Top Ways to Warm the House without Touching Thermostat

You have to find a moderate way, to cop up with the freezing winters. Here we acquaint you with the easiest ways that help you to feel warmer at home, without frequently tuning the Thermostat. We witness the thermostat war that begins in our home right after when the winter comes. Let's try to warm our place without blasting the heat – seems weird but not unattainable. Fortunately, there are some methods that can be employed to keep the electricity bill down and stay warm simultaneously.

Plastic insulation in windows and doors

The cool air is often felt through doors and windows. There is one easy fix for the people who want to prevent that cool air. Get the plastic insulation or weatherstrip foam tape for both windows and doors – which is nearly invisible. It is an easy and economical option, where you don’t have to change the curtains, just do it with the help of scissors and some plastic insulation.

Roof insulation:

Does your electricity bill go sky high? Invest some bucks in insulating the attic which preserves 25% of heat and makes the place warm without touching the thermostat. Loft insulation is worth considering as it can last up to 40 years. Get it done by an expert and make sure the party walls or chimneys are insulated, otherwise, your effort will be wasted.

Service the Furnace every year:

A question which often bewilders us is whether we should service the furnace every year or not? The answer is yes! This helps to keep your Furnace efficient and to identify the issues before it is too late. You must service it - a regularly maintained furnace can warm the place more effectively, and most of all it can lower the utility bill up to 40%.

Clockwise direction of a ceiling fan:

In summers, the direction of a ceiling fan is counter-clockwise that pushes the cool air downward which in results cools the entire room. On the contrary, the reversal of a ceiling fan direction can push the warm air, stuck around the ceiling downwards. To execute the trick effectively, set a fan at low speed. It is certainly a convenient way to warm the place and even turn a Thermostat down a degree.

Warm and cosy floor clothing

In order to reap the warmth, spread a furry and cozy carpet/mat in your living area. Laminate or hardwood flooring will never make anyone cozy because it can’t preserve the heat in our hands or feet. We feel cold and this ultimately leads us to turn the Thermostat down. Therefore, having those fluffy rugs can bring in a strong foundation, and keep us warm without touching the Thermostat.

5 Quick tips to stay warm:


1.       Drinking warm beverages
2.       Snuggle with spouse, kids, or pets to share body heat.
3.       The warm feet have a tendency to keep the whole body warm. Therefore, prefer wearing slippers and thicker socks all the time at home.
4.       To preserve the body heat, wear merino wool, which is non-scratchy and comfortable to wear.
5.       Play games or find ways to keep yourself moving. Doing something active can generate more heat and you feel less cold.


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5 productive activities to do in the indoor during winters

No matter how much scientists try to prove the ‘winter blue’ a myth, we all know that we have gone through this at times. Staying active is very hard for a majority of people in winter. Not only is it a problem for adults but kids start acting up in this season too.
We always have the holiday breaks to enjoy but don’t you feel bad after you have broken all the new year resolutions? It makes people feel even more discouraged and low.
You just can’t let the start of your new year be ruined. Even if you could not stay very productive and energetic in the beginning, you can still buckle up and be productive and have fun. You can always have light indoors even if the day ends too soon outside in winters.



Spring Cleaning in Winter
While you cannot go out and have fun, you can still end up all your work inside your home. While you will be stuck with all of this later, you can end it now so you can enjoy outdoors freely in the bright sunshine. Not only will it end your work soon, but will also help you stay active in these months. A clean home and closet will help you stay in a good mood and feel more active the whole winter.  Not will it be only good for you but also the kids will feel happier inside.

Homemade Beauty Treatments

Is your schedule too busy the whole year? You never got time to try all the homemade remedies that you keep seeing on the internet? Well, this is your time to shine. While you have plenty of time inside your home, you can now start taking care of your skin and your hair. There is a lot of videos and tutorials available on the internet that you can try and they will keep you busy the entire winter. Productively!

Explore New Music

Snow outside! It's time to listen to something new. It is the right time that you catch up with the latest trends and create some new libraries. You can even keep doing this while doing other home chores to stay in a good mood. We already know that music is the best thing which can fix your mood.

Try New Dishes

You might be a very good cook already but at this time you can try the dishes you couldn’t the whole year. Bake cookies of new styles, try different soups or even cook a whole fancy meal for yourself and your family. It would not only enhance your cooking skills but you would also be able to interact with your family better by breaking the bread together.

