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  • changing furnace filter
    02/12/2022
    How Often Do You Need to Clean Your Furnace?

    Your home’s gas furnace should be professionally cleaned and serviced at least once a year to maximize efficiency and prolong its lifespan. However, the furnace’s age, the number of people living in your home and whether you have pets are all factors in furnace maintenance. Here are indicators that your furnace is due for a cleaning.

     

     

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  • HVAC technician repairing a furnace
    02/12/2022
    Common Furnace Problems That Require Repairs

    Most homeowners take their furnaces for granted until they find themselves without heat on a cold winter night. An old or poorly maintained furnace is an emergency waiting to happen. Here are some problems you may encounter with your gas or electric furnace that require the attention of an HVAC technician.

     

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  • technician repairing heat pump
    02/12/2022
    5 Signs Your Heat Pump Needs Repairs

    A home heat pump system is generally durable and reliable. However, like any appliance, a heat pump can break down without proper maintenance. Identifying minor issues early can help prevent future costly repairs. Here are five signs that your heat pump needs repair.

     

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  • programming thermostat for heat pump
    02/12/2022
    How to Maximize Your Home Heat Pump’s Efficiency

    A heat pump provides versatile heating, cooling and humidity control. It moves heat outside your home in summer and pulls heat into your home in winter. Like most household appliances, a heat pump needs proper care to ensure peak performance. Here are some tips to maximize the efficiency of your home’s heat pump system.

     

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  • technician performing annual maintenance on gas fireplace
    06/10/2022
    4 Signs You Need to Schedule Maintenance for Your Gas Fireplace

    If you want to keep your gas fireplace operating at peak efficiency, you must invest in annual maintenance. Gas fireplaces burn carbon-based fuels and, in doing so, produce a small amount of soot. Over time, the soot gathers in the burners, pilot assembly and inside the glass. This can lead to costly repairs if left unchecked. Here are four signs it’s time to schedule a fireplace maintenance appointment.

     

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  • electric fireplace
    06/10/2022
    How to Choose Between a Gas or Electric Fireplace for Your Home

    Investing in a gas or electric fireplace can be a great addition to your home. However, deciding between a gas or an electric fireplace takes careful consideration. Both options have pros and cons, depending on how and where you use them.

     

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  • technician installing new gas fireplace
    06/10/2022
    Can I Install a New Fireplace in My Home?

    Did you know that installing a new gas or electric fireplace in your home can increase your property value by up to 12 per cent? With winter on its way, the cozy ambiance and additional heat can make your home much more comfortable. The good news is that installing a gas or electric fireplace is simpler than you think. Here’s what you need to know.

     

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  • gas fireplace in living room
    06/10/2022
    Common Gas Fireplace Problems

    Although gas fireplaces require less maintenance than wood fireplaces, they’re not maintenance-free. Gas units require annual check-ups by a certified professional to ensure they stay beautiful and effectively warm your home. Without proper maintenance, your gas fireplace could run into the following problems.

     

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  • Light closeup
    09/03/2022
    Holiday Safety

    Stay safe this holiday season with these tips

    As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” And yes, the year-end holiday season offers many opportunities to celebrate, gather with family and friends and get out of your usual routines. Carrier wishes you all the best for a happy holiday season, and offers the following tips to promote a SAFE season as well.

    If you’re decorating…

    • Be careful on ladders – use every rung and maintain three points of contact (two feet and one hand, for example).
    • When inside, use a step-stool instead of standing on furniture to hang decorations.
    • Don’t overload electrical outlets – inside OR outside. Follow manufacturers’ recommendations for maximum number of lights / decorations per outlet.
    • Monitor fireplaces and candles – don’t leave open flames unattended.

    If you’re traveling…

    • Turn off your water supply at the main shutoff valve. Drain water lines by opening faucets after the water is off to avoid leaks or potential pipe freezing during cold weather.
    • Put deliveries on hold until you return.
    • Put interior lights on timers or install smart bulbs/plugs that can be turned on/off remotely.
    • If driving, use safety belts and car seats.

