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Why You Should Maintenance Your Furnace For Fall

Furnace Maintenance

It is time to maintenance your furnace for fall. We know… The dreaded words.  Double checking everything is up to date and the safest that it can be can save you big money. Many people don’t think about furnace systems like this, but preseason furnace inspections are just like car tune-ups; you need to stay on top of them to avoid potential unnecessary costs in the future. Although you may not need your furnace in September(but with Alberta weather… we never know), an inspected furnace means that there is less chance that you will find critical issues with your furnace when you are relying on it! 

 

Why furnace maintenance Is Important?

Proper maintenance and inspections on your furnace is pivotal to ensuring that your home is all set to fight off even the worst of the Alberta winter temperatures. Luckily, Ignite Heating has got you covered! Our experts provide comprehensive maintenance and inspection services in Sherwood Park and the surrounding areas! 

 

Believe it or not, there are many benefits to having your furnace serviced in the fall! A furnace that is maintained and regularly serviced is able to perform faster and use less effort on the machine. This means that your furnace will not be using as much energy to function properly, which can impact your monthly energy bill(in the good kind of way). This furnace efficiency also improves overall comfort in the home by not leaving any rooms cool. 

 

With regular maintenance, clients also are able to have additional comfort knowing that there is far less of a risk of a breakdown. Did you know that many seasonal furnace breakdowns can be traced back to air flow or component health issues? These breaks can be frustrating and stressful, but can be addressed and solved during inspection! 

 

Having frequent inspections can also add a longer service time to your furnace! Regular maintenance can help preserve your furnace while still being a safe option. 

 

Ready for a fall furnace inspection? Contact your local Ignite team to set up an appointment today! 

 

How To Find Your Optimal Sleep Temperature

 

How To Find Your Optimal Sleep Temperature

 

There’s nothing worse than struggling to fall asleep or having a restless night. The next day you feel exhausted and it’s much harder to get anything done. If you struggle to fall asleep at night, the temperature of your room could be making it more difficult. When trying to fall asleep, no one wants to be freezing cold or hot and sweaty. Everyone has their own optimal sleep temperature. Figuring out what yours is will positively impact your sleep.

Age does not typically have an impact on the ideal sleep temperature. However, babies generally prefer slightly warmer temperatures to sleep. If your optimal sleep temperature is quite cool, consider raising it slightly if you have a baby in the home. 

A common preferred sleep temperature is around 18 degrees Celsius. However, this is not the case for everyone. To find your optimal sleeping temperature, try adjusting the temperature slightly each night and monitor how you sleep. To conduct the most accurate temperature tests, try not to change any other factors. 

cozy bed

How to know if you’ve found your optimal sleep temperature.

Depending on your internal thermostat, your optimal sleep temperature may be different from others. To recognize if you have found the right temperature for you, look for signs that your body responds well. This includes falling asleep faster, sleeping throughout the night, and feeling well rested the next day. An improved sleeping pattern and ability to fall asleep easily will indicate that you have found your ideal sleeping temperature.

Sleeping Child

How to maintain that temperature every night.

Once you have found your optimal sleep temperature, you will want to maintain it every night. Installing a smart thermostat is a great way to maintain your sleeping pattern. It allows you to easily adjust the temperature in your home to achieve your optimal sleep temperature. You can also program your thermostat to automatically set your ideal temperature at a certain hour. Have the Ignite team install the thermostat that best suits your needs. With options including wifi and voice activated remote thermostats and basic user-friendly non-programmable options, we have something for everyone.

If you like it cool when you sleep, you may not be able to achieve your optimal sleeping temperature in the summer months. To maintain your optimal sleep temperature year round, consider investing in an air conditioner to keep your home cool on hot summer nights. The Ignite team can install a high efficiency AC unit to keep your house cool. We will plan before installing the AC to ensure the unit is properly sized for your house and will keep each room cool. This will allow the entire family to maintain an optimal sleeping temperature. 

Contact your local Ignite team to install an AC or thermostat to help you maintain your optimal sleep temperature every night. 

Let us know what your optimal sleep temperature is!

5 Tips and Tricks For Running Your A/C Unit

A/C unit maintenance tips

Properly maintaining your AC will allow it to last longer and work more efficiently, protecting your investment.

Getting an air conditioning unit is an investment. Properly maintaining your AC will allow it to last longer and work more efficiently, protecting your investment. We understand that not everyone is an HVAC technician, however, we all deserve to know how to get the most out of our air conditioners.

Here are 5 Tips and Tricks For Running Your A/C Unit.

1. Clear the area around your outdoor unit

When you have the Ignite team install air conditioning in your house you will notice a shiny new unit outside. This is the condenser, and it needs room to breathe to operate correctly. Make sure that the area around the condenser is well maintained year-round. Cutting the grass, trimming the shrubs, and other seasonal maintenance surrounding the unit is necessary for optimal AC performance. This will also allow easy access for the Ignite technician who performs the annual tune up.