Happy Hour

Every person deserves some time off from everything so that he can get to know himself better. Now it is the perfect time that you forget everything and relax. This time will not just help you relax but will also help you brainstorm. New ideas which would help you make your life better.

So this winter, how are you going to make productive progress?

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A Winter Furnace Checklist for Toronto Homeowners

Christmas is near and so is the time when the winter will go high on the swing of extreme cold. No party, no get together and no other indoor enjoyment will provide with ultimate joy unless there is comfort and comfort cannot be felt when the HVAC system is operating inefficiently. In order to keep all things all right, it is crucial to prepare yourself and your HVAC system well before the extreme cold blows start blowing. Below is a checklist that will help you prepare your HVAC system to provide you with ultimate warmth for the entire winter.


First and foremost - Filters 

Before you start inspecting any other component for issues, make sure you're done with cleaning the Air Filters. Whether or not any other component has developed a problem, the filters have certainly accumulated a lot of dirt. If the system is turned on with the same clogged filters, the accumulated dust will not only spread in the home but will also go and stick to other components of the system. So change/clean the filters before doing anything else.

Give a quick check to ductwork 

The ductwork is supposed to provide you with warm air throughout winter. For this, the ductwork has to have a clear pathway and in addition to that, NO LEAKS AND HOLES. Quickly inspects your ductwork first to check if it needs cleaning. Later, inspect the ductwork for any leaks. A leaking ductwork can raise energy bills up to 15%.

Clean the heat exchanger 

The accumulation of dirt on the heat exchanger can affect the heating efficiency. Clean the heat exchanger properly in order to maintain excellent heating levels.

Check fuel level 

If you're using oil-fired or Propane Furnace, fill the fuel up to the mark.

Change Thermostat batteries

Although the Thermostat remains in use almost throughout the year, it is still recommended to check batteries at the beginning of the winter season. A faulty thermostat can put you in irritating situations like system shut off, constant tripping or hot & cold spots. Change the batteries in time to avoid any such circumstances.

Clear supply and return registers 

The supply and return registers need to be cleared of any hindrances. If you had placed sofas or carpets on supply/return registers, remove them and clear all registers for a smooth flow of air.

Check exhaust vents 

Blockage in the exhaust vents can result in devastating situations. While you check and clean other components, make sure the exhaust vents are also clear of any blockage.

Check CO batteries 

Did you know that homeowners suffer from CO poisoning even after having a CO detector installed? That happens when they install the detector but don't change the batteries. If you have a CO detector installed, you have an addition in your checklist; change the batteries.

While all of these maintenances to do's are those that individuals can perform on their own, it is always suggested that a professional maintenance from a licensed HVAC technician is also taken.

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Here's why you should not fully cover AC condenser in Winter

With the approaching winter, homeowners are preparing their Furnaces and Fireplaces and at the same time putting their AC condensers on snooze for a long winter break. For winters, you must have heard of the importance of covering the condenser unit since not covering it damages the unit, particularly as the environmental factors make their influence. But we can say it for sure that you must have heard half of the tip. While covering is fine, fully fledged covering is not a good idea and there as convincing reasons why;


- Moisture in a fully covered unit 

The compressor unit develops moisture because of high humidity, rain, snow or other climatic conditions. This moisture easily gets dispersed when the unit is not completely covered and get sufficient sunlight. In the case of the fully covered unit, moisture will still find a way in but will not get away easily once it reaches in the inside of the unit. Long presence of moisture, as you can guess, will contribute to producing rust and mold on the unit and corrode the compressor parts. 

- Rodents are not kept away this way

Many people cover their outdoor compressor units in order to protect them from animals. particularly rodents. Interestingly, covering the unit actually helps the rodents find a warm place to spend their winters at. So they make the inside or downside of the unit their home. The mess they create and the damage they cause is, of course, something you already have an idea about.

- A simple cover is all okay 

While there is no need to fully cover the unit, there is a need to cover it. And that is because, in winter, leaves fall and dust & debris gets accumulated on the unit particularly when it is not operational. So covering it up with a simple cover helps keep dust, debris and leaves away. Also, in case of a storm, other stuff may bang into the unit and get stuck therein when there's no cover at all.
So yes, cover it but the cover shouldn't be a seal.

Bottom line - Outdoor units are durable! 

