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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.

Novel Care 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.

Even those that have a heat pump in their home might not fully understand what they do or how they do it. We have many customers ask us all the time: How do heat pumps work? We’ll here’s your answer folks.

Heat pumps are used as heating sources in small spaces and homes that need supplementary heating. It’s difficult to completely heat your entire home with heat pumps, but it’s not impossible. So how do heat pumps work? They heat the air in your home by transferring air from the outside of your house to the inside. They are very efficient at heating spaces in your home and usually take about 15 minutes to heat an average sized room. Once heated up they are even more efficient at maintaining that temperature.

Split-System Heat Pump

One of the most popular types of heat pump systems is the single split system. This single split system is designed to only heat one room or space in your home. Depending on the size of your heat pump systems and unit and the placement, it can sometimes do a great job at warming most of your house. If you have an open concept living area then they’re even more useful. Here’s how they work:

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Ducted Multi-Heat Pump System

The ducted multi-heat pump system is more complex to install and not as common. These types of installations have vents in every room and are ducted through the ceiling. They’re less intrusive than the split-system heat pump, but they’re much more expensive to install. The cost of a ducted heat pump can start at $15,000 for an average sized home and go up from there. Here’s an example of how ducted multi-heat pump systems work:

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  1. Excess warmth from your heater is distributed to rooms via a super efficient inline ducting fan
  2. Via a filtered eave inlet your home is ventilated with a small amount of drier air to offset the moisture build-up (from cooking, drying, clothes, showering etc)
  3. Free, filtered warm air is automatically harvested from your roof space to offset heater costs. (Note: Summer Mode disables this function)
  4. Rooms are warmed as air circulates around the house continuously, and persistent condensation is gone

So, How Do Heat Pumps Work?

It’s fairly simple and a really efficient way to heat your home. Most people don’t know exactly what type of installation is best for their needs, or what size of heat pump they need, but that’s why we’re here. A Novel Care HVAC technician can answer all of your questions and even go into more detail as to How Do Heat Pumps Work? Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to get a free quote: 905-737-5016

 

 

Owning a home comes with its own responsibilities. In Toronto and the GTA, that might include anything from yard work to shovelling your driveway, but don’t forget about your appliances too. In our experience, maintaining your own furnace doesn’t always mean hiring someone to do it for you. Take a look below for a few simple Toronto furnace tips to make sure you’re ready for winter, even if it brings another ice storm to town.

Toronto Furnace Tip 1: Mind Your Thermostat

Even when the temperature fluctuates well into November and December, you can guarantee that the cold weather will eventually make an appearance. When it does, make sure you don’t rush to your thermostat to crank it up. One of the simplest Toronto furnace tips you should consider is to be mindful of the thermostat. Don’t adjust it more than a few degrees at a time to protect your furnace from added stress. It might be freezing outside, but if your furnace gives out, it will be a lot colder – and will cost you more in the long run.

Toronto Furnace Tip 2: Keep Filters Fresh

A furnace may be a machine, but it still needs to breathe. This is why filters are important. Filters usually protect your home from circulating any particulates through your entire property. When they get blocked, your furnace needs to work a bit harder to force air through, so changing them more than once a year is recommended. Realistically, you’ll want to change any filters somewhere between every 2 to 6 months.

Toronto Furnace Tip 3: Keep Exhaust Vents Clutter-Free

Just like with the filters above, you’ll want to make sure your furnace can breathe. A vent allows your furnace to expel any exhaust outdoors away from your home. Take a look outside and make sure this vent isn’t obstructed. Think of it like a car. If you block the exhaust pipe, your car won’t be going very far, and same goes for your furnace.

Call Novel Care If You Can’t Keep Up With These Toronto Furnace Tips

At Novel Care, we’ve been helping Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years, so rest assured we’ve seen and fixed it all. The Toronto furnace tips we’ve provided are a few ways to eliminate simple problems and service calls, but when you do need help, we’re here 24/7! Contact us at 905-737-5016 to get started. We’ll gladly take your call and dispatch someone within hours to make sure you have the help you need, fast. When Toronto furnace tips aren’t enough, we can step up and keep your house warm this winter.

