One of the most significant investments you can make is buying your house. But it doesn’t mean you should invest in it unless it will pay off or enhance your living conditions. With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look at a home energy retrofit programs and how installing a new Bosch residential heat pump might not be as expensive as you think.

What is a heat pump?

Let’s make things as clear as possible. A heat pump is a type of HVAC system. It may be used to heat or cool certain rooms in your house. While the word “heat pump” may seem confusing, it is a description of what the system does.

To summarize, in the winter, the heat pump takes warm air from the outside and distributes it inside. In the summer, though, it works in reverse, taking warm air from indoors and expelling it out of your home to keep you nice and cool.

Heat pump vs. furnace

While they both serve the same function throughout the winter season of the year, there are a few significant differences between these two units, which include:

  • Furnaces are often bigger and occupy more space to meet the requirement for a larger system to create heat – as opposed to a heat pump, which brings heat in from the outside.
  • Heat pumps may both heat and cool your home, resulting in a two-in-one system.
  • Furnaces are central units and require a proper duct system all across the house to function properly.
  • Heat pumps use far less energy.

Now that we’ve covered the fundamentals, let’s look at the Canada Greener Homes Grant and how you may receive a rebate from the government for a heat pump.

How to get Government of Canada rebates for home renovations

It can be expensive to upgrade your house. Indeed, there are low-cost improvements and retrofit solutions that have a significant influence on your home’s value. However, a retrofit and perhaps some cosmetic modification of your property are not the same thing.

We all know that remodelling generally refers to any sort of basic house improvement, but what exactly does retrofit mean? It typically means you’ve moved beyond the realm of do-it-yourself. A retrofit typically refers to an upgrade to your home’s primary systems. They require the services of an expert to analyze and implement energy-saving improvements. If you’re wondering how you can receive free money from the Canadian government for retrofit solutions, there’s a home remodelling grant for that.

The Canada Greener Homes Grant is the most recent of Canada’s energy efficiency initiatives, and it was established to reward homeowners throughout the country who make their homes more energy efficient with up to $5,000 (plus $600 in some circumstances). But, exactly, what does that necessarily mean? It’s not as frightening as it appears. There are a couple of measures to take. Just keep in mind that you won’t really be able to DIY this one yourself. It requires:

  • An inspection/green home energy audit to evaluate your home’s current efficiency
  • Official recommendations that you can follow
  • Installation of at least one of the eligible recommendations (like Bosch climate 5000 installations)
  • And finally, a follow-up inspection/green home energy audit to see if your home’s efficiency has improved

Naturally, since this is a more significant job, you wouldn’t want to do it yourself and risk not being eligible for the rebate. For instance, installing the Bosch Climate 5000 is not something you can do using YouTube. To complete the task correctly, a professional installer with expertise and qualified equipment is required. Therefore, if you’re considering of improving your home’s HVAC system to take advantage of the energy efficiency retrofit initiative, you should consider hiring an expert.

Why choose Bosch thermotechnology?

Choosing a Bosch equipment is always a wise option since they are one of the best and most efficient heat pump manufacturers on the market today. It’s difficult to think of a better alternative when filing for a heat pump government rebate, with a better model and a 10-year Bosch warranty, and now that it’s part of the Canada energy savings incentive program. After all, when it comes to upgrading your home’s HVAC system, you want to be sure you have the ideal heating and cooling system. However, there are a few additional factors.

Air handler unit that’s whisper quiet

One disadvantage of the heat pump vs furnace argument is that furnaces are typically quieter. Yet, in a short period of time, technology has advanced significantly. The Bosch climate 5000 specifications for the air handler, for example, guarantee that it will not get louder than around 20 dB, which is as quiet as whispering or some rustling leaves.

High efficiency heat pump

An another major pro that has recently emerged from the Bosch climate 5000 reviews is that it is exceptionally energy efficient. This system was designed to outperform alternative heating and cooling choices, in addition to having a high SEER rating. This is because these air handlers are best suited for spot heating and cooling, resulting in reduced resource consumption. That means you may take advantage of Canada’s energy efficiency incentives, as well as enjoy pleasant temperatures and lowered monthly expenses.

Your specific scenario will affect the final decision. We at Novel Care will make your choice as simple as possible.

A ductless or mini split air conditioning system operates in the same way as a central air conditioning system. They are both made of two components: an outdoor condenser unit and an indoor evaporator unit. As the refrigerant circulates between the two units, heat is transported from the indoor air to the outdoor unit, where it is released.

Cold air from the central air conditioner is forced through the ducts by your furnace’s air handler and circulated throughout your home. A ductless system eliminates the need for ducting and vents by connecting the condenser to the indoor unit by copper linesets.