    If you’re hosting…

    • Wash hands frequently.
    • Be sure to handle meats properly and cook thoroughly to recommended temperatures.
    • Refrigerate leftovers promptly – don’t leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.
    • Keep an eye on children as they play or eat.

    If you’re doing all of the above…

    • Manage stress levels with balanced activity schedules and keep expectations realistic.
    • Maintain sleep schedules to avoid becoming over tired.
    • Avoid over-indulging on sweets, goodies and alcohol – everything in moderation!
    • Don’t overspend – stick to a holiday budget.

    Of course, one sure way to ruin the holidays is an unexpected breakdown with your heating system. To help avoid the unexpected, inspect your air filter and replace if needed, and if you haven’t had your system serviced this year, contact your local HVAC contractor ASAP. Happy Holidays!

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  • 09/03/2022
    Maximize Spring Break with These Travel Tips

    Spring is around the corner and it’s time to hit the road for a much-needed break from winter routines. While the word “vacation” elicits visions of fun, adventure or relaxation, getting there and making the most of it takes a little preparation.

    Planning your trip

    Pick a destination that has something everyone can look forward to — adults and children alike.

    Once you have a destination in mind, set a realistic budget that you can afford.

    Make flight and hotel reservations early to help save money on travel costs.

    If traveling by car…

    Schedule your vehicle for any needed pre-trip maintenance – oil change, tires/breaks, windshield wipers, etc.

    Keep younger travelers safe with appropriately sized and properly functioning car seats.

    GPS systems and smartphone apps are a great way to get you where you are going, but know your route in advance and bring a printed road atlas as a backup.

    If traveling by plane…

    Try traveling on less popular days and scheduling your flights early in the morning or late at night.

    Be sure to know your airline’s requirements for carry-on and checked bags, including dimensions and weights.

    Bundle your flight reservation with hotel, rental car and amusement park packages to help save you money using online travel sites, or through club memberships.

    Before you go…

    Install smart outlets or timers that can turn lights on and off to give the appearance that your home is occupied.

    Arrange for a trusted relative, friend or neighbor to stop by and check for deliveries, water leaks or other signs of activity.

    Set up some basic home monitoring devices that include indoor and outdoor security cameras.

    Adjust your thermostat for energy savings – better yet, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat like the Carrier® Infinity® System Control.

    And, if you are already calling your local Carrier HVAC contractor about adding a new smart thermostat, don’t forget to schedule your annual spring HVAC system clean and check!

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  • man is working from home on laptop
    09/03/2022
    Staying Productive While Working from Home: 6 Tips for Making Your Home Your Office

    Before COVID-19 changed everything, working from home was more of a nicety than a necessity. But today, many people are being asked to turn their living space into a work space. And while working from home conjures up images of sitting on your couch in PJs with a laptop and a hot latte, creating a productive work environment in your home takes a little effort. Here’s how:

    1. Set some boundaries

    Working from home can disrupt daily routines for you as well as those you are living with. To help keep you focused while limiting distractions, establish regular “office hours.” Then, stick to them as closely as possible – don’t do personal business during office hours and don’t conduct business during your personal or family time.

    2. Carve out some space

    If you don’t have a home office, try to establish a dedicated work area. A guest bedroom, basement or little-used formal dining room are ideal options. If space is tight, get creative – put a small desk in a closet, set up shop in a garage, or put up a folding table in an out-of-the-way corner.

    3. Dress for success

    Sure, it might be a little more comfortable wearing some old sweats and a pair of bunny slippers, but dressing for work can put you in a more business-like state of mind and lead to added productivity. It also sends a message to your housemates that you are “on the clock.”

    4. Keep communication lines open

    Just because you are isolating at home doesn’t mean you can’t reach out to your work associates. Collaborate on work projects using approved phone conferencing systems, email or direct messaging. Keeping in touch with your work friends will make it easier to maintain some sense of normalcy in unusual times.

    5. Give yourself a break

    While you are trying to maintain a consistent work schedule, it’s important keep a consistent break schedule as well. Make sure you take a daily lunch break. And, step away from the computer or phone from time-to-time – stand up, stretch or even step outside for a little fresh air.