Depending on the age of your furnace one of the best ways to keep it running efficiently and smoothly is to ensure it receives regular maintenance. This means more than just changing the filter once a year. Proper maintenance means having a professional Toronto furnace repair expert from a reputable company like Novel Care come in and perform professional furnace maintenance.

It’s important to remember that furnaces are mechanical pieces of equipment that need regular professional maintenance to ensure all components are working properly, and it’s running at optimal efficiency. Whether you live in Toronto, York Region, or somewhere else in the GTA it’s important to have a professional inspect and maintain your furnace.

Proper Toronto Furnace Repair & Maintenance

Once you’ve made the decision to hire a Toronto furnace repair expert from a company like Novel Care, it’s important to understand what’s going to be done to your furnace. While some companies may simply change your filter and make a few adjustments, other companies like Novel Care perform an extensive inspection, thorough maintenance, and only essential repairs that cover all aspects of your furnace and venting systems. They include but aren’t limited to:

  • A Thorough Inspection: A professional Toronto furnace repair and maintenance expert should perform a full visual and point examination of all mechanical and essential parts of your furnace and duct system. This is the best way for a technician to uncover any issues, or reveal any signs of wear that may become issues in the near future.
  • Lubricating: Like other mechanical equipment, your furnace needs lubrication in order to reduce friction between all moving parts. Any full-service furnace repair and maintenance package should include proper furnace lubrication.
  • Gas Pressure & Pilot Adjustment: Over time the gas pressure coming into your furnace may slightly change. A Toronto furnace repair technician from an established and reputable company like Novel Care will evaluate and adjust the gas pressure as needed, and do the same for the pilot light in order to reestablish them to original specifications.
  • Filter Replacement: While this is something you can do on your own, Toronto furnace repair experts like those working at Novel Care have a large supply of air filters and can often provide great deals on new replacement filters for your furnace. Any annual service call with an experienced furnace maintenance technician will include a filter replacement, and if it doesn’t then it’s definitely time to find another HVAC company to take care of your annual furnace maintenance.
  • Free Estimate: Planning your annual household budget is an important part of your household finances, and all of us know how all the little costs can add up. Many Toronto furnace repair and HVAC companies will charge you for an estimate prior to any work being done. At Novel Care we provide free estimates for all work, so you can easily decide what you can afford and what can wait until later. We treat all of our clients like good neighbours, which is why we’ve enjoyed working in Toronto, York Region, and the GTA for over 30 years.

Overall, annual furnace repair and maintenance is a small short term cost that can save you big money in the long run. It’s also important to work with experienced, reputable, and knowledgeable Toronto furnace repair and HVAC companies like Novel Care. This ensures that you not only get great services and experienced technicians, but free estimates and guarantees on any work performed. For more information about how Novel Care can help you call: (905) 737-5016.

Julie Brousseau-Rooley is a Novel Care furnace repair technician. She’s one of the best, and is a rare woman in the trade. Her expertise lies in repairs to both commercial and residential heating and cooling equipment of all kinds. Julie kindly agreed to take a few moments out of her busy schedule to share her perspective and advice with us.

1. How long have you been working in the HVAC industry as a furnace repair technician?

Julie: About 3 years, since 2011.

2. What inspired you to become an HVAC & furnace repair technician?

Julie: My entire family are trades. I’ve always loved working with my hands. As an HVAC technician, I get to do a little of everything – mechanical, electrical, gas, plumbing. There’s never a boring day!

3. Do you find that customers are surprised to see a female HVAC & furnace repair technician arrive at their door?

Julie: Constantly! Some people think it’s a scam and won’t let me in. Women are always happy to see me though – they think it’s great that there are women who can do this kind of work.

4. Do you meet a lot of other female HVAC technicians?

Julie: Not really, but I know of one from my hometown of Sudbury. She went to the same college I did.

5.  What is your favourite thing about being an HVAC technician?

Julie: I love that it’s a challenge. Every situation is different, with something new to learn. As a repair technician, I love the troubleshooting aspect.

6.  Is there anything you find really challenging?

Julie: Not a lot. Some older people think a woman can’t do the job, so I love winning them over. I have some customers who only want me to work on their HVAC  equipment, and will wait for me to be available!