How to Determine Which System Is better for You

If you have ductwork already installed in your house, going with a central air conditioning system is the more cost effective option.

If your home doesn’t have air ducts installed, a ductless mini split system is the smart choice to install. In this case, the installation consists of nothing but drilling a 3 inch diameter hole in your wall where the contractor can route the copper linesets. Compared to the installation of a new duct system, mini split installation is cheaper and less destructive, nevertheless faster. Ductless systems are also suitable for homes with new additions that are not connected to the house’s existing ductwork.

It is visually appealing?

A central air conditioning system is almost unnoticeable. A ductless mini split system, on the other hand, needs the installation of an indoor evaporator unit either in the ceiling or on the wall. Most manufacturers designed these devices to be as appealing as possible, yet you will notice them.

If you are very worried about the impact of the installation on your interior décor, a central system may be a better alternative for you.

How big is your house?

If your home is smaller than 2000 square feet, consider going with the ductless system. The majority of ductless systems may be insufficient to cool a larger home. If you have a larger house (2500 square feet or more), consider installing a central air conditioning system with ducts. Between 2000 and 2500 square feet, the increased power of a central air conditioning system will be worth the extra costs and you’ll get better efficiency out of the new central air system.

Are you concerned about energy efficiency?

The ductwork of a central air conditioner plays a crucial role in allowing a central system to achieve its efficiency potential. The efficiency of a central system is greatly reduced if the ductwork wasn’t adequately designed (more bends and angles in lines) or properly sealed. Ductless systems use much less energy than any of the central air conditioners.

Most ductless systems are called heat pumps instead of air conditioners. When it’s freezing cold outside, the unit will reverse the coolant’s flow direction and brings warm air into the house, as long as the temperature doesn’t fall below -30°C.

Heat pumps are extremely efficient, so this may be the ideal choice if you want to use your furnace less frequently.

Summer in Toronto and the GTA can be unbearable without an air conditioner that’s functioning properly. While it’s important to schedule annual air conditioner maintenance with a reputable company like Air Tech, homeowners can do more than they think when it comes to air conditioner maintenance. Essentially, there are a few important steps that can be taken prior to flipping your thermostat over to cooling from heating in the spring. Understanding the basics of your air conditioner is the best place to start understanding the importance of air conditioner maintenance.

The Basics of Air Conditioning

Understanding how your systems works is a great way to understand the importance of air conditioner maintenance. A central air conditioning system consists of 3 main components:

  • A Condenser
  • A Blower
  • Ductwork

The condenser is the large metal box that you see outside of your home. This regulates the temperature of the refrigerant or Freon, which travels back and forth from the condenser to the inside of your home. The condenser pressurizes the Freon gas and turns it into a liquid, which is now at a high temperature. It then gets sent back into the house to the blower unit. As it comes in contact with the blower unit it becomes a gas again and as a result, becomes much colder. This cold Freon gas then enters the blower coil, which is located in your duct system and cools the air that is blown over it and into your duct system and out into your home. The cycle is repeated until the temperature set by the thermostat is reached.

Now that you have a basic understanding of how your air conditioning system works it’s easy to see why certain components should be maintained by professional HVAC technicians, but here are a few things that you can do as a homeowner.

Air Conditioner Maintenance: Filters

Your system’s filter is typically located at the blower unit where the duct system meets the condenser. Airflow is the most important part of your entire system, so ensuring that your filter is clean and changed regularly is essential to the efficiency and viability of your system. If your filter gets too dirty and restricts airflow it can dramatically impact your system’s efficiency, how well it cools your home, and even cost you money as efficiency drops.

Air Conditioner Maintenance: Water Damage

Warm air is continually passing over your cooling coil, which means condensation will occur and beads of moisture are created on the coils. Typically this moisture is sent through a tube and into a drain in your basement or a pan located under the unit. If your unit isn’t draining properly this water can cause damage to other components of your unit and even result in mold growth if not addressed.

Air Conditioner Maintenance: Obstructions

As mentioned one of the most important things in your air conditioning system is airflow. This also includes the airflow to the condenser unit outside. In order to operate properly, the condenser unit needs to have a decent amount of airflow. When things like trees, bushes, patio furniture, and shrubs restrict airflow your unit has to work harder to do its job, which reduces its effectiveness and efficiency.

Ductwork Maintenance

There are a few easy things to monitor when it comes to your duct system:

  • Ensure that the vents in your duct system aren’t obstructed in any way and can easily distribute cool air throughout your home.
  • Check your system for mold: Condensation can accumulate in parts of your duct system and this moisture can turn into mold if not addressed. Cleaning your vents and duct system is one of the best ways to keep your home free of mold.
  • Basements are traditional cooler than the rest of a house, so it’s ideal to adjust the dampers of your duct system in the basement to force more cool air to the upper levels of your home in the summer.

