Novel Care Heating

Novel Care has been providing heating services to homes and businesses in Toronto and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years. When it comes to keeping your home throughout the cold months of the year you can count on Novel Care to provide the services you need.

We’ll handle the installation, maintenance and repair services for your furnace, boiler or heat pump. Properly installing your heating appliances is the first to step to ensuring they properly and efficiently year round. We always recommend annual maintenance for all of your HVAC appliances, including the ones that heat your home. Additionally, if you ever experience a break down you know Novel Care will be there to help ensure that your appliances are up and running again as quickly as possible.

Overall, Novel Care is your best friend when it comes to HVAC services. Contact us today for a free estimate, to schedule an appointment or to get more information: 416-921-0000

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Whether you use natural gas, propane, or heating oil for your boiler and furnace, this winter might be quite expensive. Depending on the fuel you use and where you live, you may be able to reduce your heating expenses by installing a modern HVAC equipment. You can save money with heat pumps.

Prices are rising and will most certainly continue to rise. The cost of heating fuels such as propane, natural gas, and heating oil is expected to rise by at least 33%.

Rising energy prices reflect a worldwide energy crunch, as recovering economies struggle to scale up their output quickly enough after delaying capital investments.

Extreme weather patterns have also resulted in relatively low renewable energy generation in certain places, aggravating the shortages. If you’re concerned about your winter heating bills, there may be more you can do to protect yourself. Blocking up poorly insulated places and replacing your furnace filter won’t do much for you.

Ductless heat pumps are getting a lot of attention these days. They are prevalent in European houses, and an increasing number of Canadian homeowners are deciding to install this highly efficient heating option as well.

The question is, how much money can they actually save? An electrically heated house saves 50-60% on average. The calculation is simple: an electric baseboard provides 1 kWh of heat for every kWh of electricity consumed. A heat pump produces 3 kWh of heat for every kWh of electricity consumed.

Heat pumps use electricity to operate. They are far more efficient than the electric resistance heating systems, that most households are familiar with, such as space heaters and baseboard heating. These systems

Heat pumps redistribute heat that is already present in the outside rather than immediately turning electrical energy into heat. Heat pumps warm hour home without using electric resistance heating or converting heat from fossil fuels through combustion.

When comparing oil, gas, or wood heating sources, the age and thus efficiency of the furnace must be taken into account. Other house specific factors that influence expected energy savings are the energy rating of the heat pump, the size of the home, wall insulation, room temperature settings, occupancy, and the layout of the house.

According to a study of air to air (A2A) heat pumps in Canadian cities, replacing an oil or gas furnace can provide households with energy savings anywhere between 57 to 81 percent. This is remarkably significant, and it’s no wonder that more and more people are looking for houses that have these features.

Heat pumps are a tested technology that can be installed in a single day. They work well as a supplement to electric baseboard heaters or existing oil or gas furnaces. To supplement hydronic heating systems, wood stoves, or electric baseboard heaters, you might consider a wall-mounted mini split unit.

When compared to other kinds of heating, installing a heat pump is very affordable. While your monthly energy bill is instantly lowered, it takes an average of 1-5 years to return the initial investment cost, depending on the size and use of the system.

Technological improvements in recent years have resulted in the development of cold climate air source heat pumps. They use R-410A refrigerant to transfer heat from the outside (even at -30°C air has a heat content) inside your house. This means that free heat energy is harvested right at your home. Heat pumps save money because they produce more heat energy than they consume: 1 kWh of electric power is converted into 3 kWh of heat.

Unlike furnaces, which require central ductwork, and boilers, which distribute heat through radiators; ductless heat pumps can be simply integrated into your home. Ductless heat pumps require minimal amount of outside area for the compressor and short copper pipe connections to the indoor units (also known as evaporators) that provide heating or cooling to each room.

Ductless heat pumps are a popular choice among consumers since they eliminate losses caused by ducting and can serve specific areas of the home. Furthermore, your home does not need to be connected to a natural gas pipeline in order to have access to low-cost heating.

They have the potential to minimize your carbon footprint. As we transition to a cleaner electric grid, powering the heating industry will be critical to reduce emissions. Heat pumps have the potential to completely decarbonize heating energy usage in the residential and commercial building sectors when combined with renewable technologies such as solar or wind.

For the first time, you may keep your apartment warm this winter guilt-free by not using fossil fuels. Heat pumps might just be the best option for you.

