Philanthropic initiatives by HVAC industry - Lennox and Philanthro

They say; ''When you die, you only have what you have given''. And Lennox understands it so well. Lennox has launched its 'Feel the Love'' program in partnership with North American dealers to help needy people enjoy the home comfort that the privileged enjoy. The program will provide home comfort heating appliances to needy people on defined criteria. At the moment, the program is for North America, however, Lennox hopes to expand it with more dealers in other service areas. 

How does it work? 

Lennox asks individuals and organisations in the defined areas to nominate people/families in their community who they think need help. In addition to the nominations made by the community people, the recipients are chosen on the basis of a number of criteria. These include mental or physical disability, military or community service, a job loss or others. On the final selection, the heating equipment is installed for free at the homes of the selected recipients at no cost. In October, the dealers donate their heating equipment for the Feel The Love program.

The retailing marketing director, Stephen Bond said that the program is about creating more harmony and connection among the people of the community in which Lennox serves. He also mentioned that Lennox is interested in expanding the program for even more families in the coming years.

Know more about Feel The Love program 

The program was started in 2009 as a pilot community initiative. Initially, it was started in four markets across North America while later in 2018, the program expanded in 5 provinces in Canada as well. 

Know Lennox 

Lennox has been offering world-class home comfort heating and cooling solutions to the homeowners of North and South America. This is also one of the oldest HVAC brands with around 150+ years of history while it has also won the Energy Star award for manufacturing and promoting energy-efficient appliances. 

Another Philanthropic initiative by HVAC industry 

Philanthro Air Filters is another initiative by the HVAC industry. Philanthro manufactures top quality air filters but there's something that is directly related to philanthropy when it comes to Philanthro Filters. Purchasing filters from any random manufacturer makes no big difference to the community and humanity at large. But, as you purchase an air filter from Philanthro, a portion of the purchase directly goes to the donation for improving the lives of the orphan children. So when you cool or warm the air of your home, the brightness in the life of an orphan automatically comes.

Your responsibility as a consumer 

As an HVAC consumer and living in a community where there is a dire need to raise awareness among people regarding caring and sharing, it is your responsibility to pick and choose those HVAC services that are focused not only on improving their businesses but also in improving the quality of the lives of those who are often left behind by the community. So this is your turn. Check out whether Feel The Love program has reached in your area and contribute your share by recommending those that deserve help. For the Philanthro Filters, you can always order them online.


Things you should know about Tank Water Heater Maintenance

You need to work on some of the instructions to keep the water heater work efficiently. Fortunately, problems associated with water heater are preventable with little to no effort. People often overlook the instructions or maintenance steps, which gradually impact the performance of the appliance and makes impossible for the water heater to operate with optimal efficiency.
Here are the basic principles that potentiate the performance of the apparatus and reduce the extent of water heater problems.

Deposit of calcium and other sediments:

Over time, the calcium ions will start accumulating in the bottom of a heater tank. Although this won’t impact the quality of water, it impedes the performance of the heater since it creates a hindrance between the water and elements of a water heater tank. Most homeowners won’t sense any change. If the problem is left unchecked for a long time, it not only makes your water heater less effective but also let the tank to rusk, which ultimately leads towards the replacement of the entire unit.
Preferably ask an expert or HVAC technician to flush the tank. You may find online tutorials to guide you through the process of flushing a water heater. There are online videos that demonstrate the process, which involves closing the power and inlet of your water heater and let the pressure and drain valve to run out water, leaving the water tank empty or dry.

Know the type of a heater

There are various types of heater tank available in the market. You must know the gallon size and age of tank to know the required precautions and instructions.

Leave space, around the tank

Most people install a water heater either in a basement or laundry. Both places are likely to have mess and clutter. The experts say, “one should leave enough space around the tank preferably 1.5 to 2 feet clearance around the tank.

Replacement of anode rod:

In every water heater, there is one removable anode, which is made up of zinc or aluminium. The anode disintegrates over time. If the anode remains in a tank, it lets the water to crude the anode not a tank, but once it reduces to one or one and a half inches in diameter, you must replace it. To do it, one needs to have experience, or the issue can be resolved by an HVAC technician.

Inspect the Pressure release valve

There are safety devices attached to every water heater known as pressure temperature release valve. These valves are designed to inspect the pressure and release the temperature and pressure automatically, whenever it requires. The proper working of a temperature and pressure release valve is essential. One must check the temperature pressure valve over time. As over-pressured heat is a threat to explode the appliance – a risk that no homeowner would like to take.

Reduce the temperature of the tank

You should keep the temperature of the water heater lower to minimize the chances of scalding and energy consumption. Moreover, the reduced temperature won’t let the system to wear down soon. Since you will be dealing with hot water, therefore, it’s good to put the gloves on or consult a technician for more satisfactory services. 


5 Benefits of Home insulation

Here are 5 surprising benefits of home insulation you can’t simply ignore.

Increased Comfort Level

Home insulation is about increasing the comfort level of your surroundings. 40% of the comfort level is attributed to the ratio of exchange of radiant heat between you and your surroundings. If the home insulation is done properly then the exchange of radiant heat is cut down, which results in increased comfort. This means Insulation helps in keeping the home warm during the winter season and cool during the summer. So, you and your family will no more rely on extra blankets, invest in additional fans or settle for a too-hot or too-cold home.

Money Saver

Yes, it’s true that a huge portion of our income is spent on energy bills. It is not in the case when proper home insulation is done. One time proper insulation helps save on energy bills for years long. An insulated home needs less cooling/heating as it is already keeping the home warm in winters and cool in summers. Resultantly, there's less use of appliances. This leads not only in saving but also give appliances a longer lifespan.

Environment-friendly solution

Proper home insulation is not only beneficial for you, your budget and your home but also for the environment. The less the appliances are used, the less they leave carbon prints and the safer the environment remains. In these times of high pollutions and global warming warnings, getting the home insulated and resultantly, using the appliances less can no doubt be a great contribution of individuals towards preserving the environment.

Properly insulated homes are also considered important for good health because extreme weather conditions can be combated. Extreme temperatures like heat and cold bring various diseases. An estimation by Harvard School of Public Health showed that if every family in the USA only, properly insulates their homes, every year there would be a decrease in;
110,000 sick days
240 premature deaths
6,500 asthma attacks

Sound Factor

Most of the time we want to control sounds in our surroundings such as music, noise etc. Home insulation is good in abosrbing sounds and helps in reducing the noise transmission through the building. This results in making your rooms a quieter place to relax or study.

Resale Value

This factor is ignored by many of us. If your long-term plan includes selling the home in a couple of years, then updating home insulation can play important role in fast selling and that too at a good rate.

From offering a comfortable indoor environment to reducing the energy bills, from increasing the home's resale value to preserving the environment, there are multiple benefits that the home insulation offers. Undubitably, this is one of those one-time investments that offer promising savings annually and year-round comfort. 

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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
- They are relatively durable
So, what do you say? Would you continue with Gas Furnace or have plans to switch to an Electric unit?


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.

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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?


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.