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Four Ways Your Heating and Cooling System Can Make You More Comfortable

Living in Hamilton your furnace and air conditioner does a lot more for you than simply keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In this article we are going to discuss 4 different ways your heating and cooling systems keeps you comfortable in your home.

The first thing we are going to discuss and we find that a lot of people struggle with this problem especially in 2 storey homes. That is keeping the home a nice even temperature from the first floor to the second floor. A lot of people with 2 storey homes complain that the top floor of there house is much warmer and uncomfortable in the summer. By installing the correct furnace and air conditioner and sizing everything properly and making sure there are return airs upstairs you can solve this problem.

Some homes we go into in the winter they are very dry and people in the home suffer from dry skin, itchy eyes, and bleeding noses. To help solve this problem all you need to do is install a whole home humidifier. Installation is very simple with these units and it only takes about an hour to get it installed. A humidifier is going to make your home a lot more comfortable in the winter and if you have hardwood floors it will help keep them in there best shape and not ruin them.

Another way your heating and cooling system keeps you comfortable is by keeping dust mites out of your home. Some people use the 1 inch filters you can get from Canadian Tire but we recommend a MERV 11 or higher to combat dust and allergens in the home. The body’s system filters dust at a MERV 8 rating so anything higher than that will be good for your home.

Lastly, living in Hamilton we have cold winters and hot summers. This means that your electrical and gas bills will be on the rise in these months. We recommend installing an Energy Star heating and air conditioning system because it will significantly cut down your utility costs. Your furnace is going to save you money on the gas but you are also going to save money on the hydro with the new motors in the new furnaces.

Keep these tips in mind and see if there is anyway you can take this information and make your home a more comfortable place during the cold winters and hot summers.

Spring into action with a home cooling system tune-up in Hamilton

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 heating and cooling system themselves, your spring HVAC maintenance plan should be left to professionals. A proper seasonal air conditioner tune-up should include a full cleaning and inspection of both the inside A-coil and the outdoor condenser. Many HVAC technicians have seen the damage mice and other animals can do to the wiring of an outdoor unit, and can properly troubleshoot and repair if necessary. Spiders also like to make nests in the units, causing contacts to lose their connectivity. Again, this is something best left to a professional to uncover and solve.

For a more thorough cleaning and inspection of your supply and return ducts, have them professionally cleaned. Ensure the contractor cleans the supply and return ducts. Vacuuming the grills is a start, but it will not remove any dust or allergens that are continually circulating through your system. Only a complete duct cleaning will address those problems. We recommend having ducts cleaned every three to five years, depending on environmental conditions such as the number of pets, renovations, etc.

If indoor air quality is a concern, you can replace your current furnace filter with a similar sized, upgraded filter that captures more particles. Another option is to upgrade to a wider media air cleaner, which can be up to 97 per cent more efficient at capturing airborne particles than a standard one-inch filter. An electronic air cleaner is a more expensive option; but when regularly maintained, these units get excellent results by using an electronic charge to collect up to 99 per cent of airborne particles.

Spring cleaning is all about creating a fresh, clean and clutter-free home environment. Imagine cleaning and organizing your home, top to bottom, only to sit down at the end to breathe in dirty air! A thorough HVAC system tune-up will give you cleaner indoor air this spring, for the freshest home environment.

Give Langton ClimateCare a call for your HVAC system spring tune-up.