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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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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.

Air Conditioning Maintenance Is About Safety

You might think that you don’t need air conditioning maintenance because your air conditioner seems to be running fine. This might be true, but it might also be the reason your air conditioner fails or worse catches fire. Recently, an air conditioning unit at a St. Louis area school caught fire and forced the evacuation of the entire campus.

The building is located on the University of Central Missouri campus. Fire crews reported that the air conditioning unit caught fire due to a mechanical issue. The unit caught fire at 5:45 in the morning and luckily there were no injuries reported.

When an air conditioner has a mechanical issue it normally just shuts down or ceases to work, but there is a chance that a small fire can occur due to the heat, speed or rotation, and electrical components in the units.

Improper maintenance and repairs are often the easiest way to prevent an incident like this from occurring. Whether you’re running a commercial air conditioner or a residential air conditioner it’s important to schedule regular maintenance. Finding a reputable and experienced air conditioning maintenance company is the best way to ensure your air conditioning units are running efficiently and safely.

Air Conditioning Maintenance: Efficiency & Safety

Typically, all it takes is an annual or bi-annual air conditioning maintenance visit to ensure your air conditioner is running efficiently and safely. Surprisingly, most people don’t know that simple maintenance can drastically improve the efficiency of your air conditioner and in doing so saves you money on your energy bill. Additionally, your air conditioner will be running safer, which means you won’t be on the hook for replacement or big repair costs if it were to catch fire or just stop working.

For more information about air conditioning maintenance services, or for repairs or installation contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

Novel Care has been working with commercial and residential air conditioners in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

 

Prepare For Summer With A Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner

This summer, the summer of 2016, is projected to be one of the hottest summers in recent memory with more days above 25 than the average person can remember. Now that you know how hot the weather is going to be it’s time to make decisions surrounding your air conditioning system, or lack thereof, and a ductless mini split air conditioner is the perfect choice.

If you live in a home in Toronto, York Region or anywhere else in the GTA you understand that throughout the summer when temperatures soar it can be tough to stay cool without A/C. The fastest and sometimes cheapest solution in the short-term is to buy a window air conditioning unit for your bedroom window, which can at least help you sleep at night. Many homes don’t have existing ductwork and as a result people think that window units are their only choice, but that’s not the case. A ductless mini split air conditioner is probably the best choice for a home without existing ductwork.

The Mini Split Air Conditioner

There are nearly endless sizes, capacities, and options when buying a ductless mini split air conditioner. Their typical configuration is with a single outdoor compressor or condenser that works in a similar way to a central air conditioning unit, and an air handler that hangs on the wall inside your home. The two units are connected by refrigerant, power and control cables and lines. Aside from those components there’s nothing else needed to operate a ductless mini split air conditioner.

As mentioned there are a number of different options and varying SEER ratings available, which is a measure of their efficiency. These systems are best suited to cool a single room or area, whereas if multiple areas need cooling a mini split air conditioner should be upgraded to a dual-zone, which provides the ability to independently control the temperature in each area.

What Size Mini Split Air Conditioner?

If you only need to cool a small space any sized model will work, but in terms of efficiency it’s important to choose one with a BTU level that suits the square footage being cooled. The best way to completely understand which unit is right for your needs, where the unit should be positioned, and how to properly set the temperature is to work with an HVAC professional from a reputable company like Novel Care.

Effectiveness & Energy Use

Depending on the size of your space and the amount you require cooling a mini split air conditioner can save you up to 30% of the energy you would use on a central air conditioning system. This is primarily due to the fact that they’re smaller units and they provide you with the ability to focus your cooling efforts where they’re needed rather than the entire house at once. This energy savings translates into saving money on your energy bills, which also means it’s good for the environment.

Mini Split Air Conditioner Heating Options

Many of these unit also provide heat when the temperature drops in the fall and spring. While they’re not always ideal choices as a primary heat source they are efficient choices to avoid having to turn on your furnace or boiler just to warm up a single room.

Overall, a mini split air conditioner is a great choice for many situations where cooling is needed, especially when there isn’t any existing ductwork. For more information about ductless mini split air conditioners contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000

15 Easy Ways To Save On Air Conditioning Costs This Summer

When it comes to saving money around the house there are a few things that can be done in every season to optimize your energy usage. In the spring and summer it’s time to fire up the air conditioning, but there are a number of things to consider in order to ensure you’re saving as much money as possible while running it. Aside from regular servicing by a trusted Novel Care professional that includes preventative maintenance, there are numerous things that can be done prior to the busy summer HVAC season. Here are 15 easy ways to save on air conditioning costs this summer.

A number of these items should be done by a professional Novel Care HVAC or air conditioning technician such as any work on the condenser and other sensitive internal air conditioner components.

Save On Air Conditioning Costs With This Intuitive List

  1. Simply put ceiling fans can save you money as long as they’re blowing air down. They take up much less energy than running an air conditioner and have a cooling effect on your skin.
  2. Close off the lower levels of your home. If you have a basement door keep it closed. This will ensure that cool air from your air conditioner doesn’t pool in the basement of your home.
  3. Seal up your home. When windows and doors are allowing air to move in and out and leak they’re not just letting warm air in they’re letting cool air out, which means your air conditioner is working harder than it needs to.
  4. Have your condenser professionally cleaned every year. This isn’t something that should be done by the homeowner but it’s a fairly simple part of any HVAC technician’s annual maintenance checklist.
  5. Ensure that no bushes, trees, or other shrubbery or debris is blocking your air conditioner from venting properly.
  6. Seasonal service appointment from a professional are essential to ensuring that small issues don’t become large expensive costs.
  7. Turn off your air conditioner and open your doors and windows when evenings and morning are cool and refreshing.
  8. Turn your thermostat up during the night-time or when you’re away on vacation.
  9. If your air conditioner is an older model or on its last legs and you’re holding on for dear life because you don’t want the expense of replacing it you’re probably costing yourself money. Newer air conditioners are much more efficient and will save you money on your energy bills every month. A newer air conditioner can save you up to 60% on an annual basis.
  10. Keep doors and windows covered during the day or when you’re not home. The sun can heat up your home in the summer, which means your air conditioner has to work harder to keep it cool.
  11. Keep your vents and duct system clean and clear of all furniture and appliances. This ensures airflow throughout your home is optimized.
  12. Check the filters in your HVAC system and replace them as often as necessary to keep air moving easily through your vents and ductwork.
  13. Shading your condenser from the sun can help it run more efficiently, but it’s important to ensure that whatever is shading it isn’t impeding airflow.
  14. Don’t place lamps or other heat sources near your thermostat. This can cause your thermostat to operate under the impression that it’s warmer in your home than it actually is. As a result your air conditioner will run when it shouldn’t be.
  15. Is your attic properly ventilated? Allowing hot summer air out of your attic can significantly reduce the amount of heat in your home. This can also reduce the wear and tear on your roof and shingles.

Implementing these simple tips to optimize your home’s air conditioning can save you and your family hundreds of dollars in energy costs. For more information about saving money on your energy bills for professional air conditioning services contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.