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Spring Maintenance Tips

With the warmer weather here, now is the ideal time to inspect your home to keep it running in top shape.

Windows, Doors and Screens: Clean all windows and screens. If holes have developed in your screens, be sure to patch them up or have them replaced. Take a moment to tighten and lubricate door hinges to prevent any squeaks. Also, check your windows and door sills for cracks and fill them with caulking if necessary.

Check Your Gutters: Improper gutter drainage can lead to water damage in around your house and shingles. Ensure your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and are directed to drain away from your home’s foundation.

Check your shingles: Extreme winter weather can cause damage to your roof, which means it’s a good idea to examine roof shingles or hire a professional to do so. Repairing any loose shingles or other issues now can save you from the hassle of dealing with a leaky roof.

Change your Humidifier Settings: During winter months, your humidifier is set to around 20 percent. When the warmer weather arrives, you can bump it up to around 40 percent – each home is different so give us a call if you have any questions. If you followed along with our AC Start Up Video last week, we’ll see that we even recommend you to turn your humidifier off for the summer so that you don’t freeze your system.

Check your AC and Furnace: Spring is the best time to make sure your air conditioner or central air unit is ready for the warmer weather. Change your furnace filters to keep your system running efficiently! We recommend changing your filters every 3 months, and if you’ve been following along with our replacement schedule on facebook or instagram, it’s time to replace yours now! And yes, you still need to change your filters throughout the spring and summer, even if you don’t have AC! Most people run their furnace blower during the summer to help with air movement, which means you need a clean furnace filter to ensure you do not strain your furnace blower.

It’s also time to schedule an appointment if your system is due for maintenance. At Ignite, we suggest annual maintenance of you unit to ensure it will perform optimally for the season. For your Air Conditioner, a maintenance visit consists of a deep clean of the outdoor condensing unit, checking for signs of refrigerant leaks, and ensuring the unit is will perform efficiently for the season. Call us @ 780.919.4916 if it’s time for maintenance on your Air Conditioner.

You can also join our Maintenance Club and we will take care of the required maintenance for your Air Conditioner and Furnace annually (click here for more information.)

7 reasons why we use Napoleon Air Conditioners

When it comes investing in a large ticket item for your home, like a new air conditioner, you want to ensure you will spend less money, use less energy, and pollute less without giving up on comfort and quality. At IGNITE, we know our extreme climate in Alberta also plays a role as customers want to ensure their heating and cooling products can keep up with the extreme temperature fluctuations. We are a proud to supply our customer’s with Napoleon’s line of heating and cooling products. Napoleon products continue to lead the way with new, innovative, patented technology. Their products continuously surpass industry standards to provide you confidence in your heating and cooling system. As we enter the summer, we’ve compiled a list of 7 reasons why we think a new Napoleon Air Conditioner is the best choice for your home.

  1. 100% Canadian
    Napoleon products are made in over 1,200,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Barrie, Ontario. Napoleon is the only furnace and Air Conditioner to be made 100% in Canada. Given that Napoleon products are made in Canada, we believe they are the best product to handle our our extreme climate! 
  2. Swept Fan Blades
    Napoleon’s contoured blades proved quite operation and produces more efficient air flow. With quality and longevity in mind, Napoleon’s swept fan blades are made with a plated steel hub and aluminum blades for long lasting durability.
  3. Scroll Compressor
    Napoleon’s Air Conditioners are made with an industry leading Copeland scroll compressor. This results in lower vibrations, which creates a quieter operation. It also contains built-in enhanced temperature and pressure protection.
  4. Extruded Slot Side Panels
    Extruded slot side panels protect the inside of your Napoleon Air Conditioner while allowing the right amount of air flow through your unit.
  5. Micro-Channel Coils
    Napoleon Air Conditioners are made with superior micro-channel condenser coils. Condenser coils wrap around the inside of your air conditioner and house the refrigerant. Napoleon’s micro-channel condenser coils are compact, allowing for a smaller air conditioner size while using substantially less refrigerant. Napoleon micro-channel condenser coils are all aluminum, easy to maintain and will last longer than those made with copper.
  6. Environmentally Responsible
    Napoleon air conditioners are made with the environmentally conscious, chlorine-free refrigerant R-410A. Refrigerants are liquids that are housed within the coils of your air conditioner to cool and dehumidify your home. By using a refrigerant that is chlorine-free, Napoleon air conditioners do not contribute to ozone depletion. In addition, R-410A refrigerant reduces power consumption and increases the durability of your compressor, extending the life of your Napoleon air conditioner.
  7. Quality Filter
    Napoleon air conditioners are built to include the highest quality filter drier in the industry. A filter drier is an extremely beneficial component to your system. Working to remove unwanted acids, dirt, particle debris and other contaminants from the refrigerant, the filter drier extends the life of your air conditioning system. Napoleon’s central air conditioners use Emerson EK filter driers, which are measurably superior to any other filter on the market. Rest assured knowing your air conditioner is built to meet Napoleon’s highest quality standards.