7.  What is your favourite thing about working with Novel Care?

Julie: There’s a couple of things. I love the variety of equipment I get to fix: one moment I’m working on a commercial rooftop unit, the next it’s a boiler or a residential furnace. I also love the camaraderie at Novel Care. Everyone understands each other really well and works together.

8.  What kind of schooling and licences do you have to get to become an HVAC & furnace repair technician in Ontario?

Julie: I have a 2-year HVAC Technician diploma from Cambrian College. You have to pass the provincial exams with 75% or better for every kind of licence you get. I have my oil, natural gas and propane licences.

9.  What are the most important personal qualities that an HVAC technician should have?

Julie: You need two things. You have to be friendly, because you’re going into people’s homes all day. You also have to be smart so you can figure out what’s going on with the equipment.

10.  Is the industry changing a lot as time passes, and if so what do you do to keep current?

Julie: The trade changes every year. There are new code regulations to learn, and also new products coming out all the time. I attend a lot of workshops to help keep up to date.

11.  Do you have any favourite furnaces or air conditioners right now?

Julie: I love Lennox, because they really stand behind their products.

12.  Do you have any tips for homeowners that will help them get the most out of their home heating equipment?

Julie: Change your filters. That’s what will really extend the lifespan of your furnace, because they keep the dirt and hair from getting in.

13. Do you have any advice for young people who are thinking of becoming HVAC technicians?

Julie: Come on in! There are tons of jobs, especially with so many technicians retiring in the next few years.

 

Our Friendly Furnace Repair Technician

Julie is a very friendly and talented furnace repair technician on the Novel Care team, and exemplifies our values of expertise and great customer service. If you are having trouble with your home’s HVAC heating and cooling equipment, give us a call at (905) 737-5016.

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Cold winters mean drier air, which can cause annoying static electricity, make you feel colder and even increase your risk of getting sick with colds, flu and other viruses. A humidifier is an excellent start to solving some of these problems.

Maintaining the optimum 30% to 50% humidity range in your home during the winter is essential for comfort and health, and a whole-house humidifier is the best tool for ensuring optimum humidity levels.

How a Whole-House Humidifier Works

Installed directly into your Toronto HVAC system and connected to a water source, a whole-house humidifier sends water down a hole-filled panel between your blower and duct. As air passes through the panel, it becomes humidified before entering your duct system to be delivered to your rooms. A humidistat attached to the system lets you control the amount of humidity in your home. Essentially, it connects directly to your furnace and works in tandem with your duct system to ensure the humidity in your home is optimal.

A whole-house humidifier will benefit you in five key ways:

1. Save Money on Heating

Have you ever noticed on hot summer days that “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”? The same principle applies once winter hits: humidity in the air makes it feel warmer. A whole-house humidifier provides enough humidity to allow you to turn down the thermostat by a few degrees, saving you money on energy costs.

2. Help Prevent Illness

Recent research shows that flu, cold and other viruses are more stable in dry air. Droplets of moisture containing these viruses evaporate quickly in dry air, enabling them to stay airborne longer and increasing your chances of breathing them in.

Additionally, low humidity dries out the nasal passages, causing tiny cracks that are an open invitation to viruses looking to make you sick. A whole-house humidifier will prevent the droplets from evaporating before they settle out of the air, and will prevent your mucous membranes from drying out.

3. Preserve Wood and Paint In Your Home

When humidity levels drop, any wood in your home like flooring and millwork becomes prone to splitting and cracking. Wood flooring manufacturers sometimes even include humidity level maintenance as a warranty condition.  Similarly, paint on your home’s walls can chip once the humidity level drops too much.

4. Prevent Static Electricity

Dry air promotes static electricity that makes your hair stand on end, zaps you at every turn and may damage your electronic devices. Increasing the humidity level in your home will put an end to annoying static electricity.

5. Increase Your Comfort

Let’s face it, no one likes dry air in the winter. It makes skin, hair, eyes, nose and throat dry out and feel scratchy. We Canadians spend up to 90% of our time indoors, so we might as well make the experience a good one!

A Humidifier Can Change Significantly Your Home

Talk to your friendly Novel Care representative about whether whole-house humidifiers are right for your home. They could help you endure cold and flu season much better, and get more enjoyment out of the coming winter.

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