Is your HVAC unit summer ready?

Summer – a time when we like to slow down, relax and spend quality time with our friends and our family. To make sure you are cool and comfortable this summer, preparing your HVAC unit with some seasonal maintenance tips is essential! Maintaining your system keeps the warranty intact and increases the life of your unit.

Here are some basic maintenance tips to get you ready for warmer temperatures:

1. Change your air filter

Clogged air filters can restrict the flow of air and decrease the level of cooling in your home as a result. A clean filter can reduce your energy consumption by as much as 15%. If you have a temporary paper filter, replace it every three months. Even better invest in a permanent Electrostatic Filter, this can be removed and rinsed off, saving you money.

2. Book Air Duct cleaning

To ensure unrestricted air flow and the ease of operation of your HVAC unit, have your air ducts cleaned to remove any dust, debris and allergens that have built up. This results in easier air flow and cleaner air – less dusting

3. Upgrade your thermostat

With many new Smart thermostats on the market, it is an excellent idea to upgrade your thermostat, giving you complete control over the temperature settings for your home.
These allow you to program the temperature to warmer when you are not home and set the cooler temperatures for when you return, so you save money and reap the optimal benefits of your appliance.

4. Check the outsider condenser

As the condenser is located outside your home, it is exposed to the elements and can become blocked by leaves, grass and debris. Checking the surrounding area and providing a clear zone around it is essential for proper operation of the unit. This enables the unit to draw in the air required to cool your home. If you notice any damage to the unit or the components, do not attempt to straighten or repair them yourself, please call us to diagnose and repair as needed.

5. No A/C installed at present?

With many options now available from A/C system to heat pumps which cover heating and cooling, it is easier than ever to upgrade your home. Rebates are also available to help ease the cost of improving your system.

Have a wonderful summer season from all of us at BC Wide Home Services Ltd.

Troubleshooting Your Central Air Conditioner

Is your AC running all day and not cooling your home?

Are your energy bills increasing steadily?

If your answer was YES to either of the above questions, there is a possibility that the refrigerant in your AC system is running low and needs to be topped up.

The refrigerant works to absorb the heat from the air indoors, before dumping it outside, keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. As refrigerant generally does not run low, the cause may be a leak somewhere in the system which has caused this to happen. This should be assessed by a certified HVAC technician, who will measure the amount of refrigerant in the system and augment it to optimal levels.

Low refrigerant can also have damaging effects as the AC can freeze and the ice that has formed inside blocks the airflow to the vents.

As a result of this blockage, the system must work harder to push the air through. This, in turn, will cause your energy bills to spike dramatically.

To troubleshoot, first, check that your air vents are all fully open and that the airflow is not restricted in any way. Also, check that your air filter is clean and not clogged preventing the flow of air through it.

The second step would be to check that your thermostat is set on Cool and not Heat and that your circuit breakers are all set in the on position.

Lastly, check your outdoor unit is clean and free from debris (soil, leaves, branches) that could prevent the flow of air. It is best to ensure that the area around the condenser is kept clear of debris as this can be very damaging.

Prevention is always better than a cure!

Annual preventative maintenance is a great way to ensure that your system is running smoothly.

After all, summer is just around the corner!

 

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SPRING IS ALMOST HERE!

Every year, when spring is in the air, our thoughts turn to shaking off the winter blues and spring cleaning our homes for a fresh new season. It is important to add your heating and cooling equipment to your spring checklist as preventative maintenance is always better than the cure!

All fall and winter your heating equipment has been keeping you and your family warm and cozy.
Pretty soon it will be time to switch from heating your home to cooling it, it is therefore a good practice to have your heating and cooling (HVAC) equipment checked twice a year in Spring and Fall.
This ensures that everything is working safely and efficiently for the upcoming seasons.

In spring your air conditioning equipment should be checked and tested (run) to make sure all is running smoothly. By doing a test run on a warmer day, you will be able to determine if there are any unusual noises (grinding, banging etc) or unusual odors coming from the vents. You will also be able to see if the cooling system is working optimally and your home is becoming cooler. If you find any issues then you know a maintenance check is required. This will protect your investment and ultimately your home.

In spring your filter should be changed or if you have an electrostatic permanent filter, cleaned to keep the air flow moving well throughout your home. Air duct cleaning is also beneficial as the dust, debris and allergens that have accumulated throughout the fall and winter months can be eradicated.

