Winter Furnace Preparation

Getting your furnace prepared before winter is beneficial before the cold days arrive. A good clean, visual inspection and check of your furnace will indicate if there are any repairs that may need attention.

How to prepare your furnace before the winter

• Remove and replace the air filter.
Check to make sure that the duct work in your home is clean. Too much debris or pet hair in the vents can lower the efficiency of your furnace. This in turn could cause the furnace to work harder to keep your house warm during the cold winter months.
• Do a visual inspection and see if your burner flame is yellow and not blue.
• Make sure that all the functions on your furnace are working properly.
• Inspect and clean the combustion chamber. Harmful debris such as soot and water vapor could cause problems.

Let Langton ClimateCare repair and maintain your furnace this winter

Langton ClimateCare has a team of dedicated technicians that can assist you with all your furnace repair and maintenance needs. We offer quality services and provide you a 100 percent satisfactory guarantee. Should you wish to know more about our services we offer or want to have a look at some of our products please do not hesitate to visit us or give us a call at 905-312-9644 today!

What are the differences between PSC and ECM blower motors in Hamilton?

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 only at full speed, so any time that the blower is on, it blows the air at full force. Because they always run at full speed, they are not the most efficient. PSC motors are louder than an ECM motor; and, unless properly adjusted by a professional, they may not be providing optimal airflow within the proper range of external static pressure. For instance, higher static rates result in lower airflows, and since a PSC motor cannot adjust speed or torque, its performance drops off.

An ECM motor is a variable speed unit based on direct current design. This makes the ECM motor more efficient than the alternating current-designed PSC motor, resulting in much lower operating costs for the year. Unlike standard blower motors, ECM motor technology provides continuous and gradual fan speed changes. The result is optimized humidity control, dramatically reduced sound levels, and greater comfort.

With an ECM motor, air is circulated for longer periods of time compared to a standard PSC motor, but at a fraction of the cost. The results are reduced air stratification while making your home more comfortable. Because ECM motors are more efficient, they may also qualify for government and/or manufacturer rebates.


If you would like to learn more about what furnace is best suited for your situation, contact the professionals at Langton ClimateCare.