    6. Hunker down in comfort

    Because you’ll be spending a lot of time there, you’ll want your home office to be comfortable. Make sure your cooling and heating system is up-to-date on filter replacement and maintenance. Consider a smart thermostat that allows you to control the temperature in your home from your smart phone or laptop.


    It may take a little patience… a lot of communication between you and your housemates… and a little trial and error… but in the end, working from home can be just as productive, if not more, than working at an office.

     

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  • 11/02/2022
    Summer Travel Tips for 2020

    Whether it was pre-planned or last-minute, for business or pleasure, traveling in the summer of 2020 looks a lot different than it did just one year ago. Regardless of how you feel about pandemic-era travel, leaving your nest to hit the open road – safely – has always, and will continue to be an exercise in planning, patience and perseverance. Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning this summer’s travels:

     

    Picking Your Location


    Keep in mind that different states and cities have different restrictions on travel. Be sure to research and understand the current situation in your travel destination, including any self-quarantine requirements. And, be aware that those restrictions can change.

     

    Method of Travel for Vacations


    According to the CDC, any type of travel can increase your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Here are some things to consider as you choose your mode of transportation:

    • Airlines: Most germs and viruses don’t spread easily on flights, but crowded planes and security lines make social distancing difficult and can expose you to frequently touched surfaces.
    • Buses or trains: These methods of transportation make social distancing difficult – you will often be within 6 feet of others.
    • Autos: Stopping for food, gas and bathroom breaks may put you and your companions within close proximity of other travelers and frequently touched surfaces.
    • RVs: Traveling by RV can lead to fewer stops for restrooms and food, but RV parks may offer higher amounts of exposure.

     

    Health Precautions While Traveling


    Protect yourself and others by following CDC-recommended precautions:

    • Wash your hands often – minimum 20 seconds with soap and water – after touching surfaces, being in a public place, after blowing nose/touching face, etc.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Keep social distance of 6 feet or more.
    • In public, wear a face covering (cloth is fine).
    • Cover sneezes and coughs.
    • Pick up food at drive-thru windows, curbside service, or from stores.
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    Save Energy and Money at Home While on Vacation

    Any time you will be away from your home, you can save energy by:

    • Turning your water heater down to “vacation mode” – or at least a lower water temperature setting than normal.
    • Unplug “vampire” electronics that use electricity even when they are off – TVs, laptops, printers, etc.
    • Set your thermostat to a higher than normal temperature – or better yet, upgrade to a Wi-Fi®-enabled smart thermostat like the Carrier Infinity System Control for remote monitoring and temperature adjustments.
    • Check your HVAC system’s air filter and replace if necessary. If you are uncomfortable doing this, consider contacting your us for a system inspection or clean-and-check appointment.
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  • woman-living-room-phone
    11/02/2022
    Why do I have one room that’s never the same temperature as the rest of my house?

    No two homes are exactly alike, and every home has its individual quirks. But there is one complaint that is fairly common among homeowners regardless of the size, shape or location:

    “Why is there one room that’s never the same temperature as the rest of my house?”

     

    Multiple floors/levels


    Whether it’s a 70s era split-level or a brand-new two-story home, keeping the upper levels the same temperature as the lower levels has always been a challenge. That’s due to the physics of rising heat as well as the challenges of delivering conditioned air through longer sections of ductwork.

     

    Ducting/venting issues


    A long duct run, ductwork traveling through uninsulated areas (like an attic), or not enough return air vents are three typical examples of ducting/venting issues that may not deliver as much heating or cooling as the space requires.

     

    Oversized or undersized system


    Properly sizing a heating and cooling system isn’t an exact science, and when it’s not done right, you can have serious comfort issues. An oversized system will turn on, then shut down quickly leaving some areas still too hot or cold. An undersized system will just run and run and may never make you comfortable

     

    Renovations & room additions


    A home remodel can actually change the effectiveness of your heating and cooling system, especially if walls are added or removed. Adding a room means a need for added heating and cooling capacity, which your system may not be adequately sized to handle.

     

    Location and usage


    A room with southern exposure and lots of windows might generate a lot of extra heat. A finished basement might be cool and clammy. Or a room with computer server and additional heat-generating electronics can add to your home’s comfort needs.

