Calgary Furnace Replacement

At Distinct Heating & Cooling, our technicians enjoy educating people about how their Calgary home heating system functions. The reason why we want to educate people is to help them identify when there are potential problems with the system. This could help you avoid costly repairs.

Your heating system has many components that work together to provide optimal comfort and keep you warm. To help you better understand how the system works, let’s start by reviewing the four basic components found in your furnace.

1. Thermostat – The thermostat is a heat-sensitive switch used to regulate the temperature of your home based upon your preferred comfort level.

2. Furnace – The furnace is the source of the warm air used to heat the home and maintain comfort levels.

3. Blowers, Ducts, and Vents – Each of these components are responsible for moving and distrusting the heated air throughout your home.

4. The Flue – This is the exhaust duct connected to the furnace and extends to the outside of the home. This vents the harmful gaseous by-products of your furnace out of the home.

All of these components working together are called the heating system. The heating cycle begins when the thermostat determines the temperature within the home has fallen below the desired one you established, which is call the set point. The thermostat responds to the change in temperature by sending a signal to the furnace to turn on. Essentially, your thermostat is telling the furnace to “wake up.”

The furnace kicks in and turns on the natural gas and ignites it. The fire creates heat and is used to heat up a series of metal tubes within the unit that are called the heat exchanger. As the fire is burning, any harmful gaseous by-products are vented safely outdoors through the flue.

Once the heat exchanger has reached a certain temperature, the blower motor engages and turns on its fan. The fan blows air over the heat exchanger and into the ducts. Eventually, the warm air is blown out of the register vents within the rooms of your home.

After the furnace has ran for a period and the temperature reaches the set point, the thermostat sends another signal to the finance to shut off. This is the end of the heat cycle.

A Quick Tip about Aging Heating Systems

As your heating system ages, it can lose its efficiency or stop working altogether. A furnace failure, especially during the middle of the winter in Calgary could be inconvenient on a cold day, not to mention a serious problem. At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we recommend scheduling our annual 30-point heating system tune-up and maintenance inspection to avoid serious problems and keep your heating system operating at peak performance throughout the winter. Call us today at (403) 477-3810. We can help solve any issues you may experience and answer any questions. We look forward to making your home a happy and comfortable home this winter.

The colder months are upon us and furnace efficiency and reliability ensures you and your loved ones are kept comfortable and warm throughout the entire winter. A common concern of homeowners in Calgary during this time of year, are how much it is going to cost to heat their homes so they can stay warm.

Did you know heating costs are largely determined by the efficiency and reliability of your furnace and entire heating system? An efficient and reliable furnace and heating system keeps your energy bills under control.

An essential component used to regulate the temperature within your home is your thermostat. How well you control the temperature inside your home and with what degree of accuracy affect your energy bills. If you are looking for a higher degree of accuracy and control, you may want to consider a new, programmable thermostat from Distinct Heating & Cooling.

What Benefits Do Programmable Thermostats Offer?

The main benefit of programmable thermostats is the ability to control the temperature settings within your home over a 24-hour period. Based upon how you program your thermostat, your furnace turns on, as needed,using the temperature settings you have programmed for specific times of the day and night.

For instance, you can set a lower indoor temperature during the day when everyone is not at home. Then, you can choose a higher setting, so the furnace turns on just before everyone gets home and it is nice and comfortable. For the evening hours, after everyone goes to bed, you can choose a lower temperature setting, and a higher one just before everyone gets up in the morning.

How Difficult Is It to Program a Programmable Thermostat?

At Distinct Heating & Cooling we offer several programmable thermostats which offer an on-screen, interview-based setup. It is very simple and easy to configure and setup a programmable thermostat, as most have display screens that walks you through each step and allows you to input the desired settings with a push of a button.

For instance, the thermostat will ask you specific questions, such as “What time do you wake up in the morning?” These queries will help guide you through setting up your thermostat to best reflect your own personal heating needs. Some of the newer programmable thermostat models, like the Honeywell VisionPro 8000 or the Honeywell Prestige, have touchscreens to make programming even simpler. In addition, the Honeywell Prestige is Wi-Fi enabled and allows you to control the settings of your furnace remotely from a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

How Does Using Different Settings Conserve Energy and Save Money?

Our furnace repair and furnace maintenance company in Calgary recommends using a programmable thermostat and adjust the settings by a few degrees lower or higher to help conserve energy, save money, without sacrificing your comfort. In fact, most people do not notice a slight variance in the ambient air temperature when it is only a few degrees.

By adjusting the settings on a programmable thermostat a few degrees lower or higher several times throughout the day, your furnace runs more efficiently. Using lower temperatures during the day when everyone is gone and at night while everyone sleeps, means the furnace runs less often and uses less energy.

Does Humidity Affect Comfort in the Winter?

Humidity does have a direct impact on your comfort levels in the winter. As it becomes colder outside, the humidity drops. Many home heating systems are dry-air heat, so the humidity within in the home also drops. Chapped and dry hands, feet, and skin are common in homes with low wintertime humidity levels.

