Air Conditioning Services In Toronto & The GTA

There are lots of companies that provide air conditioning repair, maintenance and installation services in Toronto and the GTA, but there’s only 1 that has the experience, knowledge and attention to customer service  that you need, and that’s Novel Care.

When it comes time to perform any kind of service on your air conditioning system, whether you have a central or ductless system, you know we’ll get it done quickly and properly. We have the knowledge to work on all makes and models of air conditioning systems and ensure that they’re always operating at their most efficient.

We also know how to take proper care of our customers. We work with you ever step of the way to ensure you’re aware of all the costs of service and hardware, so there are never any surprises. We give you a free estimate up front, so you can budget accordingly. Our technicians also keep you up to date on the progress of your air conditioning service if it takes longer than a day or two. Most services are done in just a few hours, even installations, but we still let you know what’s going on and when.

Contact us today for your free estimate and to learn more about our air conditioning services: 647-547-4049

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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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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.

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.

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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

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.

Heating your home can account for up to 35% of your energy bill throughout the winter, so it’s important to choose the best option for home heating. A heat pump is a common option in older homes throughout Toronto and the GTA. They’re cost effective and much more efficient than traditional electric heating. They also won’t break the bank when it comes to purchasing and installation like a central heating system will, which involves installing an entire duct system.

It’s important to get the most out of your heat pump, which means understand that they’re not a one size fits all type of appliance. Choosing the right model for your home or space is key. If it’s too big or small it might cost you more than it needs to depending on your usage. Proper maintenance is also very important to evaluating how much it will cost and how efficiently it runs.

Do Heat Pumps Really Save Money?

Yes, heat pumps are efficient in cold weather and can save you money compared to other forms of heating. How much they cost depends on how long you use them, how well you maintain them and how old they are. If you operate one for 6 hours a day for 6 months of the year its energy usage will be about 6 KWh, and depending on your energy bills can work out to around $400 a year. By comparison an electric heating system, such as baseboard heaters can cost you around double that over the course of a year.

Eight Ways To Save Money Using Your Heat Pump

  1. Keep the settings low (18ºC or – 20ºC). If your heat pump is set to maximum it won’t necessarily heat the room any quicker, but it will use more energy.
  2. Fall heat pump maintenance is important and can ensure it’s running as efficiently as possible in time for heavy usage.
  3. Clean both your indoor and outdoor filters at least once a year.
  4. Only heat the spaces you’re using, otherwise you’ll be heating empty rooms and wasting energy and money.
  5. Turn off your heat pump when it’s not in use. It can run for as long as you need, but make sure you switch it off when you’re not using it.
  6. Close doors and curtains to keep the heat in, especially on very cold days. If the sun is shining bright it can help heat rooms, so allowing sunlight in can be an exception.
  7. The better insulated your home, the better it will hold the heat and the more energy efficient your heat pump will be.
  8. Use the heat pump timer to heat up your home 15 minutes before you come home.

Overall, your heat pump can be an efficient components of your home, if you use it and maintain it properly. For more information about heat pumps or to schedule an appointment for installation contact a Novel Care HVAC technician today: 647-547-4049

As energy costs continually rise, we as homeowners are constantly looking for ways to save money around the house and energy savings are an easy and obvious way. For the most part updating light bulbs, insulation in the walls, new appliances and some other features is a great way to save energy, but tuning up existing appliances is also key. Your heat pump is no exception. Properly maintaining your heat pump can go a long way in terms of its efficiency, operation and longevity.

Maintaining Your Heat Pump Will Save Energy

It’s simple, maintaining your heat pump will save energy. Annual maintenance will keep your heat pump running as efficiently as possible. The difference between the energy consumption of a well-maintained heat pump and a severely neglected one ranges from 10% to 25%. That can be hundreds of dollars a year in savings. Imagine what else you could spend that money on!

Filters are important to change as soon as they’re dirty. A clogged filter slows down air flow and forces your heat pump to work harder to move air, whether it’s hot or cold. By working harder your heat pump is using more energy and costing you more each month on your energy bills. Maintaining your heat pump will address dirty filters, coils and fans and help air move as it was intended to. In addition to affecting efficiency, reduced airflow can damage your heat pump’s compressor.

Cleaning around the outdoor condenser unit is also an important part of maintaining your heat pump. Keeping bushes, trees, shrubs, flowers, patio furniture, umbrellas, fallen leaves and anything else away from your heat pump will ensure that it has proper airflow to perform its necessary operations.

Managing Your Heat Pump With A Thermostat

When it comes to your heat pump’s thermostat it’s important to set it properly. Do not set back the heat pump’s thermostat if it causes the backup heating to come on. Most backup heating systems cost much more to operate than your high efficiency heat pump. On top of that if you continuously run the indoor fan your heat pump performance will degrade over time, unless your system uses a high-efficiency, variable-speed fan motor. Operate the system on the “auto” fan setting on the thermostat, to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on the fan motor and components. Consider installing (or have a professional install) a programmable thermostat with multistage functions suitable for a heat pump. Overall, thermostats are an important part of maintaining your heat pump long term.

