Toronto Air Conditioners

Air conditioners are an essential part of our comfort throughout the summer in Toronto. They provide the necessary cooling so our families can comfortably sleep, even when a heat wave tries to invade our homes. Novel Care has been serving Toronto and the GTA for over 30 years, so we know how hot it can get in Southern Ontario, even in the early spring or late fall.

When it comes to finding the right air conditioning solution for your home we have the knowledge and experience you expect from a professional HVAC company. We regularly work on a variety of makes and models in both ductless and central air conditioning systems. Whether you need repair services, maintenance services or a new air conditioning unit installed, we can help.

Contact a Novel Care HVAC technician today for more information about air conditioning, to book an appointment for maintenance or repairs or to get a free estimate: 647-547-4049

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As temperatures continue to climb in Toronto and the GTA, you might be thinking of ways to keep your cool this summer. If you’re in an older home lacking central air, ductless air conditioning is a great option for a number of reasons. Have a look below to learn more about the basics, including the pros and cons of installing ductless air conditioning.

A Difference You’ll Feel

Whether it’s a room with a lot of sunlight, or just warmer temperatures making things uncomfortable this summer, ductless air conditioning makes a difference. Their design consists of an indoor unit, lines that supply coolant, as well as an outdoor compressor. Once installed, you can control the temperature of whichever room your ductless air conditioner happens to be in your home.

These spot-cooling specialists are great for keeping you comfortable no matter how warm it gets outside. Ductless air conditioning pulls in coolant from the outdoor compressor and fans blow the colder air along the ceiling of the given room. Since warm air rises, the colder air will make its way to you while the warm air leaves. This is definitely an option to consider for older homes without central air conditioning – a much more economical option.

Pros of Ductless Air Conditioning

  • More affordable
  • Ideal for older homes
  • Less installation needed

Staying comfortable all year is an important part of owning a home. Rather than spend a fortune retrofitting your older home, ductless air conditioning is an affordable solution to your problem. By booking a professional to handle the installation, you can significantly cool an area of your home to battle the rising temperatures outside. This is great for keeping your living room or other frequently used room of your home cool all summer, for a price that makes sense. On the other hand, installing central air conditioning would require vents to run throughout your entire home, raising the timeframe of the job, as well as the price tag.

Cons of Ductless Air Conditioning

  • Fashion faux-pas
  • Spot cooling only

When it comes to owning a home, there will always be positives and negatives to any installation or upgrade choice. In this case, there are a couple things to consider with ductless air conditioning. The first is that these are designed to cool a specific spot in your home. This is no problem for smaller homes or if it’s installed in a common area, but the bigger the home, the more units you may need to keep it cool. The other complaint is about the lack of subtlety with ductless air conditioning. While central air conditioning may be relatively unseen in the form of vents, ductless air conditioning units are noticeable. This might clash with design choices and colours of walls and other style choices of the room it’s in.

Leave Ductless Air Conditioning Installation To The Professionals

After reading a bit more about ductless air conditioning, you have a better idea if this is the solution for you. For installation in Toronto and the GTA, you’ll want to properly check out which professionals are available near you. To save some time, consider what over 30 years of experience can do for you by choosing Novel Care. Our reputation for helping clients with all their HVAC needs is something we’re quite proud of. In fact, we’re even available 24/7 for your convenience. Contact us at 647-547-4049 for all your installation and maintenance needs. Ductless air conditioning could just be the upgrade your home needs to keep you cool all summer long.

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: 647-547-4049. Novel Care has been installing, repairing and maintaining air conditioners in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

You’ve got questions about air conditioners and we’ve got answers. We’ve compiled some of the most common questions we get about air conditioners into this one useful blog. Ever wonder how air conditioners work? Find out how they work and much more in our question and answer segment for our customers in Toronto, York Region and all over the GTA.

Q: How Do Air Conditioners Produce Cool Air?

A: Air conditioners are responsible for two primary things in your home or office. They remove heat and remove moisture. In Toronto and the rest of the GTA there are times in the summer where the heat is dry and others where it’s very moist. Your air conditioner needs to perform these two jobs well to ensure your home is comfortable and healthy. So how exactly do air conditioners work? As warm air is drawn into the air conditioners filter it passes over a very cold coil where the heat and moisture are absorbed. This cool dry air is then re-circulated through your home and the process continues until your indoor space achieves the temperature you’ve set on your thermostat.

Q: Is It Cheaper To Run The Fan On Air Conditioners Or Ceiling Fans?

A: Ceiling fans will consume less energy and unless your air conditioner’s fan has an electronic filter that requires a continuous stream of air it can be turned to auto. This ensures it only engages when your air conditioner turns on. The benefit to running your HVAC system’s fan all the time is that it also filters the dust and pollen out of the air in your home, which means the air will be cleaner.

Q: Does Closing Vents To Redirect Air Save Me Money?

A: The short answer is no. The long answer is that if installed properly your vent system is designed to ensure the proper flow of air throughout your home. Closing vents can result in a poor balance of pressure and make your system actually work harder and cost you more. This can also lead to duct leakage as pressure increases.

Q: Is It Better When Air Conditioners Run For Long Periods Or Short Bursts At A Time?

A: Most air conditioners won’t be able to effectively remove very much moisture from the air in your home if they only run for short bursts. If your air conditioner is only running for short bursts you’ll be getting cool air and if there isn’t much moisture then it may be more efficient depending on your air conditioner make and model.

