Senior Cool Down: Residential Central Air Conditioning Helped My Parents

My parents live in a bungalow in Etobicoke. Even though the lake is right there, that isn’t always enough to keep them cool in the summer. Sure they don’t like to complain about the heatwaves or humidity, but I knew it was becoming more of a concern as they got into their senior years. My wife and I talked to them about it and we all agreed that replacing their residential central air conditioning unit – which stopped working years ago – was a solid option for them.

Residential Central Air Conditioning Is Worth The Price

Once we started to shop prices of different models available, we realized that getting a new residential central air conditioning unit wasn’t as expensive as we had originally feared. Thankfully, a co-worker recommended Novel Care to get us started. They were great right from the start and paid us a visit to give an accurate assessment.

Since the bungalow wasn’t the biggest, and the existing ductwork had held up just fine over the years, the cost was actually more affordable than we’d thought. Plus it came with a good warranty, just in case.

Residential Central Air Conditioning Made A Huge Difference

Once the installation was done, my parents noticed a difference right away. They felt more comfortable in their own home which honestly took a load off my mind. I know they’re safe in the summer and don’t have to worry about them as much. Plus the kids really appreciate it too since they spend some time there after school most days.

Overall, I’m very pleased with my whole experience. From start to finish, Novel Care made it pretty easy and I just wanted to say they come highly recommended from my family and I.

If you need help or are thinking about upgrading your residential central air conditioning, don’t hesitate to contact us at 647-547-4049. Customer service is very important to us, which is why someone on our team is always ready to answer your call. We’re even available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

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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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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.

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Is A Ductless Air Conditioner Split System Right For Me?

Investing in your home is always a smart choice, especially in Toronto and the GTA. With bidding wars and prices climbing every day, spending your hard-earned cash on the right upgrades requires some research. Take a look at some of the things you should consider before investing in an air conditioner split system for your home.

Knowing The Basics

Everyone likes to be comfortable no matter how hot or cold it gets outside. That’s one of the benefits of owning your own place. You set the rules, and the internal temperature. When it comes to choosing a ductless air conditioner, you’ll want to consider the setup of your home. If ductwork is already in place, a central air unit is most likely the way to go, while those depending on radiators for heat might be thinking about a ductless system, aka a split system.

An air conditioner split system is quite simple and only consists of an indoor unit, outdoor condenser, and tubing that connect the two. Air is brought in from outside, cooled, and distributed to a given area of your home. This is a very efficient way of controlling the internal temperature, and requires less in the way of installation.

There are a couple of things to remember about split systems though. They work best when your home is properly insulated, as the insulation works well at keeping your energy costs lower on average. Also, these are best for spot cooling only. That means if you want to keep more than a single room cool in the summer, you might have to factor the installation of additional indoor units into your budget.

Choosing The Right Ductless Air Conditioner Split System

  • Mitsubishi
  • LG
  • Fujitsu
  • Daikin
  • Panasonic

As with anything in life, you want the best. Unfortunately, most of us have a budget to contend with. When it comes to an air conditioner split system, here is a list of some of the best names in the business to get you started. Take a look to learn some of the different features of each, but ultimately you’ll want the opinion of a professional before you invest.

Contacting the right professional to install and consult with you is highly recommended. This will help ensure you find the right model best suited for your home and budget. Plus, this guarantees the installation process goes much smoother.

The Right HVAC Professional For You

Toronto and the GTA is a big place with plenty of self-proclaimed professionals wanting to offer their services. To help narrow your search, consider the ones with experience and who serve a large area. This ensures they are reputable and know how to treat customers.

At Novel Care, we take pride in providing quality HVAC installation and maintenance services. In fact, we’ve done so for more than 30 years now. Our dedication to helping our customers is second to none. That’s why we’re available anytime, contact us at 647-547-4049. We’d be more than happy to consult with you about which air conditioner split system is right for you.

Don’t Forget About Fall Air Conditioner Maintenance

For most people preparing for the fall means doing back to school shopping, raking leaves, cleaning the gutters, drinking pumpkin spiced lattes and a litany of other things. For every homeowner this list should also include fall air conditioner maintenance.

Key Fall Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

  • Change Your Air Filter: Changing the air filter is important. A dirty air filter can result in quite a few problems for your air conditioner, the main one being an inability to cool your home. Fast-forward to the first time in the spring you decide to turn on your air conditioner and all you get is warm air. By changing your filter now you can avoid potential problems and allow cool air to circulate throughout your home.
  • Clean It Good: After a full summer of use your air conditioner builds up a lot of dirt and grime. While changing the filter is a good first step it’s also important to give it a good cleaning. Wipe down the inner coils, outer casings, and removing and leaves or other debris that’s inside your unit is a great way to ensure it’s ready for the spring.
  • Scheduled Maintenance: One of the most important things you can do before tucking your air conditioner in for a long winter’s nap is to call a professional technician from Novel Care to take a look. Professional air conditioner maintenance is the best way to keep your air conditioner working properly and efficiently. It’s also the best way to find and fix problems while they’re small, so they don’t cost you big time in the spring.
  • Air Conditioner Replacement: If your air conditioner is getting on in years you might need to start thinking about replacing it. One of the best times of the year to purchase a new air conditioner is in the fall when prices are lower. Most homeowners wait until the spring or summer to buy new units and manufacturers know this.

