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.

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.

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.

Need a new ductless heat pump for your home. Call Novel Care in Toronto or anywhere in the GTA today and get up to $5800 off.

This ductless heat pump rebate is for a limited time only, so call today to find out which of our great models qualify. If you need a new ductless heat pump, this is the perfect time to save on your replacement. A ductless heat pump rebate like this doesn’t come along very often, so make sure you take advantage of it.

Call for details: 905-767-5016

Earlier this year, Kyle and Samantha had just bought a new home in the east end of Toronto in Leslieville. Like all homes in the area it’s old, but has been renovated, so there are few mechanical issues with the house. Being a smaller home the person who did the renovation left the boiler and radiators in the home to maximize space. To supplement the heating, provide air circulation and also cooling in the summer they also installed a ductless heat pump. A ductless heat pump is a great way to further add control to the heating and cooling systems, so it is a welcome addition to any home, but in this case it was poorly installed.

Unfortunately for Kyle and Samantha this ductless heat pump wasn’t installed correctly, which led to its early demise. Without a warranty or any other recourse to take with the seller of the home, they called Novel Care Toronto. We can certainly sympathize with Kyle and Samantha because moving can be a time consuming and expensive part of life. While it’s expensive it should also be exciting, so this road bump took some of the wind out of their sails.

Since we were replacing the ductless heat pump anyway, they wanted a new system with increased efficiency to provide the comfort they wanted in the main living area of their home, but without a big impact on the energy bills.

We replaced the old broken down ductless heat pump system with a new Mitsubishi Hyper Heat heat pump system. These state of the art systems come with a 10 year parts and labor warranty, so if anything goes wrong with this one they will certainly be covered. Ductless heat pump systems act both as cool and heating sources for the home, and come with humidity control, which is important for homes with boilers and radiators.

Call Novel Care For Ductless Heat Pump Help

We were happy to help Kyle and Samantha out with this little problem. In the short term it can be frustrating, but in the long run they might look back on it and have a bit of a laugh. If you have a ductless heat pump or any ductless air conditioning system that needs to be replaced call Novel Care Toronto. We’re always happy to help and provide 24/7 emergency service throughout Toronto and the GTA. Call 905-737-5016 to get a free estimate today.

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.