Q. The Temperature is too cold in the living room
and too warm in the kitchen. What do I do?
A. You may need an air balance or a zoning system. We’d
be happy to provide you with the information, and a proposal.
Q. What causes my supply air
registers to be dirty?
A. Maybe your filters are plugged or even worse - missing.
Q. Why are my gas bills higher
than I think they should be?
A. Maybe your heating system is in dire need of fine-tuning.
There are several ways to make your system run more efficiently
without compromising on comfort.
Q. My equipment is BRAND-new,
is there anything that still needs to be done?
A. It still
needs fine-tuning done on a seasonal basis to stay energy
efficient. Filters get dirty, dampers need oiling,
belts need changing.
Q. What routine maintenance do I need help with?
A. To get the
most performance and longest life from your system, it's
a good idea to have a professional perform routine checks
in the spring and in the fall.
- Spring maintenance
In the spring, your dealer will typically check a heat
pump or air conditioner for all or some of the following:
lubrication of moving parts.
- Fall maintenance
In the fall, you can expect a dealer to check your furnace
in the following areas:
burner and pilot assemblies,
cracks in the heat exchanger,
check the pilot thermocouple,
examine the filter and check vent piping,
test the electronic ignition,
test the fan,
test the limit switch,
measure manifold gas pressure,
measure temperature rise,
carbon monoxide test,
set the heat anticipator,
check and adjust belt tension,
examine the draft diverter,
lubricate the fan motor.
Q. How can I save money on my energy
A. Saving money on your energy bills will depend on four
energy efficiency of your system,
managing system operation,
simple system maintenance,
age & condition of your home.
- Energy efficiency of your system
One of the easiest ways to save money on your energy
bills is to buy a high efficiency heating and cooling
Keep in mind even the lowest efficiency systems currently
allowed by the Canadian Government will almost always
cost less to operate than
a system installed ten years ago.
Most manufacturers offer higher efficiency models which
will add to your savings on monthly utility bills.
Typically, higher efficiency systems will cost more initially,
important to look for the right balance between first
cost and long-term savings.
- Managing system operation
No matter how efficient your system is, the way you manage
system operation can affect your heating and cooling costs.
Naturally, you want to feel comfortable when you're home.
By remembering to "set back" the temperature
on your system's thermostat during times when you don't
really need as much comfort, you can save significantly
monthly utility bill.
This type of temperature control can be done automatically
with a programmable thermostat. Zoning systems can provide
even greater efficiency and comfort by dividing the home
into comfort "zones" and providing differing
temperatures for each zone.
- Simple system maintenance
One of the keys to energy savings
is keeping your system operating at its best. Two simple
ways you can help maintain your system are:
change furnace or fan coil filter frequently,
clean indoor and outdoor coils, also, most dealers offer
a regular clean & check service
that can help keep your system operating efficiently. This
service helps detect potential problems before they become
- Age and condition of your home
For a variety of reasons, newer homes are more energy
efficient than older ones. They are built to keep conditioned
inside so you are not paying to heat and cool air
that easily finds
its way out of your home. As a home gets older, settling
will cause some of that air-tight construction to loosen
up. Regardless of your home's age, you can do some
simple maintenance to help keep
air inside, where it belongs.
Be sure your home is adequately insulated. Adding insulation
to attic areas is usually pretty easy. Other areas,
such as outside walls, provide a more challenging project
extra insulation is needed.
Check the seals around windows, doors, electrical outlets
or any other potential sources for escaping air. Seal
these areas using a good quality caulk, and be sure
your handiwork every few years.
Inside your home, weather stripping around moving parts
of windows and doors can help seal off potential areas
Storm doors and windows can provide additional energy
savings by preventing air loss and by creating an insulating