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 Air Tech Toronto today: 905-737-5016. Air Tech Toronto has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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 Air Tech Toronto Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

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

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 Air Tech Toronto 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 Air Tech Toronto Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

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

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 Air Tech Toronto Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

Air Tech Toronto Toronto has been serving Toronto, York Region and the GTA for over 30 years.

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 Air Tech Toronto 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 Air Tech Toronto Toronto today. Otherwise watch the video to see how to build your very own air conditioner, we’re ready when you are.

Air Tech Toronto 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. Air Tech Toronto is not affiliated with the CBC. Air Tech Toronto takes no responsibility for any injuries or damages that may occur.

Purchasing a new high-efficiency heating or cooling system from a reputable HVAC company like Air Tech Toronto 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 Air Tech Toronto Toronto today: 905-737-5016. Our technicians have been working in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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 Air Tech Toronto 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 Air Tech Toronto Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

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

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 Air Tech Toronto Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

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

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 Air Tech Toronto 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 Air Tech Toronto Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

Air Tech Toronto 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.

In case you haven’t noticed summer is here, and it came in with a blast of heat that we haven’t seen for years. With no rain in the forecast to cool things down residents in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA rely on air conditioning. Ductless air conditioning is an excellent option to cool any home, office, or other space. Many people are too familiar with ductless air conditioning because they live in homes with large systems of ductwork. These homes don’t always need ductless air conditioning because the central air conditioner pushes cool air through the duct system. Ductless air conditioners have the ability to cool entire houses or just small spaces.

3 Things To Know About Ductless Air Conditioning

In case you haven’t realized it yet we think ductless air conditioners are great options for any area of the home or office. Here’s why:

  1. Ductless Is Easy To Install: That’s right! Ductless air conditioners are incredibly easy to install. They only have 3 main components. The indoor piece called the air handler. It either hangs on the wall, the ceiling or can sit on the floor as desired. The outdoor condenser unit can also either be hung up or placed on the ground. The final piece to the puzzle are the pieces connecting the 2 components. All these wires and cables and pipes need to fed through a hole in the exterior wall in order to allow the two components to function properly. Which brings up the next point…
  2. No Construction: It’s extremely typical to avoid any sort of construction while installing ductless air conditioning. Generally, all that needs to be done is for a hole to be drilled through an exterior wall in order to connect the two units. Aside from that they just need to be mounted and you’ll be cooling your home in no time.
  3. Affordable: Not only are these units cheaper than central air conditioners, their installation is cheaper and they don’t require the expensive installation or modification of ductwork. Once you have a unit installed, depending on use, you’ll notice a much smaller impact on your energy bills than you would if you installed a central air conditioning unit.

Overall, there are a multitude of reasons to install ductless air conditioning. For more information contact Air Tech Toronto Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

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