For more information about fall air conditioner maintenance contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000. Novel Care has been installing, repairing and maintaining air conditioners in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

 

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Time To Upgrade Your Air Conditioner and Furnace?

The air conditioner and furnace in your home are important components of your overall HVAC system. If any element of that system needs repairs, maintenance or to be upgraded it’s important to take action. Waiting too long to replace your air conditioner and furnace can result in your entire system working too hard, and ultimately costing you more money than necessary.

When your air conditioner and furnace are operating inefficiently they also face an increased potential of breaking down prematurely, which could happen when you need them most. The easiest way to keep this from happening is to ensure that your air conditioner and furnace are regularly maintained and replaced when your HVAC technician recommends. Working with a company like Novel Care means that you’ve got over 30 years of experience working for you, and you can trust that they understand when your components need fixing or replacing.

How Old are Your Air Conditioner and Furnace?

If your air conditioner is over 15 years old and your furnace is over 10 years old then it’s probably time you called Novel Care for an inspection and a free estimate on repairs, maintenance or replacement. When replacement is happening it’s also an ideal time to assess your duct system to see if it can be reconfigured to function better and increase the efficiency of your system.

Air conditioner and furnace technology has come a long way over the past 10-15 years, so if you’re running an older unit that’s coming close to its due date it’s the perfect time to think about replacing it. Old units might be reliable, but they can also be very inefficient and be costing you lots of extra money on your energy bill. Newer units are rated according to a SEER rating which indicated how efficient they are. The higher the rating the greater your energy savings will be.

Finally, one of the main indications that you need a new air conditioner or furnace is if your system is in a constant need of repairs. A new air conditioner and furnace can save you up to 25% on your energy bills, so waiting to replace them is only costing you more.

For more information about replacing your air conditioner and furnace or for a free consultation contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

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

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Panasonic Ductless Air Conditioners

Panasonic ductless air conditioners are highly respected in the ductless air conditioning industry. Their products are well-built, provide a number of different features, and are known for being very energy-efficient. All available Panasonic ductless air conditioners sold in Canada have heat pumps, adhere to climate testing requirements, and lots of standard features that aren’t offered with many models carried by other brands.

In addition to their excellent functionality and efficiency they also offer some of the most stylish models on the market. They’re sleek, stylish, and offer curved glossy surfaces that provide the lustre of high-end electronics.

Panasonic ductless air conditioners are also known for being whisper-quiet, which is important especially since they all have heat pumps.

Panasonic Ductless Air Conditioner Features

Panasonic units utilize inverter technology, which means they use less energy while providing excellent levels of comfort. Inverter technology allows the unit to adjust the speed of the compressor motor depending on the demand placed on the unit. When a unit is merely maintaining a temperature maximum power isn’t needed so it operates at a lower capacity, saving you money on your energy bill.

All Panasonic units include a 3M anti-microbial filter that ensures more than 99% of allergens and other airborne particles are captured.

These ductless air conditioners are ideal for bedrooms, offices, and pretty much anywhere else noise can be a problem as they’re incredibly quiet. Every unit has a quiet button that instantly reduces the dB level by 5 dB.

Panasonic Ductless Air Conditioners Human Detection

ECONAVI is the human detection technology that Panasonic has included in some of its ductless air units. This technology allows the unit to understand when humans are in the room so it can adjust the temperature accordingly. If it sees that no one has been in the room for an extended period of time it switches to an energy-saving setting. Essentially, this feature helps the unit save you money.

For more information about Panasonic ductless air conditioners contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000. Novel Care has been installing ductless air conditioners in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Letting You Down?

Toronto is finally getting some relief from the heat with more mild temperatures. Over the past few weeks we saw some temperature records get broken and people do everything possible to beat the heat. Did your air conditioner let you down over the past few weeks when you needed it most? If your air conditioner wasn’t working well or barely kept your home cool during the recent heat wave then it might be time to do some investigating to determine if it’s time for a new air conditioner or not.

How Old is Your Air Conditioner?

The typical lifespan of central air conditioners is 15 – 20 years, which is heavily dependent on the maintenance and repairs that take place over the years. At a certain point you’ll notice a drop in the efficiency on your energy bills and as the repairs bills start to pile up a new air conditioner typically makes the most sense financially.