 2. Change air filters

 Like your furnace, AC units have air filters to maintain good indoor air quality. These filters keep debris out of your home and also contribute to the air conditioning unit’s performance. If the filter has a lot of dust and debris build up, it will make it difficult for cold air to be properly distributed and may cause your AC to be overworked. To maintain the AC’s efficiency and keep the air in your home clean, check and replace your air filter monthly.  

 3. Annual tune ups

 Scheduling annual tune ups are necessary to ensure your air conditioner is in good condition and allows any potential issues to be recognized early. Catching potential problems before they become significant will allow the technician to take care of the issue early, which will lessen the chance of failure later on. Schedule your annual tune up with Ignite to or join our AC Comfort Club today.

 4. Consider the location of your thermostats

 Heat generating appliances like lamps and televisions can cause the thermostat to misread the actual temperature in the home if they are too close. This will cause your thermostat to think your home is warmer than it is, and your AC will work harder to cool your home more than is actually needed. The location of your thermostat is important for accurate reading and maintaining a desired temperature in your home. Keep your thermostat away from hot areas in your home where there may be sun shining in or appliances that emit significant heat.

5. Update older models

If you have an older AC unit, update it with a new Napoleon unit installed by Ignite technicians. Older models use more energy which can cause your monthly utility bills to be higher. Replacing these with new, high efficiency air conditioners will save you money over time and increase cooling efficiency.

 

Now that you know the Top 5 Tips and Tricks For Running Your A/C Unit and how to have it last a long time, use these tips and tricks. Contact us in Edmonton and Sherwood Park for all your AC installation and maintenance needs.

Prepare Your HVAC System For Fall

Yes, it’s the dreaded F-word. We are talking about FALL. It will be here before we know it, and with the upcoming cool weather, you will want to make sure that your HVAC system is ready for the heat to kick on when you need it to. Most of the preparations that need to be done are very easy and only take a couple of minutes, but Ignite wants you to know just what you should be doing to make sure that your HVAC system is ready to go when you need it. So with the cool climate of fall right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start preparing your HVAC system for cooler weather. Follow these 4 steps to be prepared:

Step #1: Change Your Filter

Furnace filters need to be changed out frequently, and one of the best ways to prepare your HVAC system for fall is to install a new filter. Dirty furnace filters not only reduce the air quality in your home, but they also create blockages in your system, which can prevent clean air from getting into your home. To make sure that you aren’t overspending on your energy bills this fall, put a new filter in your HVAC system now. At Ignite we recommend changing your furnace filter every 3 months if you have a typical 1″ wide filter.

Step #2: Schedule Annual Maintenance

It is important that you schedule your annual HVAC maintenance on your furnace. With regular maintenance you can both increase efficiency and prepare for the cold weather ahead. If you have your furnace cleaned and checked you will enhance your system’s performance and a professional HVAC technician can optimize your unit for maximum output. This is also the perfect time for a qualified service tech to spot any potential problems or repairs that might need to be made—before the cold winter weather arrives. If you live in the Edmonton and surrounding area, an Ignite technician is available to inspect your unit to make sure everything is operating as it should be.

A furnace clean & check by Ignite Heating generally takes about an hour. During this time, one of our expert technicians will go through a checklist of items that will ensure that your furnace is running as efficiently and safely as possible. A few items on our comprehensive checklist include:

  • Flushing vent pipe and floor drains
  • Checking cold resistance of ignitor
  • Inspecting control board for discolorizution
  • Cleaning and/or replacing furnace filter
  • Checking operation of humidifier
  • Inspecting all electrical connections
  • Cleaning the flame sensor
  • Checking thermostat operation
  • Checking fresh air supply for combustion and ventilation
  • Removing, inspecting & cleaning vent cap
  • Inspecting ductwork

If you have any specific concerns about your furnace, a clean & check appointment is the perfect opportunity to brings these problems up. Our qualified HVAC technician can check to make sure that there are no issues or surprises ahead and can answer your questions.

Step #3: Check For Air Leaks

If you have leaks in your ductwork, windows, or doors, your HVAC system can’t work efficiently. Drafts in your home are a sign that there are leaks in your system. Make sure all of your windows and doors are properly sealed with caulk and weather-stripping. You can also fix leaky ductwork with aluminum tape. A professional HVAC technician can also help you make sure that your ductwork is properly sealed to enhance your system efficiency.

Step #4: Upgrade Your System

If there is a time of year to take a day off without needing heating or cooling, it’s during fall. Our temperatures tend to be mild in September, neither too hot nor too cold. So it’s the perfect weather to upgrade your furnace. It’s a great time of year for a free quote and get a new furnace installed in your home without any discomfort. So if your HVAC system is old and needs replacing, now is the perfect time to act.

At Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd., your comfort is our concern! Call us today at (780) 919-4916 for all your heating and cooling requests and inquiries. We have professional, friendly technicians who are ready to answer your questions and help you prepare for the season ahead.

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!

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