At IGNITE, we love to work with homeowners to ensure they stay cool and comfortable during the summer months. Give us a call @ 780.919.4916 to book a free quote for your new air conditioner this summer.

AC Maintenance Steps for the Start of the Season

We’ve heard from a few of our customers that they don’t really know what they should be doing to start-up their AC in the spring. If you’re just flipping the switch to cool and hoping for the best, there’s a few more steps you should be taking to ensure you maintain the longevity of your cooling system for the years to come. See our tips in the the steps listed below, or check out our video if your unsure of what we’re talking about! If any of the steps listed in this post seem like too much work, you can always have us do them for you and join our Maintenance Club. Click here for more information on joining our Maintenance Club or call us @ 780.919.4916.

Click here to see our Spring AC Start-Up video!

Please note, that the outside temperature must be above 12°C in order for your air conditioner to run.

Step 1: Change your furnace filter

Changing or cleaning the air filter is one of the most important steps you can take to maintain your air conditioner, as it heads off all these potential issues, improves energy efficiency and helps you avoid spending money on air conditioning repairs.

Here’s what can happen if you let air filter replacements fall by the wayside.

  • Short-Cycling: Your air conditioner is supposed to cycle on and off occasionally throughout the day, but a dirty air filter can cause those cycles to become more frequent than they need to be, putting additional strain on your AC system.
  • Freezing Up: A clean air filter allows air to flow freely through your unit. A dirty air filter restricts the flow of cold air, causing it to build up inside the air conditioner and lower the internal temperature. Given enough time, that buildup of cold air can eventually cause ice or frost to form on the coils outside.
  • Allergen Buildup: A dirty filter can cause allergens to build up and linger in your duct system. Whenever you have a forced-air system running, those allergens will be released into the air you breathe. 
  • General Wear and Tear: Air conditioners just last longer if they’re maintained properly. Your air filter helps to stop dust and dirt from building up on all of the unit’s internal components. Changing your filter on a regular basis helps to reduce the wear and tear on your system, helping it to last longer and perform efficiently.

Step 2: Change your humidifier’s settings

Many people with central humidifiers go into the cooling season forgetting to shut down the humidifier for the summer. A central air conditioner will not cool or dehumidify properly if the humidifier is running. Keeping your humidifier on during the summer pushes cooler air into your coils and could cause a freeze-up of your system.

Step 3: Clean up around your condenser (outdoor unit)

  • Rake back leaves and debris outside the condenser and cut back branches and vegetation at least 2 feet in all directions to ensure proper airflow around the unit. 
  • Remove a cover if you have used one. (Note: We don’t recommend a cover since moisture can build up inside and cause corrosion. Also, a completely covered unit encourages vermin to build nests inside and they may damage the condenser.)
  • Just to be safe, turn the power off while you clean the unit.
  • Spray down the outdoor unit with a gentle flow of water.
  • Don’t forget to turn the power back on to the unit.

Step 4: Adjust your thermostat

Turn your system on to cool. The air conditioner will now come on automatically when the temperature at the thermostat registers below the setting you have selected. We recommend you keep your temperature on your thermostat set between 19-23℃. Setting the thermostat to a lower temperature will not cool the home faster! 

Step 5: Adjust your registers

Keeping registers open improves comfort and moisture management, especially during summer months. You have the choice of adjusting the dampers in these covers to regulate the cool air flow within your home. 

Do not completely close off more than 20% of the registers as this will reduce the airflow from your furnace, putting unnecessary strain on your furnace. (At this point, we would like to remind you that register filters should never be installed, as they reduce the airflow from your furnace, putting unnecessary strain on your furnace. )

Step 6: Check your basement return air

For maximum comfort and efficient energy use, arrange furniture and draperies to allow unobstructed airflow from registers and to cold air returns. If cold air is unable to return to the furnace, the flow of cooled air to that area of your home becomes restricted.

If you don’t have a return air vent in your basement or you find it is really cold and want another one, give us a call to have one installed.

Step 7: Adjust your ceiling fans

Reverse the direction of ceiling fans so that they spin counter clockwise blowing straight air down. This will help redistribute the warm air trapped near the ceiling making the room feel cooler.

Step 8: Call Ignite for annual maintenance

At Ignite, we suggest annual maintenance of you unit to ensure it will perform optimally for the season. The steps listed in this post do not replace the steps taken during our maintenance visits! A maintenance visit consists of a deep clean of the outdoor condensing unit, checking for signs of refrigerant leaks, and ensuring the unit is will perform efficiently for the season. However, if any of the steps listed in this post seem like too much work, you can always have us do them for you when we do your annual maintenance. Also, have you heard about our Maintenance Club? Click here for more information on joining or call us @ 780.919.4916.

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