Did you know that keeping your outdoor air conditioning unit clean and free of debris can help it run more efficiently and prevent it from overheating? With summer just around the corner, here’s a short guide on how to keep it in top condition.

A step-by-step guide to cleaning your outdoor AC unit

Before you start, make sure your AC unit is switched off. Look for an exterior shut-off box on the unit and turn the power off at the breaker box located inside your home or garage. Once you’ve done this, you can complete the following five steps:

1.  Remove large pieces of debris
Use a screwdriver or wrench to remove the fan grill from the top of the unit. Once it’s open, remove any large pieces of debris such as leaves, grass clippings and twigs with gloved hands.

2.  Clean and straighten the fins
Use a garden hose to clean the fins from the inside out. If you notice any bent fins, carefully straighten them using a butter knife or fin comb.

3.  Apply coil cleaner
Spray the inside of the unit with coil cleaner. Allow the coil cleaner to foam up and soak into the coils to break down any stubborn dirt. After 15 minutes, use a garden hose to rinse off the coil cleaner and replace the fan grill.

4.  Tidy around the unit
Rake away any leaves and debris that may have piled up around the outside of the unit. You should also cut back branches and vegetation at least two feet in all directions to ensure proper airflow.

5.  Level the unit
Over time, the concrete pad that your AC unit sits on can begin to tip as the soil beneath it settles. If your unit is leaning, use a few rot-resistant shims to bring it back to level.

If you hear strange noises coming from your AC unit or notice any damage, you should contact your local HVAC technician immediately.

Air conditioning specialists in Calgary

If you need help maintaining your AC unit, or you think it requires a repair, Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Our qualified technicians can clean, inspect and maintain your AC system so that it’s ready to keep you cool all summer. We also repair and install furnaces, hot water tanks, air handlers and more. Contact us today to learn more or book a service call.

To reduce the risk of incurring costly air conditioner repairs and help you save money on your utility bills, here are four tips to help give your AC unit a bit of a break this summer:

1.  Clean or change the filter
A dirty air filter can dramatically impact how well your AC system functions. In fact, dirt and debris can put excess strain on your unit, thereby causing it to work overtime and potentially break down completely. In addition, a clean air filter will effectively trap and prevent dust, dirt, allergens, pet dander and more from entering your home, offering a more comfortable environment.

2.  Program the thermostat
A quick and easy way to ease some of the strain on your AC system is to program your thermostat based on your habits and the time of day. For example, when you’re working, running errands or away for the weekend, set the thermostat several degrees warmer than usual. This will provide relief for your air conditioning system and prevent overexertion when you’re not around. In addition, you may want to consider cranking the thermostat up a few notches when you go to bed at night since the outside temperature will be cooler.

3.  Eliminate heat sources
You can help your AC work more efficiently by making a few changes to the environment inside your home. For example, replacing incandescent bulbs with LED lights, using your microwave or barbecue instead of your oven to cook food on hot days, closing the blinds in sunny rooms and turning off your computer or television when they aren’t in use are great ways to relieve some of the strain on your AC system.

4.  Schedule a yearly inspection
It’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with a qualified HVAC technician to carefully and thoroughly inspect your AC system once a year. They’ll be able to identify and repair any potential issues before they become costly problems. This will ensure your air conditioning system runs optimally and will work when you need it most.

If you notice anything wrong with your AC system, contact the experts at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning to come take a look.

HVAC experts in CalgaryM

If your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced, the team at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning in Calgary can help. Our expert technicians have the knowledge and tools to get your unit back up and running in no time. We also install new units and have a planned maintenance program. Contact us today to schedule an inspection or service call.

Indoor air quality affects your overall well-being. Consequently, the furnace filter you choose can have a significant impact on your health and that of your HVAC system.

What’s a MERV rating?

MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value. The ratings range from 1 to 16 and are used to evaluate the efficiency of an air filter based on how effective it is at catching particles of varying sizes. Consequently, the higher the MERV rating, the more effective the filter is at removing particles from the air. It’s recommended that homes and businesses use a furnace filter with a MERV rating of at least 8.

Types of furnace filters

It’s important to know the differences between each type of filter to determine which one is most suitable for your needs. Here’s an overview of four of the most widely available furnace filters:

1.  Fibreglass filters are the cheapest option. However, they need to be changed monthly and only filter out large particles such as lint and dust. Since fibreglass filters only have a MERV rating of 2 or 3, they aren’t ideal for people who suffer from asthma or allergies.

2.  Electrostatic filters use self-charging fibres to attract and lock in airborne particles like magnets. They come in disposable and reusable versions, depending on the requirements of your furnace. Most electrostatic filters offer a MERV rating between 4 and 10. Consequently, they’re great for homes with smokers or pets.

3.  Pleated filters are the most common type of furnace filter and come in a variety of sizes to fit most HVAC units. They’re affordable, efficient and long-lasting. Pleated filters effectively remove small particles from the air and usually have a MERV rating of 7 or 8 but can be as high as 13.

