So you’ve determined that you need a new air conditioner in the Greater Hamilton area. You understand that there are different SEER ratings, but you are not quite sure what that means for your pocket book. Let’s start with the basics. First of all, SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient […]
Choosing a heating and cooling contractor can be difficult. There are many equipment manufacturers to choose from and installation prices can vary depending on the contractor. Sometimes it’s hard not to choose the cheapest price based on that aspect alone. The problem is the cheapest price doesn’t necessarily mean quality. Make sure you research the companies you are receiving quotes […]
Most of us assume that if our air conditioner is cooling the house, it is working perfectly. This may not always be true. In fact, even though your system may be cooling your home, it may not be functioning properly. Although diagnostics should be left to the professionals, like those at Langton ClimateCare, there are warning signs which can help […]
There are many reasons to have your ducts cleaned, but how often? There are many factors that determine the frequency of duct cleaning. For instance, if you run your heating and cooling system more often, the air that is circulated through the system and the ducts can collect dust, pollen, and pet fur and dander. The less you use your […]
When April rolls around, it’s time to think spring cleaning! Some of the more obvious jobs on the household list include lawn maintenance, gardening, and cleaning out the garage. However, homeowners often overlook one of the most important tasks: a thorough inspection of their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
Although some may feel they can take care of their […]
Many people wonder if their programmable thermostat actually reduces energy costs. Those who do not have one wonder if they should upgrade. The answer is that a programmable thermostat can indeed save energy, but it depends on how you use it. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save as much as 1% off your annual heating bill […]
Many people living in our northern climate find indoor air very dry come winter time, resulting in sore throats, dry noses and skin, and itchy eyes. Some even experience breathing difficulties when exposed to low humidity over the winter months. The ideal in-home humidity level is generally described between 30 and 60 per cent. When humidity is too low, the […]
The answer to this question is more complicated than a simple yes or no. There are many variables to consider, including age and efficiency of the existing furnace and, of course, the efficiency and cost of replacement equipment. Typically, if the furnace is older or a mid-efficient model, significant energy savings can be obtained through upgrading. As a furnace ages, […]
In a forced air system, there are two main types of blower motors, a PSC and ECM. PSC (permanent split-capacitor motors) were the norm, and if your furnace pre-dates 2009, it probably has one. An ECM (electronically commutated motor) is typically found in newer furnaces with an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of 95 percent or higher.
A PSC motor runs […]
The most common type of hot water system in Hamilton is a traditional storage tank water heater. This type of water heater looks like a large drum, typically with a capacity of 151 or 189 litres, which is heated by electricity, natural gas, oil or propane. The water heater maintains the internal water temperature that has been set on the […]