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How the Wrong Air Conditioner Air Filter Affects Your Home

Like most HVAC technicians we recommend changing your furnace and air conditioner air filter every month or two. By name alone we all understand that this is important in order to keep the air in our homes clean, but that’s only part of the reason why you should change it often. Changing your air conditioner air filter is also very important to avoid damage to your air conditioner.

Essentially, your air conditioner air filter is there to prevent damage, but if you’ve put the wrong one you can do more harm than good, and here’s how.

How Your Air Conditioner Air Filter Protects Your System

Primarily your air filter does in fact filter the air, which leads to cleaner air in your home. There are fewer allergens and dust and the air is generally fresher. The intention of an air filter is to avoid having anything large sucked into the blower, which can lead to damage that is expensive to repair. Without an air conditioner air filter, your blower can build up with dust and other large debris and ultimately breakdown.

The competing factor with ensuring cleanliness of air and keeping dirt and debris out is air flow. Allowing air to move through your system is important for efficiency and reducing wear and tear on your system. If your air filter is too dirty it reduces air flow, which means your blower has to work harder to move air around your home. This creates unnecessary stress on your blower, reduces the air quality, and makes your system work harder, which in turn uses more energy and costs you money.

Upgrading Your Air Filter

Dirty air filters that are the wrong size and rating for your furnace can do just as much damage as a dirty one. the extra fibers that rap particles and allergens in your super expensive air filter might do just that, but they also drastically impede air flow.These fibers are incredibly tightly woven, which means your air will be a little cleaner, but your unit will work much harder to move air.

The MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) of your air filter is a good indicator of how well it filters. Most air conditioners come with a filter of about 1-4 MERV, but may be able to hold a filter of up to MERV 8. However, if the filter is too strong, you put your air conditioner at risk.

For more information about your air conditioner air filter contact an HVAC technician at Novel Care Toronto today: 647-547-4049.

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Ductless Heat Pump Rebate: Up To $5800

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: 647-547-4049

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Dehumidification Is Important For Your Home

If you’ve got Asthma or another respiratory disease then you understand how humidity can affect your breathing. Ductless air conditioners are a great way to rid your home of humidity, which can be referred to as dehumidification. Dehumidification occurs when the humidity is removed from the air being cooled and circulated throughout your home.

Main Benefits Of Dehumidification

  • Improve Your Home’s Smell / Indoor Air Quality – If the air in your home isn’t as refreshing as you want it to be then it could be the result of dampness. Dehumidification can remove the dampness from your home and in turn get rid of and mould or mildew smells that might also be lingering. Dehumidification helps reduce odours that can accompany mould and mildew in your home, thus getting rid of that “musty” smell that you might refer to, especially in your basement.
  • Protect Clothes & Fabrics – If mould or humidity is allowed to build up in your home the chances of mould growth on clothing and furniture can drastically increase. Especially if it’s stored in tight spaces. This mould can also develop on bed linens, towels curtains and other fabrics. Dehumidification is an excellent way to alleviate this problem.
  • Protected Property – Dehumidification can help to protect your property by way of fighting rust and corrosion. If  you notice that your electronics, tools or appliances are developing rust or corrosion, it might be the result of too much moisture in the area. Dehumidify these areas quickly with your ductless air conditioner.
  • Freshen Up Your Home – When your home is less humid everything is affected. Your clothes will dry faster, your cereal will be freshen, your bread will last longer and won’t go stale as quickly. There are a number of places where dehumidification can help.
  • Quicker Cleaning Times – Dehumidification helps to reduce dust in your home. Less dust means you won’t have to clean as often.

Rid Your Home Of Humidity

When you consider your next ductless air conditioner or heat pump, be sure that it will help dehumidify your home. Summer time in Toronto and the GTA can be humid, and protecting your property is as simple as the flick of a switch. It’s also just that easy to help with respiratory diseases and other health concerns related to humidity.