4.  HEPA filters, or high-efficiency particulate filters, remove up to 99% of airborne allergens and pollutants. They usually have a MERV rating between 12 and 16. However, HEPA filters are quite expensive and can restrict airflow to your HVAC system.

If you’re not sure which filter is right for your furnace, the team at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning would be happy to help you find one that meets your needs.

Residential and commercial heating in Calgary

Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning offers a range of heating services for residential and commercial properties in Calgary & Alberta. Our expert technicians repair, maintain and install furnaces, hot water tanks, air handlers, boilers and more. Contact us today to learn more or book a service call.

During the summer, the humidity level in your home may rise. Although this phenomenon is normal, when excess moisture in your home is left unchecked, it can encourage mould and bacteria to proliferate and cause damage to your walls, furniture and wood flooring. Here’s what you should know about managing humidity in your home.

How to prevent humidity from becoming an issue

Here are five tips for keeping the humidity level in your home in check:
1.  Change or clean your air filter every 30 to 60 days. This will ensure your AC system is working efficiently and that any excess moisture in your home is eliminated.

2.  Seal leaks around your windows and doors with caulk and weatherstrip to create an airtight seal and prevent humid air from entering your home.

3.  Actively use your bathroom, kitchen and dryer exhaust fans to help remove excess humidity from the air caused by showering, cooking and drying clothes.

4.  Use portable and/or ceiling fans to increase air circulation throughout your home. The breeze will help evaporate any excess moisture in the air to keep your home cool and comfortable.

5.  Install a dehumidifier on your AC system to keep humidity levels under control. For example, a whole-home dehumidifier can be retrofit to your existing unit to help remove moisture from the air as it enters your home. If you don’t want to invest in a such a large system, purchasing a portable dehumidifier can help decrease the humidity in certain rooms.

If you’re concerned about the humidity level in your home, you may want to invest in a hygrometer or humidistat so you can monitor it more closely. In general, a relative humidity level between 30 and 50 per cent is ideal.

How to tell if the humidity in your home is too high

There are three telltale signs of high indoor humidity: condensation or fog along the edges of your windows, mould growth and a persistent, musty smell. If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to have one of the HVAC specialists in Calgary from Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning come and inspect the issue. Getting to the root of the problem is important for keeping you and your family safe as well as ensuring your AC system doesn’t become overworked.

Ventilation solutions in Calgary

Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning carries a variety of ventilation systems to ensure the air inside your home doesn’t get thick with humidity or other pollutants. Our technicians also provide expert installation, repair and maintenance services on air conditioners, furnaces, gas fittings and more. Contact us today to learn more.

Winters in Alberta are long and cold. Thankfully, your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system can keep you comfortable and warm. However, if you want to ensure optimal performance of this essential appliance all season, it’s important to take precautions. Here’s what you should do to prepare your HVAC system for winter.

Winterize your air conditioner

Start by shutting down your air conditioner for the season. Wash and dry your unit, then protect it from ice and snow by wrapping it with a waterproof cover. Check to see if there’s a casing designed for your specific unit.

Change your air filter

Dirty filters can make your HVAC system less efficient. Replacing your filters regularly keeps dust out of your furnace so it can continue to run smoothly. Most filters should be replaced every three months, or every time the season changes. However, you may need to replace them more frequently if you smoke or have pets. Check your owner’s manual for more information on how frequently the filters for your specific unit should be replaced.

Clean your air vents

Your air vents and ducts need to be cleaned periodically to remove dust and debris that can clog the system. Cleaning your vents will also improve the air quality in your home. In addition, make sure to open and clean your vents before you turn the heat on. Blocked vents can raise your energy bill and may cause your furnace to overheat and eventually breakdown.

Test your furnace

Make sure to run your furnace a few times before it gets cold outside. Let the system run for a while and pay attention to any strange sounds or smells. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, contact a qualified HVAC technician to have it checked out.

Conduct regular maintenance

Fall is an ideal time to conduct maintenance on your heating system. Routine upkeep is the most efficient way to ensure your HVAC system continues to run smoothly. A qualified technician can catch minor issues before they become major problems. Regular maintenance can also extend the life of your furnace and consequently save you money in the long run.

 

Residential and commercial heating in Calgary

Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning offers a range of heating services for residential and commercial properties. We repair, maintain and install furnaces, hot water tanks, air handlers and more. Our qualified technicians can inspect and clean your heating system so that it’s ready to keep you warm all winter. Contact us today to learn more or book a service call.

Heating and air conditioning units contain chemicals (such as Freon) that are harmful to people, animals and the environment. When released into the atmosphere, Freon and other refrigerants can destroy the ozone layer and contribute to climate change. This is why it’s illegal to throw your old air conditioning unit in the trash. So, how do you get rid of it? Here are some ways you can safely dispose of your old HVAC unit

You can sell it

If your HVAC is still functional, it can be reused. You can either sell it or give it to someone in need. Consider donating it to a thrift store or charity. If it’s not in good working order, you may be able to repair it. A qualified HVAC technician can fix leaks in the piping, repair broken condenser fans, clean the internal systems and top up the refrigerant coolant.

