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Do you find yourself asking this question:“Is it time to replace that thermostat?”

Then we would like to help you answer it by giving you some things to think about.

  • Are you looking to lower your utility bills?
  • Do you want detailed information about the status of your home’s heating and air conditioning system?
  • Would you like to have one area of your home set to a different temperature than another?

By upgrading your thermostat with our thermostat replacement service in Calgary you can have access to all these and more!

  1. Thermostats wear out over time, just like furnaces.

As you HVAC system ages, the thermostat that controls the heating and cooling system in your house may experience errors as well. If so, you want to replace it as quickly as you can to bring your HVAC system back into optimal operation.

  1. Programmable thermostats are better at regulating air temperatures than manual thermostats.

Programmable thermostats can automatically adjust temperatures within the home when you wake up in the morning and when you go to sleep at night. This way, you always have the perfect temperature for your home.

  1. Programmable thermostats can help reduce your energy bills.

Switching from a manual thermostat to a newer and programmable thermostat is a great way to cut back on your utility bills. By maintaining proper settings, it is possible to cut your utility costs from five to fifteen percent!

  1. Many of the newest models available have the ability to give you important information.

They can let you know when it is time to change the filter or let you know if there is an HVAC system alarm or error. You can even remote access new thermostats by installing an application on your smartphone.With this technology you can monitor the temperature of your home while you are away.

We hope we have helped answer your questions and provide you with new information about thermostat replacement and how it can benefit your heating and air conditioning system.

At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we pride ourselves on providing the highest levels of home comfort systems in Calgary and the surrounding area. We off efficient, reliable, and cost effective solutions to your heating and air conditioning needs. Give us a call today at (403) 477-3810, so we can discuss which option is best for you!

Picture a cold snowy day outside, curled up by your fireplace, enjoying a book or watching a movie, sipping on a nice hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa. Winter can provide beautiful and breathtaking views as it covers the outdoors in a white blanket. But indoors, the change in outdoor temperatures can leech the humidity right out of our homes and turn your relaxing day into one of misery.

Ever notice how on some hot summer days, you step outside and a few minutes later you feel damp and wet? This is because there may be excessive humidity in the air and this causes our bodies to sweat. In the wintertime, the air is less saturated with humidity, therefore it feels drier. This is because cold air cannot hold moisture as well as warm air. As such, we tend to not sweat during the winter, unless we are getting in a good workout while shoveling the snow.

Lower humidity levels in winter can create several problems for you and your family, which are as follows:

Static Electricity

If you cringe each time you go to touch an object, your children, or your pets because you know that shock is coming, then you have low humidity levels. By increasing the humidity within the home, the static charge cannot build up, so it is eliminated.

Upper Respiratory Infections

Have you ever noticedif you are more susceptible to colds and respiratory infections in the winter? This may be due to lower humidity levels. With less humidity the membranes in our noses and throat dry out and are not able to remove bacteria, dust, dirt, and viruses before they are sucked into our lungs. Keeping these membranes lubricated is easy to do by raising the humidity level within the home.

Dry Skin and Noses

Lower humidity can cause our skin to become chapped and crack. Our scalps can dry out and we can develop flaking, itchy dandruff. Our noses can become so dry inside, they can become sore and even bleed! If you have pets, pet dander becomes more prevalent in dry homes in the winter, too. Humidified air within the home can help keep our skin and nasal passages moisturized, so we do not have to worry about these problems.

Household Damage

With less humidity in the air, the air within your home will try to find moisture wherever it can. This means it can suck the moisture out of wooden furniture and wooden structures within the home. Do you notice squeaky floors when you walk across the living room or bedroom in the winter that go away in the summer? This could be caused from low humidity levels.

What is the solution to these issues? A whole home humidification system may be the answer to your problems. If you would like more information on the humidifier that would be best suited for you home: Contact us today at (403) 477-3810 for more information or to request a free quote!

Did you know the leading cause of home fires is caused from the improper use of heating equipment within the home? The largest number of home fires caused by heater accidents occurs from December through February. Here at Distinct Heating & Cooling, we want you and your family to be safe and remain warm, without the risks of accidently starting a fire in your home by offering these tips and suggestions:

Furnace:

Verify there is at least a three-foot clear space around your furnace. You should never store flammable objects or other items next to your furnace. Items placed too close to the furnace can become hot, and eventually start on fire. If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove in your home, also make sure there is sufficient, clear space.