Another effect from lower humidity levels is a sense your home feels cooler than it really is, so you turn the thermostat up, causing your furnace to run more often and harder, yet without any noticeable effects on the coolness feeling within the home and your comfort. However, what you will notice is an unexpected and undesired increase in your energy bills. To counteract the effects of lower indoor humidity, Distinct Heating & Cooling recommends having a digital humidistat installed and connected to a humidifier.

How Can a Humidistat Help?

A digital humidistat is a device that works to control and regulate the humidity levels within your home. It is designed to prevent condensation from forming on windows and maintaining the humidity level within the room, so you feel comfortable without having to turn the temperature setting on your furnace up. Ideally, your home should have between 15% and 45% relative humidity during the wintertime.

At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we recommend the Honeywell Prestige thermostat since it is also a humidistat, which allows you to control both your humidity levels and temperature settings in a single device. The combination of a programmable thermostat/humidistat helps lower your energy bills and keeps you and your entire family comfortable and warm all winter long.

In the long run, programmable thermostats can save you up to 35% on your energy costs. If you were to combine a new programmable thermostat along with a new modern energy efficient furnace, your savings could potentially be even greater.

For more information about programmable thermostats, humidistats, new furnaces, furnace maintenance and repair services, and other home heating and cooling services, contact Distinct Heating & Cooling today by calling 403-477-3810.

When you are looking to improve or upgrade your heating and air conditioning system, one of the first things that will come to mind is cost. You may think it is too expensive or simply beyond your current budget. However, there are a few things you can do to improve the comfort of your home, while keeping the costs down. Here are a few suggestions that may help to enhance your home’s comfort and will not break the bank.

Programmable Thermostat

A modern thermostat is much more precise with temperature settings. You can avoid temperature swings and hot and cold spots. Set the ideal temperature for when you go to sleep at night or wake up in the morning. A programmable thermostat can save you about 5 to 15% in energy costs.

Air Filter Replacement

Your air filter is used all year long, summer and winter. Air moves through your air filter during the winter as your furnace kicks in to heat your home. During the summer, when the air conditioner is working to keep your home cool, the air is circulating through you duct system which also moves through the air filter.

A dirty filter slows down airflow,causing the system work harder to keep you warm or cool. A dirty filter could also lead to early system failure. This translates into higher energy bills and maintenance costs. A clean filter will prevent dust and dirt from building up. This also avoids expensive maintenance or early system failure.

Duct Sealing and Insulating

Often a big energy wasters are the ducts that move air from your furnace or air conditioner. Insulating and sealing the ducts can improve the efficiency of your system by almost 20%. You can use mastic, metal-backed foil tape, or duct sealant to seal the seams and connections of ducts.

Humidifiers

Air without the proper amount of humidity can get cold and drafty. This in turn, can lead to dry skin and scratchy throats. A humidifier can increase the humidity in the air to help make your home both healthy and comfortable.

Yearly Tune Up

A tune up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort. Routine inspections ensure that your heating and air conditioning system is running efficiency. This is a proactive measure that can help spot problems before they even occur.

At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we believe that home comfort is something that should never be skimped on. Give us a call today and we can discuss which optionsare best for you. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of home comfort systems and services in Calgary and the surrounding area. We offer efficient, reliable, and cost effective solutions to your heating and air conditioning needs. If you want to dramatically improve your indoor air quality, you may want to take advantage of our special offer. Contact us at 403-477-3810 to find out more.

Your HVAC’s duct system is the heart of your home’s heating and cooling system. It provides a controlled airflow throughout your home. How well your duct system works can spell a huge difference in costs and in how effective your Calgary furnaces are at keeping your home cozy and comfortable. A poorly-designed duct system will not only cause your energy bills to spike, but may also pose hazard to you and your family’s health as it distributes polluted air indoors.

The duct system can be made out of sheet, fiber glass duct board, insulated plastic or cloth. But a well-designed duct system has the following characteristics:

  • Conditioned air is delivered properly throughout your home at maximum efficiency and capacity. Your HVAC system’s volume-carrying capacity of the return air must equal that of the supply air. If it is not, a pressure imbalance will created and this will cause discomfort as well as energy wastage.img-1
  • It doesn’t make so much noise that it becomes bothersome. Pressure imbalance may cause excessive system pressure, causing the worrisome noises. Adjustments have to be made in Calgary furnaces fan size, duct size and duct mountings.
  • The duct system is well-supported, thus avoiding dislocation or damage, and ensuring that the system’s efficiency remains top-notch.
  • Is easy to maintain with adequate clearances provided on all sides of the equipment to allow easy access for periodic maintenance. Maintenance work should be done routinely as well to ensure maximum system efficiency.

For your duct system and Calgary furnaces troubleshooting needs, call Distinct Heating & Cooling today at (403) 800-3261.