Top 5 Reasons to Get a Professional HVAC Tune-Up

All Mechanical Systems Require Regular Maintenance

When it comes to saving money, there is a short-term view and long-term view. Most of the time, it’s easier to make decisions that would mean being able to save money when you see what something costs up front. That’s a good thing! You get to keep some money while being able to buy what you need or want.

However, there are times when spending a little bit of money up front would result in greater savings overall. How is spending more money now going to help you save, you may ask? Professional Tune-ups.

Consider Regular HVAC Maintenance

Your furnace and air conditioner are designed to function optimally for as long as they can. They are built to last, but over time, both your heating and cooling equipment are subjected to wear and tear which affect their performance and lifespan. 

Although HVAC equipment are meant to last a long time and can withstand extensive daily use, this does not mean that they shouldn’t be given regular maintenance.

As a homeowner you may not realize that in the span of a year, the HVAC systems operate for as much as 3,300 hours. It may not sound like a lot, but to give a bit of perspective, that’s similar to a car driving over 200,000 miles at 65kph for 3,300 hours!

For a journey like that, a responsible car owner would arrange for lubrication, oil changes, tire maintenance, and tune-ups along the way to make it safely to their destination without their vehicle breaking down. 

In order for your furnace and air conditioner and for you to be able to maximize its lifespan, routine HVAC tune ups are a necessity. Here are the top five reasons why you should get a professional HVAC tune-up:

Increased Reliability

You can rest assured that your air conditioning and heating system won’t suddenly go berserk on you, when a professional HVAC technician regularly checks and tunes it up for maximum efficiency. A trained eye can see which parts need maintenance or replacement and when doing so, increases the health and longevity of your HVAC.

Energy Costs Savings

A fine-tuned system consumes energy more efficiently, giving you the right amount of cooling or heating. The efficiency ensured by regular HVAC maintenance can add up over time in the form of lower utility bills. Think of it this way, the money you spend on tune-ups pays itself off and also ultimately helps you save money by ensuring your HVAC is efficiently consuming energy instead of requiring more of it.


That odd sound and clanking noise is indicative of something wrong with your machine. Particularly true for heating systems, having odd noises looked at as soon as possible can mean a huge difference when it comes to safety. Tune-ups can and will prevent accidents caused by faulty indicators or damaged heating systems.

By having a professional HVAC technician perform a tune up, you can also catch issues which may not always present themselves as visible symptoms. Symptoms such as leaks and other internal machine damages.

Improved Comfort and Air Quality

You can enjoy consistent performance and cleaner interior air with regular maintenance. Cleaned out filters or those which may need replacing can be addressed. Your interior air will be cooler or hotter as needed while being allergen- and microbe-free as well.

Maximized Lifespan

An HVAC system that is well-taken care of can serve you for a long time. By allocating the necessary budget for routine checks and tune-ups, you will get he most value out of your heating & cooling system. 

If you have questions, give us a call at +1-289-301-0720 and we can walk you through it.

Heat Pumps – What You Need to Know

Heat Pumps Are More Common Than You Think.

There are a range of options when you’re looking for heating or cooling systems to match your home, budget, and location. If your household is not suitable for centralized ductwork or you don’t want to have bulkheads installed in your living space, you might want to consider installing an air source heat pump.

Let’s say you have a second level, a bedroom, a cottage or office that does not already have centralized ductwork. Or you do not currently live or work in a location with access to a city natural gas line or an existing propane system in your home. Heat pumps may be the right fit for you. This highly efficient technology offers a solution and proves to be great alternatives to furnaces or bigger heating systems.

How do air source heat pumps work?

A heat pump is a system of heating and cooling that has two main components required for installation. There is an outdoor unit that is commonly mounted on an outside wall with brackets and an indoor unit or diffuser which pushes the conditioned air around your living space. Commonly you can install a 1 to 1 system with one indoor and one outdoor unit.  Or you can have a multi head system with one outdoor unit that has multiple heads to provide heating and cooling to various rooms and areas of your living space.

Similar to an air conditioner, a heat pump can cool your home by removing heat from the inside of your house by discharging it outside your house. It can also work in the opposite direction, absorbing heat energy from outside the house and rejecting it inside the house.

Heat pumps are powered by electricity and are highly efficient appliances because they move (pump) heat instead of generating heat. Traditional heating systems use electricity, natural gas, or propane to generate heat by combustion or an electric heating element. A heat pump uses its energy source to move heat to make it significantly more efficient.

The interesting thing about this technology is that even when outside temperatures are really cold it is still able to absorb heat from the outside. This is due to the (2nd Law of Thermo Dynamics – i.e. energy flows from hot to cold) fact that when refrigerant loses pressure it gets colder than the outside air temperature and is therefore still capable of absorbing heat from the outside.

Different Types of Heat Pumps

Although all serving the same purpose, there are three different types of heat pumps you can choose from:

  • Air-to-air pump – This is the most common type of heat pump which moves heat from inside your house to outside and vice versa.
  • Water source pump – If you live near a water source, you can take advantage of water source pumps where your heat pump will move heat from your home to the nearby water source. This, however, is more expensive to install.
  • Geothermal – Similar to water source pumps, this heat pump relies on temperature from ground sources. Factors such as your house’s landscape, lot space, and subsoil all need to be taken into consideration when opting for a geothermal pump.

Advantages of Using Heat Pumps

So why should you go for a heat pump to condition your indoor air versus traditional heating systems?

  • If you have a space without existing ductwork a heat pump is a great way to bring heating and cooling to that room, home, or cottage.
  • Heat pumps are extremely efficient and use little energy compared to their traditional counterparts.
  • If you do not have access to natural gas or propane sources, a heat pump can be a cost-effective way to bring heating and cooling to your space.
  • In the past heat pumps were limited to the lowest temperatures in colder regions and in some cases may not be able to provide heating at extremely cold temperatures. With advancements in technology newer low ambient units can produce heat efficiently up to -35 degrees.
  • No risk of carbon dioxide emissions into your home as hydrocarbons are not used to generate heat.

Disadvantages of Heat Pumps

Although there are tons of advantages to using heat pumps, here are some disadvantages to consider as well:

  • Depending on your application, compared to replacing a traditional furnace and air conditioner, heat pumps can be expensive.
  • If you live or plan on operating a heat pump in a region with consistent extremely cold temperatures. i.e. less than -35 you will likely need to supplement heat with a traditional heat source like a baseboard heater.
  • The heat coming from a heat pump is less intense than traditional heaters or furnaces so the units will tend to run longer and will not shut off as much as a transitional forced air system.

If you have questions and further concerns while deciding whether or not to get a heat pump installed or are looking for maintenance to keep your heat pump in top performance, give us a call at +1-289-301-0720 and we can walk you through it.

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