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If you think a Calgary furnace repair is impending, ask yourself these questions first:
  • Is there an unexplained spike in your utility bill?
  • Is your furnace taking more time than usual to produce the same amount of heat?
  • Are you feeling uncomfortable due to uneven temperature in different parts of your home?
  • Are there strange noises coming from your furnace?
  • Are you detecting any strange odors emitting from your furnace?
If your answer is YES to any of these questions that are signs of an impending Calgary furnace repair,

you may want to consider having a qualified Calgary technician inspect your furnace. Homeowners can avoid some of these concerns by having an expert inspect your furnace annually.  This could help save you time, repair costs and alsoextend the life of your furnace.

Metal fatigue and carbon monoxide poisoning

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Many furnace deaths are due to a cracked heat exchanger. Your furnace’s heat exchanger is the metal passage that separates the combustion by-products from the indoor air that is being heated. This metal is exposed to the hot flame within your furnace system and is constantly expanding and contracting as the furnace heats and cools down causing what is called ‘metal fatigue’. The metal heat exchanger can crack due to fatigue caused by this expansion and contraction.

A cracked heat exchanger is a serious issue,

as even the smallest crack can allow deadly gas to enter your home. One of the by-products of burning natural gas is carbon monoxide gas, often referred to as CO. It is an extremely difficult gas to detect, as CO is odorless, colorless and poisonous. When inhaled, COprevents the body’s red blood cells from absorbing oxygen. When this happens over time, this can leave you with serious health issues or if inhaled in high enough concentrations, CO can be fatal.

Having regular maintenance completed by a qualified technician should helpprevent this danger from occurring.  We recommend that you have your furnace inspected annually by experts in this field., giving you the peace of mind that it is reliable and safe, is operating efficiently, and at the same time, keeping you and your family warm and comfortable. As part of our annual maintenance, Distinct Heating & Cooling performs a 30-Point Performance Tune Up on your HVAC System that includes testing the gas and air pressure, checking parts for damage and/or deterioration and filter replacement.

Keep it clean – as often as possible

Dirt and dust are also culprits that can cause your furnace to wear out earlier than usual requiring furnace repair in Calgary. Not only can it waste natural gas, it can also lower your furnace’s efficiency and cause your furnace to overheat.

Dirt and dust can affect the three basic components of your furnace – the filter, the blower assembly and the heat exchanger.

A dirty filter will cause your furnace to work harder. It may also cause you and your family some health issues, especially if you have allergies.

Built up dirt and dust on the blower blades will reduce the furnace’s airflow and cause it to use more electricity as it works doubly hard.

With reduced airflow, the furnace will run hotter, increasing the rate of expansion and contraction of the heat exchanger which could lead to metal fatigue and cracks.

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Here at Distinct Heating & Cooling, we recommend that you change your furnace filter every 2 to 3 months.  This will help to prevent dirt & dust from building up in your furnace system.  In turn, this will help to keep   you and your family healthy & comfortable, prolong the life of your furnace system, and keep it running efficiently & reliably.

A worn out furnace will not only increase your utility bills unnecessarily, but can also be fatal to you and your family.  Don’t wait until you experience a mechanical failure with your furnace.  Have your professionals at Distinct Heating & Cooling inspect your furnace. Call us today at (403) 800-3261!

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.