Overall understanding your air conditioning system is the best way to take care of it and perform some basic air conditioner maintenance in between professional air conditioner maintenance appointments.

For more information about air conditioner maintenance or to have a new air conditioner professionally installed at an affordable price contact Air Tech today: 905-737-5016

Spring and summer are almost here, which means you want to ensure that your ductless air conditioning system is ready to keep you and your family cool. Toronto Ductless AC Repair services are an important part of keeping your system primed and running as efficiently and reliably as possible. So, do you need a Toronto ductless AC repair expert for spring ductless maintenance services?

Professional Toronto Ductless AC Repair Services

If you own a ductless AC Toronto or somewhere in the GTA, then it is important that you are aware of the unique needs of your system. Therefore, we have provided a light list of ductless repair needs below. Keep reading to learn more!

While professional Toronto ductless AC repair and maintenance is essential for the health of your ductless system, there are some things you can keep an eye out for in between ductless appointments.

Water Leaks

Each of the wall-mounted air handlers in your home has a series of connections routed through a hole behind it. These connections include a power line, a refrigerant line, and a condensate line. The condensate line is responsible for removing water moisture from the cooling process so it doesn’t enter your home.

However, the condensate line may develop leaks over time, causing water to collect between the back of the air handler and the wall. Eventually, this can lead to structural damage to the wall and can cause the air handler to fall. Not only will you have to deal with the cost of repairing your wall, but you are also going to have to replace the air handler. Ensuring that your condensate line is in good shape is an easy way to avoid these problems. As you notice any sign of water on the wall surrounding the air handler then give it a long hard look and if you aren’t sure or see damage then call us for professional Toronto ductless AC repair services.

Broken Air Handlers

Over time, you may find that the air handlers in your home start to experience some wear and tear, which can lead to malfunctioning. this can mean they’re either not producing enough or any output to keep your home cool. Although this can be a nuisance, it is not as big of a deal as you might think. Sure, the room it is located in might be warmer than other areas of your home, however, the rest of the air handlers in your house should continue to operate normally. It is very rare that you should ever need to replace the entire ductless system.

Basically, all you need to do is call a professional Toronto ductless AC repair technician from Air Tech Toronto. We will drop by, check out your air handler and provide you with a free estimate for repairs or replacement. It’s that easy.

Refrigerant Leaks

Your ductless system works much like a traditional air conditioner, relying on the flow of refrigerant to transfer heat from one place to another. But what sets the ductless system apart is that it has significantly more refrigerant lines than a traditional AC, which means that the chance of a refrigerant leak is much higher. Signs of a refrigerant leak include a decline in cooling power and odd hissing noises. You might even notice fluid dripping from the system. If you suspect that you are dealing with this type of leak, be sure to contact an expert right away.

For more information about ductless air conditioners or to get a free estimate for maintenance and repairs contact us at Air Tech Toronto today: 905-737-5016 | info@AirTechToronto.ca

Toronto and the GTA can have some pretty extreme weather. It’s either unbearable in the summer with humidity or freezing cold in the winter, so it’s important to know what your options are when it comes to heating and cooling. See why heat pumps might just be your best bet.

Heating And Cooling 101 – What You Need To Know

Unless you work in the world of HVAC, it can be pretty confusing to know the differences between central air conditioning and ductless, or heat pumps and boilers.

First things first, heat pumps are 100% useful in both the summer and winter months. When it gets hot out, the system works to pull in air from outside, cools it, and distributes it indoors. When it gets cold out, you can set it to heat your home. This time, the unit will pull in colder air and condense it so you only feel warm air coming in.

Another thing you should know is that heat pumps are great for keeping energy costs lower each month. They were actually designed to only control the temperature of a given area of your home at a time. This makes heat pumps great for heating and cooling living rooms, bedrooms and other frequently used spaces of your home – but not all at once. You should always consider asking a professional for an assessment to see if heat pumps make sense for your home. If you have a smaller, well-insulated space, then they could be your best option.

Air Tech Toronto Can Handle Your Heating And Cooling Needs

We’ve spent more than 30 years serving Toronto and the GTA, so we know a thing or two about heating and cooling. While heat pumps are a fantastic option, we always take the time to meet with you to assess your home, discuss your needs, and answer any questions you may have before any work is done. This ensures you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about your home. After all, these are typically big investments, and we want you to feel confident in your choice.

Whether it’s a heat pump, furnace, central air conditioner, or boiler, let us help you find the right answer for your heating and cooling needs. Give us a call at 905-737-5016 to learn more about your options. We’re even available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

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.

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.

Air Tech Toronto 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 Air Tech Toronto 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.

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 Air Tech Toronto 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.

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