In properties that do not have a central, ducted system installed, ductless air con units, or mini-splits as they are also known, provide Vaughan residents with a convenient way to control the temperature and humidity of the air in their homes. If you have just purchased a house that has no air conditioning installed or you have a ducted system that is proving difficult to maintain, you might like to consider buying a mini split for each of the rooms in your home that you wish to keep comfortably cool during the summer months.
How a Ductless Air Conditioner Installation Could Help
There are a number of benefits you stand to gain if you decide to install ductless units in your home, the biggest of which we have listed below for your convenience.
- Ability to Spread the Cost of Installation – Because ductless units are installed in each room where you wish to control the temperature, there is no need to pay for your entire system all at once. If you are on a tight budget, you can elect to install units in your main living area and master bedroom first, leaving the rest of the house until such a time as you have more funds available.
- Ability to Vary temperature and Humidity By Room – Ducted air con systems cool an entire property to the same temperature. While outlets in individual rooms can be blocked, this is not recommended as it can have a negative impact on the efficiency of the system as a whole. However, each ductless air conditioner installation in your home can be set to a different temperature and humidity, enabling you to keep your bedroom cooler than your living room, or your kitchen less humid than your dining room. You are in control of every room of your home when you install mini split units.
- Less Likelihood of Catastrophic Failure – If a ducted air con system fails in the middle of a steamy Vaughan summer, the temperature and humidity in your home may become unbearable. However, if one mini split air conditioner installation were to fail, you could simply avoid using the room in which it is located until it has been repaired by a qualified engineer.
- Better Air Quality – Modern mini splits feature multi-stage air filtration, which means they are generally able to filter out more dust and allergens than central air con units. If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, ductless air con units could be the best solution for your home.
- Lower Energy Bills – If you are spending the entire day in your living room, there is no need to cool the upstairs of your home at all. By turning off the ductless units in your bedrooms when you are downstairs, you can save a significant amount on your utility bills.
- More Environmentally Friendly – The ability to turn off individual units that is mentioned in the above point also makes mini splits potentially more environmentally friendly. Because you will only be running each air conditioner installation when you are actually in the room in which it is located, you will be using less energy and therefore reducing the carbon footprint of your household.
For more information on the benefits of ductless units or to request a quotation, please feel free to call us at any time. At Tasa Air, we have a highly skilled air conditioner installation team and service clients in all parts of the GTA. Call today so that we can help you to make your home a comfortable place in which to spend time this summer.
There are many different makes and models of furnace filter available in Vaughan, which can make it rather difficult to know which one to buy for your system. If you are not sure what type of filter would be the best choice for your home furnace, this article is for you. In it, we take a look at the most important factors to consider when buying new filters and the possible consequences of choosing the wrong type.
Choosing the Right Filter for Your Next Furnace Service
To ensure that it continues to run at maximum efficiency, it is a good idea to have your furnace serviced at least once a year. However, air filters may need replacing more often than this as they tend to become rather clogged when the furnace is being run all the time. During the winter months it is a good idea to check your filter every month and replace if necessary. When replacing your filter, consider the following factors:
- Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) – The filters that you find for sale in local stores and online should all have a MERV rating, which could be anywhere from 1 to 16. The higher the rating, the higher the percentage of small particles the filter will trap. It is important not to make the mistake of assuming that more efficiency is better when it comes to furnace filters: while high efficiency filters remove a greater percentage of small particles from the air, they will also make your heating appliance work harder. You need to check your manual and see what MERV rating is recommended, or consult a local furnace service expert. Unless your owner’s manual suggests otherwise, a filter with a MERV rating of around 8 is a good compromise between airflow and quality.
- Fibreglass Vs High Efficiency – The filters with a high MERV rating capture almost all small particles in the air, including pollen, bacteria and viruses. This makes them a good choice for people who suffer from allergies or who may be particularly vulnerable to infection. However, traditional low-cost fibreglass filters allow a much greater airflow, ensuring they do not put any extra strain on your furnace. For this reason, we would normally recommend fibreglass filters unless you have a medical condition that makes high efficiency filters a better choice. As mentioned in the previous point, you must check your manual or consult a furnace service expert before installing a filter with a high MERV rating.
The Consequences of Making the Wrong Choice
If you decide to go ahead and install a MERV 16 filter without checking your furnace manual, there is a very good chance that you will place an unnecessarily high burden on your heating appliance that results in key components wearing faster than normal. Although Vaughan is home to a number of reputable furnace service companies, there is no point in paying for a service engineer to attend your appliance more frequently than is really necessary. Choose the right filters in the first place and an annual service should be adequate.
If you would rather leave the choice of filter to a professional, please feel free to call Tasa Air and speak to a member of our team during business hours. Our furnace service engineers are highly experienced professionals with years of industry experience and can attend properties across the GTA. Wherever you happen to live, call now and make an appointment to have your appliance serviced by one of our engineers: we guarantee to provide you with a level of service that you are unlikely to encounter elsewhere.