     

    What’s the solution?


    You may be able to overcome some of these issues with fans, portable heaters, window coverings and the like, but finding a more permanent solution may require a call to the indoor comfort experts – Carrier.

    Whether it’s creating a zoned system with separate temperature control upstairs and down, redesigning your ductwork, or, in the case of sizing issues, potentially replacing existing equipment, Don’s Heating and Cooling can offer a number of solutions for creating a more consistently comfortable indoor environment.

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  • dealer-giving-estimate-to-couple-in-kitchen
    11/02/2022
    Discover the four benefits of Cool Cash rebates

    Who doesn’t like cash back and a new comfort system backed by Carrier – the company founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning himself? That’s exactly what you get with Carrier Cool Cash rebates, when they are available.*
     
    But when you dig a little deeper, taking advantage of Carrier Cool Cash rebates can make it easier to purchase a higher tier system, gaining greater energy savings and an improved indoor comfort experience.
     
    Here’s a look at some of the ways you can take advantage of this popular program:


    1. Save now and call it a day


    Purchase a qualifying Carrier® HVAC system during the rebate period, get your Cool Cash rebate, and get some cash back for your investment. Depending upon your equipment purchase, Carrier Cool Cash rebates currently can pay you back up to $1650.


    2. It’s like getting a “free” smarter thermostat


    It’s no secret that installing a “smart” thermostat with features like programmable comfort schedules, remote access, energy tracking and more can lead to potential savings on heating and cooling costs. Depending upon your rebate amount and the cost of the thermostat, Cool Cash can essentially pay for an upgraded system control.


    3. Step up to a higher efficiency system


    Consider the Cool Cash rebate as a way to get a bigger discount on a higher efficiency system. Depending upon your location, investing in a higher efficiency system may open up the possibility of additional rebates from the utility company. And once your system is installed, you can start saving money on your monthly utility bills, compared to an older, less efficient system you may be replacing.


    4. Maximize your comfort


    When you use your Cool Cash rebate on a multi-stage or variable-speed system, you can enjoy the benefits of enhanced comfort:
    • Even, consistent temperature throughout the home
    • Reduce/eliminate hot and cold areas within your home
    • Quieter comfort with low speed/low stage operation
    • Enhanced summertime dehumidification


    Contact Us today


    For more information on the Carrier Cool Cash rebate program, when it is available and what equipment it applies to, contact your local Carrier today. Then start planning how you’ll spend that cool cash you’ll earn with a qualifying purchase and installation of a new Carrier comfort system.
     
    *Rebates available for a limited time only. Homeowners may qualify for a Cool Cash rebate by purchasing qualifying Carrier equipment during the rebate period. Equipment must be installed and claims submitted within the claiming period. Your Carrier expert must be a participating Cool Cash dealer. Subject to Cool Cash program terms and conditions.

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  • hvac-filter-change
    11/02/2022
    What Type of Air Filter Should I Use?

    Your heating and cooling system includes an air filter that plays an important role in the life of your equipment, its energy efficiency, and your home’s indoor air quality. That’s why choosing the right air filter for your comfort system matters. Here’s a look at some available filter types, and how to select one that works for your system.

     

    Typical Filter Types


    1. Standard, 1-inch panel or pleated filter
    The most basic, standard filter is typically about 1” thick and usually features a pleated filter material, flat fiberglass or polypropylene material.  Some 1” filters are made with a flat washable mesh panel. These types of filters should be replaced (or cleaned) every 1-3 months.

    2. Media filter

    Media filters also feature a pleated design and are typically available in 2” – 5” widths. Because they have more filtering capacity, they can typically be changed less frequently, about every months or longer.

    3. Electronic Air Cleaner / Purifier

    Electronic air cleaners apply an electrical charge to airborne particles and then trap them on oppositely charged collector plates or filters. Depending upon the model, these may require monthly cleaning, or, as is the case with the Carrier® Infinity® Air Purifier, require a simple filter change once every 6-9 months.

