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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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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.

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!

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