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HVAC New Year’s Resolutions

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Are you a member of the “Good Intentions New Year’s Resolution Club”? Well, actually that’s not a real thing – but maybe you make New Year’s resolutions but never follow through with them past January 2nd? Many people do that – so you are not alone! Maybe you need to make your resolutions more simple so they are more attainable in 2020? Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning can help your HVAC New Year’s resolutions become a reality. Here are a few of the top New Year’s resolutions – HVAC version:

HVAC New Year’s Resolution #1:

Get (Your Furnace) In Tip-Top Shape

Getting in shape, losing weight or exercising more are some of the top Canadian New Year’s resolutions. Over 54% of Canadians want to improve their physical well-being, so you are not alone if this is your goal for 2020. However, when it comes to your home heating and cooling system, this resolution can apply as well. If your furnace is out of shape, huffing and puffing, or old and sluggish it is definitely time for a furnace clean & check! This annual check-up can get your furnace back in tip-top condition and keep it running smoothly throughout the new year. Or maybe you need a new furnace? Out with the old, in with the new! Replacing your furnace with a new Napoleon high-efficiency gas furnace could be the best decision you make for your home all year. Contact us today for a FREE QUOTE to see how this dream can become a reality in the New Year for your home.

HVAC New Year’s Resolution #2:

Reduce Your Environmental Footprint

If everyone committed to this resolution, our world would thank us at the end of the year. This may seem a bit daunting at first, but there are simple ways in which you can reduce your personal environmental footprint. By implementing a few small changes you can make a BIG difference. How about requesting paperless billing from your gas or electric company? Maybe recycle more – or commit to buying products in compostable or recyclable packaging? What about getting a more energy efficient furnace or air-conditioner for your home? A new high-efficiency heating or cooling unit could save you hundreds of dollars on your utility bills each month! Did you know that Napoleon’s EnerSave ECM motor reduces electrical consumption by up to 80% over conventional blower motors? Now, that’s a change that our environment will thank us for!

HVAC New Year’s Resolution #3:

Save More Money On Your Heating Bill

If your furnace or heating system is more than 10 years old, it probably has an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of 55-70%. Due to this lower AFUE, your heating unit is not very efficient and is costing you way more money each month. As the furnace ages, it need to run longer to maintain the same amount of heat which causes your gas and electric bills to increase steadily, year after year. With regular maintenance by a certified HVAC technician, you can help increase the life of your home heating system. If your furnace is nearing the end of its life, we can help you choose the right new high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 95-97%…and that can save you a LOT of money in 2020.

If you’re thinking about a new furnace for 2020, give us a call. Or if your furnace needs a clean & check, we can do that as well. Our professional HVAC technicians can help you meet your HVAC New Year’s resolutions in 2020. Your comfort is our concern! Call us at (780) 919-4916 or contact us today.

The Benefits of Humidity

The cozy warmth of your home is an essential requirement when you live in the cold Alberta climate. However, by continually recycling the air in your home you can lose necessary humidity which can lead to a wide range of problems. Forced-air central heating systems reheat the air in your home and recirculate the same air multiple times throughout the day. Typically, this causes the air in your home to become dry and this can be both uncomfortable and unhealthy. This becomes more obvious in the winter months due to your heating system having to run more often. As moisture helps to prevent the movement of germs, a whole-home humidifier can help keep your air clean and therefore better your health. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of having the proper level of humidity in your home.

Installing a furnace humidifier or investing in a whole-house humidifier will allow you to breathe easily once again and make your home’s air more comfortable. Once your home is brought to the ideal moisture level, you will notice a significant improvement in the comfort of your living space. If you notice that you are experiencing irritated eyes, a dry nose, skin and/or throat, or suffer from indoor allergies, you may benefit from adding more humidity to your home. If your home’s humidity level is low, the air will draw humidity from wood, plants and your skin. This can lead to dry skin and a cold feeling because sweat is evaporating off your skin and causes you to feel cold. Allergy sufferers often notice that even a short period of time spent in excessively dry air can exacerbate their symptoms. Indoor air that is too dry can cause irritated nasal membranes and even sinus headaches, leading to discomfort. Furthermore, if you or anyone in your family suffers from asthma, excessively dry air can trigger an attack.

Beyond eliminating dry skin and sinus discomfort, a whole-home humidifier can significantly reduce static electricity in your home. In addition, maintaining proper moisture levels will also help protect wood surfaces by preventing peeling or cracking. As an added bonus, by investing in a whole-home humidifier to maintain the correct humidity levels in your home you will actually feel warmer, even if the thermostat is set at the same temperature as normal. With the warmer feeling of the air, thermostats can be lowered, thus conserving energy and saving you money on your heating bills. Want to try this out? Put the palm of your hand near your mouth and lightly blow air against your hand. It feels cool, correct? But why, when your body temperature is 98.6°F does your breath not feel warm? It’s because as the water evaporates off your skin it feel cold! This is the same approach taken as when you raise the humidity of the air in your home – your home can actually feel warmer, without having to raise your thermostat – one of the key benefits of humidity.

Indoor plants will benefit from an increase in humidity.
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If you have a green thumb, your indoor plants will also benefit from an increase in humidity. Plants such as aloe vera or Gerber daisies are natural air purifiers but only if they are getting the moisture they need. A whole-home humidifier will allow your houseplants to thrive during the Canadian winter, thereby positively impacting your indoor air quality. 

While portable humidifiers are common, they provide only localized relief. Unless you move the unit around from room to room or have multiple humidifiers in your home, you will not benefit from the extra humidity they can provide. Whole-house humidifiers offer numerous benefits including creating comfort throughout the whole home, not just in a few select rooms. Also they operate much more quietly than portable appliances, which is a bonus.

If you’ve noticed that your home is quite dry lately, especially since your furnace is running more often during these cold winter months in Alberta, a humidifier may be the perfect solution. By raising the humidity level in your home you can actually feel warmer, be more healthy and comfortable, all while saving money on your heating costs – all of which are great benefits of humidity!

Contact Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. today to find out more about improving your indoor air quality with a whole-home humidifier. Call (780) 919-4916 today. Your comfort is our concern!