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UV Light Improves Indoor Air Quality

For years hospitals have used ultraviolet (UV) lights on large, industrial-grade machines to decontaminate rooms. Currently, they are sending robots armed with UV lights into hospital rooms to neutralize and remove dangerous airborne pathogens. But did you know that versions of those same UV sanitation lights are available to consumers as well? The HomeShield UV Purification System can be a life-saving addition to your home’s HVAC system that can remove indoor contaminants. Installing this medically-grade, cost-effective UV light to your current HVAC system can emit germicidal radiation into the surrounding air and keep your home free of dust particles, mold spores, animal hair, dander, pollen, dust mites, viruses and bacteria. The HomeShield UV Purification System is an effective method of purifying your indoor air quality so you can breathe easy and reduce the effects of seasonal allergies and other health issues and ensure healthier air in your home.

Ultraviolet light (UV) is part of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum, which is organized based on wavelength and frequencies. The frequency of UV wavelengths ranges from 180 nanometers (nm) to 400 nm, falling between visible light and X-rays on the EM spectrum. About 10% of the light from the sun is UV light. The UV spectrum is divided into three categories: UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVA has the longest wavelengths (315-400 nm) and UVC has the shortest (180-200 nm).

The lights used in the HomeShield™ UV Purification System work on the UVC spectrum. UVC radiation can break chemical bonds in a process called photoionization in which electrons separate from atoms. This process results in a dissociation of matter into electrically charged particles and can kill airborne viruses without harming humans. In a recent study published in Scientific Reports it suggests that the use of UVC lights in hospitals, doctors’ offices, schools, airports, airplanes, and other public spaces could help control the spread of airborne-mediated microbial diseases. Now this cutting-edge technology is available to you the homeowner as a way to help diminish the spread of those same infectious diseases in your home.

clean air, using UV light technology

The HomeShield™ Ultraviolet Light Air Purification System is able to physically alter microorganisms through sterilization, stopping the spread and propagation as it intercepts the airborne pathogens that may travel through your home’s HVAC system. These microorganisms cannot reproduce when properly exposed to UV light and this powerful solution will dramatically improve your home’s indoor air quality. This is a chemical-free way to disinfect your home’s air and is a safe, proactive, and cost-effective method of ensuring greater health for your family.

At Ignite we can help you improve your indoor air quality with UV light air purification. Especially during this time when we are all spending more time indoors, we want to protect your home from harmful microbial contaminants. Installing a UVC light purification system is a safe and effective solution to maintaining and achieving improved air quality in your home. A Homeshield™ Ultraviolet Light Air Purification System has install option flexibility and can integrate into new or existing HVAC systems.

Call us today for a free quote to get the HomeShield™ Ultraviolet Light Air Purification System installed in your home. HomeSheild is a safe, proactive and cost-effective choice in improving ones health. Stop the spread of microscopic airborne pathogens and sterilize the air in your home with a medical grade ultra violet light system just like hospitals use. Call Ignite Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. at (780) 919-4916 or contact us anytime online. At Ignite, your comfort (and health!) is our concern.

COVID-19 Precautions

As you know the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared a pneumonia outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic with sustained risk of further global spread. As of today there are 23 cases in Alberta and 107 confirmed cases across Canada. Alberta Health Services (AHS) is actively monitoring the situation and leading the response in Alberta. Ignite Heating will be taking our direction from AHS and Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw and will continue to respond and act in-line with their recommendations during this pandemic.

What Can We Do To Help Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19?

At Ignite, the health and safety of our employees and clients is our top priority. It is vital that everyone maintains a high level of infection control so we can do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and beyond. We recommend the following steps* to prevent the spread of common respiratory illnesses (such as influenza) as well as COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. If soap is not readily available, you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hands are not visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands.
  • Don’t share items that may have saliva on them such as drinking glasses or water bottles.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are shared and touched most often.
  • Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada should self-isolate for 14 days when they return.
  • Self-isolate and call HEALTH LINK 811 if you have been in contact with someone who was suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

*Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. employees are committed to strictly upholding these recommendations. 

We would also encourage you to not rely on non-government sources for information about COVID-19, as misinformation abounds on the internet. The best sources for information are:

What Can You Expect From Us?

Ignite Heating is committed to taking reasonable precautions and being transparent with both our employees and clients. Currently we will continue accepting and completing jobs as regularly scheduled, all while upholding the above mentioned recommendations. We will make sure our employees are doing their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to do their jobs. If the situation changes and/or our ability to complete work is compromised by the pandemic then you will be the first to know. We will continue to monitor the situation and will adapt as necessary. 