Is Ductless Heating and Cooling Right for You? Installing ductless mini-split heat pumps is a great decision if your current heating system is old and needs to be replaced. If you want to supplement your existing HVAC system with a more efficient alternative, go ductless.

We need to inform people living in Stouffville on how to prepare for and avoid house fires. Heating systems are one of the leading causes of house fires, second only to kitchen equipment, according to data, therefore it is essential to be aware of furnace safety. Fortunately, there are some simple precautions you can take to minimize the possibility of a fire and keep your house and family safe and prepared in case of emergencies.

Furnace Fire Causes

Furnaces may get very hot, especially if they are used constantly during the wintertime. Because of the heat, you should keep the area surrounding your furnace free of clutter. The majority of Stouffville fire deaths are the consequence of flammable objects being left close to a heat source, generally the gas furnace. To reduce the risk of fire, you should leave at least three feet of space around your furnace free.

You need to look for discoloration or heat on the walls surrounding the furnace. If you discover any of these indications, contact Novel Care to have a professional heating specialist inspect your gas furnace.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness in Stouffville

As a byproduct of burning fuel for heating, your gas furnace may emit potentially hazardous gases. Some of these gases, such as carbon monoxide, are odourless, making them extremely dangerous. When typical fuel-burning appliances and equipment which burns natural gas, oil, wood, propane, and kerosene do not get enough oxygen to burn, this odourless gas is generated as a byproduct of insufficient combustion. Furnaces, though, are intended to safely exhaust harmful gases outdoors. To minimize carbon monoxide buildup in the home, make sure that your vents are clean of any clogs or dirt.

Carbon Monoxide, known by its chemical fourmula of CO, is a toxic gas that cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. CO is also known as the “silent killer.”

Carbon monoxide may accumulate in the house, particularly in enclosed areas, and this can have devastating consequences on humans and all living creatures.

CO has warning signs by how it affects humans. CO poisoning causes flu-like symptoms, such as:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • burning eyes
  • confusion
  • disorientation
  • drowsiness

CO poisoning affects your body’s ability to absorb oxygen. It can cause brain damage and death in extreme situations. The elderly, children, and those suffering from heart or respiratory problems may experience the affects sooner than the others. Even low quantities of CO gas might be extremely dangerous.

The best solution to protect yourself and your family in Stouffville against carbon monoxide poisoning is to eradicate it at the source. When it comes to CO safety, here is a checklist to take into account.

  • Have fuel-burning appliances installed by a professional Novel Care technician with over 35 years of experience.
  • Have all your fuel-burning appliances and vents are inspected annually.
  • Keep chimneys clear of small animals, leaves, and other debris to ensure proper ventilation.
  • Ensure your furnace is inspected for adequate ventilation.
  • Install a working carbon monoxide alarm near all sleeping areas in your home.
  • Remember to test your CO alarms once a month by pushing the test button on the unit.

Small Animals Can Cause a Furnace Fire

As leaves and tiny animals might sneak into your vents, it’s a good idea to make it a routine practice to check them frequently. If you have a cat, you may have seen it resting on the heating vent that delivers air to your ducted furnace. It may not be cold enough in the home or outside yet, but cats enjoy resting on furnace vents. Cats, like any other animal, are always looking for ways to feel relaxed. You may believe that your cat is intelligent enough to avoid every risk in your home on their own, but it may or may not recognize real danger. There are a number of HVAC hazards in your basement, including your gas furnace. Sitting near or on the furnace should not be encouraged.

Fill out our Novel Care online booking form to book your next appointment in Stouffville.

We need to remind Richmond Hill residents how we can prepare for and prevent home fires. Since statistics show that heating systems are one of the main causes of home fires, second only to cooking equipment, it is important to be aware of furnace safety. Fortunately, there are some basic tips that can help to reduce the risk of fire and keep your home and family safe and prepared for emergencies.

Furnace Fire Causes

Furnaces can become hot, especially when they are in constant use during winter. This heat means that you should keep the area around your furnace clear. Most of fire deaths in Richond Hill are the result of combustible materials being left near a heat source, usually a furnace. Ideally, there should be at least a three foot area of space around your furnace to reduce the risk of fire.