This helps twofold, firstly it helps the furnace to run more efficiently as it does not have to work so hard to push air through the ventilation system and secondly, as less allergens are then airborne it greatly reduces the allergens which exacerbate your allergy symptoms.

Another part to check is working well is your thermostat. There are quite a few upgrades in thermostats available, from wifi controlled to programmable digital thermostats, so you can just set it and forget it!
You can then customize your temperature settings based on your schedule and your personal needs, after all your home is your sanctuary!

At this time it is also recommended to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector, or install one if you have not done so as yet. This will give you peace of mind which is priceless!.

Schedule your spring maintenance check today @ www.bcwide.ca

Upgrade & Save for Spring!
There are currently available rebates from FortisBC and BC Hydro should you chose to upgrade your equipment to High Efficiency models. This will save both at the time of installation and in your future energy bills, a win win!

Have a safe and wonderful spring season from all of us at BC Wide Home Services Ltd.

Why clean your air ducts?

 

It is estimated that the average home creates approximately 40 pounds of dust every year!
This dust is made up of several things including contaminants such as pet dander, pollen, mold and mildew, which when the air is circulated throughout your home get blown into the air and can become problematic.
With Allergies becoming more prevalent, having the ducts cleaned annually will help to insure cleaner healthier air for you and your loved ones.
Another great reason to have the ducts cleaned is to save money!
As the ducts become clogged, it is increasingly more difficult for the air to circulate around your home, warming or cooling it as the season dictates. Having a clean airway with no dust or debris will insure a more efficient cost effective heating/cooling system in your home. Seeing the cost of your energy bills increasing? Dirty Air vents may be the cause!
For more information on our Air Duct Cleaning Service, please visit our website www.bcwide.ca
or contact us via email: bcwideinfo@shaw.ca or phone 604-473-9690
We look forward to being of service to you!

FURNACE AIR FILTERS – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW……….

The air filter is a critical part of your HVAC system and with regular filter maintenance your system will operate at optimal levels, insuring your home is warm throughout the coming winter. There are many different types of filter, here is some information to help you choose what is right for your home….

PLEATED FILTERS – These are paper filters which offer high efficiency results by trapping particles such as dust, bacteria and other pollutants in the air while allowing the air flow through your home to be unobstructed. These filters should be changed regularly, approximately every three months.

ELECTROSTATIC FILTERS – These permanent, cleanable filters use self charging fibers to attract particles. As they are washable, they may be more economic in the long run that the pleated filters. To maintain your electrostatic filter, wash with soap and water and make sure it is completely dry before re installing into your furnace to avoid any possibility of mold or mildew growth.

HEPA FILTERS – these high efficiency filters trap the greatest percentage of particulates in your air, they can however greatly reduce your systems airflow which increase your energy costs.

Talk to your service technician about which filter may be right for you!

Call us today to schedule your fall service maintenance!

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BENEFITS OF FALL FURNACE AND BOILER MAINTENANCE SERVICE

 

Fall is the hush before winter – a lovely way to look at the new season and all the wonders it brings with it, Thanksgiving, Pumpkin spice everything and our thoughts turn to preparation for the cold winter ahead. Most people don’t think about preventative maintenance for the HVAC equipment during this time as there are still some warm sunny days ahead and they believe there is still time. Each year it seems winter sneaks up on us and takes us all by surprise one fine morning – when we wake up to frosty windshields and no heat!
There are several benefits to preparing your furnace for the coming winter, here are just a few:
  1. SAFETY – detect dangers such as gas leaks and carbon monoxide leaks!
Annual check ups of your HVAC equipment will keep your family safe, insuring that all parts are working efficiently, everything is clean and lubricated and testing for potential hazards such as gas leaks and carbon monoxide leaks will put your mind at ease and keep everyone safe and warm through the coming winter.
2. Save Money – cleaner, maintained equipment burns less fuel!
Studies have shown that a well maintenance furnace can reduce energy cost by as much as 30%. With the price of fuel ever increasing, preventative maintenance can save you money. Did you know that a programmable thermostat can help you manage your energy costs!
3. Improve the Life Expectancy of your furnace!
Most furnaces have a life expectancy of 12-20 years, if they are well looked after. By not maintaining the furnace, there is a reduced life expectancy, sometimes by 50% and the risk of costly repairs. Most people would never think of driving a car for 10-20 years without ever having a tune up, the same is true for your home heating and cooling systems!
4. Warranty
Most manufacturers ask that yearly maintenance be done as part of their warranty. A well maintained system will insure that you get the most out of your investment!
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Solutions to duct related HVAC problems

Fortunately, HVAC problems caused by duct issues are generally easy to fix. With just the call to your HVAC service company, your ducts can be cleaned and unclogged quickly.