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Contact Us Anytime

If you have concerns about COVID-19 or Ignite as your HVAC Contractor, please feel free to call us at (780) 919-4916 or email us today. As previously mentioned, our top priority is the health and safety of our employees and our valued clients. We are going to do everything we can to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Our employees are committed to taking the necessary action steps to help prevent the spread of the virus. We are keeping a close watch on the situation here in Sherwood Park, Edmonton and our surrounding area. So far we haven’t needed to adjust our hours of operation or reschedule work but if that becomes necessary we will definitely inform you. At Ignite, your health is our concern!

HVAC Decisions Are Tough

Your furnace is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home, especially during the winter. Unfortunately, most people don’t think about their home heating system until a problem occurs. And then when faced with urgent HVAC decisions they have not idea where to turn! Do you have confidence in yourself to take on the complicated repairs as a weekend DIY project? Are you willing to risk it or spend your whole weekend trying to do the repairs yourself? You could make the problem worse or put your loved ones in danger, especially during these cold winter months. If you are faced with tough HVAC decisions, we can help you figure out who to call.

Why An HVAC Repair Specialist?

Consider an experienced licensed HVAC contractor that has been doing air conditioner and heating system repairs for years in your community. We have seen almost all of the possible problems that can happen. Usually we only need to check out the system for a couple minutes before we have an idea of what is wrong. If you do the job yourself there is a very distinct possibility that you will misdiagnose the problem and waste a lot of of time fixing something that is not broken. Can you really trust the person on YouTube to know what is wrong with your HVAC system? Although some videos may help you with simple things like how to change your furnace filter, most repairs will be out of the scope of what can be covered in a video. Make sure you hire someone who can diagnose and repair your problem the right way.

Of course, you might not have the proper tools and equipment to fix your furnace or air conditioner because these tools are not found in the average person’s toolbox. HVAC repairs need to be done by professional technicians with specialized equipment and tools. We stock many parts in our mobile vans and carry the necessary tools to get the job done. If we don’t have the correct part we will source it and get it as soon as possible. Your HVAC decision can be made easier if you choose someone with the right tools and equipment to get the job done right.

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How Do You Choose The Best Furnace For Your Home?

Are you looking for advice on what furnace your home requires? Or maybe you want ideas on how you can save money on your monthly heating and cooling bills? An expert in the heating and air conditioning field can advise you on the best solution for your needs. Our last blog post can help you narrow down your individual furnace needs, because that is a major HVAC decision you will make for your home.

Choose Ignite When You Have A Tough HVAC Decision To Make

Don’t risk making problems with your HVAC system worse than it already is! Hire someone who has the tools, knowledge, and skill to make sure that your repairs are done right the first time. Hire a licensed HVAC contractor from Ignite Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. and leave all your worries in our capable hands. 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 HVAC Decision Easy

Are you ready to upgrade your existing home heating system or replace your old furnace? Is it time to get rid of your old, inefficient furnace and choose a Napoleon furnace? Or is your current furnace in need of repairs? Consult an HVAC professional at Ignite Heating to help you choose the right furnace for your home or repair your current system. We can help you make the easiest HVAC decision.

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

Choose The Best Furnace For Your Home

It’s important for Canadians to choose the best furnace for their home. Prepare for winter with the right home heating system and have it properly installed and maintained. Let’s look at some important elements to consider when choosing the best furnace for your home.

Choose The Best Furnace by AFUE

To better understand how furnaces are measured for efficiency, you need to know what AFUE stands for. AFUE is the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating. It works much like the miles-per-gallon rating on a car – the higher the rating, the lower the fuel costs. A higher annual fuel utilization efficiency means more comfort for every dollar spent. If a furnace is 25 years old or older, it could have a rating as low as 55% to 65% AFUE. For instance, if a furnace has an AFUE rating of 80, then it means that 80% of the fuel it consumes will be used as heat, and 20% will be completely wasted as exhaust. So, the higher the AFUE, the better!

higher AFUE = greater energy savings

Of course, AFUE is not the only thing to consider when choosing the best furnace for your home. Cost of maintenance, operating cost, size and your personal home heating needs all influence your decision. Some of the popular types of furnaces in Canada include gas, electric and propane. Gas furnaces are the most common and that is what most people select due to their features: safety, reliability and of course, efficiency. 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.

How do you choose the best furnace for your home?

With so many options to choose from, why would you choose a Napoleon furnace? With superior design and engineering, a Napoleon furnace provides safe, reliable and efficient heat to any home. It is one of the most reliable gas furnaces on the market.

Choose Canadian

made in Canada, Napoleon is a proud Canadian company, engineered and designed by Canadians for Canadian climates

Did you know that Napoleon furnaces are engineered and designed by Canadians specifically for Canadian climates. Napoleon products are manufactured in Barrie, Ontario. Napoleon was also selected as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies!

