Should You Turn Off the Hot Water Heater While Your Gone?

Should You Turn Off the Hot Water Heater While Your Gone?

In a previous article, we discussed the merits of programming your thermostat while you are away. In this month’s edition, we will go over what you should do with your water heater while you are on vacation.

Why You Shouldn’t Turn It Off

The heat of the hot water heater is what prevents bacterial and fungal growth—all of that water and darkness is a breeding ground for those nasty critters. To save energy and ensure that you don’t have unwanted growth in your water heater, many heaters have a “vacation” mode. While it will still be using energy, this is a gentler alternative to keeping your heater cranked the whole time you are gone.

When You Come Home

When you get back home after your vacation, make sure to check and see that nothing has leaked in your absence. Cold snaps and other sudden changes in weather can have an effect on the appliances in your home. It’s always good to periodically look at your devices and ensure that they are still in working order. Be aware that it may take slightly longer for your water to turn hot, as it will need to reheat back to the normal temperature.

The Alternative: A Tankless Water Heater

If wasting all that energy doesn’t appeal to you, it may be time to upgrade to a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters are one of the most cost-effective and energy efficient ways to heat water for your home. Another attractive feature of this system is that, without a tank, it also saves space. Not only that, but rebates of up to $1000 are available for those who invest in a tankless water heater.

If you have questions about your existing hot water heater, or are curious about upgrading, give us a call today!

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!