You can recycle it

Many recycling centres take in old HVAC units. This is because the metals and plastics inside can be stripped and reused. Some recycling centres may charge you to remove the refrigerant, but other will pay you for the scrap value of the unit. In addition, some energy companies offer incentives for recycling your old appliances with them. You may be able to receive a rebate or discount on a new, energy-efficient HVAC unit.

You can dump it

Some municipalities require that you prepare your HVAC or air conditioning unit by having the refrigerant removed before discarding the appliance. According to Environment Canada regulations, only a certified technician can handle and remove refrigerants. You can pay an HVAC technician to prepare your air conditioner before bringing it to a landfill or hazardous waste facility. Alternatively, you can pay a junk removal specialist to pick it up for you.

You can replace it

Many HVAC companies will remove your existing unit when they install a newer model. These companies will either recycle or dispose of the old appliance safely. Certified HVAC companies can drain the refrigerant from the unit before getting rid of it at an approved reclamation centre.

 

An HVAC company in Calgary you can count on

Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning offers comprehensive heating, venting and air conditioning services for residential and commercial clients. Our licensed HVAC technicians install, repair and replace HVAC systems in Calgary. We provide warranties on our parts and labour. Contact us today to book an appointment or to learn more about our services.

Air conditioning allows you to stay cool indoors all summer long. Though there are different types of AC units, central air conditioners are the most efficient. This appliance works by cooling the air at central locations throughout your home, which is accomplished by compressing refrigerant gas and pumping it through a system of coils. The gas absorbs the heat from the air inside your house and moves it outside. Here are eight benefits of central air conditioners.

  1. Increased comfort. Central air conditioning keeps your home at a comfortable temperature on hot summer days by providing consistent cooling throughout your house.
  2. Improved air quality. Central AC units circulate air by pulling it in from the air ducts in a given home. As the air is pulled through these ducts, it passes across an air filter that removes dust, pet dander and other allergens.
  3. Enhanced efficiency. Central air conditioners are better at circulating cool air throughout a house than multiple single-room air conditioners. They provide cooling to all rooms in a home instead of just a few. They can also be programmed to run at specific times and maintain a set temperature.
  4. Decreased humidity. Central AC units remove humidity in the air. This helps prevent the growth of mould and mildew.
  5. Improved health. Central air conditioning has many health benefits. It can lead to better sleep, improved concentration and a decrease in asthma attacks. It can also diminish the risk of dehydration and heat stroke. Plus, improved ventilation lowers the concentration of viral particles in the air and can reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
  6. Reduced noise. Central air conditioning is less noisy than single-room units because the compressor is located outside the house.
  7. Heightened resale value. Installing central air conditioning is an investment that can increase your house’s resale value by as much as 10 per cent. Energy-efficient models are particularly appealing to home buyers.
  8. Increased lifespan. With proper maintenance, central air conditioning can last for decades. Keep your system running optimally by conducting annual preventative maintenance.

 

Air conditioner installation in Calgary

Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning installs, repairs and replaces central air conditioning systems. We’re proud to serve residential and commercial clients across Calgary. Our expert HVAC technicians can help you choose the right air conditioning system for your home or business. Contact us today to learn more or book an installation.

Are you looking for ways to reduce your household’s expenses and carbon footprint? Here are five tips to help you make your home more energy efficient, thereby lowering the cost of your heating and cooling bills.

1. Book regular service calls
It’s recommended that you have your heating and cooling units inspected by a qualified HVAC technician at least once a year. During these visits, the technician will clean components and make any necessary repairs to ensure the system runs optimally. This will help your HVAC system use less energy, reduce the likelihood of costly breakdowns and extend its lifespan.

2. Clean the ducts annually
Similarly, you should have your home’s ventilation system (which includes the ducts, vents and registers) inspected annually by a professional. An HVAC technician will look for leaks and blockages that can significantly reduce the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, thereby increasing the cost of running them and the risk of premature wear.

3. Replace the air filters
Over time, the air filters in your furnace and air conditioner accumulate dust and other debris that circulates through your home’s ventilation system. This can create blockages that decrease the efficiency of your HVAC system. To ensure your heating and cooling units run optimally, be sure to replace or clean their air filters every three months.

4. Seal any air leaks
If drafts are being let in around your windows and doors, your heating and cooling systems will have to work harder to regulate the temperature inside your home. Check for air leaks, and add caulking or replace old weatherstip where needed to properly seal your doors and windows. Depending on their condition, you might want to consider upgrading to more energy efficient models.

5. Invest in window coverings
Installing blinds, solar shades or thick curtains is a simple way to lower the cost of running your HVAC system. During the summer, these window coverings can be used to block out heat from the sun so that your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. Conversely, in winter, you can let the sun warm your home during the day and cover the windows at night to retain the heat.

Affordable HVAC services in the Calgary area
Whether your furnace is due for its annual inspection or your air conditioner is making unusual noises, the team at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning can help. In addition to our comprehensive maintenance services, we offer 24/7 emergency repair services for residential and commercial clients throughout the Calgary area. Contact us today to get a free, no-obligations quote.