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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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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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Central Air Installation For Seniors

Are you a senior citizen or do you live with seniors? If you answer is yes then it’s time to start thinking about the effects of the muggy heat of summer on breathing easily. Central air installation is one of the best and healthiest ways to combat the muggy heat that comes along with summers in Toronto and the rest of the GTA. Many seniors have health problems that involve the lungs, heart and other components of the respiratory system, which can all be affected by the indoor air quality of their homes and living spaces.

For home without air conditioning central air installation is an affordable and easy way to improve and maintain high-quality indoor air quality through the summer and warmer months of the year. Air conditioners regulate the temperature of a room or home and also remove the moisture from the air that can make it difficult to breathe, especially when warm or hot. Extreme heat is also dangerous for seniors as it can lead to dehydration, heat stroke, laboured breathing and a number of other dangerous symptoms that can all lead to 911 call.

Fight Summer Heat With Central Air Installation

Air conditioners are one of the best defences against health related issues during the hot months of summer, particularly for vulnerable individuals. If you don’t currently have an air conditioner then consider central air installation. It easily integrates with your home’s existing ductwork and provides cool regulated air to all the rooms with vents. Central air installation is fast and affordable and there is little maintenance for central air conditioners.

If you don’t need central air installation services, but have an existing central air conditioner then it’s important to ensure its working well and properly maintained. Novel Care has been providing central air installation and central air maintenance services in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years. We have the knowledge and experience to ensure your air conditioning system is ready when summer heat waves hit, and if there happens to be a breakdown we’re there fast and ready to get the cold air pumping again.

For more information about central air installation or maintenance contact Novel Care at 416-921-0000 or info@novelcare.ca.

How’s Your Indoor Air Quality?

Spring in Toronto and the GTA is finally here and it looks like the weather will finally stay to reflect it, at least in the short-term. With spring comes the feeling of renewal, sunlight that last later into the evening, and also the urge to thoroughly clean your home. You’ve been stuck inside all winter long, so now it’s finally time to open the windows and think about your indoor air quality.

Indoor Air Quality: Toronto & Canada

It’s shocking to hear that Canadians spend almost 90% of their time inside, either at home, work or other environments. As a result we’re not overly exposed to the fresh outdoor air that our governments have fought so hard to achieve over the years. Even in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, smog days have all but disappeared and air quality is at an all-time high. Regardless of the improving air quality around us we still spend the majority of out time inside, which is why it’s important to consider what our indoor air quality is like, especially at home where we sleep.

There are a number of different things that can affect the indoor air quality of your home. They can typically be broken down into:

  • Biological Pollutants: These are living organisms that have the ability to pollute the air in your home. They include thing like mould, bacteria and dust mites.
  • Chemical Pollutants: These are gasses and other airborne particles that come from appliances throughout your home that rely on combustion, tobacco products, personal care products, building materials, and other household cleaners.

These pollutants are evident in every home, but the concentration of them is what really matters. Homes that are air tight and don’t have great ventilation are at the highest risk of poor indoor air quality.

Luckily there are numerous ways to combat poor indoor air quality and ensure the air you and your family are breathing is healthy. So while you’re taking care of all the spring cleaning you typically do, like ridding your closet of old clothes, trashing old shoes, and cleaning in places you don’t normally clean, it’s important that you don’t overlook cleaning the air in your home too.

Cleaning The Air In Your Home

Cleaning the air doesn’t mean that you need to spray odour-killing chemicals or Febreeze all over your house, this will actually make it worse! Here are a few tried a true ways to clean the air in your home without ruining your summer vacation budget.

  • Change Your Furnace Filter: To some people this is something they do regularly to ensure the efficiency of their furnace and air conditioner, but to some they might not even know that their furnace had a filter. This filter is an important part of your home’s HVAC system and essentially filters all the air in circulation throughout your home. Allowing it to get too dirty can result in poor air quality as it fails to filter any particles, but also reduces the efficiency of your furnace and air conditioner as they now have to work harder to warm and cool your home.
  • Vacuuming & Dusting: Few people enjoy this type of cleaning and it often get’s put off until later, whenever that is. Properly vacuuming and dusting your home right after changing your furnace filter is a great way to blitz the particles that are floating in the air. If you don’t feel like cleaning there are affordable cleaning services in Toronto that can save you lots of cleaning time.
  • No Smoking: One of the worst pollutants to invade your home is tobacco smoke. Simply stepping outside for your next smoke can eliminate a whole litany of chemicals from the air in your home.
  • Fuel-Burning Appliances: Depending on the types of appliances you have your furnace, water heater, and stove might all burn natural gas to work properly. Having these appliances inspected on an annual basis and properly maintained is essential to ensure they aren’t negatively impacting the air quality in your home. Regular maintenance appointments are very affordable and also ensure the efficiency of your appliances, so you’ll save money on your energy bills too.
  • Proper Ventilation: Make sure that places like basements and bathrooms that have higher amounts of moisture are properly ventilated. This helps reduce the risk of mould growth, which can easily become airborne and cause respiratory problems.
  • Garage Etiquette: If you have a garage that’s attached to your home don’t idle your car or other gas-powered equipment inside, even with the door open. Carbon monoxide and other gasses can build up and remain in the air in your garage, which easily transfers to your home when the connecting door is opened.
  • Painting: Even though many newer types of paint don’t produce fumes it’s still a good idea to paint with the windows open. Also, once you’re finished painting it’s important not to store paints, varnishes, and other solvents inside your home.

Many ways to improve the air quality in your home might seem like common sense, but it isn’t something that people think about all the time. Slight changes to your daily routine or cleaning and home maintenance habits can ensure that you and you family have clean and refreshing air to breath when you’re not outside enjoying the warm summer sun.

For more information about indoor air quality or to book a maintenance appointment for your furnace, air conditioner or another HVAC appliance contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000