Choose Clean Air

Napoleon offers the option of installing a HomeShield UV lamp directly into the cabinet of the furnace. This allows the air passing through the furnace to be purified with HomeShield’s UV technology before it circulates through your home. HomeShield uses chemical free, ultra-violet light to intercept airborne pathogens like allergens and dust mites. It halts bacterial growth from reoccurring and helps to maintain healthy air in your home. Air quality is one of the top things to consider when you choose the best furnace for your needs.

Choose Quietness

With Napoleon’s Whisper Quiet™ operation the EnerSave Plus and EnerSave Pro motors will ‘soft start’ & ‘soft stop’ gradually changing speed to reduce the noise created by conventional furnace motors.

Choose Wifi

The Napoleon’s 9600 furnace is compatible with smart thermostat technology. Easily paired with a wide variety of wifi-enabled thermostats and control boards, the 9600 is compatible with your home and is future ready. Comfort controls at your fingertips from wherever you are.

Choose Variable Speed Technology

Napoleon’s motors use variable speed technology, creating a two stage furnace. A two-stage furnace runs longer at lower capacity – 60% versus 100%. The blower runs at 60% on first stage for most of the year and reduces electrical consumption by up to 80% over conventional blower motors. Therefore, this feature saves you fuel and money while delivering even and consistent heat to your home.

Choose the Best Furnace: NAPOLEON

Are you ready to upgrade your existing home heating system or replace your old furnace? Is it time to get rid of your old, inefficient furnace and choose a Napoleon furnace? Consult an HVAC professional at Ignite Heating to help you choose the right furnace for your home. Models range from 40,000 BTU’s up to 120,000 BTU’s. We can help you determine which Napoleon furnace is the best for your needs.

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

Home Heating Emergency!

Congratulations, you survived the latest Alberta cold snap! Did your home heating system struggle? Could your furnace keep your home nice and warm? Did you suffer from a home heating emergency? Let’s look at the three most common HVAC heating emergencies that you might want to avoid next time we get a burst of cold Alberta winter weather.

⚠️ Emergency #1: Plugged Air Intake Vent

To work properly, your furnace needs adequate airflow. If your furnace is having problems starting, or seems to be trying to start but can’t, a blocked airflow from the intake pipe could be the culprit. Even if you aren’t having trouble with your furnace, it’s a good idea to check your intake before the cold weather arrives. Most often snow and ice are the typical causes for blocked air intake vents, and it’s a common reason to cause your furnace to stop running. Having a properly installed fresh air intake is the first step to improving your home’s indoor air quality. We suggest you double check that your fresh air intake is clean and free of snow and ice to keep your furnace running smoothly all winter.

⚠️ Emergency #2: Dirty Furnace Filter

How long has it been since you last changed your furnace filter? Replacing your filter on a regular schedule will keep your furnace working at it’s optimal performance. A clean air 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. If your filter gets too dirty, it can block the return air flow to the furnace. It’s like putting a blanket over your head and asking you to breath normally! So change your filter on a schedule (hint: we recommend changing your filter every 3 months or as recommended by your equipment manufacturer manual) to keep your furnace running smoothly.

⚠️ Emergency #3: Failing Flame Sensor

No heat at all – during extreme winter weather this is the most troublesome home heating emergency! It can be alarming to wake up to no heat in your home. With the temperature dropping to dangerous levels at night this is definitely something you should avoid to keep your family safe and warm.

If your furnace keeps shutting down and cannot provide heat to the entire house, it may be because your flame sensor is failing. There are three signs of a bad flame sensor. First, the furnace starts working but then quickly shuts down – also known as “short cycling”. Second, there could be cracks in the porcelain of the flame sensor which can cause it to quit working properly. Finally, if the flame sensor is corroded or needs cleaning it could stop functioning all together.

How Can You Avoid A Home Heating Emergency?

An HVAC professional from Ignite Heating can identify your home heating emergency and offer the best solution. We repair all makes and models and can locate the parts to repair your furnace. It may even be time to replace your furnace if a repair solution is not an option. We offer free quotes on furnace replacements and can recommend the best home heating system for your home. Contact Ignite Heating today by calling (780) 919-4916 or fill out the contact form here.

Your furnace may need a “clean & check” to make sure it’s prepared for the next drop in temperature. We charge $125 to come to your home and clean and check out your furnace thoroughly – contact us today to book a clean & check. That way you will be prepared for the next cold snap and most likely avoid a home heating emergency!

At Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd., your comfort is our concern! Call us today at (780) 919-4916 for all your home heating repair emergencies and inquiries. Why not add our professional, friendly technicians, available 24/7, 365 days a year to your phone’s contact list – just in case you need us during the next Alberta cold snap!

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