The Convenience of a Central Vac System!

central-vacA central vac system is an ingenious set up that allows people to vacuum their homes without lugging around heavy, awkward equipment. A power unit, inlets, tubing, and vacuum hoses are the four main components of central vac systems. These components work together to give home owners a way to plug-in a lightweight hose at pre-determined inlets and vacuum all over the home without lifting a portable vacuum. The design of central vac systems also offers an improvement in air quality over portable vacuum cleaners. Installation of central vac systems is best left to professionals in many cases, and Langton Heating and Air Conditioning offer installation services for those residing in Hamilton, ON and surrounding areas.

Central Vac System Components

The powerful vacuum unit, which operates at 20 amps on average, is housed in an inconspicuous part of the home. The power unit may either suction dirt by using a cyclonic action or filter system. Cyclonic action systems use centrifugal force and gravity to isolate dirt particles which end up in a canister ready for disposal. Filtered systems simply provide high-powered suction coupled with a filter, and the dirt is deposited into a disposable bag. The inlets are the plug-in locations for the vacuum hoses or brushes which are placed strategically around the home. The number of inlets needed depends a great deal on home size and home owners’ personal preferences. Located behind the inlets and inside the home’s walls are the tubes that take the dirt back to the power unit location for disposal. The amount and layout of piping depend on the number of inlets desired and the home’s unique floor plan. The vacuum hoses or power brushes are what actually pick up the dirt. There are different styles from which to choose and most universally fit inlets. Langton Heating and Air Conditioning can offer advice to customers on the right central vac system in Hamilton.

The Convenience Factor

The convenience of a central vac system means not having to carry around clunky vacuum cleaner equipment from room to room. This system is especially handy for effectively and efficiently cleaning stairs within two-story home designs. The canisters or filter bags associated with central vac systems also do not have to be emptied as many times as a portable vacuum unit. The convenience of a central vac system extends to sound quality within the home. The system’s power unit is usually in an out-of-the-way area which usually insulates the home from excess noise.

Central Vac System Pricing

Central Vac System pricing varies based on the type of system as well as the size and floor plan of the home. Additionally, the timing of installation has a significant impact on pricing. The best time to install a central vac system is during the new construction process. Langton Heating and Air Conditioning offers professional, pre and post construction installation of central vac systems in Hamilton at competitive pricing. Call Langton Heating and Air Conditioning in Hamilton today at (905) 312-9644.

Put Your Trust in Langton Mechanical and the Better Business Bureau

If you’re looking for a reliable HVAC contractor for your home’s plumbing, heating and cooling needs, it’s important for you to choose a qualified and trustworthy service provider. A poorly trained technician can do more harm than good in some cases by damaging pipes and ductwork or causing you to spend more time and money on further repairs. Finding a reliable contractor is difficult, however. Fortunately, the Better Business Bureau in Ontario (BBB) provides consumers with a neutral source for information on businesses in the area. Langton Mechanical and the Better Business Bureau allow consumers to breathe easy because, “Langton Mechanical Systems and Services Inc meets BBB accreditation standards , which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any disputes,” according to the BBB.

better-business-bureauThe Better Business Bureau in Ontario seeks to establish and maintain high standards for honest business practices so that consumers and service providers can fully trust each other. To attain accreditation from the Better Business Bureau in Ontario, businesses must contractually agree to abide by the standards established by the BBB. You should also choose a contractor affiliated with the BBB because the organization offers complaint and dispute mediation services. According to the BBB, accredited businesses like Langton Mechanical are worthy of your trust as a consumer due to their integrity and performance. Companies display integrity by showing customers respect and employing good ethics; performance is measured based on how businesses perform services and address customer concerns.

Not every business is eligible for BBB accreditation. There are a number of criteria that must be met to fulfill BBB Code of Business Practices standards. First, companies must satisfy all licensing requirements for the area they service. Businesses must also not have adverse government action or judgments against them. Companies must also be honest in how they advertise and present their products and services. Finally, service providers like Langton Mechanical must adhere to all contracts they enter and commit to addressing any disputes emerging from these agreements.

Langton Mechanical and the Better Business Bureau are both committed to this level of excellence. Langton Mechanical has been providing quality plumbing and HVAC services in Hamilton and surrounding areas since 1994. Call them today at (905) 312-9644!

How Does A Boiler Operate?

The push for green technology within the home has the majority of homeowners interested in investigating exactly how their heating systems work. Not only are homeowners interested in how their home is heated, but they also want to know the pros and cons of their current system. Many homes, particularly older homes, are equipped with boiler systems. To answer the question, “How does a boiler operate?” we must first recognize that there are different types of boilers with which a home can be equipped. They all essentially function based on the same principles.

boiler-imageBoilers are devices that convert large amounts of water High efficiency residential boilerinto steam. To get a satisfactory answer to our question, “How does a boiler operate?” we must look at the details of this process. This conversion process is where we find variations in the mechanical approach. The steam is captured and kept under constant pressure. Once pressurized, the heated steam is then circulated throughout a home or office via the radiators. The radiators conduct the heat from the pressurized steam and release it into the environment. Any water that is left over flows back to the boiler where the process can be repeated. Generally, boilers are either constructed using fire tubes or water tubes. Fire tube boilers heat the water by means of burning natural gas and oxygen within the tube. The tube is situated in the boiler water tank where the heat can circulate throughout the stored water. Water tubes boilers function in a completely reverse manner. The water is run back and forth through the tube as it is being heated electrically. The water can get much hotter, but it is heating a much smaller amount of water at one time.

