Calgary Furnaces

A Calgary HVAC has a thermostat which plays a vital role in the heating and cooling system of your home. But when should you replace it? Let us help you answer that question by giving you some things to think about.
Wear and Tear
As your heating and air conditioning system ages, it’s quite possible for the thermostat that controls your new furnace in Calgary and air conditioning system in your house to experience faults.

If this is the case, then the answer to the question above is easy. You want toreplace it as quickly as you can to bring your Calgary HVAC system back into optimal operation.

Upgrade
Thermostat technology has come a long way since those old round dial models common throughout older homes. The older mercury bulb thermostats can go out of calibration over time.

They can lose their temperature sensitivity which would lead to uneven temperatures throughout your home.  When this occurs you may find yourself experiencing hot & cold spots or your comfort system may not turn on or off when you think it should.

While these old thermostats may still function, there are many compelling reasons to replace it with a more recent model.

  • Are you looking to lower your energy bills?
  • Do you want detailed information about the status of your heating and air conditioning system?
  • Would you like to have one area of your home set to a different temperature than another area?
  • Would you like to have your humidistat work in conjunction with your thermostat?

By replacing your thermostat, you can have access to all of these and more!

Lower Bills
Switching from a manual thermostat to a newer and programmable thermostat is a great way to cut back on your utility bills.

By maintaining the proper settings, it’s possible to cut your costs from 5% to 15%. This potential savings is often enough to pay for the cost and installation of the new thermostat!

Automatic

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Most of the older thermostat models were capable of one temperature setting – which you would have to adjust manually to your desired setting throughout the day.

Programmable thermostats have been designed to do this for you.  You can set them so they automatically adjust when you wake up in the morning and when you go to sleep at night so that you have the perfect temperature for your home. You will never again have to get out of bed because of forgetting to turn the thermostat down!

Information
Your old thermostat can only tell you what the temperature is in your home.

Many of the newest models available have the ability to give you important information: they are able to give simple warnings such as it’s time to change your filter or if there is a Calgary HVAC system alarm that would require a qualified technician to take a look at it.

Some models include the ability to remote access your thermostat by installing an application on your smartphone.  With this technology, you can monitor the temperature of your home while you are at work or on vacation.  Another advantage is that the system can be set up to send you alerts if something has gone wrong: for example, if your home gets too cold during the winter there is the potential for pipes to begin freezing.

Touchscreen
A touchscreen thermostat is easy to set up and use.

It allows you to be more precise in your temperature setting and they are more modern looking than the older models with the plastic dials. Additionally, they are much easier to use and can allow you to be much more accurate in adjusting your desired set point.

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Zoning
A zoning system within your home establishes different temperatures for different areas.

This is one of the best ways to reduce hot and cold spots and allows you to focus your HVAC system’s energy consumption on the parts of your home that you occupy most often. If this is something you’re interested in, contact us and we will be happy to explain the different models that are available to you.

Is it time to Change? 
We hope we’ve answered the question of Is It Time to Change?

At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of home comfort systems in Calgary and the surrounding area! We offer efficient, reliable and cost effective solutions for your new furnace in Calgary and air conditioning needs.

Give us a call today and we can discuss which option is best for you!

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!

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.