Air Conditioners Calgary

Your HVAC system creates comfort in your home – it keeps you cool during the hot, humid summer and warm when the temperature turns bitter cold in the winter. But if your HVAC system is not working optimally you could be paying more than you need to in utility bills while your comfort level suffers. Here are some inexpensive ways to improve your HVAC system and enhance its performance.

Install a Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat will learn your schedule and adjust the temperature levels of your home to provide optimal comfort, while also saving on utility bills. No more extra energy spent heating an empty house or coming home to a freezing cold place.

Purchase an Air Purifier

Air purifiers go above and beyond your regular HVAC filter to capture allergens and airborne particles. There are a variety of inexpensive air cleaners you can purchase to remove impurities and filter pollutants in your home. Those prone to allergies will be able to breathe easier.

Get a Dehumidifier and Humidifier

Using a dehumidifier can help to improve the moisture level of your home during the hotter summer months and remove moisture that leads to mold and mildew. On the other hand, during wintertime, a humidifier is very necessary for adding more moisture back into the air to minimize discomfort from that excessively dry air.

Improve Ventilation

By installing bathroom and kitchen fans, you can help exhaust contaminants and heat from your home. Also, having proper functioning roof vents that circulate air is a must.

Get Your Furnace Maintained

An HVAC technician can optimize the efficiency and performance of your furnace. Getting a yearly inspection can help identify if your system is running at its peak efficiency or if the equipment is working harder than it needs to. They can also give your machine a full cleaning to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.

Regular Duct Cleaning

Duct cleaning can improve your HVAC’s performance and also reduce any health problems. Excess dust, mold, and pet dander can build up in your vents, preventing proper air flow. Also, these items can constantly be released into your home, impacting the health of you and your family. Having your ducts checked regularly can eliminate any particulates and improve the air quality in your home.

When you’re ready to improve your HVAC systems performance, call us at Distinct Heating & Cooling for a detailed inspection and any necessary maintenance or repairs.

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!