The parts of the air conditioner that are meant to stay in the outdoor are designed in such a way so as to withstand the toughness of the climate conditions. The latest models, in particular, come with designs that offer special safety to the unit. So there is not really a need to fully cover the unit but even if it is covered, it should be done in such a way so as to leave some space for the unit to breathe in and out. And as said above, a normal fabric cover is well enough to protect the unit from dust, debris and leaves and at the same time, to keep it cool enough so as not to offer a residence to rodents and other animals.
A side tip in order to keep pests and animals away is to use a professional's suggested spray around the unit to keep all these unit corroding elements away.
Do you cover your unit in winters? If yes, how? If not, why not?




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Replace your AC before next summer

While everyone else is busy purchasing Furnaces and tuning their home for winter, here we are talking about Air Conditioners. Is there a particular reason for this post? Oh yes, there is! But before knowing that reason, you should make sure whether or not your unit needs an upgrade.



Does my unit need an upgrade? 

To be sure of whether or not your unit needs an upgrade, the best way is to allow a professional technician to evaluate it. But since many homeowners are always trying to save, their preference is to not spend on a professional analysis and instead, make an analysis all on their own. For such homeowners, here are some useful tips;

- If your unit is old and has lately been costing too much, it is suggested to replace it. That is because even if you don't upgrade, you'll have to pay in the form of hefty energy bills whatsoever. And despite high energy bills, there will be compromised comfort. So if the bills have been unusually high lately, better replace!

- In addition to bringing hefty bills, one of the signs for a unit needing a replacement is when it breaks off frequently resulting in costly repairs. Once again, if you do not replace and drag the same unit, it will continue to create costly repair circumstances and your budget will continue to experience shocks. Better replace and relax!

- Even if the unit is not causing high energy bills or frequent repairs, an age of over 15 years is an indication of replacement in itself. While many people wonder why should they replace when the unit is running, the answer is; the running unit can stop anytime, most probably on the hottest noon possible. And why should you wait for a unit to bring high bills or frequent repairs and breakdowns? Why not replace well in time? Professionals suggest that it is better to replace a system when it crosses the age of 15 years. And should be replaced whatsoever if it exceeds 20 years.

Does it make sense to purchase Air Conditioner in Fall? 

And here we are at the point of concern. Why should an Air Conditioner be replaced in Fall or Winter? What sense does it make?
Here are some of the reasons that prove replacement is beneficial when it is done in an off-peak season:
- Goes without saying that in peak season the price tags suddenly go unusually high. And this is quite opposite in off-peak season.  In off-peak season, the prices usually drop. So one of the benefits of replacing AC for the next summer is savings. Savings, something that you love, don't you?
- Making a purchase in the off-peak season gives you the privilege of taking the wise decision. Many times, homeowners make purchases in a rush which often turns out to be an unwise purchase. Contrarily, when there's time to think, search, check reviews and consult a professional, the outcome is a unit that best suits your home and your needs.
- With a purchased unit at home, you can wait for the best time for installation and make some saving of installation as well.

If your Furnace is new/performing good and there's no other costly appliance purchase on the list but you have money to invest, invest in replacement of Air Conditioner. And make the purchase now!

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It's time to upgrade to a new Thermostat

There are appliances that homeowners think seriously about; their maintenance, their in-time replacement and keeping them tuned-up. But at the same time, there are appliances, that get the least attention while they are the ones that contribute a lot, if not the most, to home comfort. The Thermostat is one such device taken extremely for granted. If you ask homeowners about the age of their Thermostat, it is most probable that you'll either get a response that they don't remember or that they don't have any idea because they didn't install it in the first place, it was pre-installed. So as long as this poor device does not show a sign of sickness or does not completely shut off in protest, most homeowners never give it a damn. But did you know, by doing so, you make a massive compromise to yours and your family's comfort? How do you expect your HVAC system to provide you with optimal efficiency when the device programming it doesn't itself operate with optimal efficiency? A malfunctioning thermostat can lead to repairs, breakdowns, lowering the system's lifetime and most importantly, a compromised efficiency. So it is important to make an upgrade to HVAC Thermostat with as much concern as an upgrade is made for the very HVAC appliances.
Here's when you should consider an upgrade:


- If it's Granny's time manual Thermostat 

Manual Thermostats have provided us with a lot of comforts for many years. But that doesn't suggest sticking to them even when there are better options. Slider, knob or dialers Thermostats were once wonders but now, comparing them to the latest Thermostats, they are only a deal of loss. The older systems are less efficient and less accurate. The latest models can provide with temperature precision with as less as 1 degree of temperature difference.
So if your Thermostat is still that granny time's Thermostat, it is time to look for a better and more efficient model. It is guaranteed that doing so will increase the comfort and decrease the energy bills.

