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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.

What Can You Expect During An Air Conditioner Install?

Are you thinking about getting an air conditioner installed in your home? Would you like to know what you can expect when Ignite Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. comes to your home to install an air conditioner? Let’s explore what you can expect when you get your very own A/C installed by Ignite!

Expectation #1—On Time Arrival

On the day of your installation you can expect to see our Ignite truck pull up to your home on time. Equipped with the proper tools to get the job done right our technicians are ready to install your air conditioner in about 5-6 hours (or less!).

Expectation #2—Quality Products

Ignite installs high quality Napoleon air conditioners. Made in Canada, these units are high efficient, quiet and beautiful. Napoleon air conditioners will keep your home cool and comfortable, even on the hottest days of the summer. They also have a 10 year manufacturer warranty, and an optional 10 year labour warranty is also available.

Expectation #3—Professional, Experienced Technicians

Ignite service technicians will work together to get the job done right. Our service technicians are experienced professionals who are skilled with installing and maintaining HVAC equipment.

Expectation #4—Respect & Cleanliness

Our technicians respect your home by using floor coverings to protect your home from shoes or dust while they work efficiently and neatly. Although access to your furnace is necessary, by woking quietly our technician’s presence will barely be noticeable to the homeowner.

Expectation #5—Beautiful Aesthetics

Napoleon air conditioners blend into the landscape of your home. With proper installation your new A/C will be level and have easy access around and/or under it. Often mounting brackets are used to mount it perfectly level while allowing for easy care and maintenance around the unit.

Expectation #6—Perfect Finale

Once your air conditioner installation is complete you will be able to admire your perfectly installed Napoleon A/C and enjoy the cool temperatures inside your home. With Ignite, your comfort is our concern!

Expectation #7—Worry-free Invoicing

When you receive your final invoice from Ignite, there will be no surprises. After your installation job is complete, you will get a detailed summary of the work completed. With multiple payment options available such as cash, cheque, credit card and bank e-transfer, paying your invoice is easy. And with flexible financing options available you can get your air conditioner installed for as low as $50/month (o.a.c.). See our current promotion and apply for pre-approval for financing your new air conditioner now.

If you would like to experience all these steps for yourself and have Ignite professionally install an air conditioner in your home, contact us to get a free quote today. Call (780) 919-4916 or email us. At Ignite, your comfort is our concern!

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

Ignite-Maintenance-Club

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!

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