Furnaces Calgary

With shorter days and cooler temperatures getting closer each week, it’s time to look towards the winter weather that lays ahead so that you can be prepared. With the inevitable icy temperatures that our Calgary winters bring us, we must rely heavily on our furnaces to keep us cozy and warm. With all the extra usage, your utility bills can increase by a lot in no time. That being said, with some preventative maintenance, you can ensure that your heating system is primed and ready to take on the weather as efficiently as possible to keep you toasty without the costly burden.

Here are five advantages of furnace maintenance that make it clear why it is worth the investment.


Lower Your Energy Bills

Your furnace is similar to your car. It requires regular maintenance to get the most out of it and to keep costs as low as possible by preventing any major issues from occurring. By having your furnace regularly maintained, especially before the winter season, you’re helping to improve the efficiency of it. This equates to less energy required to keep your home warm.

DISTINCT’s qualified technicians will complete a 30point inspection covering everything from checking your furnace’s safety control and limits, ignition system, gas operation, CO testing, heat exchanger, burner tubes, temperature rise, filter condition and, if necessary, perform any necessary repairs that will keep your furnace humming smoothly without guzzling up so much energy.


Extend the Lifespan

Just like with any other equipment, taking care of your furnace will allow it to function properly for much longer. Regular furnace maintenance will identify any lingering issues and repair them to avoid any damage that can contribute to major problems.


Less Hassle and Repairs

By having your furnace serviced regularly, it can help monitor any discrepancies with it that can be dealt with before they lead to larger, more expensive repairs. That means less hassle and aggravation for you.


Keep it Functioning Safely

Safety is also an important by-product of performing regular maintenance. Qualified technicians will check the furnace, monitor and change the filter when necessary, remove debris that can accumulate around the unit, and ensure that there’s no risk of carbon monoxide entering your home.


Improved Capacity for Performance

When you take proper care of your furnace, it will improve the performance, along with the capacity to work better at maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout your home during the winter.

Calgary winters can quickly equate to spikes in your utility bills with all the use your furnace gets. Make your winter season worry-free by taking care of the maintenance now. Distinct Heating & Cooling has technicians that can come and service your furnace to have it ready for the season ahead. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Debating about whether to call a furnace technician, or if you should try to fix your furnace yourself? Well, before you roll up your sleeves and attempt to fix your furnace, first consider how much of an investment that piece of equipment is, and how much it could cost you if your repairs are done incorrectly. A furnace is a complex machine and responsible for the comfort of your home. Any repair missteps could leave you in the cold, or worse, put your furnace out of commission for good.

Before you try to tackle that repair yourself, consider each of these important factors first.

You’re Not an Expert

Let’s face it – you’re not an expert. Taking on DIY projects throughout your home can be fun and rewarding. But when it comes to a serious piece of equipment that you and your family rely on (that also happens to be a costly investment), it’s imperative to remember that professional technicians undergo extensive training and apprenticeship to perform even basic repairs. When something needs to be fixed, place your investment in the hands of the experts to ensure that you’re not left with any costly mistakes down the road.

You Could Void Your Warranty

Many furnace manufacturers have stern stipulations regarding the warranty that comes with your furnace. And most warranties state that any malfunctions that occur with your furnace must be repaired by a licensed technician with approved parts. Taking it upon yourself to repair a problem could result in voiding your warranty. Always read your warranties thoroughly to determine what the stipulations include, or give Distinct Heating & Cooling a call – we’d be happy to walk you through the technical terms and legal jargon so you understand exactly what’s covered and what isn’t.

It Can be Dangerous

Your furnace requires gas to function. It goes without saying that gas must be handled with care. That is why technicians are required to undergo advanced training each and every year. If you attempt to fix your furnace with knowing the proper safety precautions to take, you could be placing yourself and your family in danger.

If you ever find yourself asking the question, “Should I try fixing my furnace myself?” the answer should be “no” unless we’re talking about something straightforward like changing a filter. Give Distinct Heating & Cooling a call for all your furnace installation, maintenance, and repair needs. We hold ourselves to the highest standard of workmanship, professionalism, and service in everything we do.

While furnace maintenance should always be performed by qualified technicians, there are a few things homeowners can take a look at during the year in order to give peace of mind that their equipment is working as it should. Taking a proactive approach in between visits from the professionals is key to keeping your home warm and comfortable, extending the life of your furnace, and reducing the need for expensive repair bills down the road. Let’s explore five basic things homeowners can do to ensure that their furnace is operating efficiently:

Change the Filter Regularly

Furnace filters improve the air we breathe by trapping dirt, dust, and debris to keep allergens out of the air. But did you know their main function is to protect the furnace itself? Filters protect the furnace’s blower fan from dust and debris pulled in by the return duct.  For optimal performance, replace the filters at least every three months. A handy way to remember is to replace the filter on the first day of a new season. To replace a disposable filter, simply open the filter compartment door, slide the old filter out and place in a bag, then insert the new filter.

Clean Around the Equipment

Dust and debris will accumulate around the equipment, so wipe down the unit and vacuum every three to six months. If you open up the equipment to clean, be sure to check that the door is firmly secured when done. Most modern furnaces have a switch that indicates whether the door is on or off, and the furnace will not start up again unless the door is in proper position.

For safety reasons, turning the furnace “OFF” while you clean is a good rule of thumb!

Listen to Your Furnace

Any unusual noise can be a sign that there is something not quite right with your furnace. Make a note of when and where in the heating cycle you hear the noise – is it before the furnace kicks in? After the motor has been initiated? Is there popping and banging after the furnace has been running for a while? Or is it when it shuts off? If you are concerned that the furnace will be humming smoothly when the technician arrives, record a video or audio clip on your phone for playback. These are helpful indicators for your technicians as to what could be causing the concern.

You can help keep your furnace running smoothly and efficiently each year in your Calgary home by performing these basic steps. For optimal performance, just give us a call and we’ll send out a technician to perform a thorough inspection and cleaning. Learn more about our 30-point furnace tune-up!


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:


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!