For more information about ductless air conditioners or heat pumps contact a Novel Care ductless or heat pump technician today: 647-547-4049

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Case Study: Ductless Air Is The Way To Go

Novel Care recently took some time to answer a call for someone looking to know more about ductless air vs. central air. This is Tom’s story.

Ductless Air Is Perfect For Pets

Toronto and the GTA can get quite warm in the summer, and no one knows this better than Tom. As a certified plumber, he makes house calls throughout the day. That means driving from location to location and since he represents a smaller business, that usually means he’s working past 5pm.

Tom has a smaller place of his own in the east end like most Torontonians nowadays. His dog Oscar lives with him. Just like you shouldn’t leave a pet in a hot car while you go shopping, you really shouldn’t leave them in a hot house either. As a responsible pet owner, Tom would ask his elderly neighbour to dog-sit on especially humid days knowing that this neighbour had air conditioning. With this neighbour getting ready to move in with their family, Tom needed to find another way to keep Oscar comfortable in the summer.

Is Ductless Air Better Than Central Air?

Tom decided to give us a call after doing some homework on ductless air systems. After answering a few of his concerns, we convinced him to let us provide an assessment of his home. With just a simple basement apartment setup to keep cool, we knew ductless air was the way to go for Tom and Oscar.

Ductless air works best when trying to control room temperature of a given area of a home. It pulls in air from outside, cools it, and then distributes it to a large area (like a living room), known as spot cooling. Combine this with a well insulated home, and ductless air works like a dream – even in muggy summer weather.

Need Ductless Air? Call Novel Care

Our Novel Care experts have been helping Toronto and the GTA stay comfortable for more than 30 years. Summer, winter, it doesn’t matter. We install, maintain, and repair all HVAC systems, including ductless air. Best of all, we take pride in being there for our customers whenever they need us. That’s why we’re available 24/7 for emergencies. Just contact us at 647-547-4049 and one of our trained staff will be there to help. So don’t wait to get answers about ductless air. Let us keep you and your pets cool all summer.

3 Reasons To Book Ductless Air Conditioning Maintenance Early

Okay, so before you ask…yes it is January, so why are we talking about ductless air conditioning maintenance? The simple answer is that it’s never too early to start thinking about ductless air conditioning maintenance. Spring and Summer are months away and we’re all still dealing with the freezing cold that never forgets about Toronto and the GTA, but when that nice weather comes you want to be ready.

Ductless Air Conditioning Maintenance: It’s Never Too Early

  1. Affordability: Why wait until the Spring and Summer to book your ductless air conditioning maintenance appointment. Those are the months when all of us spend the most on day trips, weekend get-aways and summer vacations with the family. Once the kids are out of school our credit cards take a hit. By comparison, January and February are very affordable months, which is why we urge our customers to book early.
  2. Get The Appointment Time You Want: While we have lots of professional Novel Care ductless air conditioning maintenance technicians working for us year round, getting the ideal appointment time during our busiest times can be challenging. We’ll always be able to help on an emergency basis within 24 hours, but if you need you ductless air conditioning maintenance appointment taken care of ASAP during our peak time we may have to work between our schedules to find something ideal for you. To avoid any waiting whatsoever book early in the spring or even in February. We’re always available early to take care of your ductless air conditioning maintenance appointment.
  3. Don’t Wait For A Breakdown: We normally have the most calls for ductless air conditioning maintenance in the spring. This is because it’s the time of year that most people turn on their ductless air conditioners for the first time. Don’t wait until you are turning your unit on for the first time to call for a maintenance or repair appointment. Ensure that maintenance is taken care of before you actually need to use your ductless air conditioner will take care of any issues that might lead to a breakdown, so you can just enjoy the cool refreshing air.

Essentially, you can schedule ductless air conditioning maintenance any time of the year, but it should be at least once a year and ideally before any heavy usage. For more information about ductless air conditioning maintenance contact Novel Care today at 647-547-4049. We’ll provide you with a free estimate for the maintenance of your unit and book an appointment that suits your schedule.