Advantage Airtech Blog

What’s the Noise Coming from My Boiler and What Can I Do about It?

April 27th, 2015

One of the biggest advantages of using a boiler for home heating is that boilers are generally very quiet. Of course, the advanced comfort of a boiler is the main reason to purchase one, but when the tank becomes noisy, you cannot fully enjoy the heat. You may begin to wonder about the state of your system. Should you continue using it? Is your boiler at risk? We’ll answer these questions in today’s guide, but be sure to call a professional HVAC technician when you suspect an issue with your heater. Continue Reading

What to Do before Calling for Heating Repair

April 20th, 2015

We cannot go without heat for long in our area, so we know that you cannot deal with a heating system breakdown for long. When your system breaks down completely, you want heat restored to your home quickly. Often, this means you have to wait for a technician to show up to your home. This is the ideal option when a component of your heater is broken, as a technician can fix such problems faster and with greater accuracy than the average home do-it-yourselfer. However, there are a few things you can check before making the call. Continue Reading

How Does a Water Heater Work?

April 13th, 2015

It’s difficult to picture a life without access to hot water, as water heaters have become standard in most homes in the United States. Even when the weather outside is warm, a cold shower is simply not bearable for most people, and besides, we use hot water for cleaning, food preparation, and many daily grooming tasks. But most people do not take the time to think about how the hot water heater works. However, understanding a few basics of how the traditional storage tank water heater can help you to recognize trouble so that you can call for repairs as soon as problems occur. Let’s take a look at some of the fundamentals. Continue Reading

3 Ways Duct Cleaning Benefits Your Home

April 6th, 2015

When you run your forced-air heating and air conditioning system, a filter works to eliminate many of the contaminant in the air you breathe. A fan sucks in air from the home for heating or cooling, and the filter traps many of the most harmful contaminants which would otherwise circulate through your home. Unfortunately, not all of the most dangerous pollutants in your home are eliminated. Most filters cannot remove smaller particles and microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses. These may move back out through the vents, or they can gather in the ducts.

Professional duct cleaning involves the use of specialized equipment which is difficult for the average homeowner to access. When you schedule service with an expert, you can expect a thorough inspection and only the safest and most complete methods of duct contaminant removal. Here’s how removing dust, debris, bacteria, and mold from your ducts can benefit you.

  • Improved Air Quality – Of course, the most obvious benefit of cleaning the ducts is the effect on the air you breathe. But you may be surprised to learn just how many contaminants are actually in the average duct system. Ducts are home to mold spores, pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and bacteria which can lead to illness, aggravate allergies, and cause particular harm for those with compromised immune systems.
  • Better HVAC Performance – Larger debris and thick layers of dust in ductwork can actually interfere with your HVAC system. The extra friction in the ducts means it takes longer for your home to reach the desired temperature. This uses up more energy and can wear down the blower motor and other important components.
  • Duct Inspection – A quality duct cleaning professional will also take the time to make sure that the ducts are free of leaks and cracks which allow dirt and moisture to enter. Leaky ducts cost homeowners a lot of extra money in energy costs over the course of a year, so prompt duct repair is important for both efficiency and air quality.

Call Advantage Airtech today for duct cleaning, duct repair, and quality heating and air conditioning services in Toronto from professionals you can trust.

What Type of Maintenance Does a Geothermal System Need?

March 27th, 2015

A geothermal heating and cooling system utilizes a heat pump in conjunction with a buried ground loop system in order to use heat from beneath the ground in order to warm your home. During the summer, heat is withdrawn from the air in your home and is then sunk into the ground via the geothermal loop. As is the case with any other residential heating or cooling system, routine maintenance is necessary if you hope to keep your geothermal heating and cooling system in the finest working condition possible. To schedule geothermal system maintenance in Ajax, ON with a professional you can trust, just call Advantage Airtech today. We offer the exceptional maintenance services that your geothermal system needs to succeed.

While geothermal loops require very little in the way of maintenance, as they are really just a series of tubes through which an antifreeze solution flows, the heat pump itself does require routine maintenance services in order to stay in fine working condition. The level of the antifreeze in your geothermal system will have to be checked in order to ensure that it is able to absorb and dissipate thermal energy effectively. If there is a leak resulting in the loss of antifreeze, it will have to be resolved if you hope to use your geothermal system as effectively as possible. A maintenance technician will check these levels, and will measure the pressure and temperature within the geothermal loop.

It is also necessary that your geothermal heat pump is thoroughly and deeply cleaned if you want it to continue to function properly. When dirt and other debris allowed to build up within your geothermal heat pump, this buildup can seriously inhibit the system in a few different ways. Sensitive components may not be able to move freely, and dirty electrical contacts may not allow for proper operation. Only a trained professional can safely and meticulously clean your system free of debris.