The benefits of a residential boiler are numerous. Boilers provide radiant heating and this method distributes the heat more evenly to larger amounts of space versus a forced air system. The cost of a residential boiler is usually more expensive than a forced air furnace but in general, a boiler will have approximately twice the lifespan of the average forced air furnace, often making the upfront investment worth the expenditure. The fact that boilers can take up very little space and remain easy to clean also adds to the list of the benefits of a residential boiler. The main disadvantage of a Residential Boiler System is that central air conditioning is not possible in that there is no existing ductwork with a boiler system. Maintaining a constant temperature can also be tricky and hard to control precisely. Outside of these factors, the disadvantages of a Residential Boiler System are few.

For more information on whether a boiler is the right heating appliance for your home, contact the home comfort professionals at Langton Heating and Air Conditioning in Hamilton today at (905) 312-9644.

In-Floor Heating For Maximum Comfort

To keep a family dwelling warm long ago, the members were required to spend hours and hours cutting down trees and chopping the wood into small enough pieces to fit into a heating stove that was often located in the middle of the room. The only spot in the dwelling that stayed warm was the circular area right around the stove. Well, long gone are those days of back-breaking labour to help the family stay warm. With the invention of radiant in-floor heating, every square inch of a home can be kept comfortably warm through even the coldest winter.

Upon learning about this style of heat, many people ask, “How does in-floor heating work?” Surprisingly, the concept of in-floor heating is not a new one. Only the methods have changed. When archaeologists made digs in the Aleutians of Alaska and in Asia, they discovered trenches that had been dug in the ground under dwellings to allow smoke from fires to tunnel beneath stones that were placed over the trenches. Heat from the stones then radiated into the living quarters to provide warmth.

radiant-floor-heating With modern applications of radiant in-floor heating, objects are warmed as well. When merely the surrounding air is warmed, as is the case with regular heating systems, the heat is quickly lost. Today’s in-floor heating technology allows for cables to be installed below the floor covering. These cables can even come pre-spaced within a thin fiberglass mesh for ease of installation. The waterproof, fully grounded system can be placed under ceramic or stone tile and under laminate or floating wood flooring. Even certain types of vinyl floors and carpet will work. Additionally, hydronic systems are also popular because they pump heated water through tubing laid under the floor.

Maintenance for in-floor heating is usually required less often than maintenance of traditional forced-air heating systems. The average cost of the installation and running of this type of radiant heat system is dependent on locale, climate, and size of the structure. The ideal time to consider installing in-floor heating is during the construction phase of a new home. To sum it up, when anyone asks, “How does in-floor heating work?” the answer should be simple. It works very well.

For more information on in-floor radiant heating, call the experts at Langton Heating and Air Conditioning in Hamilton at (905) 312-9644.

What’s The Best Type Of Furnace Filter For My Home?

How Good Is The Air Quality In Your Home?
A telltale sign of poor indoor air quality in a home includes chronic coughing, sneezing, colds and flu. Other signs may include skin irritations and a general feeling of lethargy or lack of energy. If poor air quality persists over long periods of time, it begins to compromise the lungs and can lead to more serious problems. The simplest way to reduce poor air quality is through the use of furnace filters and replacing them regularly.

A Variety Of Furnace Filters
Fortunately, there is a wide variety of furnace filters available for every need. Furnace filters are found on heating and cooling equipment such as furnaces and air conditioning units. Check the operations and maintenance manual for proper filter sizes and types. HEPA filters are among the most popular of the types of filters available. A HEPA filter is specially manufactured and rated to trap household molds and allergens. Household molds and allergens are chief causes of poor indoor air quality.

Electronic Air Cleaner
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An electronic air cleaner is sold as a free standing unit or connected to an existing HVAC system. A free standing electronic air filter operates autonomously. Electronic cleaners connected to the furnace or cooling system may rely on the humidifying system or furnace blower for activation when in use. The process with an electronic air cleaner is to turn over high volumes of room air and filter through an internal filtration and collection operation. Unlike air filters installed as part of HVAC systems, turnover of filtered air is higher and measured in parts per hour. Air is automatically taken into the filter unit where dust, allergens and other particulate are filtered and returned to the air stream as clean air.

 

 

 

 

Replaceable Furnace Filters

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Many furnaces use replaceable air filters. Take note of the weave of replaceable furnace filters. Some are manufactured from fibreglass materials while others have a dense weave and may be pleated. A filter with a dense weave is a higher quality filter, trapping a higher percentage of pollutants. They cost more than a typical fibreglass weave but they are worth the few extra dollars. Pay attention to the filter size required by your furnace as the filters come in many different sizes. It is recommended that replaceable air filters be replaced at least every 90 days and even more frequently in damp or dusty climates.

For more information on furnace filters and how to improve your indoor air quality, contact Langton Heating and Air Conditioning in Hamilton today at (905) 312-9644.