Air Conditioners Calgary

When it’s time to purchase a new air conditioner, it can be confusing to know how to select the right one for your home. There are a number of factors that are important to take into consideration. Here we highlight four of the main factors to focus on when shopping for a new air conditioner unit for your home.

Choose a Reputable Company

Purchasing a new air conditioner unit is a big investment. Not only should you buy an A/C from a trusted manufacturer, but the equipment must be installed by a trained and qualified technician to get the most out of your purchase. At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we are proud to supply and install air conditioner models from York, a leading manufacturer of residential heating and cooling equipment. Our skilled and highly qualified technicians stand out in the industry for expert installation and superior customer care. Distinct employs only journeyman A/C & refrigeration technicians – we do not use plumbers or sheet metal mechanics. This means we have the technical knowledge to help you determine what type of unit is best for your home, but we also have the knowledge to install your equipment and ensure it is done correctly the first time.

When you choose a reputable company, they can help you with everything else on the list, including determining what type of central A/C is best for your home, the size, and location. Next, depending on budget we will determine what model is best. There is a range of good, better, best and the good one is still a good model with high efficiency ratings.

Putting that type of investment into your home, you want to ensure that it is done with care to ensure you will have it for a very long time.

Determine Your Budget

The next factor to consider before you begin shopping for a new air conditioner is to have an idea of your budget and what you can afford. There are a variety of different makes and models of units that can accommodate your budget. So always be mindful of the cost factor before you begin your search. More expensive models generally have higher SEER efficiency ratings and quieter operation, but there are great value units available with a perfect mix of affordability and efficiency.

Determine the Necessary Size of Unit

The size of the air conditioner is also important in order for it to be effective at delivering that cool blast of air efficiently throughout your home. Determining the size that is necessary for your home depends on a few different factors – the location of where you live, your home’s insulation properties, and the square footage of your home. Do you own a small bungalow or a 3,000-sq. ft. home?

Distinct uses a heat load analysis program that takes in factors such as the age and size of your home, the type of windows you may have, and various other items that assist us with determining the best option for you.

Buy a High-Efficiency Unit

Most air conditioner units that are manufactured today incorporate a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER factor of 13 or higher. Visit the National Resources of Canada website for more information about SEER ratio and its importance. This ensures that the unit is energy efficient. Units with a higher SEER rating may come with a higher price, but may for themselves in energy savings over the years. Look for a model with the ENERGY STAR® label, which signifies energy efficiency and product performance.

Shopping for a new air conditioner unit doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Knowing these four factors ahead of shopping can help you feel confident about making the best decision for your home. If you need a little help, just get in touch with Distinct Heating & Cooling. We’d be happy to recommend an A/C that is the right fit for your needs and budget. Our friendly sales team and qualified technicians that can assist you with every step of the process, from purchasing to installation.

As a homeowner, there are a few easy steps you can take to get the most out of your heating and cooling systems. Just as you can perform some basic checks for your furnace during the heating, there are little things you can do during the cooling season for your air conditioner. While the technical stuff should be left to qualified technicians, there are some steps you can take to ensure your cooling system is working like it should.  Here is your spring checklist to tackle before firing up your air conditioner so you can enjoy your Calgary summer in comfort.

Remove The Cover

If you covered your outdoor air conditioning unit with a cover last fall once the temperatures began to cool, now is the time to remove it. Some homeowners choose to place covers to protect the unit from snow and debris, but a cover is not necessary. All outdoor A/C equipment from leading manufacturers is built to withstand the elements. Before turning on the system in the spring, remember to remove the cover. Otherwise the system can overheat, be damaged, and result in a costly repair.

Clean Up Any Debris

Clear off any dirt, dust, or leaves that have gathered on top of the unit and brush away debris from the outer case with a soft-bristle brush.  You can also vacuum the outer case on low power with a soft brush, but careful around the unit and do not touch the condensing coil. The condensing coil can be very easily damaged and bent, so it is highly recommended to schedule a professional air conditioning maintenance service to clean them. It is recommended that the homeowner keep the area around the unit clear of debris, leaves, bushes, and so on. It is always a good idea to shut off the A/C unit while you clean it.

Listen to The A/C System

When something is not quite right with your home’s A/C system, it may emit strange sounds. Pay attention to what the sound is, and when you hear it. Do you hear banging? A component may be loose. Squealing could indicate a problem with the motor. Make note of the sound and let your technician know. This can help your technician identify the issue and get it taken care of before the warm weather arrives.