You should also check the walls near the furnace to check for discoloration or heat. If you notice any of these signs in the vicinity, call a professional heating expert from Novel Care to check for gas furnace dangers.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness in Richmond Hill

As a side effect of burning fuel for heat, your furnace will produce potentially dangerous fumes. Some of these fumes, including carbon monoxide can be odorless, which makes them especially dangerous. This odourless gas is produced as a byproduct of combustion when common fuel-burning appliances and equipment that use natural gas, oil, wood, propane and kerosene, don’t get enough air to burn up completely. Fortunately, furnaces are designed to safely vent these fumes outside. Therefore, to avoid carbon monoxide build up in house, it is important to ensure that your vents are clear of any obstructions or debris.

Carbon Monoxide, also known as CO, is a poisonous gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. CO is often referred to as the “silent killer”.

Carbon monoxide at home can build up, especially in a confined room or space – and this can lead to toxic effects on humans and pets.

CO has warning signs by how it affects humans. CO poisoning causes flu-like symptoms, including:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • burning eyes
  • confusion
  • disorientation
  • drowsiness

CO poisoning makes it difficult for your body to absorb oxygen. In severe cases it can cause brain damage and death. The elderly, children and people with heart or respiratory issues may feel the effects sooner than others. Even small amounts of CO gas can be dangerous.

The best way to ensure that you and your family in Richmond Hill are not exposed to carbon monoxide is to eliminate this poisonous gas at the source. Here is a list to follow when it comes to CO safety.

  • Have fuel-burning appliances installed by a professional Novel Care technician with over 35 years of experience.
  • Have all your fuel-burning appliances and vents are inspected annually.
  • Keep chimneys clear of small animals, leaves, and other debris to ensure proper ventilation.
  • Ensure your furnace is inspected for adequate ventilation.
  • Install a working carbon monoxide alarm near all sleeping areas in your home.
  • Remember to test your CO alarms once a month by pushing the test button on the unit.

Small Animals Can Cause a Furnace Fire

Leaves and small animals can get into your vents, so it is a good idea to establish a routine of checking your vents are clear. If you’re a cat owner you may noticed your cat sitting on the heating vent that distributes air for your forced air furnace. It might not even be that cold in the house or outside yet, but cats love sitting on furnace registers. Cats like any other animal are constantly searching for comfort. You might think that your cat is smart enough to avoid all danger in your home on their own, but it may or may not understand where danger lies. In your basement there are a number of HVAC dangers including your furnace. Sitting near or on the furnace shouldn’t be something you encourage. There is always chance they get too close to the pilot light or brush up against a hot tube or duct. Cat and small animals pose a furnace fire hazard.

Fill out our Novel Care online booking form to book your next appointment in Richmond Hill.

Heating a home on those especially cold winter nights isn’t easy. It takes a lot of energy, which in turn leads to a spike in your monthly bill. But what’s the alternative, freezing? Of course not. While the easy answer is to say you need a new furnace, boiler, or heat pump, that’s just not always a reality. For most of us, a $2,000 (minimum) expense isn’t something we can just put on our credit cards or pay off immediately. And, what if there is a draft coming in from one of your windows? Not all of us know how to seal it, and paying a handyman isn’t ideal. Luckily, there are some improved heating hacks we can share
that will help you get through the winter and make those repairs in the coming
spring and summer.

Do It Yourself Improved Heating Hacks

  • Ceiling fans

This is probably the easiest improved home heating hack there is. If you have a fan in your home, you’re in luck! Throw that sucker in reverse. Of course, it won’t suddenly blow hot air instead, but it will help pull any warm air that might be trapped up along the ceiling down to you.

  • Carpets

Those thick
bear skin rugs you see couples always spooning on in the movies might be cheesy, but they actually work. Don’t run out and buy one exactly like it. Just any carpet or rug will do in common areas of your home you’d like a bit warmer.

  • Drafts

Just like weatherstripping, draft stoppers are something you can buy (or make) to help eliminate hot air from escaping under your home’s doors. It usually consists of a tube-shaped cloth that spans the length of the bottom of your door and is filled with different styles of insulated materials. You could also just hack it and roll up a blanket to fit along the bottom of your door too.

  • Cooking

This
improved heating hack is not only better for you, but it’s easy too. Running the stove or oven to make meals saves on the cost of dining out as well as produces excess heat for your home. Think about it, that’s why people don’t like cooking in the summer. Time to use this tip to your advantage.

