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Ductless Heat Pumps & Air Conditioners

Napoleon ductless heat pumps and air conditioners are able to heat or cool your home without a duct system. These ductless systems can be ideal in a variety of applications including whole-house heating and cooling. Ductless systems have two key components, an indoor wall mount unit and an outdoor unit. Both units work together to manage comfort levels. Air conditioner models offer cooling, while heat pump models offer both heating and cooling. There are some unique situations in which going ductless has definite advantages:

1. Condos, additions, garage apartments, bonus rooms and sunrooms

Getting a properly sized ductless unit in one of these spaces won’t steal air from other rooms or overload your main HVAC system. Or maybe there isn’t ducting to the new space, so a ductless unit would be perfect for adding heating and cooling to that particular room. These small convenient units are perfect for condos and apartments where space is limited or ducting is impossible.

2. Downsizing in a large home

Many people don’t need to heat or cool their entire house. The main benefit of ductless is that you can heat and cool only the rooms you choose. For maximum efficiency you can install a ductless system in the master bedroom and set the house’s main thermostat to run minimally. This will not only help save money but also lengthen the lifespan of your main HVAC system.

3. Create multi-zones

Does your family constantly fight over the perfect thermostat settings? Ductless is ideal for creating independent temperature zones in different rooms. If your space is too large for one ductless system, Napoleon’s multi-zone ductless system is the perfect fit. The multi-zone offers up to 4 indoor units that operate from one, powerful outdoor air condenser. The indoor units can be distributed throughout the home and set to individual temperatures. Indoor options include wall mount units or cassettes. With a multi-zone system, everyone can enjoy custom temperatures throughout the home all year long.

4. Your specific needs

Maybe you have one room with a large south-facing window? Could that room use an extra boost with a ductless air conditioner? Without installing extra ductwork or adding a whole home A/C unit you could cool that one warm room to make it more comfortable all summer long.

More Control

Napoleon’s ductless heat pumps and air conditioners include a remote control for the indoor unit. The remote control allows you to conveniently monitor and adjust the temperature settings of your home.

The Napoleon ductless heat pump and air conditioner outdoor unit is stylish.

How do they work?

Simply defined, ductless heat pumps and air conditioners (also known as mini-splits) link individual room units to an outdoor compressor. As an alternative to central HVAC systems that are connected by long lengths of ductwork transporting warm and cool air back and forth, a mini-split system places small ductless units directly in each room. These less intrusive units blend in and are very energy efficient. Ductless split systems don’t lose air through leaks in ducts. With traditional HVAC systems, 20-30% of energy is lost through ductwork.

What is the best size?

Deciding on the best size ductless unit for your needs is simple. Calculate the room’s square footage including additional spaces such as closets, then use these measurements to determine the BTUs required for that space. Here is an example of typical spaces and sizes necessary:

Space to be cooled: 150 to 250 square feet; Capacity (in BTUs per hour): 6,000

Space to be cooled: 250 to 300 square feet; Capacity (in BTUs per hour): 7,000

Space to be cooled: 300 to 350 square feet; Capacity (in BTUs per hour): 8,000

A ductless heat pump and/or air conditioner is also a great option if your existing system can’t handle the addition of a new space and you’re not prepared to replace your current HVAC system. Or maybe your current HVAC system is reaching the end of it’s life and you can’t afford to do a complete replacement. You may be able to postpone an upgrade if you put in a split system to heat and cool additional spaces.

So if you’re looking for an option to add heating and cooling to a new space or a specific room in your home, consider a ductless heat pump and/or air conditioner. Contact us to get a free quote fo all your HVAC needs, including ductless mini-split units. Call (780) 919-4916 or email us today. At Ignite, your comfort is our concern!

Maintenance Club Membership Advantages

At Ignite we know that maintaining your HVAC equipment is vital to the longevity of your furnace and/or air conditioner, but yearly maintenance expenses can add up. That’s why we offer the Ignite Maintenance Club, a protection plan that can help our customers maintain their HVAC system for an affordable annual fee.

Say Goodbye To Unexpected HVAC Repairs

No one enjoys surprise expenses, especially when it comes to emergency HVAC repairs. But annual equipment maintenance can help prevent breakdowns and fewer emergency repairs. When you join the Ignite Maintenance Club you can rest easy knowing that your annual membership will help you to maintain your HVAC system while preventing unexpected repair bills.

Annual maintenance on your furnace or air conditioner can help prolong the life of the equipment. With a Maintenance Club membership your annual service is included and you will care for your equipment and extend it’s life expectancy. With regular maintenance an Ignite technician can identify potential problems before they become urgent and help you avoid emergency repairs!

