Gas VS Electric Furnace: What to choose?

With the arrival of winter, cold breeze begins and homeowners start preparing themselves for winter by getting ready the home heating essentials. While some have Space Heaters as their favourites, other prefer Fireplaces and yet some other instead of any other home heating element prioritize Furnaces. If you are one such homeowner who is in love with Furnace and the warmth it gives, this blog is for you.

Homeowners often find it difficult to choose between Furnaces; Electric vs Gas Furnace. Depending on the needs, the suitability varies. And here's what you need to learn about the VS game between gas and electric water heaters while keeping the factors of affordability, quality, durability and eco-friendliness in mind.


Which one is cheap to install, cheap to run?

It has generally been estimated that Electric Furnace is cheaper than that of gas to install. However, the fuel cost is higher in electric as compared to that of gas. But in areas where gas is not available people usually prefer electric furnaces. Similarly, those who have a tight budget also go for electric furnace rather than gas. Though it can raise electricity bills, people still prefer it because electricity is available most of the times unlike gas since gas outage is common in winters. So the cheap to install and cheap to run package is offered by none of the Furnace types. While one is cheap to install, the other is cheap to operate.

Which one is durable? 

Apart from cost-effectiveness, if durability is compared between the two furnaces, it is observed that electric furnace is more durable. They live longer as compared to the gas furnace. It is seen that electric furnace stays for 20-30 years; however, gas furnace stays for 10-20 years. If the monthly operational cost can easily be afforded, Electric Furnaces is a good option to consider keeping their durability under consideration.

Which one is more environment-friendly? 

The electric furnaces are more eco-friendly because they do not emit toxic emissions which can be lethal for human health and because they do not involve a risk of gas leakage. This makes them both safe for the indoor as well as the outdoor environment. In the case of Gas Furnaces, there's always a looming threat of CO poisoning which could lead to devastating effects. Electric Furnaces offer a safer option to avoid such risks while also keeping the planet green.

What to choose now?

As said above, depending on the needs and availability of the fuel, the suitability varies from home to home. While for some people, Electric Furnaces offer what they need for winter warmth, for others, Gas Furnaces are their first and last love and are the ones that they find both reliable and economical. However, giving a general judgement and the HVAC trends, Electric Furnaces seem to be a better option. And that is because;
- They are available are cheap rates
- They can easily be used in the case of the gas outage which is a common scenario in winters
and
- They are relatively durable
So, what do you say? Would you continue with Gas Furnace or have plans to switch to an Electric unit?

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When is Ductwork replacement a good idea?

The warm air comes from the Furnace but how does it reach every room in the house? We know that for this, the ductwork needs to be thanked. Ductwork is a series of lines that takes the warm air from the Furnace and disperses it via supply registers in different parts of the home. The Furnace needs repair when it gets damaged and replacement when it goes beyond usage but what about the ductwork? Does the ductwork need replacement as well? If yes, how often?


Ductwork Replacement - Things you need to know 

- Replace when it goes beyond repair

Just like the Furnace has a lifetime and cannot be repaired after that, the same is true for ductwork. There comes a time when, similar to the Furnace repair, the repair of the ductwork becomes costlier than replacing it. At such a time, it is wise to replace as early as possible. But there's an important thing to note here; although a rough lifetime is given by professionals, the lifetime of any appliance, as well as the ductwork, depends on how regularly it is maintained and how professionally repaired. The same unit for one homeowner may fail earlier than it will for a homeowner living next door for the above-mentioned reasons. So in order to know whether or not it is the time to replace, calculating the lifetime is not enough. Take instead, a professional's opinion about the replacement of a ductwork.

- Installing a new Furnace? Replace the ductwork as well 

HVAC investments are investments that are meant to benefit for years long. And these benefits continue to be comfortably benefiting when the appliance purchased is purchased after consulting a professional and the necessary HVAC changes are made along with that. Upgrading one appliance and using is with an outdated accessory does not prove to be a good choice at all. If you are upgrading Furnace this winter and the ductwork is a years-old ductwork, better replace it along with the Furnace. This replacement made at a time ensures optimal comfort.