     

    MERV Ratings


    You can compare a filter’s “efficiency” by checking its MERV rating. MERV ratings start at 1 and go as high as 20, but MERV 16 is about the highest you’ll find for a residential heating and cooling system. Higher MERV filters can trap smaller particles like mold spores, bacteria and viruses. But before you decide to buy the highest MERV filter you can find, be sure to check with your system’s manufacturer or your HVAC contractor to see if your system can handle a filter with a higher resistance (pressure drop) to air flow that can be associated with a higher MERV filter. Buying the wrong filter can make the system work harder and potentially shorten the life of the system.

     

    Selecting the right air filter


    Selecting the right filter for your home can be as easy as using the same type, same size and same MERV rating filter that you currently have. If you want to explore an inexpensive upgrade, consider purchasing the same type and size of filter with a higher MERV rating, as long as your system allows for it. Or, if you want to upgrade to a different type of filter altogether, such as moving from a media filter to an electronic air cleaner, contact us for a quote on filtering options that will best complement your current indoor comfort system.

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  • 11/02/2022
    Ten Tips for Winter Grilling

    Ten Tips for Winter Grilling from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.  Don’s Heating and Cooling has been a member of HPBA and HPBAC for several years

    There’s “Snow” Reason Not to #Wintercue

    ARLINGTON, VA (Nov. 17, 2020) – Temps are falling, days are getting shorter and there’s every indication that this season we will be staying in and cooking at home more than any winter before.

    Here’s one way to get by: don’t put that grill or smoker away. Instead, embrace backyard cooking through the fall and all winter long.

    “Most people think of barbecuing as a spring and summer past-time, but in reality, there’s ‘snow’ reason not to grill out all year long,” said Emily McGee, Senior Communications Director for Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA). “We call it #Wintercue. Think stews, soups, winter veggies and holiday meals over the flame – any winter meal you’d otherwise make in your indoor kitchen can be made better cooking in our backyard. Grilling and smoking can be a great way to get through the winter, especially this year when we’ll likely be staying home much more.” 

    HPBA offers these 10 tips for grilling out in the months ahead:

    1. Don’t peek! Heat escapes quickly and you’ll be adding on cooking time. Limit lifting the lid except for turning and flipping foods.
    2. Plan on adding 25% more cooking time to compensate for cold temperatures. Use a reliable food thermometer to check.
    3. Consider adding a propane heater to your patio this year. Of course, these heaters can make barbecuing and entertaining in winter much more comfortable.
    4. Make shorter trips outside by moving your barbecue grill a little closer to the house, but make sure you still keep it at least 10 feet from any buildings or structures. Never grill in enclosed spaces, such as a garage or under an overhang, that can trap deadly carbon monoxide.
    5. Position gas grills so the wind is perpendicular to the gas flow, and not blowing the flame down the burner tubes. A sturdy patio umbrella set on its side can also serve as a wind block. When lighting the grill, do not turn the handwheel on the propane tank all the way on. Instead, use a single turn before lighting.
    6. Check that everything is in working order before using your grill. Don’t force a frozen knob or grill lid – you’ll risk cracking it or breaking the seal. Instead, move your grill to a garage where it can thaw or use a hair dryer.
    7. You’ll want to dress warmly, but avoid hazardous bulky clothing and tuck in loose scarves. A pair of easily-removable boots or shoes is a good idea when making trips in and out of the house. You’ll find heat-resistant gloves with plenty of dexterity are worth the investment.
    8. The days are shorter in the winter, and you’ll likely be grilling in the dark. While your favorite flashlight works, it can be hard to juggle with your grill tools. Clip-on or magnetic grill lamps are a handy upgrade for monitoring your cooking.
    9. Consider a wireless remote or instant read thermometer your new best friend. A leave-in remote thermometer allows you to monitor cooking temperature while you stay warm inside, and an instant read thermometer will minimize your time in the cold.
    10. When not in use (and only when completely cooled), protect your grill from the elements with a snug cover.
       

    About the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)

    The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), based in Arlington, Va., is the North American industry association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms and allied associates for all types of barbecue, patio and hearth appliances, fuels and accessories. The association provides professional member services and industry support in education, statistics, government relations, marketing, advertising and consumer education.