Membership Advantages

Our most popular club memberships are the Furnace Club and the AC Club. Both of these plans include the more basic Filter Club. Let’s look at some of the membership perks in the Furnace and AC Club membership:

✔ Free filters, including delivery

✔ Free reminders to change your filter

✔ Annual furnace clean & check (a $145 value!)

✔ Discounts on furnace or air conditioner installation

✔ Discounts on all other Ignite services

✔ Priority service

✔ No overtime charges

✔ Maintenance reminders

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To download the above pamphlet, click here.

After Hours Savings

As a valued member of either the Furnace Club or AC Club, if you require after hours service you will only pay our weekday hourly rate. So emergency repairs on evenings and weekends would not incur the higher after hours rate and we’ll be there to help you out anytime with our 24 hour service.

Lower Energy Bills

A poorly maintained HVAC system results in higher energy bills. If your system is not running at its peak efficiency, it will take more and more energy to hear or cool your home to a comfortable temperature. Planned upkeep on your HVAC system means lower energy costs because a well-maintained system reduces energy usage.

Become A Maintenance Club Member

As you can see, membership definitely has it’s benefits. With one convenient annual membership fee you can avoid unexpected repairs and commit to annual maintenance of your HVAC equipment. Reap the benefits of regular maintenance for one affordable yearly membership fee by becoming an Ignite Maintenance Club member today! Contact us to sign up or call (780) 919-4916 or email us. At Ignite, your comfort is our concern!

Is It Time To Replace Your Air Conditioner?

As a homeowner there are always things to do to improve your house. In our last blog post we looked at affordable home improvements you can make to increase your home’s market value (hint: replace your furnace!). But when it comes to your air conditioner there are a few telltale signs that your A/C unit is nearing the end of it’s life. Let us help you determine if it’s time to replace your air conditioner or not.

Is your A/C more than 10 years old?

This is an easy question – how old is your air conditioner? Was the A/C unit installed in the home before you moved in and you have no idea how old it is? Or maybe it is more than 10 years old? As your A/C gets on in years, you should start preparing for the purchase of a new unit. Unlike furnaces, air conditioners sit outdoors and are exposed to the extreme temperatures throughout the year, which shortens their life expectancy. Modern air conditioners can last between 10-15 years and older units last about 10-12 years. If your unit is older than 10 years old it may be time to replace your air conditioner!

Regular maintenance and annual tune-ups by qualified technicians can improve the lifespan of your air conditioner. The lifespan can also be affected by how often you use the unit and whether or not the unit was sized correctly for your home when it was installed. Keep in mind that as your A/C grows older, its mechanical parts can become obsolete or unavailable for your particular model. If you aren’t able to replace a broken part, you may need to replace the air conditioner completely.

Does your A/C frequently break down?

If you’ve been getting annual tune-ups from qualified technicians, your air conditioner should not be experiencing breakdowns during the summer months. Many common A/C repairs are caused by the lack of annual maintenance. With this in mind, it’s a cause for concern if your air conditioner has multiple breakdowns despite regular maintenance. You might not need to replace your air conditioner immediately, but you should start planning on it in case your unit becomes inoperable.

Frequent breakdowns also means frequent repairs, and the cost of those repairs can add up. At a certain point, it might be more economical to purchase a new unit rather than sinking money into expensive repairs—especially if your warranty is expired.

Have your energy bills gone up?

Unless there are any drastic changes in your home’s energy use, your energy bill should stay around the same amount every month, fluctuating a bit for furnace and A/C season. An easy way to monitor this is to compare your current use to the same month’s use last year. If your energy use skyrocketed since turning on your A/C, it may be time to replace your air conditioner. These higher energy bills can indicate that your air conditioner is either malfunctioning or losing efficiency. Energy bills often start rising as an air conditioner gets older, so the two issues can be related. There are also online calculators to figure out the energy use of individual appliances such as this one from Direct Energy.

Has your home changed?

Did you recently add on to your home? Or did you do any extensive remodelling or changes to the windows or doors in your home? These alterations can affect your home’s layout or efficiency, which also affects your air conditioner requirements. An air conditioner that’s too small won’t cool your home well and it could be working under strain. An A/C that’s too big will short cycle, which also shortens its overall lifespan. If you’ve made changes to your home recently you may need to replace your air conditioner as well.

Is it time?

An air conditioning expert at Ignite can perform the necessary assessments to let you know if it’s time to replace your air conditioner. Call us today at (780) 919-4916 or email us. Our HVAC professionals can test your current unit and give you an honest recommendation in regards to your air conditioner needs. Our current promotion for financing a new air conditioner can be found here. At Ignite, your comfort is our concern!

