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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!

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!

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.

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The most important thing you can do to properly maintain your central Calgary air conditioner system is to clean it regularly.  Failing to consistently clean your cooling system results in:

  • Higher energy bills
  • Decreased cooling efficiency
  • Higher repair costs
  • Shorter appliance life

Three elements make up a central Calgary air conditioner system with electricity as its power source. They are:

  • An outdoor section (the condensing unit)
  • An indoor section (furnace/indoor coil)
  • Ductwork to transfer the cooled air throughout the home

Follow manufacturer’s routine maintenance directions and have the entire system checked once a year by a qualified service technician.

Here are some steps homeowners can take to maintain the efficiency of their central air conditioning system and to save on energy costs:

  • Replaceable filters should be replaced every 30 to 60 days, and it’s best to get maximum efficiency filters
  • Keep windows and doors closed when the air conditioner is running
  • Caulk and weather-strip windows and doors to seal air gaps
  • Close drapes and shades over windows facing the sun