  • Dishwashers, washing machines, etc

Doing the laundry can give off a bit of heat as well. Plus clothes come out toasty warm if you need a boost of heat while you’re binging Netflix. And did you know that even when your dishwasher is half full, it still uses less water than if you were to do it by hand? Keep your clothes and dishes clean by running these appliances a bit more often in the winter.

  • Curtains

While it’s always nice to let the sun in during the day, it can actually help warm your home a bit. Be sure to close them at night though. Better yet, if you have a bit of a budget, you could always check out insulated curtains.

Improved Heating Hacks Not Enough?

Call Novel Care Obviously doing it yourself is a creative way to get through especially cold nights, but it’s important to be safe. If you ever need emergency repair service, call 416-921-0000 anytime. We’re available 24/7 and can be there within hours of a problem to assess the situation. Put our 30 years of experience to work for you.  

In the interest of saving a few bucks, you might be considering which things around the house can be put off until a later date. That’s a normal part of being a homeowner. Juggling when to redo the kitchen, paint the hallway, or finish the deck in the backyard – if you’re lucky enough to have a backyard of course – is natural when things are expensive in Toronto and the GTA. One thing you shouldn’t put off too long though is maintenance for your home’s heating system. Toronto heating maintenance from Novel Care is the solution.

 

Why Toronto Heating Maintenance Is Necessary

While some of you out there reading this might be quite handy around the house, even you should explore your HVAC supplies Toronto wide for new options annually. You see, even if you diligently change the air filter on your furnace every few months, keep vents clear, or flush your boiler once a year, that’s still not really enough to ward off major problems from eventually building up. The truth is, a professional can take a close look at your home’s system to see any budding issues and make recommendations before they become real expensive problems.  

Some of the benefits to booking Toronto heating maintenance include:

Safety

And undiagnosed furnace could be producing a real threat if the air filters are blocked or there is a serious leak. Boilers have been known to burst if left unchecked. All it takes is a trained professional to have a look every year or two in order to foresee major issues like this and help you avoid any problems.

Using less energy

This is a big one since it has a few benefits. First, a well-running furnace, boiler, or heat pump pulls in less energy to operate properly, which in turn keeps your home’s carbon footprint smaller. The earth will love you for it, but not as much as your wallet will. In fact, an efficient heating system keeps energy bills lower on average too, so you’ll actually save a bit each month!

Novel Care Offers Can Help With Toronto Heating Maintenance

Our team has been serving Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years, so we’ve seen, maintained, and repaired it all. Call us at 416-921-0000 and we’d be more than happy to help by taking a closer look at your home’s heating system. We’re even available 24/7 in the event of an emergency, so call anytime you need help, and someone from our team will be there to take your call.   

As homeowners, we all appreciate saving a bit more money whenever we can. From finding a great deal online when shopping to something as simple as keeping energy consumption a bit lower, every little bit helps. Here, we’ll look at a few simple things you should consider if you’re looking for better heating performance from your furnace, boiler, or heat pump.     

DIY Tips To Ensure Better Heating From Your Home’s System

Starting with the basics, always be sure to have all windows closed when running your heating. While this may sound obvious, we’re all human and make mistakes, so just take a quick walk around your home to ensure all windows are fully closed.

With the obvious stuff out of the way, let’s begin. Below are some of the ways to ensure better heating performance from your furnace, boiler, or heat pump.

Changing air filters

Just like you need air to perform at your best, so too does your heating system. Be sure to change air filters every few months throughout your home. Furnace filters should be changed just as often. Of course, it all depends on you. If you have a lot of pets or allergies, you may want to change these filters more frequently to ensure your home’s air is as clean as possible.

Maintenance

Regular maintenance should be booked at least every 2 years. Again this is based on your home and the age of the heating system. However, you’ll want to make sure to book this as it can help you get the most out of your system. A well-kept furnace, boiler, or heat pump can last decades.

Blockages

This one’s easy. Just keep all vents clear to ensure your system isn’t heating the bottom of a couch or table. If you have a radiator, please don’t keep anything too close to it. It not only prevents heat from reaching the whole room, it actually can be a fire hazard.

Insulation & air leaks

If you want better heating, you need to make sure your home is properly insulated. Just like wanting to keep windows closed, you can’t expect your home’s heating to compensate for poor insulation or even air leakages due to poor weatherstripping or improper installation of doors and windows. Best bet here is to consult an expert who can help identify any issues and make recommendations.

