unlike many other manufacturers that make ductless air conditioners, Daikin only works in the HVAC industry. They manufacture many different commercial and residential heating and cooling solutions, and ductless air conditioners are a big part of that. When you’re buying a new ductless air conditioner, installing a Daikin ductless air conditioner in your home is an excellent idea.

Novel Care Ductless AC Installation

We’ve been installing ductless air conditioners in Toronto and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years. This means we have the knowledge and experience to ensure you get the right ductless product for your home, and it’s installed properly. We know that there are lots of great options out there, and we’ll help you narrow your choices down to the ones that suit your budget, provide you with the energy-efficiency you need, and will be reliable for many years to come.

Contact Novel Care today for more information: 905-737-5016

3 Home Maintenance Tips You’ll Need This Spring

Being a homeowner isn’t easy. There are increased expenses to consider as well as added responsibility to go along with all that independence and freedom. Home maintenance is a very important thing to consider, especially as the seasons change. Some things can be managed by you directly, while others are better left to the professionals. Have a look below for 3 simple reminders as you get ready for spring and summer.

Home Maintenance Tip 1: Maintaining Yard Tools

Warmer temperatures mean you’ll be seeing your lawn again as it begins to grow. When it comes time to get out the lawnmower, you want to make sure it works. To prepare for this, head over to your shed or garage before it gets too warm out and inspect the condition of your lawnmower. You’ll want to see how sharp the blades are, and if it needs any fuel – if it’s gas powered of course.

Home Maintenance Tip 2: Water You Waiting For?

Frozen faucets aren’t always easy to spot, unless you know what to look for. Once you turn your tap back on, hold your finger over the running water. If you can completely block the flow, there is most likely some type of problem with the pipes that will need to be looked at by a professional.

While you’re inspecting the faucet, you should also take a look at your garden hose too. Obviously, you’ll want to spot and patch any small leaks, but you’ll also want to check for dry rot. This will look a bit grayish in colour and can contribute to more fungus later. If you spot dry rot, especially in a hose, you’re better off to toss it out and replace your garden hose.

Home Maintenance Tip 3: Ward Off Problems With The Right Soil

“April showers bring May flowers” but if your yard has low-lying pockets of soil, those showers can actually flood your lawn. This not only doesn’t look nice, it can also harbour a decent breeding ground for more bugs which can be downright annoying in the summer. Be sure to use compacted soil around your home or to fill any lower areas to avoid this potential problem.

While these home maintenance tips might be useful around your property, don’t forget to book any annual home maintenance you might need indoors. At Novel Care, we’ve spent over 30 years helping our clients in and around Toronto and the GTA. Our HVAC home maintenance and installations experience is second to none. In fact, if you ever need us, contact us at 905-737-5016. We’re available 24/7 to help with a wide variety of air conditioning and HVAC issues. We understand owning a home comes with a lot of responsibility, so let us make home maintenance a little easier for you this season.

Ductless Air Conditioner Maintenance In The Fall

It’s inevitable, summer is slowly coming to a close. The days are getting shorter, the air is cooler at night, and you may even notice your furnace kicking in from time to time. One thing to keep in mind is that just because summer is ending doesn’t mean that you should neglect the maintenance on your ductless air conditioner. In fact, fall is the perfect time to perform annual maintenance on your ductless air conditioning system.

Ductless Air Maintenance

Vacuuming and general cleaning of your ductless air conditioning components should be something you take care of regularly, but if not then fall is the perfect time to do so. Cleaning out the filters, and wiping the dust off all the surfaces makes it easier for your unit to move air around and actually increases the efficiency of your system.

Check all the connections at your indoor and outdoor units. Ensure that there are no leaks or loose wires, or any corrosion on any of the elements. A good visual inspection should be sufficient to identify any obvious problems with your units.

Above and beyond a simple cleaning and checking of the components, it’s a good idea to contact a professional and experienced HVAC company for additional maintenance. Having a complete understand of the workings and functioning of ductless air systems is essential to ensuring they are operating properly and efficiently.

Some systems might be larger, older, and have unique things about them that only professional technicians will understand.

