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It’s true that window air conditioning units are useful in a number of ways, especially if you’re on an incredibly tight budget and don’t know where to start when it comes to finding a professional Calgary air conditioning installer. However, though window air conditioners are excellent temporary alternatives, it’s much more likely you’ll get a bigger bang for your buck if you go with central air conditioning instead.

Cost

This is often the biggest hesitation when it comes to purchasing a Calgary air conditioning unit. It’s true that upfront, window air conditioners appear to be a better choice. You can install them yourself and you don’t need to pay anyone to do it for you, and the unit itself is often much cheaper to purchase than an HVAC unit. However, when you have multiple places in your home to cool instead of just one or two, you’re already looking on spending more than a few hundred dollarson quality window A/C units. With the rising number of units, you’ll also incur arising electrical bill because of the ineffectiveness of running several small A/C units throughout your home.

Calgary air conditioning installation is also not as expensive as you think, as here at Distinct Heating & Cooling, we finance and allow you to make payments monthlyon your A/C purchase. We might even be able to finance 100% of your purchasethrough our SNAP financing program.

Installation

Small window units take a few hours to install, but they allow windows to remainopen and unsecure, especially if the window unit is too small to fill your entire window. This can pose a huge security risk while you are sleeping. Calgary air conditioning

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units are a completely different story and are designed to keep your home completely safe from any sort of entry through a window. In addition, you will have to remove and reinstall small window A/C units every winter.Installing a central air conditioningmeans you’ll never have to do that again.A Calgary air conditioning unit can also use the same pipes your heater uses so that installation will be less intrusive and quicker than you might think. Because you already have the required piping, the installation may also be more within your budget.

In short, window A/C units are effective in very special situations, but central cooling is effective, easy to maintain, and affordable. Contact Distinct Heating & Cooling today if you want us to help you get a great deal before the heat of summer begins.

When temperatures drop in Calgary, furnace heating becomes the key to a healthy and happy home.
However, it can also become dangerous if the proper furnace safety precautions are not observed. At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we came up with the following tips and suggestions to ensure that you and your loved ones not only stay warm, but also safe during the colder months of the year.

 

Start Me Up!

img-1When starting up your furnacefor the first time in the fall you may perceive a peculiar smell. This can be normal as your Calgary furnace may have collected dust sitting idle during the summer months. The dust burns quickly and the smell should dissipate. However, if the strange odor persists, shut off the furnace and consult a qualified professional. Be aware of leaky valves or pipes, as gas can escape and be incredibly dangerous. Don’t hesitate to call Distinct Heating & Cooling or the gas company right away if this happens.

A Furnace Area That’s Clutter-Free

Maintain a clean area around your furnace. Do not store chemicals such as paint thinners, gasoline or aerosols in the area surrounding your furnace; they are extremely flammable! Keep the area free from clutter. This includes garbage, laundry, old rags, or wood scraps that can easily become a fire hazard.

Changing the Filter

At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we recommend changing your air filter every 2 to 3 months. This simple – but often overlooked tip prevents your Calgary furnace from becoming clogged and possibly overheating. An overworked system may increase the risk of a carbon monoxide leak. Also, a dirty filter will allow dirt and other particles to interfere with your furnace’s components causing a number of efficiency, performance, and safety issues.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Furnace safety in your home continues with the proper detection. Every floor of your house should have at least one smoke detector and one carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is very real and dangerous, however, with the excellent detectors available on the market coupled with annual maintenance puts this threat at minimal risk.

Also, be sure that all these devices are working properly, so test them at least once every month. The average lifespan of a detector is about ten years. Batteries should be replaced once per year, but always keep a spare set on hand.

 

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Inspection and Maintenance

Furnaces are machines comprised of complicated parts and moving components. To operate properly, and ensure safety, these parts and components require periodic inspection. At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we recommend yearly inspections and tune ups of your Calgary  furnace and home comfort equipment.

We offer an annual 30 point maintenance inspection that takes care of your furnace so that you don’t have to think about it.  We will inspect & test for gas pressure & leaks, air flow, thermostat operation, safety controls, ignition system, CO testing, condition of burner tubes and many more items.

We are On Call

At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we have the tools, skills, and experience to provide you with the peace of mind that comes with everything being up to code and within the proper safety requirements of your Calgary furnace.

If you have any other safety questions or furnace concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We are on call and always happy to help!

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.

How Calgary Furnace Replacement Affects Your Indoor Air Quality

Did you know that your furnace can affect your air quality? As a result, having afurnace in Calgary installation specialist come in and replace, repair, or suggestchanges to your HVAC system can help to improve your air so that you stay healthy. Most people actually overestimate how clean their air is, especially when it comes to wintertime when pollen and mold spores usually aren’t a problem. If you think your air is clean, let’s take a look at some of the common things that are floating around in an average household.

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What’s In Your Air?

No matter what time of year it is, dust will always be a problem, but you might have other problems as well. On average, a single household could have as much as 40 lbs. of dust in the air over the course of a single year. That’s about 1 cubic yard of dirt! In addition to the dust, you could have pet dander, allergens, and pollen. Pet dander can be present at all times of the year, especially if you have pets, or live nearby to someone who does. Allergens and pollen are frequently seen in the summer, but can sometimes be present in winter, especially if there are indoor plants.

Another problem is humidity, or the lack of it. Mold can easily grow in damp and humid areas, especially during the summer, while dry winter air can cause chapped and dry skin, aggravate cold symptoms, and cause cold sores.

 

What You Can Do About It

If your air isn’t as clean as you think, you can start by taking a look at some of the common causes. Purchasing a humidifier and a dehumidifier from your local furnace in Calgary installation specialist would be a good start.

Second, you might want to have your filters and your air ducts looked at. Dirty air ducts can allow dirt and even mold spores to spread through the air in your home. Your filters should usually be replaced every few months and more frequently if you have pets.

Finally, your furnace might also be at fault for reducing your air quality. If your furnace is dirty, inefficient, or faulty, your air might be suffering because of it. A dirty furnace will send dirt through your air filters, while a faulty one can actually cause carbon monoxide buildup when it back drafts. Having professional look at, repair, or replace your Calgary furnace can mean a great deal of difference to the quality of your air, and your health.

Looking for Calgary furnace replacement? Distinct Heating and Cooling is a professional and licensed company with a range of new, high efficiency furnacesfor you to choose from.