Better Heating Performance Is Possible With Novel Care

With more than 30 years of experience, you can trust our team to help you get the most out of your heating. Call 416-921-0000 to learn more about maintenance, installation or repair. We’re even available 24/7 in case of emergency!

With the days getting shorter and the temperature slowly starting to inch closer and closer to that freezing mark, you’ll want to take care of a few things around the house before winter arrives. While most people have a checklist in mind for the spring and fall months, there isn’t a specific date you need to worry about. Just make sure you follow these straightforward fall and winter HVAC tips to get the most out of your furnace and air conditioner.

What Tips You Should Know About HVAC Systems in Fall and Winter

When it comes to getting the most out of your HVAC systems, maintenance is key. Start with the basics and switch out your air filters. This should be done every few months to help make sure that your systems are receiving enough airflow. The better the airflow, the better the performance. Plus, a well-kept air filter means the air in your home is a bit cleaner too, which is good for your overall health – especially if you have allergies.

Another common fall and winter HVAC tip to follow should be to book regular maintenance checkups for both your heating and cooling system. It might seem odd to call a professional to look at your air conditioner at the end of a hot summer, but it’s always good practice to make sure there are no surprises next summer. And before you flip on that furnace, it doesn’t hurt to book some maintenance either. Imagine if you left your car in the garage all summer and then started it up in the winter to go for a ride. Avoid any surprises by having a professional sign off on things if you can.

Last but not least, you should make sure your thermostat is working properly. While it is recommended to have a smart thermostat, it’s not always within the budget. However, most thermostats allow you to program the temperature. Make sure it’s not working too hard by keeping things cooler during the day while you’re at work or out of the house. You can set the thermostat to warm your home closer to the time when you’ll be there the most. This saves your furnace from overworking and keeps energy costs a bit lower.

Novel Care Can Help with Fall and Winter HVAC Maintenance

As you’ve already seen, most of these fall and winter tips you can handle yourself but maintaining an air conditioner or furnace takes a professional. Our team has over 30 years of experience helping homeowners and business owners alike in Toronto and the GTA with their HVAC needs. We’ve seen and repaired it all, so feel free to give us a call at 416-921-0000 to book any maintenance you might need. We’re even available 24/7 in case of an emergency. Rest assured that when it comes to your HVAC, we’re always here to help.

Most people know that baseboard heating is one of the most inefficient ways to heat your home. If you don’t know what this is, baseboard heating is a series of metal units placed along the bottom of exterior walls of your home, typically under windows. These units can be controlled in various ways, but they directly use electricity to provide radiant heat to your home. While they do a good job of heating spaces they use much more energy than pretty much every other method of heating your home.

Furnaces vs Baseboard Heating

Most new furnaces use natural gas to heat air that is then forced throughout your home via a system of ductwork. New high-efficiency furnaces are very efficient and one of the most affordable ways to heat your home. The price of natural gas versus electricity is very different, and your furnace doesn’t need to use as much of it to operate properly. On top of that, your furnace is much smarter and more efficient at heating the air being used in your home, it also comes equipped with a humidity controls. This allows you to properly control the humidity in your home.

Boilers vs Baseboard Heating

Like furnaces, boilers are much more efficient at heating your home than baseboard heating is. Boilers don’t do exactly what it sounds like. They don’t actually boil water, but they do heat it up quite a bit in order to distribute heat throughout a system of piping and radiators throughout your home. As you may have guessed, most boilers operate on natural gas and are very efficient. They provide your home with reliable heating that will cost you much less than baseboard heating.

Replace Your Baseboard Heating Today

While it might be a little bit of an up front cost to replace baseboard heating in your home, you will certainly make up for the cost in the long run. Installing a boiler in a home without existing ductwork or installing a furnace in a home that has ductwork is fairly affordable and over time will pay for itself. Your baseboard heating system is simply costing you a lot to heat your home; you can literally save hundreds of dollars a year on your heating bills by replacing your baseboard heating.

Contact a Novel Care HVAC technician today to learn more about replacing your baseboard heating system. Our friendly staff will help you make an educated choice about what alternative fits your budget, your home and your lifestyle: 416-921-0000.

5. Lubricate & Clean the Blower Motor: Check your owner’s manual to see if your motor is the kind that needs lubricating or not. Not all blower motors need lubricating, so you can save yourself a lot of work if it doesn’t. If it does, turn off the power, open the cover and clean the caps covering the bearings. Then remove the caps and lubricate the bearings. If just reading this sounds like a lot of work to you, feel free to give one of our HVAC system technicians a call and we’ll take care of it.

