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6 ways to prepare your home before leaving on vacation

With Spring Break around the corner and many of us looking for ways to escape this never ending polar vortex cycle, we wanted to remind everyone to remember to ensure your prepare your home before you leave to help avoid potential problems you won’t be able to address while you are away. While it is best to check with your insurance company to see exactly what steps you should take, we have six steps listed below that can help protect your home from water damage, heating/electrical system malfunctions and other possible threats while you are away for an extended period of time.


1. Turn off the water

Before you leave, turn off your main water line. If your furnace fails while you’re away, and the temperature drops, water in the pipes could freeze and potentially burst the pipes causing extensive damage. After you have turned off the main source, open up every faucet and drain the water lines. Go through your home and make sure the toilets, water heater (turn off the gas or electric supply first) have all been drained.


2. Check the thermostat’s settings.

Reduce the temperature of your to around 15’C to save energy. You just need to keep your home warm enough so your pipes don’t freeze. Keep in mind that most thermostats are programmable now and run on batteries. If you haven’t changed your batteries this year, it’s time to do it before you leave. The last thing you need is your furnace to stop running because your thermostat dies!


3. Get rid of extra food

Don’t keep any food that is likely to go bad while you’re away and empty your freezer as much as possible before you leave. If the electric fails in your absence and then is restored, the food in your freezer will thaw and refreeze, which is very dangerous. If you are unable to empty your freezer, place a coin on top of a frozen ice cube. If the ice cube melts while you’re away, the coin will sink into the ice cube and will freeze inside of it once the power kicks back on. If this happens you will know that there was a power outage while you were away and now you can discard any frozen foods. Additionally, you should take out all trash, recycling and compost to avoid attracting critters.


4. Pull the plugs

Electronics still use energy, even when switched off, so unplug small appliances (toaster, coffee machine) and extra lamps to help save on energy and protect against power surges.


5. Make your home look lived in

Confirm that your alarm systems are in working order and have been activated. You may also want to consider a couple of “smart” options such as “smart bulbs” and “smart plugs” that allow you to control lighting through your smartphone or a programmed routine. You could also install motion-sensitive exterior lights  to discourage prowlers. Depending on the amount of time you are away, you may want to forward your mail and stop newspaper delivery and ask a friend to pick up items that may be left at your door. While you are away escaping the snow, don’t forget that your home is not! Arrange for someone to remove snow after storms or at the very least, to drive on your driveway making it appear as if you are home. Keep window blinds pulled and valuables tucked away out of sight. Lastly, avoid posting your travel plans or vacation pictures on social media sites until you are home, as potential thieves can use that information to learn when your house will be vacant.


6. Perform routine maintenance before you leave

Depending on the amount of time you will be away, you may want to have your heating system inspected and serviced by a licensed professional before the onset of cold weather.Your furnace works overtime in the winter so if you intend on leaving it on over your vacation pay close attention to it’s condition. If your furnace should quit while you are away in the winter, your pipes can freeze up and the ensuing flood can cause massive damage to your home and even neighbouring properties for those residing in multi-residential complexes. At Ignite Heating and Air Conditioning we complete a comprehensive checklist to clean your furnace and ensure preventative measures are taken to keep your furnace running efficiently. We leave you a copy of our checklist outlining everything that was looked at, and any preventative maintenance tips that we might have for you. Give us a call @ 780.919.4916 today to book your annual furnace maintenance before you leave.

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  • Are you finishing your basement?
  • Do you find your basement really cold and want to make temperature in the space comfortable?
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We love working with homeowners to provide creative solutions to their basement duct work.

We work with homeowners to ensure our modifications solve their issues with their basement heating.

Whether developing or renovating, don’t let your duct work get in the way! Give us a call @ 780.919.4916 to book a free quote for your duct work modifications.

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Change your furnace filter!

Just a reminder from our team!

Lack of air flow due to a dirty filter is one of the most common reasons for a service call. Your filter traps the unwanted dirt and dust particles we unknowingly produce and prevents them from recirculating through your home. At Ignite we recommend changing your filter at least every three months – more so in households with allergies, pets or smokers. Avoid a costly furnace repair and replace your filters on a regular basis!

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4 Reasons to LOVE Your HVAC System

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating those we love in our life… those who are always there for us, who comfort and care for us and can make us feel better after a long, hard day. Does this sound like anyone you know? It should! It’s your HVAC system! Here are four reasons why we love our HVAC system, and so should you!

1. Keeps us comfortable
After this last cold snap, we are so thankful we could rely on our furnace to keep us warm and cozy in our home. Let’s not forget our AC and how cool and well-rested we are during a heat wave. A comfortable temperature in our home gives us a more productive and pleasant environment to live in.

2. Makes us more attractive
This is another shout-out to our beloved AC system for preventing us from sweating profusely and keeping Dan smelling fresh on those hot summer days. And during the winter it allows us to peel off those layers when we come inside so Dan no longer looks like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

3. Saves our limbs… and our life!
We rely on our home to protect us and keep us safe and out of the elements. Without our furnace we would end up with frostbite or hypothermia during the polar vortex we often experience. Our home would no longer ‘spark joy’ as the pipes would freeze and nothing could function. Alternatively, we would encounter severe dehydration and heat stroke during those hot summer days. When we’re in a heat wave, WE no longer function if we can’t stay cool.

4. Keeps us healthy
Our HVAC system reduces the amount of allergens, dust and pollen in our air and improves the overall air quality in our home. Without an air purification system attached to an HVAC system, allergies may be more severe, and sicknesses and germs can linger in the air longer. Our HVAC system provides us with clean, healthy, filtered air helping us breathe easier.

There’s so many more reasons to love your HVAC system, as it works for us day and night. Can you think of anything to be more dedicated to your well-being or more deserving of your love and admiration?! Make sure you return your HVAC system’s love with continued maintenance and annual check ups! And if your HVAC system doesn’t fit this description, give us a call @ 780.919.4916 as we can help with a tune-up… or dare we say a REPLACEMENT!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Ignite where your comfort is our concern!

Energy Efficiency Alberta – Furnace Replacement Savings

Did you know, there are programs available to help save you money with your furnace replacement?!

Ignite Heating and Air Conditioning is now an approved contractor with Energy Efficiency Alberta. Under the new Home Energy Plan Program qualifying furnace replacements are eligible for a minimum rebate of $500. Additional rebates include:

  • $1,000 bonus rebate when you complete three or more upgrades to your home.
  • $300 rebate toward your Home Energy Evaluation to find out where the best savings are, personalized for your home.
  • More rebate options: Home Energy Plan program includes all the great products found in our Home Improvement Rebates program, plus even more, like furnaces, boilers, window glazing/inserts and skylights.

Your first step to getting started with the program is to find a Energy Advisor to complete your pre-upgrade Home Energy Evaluation.

For more information, visit the Home Energy Plan website with Energy Efficiency Alberta or read the Home Energy Plan Program Guide.

At Ignite, your comfort is our concern! Let us know if we can help with any questions you might have by calling Dan at 780.919.4916.

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