- Redo a faulty ductwork 

There are chances that you had upgraded the Furnace last years and upgraded the ductwork along with it as well but the desired comfort is still found nowhere. One reason this happens is when the installed ductwork is not the right sizing, the right type or just that the technicians were incompetent to perform the installation properly. So if you have a little flexible budget this fall then better spend it on replacing the ductwork. A faulty or leaking ductwork can result in high energy bills, inappropriate air-flow or burdening the blower. So make the replacement well in time instead of wasting money like that.

Are you looking for a ductwork replacement? Did your old contractor not perform a job well done?
We have professionals who can help you with your ductwork needs. Our professional technicians know how to install, maintain and repair ductworks of all types. Connect with us today and get a FREE quote anytime.

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Preventive Maintenance tips for Fall

Fall has already given a ''Hey there" signal. Now that the children have gone to school and there is relatively lesser workload, this is the best time to prepare your system to fall and consequently for winter. September is the time to make some major changes to your system and also to make some big HVAC decisions. So here's what you should be doing in September and early October.


Replacement - Does your system need it?  

Every year, many homeowners plan to replace their years old HVAC units but then the huge figure of a several thousand dollar expense comes in the way that makes them change their minds. The same scenario keeps on repeating. But did you know, this postponing can actually cost you in very dangerous figures? Using outdated appliances is one of the reasons behind the HVAC accidents that take place. And if that worst scenario does not take place, the rise in energy bills and compromised efficiency is a must faced consequence. So this fall, let the nightmares of expense be put aside and think seriously about whether your system needs a replacement. An average lifespan of a Furnace is 15-20 years. If your system has already completed 20 years and it's an old model that keeps on seeking repairs, yes! it does need to be replaced. But in case, you are unsure of replacement, consider taking a professional's help to decide whether this fall is the time for your Furnace to go away or not. But do it!

Must maintenance to do's 

And you know quite well what are the must maintenance to do's. Change the filters, thoroughly clean registers of supply and return vents and give a thorough cleaning to your Furnace unit as well if you have a previous experience of doing so else, call a professional for help. As said, September and October is the best time to get your system ready by sufficing for all its basic needs. One reason why this time is the best time is that later on, as the climate gets colder, the HVAC needs escalate and everyone starts to call professionals. In such a rush, it is difficult to get an appointment. So yes! Do it now!

Reset Thermostat and Refill CO detector 

Since the temperature needs change in autumn, you need to reset your Thermostat if it is a programmable thermostat with limited programming features. Even a Smart Thermostat needs to be reset so that it gets to know of your new routines and needs. Other than that, don't forget to change the batteries of your CO detector and in case you have not installed one already, get it installed as early as possible. HVAC fires are among the most reported HVAC accidents in winters and they occur mostly in the absence of the CO detector. So yes once again! Get it installed, Now!
Are you ready for winter? What Autumn HVAC to do's have you performed already? And hey! Do you have a CO detector installed?

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Here are the 4 things that you didn't know about Air Conditioning

So you know who is the pioneer of modern Air Conditioning and also about the latest model of Air Conditioners? You also know what are the rates of Central and Ductless Air Conditioners these days. You are pretty cool with Air Conditioning information but there's always something more to learn. And today, you'll learn a few more things about Air Conditioning. Call them facts for your ease.

- Air Conditioners don't create coolness, they just expel heat

So you have been thinking that the Air Conditioners create cool air and the cool air enters your home to cool the rest of the air? This process when repeated, leaves your home perfectly conditioned, right? Well, you have been thinking like many other people do. Air Conditioners don't really create cold. What they do is that they incorporate a mechanism that takes away the warmth from the air that it sucks from the indoor. Just like darkness is not anything in itself, it is just the absence of light. Coldness is nothing but the absence of heat. So when the heat from the air is expelled and dumped outside, what is left is cool air.
So, your Air Conditioner has never been creating cool blows of air for you, it has only been expelling heat from your indoor air.


- Air Filters don't just clean the air

The purpose of air filters is not merely to clean the air, they, in fact, help protect the ductwork and the air handler from particulates that are deemed harmful. So a blockage is created in the form of air filters. And good air filters also help combat allergens and pollens. But before you put too much responsibility on air filters, know that they need to be cleaned/replaced regularly in order to function properly, else they add to the HVAC worries of homeowners by affecting the airflow.


