Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Edmonton Furnace Professionals Discuss Perks of Smart Thermostats


Thermostats have come a long way since the round dial models first seen in many older homes. Thermostat technology have become so advanced that there’s so many options to choose from, including line voltage thermostats, low voltage thermostats, programmable thermostats, and even Wi-Fi smart thermostats. Although your old thermostat may work fine, there are many reasons why you may want to replace it with a more modern and advanced model. Your Edmonton furnace professional explains.

The case for smart thermostats

Users of programmable thermostats were able to save considerably when the technology was first introduced, but now, with the introduction of smart thermostats, homeowners have the chance to make a much larger leap in energy efficiency, and consequently, bill savings. How does this happen, you may ask? That’s because smart models can actually learn your schedule, preferences, and habits. Some can even tell when you’re home. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2nF1W4P

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Edmonton Furnace Repair: Troubleshooting 3 Different Furnace Types


Turning on the furnace in your Edmonton home can be one of the most satisfying things you can do on a cold day—unless your furnace is broken. If the air never warms up, that’s a sign that there’s something seriously wrong with your home heating system. And since this particular home appliance plays a direct effect on your overall comfort, it pays to know what you can do to restore your heat.
Your Edmonton furnace service offers you these tips.

Start with the thermostat

If you have a modern thermostat, then you need to get to know its multiple settings. Confirm that the system is set to ‘heat’ and verify the actual temperature. After resetting it, wait a few minutes for the system to adjust to the new settings. If the heater still blows cold air, the thermostat may need to be recalibrated or replaced.

Troubleshooting a gas furnace

If your gas furnace doesn’t turn on, check the circuit breaker. If the breaker is tripped, the electronic starter will not have power, and consequently, won’t be able to ignite the burner, and a cold air-blowing heater is what you get. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2mShFt6

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Edmonton Plumbing Info: Water Pressure Problems and How to Tackle Them


Water is a precious commodity that many households take for granted. Whenever you open a spigot in your home, you expect water to flow out at certain speed—and oftentimes, it does as expected. However, when water starts to trickle or surge, that’s an indication that something’s not right with the pressure, and something needs to be done.

If the pressure is too strong, it could cause leaks. Too weak and you might not have enough to rinse soap away when you bath. Your Edmonton plumbing experts share with you some info to help you understand water pressure and what you can to tackle problems associated with it.
Why does water pressure vary?

Pressure can vary at different times of the day and depending on your location, you may find that you have lower or poor pressure during mornings and early evenings when demand for water in the community is high. That said, there are other causes of fluctuating water pressure depending on the plumbing system that you have. For instance, if you have a whole house water filter, a clog in the filter can result in low water pressure. Likewise, if you have a pressure tank, a leak in the tank assembly could mean no water at all. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2nAT4gO

Monday, February 27, 2017

Edmonton Heating Explains Why Stack Effect is a Problem in Your Home


Your furnace is responsible for keeping your home warm, but it is the job of the rest of your home’s ventilation features to keep the warm air inside. If you own a multi-story home, you may have trouble maintaining warmth because of ‘stack effect’

The stack effect explained
The stack effect is a condition where the entire house acts like a giant chimney, pushing warm air upwards until it eventually leaves the structure. It occurs because of the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. Cold air is denser than warm air, so when cold air enters the home from the first floor, warm air is displaced to the top. This airflow actually pulls more cold air in, worsening the stress on your home’s heating system.

When stack effect becomes a problem
If the airflow is strong, thus puts undue pressure on cracks, deteriorated masonry, cracked weather stripping, and other vulnerable areas. With constant pressure, these leak sources can become larger, intensifying the airflow and worsening your energy loss problem. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2mPa12n

Friday, February 24, 2017

Edmonton Water Heater: Is It Time to Replace Your Unit this Spring?


April is the time for flowers and all things spring. It’s also a great time to replace an old, decrepit water heater. So how do you know if your water heater needs replacing? Edmonton HVAC professionals share with you the five biggest telltale signs to watch out for.

It’s past its lifespan

A well-maintained water heater can function properly up to ten years—twelve to fifteen years if you really want to push it. If yours is close to or over a decade old, it’s likely that performance has degraded considerably. Avoid having to deal with the hassles of an unexpected breakdown by replacing your old unit this spring.

You get higher energy bills

If you observe a considerable increase in your energy bills despite your water heater usage staying consistent, your water heater’s age could be the culprit. As mentioned, water heater efficiency drops with time, and so it needs to consume more energy to provide you with the same amount of hot water you’re used to. When your heater starts making a huge impact in your energy bills, it’s time to think of replacing it. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2nAxGrV