Finally, keep in mind that there is more to your geothermal heating and cooling system than just the components outside. The ductwork that delivers heated and cooled air throughout your home, for instance, must be thoroughly inspected to guarantee that it is in fine working condition and is not compromised. Only when every component of your geothermal system is successfully maintained can you hope for it to function at peak performance levels.

Call Advantage Airtech today if you are ready to schedule geothermal system maintenance in Ajax, ON.

Should I Schedule Annual HVAC Maintenance Now?

March 20th, 2015

With another winter behind us, the time has come to start thinking about how you are going to keep your cool this summer season. Even if you have a great air conditioner that has served you well in the past, it is important that you give Advantage Airtech a call to ensure that your system is ready for action when temperatures start to creep upwards once more. Annual HVAC maintenance in Whitby, ON is the only way to get your AC ready for the hottest time of the year to come.

Scheduling HVAC maintenance now, as spring sets in, is a great way in which to ensure that you are able to cool your home efficiently and reliably when things really start to heat up. In order to prepare yourself fully for the heat of summer, it is best to schedule routine maintenance before the heat arrives in full. One reason for this, of course, is that your system will be in the best working condition possible following its annual maintenance service. Should you wait to schedule service, running your air conditioner for a while before having it tuned up, you may wind up paying more money than you should have to in order to cool your home. Even worse, you may be paying too much for that subpar performance.

Another reason as to why you should schedule your HVAC maintenance now is that this is a great way in which to discover any operational problems with your system before you really need it. You don’t want to thrust your AC into usage again, only to find it struggling and on the verge of a breakdown just when you require its service the most. Not only will scheduling your HVAC maintenance with a member of our staff now allow for the discovery of any problems with your system, but it will give us the time necessary to resolve them entirely without disrupting your comfort.

Don’t allow the heat to sneak up on you this summer, let alone issues with your home cooling system. Prepare yourself for the weather to come by scheduling annual HVAC maintenance in Whitby, ON with Advantage Airtech today.

We will make sure that your system is in fine working order before the summer – and our busiest time of year – gets under way.

How Can One Benefit from the Use of an HRV?

March 13th, 2015

There are a lot of factors that homeowners must keep in mind, many which extend beyond simply maintaining their HVAC systems, if they hope to live comfortably in their homes. Doing so is further complicated, of course, when one attempts to live comfortably while also doing so efficiently. If these are goals that you would like to achieve, then one piece of equipment well worth your consideration is the heat recovery ventilator. Such systems, called HRVs for short, can benefit homeowners in many different ways. As is the case with any HVAC or IAQ systems and devices, though, it is vital that your HRV is installed and serviced by a trained professional. Call Advantage Airtech to ensure that your heat recovery ventilator services in Pickering, ON are of the highest quality. 

A heat recovery ventilator is a device which essentially works as a heat exchanger in order to take some strain off of  your HVAC system, potentially reducing energy costs, all while helping to better ventilate your home. Basically, it works to bring incoming air closer to the temperature of the outgoing air. This means, for instance, that in the summer the hot, but fresh, incoming air will be precooled by the cooler, but stale, indoor air on its way out. This is achieved by passing the two air streams very near each other without mixing them, and using the heat exchanger in the HRV to facilitate the transfer of heat. During the winter months, the operation is reversed; cold, fresh air is brought in, and is warmed up the warm air being vented out.

Heat recovery ventilators can really help homeowners to live more comfortably, as sufficient ventilation really is an important part of the comfort equation. As we strive to heat and cool our homes as efficiently as possible, though, many homeowners seek to seal up their homes tightly. This may help to minimize the risk of energy loss, but it can lead to very low indoor air quality, especially when running an HVAC system regularly. Of course you are not just going to throw your windows open when running your heater or AC, but by preconditioning incoming air with a heat recovery ventilator, you can allow for adequate ventilation with minimal energy loss.

This can also help you to take some of the strain off of your HVAC system itself. In doing so, you can cut down on energy costs, as well as prevent some wear and tear on your system. Advantage Airtech will make sure that your system functions at peak performance levels.

Why wouldn’t you take advantage of a device that allows for all of that? Schedule your heat recovery ventilator services in Pickering, ON with us today.

3 Tips for Heating Your Home More Effectively

March 6th, 2015

The winter season here in Ontario can be truly brutal. A great heating system is something much more than a luxury in this region: it is an absolute necessity. Even if you have a quality heating system, though, you may find yourself less than impressed with its performance at different points. The good news is that there are a number of ways in which you can boost the effectiveness with which you heat your home. Some are quite simple, while others will require the help of trained professionals. Here are 3 tips to help you heat your home in Scarborough, ON more effectively. If you have any further questions, contact the heating professionals you can count on by calling Advantage Airtech today.