6. Test the Igniter Switch: An older HVAC system might have a pilot light that needs relighting if it blows out or is off for maintenance. A newer HVAC system will have a furnace with an electronic igniter switch. If the igniter isn’t working, push the reset button. If that doesn’t do the trick, check your breaker. Still not working? Call a professional. The last thing you want to do is damage the igniter or the furnace.

7. Inspect the Chimney & Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer because it has no smell or taste. Chimneys can house carbon buildup or even small animals, which can lead to a blockage and carbon monoxide in your home. A professional will inspect all the chimneys on your home to ensure that they’re safe. It’s also a good idea to routinely test or replace carbon monoxide detectors as they help protect you year round.

8. Replace The Filter And Nozzle, And Check the Tank Level of Oil Furnaces: Unlike gas-fired systems, oil units require oil filter changes, burner nozzle cleaning and a pretty thorough heat-exchanger brushing. This keeps your entire HVAC system including your oil furnace running efficiently. Since oil doesn’t burn as cleanly as gas things can get fairly dirty and inefficient if left unattended.

Overall, there are quite a few important things that you should be taking care of at least once a year if you have an HVAC system that you take care of yourself. If home maintenance like this isn’t your thing, that’s what we’re here for. Contact us at Novel Care Toronto. We’ll give you a free quote and let you know just how quickly we can be there: 416-921-0000.

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School is back in session; the leaves are starting to fall, and pumpkins are popping up in festive displays all over the place. It won’t be long until you switch your HVAC system over from cooling to heating, if you haven’t already. Essentially, winter is coming, and you need to ensure your HVAC system is ready. Here are some things that you need to ensure are working properly, configured properly and ready to keep your family warm.

Checking Your HVAC System

1. Turn On the Thermostat: The first thing most people do is to switch the thermostat over to heating. Setting the temperature, a couple of degrees warmer this time of year doesn’t mean that your system will turn on all the time, but it’ll keep your home warm if the temperature dips slightly. If you don’t hear the furnace kick in, take the cover off your thermostat, and ensure that all the wiring is properly attached and snug. Additionally, make sure that there is power to your thermostat as well as your furnace. If it’s still not working, you could check the furnace fan, blower or heat pump, but at this point it’s probably best to call a professional HVAC system technician.

2. Change The Air Filters: You may or may not already know this, but your furnace has air filters that clean the air that’s being blown around your house. Most of the time there’s only 1 filter that resides in your furnace, but some HVAC systems have filters in each of the vents throughout your home. Whether you have a single filter in your HVAC system or not they should all be changed every few months. You may not think your home is dusty until you take a look at these filters. We promise once you change them, you’ll never forget to do it again…yuck! Changing these filters means you’ll not only have cleaner air, but also, it’ll help prolong the life of your furnace.

3. Cover The AC Condenser: Unless your HVAC system has a heat pump (in which case, don’t cover it at all because it runs all year), cover the condenser to protect it from falling icicles. You don’t have to completely wrap up your air conditioning systems’ condenser but protecting the top of it from anything large falling on it can save you on repair costs when spring time comes. Don’t wrap it in a moisture-trapping plastic tarp.

4. Clean The Heat Exchanger: The heat exchanger in your HVAC system should be cleaned out properly at least once a year by a professional, like an HVAC technician from Novel Care. This needs to be done while the unit is disabled to avoid injury. Our technicians will look for cracks that can lead to dangerous CO (carbon monoxide) leaks.

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There’s no denying that the city of Toronto and the GTA can get humid and uncomfortable when the summer months come by. Our client Harpreet can attest to that. With a new dog under a year old and a baby on the way, his central air conditioning gave out just as the temperature began to climb. Harpreet eventually found us after a tedious search for heating and air conditioning in Toronto. We were glad to help in a hurry.

When Heating and Air Conditioning in Toronto Can’t Wait

Imagine the mercury rising, so you turn on your air conditioner. Only trouble is that it’s not quite as cool as you’d like. You tinker with the thermostat but nothing is working. Something is wrong. Add in the pup running around and a pregnant wife, and you can understand just how stressed out Harpreet was when he began his search for heating and air conditioning in Toronto. Thankfully, he found us soon after.