Get an Inspection

With everything else in our life, it can be easy to forget to book regular duct inspections. If they have not received much attention, dander, pollen, and other particles will build up.

Repair Leaks

Repair leaks in your ducts as soon as they occur to avoid them getting worse. Hire an HVAC professional to seal any leaks. This will be an immediate solution to noises and whistling that arises in your ducts.

Consider Duct Sizing

It is possible that your problems are stemming from an improperly designed system. If your load capacity was misdiagnosed by your original contractor, you could have undersized ducts that will make your system have to work harder to keep up.

Add More Vents

It is all too common that HVAC problems are caused by too few supplies and return vents. With not enough supply and return vents, it will result in unbalanced air pressure. This will decrease both comfort and efficiency.

Flexible ducts? Check for damage

If you have flexible ducts installed that are made of plastic, it is possible that the tubes have been damaged. Check your ducts for any signs of kinks or leaks. In some cases, supports can help balance your ducts and prevent further alignment issues.

If you are experiencing any issues related to your HVAC system, give us a call and our technicians can help you decide what solution works best for you!

Duct Issues affecting your HVAC System

Are you noticing changes in your space when it comes to temperature control or odor? Is the air musty? Do you hear noises coming from your ducts? If any of these are familiar to you, your ducts may be causing problems with your HVAC system.

Poor airflow

Do you notice a change in temperature in your space? If your ducts are leaking, air going through your HVAC system may not be getting to where you need it to go. If you take a closer look at your registers, you may notice that there is little air blowing from the vents. The air may feel stuffy or stale because of the lack of circulation.

Hot and Cold Spots

Do you notice that the temperature throughout your space is inconsistent? A hole in your air duct could lead to rooms feeling that they are different temperatures. Leaky ducts are a common cause of HVAC related problems.

Smells

Do you notice an unpleasant smell while your HVAC unit is on? These may not actually be coming from your central HVAC unit, but instead from the ductwork. If moisture builds up in your ducts, it can turn to mold and mildew. In addition, it is also possible that rodent deposits could also be causing unpleasant smells throughout your home.

Poor Air quality

Unpleasant odors aren’t the only problem that could be creeping inside of your ductwork. Allergens and contaminated air can also be taking over your breathing space. Outdoor pollution such as dust, pet dander, pollen. And VPCs could also be making its way into different rooms in your home through your registers.

Debris in filters

Clogged filters can be the reason for many different HVAC problems. If your ducts are filled with debris and particles, your filters may be clogging faster than they should be. This will lead to air quality and temperature issues.

Loud HVAC system

While air quality and temperature inconsistency can be a pain, a noisy HVAC system is the one that can keep you up at night. It is common for your ducts to wear down as the years go on and create cracks and leaks. If air finds its way through these cracks, it can produce a whistling sound. If you notice popping sounds, it is often a result of air pressure problems.

 

Air Quality Tips for Pet Owners

Prevention is Key

There are many steps you can take to prevent pet dander build up in your home before it becomes an issue.

One simple tip is to bathe or brush your pets regularly. This gets to the root of the problem (see what I did there?) before it builds up within your home.

Sweep often. Sweeping often will help gather settled dander that could eventually end up in your ducts.

Consider using a HEPA air cleaner. The pet dander that you can’t gather up from sweeping might be floating in the air. A HEPA air cleaner attached to your central heating or air conditioning can help remove the pet allergens from the air easily.

Maintenance is a must

Regular maintenance of your homes HVAC system is key. A big part of maintaining good air quality in your home depends on a well-running HVAC system. This, of course, becomes more important when you add pets into the equation. Dander and pet hair can accumulate in your ductwork or air filter and without regular cleaning will build up.

Spring and Summer HVAC Maintenance Checklist

  1. Replace filters on cooling equipment
  2. Inspect condition of belts and pulleys (replace if needed)
  3. Clean evaporator and condenser coils
  4. Check refrigerant charge (if charge is low, inspect further for leaks)
  5. Clear drain lines and pans
  6. Inspect electrical connections
  7. Inspect fan and blower motor operation
  8. Double check operation of thermostats
  9. Lubricate bearings, motors and any other moving parts within your system.
  10. Inspect air flow. Is it adequate?