- If it's a non-programmable Thermostat 

A non-programmable Thermostat is the one that you cannot pre-program which in simple words means, high energy bills. When the temperature is not pre-programmed, it is required to change it manually, every time you want to increase or decrease the temperature. So let's suppose, you forget to change the temperature as you leave for the office, the system will keep running for all that time when no one is at home. Or even when you are at home, you'll find yourself in discomfort first and then realise it's time to change the temperature. Unlike that, with Programmable Thermostat, you can set a different temperature for different times and the Thermostat will auto adjust itself as the time comes. This way, your device knows it has to go some degrees up as you are away and knows it has to come down some degrees when you are expected to return home. A programmable system brings comfort and amazing savings. So yes, if the device staring at you from over there is an outdated non-programmable Thermostat, it is your time to upgrade.

- If it's located at the wrong location 

The placement matters a lot when it's about Thermostat. Did you know that a wrong placement of Thermostat; at places where it picks the wrong temperature can keep your indoor at a wrong temperature no matter how efficient your Thermostat is. If your old device is installed at a wrong location and is also old, any HVAC technician would suggest you to install a new one at the right location. And this would be a worth making the investment because a wrongly placed device will only read wrong readings, resulting in wrong temperature setting and causing discomfort as a result. What then is the use of installing a Thermostat in the first place?

If your Thermostat lies in any of the above mentioned ''ifs'', it's time to upgrade to a new device. And if you ask us and your system allows, we would suggest going for a Smart Thermostat.

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3 Signs your Air Conditioner desperately needs an HVAC tech

In the midst of hot summer, who wants his Air Conditioning system to fail? No sane person ever wishes this for his home but guess what, not enough people take the prerequisites to avoid sudden appliance breakdowns. And usually, no HVAC appliance fails without showing some prior signs. Appliances do show some signs when they are in need of maintenance or repairs. When these signs are neglected, the result comes in the form of breakdown. This blog is to help you find out in time when your Air Conditioner needs help. There are a few easy to notice signs.





- Dropping efficiency

You can tell when you are uncomfortable even when the Air Conditioner is on. You can compare your current level of comfort from that of the last year and can easily decide that the AC is not as efficient as it used to be. This kind of significant change in efficiency in one year is an indication that there is something wrong with the system that needs to be fixed. If you did perform proper maintenance & cleaning before starting the unit, are following the same temperature schedules and the weather is not unusually hot, then there's something that requires an HVAC tech's help. So as soon as you suspect a noticeable drop in the unit's efficiency, call a professional as early as possible.


- A sudden rise in energy bills

Energy bills are always loathsome, aren't they? But they become equally shocking sometimes. That happens when there's a sudden rise in them. Your usage remains the same but the graph of monthly energy bills changes. Although Air Conditioners as they get older do start to consume more energy, this does not happen over the course of a month or two. So if your bills have suddenly started to become coarse towards you, there's an indication of something annoying the system. It could be dirty filters, leaking ductwork, problematic compressor or something else. Take also this sign seriously.


- Frequent Short Cycling

One of the indications of the Air Conditioner going through something serious is when it short cycles frequently. Short cycling is when the AC turns off and on. The possible causes of short cycling are dirty filter or compressor fan, frozen evaporator coils or electrical wiring issues. So as your Air Conditioner starts to short cycle frequently, consider calling a professional to inspect what's wrong.

They say prevention is better than cure. Every year, many homeowners have to face serious accidents or costly repairs and the reason behind is not performing maintenance or ignoring the repair signs that the system shows. We as HVAC professionals suggest homeowners to learn at least the basics of their HVAC appliances and especially about the signs of appliance sickness so that preventive measures can be taken in time.

If your Air Conditioner shows all or one of the above-mentioned signs then don't postpone calling out a professional for help.

Some hundred dollars spent on in time repairs are better than the thousands of dollars that you'll have to spend otherwise on worsen damages or entire unit replacement. Be wise towards your HVAC appliance.

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