- Your Air Conditioner also dehumidifies

Did you know that Air Conditioners also dehumidify the indoor air as they cool it? Although some homes with peculiar needs need to install separate dehumidifiers, most homes can get sufficient dehumidification only through the Air Conditioners but there's one important point to learn here;
In order for the Air Conditioner to perform dehumidification properly, keep the AC fan setting on ''AUTO'' instead of ''ON''. The benefit of doing this is that the fan shuts off as the indoor warm air goes out and condenses. The vapours drip into the drain pan and the air does not return toward the indoor with all the moisture with it.


- Regular maintenance is a must

You might be in the similar thought that many homeowners are; annual maintenance is enough and that Air Conditioner should be serviced every year before it is put into use and that's it! That is not it! Other than the professional annual maintenance, regular DIY maintenance is a must in order to enjoy the optimal efficiency of the Air Conditioner unit. DIY maintenance includes changing filters as frequently as they get dirty, keeping pets, insects away from the condenser unit, check out for unusual changes in efficiency and operation. All of these together can make your Air Conditioner operate with full efficiency.

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AC Fan setting and mold production - The link

You may or may not be a summer lover but one thing we're sure of; none of you is a mould lover. Unfortunately, with summer comes mould; this is almost a one comes with the other formula if necessary preventions are not taken and healthy HVAC practices are not followed. The primary cause behind the production of mould is the humidity, the level of which goes up in the summer. Although Air Conditioners do help dehumidify the indoor air, you'll be surprised to know that this does not happen on its own and the Thermostat, if not set well, can actually make the Air Conditioner a contributor to the production of mould by not allowing it to dehumidify the air while it cools it off. We'll learn today about that Thermostat setting that goes wrong and leaves homeowners in discomfort.

The complexity of Fan ON-AUTO Setting

What most homeowners do is that they set the AC Fan on ''ON'' instead of ''AUTO''. When the Fan is set on ''ON'', it does not dehumidify the indoor and as a result, the humidity level soars. Professionals suggest maintaining a humidity level between 30%-50% but as the Thermostat is set on ''Auto'', humidity can rise to an extremely uncomfortable level of 70% or more. As a homeowner, you should understand in detail how the ''ON''setting prevents dehumidification. And here's the explanation for that.

How does the ''ON'' setting prevent dehumidification

The cooling cycle that the Air Conditioner follows makes use of the indoor warm air to cool it over the evaporator coil. As the warm air is cooled, the water vapours get collected in a condensation pan and exit through the condensate drain. But this happens when the Fan is set to ''Auto'' and it shuts off automatically after the cooling cycle. This way the water vapours that get collected over the evaporator coil get time to drip in the condensation pan. But hey! Here's what happens in the ''ON'' setting. The Fan setting when set to ''ON'' lets the fan run constantly. This way the evaporated vapours are pulled along the cool air taking all the humidity back to home. So moisture ends up where it started. This is why switching from ''ON'' and ''Auto'' is a really smart thing. 

What else do I do to prevent mould?

- To prevent mould, you need to fix the humidity causing factors. In order for the Air Conditioner to dehumidify the indoor properly, the formula is; the longer it runs, the better it will dehumidify. So check if your AC is the right size. Larger than required sizes trip frequently not allowing proper dehumidification.

- You can consider installing plants, make in time use of exhaust fans and also placing a silica bag somewhere in the indoor can do wonders especially if you have a small area to dehumidify. It will suck the moisture in the air.

- Last but not the least; if your Air Conditioner fails to combat humidity whatsoever, is an old unit or does not help dehumidify for whatever reasons, consider installing a separate whole home dehumidifier.
But before you go, remember, you're supposed to never set your Fan on ''ON'' for more than a day!

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The importance of keeping healthcare’s HVAC maintained


We always emphasize on the importance of HVAC maintenance and one major reason of that emphasize is to make sure homeowners receive a risk-free heating and cooling? And what do we mean by risk-free? Well, appliances that are not maintained regularly as well as not used in the proper ways become a serious health and security risk. This danger is general but this is especially dangerous when such negligences are taken in the healthcare sector; hospitals, clinics etc. Let us discuss what dangers need to be coped in the healthcare HVAC.

High humidity and its impact on patients

We know that there is a particular level of humidity that is desirable. Anything above or down it is not suitable for health. Some researchers also draw a connection between high humidity and high chances of cancer. While high humidity affects all, it especially affects people with respiratory tracts issues. And generally, a high level of humidity becomes a severe risk for not only the patients but also those that work there or come to see patients since high humidity promotes the spread of bacteria.