It is important to have your ductless air con units repaired as soon as a fault is noticed, especially if the fault in question involves leaking refrigerant. All of the liquid coolants that are currently used in mini split units are chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which means they have the potential to be very dangerous should they escape into the atmosphere. A properly working air conditioning unit should not actually consume any CFCs: it is only when they malfunction, i.e. spring a leak, that the level of refrigerant will start to drop.
Why Ductless Air Conditioning Repair Is Crucial When a Refrigerant Leak is Identified
There are three main reasons that you should call an air-con engineer as soon as you suspect a leak in one of your ductless units.
- Your Health – Leaking refrigerant could cause serious health issues for you and your family, especially if you inhale any of the gases that are produced as it evaporates. Common symptoms of inhalation include nausea and headache. In very serious cases, asphyxiation is possible. If you have any reason to suspect that one of your ductless units is malfunctioning due to a leak, call a ductless air conditioning repair expert as soon as possible. There are many competent HVAC engineers in Vaughan and the surrounding area so it should not be difficult to find one that is willing to visit your home.
- The Environment – CFCs are some of the most dangerous gases as far as the environment is concerned so it is incumbent upon all of us to minimize the quantity that leaks into the atmosphere every year. If you are trying to lead a greener life and reduce your carbon footprint, you will want to make sure that any coolant leaks in your ductless air con units are fixed at the earliest possible opportunity.
- Your Air Con Units – As any experienced ductless air conditioning repair engineer will be able to tell you, failure to take care of leaks as soon as they are observed could lead to long-term damage to your air con units that costs a lot of money to fix. In some cases, replacement may be the only economically viable option that is open to you so it is essential that you deal with all leaks straight away.
How to Tell if You Have a Leak
Unless you are a trained HVAC engineer, it can be difficult to spot leaking refrigerant in your ductless units. However, there are a couple of signs you can watch out for that may point to a leak.
- Temperature Not Dropping as Quickly as Normal – If it seems to be taking much longer than normal for the air temperature in your home to drop when you turn on your air con units, this could be due to a leak. It is the refrigerant that absorbs the heat from the air passed through each air con unit so when there is not enough of it, your air con units take longer to perform their job. As soon as you notice this symptom, call a ductless air conditioning repair engineer and request an urgent visit.
- High Utility Bills – If you see a sudden increase in your electricity bill, this could be a sign that your air con units are working too hard, due to a lack of refrigerant.
If you have any reason at all to suspect a leak, call our Vaughan ductless air conditioning repair team immediately. We cover the whole of the GTA and can send an engineer to your home to diagnose and repair any faults with your mini split units.
If you think you have found the right firm to install a new furnace in your home, your next task is to make sure that everything you agree upon is put in writing, before the actual installation process gets underway. It is only by having a formal contract drawn up that you can ensure everybody knows what is expected of them. When there is nothing in writing to refer to, disagreements often occur, and solving them can be close to impossible.
What You Need to Make Sure of Before Your Furnace Installation Begins
Whether you are having a new appliance fitted right here in Vaughan or somewhere else in the country, the following points should all be covered by the installation contract that you have prepared.
- Timeframe – Normally, a new installation should not take more than a couple of days or, in some cases, no more than a few hours. The exact timeframe will depend on whether there is much preparation work to be done before the new appliance can be fitted and various other factors. However long it is likely to take, it is important is to agree on a timeframe and include it in your furnace installation contract. You almost certainly have other responsibilities that you need to attend to so you will want to know exactly how long you need to be at your home in order to oversee the work that is being done.
- Cost – How much you will be charged for the supply (if applicable) and installation of your new appliance is of course of prime importance and needs to be included in your contract. There should also be provisions covering any extra work that may be required as the installation progresses. If, for example, it is discovered that your ducts need replacing, this will be easier to accomplish if a price has already been agreed for such an eventuality. In most cases, the firm you engage should be able to advise you of all costs in advance but occasionally, something untoward may be discovered once the furnace installation process has started.
- Make and Model of Furnace – To make sure that both parties know exactly what type of furnace is to be installed, this should also be written into the contract. The last thing you want is the installation team turning up on the appointed day with a different appliance to the one you decided to have fitted in your home. If there are any doubts regarding the availability of the make and model you have chosen, you may wish to insert a clause listing alternative appliances that are acceptable to you. Once the furnace installation has been completed, it will obviously be much more difficult to have it changed so having these details in the contract will help to avoid any possible problems that may arise from supply difficulties.
- Location – This may seem like an obvious point but it is a good idea to have your full address included in the contract. Failure to include such details can result in extra delivery charges or other complications. If you want to make sure that the installation team has no problems finding your home, it is a good idea to use a local firm. Vaughan residents, for example, may wish to choose a company based in the same city, or a neighbouring one.
Once you are sure that all the necessary details have been included in the contract, both parties should sign and date it. For advice on how to arrange an efficient furnace installation, please feel free to call us at any time.