Can a Carrier Smart Thermostat Help You Save Money?

Can a Carrier Smart Thermostat Help You Save Money?

Nowadays, everything is designed to be “smart.” Included in the plethora of intelligent technology, we have smart TVs, smartphones, even smart toilets! But did you know about smart thermostats?

What is a “smart” thermostat?

  1. Allows you to control the climate of your home remotely using your smartphone, computer, and sometimes even your voice!
  2. Allows you to view your usage history to better keep track of when your system is working. If you’re a data junkie, then this is the perfect product for you!
  3. Adjusts to your heating and cooling habits. That’s right, a smart thermostat can learn from your tendencies and shift accordingly.

That sounds cool, but how can it save money?

The idea behind smart thermostats is to be more efficient than ever before. They take the hassle out of programmable thermostats and allow you to program and set controls easily. Because of this automation, you won’t be running your HVAC when you don’t need it. Bottom line: if your system is running less often, it’s costing you less money. Especially in our Albertan climate where the summers are scorching and the winters are bone-chilling, smart thermostats can take a substantial chunk out of those dreaded energy bills. Imagine coming into your home and actually being comfortable regardless of what the weather looks like outside.

What’s so special about Carrier?

Carrier offers a wide range of options for every lifestyle. Your heating, cooling, and humidity can all be managed from virtually anywhere. Knowledge is power, so all of their technology is streamlined to keep you up to date with all of your data whenever you need it. Not so great with technology? Carrier has something for you, too! They offer products with easy-to-read screens and even easier-to-use interfaces.

Here at Nor-Can, we know how important it is to keep your HVAC efficient and your energy bills low. If you feel the same way, a smart thermostat may be the right choice for you. Switching may be the best decision you ever make for your home!

3 Warning Signs That You Need a Furnace Inspection

3 Warning Signs That You Need a Furnace Inspection

As the summer sun disappears and the cool autumn winds blow in, there is no mistaking it: Winter is coming. Don’t be left out in the cold; watch for these warning signs that you may need an inspection before the snow hits.

1) Your Furnace Isn’t Springing to Action:

Your furnace shouldn’t be taking aeons to heat your house. Sure, the first time you fire it up after a long, hot summer may take a little bit longer than usual. After that initial instance your furnace should be running at peak efficiency. If you’re not getting the heat you need in a relatively timely manner, that’s a warning sign that your furnace needs a tune-up ASAP. It’s time to give us a call.

2) You’re Sensing a Difference:

Mainly, you’re hearing weird sounds and you’re smelling strange smells. Although the Halloween movie marathon you just watched may have you convinced that your house is haunted, it’s probably just your furnace. That being said, you should be paying attention to those loud clunks and unseemly odors. Those definitely mean that something is going on in your HVAC system that should be addressed right away.

3) Your Energy Bills Skyrocket:

It’s only October, so if your energy bills have hit the ceiling already, it’s time for some professional investigation. Dramatically increased bills are the result of your HVAC system running at low efficiency. In other words: something is wrong and your system is working harder to make up for it. Not only does this hurt your wallet at the end of the month, it could also speed up the demise of your beloved furnace.

An inspection can reveal whether or not the issue is small, like changing your filters, or larger, like needing to replace your furnace. Either way, an inspection will ensure that you have the knowledge you need before the snow begins to fly. In the HVAC world, surprises aren’t always welcome. Avoid the hassle and give yourself peace of mind by knowing exactly what is going on with your system. If you’ve noticed any of these signs and you’re ready for a tune-up, give Nor-Can Heating and Air Inc. a call today!

Why Do You Need to Keep Your HVAC Filters Clean?

Why Do You Need to Keep Your HVAC Filters Clean?

Clean filters are imperative for the health of your entire HVAC system. Filters are put in place to help your furnace run at top efficiency, which in turn, offers many benefits to you! Here are a few of those benefits:

Longer Lifespan

It is incredibly common for HVAC systems to entirely break down because of a dirty filter. Ironically, changing a filter is the least expensive preventative maintenance that one can do on their furnace. Dirty filters restrict the airflow, causing the system to overheat and work much harder than it needs to. Think of it like your lungs. If you could only breathe through a straw, the strain will cause your lungs to wear out much faster. Your HVAC system works much the same way. Allow your furnace to “breathe” properly by changing the filter regularly.

Save Money

It is simple math. When your furnace is worker harder, it is using more energy. When you use more energy, your power bills increase. On top of this, more wear and tear on your HVAC means more repairs over time. Those costs may seem small but they add up. Changing your filter will keep your energy costs lower and your maintenance more predictable. Think of how much money you could save just by keeping an eye on your filter!

Maintain Air Quality

While it isn’t the main job of the air filter to purify the air in your home, it is a fantastic side effect. Allergy and asthma sufferers benefit from regular filter changes that keep dirty air from circulating. Pets increase this risk exponentially, so it’s always important to make sure that their fur and dander isn’t accumulating in your system due to a dirty filter.

So there you have it, three major reasons to change your air filter regularly. It is a small investment with a huge return. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your filter, it’s time to give us a call! We can inspect your HVAC and help set your system up for success!

Everything You Need To Know About HVAC Efficiency Ratings!

Everything You Need To Know About HVAC Efficiency Ratings!

One of the best ways to care for your family, protect the environment, and save your wallet all at the same time is to invest in high efficiency HVAC. Ultimately, the greater the efficiency, the greater the energy savings. That being said, it can be hard to know what brands and units that will be the most effective in your home. That’s why the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute of North America has created labelling systems so that you know exactly how efficient your HVAC system will be. When it comes to efficiency ratings, there are two acronyms you need to know:

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a measure of air conditioner efficiency. The number is determined by taking the cooling output during a typical cooling-season and dividing it by the total electric energy input during the same period. Math aside, all you really need to know is that the higher the SEER number, the greater the efficiency. Today, Canadian regulatory bodies require all new products to have a 13.0 SEER rating or better.

AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilisation Efficiency) is the measure of furnace efficiency. This value reflects how much heat the furnace will provide compared to the amount of energy needed to produce the heat. For example, an AFUE rating of 70% means that 30% of energy used is lost and 70% becomes heat for your home.

When perusing the labels, keep in mind:

  • Your budget for a new unit
  • Your budget for monthly bills
  • If you or anyone else in your home have respiratory issues
  • The size of your home

All of these factors will need to be considered when choosing the perfect HVAC system for your home. The key to high efficiency is keeping an eye on those labels and having expert HVAC professionals to come in to offer unique advice for your unique home. If you’re ready to take the leap into high efficiency HVAC, give our team a call today for an in-home consultation!

Why Choosing the Right Installation Team Will Save You From An Emergency

Choosing the Right Installation Team

A tight economy leads to even tighter budgets. We are all trying to find ways to save a few pennies, but it’s important to know where it’s safe to cut corners and where it can be dangerous. Furnace installation can seem like a daunting expense, but spending now will mean saving in the future. Here are three reasons to choose a quality installation team for your furnace:

Gas Leaks

Poor connections can lead to a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colourless, meaning that it is virtually invisible to our senses. This leak can lead to CO poisoning and a myriad of health issues. It is also combustible and can lead to explosions or fires.

Electrical Issues

Having an electric furnace will save you the stress of a possible carbon monoxide leak, but faulty wiring can be just as hazardous. Incorrect wiring can cause fires or increase your energy bill unnecessarily.

Poor Output

Energy will be lost with faulty ductwork connections and poor sealing between the furnace and the ventilation shafts. If you furnace is noisy or spreads a lot of dust, you know something is wrong. Even if you have a top-of-the-line furnace, a poor installation can cause havoc in your home. Furthermore, if the contractor you chose for your installation was not licensed, you could invalidate your home insurance.

It’s for these reasons that you should never be afraid to ask questions when looking for a team to do work in your home. Make sure to find a team that is committed to your safety and is properly certified in HVAC.

Take Control of Your Allergies

Take Control of Your Allergies

If you suffer from environmental allergies, this one’s for you. Constant vacuuming, dusting, and medication are some of the ways that you can try to escape your dreaded allergies, but who really has time for all of that work, and what do you do when those chores don’t help?  Air quality isn’t something that can be swept away, so here are three ways to effectively improve it:

HVAC Inspection

When it comes to your HVAC system, there are many factors that could be affecting your health. Dirty ducts or mold could be the simple cause with simple solutions, but you may never even be able to see, let alone fix the problem. Having regular inspections with trusted HVAC professionals will ensure that anything harmful will be found and dealt with promptly.

Air Filtration

Every furnace has a filter, but furnace filters are made to improve the HVAC efficiency, not improve air quality. Proper air filtration for your home comes from a more involved system: HEPA. A HEPA filter, or high efficiency particulate air filter, removes 99.9% of particles from the air as small as 0.3 micrometres. That means pollen, dust mites, mold spores, bacteria, and even some viruses are pulled from your air, and ultimately your lungs. Make sure to regularly change the filters depending on your unique needs, and your body will thank you!

Humidity Control

Being landlocked, Edmonton is not known for its balmy weather. Even the North Saskatchewan River doesn’t negate the dry spells that make our winters bitter. Because of this, our lungs, skin, and hair tend to suffer. While we can’t humidify our city streets, we can humidify our homes. Invest in a furnace humidifier. Keeping your home’s humidity between 35%-45% will ensure maximum comfort without encouraging mold to grow.

Don’t suffer from allergy and asthmatic symptoms any longer. Give your body a break and turn your home into a haven. Allow us to come in and help you discover custom fitted solutions for you and your family. When you need to breathe easier, give our team a call!

Furnace Humidifiers 101

Furnace Humidifiers 101

Edmonton winters can be bitterly cold and unbearably dry. Dry winter air can aggravate allergies and asthma, our skin is always dry, and we seem to be perpetually sick. We all have furnaces to keep us warm and combat the cold, but how do we combat the dry? Simple, we can fight back by installing a furnace humidifier.

What are the advantages?

  • No clutter. Furnace humidifiers take up virtually no visible space, as opposed to freestanding ones that will need space in each room.
  • Full house humidified. Instead of humidifying one room at a time, furnace humidifiers will allow you to pump moisture throughout your entire home at once.
  • Save money on heating. Moist air feels warmer, so you won’t be setting your temperature as high.
  • Low maintenance. Furnace humidifiers connect to your water supply, so you won’t need to worry about the weight or hassle of constantly filling a tank.

How do they work?

Furnace humidifiers are installed right into your pre-existing HVAC system. All of the air circulating throughout your home will need to flow through the humidifier. There are three types of humidifiers: steam, flow-through, and drum humidifiers. Between the three types, there is a humidifier for every home and budget.

That sounds great, but don’t they cause mold?

With proper care, furnace humidifiers will not cause mold. Making sure that your home is properly ventilated will protect your family from anything unwanted growing in your ducts. Keep an eye on rooms where humidity is created, like bathrooms, laundry rooms and even your kitchen. You may need to turn off your humidifier while these spaces are in use.

Furnace humidifiers are an efficient, cost-effective way to keep you comfortable in your home. If you want to know more about how a furnace humidifier may be right for you, give us a call today and we will help you find the perfect solution for your home!