Ductless Air Repairs

When an inspection and maintenance is being done on a ductless system, an HVAC technician will also look for components that are wearing out and in need or repair and replacement. This is one of the most important things about having a professional take care of your unit’s maintenance. In order to ensure your unit lasts for many years to come certain components will need to be replaced as they wear out in order to maintain efficiency as ductless units age.

For more information about ductless air conditioners, maintenance, repairs and installation contact Novel Care today: 905-737-5016. Novel Care has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

 

 

Are Candles Bad For Indoor Air Quality?

Candles are great additions to the dinner table, bubble baths and lots of other events and rooms around the house. They provide soothing light that can add romance to the end or your workday or weekend, but have you ever considered how they affect the indoor air quality of your home?

Depending on the type, when candles are burned the release carcinogenic toxins (benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein and soot). Beeswax candles are an exception, which burn very cleanly and are popular among those with allergies and sensitivities.

Paraffin, petroleum-based candles, are scented aromatic candles that you can find anywhere. These are the worst for your home’s air quality. They not only release many of the same chemicals as diesel fuel when it’s burned they can contaminate your ductwork, discolour your walls and ceilings, and damage the contents of your home.

Indoor Air Quality & Your Health

In terms of your health and the health of others in your home, frequently lighting lots of candles can lead to issues like asthma, allergies, and irritating your respiratory tract.

This all might sounds kind of drastic, but there’s no need to trash all of your candles this minute. If you burn candle on occasion and don’t burn a lot at a time their effects are minimal. If you avoid candle wicks that are very long and thick you’ll still enjoy a nice flame that’s smaller and burning less at a time.

Additionally, it’s always a good idea to ensure you burn the candle in large rooms or ones with good ventilation like doors and windows.

Candle Alternatives

There are a number of alternatives to candles such as candle warmers, which don’t have a flame and as a result don’t release carcinogens into the air. Essentially, a warmer melts wax and releases a scent.

Diffusers are also popular options to produce scents in your home. Diffusers use essential oils in a similar way to a candle warmer and wax. They slightly heat up the oil so it can disperse a nice scent into the room or area.

If it comes down to it and you really need or want to use regular candles, beeswax candles or soy candles. They burn very clean and actually release negative ions into the air, which help remove some toxins from the air and improve your indoor air quality.

Overall, ensure that your furnace fan is running and your furnace filter is clean if you burn candles often. This will ensure the air in your home is filtered and cleaned, even when burning candles.

For more information about your home’s indoor air quality or your furnace fan or filter 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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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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The Forefront of HVAC: The Ductless Air Conditioner

The HVAC industry is always silently evolving. Consumers aren’t as acutely aware of the technological advances taking place in products like the ductless air conditioner, the furnace, the boiler and the heat pump, but they’re fast and impressive. Initially a ductless air conditioner would be very unique to the region it was purchased in as manufacturers didn’t distribute globally and technology wasn’t as widely shared or available. Today the ductless air conditioner market is extremely competitive with companies worldwide constantly innovating and creating new technologies. The race to make their ductless air conditioners more attractive to consumers has never been more competitive.

Ductless air conditioner systems are equipped with intricate but easy to use controls, which allow consumers to switch between cooling, heating, ventilation and in some cases dry mode operation. Dry mode is a technology that removes moisture from the air via the inverter technology in the unit. Removing moisture in a similar way to a de-humidifier also results in a small reduction in temperature in the space surrounding the unit.

Other technologies like occupancy sensors that tell units to turn on when people are around allow consumers to customize their comfort levels. Units now feature rapid cooling and heating features as well that provide bursts of cooling and heating when quick temperature changes are needed. Some units can also be controlled via smart phone or the internet, allowing users to make changes while they’re not present. The volume control of units is constantly being amended. Quieter units are very popular and technology has definitely kept up with demand in this respect. Overall efficiency is always going to be a game-changing technology as consumers are constantly looking for the most efficient units that also provide a plethora of other features.

The Key to Ductless Air Conditioner Technology

One key thing that ductless air conditioner manufacturers do well is listen to their consumers. The continuous innovation is meeting the demand for higher efficiency and cool features, which makes the lives of front line HVAC suppliers much easier.

For more information about HVAC technology or ductless air conditioner technology 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.