One of the simplest ways in which to heat your home more effectively, of course, is to keep the heat in your home where it belongs: therein. Properly insulating your home is the most important step to take in order to heat your house. Of course, there are also minor steps you can take which can bolster the effectiveness with which you heat your home. By opening your drapes during the daytime, for instance, you can supplement your heater’s performance by exploiting the radiant heat of the sun. Pull your drapes shut when the sun goes down to help trap this heat within. It sounds simple, and it may pale in comparison to the ways in which your insulation allows you to effectively heat your home, but following this tip can really help you to live more comfortably in your home.

If you hope to truly heat your home effectively, of course, then you must have the means by which to successfully regulate the operation of your home heating system. This may require that you replace an your existing thermostat, if it is not of the right style or design for your usage habits and goals. Manual thermostats, for instance, are best replaced with digital models, which are easier to set precisely while still keeping their operation quite simple. Other options, such as smart thermostats, give you far greater control and can help you to use your heater more effectively than ever before. Contact us to discuss your options.

Finally, consider the installation of a zone control system in your home if you are serious about heating your house more effectively. A zone control system gives you the option of maintaining different temperatures in different parts your household. This means that you can maintain higher temperatures in occupied areas than you do in unoccupied regions, allowing you to cut down on energy usage while still heating those areas of your home that you do us in a more effective manner.

For expert zone control system installation and more heating tips in Scarborough, ON, contact Advantage Airtech today.

Can Commercial HVAC Repair Services Wait?

February 27th, 2015

Owning commercial property, regardless of the size of your operation or precisely what type of business you may conduct within that property, comes with a long list of responsibilities. Even for the most dedicated property owner, keeping on top of everything can be a challenge. Keep on top of everything you must, though, especially when it comes to the services that your HVAC system needs to succeed.

If you want to ensure that your clients, tenants, employees, and other guests in your commercial property are as comfortable as possible throughout the year, then you must schedule your commercial HVAC services with a trained professional. Doing so is as simple as dialing our number and working with a pro on the Advantage Airtech team. One sage piece of wisdom we’d like to share is that you cannot afford to delay when it comes to the completion of any commercial HVAC repairs that you may need in Ajax.

Prompt HVAC repairs are in your best interest for a number of reasons. First and foremost is that a compromised commercial heating or air conditioning system is just not going to function as effectively as it should if every component in that system is not kept in fine working order. Any one piece of your commercial HVAC system can throw off its performance as a whole if a problem should develop. Plus, a commercial HVAC system that is in need of repairs will not function at peak efficiency levels, either. This can lead to wasted energy, meaning that you may wind up paying more money than usual to run your commercial HVAC system, even as the quality of its overall performance plummets.

Another reason why it is so vital that you schedule commercial HVAC repairs in Ajax at the very first sign of trouble is the fact that any problems with your system are likely only going to worsen over time. They will not simply work themselves out the way that a strained muscle might. The longer you wait to have your system fixed, and the longer you run that compromised equipment, the more likely it becomes that you will face serious operational problems, expensive repairs, or even a complete breakdown.

Make the right decision, and call Advantage Airtech if you believe that your commercial HVAC system is in trouble.

Tips to Help Increase Energy Efficiency During Winter

February 20th, 2015

We are in the heart of winter here in Whitby, and by now you’ve probably paid a few heating bills. If you’ve been wondering how you can lower your bills without making a big purchase or major adjustments, our Advantage Airtech professionals have some tips for better, more efficient heating in Whitby this winter:

  • Keep fireplace dampers closed when not in use – an open damper is akin to an open window through which your heat can escape right out through the chimney and also let in cold air.
  • Upgrade your thermostat – if you are still using a dial or slide thermostat for your home, you could be missing out on substantial savings. Why? Dial and slide thermostats are not as precise as digital thermostats; additionally, you can’t set a heating program with a dial or slide thermostat.
  • Cover drafty windows – whether you use air sealing plastic from a kit or hang some winter drapes, it’s important to cover drafty windows so they don’t negatively impact your heating.
  • Install ceiling fans – hot air rises, leaving the cooler air to settle down close to your floors. Installing ceiling fans forces the air in your home to circulate, making the air feel warmer.
  • Insulate your hot water heater – standby heat loss with a storage tank hot water heater can be as high as 30%; wrapping your water heater with an insulating blanket can greatly reduce this loss. NOTE: if you have a gas water heater, hire a professional to wrap your water heater to ensure safety.
  • Schedule maintenance – one of the best ways to ensure that your heating system runs optimally is to schedule a heating maintenance appointment every 12 months. Has it been longer than 12 months since your last maintenance appointment? If so, considering scheduling a maintenance appointment as soon as possible.
  • Have your insulation levels checked – insulation slows the transfer of heat, which is why it is so important. If your insulation is lacking, you could be paying for it in the form of higher heating bills.

Have questions? Call the experts at Advantage Airtech today and schedule an appointment.

Maintaining your budget throughout winter can be challenging, so we hope these tips can help you save some energy and money this winter.