Here are some other signs you might need a new air conditioner:

  • Thermostat problems
  • Poor air flow
  • Substandard performance
  • Strange sounds
  • Strange odors

One of the best ways to find out if you need a new air conditioning system or if you maintenance and repairs are enough is to talk to a professional and reputable HVAC company like Novel Care. Sometimes there’s just a bad part in your air conditioner and other times there are major problems with the compressor system. It’s hard to know unless you’re an expert and have encountered lots of problems over the course of an HVAC career.

A New Air Conditioner

HVAC technology has come a long way over the past few years and as a result air conditioners are running more efficient than ever before. This results in great air flow, cost savings and efficiency, as well as reduced maintenance and repairs. Newer systems are also much quieter than older ones.

 

For more information about purchasing a new air conditioner or for a maintenance or repair appointment contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

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

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What’s The Ideal Sleep Temperature?

For some sleeping is no problem, for others it’s frustrating the arduous. Before you rush to the doctor to get a prescription for sleeping pills consider what your ideal sleep temperature is. Finding your ideal sleep temperature can be one of the best sleep aids out there, so setting the thermostat in your home or bedroom to accommodate that can be a game changer.

Typically, the ideal temperature for sleeping ranges between 68 and 72 degrees, which is a little cooler than you might want throughout the day. In the summer sleeping can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have air conditioning. Essentially, you can always pull up your blankets if you’re too cold, but there are only so many items of clothing you can strip off if you get too hot.

Achieve Your Sleep Temperature With Air Conditioning

The easiest way to get your bedroom the right sleep temperature in the summer is with air conditioning. Whether you have a window unit, a ductless air conditioner, or a central air conditioning system it’s important to adjust the temperature properly.

Proper maintenance of your air conditioning system is also essential for it to accurately achieve your sleep temperature. Regularly changing the filter and having regular maintenance scheduled with a professional HVAC technician are the best way to keep it working efficiently and properly. The best time to take care of your HVAC and air conditioner maintenance is in the spring, before you place heavy usage and loads on your air conditioning system. You filter should be checked at least once a month, especially in the summer when it can be dustier than usual in your home.

 

Fans For Your Sleep Temperature

Ceiling fans can also help keep your bedroom cool. In the summer ensure that they’re rotating in a counterclockwise direction in order to produce a cooling effect. Additionally, floor and desk fans should be rotating and not just pointed directly at one place. This circulates the air in your bedroom even more and evenly distributes cooling throughout.

Overall, a properly maintained air conditioner is the best way to achieve a nice cool sleeping temperature. For more information about air conditioner maintenance, installation or repairs contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

Novel Care has been providing air conditioner services in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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The Evolving Ductless Air Conditioner

In many business categories things have been done a certain way for a long time and implementing change is often very difficult. One exception to that is the HVAC industry where ductless air conditioner technology evolved quickly and was incorporated just the same. These systems are continually evolving and at the forefront of the industry and the basis for which many electronics companies have been developed.

While system design remains quite basic with a compressor, condenser, expansion device, and evaporator, seeing the inside of a unit illustrates its complex systems. There are numerous components and circuits that have all been implemented over the years to increase efficiency and reliability. All of these technological advances have not driven up the price significantly, so these units are still an affordable solution. However, these advances have allowed these units to be used for a vast array of applications in commercial and residential spaces.

Originally, the ductless air conditioner was intended to serve as a replacement for window air conditioner unit, which it does, but it also does much more. Now with the ability to create large zoned systems that can cool large spaces and entire home and offices, ductless air conditioner technology has few limitations.

Key Technological Ductless Air Conditioner Advances

  • The Standard compressor switched to variable-frequency drive (VFD) “inverter” compressors. This allows them to deliver exceptional operational performance, maintain a specific comfort level and ensure the units remain reliable.
  • Condensing fan motors changed from direct-drive to VFD inverter-types. This significantly improved the performance of the units.
  • Evaporator unit fan motors evolved from direct-drive to DC- or ECM-type. This change minimized the amount of noise that units would make, as well as reduced their power consumption.
  • Heat exchanger technology evolved to include intricate high-performance coil designs. These coils have less surface area, but have the ability to maximize heat transfer to ensure system capacity.
  • Systems now have their own control systems, allowing consumers fully integrated units that work together. This means condensing units, evaporator, zone control, and centralized controllers.
  • Self-diagnostic functions help consumers and technicians solve system issues on the spot.
  • Systems now meet the growing needs and requirements to have a healthier and cleaner air filtering.

For more information about any ductless air conditioner brand or model contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

Novel Care has been installing and maintaining ductless air conditioners in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.