Temperature fluctuation and its impact on people

It is incumbent on health care facilities to maintain a desirable as well as healthy temperature. It is for this reason that people planning to open a health facility should seriously think about their place's HVAC needs and the choices they'll make. And then, not the entire place requires the same temperature. Burn victims are in need of high humidity and a warm temperature while people with heart issues seek warm temperature with normal humidity and those with brain injuries and fever need to have cool temperatures. So these variations need to be maintained in the healthcare facility according to the particular needs of the patients. Ignoring these HVAC cares may result in sanctions and cancellation of certification.

Taking care of the healthcare HVAC systems

Just like residential HVAC systems, the healthcare HVAC also requires regular maintenance and in time repair. While some people running such facilities are regular, some other may be totally headless and the consequences of that have already been mentioned above. In order to maintain a healthy healthcare HVAC, the following practices should be followed;

- It is crucial to clean filters too often as the systems at such facilities run almost constantly

- Thoroughly clean the Air Cleaner units

- Give the HVAC system a thorough inspection and maintenance by a professional service at least annually

- Install efficient Thermostats that help maintain precise temperatures. Also, fix the Thermostat issues on an urgent basis

- Don't let water accumulate near the outdoor units. The mosquitoes (especially the ones that originate in clean water), once they are produced in water, will find their way into the inside of the healthcare facility which is once again harmful to all and especially for those already sick


Care needs to be taken whether it's a residential HVAC or a commercial HVAC. But maintaining a very appropriate HVAC system and indoor environment at the healthcare facilities is no doubt crucial for the better of the patients and for the good of those that own it.

If you own one such facility and have a hard time maintaining the HVAC system or the temperature and humidity, consult an HVAC professional today and fix the issues as early as you can. After all, your patients are at your facility to go back healed, and not to go back even sicker.

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High-Velocity Air Conditioning - How does it work and where does it best fit?

So all of you who have always known the bulky large ductwork of the forced air cooling system, do you also know about the high-velocity air conditioning system? If not, this blog today is about high-velocity air conditioning, how it works and where it best suits and best fits. So let's begin;

High-velocity Air Conditioning - What is it? 

Basically, the formula of high-velocity air conditioning is; smaller ducts - higher velocity. While in the conventional ductwork system, the ducts are so large; at least 2 feet wide in any case, this ductwork is 2 inch in width. And as we read in high school physics, ''small area - high velocity'', the air that comes from this 2 IN wide ductwork is much faster and higher in velocity and therefore cools the indoor in no time. A medium sized room, for instance, takes only 40-45 seconds to get evenly cooled via a high-velocity air conditioning system inlet. Amazing! Isn't it?
As said, this system uses small tubes that are very properly insulated and flexible, this takes energy loss (compared to conventional ducts), accommodation problems and complex installation out of the equation. The installation as well can be made with almost zero virtual ugliness.     


Is this system suitable for my home? 

This system is for you if you have a small area, don't have a ductwork installed already and can't take the worries of maintaining a conventional ductwork. As due to flexibility, the dust and pollen etc can't make homes in the duct corners like they do in the conventional ductwork, no complex cleaning is required. So if you run from cleaning, this is for you. Also, if you have a home that is old and too congested to be overloaded with a large duct system or you hate even the presence of the split ac systems, high-velocity air conditioning could be just right for you.

The drawback of this system 

Before we end, here's a drawback of high-velocity air conditioning system. Since the inlets of this air conditioning system are very small in size, they create noise as very high-velocity air passes through them. Although certain noise reduction accessories are often sold with the system, they don't make it entirely noiseless. Some people, especially those who have severe noise irritations may find this very disturbing.

One important suggestion 

Being people of the HVAC field, we help homeowners learn about different heating and cooling systems. But as we tell them about the systems, it is also upon us to make them aware of the pros and cons of the systems. Please note that not all systems are suitable for all homes. Although we do tell generally what is best for what, a perfect compatibility tick can only be given after properly inspecting the location and the needs of the people living in that area. Therefore, we highly recommend homeowners to consult professionals before purchasing costly appliances or before making serious renovations.
If you find high-velocity air conditioning a compatible choice for your home, don't rely solely on your assumption; consult a professional before you go serious about it.

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