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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!

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!

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!

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!

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