Change Air Filters

Change the air filter regularly. Not only does a clean filter improve indoor air quality in the home by trapping dust, dirt, and contaminants, but it improves the efficiency of your residential cooling system. Filters should be checked at least every three months to see if they should be changed out for a clean filter.

All that’s left is to schedule your Annual A/C Performance Tune-Up! Contact Distinct Heating & Cooling today to book your tune-up, because summer is just around the corner!

Here at Distinct Heating & Cooling we want to help save you money on costly furnace repairs in Calgary, while at the same time ensuring your indoor air quality is the best it can be. One common air quality problem homeowners deal with is dust. When dust, dirt, and other particles get inside the system, it can affect the overall air quality within your home.

Controlling dust levels has a direct effect on the air we breathe. To help control dust levels within your home, we recommend using the following tips and obtaining an indoor air quality test to find out exactly what is in the air.

Dust Control Tip #1

Check your air filters on a monthly basis and replace, as needed. The air filters help catch dust, dirt, pet dander, and other particles and remove them from the indoor air. However, when filters start to become dirty and are not changed, it can cause a strain on your home’s heating system. The furnace has to run harder, use more energy, and could even suck in dust and dirt into the system and start blowing it around the home!

A great idea is if you have a programmable thermostat is to set a “check air filter” reminder and your thermostat will remind you when it’s time to check the filters or set a reminder in your smart phone.

Dust Control Tip #2

Monitor the amount of dust within your home. Dust is a fact of life that we all have to deal with, even though most of us hate dusting. The frequency of dust accumulations is often directly related to your home’s heating and cooling system and the duct work within the home. If it seems like you are dusting on a weekly basis and the amount of dust seems excessive, then there could be a problem with your duct work or other part of the circulation system where dust and/or dirt is being drawn in.

If you have easy access to your ducts, you can check for openings and gaps in them. If you find any, these need to be sealed back up. If your home has serious dust problems and you need assistance in determining the causes, or you would like your indoor air quality level tested, please feel free to contact Distinct Heating & Cooling at (403) 477-3810 today!

Distinct Heating & Cooling is pleased to offer indoor air quality testing as part of our complete range of home heating and cooling services for Calgary homeowners. Right now you might be enjoying the fresh, cool, and brisk fall air and leaving your windows open during the day. But, with the colder winter months ahead, your home will be closed up until spring.

The air quality in your home can change from one season to the next. During the winter months, the quality of the air you breathe can vary from one room to the next, as follows:

  • Bedrooms – There can be dust, dust mites, pet dander, and airborne viruses and bacteria in your bedrooms, reducing the overall air quality.
  • Bathrooms – Household cleaning products, mold, mildew, and airborne bacteria and viruses could all be issues that affect air quality.
  • Attic – Depending upon the age of the home, asbestos and formaldehyde could be issues, as well as dust.
  • Living Rooms/Dining Rooms – Organic chemicals from furniture and carpeting can reduce air quality, along with pet dander, dust, dust mites, and tobacco smoke.
  • Kitchen – The kitchen’s air quality is affected by cleaning products, smoke from dirty ovens and burners, tobacco smoke, pet dander, and dust.
  • Garage – Exhaust fumes from vehicles, cleaning products, paint, petroleum products, mold, mildew, fertilizers, and so on can all reduce the air quality in your garage.

In addition, all areas of the home are at risk for carbon monoxide gas, unless you have working carbon monoxide detectors installed in multiple locations throughout the home.

Distinct Heating & Cooling highly recommends having your air tested with our 5-day Indoor Air Quality Test. This test is a comprehensive procedure that measures the levels of various airborne particles and determines what is in the air you breathe. At the end of the testing period, our HVAC technicians provide you with a detailed report and he will review this with you. The report even offers suggestions on various ways you can improve the indoor air quality, like with an air filtration system.

Air filtration systems from our Calgary furnace and air conditioning service company are designed to help reduce the concentrations of various airborne particles, such as viruses, bacteria, dust, dust mites, mold and mildew. Additionally, we offer heat recovery ventilator options, where fresh outdoor air is exchanged with stale indoor are at periodic intervals to provide your home with fresh air.

Both air ventilation and air filtration provide numerous benefits and helps improve the indoor air quality of your Calgary home. If you suffering from allergies or asthma, or are prone to getting ill frequently, or just want to ensure you and your family are breathing the highest quality air, then you need to consider air filtration and air ventilation solutions from us.

Here at Distinct Heating & Cooling, we invite you to call us at (403) 477-3810 to discuss your air quality concerns and schedule your indoor air quality test. We offer a wide range of solutions to address your needs, while also working within your budget.