Q: Should Interior Doors Be Open Or Closed When The Air Conditioner Is On?

A: Air conditioners and HVAC systems are designed to move air through your home in a specific way, so if you have doors impeding that movement they are restricting the airflow and disrupting the system.

Do you have questions about air conditioners that we haven’t answered here? Contact Novel Care today for more information or to schedule an air conditioner installation or repair appointment: 647-547-4049

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 647-547-4049 or info@novelcare.ca.

When our air conditioning experts talk about taking control of your home comfort they’re not referring to a wrestling match with a group of throw pillows. As much fun as that would be, they’re referring to ensuring that your air conditioning system is working as hard as possible to ensure your home comfort this spring and summer.

If you use a forced air heating and cooling system in your home you’re typically heating and cooling your entire home or office space at one specific temperature. While this might beneficial if every inch of space is being used all the time it’s not a good use of energy and money if you have lots of empty rooms for most of the day. You wouldn’t flip one master switch every morning to turn on all the lights in your home would you? So why does one master switch turn on the cooling or heat for your entire home at the same temperature?

Control Home Comfort With a Zone Control System

A zone control system allows you to effectively take control of your home’s air conditioning and heating systems. Zone control systems allow you to distribute cooling and heating throughout your home in a more efficient way. A zone control system allows you to direct cool or warm air to places where it’s needed and direct less to the places it isn’t. So, room by room or zone by zone you’ll have more control over the temperature.

Controlling home comfort with a zone control system is one upgrade to your HVAC system that will really pay off. Here are some of the benefits of installing a zone control system:

  • Improved Comfort: Unless you live alone and want your home one single temperature all the time a zone control system can improve home comfort for everyone in your house. Generally, everyone like the temperature to be slightly different and with a zone control system you’ll have the ability to make everyone happy in terms of cooling and heating.
  • Save Money on Your Energy Bills: If improving your home comfort isn’t enough to make you want a zone control system then how about reducing the cost of your energy bills? Zone control systems provide a more efficient environment for your furnace and air conditioner so they only work when they have to. This is how zone control systems reduce the amount of energy your HVAC appliances need to work, and by saving energy you’re not only saving money but also the environment.
  • Less Wear & Tear: Overall, if your air conditioner and furnace are operating more efficiently and directing cool and warm air more efficiently throughout your home or office they are in fact working better. As a result the wear and tear they experience will be far less than if they were simply running all the time to maintain the same temperature through an entire home or office. Over time wear and tear can be costly expenses and even lead to replacement as appliance break down. In addition to a zone control system it’s also important to ensure your air conditioner and furnace receive routing maintenance. Working with a professional and reputable HVAC company like Novel Care to ensure your air conditioner and furnace are running efficiently is important to the longevity of your appliances.

Your air conditioner and furnace are two of the most important pieces of your home comfort puzzle, so maintaining them is essential. Installing a zone comfort system is one of the best things you can do to upgrade your home cooling and heating systems.

Call Novel Care today to ensure your home comfort is where you want it this spring and summer. If you need to schedule a regular maintenance visit, emergency appointment or want more information about zone comfort systems contact Novel Care today: 647-547-4049

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: 647-547-4049

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: 647-547-4049

As humans, many of us have a habit of waiting until the last-minute to take care of just about anything if we have the ability to put it off until later. Then when “later” comes we rush to finish the things we should have done a while ago. Preparing your air conditioner for summer isn’t something you should put off until later. Before you know it spring will be here and with it warmer weather, pollen, dust, and other debris that floats in the air.

Most people don’t have their air conditioner running a whole lot through the spring, but ensuring that your HVAC system and air conditioner is ready and operating efficiently can save you headaches when the warm weather hits. Waiting until the last-minute for air conditioner maintenance can result in having to wait until an appointment time is available as most people wait until a heat wave is upon us to book an air conditioner maintenance appointment.

Homeowners & Air Conditioners

Prior to a scheduled air conditioner maintenance visit by a professional from a reputable company like Novel Care there are a few maintenance tasks a homeowner can take care of themselves.

  • Clear The Area Around Air Conditioners: If your air conditioner is surrounded by bushes, trees or any other foliage it may be working harder than it needs to. Anything that can restrict airflow to and from your air conditioner can increase how much it needs to work to properly and efficiently take in cool air and expel warm air.
  • Cleaning Air Conditioners: It may sound simple but cleaning your air conditioner also ensures that it’s running efficiently. It’s important to be very gentle when cleaning the various parts of your air conditioner. The external coil and fins of your air conditioner are very delicate and can be easily damaged. It’s important to remove all debris from these components in order to maintain and increase your air conditioner’s efficiency.
  • Turn Them On Early: In the early spring turn on your air conditioner and check all of the associated components to ensure they’re working properly. The indoor blower motor, the fan outside, and any other visible elements need to be working properly prior to running your air conditioner for an extended period of time. If your unit isn’t working well or happens to break down during your test a service call in the early spring won’t be as costly as it is during peak summer times.

Overall, it’s important to properly take care of your air conditioner and ensure that you have a regularly scheduled air conditioner maintenance appointment with a reputable company like Novel Care. For more information or to book an appointment contact Novel Care today: 647-547-4049