Once he explained the issue, we were able to dispatch someone to his home fairly quick. Our expert worked with Harpreet to explain what the issues were, and what kind of budget he had to work with. Thankfully, his budget wasn’t too strict since the unit was better off being replaced than repaired. We explained that there was a warranty in place with the new model, and Harpreet should feel comfortable giving us a call should anything go wrong.

Our expert recommended a central air conditioning unit that made sense for the size of the home. We were even able to schedule the installation a day later to ensure it was up and running when the heat kicked in that week. Harpreet followed up with us to say thank you and that his ac was running great. Oh, and his new baby girl was safe from the sticky summer temperatures.

Novel Care Is The Right Choice For Heating And Air Conditioning In Toronto

With more than 30 years of HVAC experience, Novel Care is a name you can count on for repairs, maintenance, and installation of furnaces, boilers, air conditioning units and much more. We carefully select only the best technicians to join our team to ensure efficiency in every call we answer. Whether it’s for a small commercial space, or a residential home, we understand that you deserve to be comfortable year round. That’s why we’re available 24/7. Just contact us at 416-921-0000 and we’ll be there to respond quickly, assess the situation at hand, and make recommendations based on your needs and budget. For heating and air conditioning in Toronto, you can’t go wrong with Novel Care.

We’ve all come home, kicked off our shoes after a long day and made our way to the couch before, but walking across a cold floor isn’t so great. Whether you prefer the comfort of socks, slippers, or bare feet, nothing says luxury like a heated floor, especially in the winter months ahead. After all, we’ll be spending more time indoors as the snow and cold air blow around outside and the temperature continues to fall. So why not enjoy the added warmth a heated floor can provide? More specifically, what radiant floor heating can provide.

What Is Radiant Floor Heating Anyway?

It’s actually a very straightforward process. Radiant floor heating consists of 3 different methods of heating your floor. While each method is unique, they all focus on running a heating system under your flooring in order to keep it the perfect temperature for you.

Electric Floor Heating

  • Electric cables and mats
  • Often paired with higher density flooring

Usually, this method of radiant floor heating involves the use of cables being fed under the floor to warm a given area. However, electric mats can also be installed to incorporate radiant floor heating as well. One thing to be aware of with this type of electric heating is that it works best when paired with a floor that can retain heat. The thicker the material of the floor, the longer the heat can be stored, requiring less energy. Overall, a professional radiant floor heating installer can work with you to explain the details and best practises for this method of heating your floors.

Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating

  • Uses water like a boiler
  • Leak-resistant, non-toxic piping

Probably the most efficient of the 3 options would be hydronic radiant floor heating. This method operates similarly to the way a boiler works. It incorporates tubes under a given area of your floor and has water pumped through them. The water is heated to a hot enough temperature to heat the floor and remains in the tubes until the temperature drops. Once it cools a bit, the water is circulated back to the boiler to be heated again. Hydronic floor heating is the most efficient since it uses the same water in a closed system, and doesn’t require much energy to heat. Consult with a local radiant floor heating professional for more information on this style of floor heating.

Air-Heated Radiant Flooring

  • Uses air to heat your floors

Sad to say, but this is the least efficient way to heat your floors. Air-heated radiant flooring doesn’t allow for the air to stay in one spot, which makes it harder to regulate and stay warm. This is still an option of course, but it would most likely cost more due to the additional energy required to get your floor consistently warm. And since things are expensive enough in Toronto and the GTA, this may not be your best option.

The Best Time To Install Radiant Floor Heating

The short answer is, when you are making renovations to your home. Now of course you can start with planning your floor heating first and build up, whatever you prefer. In our experience, this luxury is easiest to install when you are making other renovations since floors may be getting redone or replaced and would give easy access to installing floor heating.

Floor Heating Professionals

As you probably already know, Toronto and the GTA is a big place with plenty of self-proclaimed experts waiting to offer their services. You’ll need to invest a bit of time asking the right questions and maybe even comparing a few different professionals before hiring someone. Or you could always go with a brand that has over 35 years of experience and has built a reputation on delivering customer satisfaction. Novel Care is equipped with a dedicated team of real professionals that can work with you to get what you need on a budget you can afford. Contact us at 416-921-0000 to ask about radiant floor heating and we’d gladly set up a time to assess your home for a solution that works for you. Indulge in radiant floor heating with Novel Care and live in luxury this winter.