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    11/02/2022
    What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat?

    Trying to decide what temperature to set your thermostat? You are not alone! Your thermostat settings not only affect your comfort, they can have a big impact on your utility bills as well. And while the ideal thermostat setting for your home is largely based upon personal preference, there are ways to achieve a comfortable balance between comfort and energy savings. 

     

    Here are some tips on how to find the right temperature setting for your home:

     

    WHEN YOU ARE HEATING YOUR HOME…


    Regardless of whether you are more interested in comfort or savings, finding that sweet spot on the thermostat may take a little trial and error. A good rule of thumb for energy-saving heating is to set your thermostat at 68° F. For more comfort, try increasing the temperature by 1 or 2 degrees at a time. For energy savings, turn the temperature down 1 or 2 degrees at a time.

     

    WHEN YOU ARE COOLING YOUR HOME…


    During the hotter, more humid months, nothing beats the relief of a cool, humidity-controlled home. To find your happy place, try setting your air conditioning system at 78° F for a good mix of comfort and energy efficiency. Then, adjust as needed to find your comfort zone.

     

    WHEN YOU WANT TO SAVE ENERGY…


    According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% a year on your heating and cooling when you set back the thermostat 7-10 degrees from your normal setting, for 8 hours a day. Do this at night when you go to bed, and during the day when you go to work.

    • During the heating season: Try turning the heat down and bundling up – wear a sweater or light jacket, fuzzy slippers, etc. Open window coverings to allow natural sunlight in and let Mother Nature help warm your home.
    • During the cooling season: Try turning up the AC temperature and supplementing with a fan – either a free-standing type or a ceiling fan. Close window coverings to minimize the sun’s warming effect.
    • All year long: Get a programmable thermostat that can automatically adjust the temperature for comfort when you are home or awake. Some of these models will also “learn” your patterns and automatically adjust to help maintain both comfort and energy savings. And, Wi-Fi® thermostats give you even more flexibility with comfort control from your smartphone, tablet or computer. Our Wi-Fi thermostats must be connected to Wi-Fi for remote connectivity. You need an iOS® or Android® mobile device to use our app.

    If you just can’t get comfortable at all after experimenting with the temperature in your home, it might be time to get an expert opinion from Don’s Heating and Cooling. We can analyze your HVAC system to make sure it is operating properly, and make repairs if necessary. That’s a solution most people can get comfortable with!

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  • 11/02/2022
    The Best Part of Owning a Ductless Heating System

    Just how owning a cooling system is necessary for summer, the same can be said for a heating system. With various situations worldwide, many individuals have turned towards working from home and attending classes from home. Considering that certain rooms within the household have not been fitted with ductwork, it becomes impossible to have a new system installed unless fitted with one or only used at certain times of the year.

    To make matters easier, Don’s Heating and Cooling in Orangeville and Alliston provides and helps with the installation of ductless heating. Apart from being easy to install, these systems help maximize the use of every room and space within your home.

     

    Benefits That Ductless Cooling Can Provide

    Considering that ductless cooling systems act as an additional part to the systems you already have, it does not need ductwork to be pre-fitted by Don’s Heating and Cooling. For those unaware, here are a few other benefits of owning a ductless cooling system.

     

    A More Efficient System
    One of the main aspects of ductless cooling systems is that they use a modernized heat pump technology that is regarded as a highly energy-efficient way to help cool your home. Being more efficient than the standard Air Conditioners, they also help save on your utility bills as they use a lesser amount of power to function.

     

    It Can Act as both – a heating and a cooling system
    People who own a space heater have to invest separately in a cooling system for summer. This also means that these systems are being used once a year and forgotten for the remainder of the time. Ductless systems can act as both a cooling and a heating system, allowing you to use them all year round. Contact Don’s Heating and Cooling to get yours installed.

     

    Minimal Amount of Construction required
    Like any regular HVAC unit, a ductless system also comes with two components. One is the outdoor unit, and the other is the indoor unit. However, unlike the others, these two units are only connected with a diameter tubing that is small in size. This guarantees almost no construction mess as the system is easy to put together quickly, without any hassle.