Maintaining Your Heat Pump – Annual Maintenance

One of the most important things you can do to keep your heat pump running properly and efficiently is to have a professional HVAC technician service your heat pump at least once a year. A Novel Care HVAC technician will:

  • Inspect ducts, filters, blower components, and coils for dirt, dust and other things
  • Diagnose and seal duct leakage
  • Verify adequate airflow in all areas
  • Verify correct refrigerant charge in the heat pump
  • Check for refrigerant leaks in many different locations
  • Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections, and apply make necessary repairs
  • Lubricate motors and inspect belts for tightness, and wear and tear
  • Verify electrical controls and ensure that heating is locked out when the thermostat calls for cooling and vice versa
  • Verify correct thermostat operation and replace or upgrade thermostat if necessary

For more information about maintaining your heat pump or to schedule an annual maintenance appointment contact a Novel Care HVAC technician today: 647-547-4049.

In case you haven’t noticed fall is well under way. You know the signs: colder weather, leaves on the ground, sweaters everywhere, and of course you might think about turning on your heating system. If you have a ductless heat pump, fall is definitely the time to book a ductless heat pump maintenance appointment.

Importance of Ductless Heat Pump Maintenance

Your ductless heat pump is an investment, and as such you want to ensure that it lasts for as long as possible. With proper maintenance and care your ductless heat pump will run well for many years. It’s really that simple. Without proper ductless heat pump maintenance your heat pump can experience breakdowns and actually have a shorter operating life.

Benefits of Ductless Heat Pump Maintenance

There are numerous benefits to the proper care and maintenance of your ductless heat pump.

  • Efficiency: With annual heat pump maintenance your unit will operate as efficiently as possible. Maintenance ensures that your unit uses as little energy as possible to produce heat. The less energy it uses, the lower your energy bills will be, and so you save money each month. The chances are your ductless heat pump will operate for a long time without maintenance and still produce heat, but it will continually become less efficient as it gets older.
  • Reliability: Scheduling an annual heat pump maintenance appointment is the best way to give yourself some peace of mind that your ductless heat pump will operate when you need it to. While it’s not a matter of life and death if your heat pump doesn’t turn on, it’s frustrating and inconvenient to spend good money on a home appliance only to have it breakdown all the time. Proper maintenance will drastically increase the reliability of your ductless heat pump, so it will turn on and work properly when you need it to.

The fall is the best time to take care of HVAC maintenance, including your heat pump. Contact a Novel Care HVAC technician today to book an appointment: 647-547-4049.

Affording a home in Toronto and the GTA is no small feat, especially is such a hot market. If you’re one of the lucky ones able to call yourself a homeowner, it might not leave you with very much in the bank for renovations and upgrades. Unfortunately, that means those old homes without central air conditioning will be quite unbearable in the summer months, but there is an affordable solution. Ripping your home apart to install duct work isn’t for everyone, and installing ductless air systems is the next best solution.

Ductless air systems are a great way to cool your home. They’re low maintenance and don’t require much time to install, but most importantly, they are a cost-effective alternative to central air conditioning.

The Benefits Of Ductless Air Systems

Living in Toronto and the GTA isn’t easy, and finding the money to purchase a home is even harder! That’s why it’s important to know your options, especially the ones that save you money. In the case of most homes for sale in the city, their age might leave you to pay for the necessary upgrades – like air conditioning. Central air conditioning can be quite expensive since it requires ventilation to be installed throughout the home. Ductless air systems are much more affordable.

Installation of ductless air systems requires only one indoor unit, one outdoor compressor, and tubing to connect the two. This is very straightforward and easy on your wallet. The one thing to keep in mind though is that ductless air systems focus on a given area of your home only. Once you select the room you wish to keep the coolest, you’d book a professional to handle the installation. To cool other parts of your home, you would need another indoor unit installed. These work best when paired with a home that is properly insulated. The better the insulation, the less energy required to cool that room.

Who Is Qualified To Install Ductless Air Systems?

In a city the size of Toronto and the GTA, you won’t have any shortage of people offering their services in exchange for a reasonable price. Handymen, do-it-yourselfers, and other self-claimed “professionals” might seem like a good idea based on what they charge, but your home is an investment, and you should protect it as one. The right professional can make all the difference in the long-term.

After 30 years of installing and maintaining HVAC systems in Toronto and the GTA, rest assured that Novel Care is the right choice. Our experts work hard to be there for our clients when they need us. That’s why we’re available 24/7 by phone. Just contact us at 647-547-4049 to get started or have your questions answered. Let us keep your home cool this summer by installing ductless air systems.

Ductless systems are most commonly used in the summer for air conditioning, but many units also have heating options that can be useful during cooler times of the year. Ductless systems aren’t the ideal solution for heating your home during the cold months of winter, but they are a great way to heat spaces in your house that aren’t fully heated by other heating sources like electric heating or forced air heating.

Ductless Heating In The Fall

As the night’s cool down, but the days are still hot utilizing your ductless air conditioner for both heating and cooling is a great way to maintain home comfort and efficiency. Ductless units have the ability to blow warm air into cool spaces so you don’t notice the difference in temperature during cool fall nights.

Complete ductless systems also offer the same efficiency that they typically do when being used for air conditioning. This means that you can count on them for heating without drastically affecting your energy bill.

Autumn Maintenance

In order to keep your ductless system reliable and running efficiently during the colder months it’s important to take care of it. Simple cleaning of the unit and the filter is typically sufficient on a regular basis to keep your unit working fine, but professional maintenance should be done at least once or twice a year as well. Call and HVAC expert to take care of the maintenance for your ductless system is essential to it working properly and lasting for many years to come.

HVAC professionals can identify problems and make recommendations and repairs as necessary. Overall, there’s no better way to maintain your system.

For more information about using your system in the fall and winter or to schedule a maintenance or repair appointment contact Novel Care today: 647-547-4049. Novel Care has been serving Toronto, York Region and the entire GTA for over 30 years.