Shut off your furnace if you notice strange smells in the air, like burning plastic, or other such smells that could indicate a problem with the heating system. After shutting off the furnace, contact us immediately to schedule an inspection.

Have your furnace inspected and tuned-up to ensure it is operating correctly. The vast majority of furnace failures during the winter is due to systems not being well-maintained.

Remember to change your furnace air filter as needed. Depending upon the type of filter installed, it could require changing monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually. If you are not sure how often to change it, do not hesitate to ask one of our furnace technicians for advice!

Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in key areas throughout the home. Remember to test the detectors at least once a month.

Other heat sources:

Never use your oven or cooktop to heat your home. While it can be tempting to rely upon this appliance when there is a problem with your furnace, it is not designed to work as a heater.

Have a professional clean your fireplace or woodstove chimney as needed. Depending upon the type of fuel used, you may need to have the chimney cleaned more frequently during the winter.

With fireplaces and wood burning stoves, make sure you are using the correct fuel type. For instance, if you have a gas fireplace, never burn wood in it. In addition, never burn trash or other such items in the fireplace or stove. Use a screen with fireplaces to stop sparks from getting out and always operate the wood stove with the door closed.

When cleaning out the ashes from fireplaces and wood burning stoves, make sure the fire has completely gone out. Never put hot ashes into plastic or wooden containers. Always use a metal container to put the ashes into and promptly remove them from the home. Do not pour the ashes out until they have sat inside the container, a safe distance away from the home for at least 24 hours.

Never use propane or kerosene heaters within the home. Not only is this dangerous, but they also give off harmful carbon monoxide.

For more fire safety tips or to schedule a furnace tune-up and inspection, please feel free to call us, here at Distinct Heating & Cooling by phoning (403) 477-3810 today!

There are several different things you can do around your home to ensure your home remains warm throughout the winter. Oftentimes, the reason for costly winter heating bills is due to air loss, either warm air seeping out of the home or cold air coming into the home.

  1. Look for sunlight coming in around doors and windows.

If you can see sunlight around doors and windows, it means there are gaps where air can enter or leave the home. One easy fix is to replace worn-out weather-stripping with new weather-stripping. For bigger gaps around windows, you may need to reseal them using spray foam insulation and caulk.

  1. Check for drafts around wall outlets and light switches.

Depending on the age of your home, electrical outlets and light switches may not have sufficient insulation around them. When there is no insulation, cold air can get into the home. You can easily fix this problem by removing the cover plates and placing foam gaskets around the outlet or switch, and then put the cover plate back over the outlet or switch.

  1. Check for holes in exterior walls where plumbing, electrical, and cables come into the home.

Quite frequently, the caulk placed around these inbound connections wears out and cracks, creating air leaks. Remember to pull up the decorative rings on water pipes you might have under the sink or under the toilet, too. The best way to fix gaps around these items is to use spray foam insulation to seal up any gaps.

  1. Verify windows are securely closed.

You would be surprised how cold air can get into the home from windows that are not shut correctly or tightly. Keep in mind the weather-stripping could also need replaced on older windows.

  1. Upgrade your thermostat and humidistat.

Today’s digital thermostats and humidistats are much more precise and allow you to program your furnace and humidifier to maintain different comfort levels within the home at different times of the day and night. Utilizing these features helps improve the efficiency of your furnace and humidifier and can even reduce your energy bills.

  1. Schedule your annual furnace tune-up and maintenance service with Distinct Heating & Cooling.

Our experienced technicians perform a detailed inspection of your heating system to ensure it is operating correctly to provide optimal comfort throughout the winter and helps avoid unexpected breakdowns.

By taking the time to do a walkthrough of your home after reviewing the following tips, you might just discover one or more areas that need your attention. Do not hesitate to contact us, here at Distinct Heating & Cooling, with any questions or concerns about your furnace and heating system or to schedule your annual furnace tune-up by calling (403) 477-3810 today!