     

    Allows Your Original cooling system to operate more efficiently
    Considering that a ductless cooling system is an additional unit to the system you already own, your original cooling unit functions more efficiently. The ductless system prevents your original unit from having to exert more energy and helps in balancing out the temperature in each room and corner of your home.

     

    Provides Precise Control for your comfort level
    One of the advantages of a ductless cooling system is that it comes with remote control. This makes the system’s operation easier as you can adjust the temperature to that which you desire easily. To have one installed, schedule an appointment with Don’s Heating and Cooling.

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  • 25/01/2022
    3 Reasons Why Your Home’s Air Equipment Needs Love Too

    Your home is the place where you spend the most amount of time. As the central gathering place for you and your family, you want to make sure that everyone is breathing the best air possible. When your home’s air equipment needs some care and attention, it can be useful to have the experts come take a look.

     

    You and Your House Breathe Easier


    Everything from the vents to the filters to an air purifying system lead to better breathing quality for everyone involved. Most people know that humans are much like plants in that we need a good air source to live better lives. When our homes are having a difficult time breathing as well, it can put a strain on you and your family. Having a professional come out to service your home’s air equipment can save your mind the worry and your home from working double time.

     

    Air Quality


    Likening a human to a plant is accurate in how we function and are able to breathe. When the air equipment in your home isn’t working the way it should, it can affect the overall air quality. When you suspect that your filters, air exchanger or purifier aren’t working the way they should, calling to get them serviced can save your family breathing concerns for the future.

     

    Not Just the Filters


    There are many parts to your home’s air system. From air filters to air exchangers and even air purifiers there are a lot of moving parts to ensure you and your family are breathing well throughout the year. It’s always important to double check with the professionals if you think your home’s air equipment isn’t working the way that it should be. Never simply think that changing the filters will fix the problem as there could be something more serious at play in your home’s breathing.

     

    Conclusion


    From making sure that you change your air filters frequently to calling in the professionals occasionally for any of the large air equipment, you can always guarantee that you and your family are breathing easy in the future. Make sure to always check with a professional when your home’s air equipment isn’t functioning the way it was designed to. Now it’s time to get back to being the healthy human plants you are.

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  • himidity meter
    25/01/2022
    What should the humidity be in a house?

    Anybody familiar with the cliché, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” recognizes one of the basic benefits of controlling humidity in your home: it can help you feel more comfortable. However, keeping humidity in check can also help control the quality of the air in your home. While everybody is a little different in terms of what feels comfortable, the EPA recommends maintaining humidity between 30% and 50% to help improve indoor air quality.1

     

    How humidity affects your comfort


    Humidity’s role in your comfort is supported by science. Your body cools itself by sweating, and how much you sweat is affected by the amount of moisture in the air. With more humidity in the air, your sweat evaporates more slowly, making you feel hotter and less comfortable.  In addition to making you feel less comfortable, high humidity can affect your home’s finishes and furnishings, including causing stains or peeling paint and wallpaper.

    On the other side of the equation, low humidity, often associated with cooler climates or heated indoor air, can cause discomfort with dry skin, throats or nasal passages.

     

    How humidity affects indoor air quality


    Concentrations of indoor air pollutants can be affected by the humidity level in your home. As an example, high indoor humidity can be linked to an increased opportunity for mold growth. Keeping indoor humidity between the previously described 30 – 50% is recommended because, as stated by the EPA, “moisture control is the key to mold control.”

     

    How to control humidity


    You can help control the humidity in specific rooms or areas of your home using a portable dehumidifier, running the bathroom fan when showering, using the range hood fan when cooking, or using a vaporizer.

    For a more controlled, whole-home approach to humidity control:

    Run your central air conditioner during the summer, because it actually dehumidifies as it cools your home. Carrier® systems with Ideal Humidity System® technology ensures that they operate to extract the most humidity from your home as possible.
    Install a whole-home humidifier to provide relief from overly dry winter air.
    Consider adding whole-home ventilation, such as a Carrier® heat recovery ventilator (HRV) or energy recovery ventilator (ERV).

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