Affordable Home Improvements

Now may be the perfect time to do some upgrades in your home! Did you know that a new furnace and air conditioner can be an effective way to increase the value of your home? At Ignite Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. we want to help you do that. With affordable home improvements such as a installing a new high efficiency furnace and new central air conditioning, the value of your home could increase. According to Consumer Reports, improving the efficiency of your home is one key way to increase your home’s value by up to 3%.

Will it make a difference?

Consider replacing your older furnace. With a new high efficiency furnace you could save substantial amounts on your monthly gas bill. To better understand the AFUE rating on furnaces, read our previous blog post. HVAC technology has changed dramatically over the past few years. For example, gas furnaces have become more efficient (95%+) in terms of performance, functionality, and energy consumption. A new furnace can save you a lot of money each year.

In addition, a new air conditioner can keep you cool during the hot Alberta summer months. If you already have central air conditioning, the unit has a life span of about 20 years. If you air conditioner is 12 years old, your air conditioning unit is passing its mid-life point. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20-40 percent of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model. The new models can keep you cool and save you money each month.

What will it cost?

For example, let us show you a breakdown of what it would cost for these affordable home improvements:

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Upgrade Now

Contact us today for a free quote on installing a new furnace and air conditioner in your home. When you hire a licensed HVAC contractor from Ignite Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. you can trust that you are getting a fair and honest price. Especially during this time we want to help you out as much as possible. We are only a phone call away and our 24 hour service guarantees that someone can help you out when you call.

Ignite Can Make Your Choice Easy

Are you ready to make some affordable home improvements? Is it time to get rid of your old, inefficient furnace and choose a Napoleon furnace? Or do you want to get ready for the summer with a new air conditioner? We can help you determine what is right for your home.

Call (780) 919-4916 or email us today. At Ignite, your comfort is our concern!

Understanding MERV Ratings

As spring approaches, your air filter can make a big difference in your indoor air quality in your home. We recommend changing your furnace filter every 3 months (it’s that time again!), but how do you choose the best filter for your HVAC system? And what are filter MERV ratings anyways? Let us help you better understand how filters are rated and how you can choose the best filter for your home.

MERV is an abbreviation for Minimum Effective Reporting Value. Simply put, your filter’s MERV rating tells you, on a scale of 1-16 how effective your filter will trap small particles. In regards to filters, the higher the MERV rating, the fewer dust particles and other contaminants can pass through it. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) designed the MERV scale to represent a filter’s worst possible performance at removing particles .3 to 10 microns in size (that’s really small!).

MERV ratings are divided into three categories – low-efficiency, medium-efficiency, and high-efficiency. Medium-efficiency MERV ratings of approximately 8 to 11 (as shown below) are adequate at removing airborne dust and contaminants in a residential space. High-efficiency filters (MERV 14-16) are typically reserved for hospitals, restaurants, and other public facilities. MERV 14 and higher filters are efficient but are large and bulky but they’re perfect for people who are prone to illness and need the cleanest most sterile environment possible. They aren’t normally recommended for residential use since they can restrict airflow. Filters with MERV ratings between 6-8 are the cheapest ones and are considered the bare minimum of efficiency. These basic filters would only be adequate for catching large portions of airborne particles and for homes without furry pets.

MERV Ratings Chart

According to studies, Canadians spend about 21 – 24 hours a day indoors, on average. With indoor concentrations of some pollutants often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor pollutants, your indoor air quality is very important to the health of your family. However, with proper air filtration and ventilation, you won’t be circulating all of those contaminants that can make your family sick. We don’t realize how many allergens and contaminants we’re breathing when we are indoors. Although it may seem easier and healthier to breathe inside, our indoor environments can contain pollutant levels many times greater than the levels outside. It seems counter-intuitive. You may be thinking – shouldn’t the outdoor air be dirtier? I keep my home clean! The answer is insufficient ventilation increased us of synthetic materials, and lack of filtration – and that’s where your furnace filter becomes your best defence against pollutants indoors. Installing the correct MERV rated filter can help you eliminate harmful contaminants from your home.

Another effective way to improve your indoor air quality is to install a HomeShield™ UV Purification System on your existing HVAC system. With both of these tools, you can breathe easier and cleaner in your home.

It's time to change your filter!

How long has it been since you last changed your filter? If you replaced your filter as per our recommendation in January, it’s time to do it again! Replacing your filter not only improves your indoor air quality, but it can also improve your heating and cooling system’s airflow and efficiency. This can help lower your utility bill and extend the life of your equipment.

Call us today and let us equip your home with the proper MERV rated furnace filter that can improve your home’s air quality. Regular filter replacements are a simple but effective way to reduce allergens and debris in your home. We stock many popular sizes of filters at affordable prices. Call Ignite Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. at (780) 919-4916 or contact us anytime online. At Ignite, your comfort is our concern.

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