Smart fridges are the latest high-tech kitchen gadgets that manufacturers claim will make your life easier and more efficient. However, they come with a hefty price tag. Here are four benefits of investing in a smart fridge.

1. You can access Wi-Fi in your kitchen
Most smart fridges come with a large touchpad screen on the door that connects to your home’s Wi-Fi. This allows you to play music or watch movies as you cook, eat or wash dishes. You can also conveniently consult recipes directly from the touchscreen.

Furthermore, smart fridges can be paired with digital assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. This allows you to do certain tasks, like open the fridge door, via voice command.

2. You can save money on groceries
Many smart fridges come with an interior camera. If you’re at the grocery store, you can use your smartphone to see what’s inside your refrigerator, so you only buy what you need. You can also create a digital shopping list using the touchpad screen on the fridge that can be accessed from your smartphone.

Smart fridges can also notify you if certain food items are approaching their best before dates. The fridge will also suggest recipes to help you use up the ingredients before they go bad. Consequently, investing in a smart fridge can potentially help you curb your food waste and save money on your monthly grocery bill.

3. You can reduce your energy bill
Smart fridges can send a notification to your smartphone if the door is left open by mistake. They can also warn you if an item is impeding air circulation. In addition, smart fridges automatically regulate their internal temperature to achieve optimal energy efficiency. Furthermore, some smart fridges allow you to see inside without having to open the door, thereby saving energy by preventing cold air from escaping.

However, keep in mind that rapid advances in technology may make your smart fridge obsolete in just a few years. Consequently, the appliance could lose its ability to connect to new apps, devices or cloud technologies, potentially driving down its resale value.

Refrigerator installation in Calgary
If you’re ready to take the leap and invest in a smart fridge, the technicians at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Our team can help you install your new fridge and connect it to your home’s water lines. We can also retrofit your existing fridge with a water or ice dispenser. Furthermore, we install, repair and maintain kitchen gas lines and hood fans. Contact us today to get a free no-obligation quote.

Hood fans are designed to remove smoke, steam, grease, cooking fumes and odours from your kitchen to improve the quality of your indoor air. However, like all appliances, hood fans can unexpectedly break down. Here are three signs your hood fan needs repairs.

1. The air quality in your kitchen is poor
If the air quality in your kitchen is poor, despite having your hood fan turned on, you likely need to clean the filter. Over time, oily residue can build up inside the filter, preventing the hood fan from extracting contaminated air. However, if your hood fan still isn’t working after cleaning the filter, you may need to call a professional to come take a look.

2. You hear strange sounds
Loud humming and rubbing noises coming from your hood fan are cause for concern. Loud noises are often caused by broken or damaged fan blades. If this is the case, you can have the faulty blades replaced by a professional.

However, if you hear loud rattling sounds, you should check for any loose screws. Make sure the fan mounting screws are tight. If your hood fan continues to make loud noises despite taking these measures, there’s likely an issue with the fan motor or bearings, that should be addressed by a professional.

3. The hood fan light doesn’t turn on
Hood fans typically come with a light to help you see while you’re cooking. Over time, the bulb can burn out. In which case, it simply needs to be replaced. However, if you replace the bulb and the light still doesn’t work, you may have a more serious electrical problem. For example, the light switch or the appliance’s internal circuit board may require repairs. A professional can quickly diagnose the problem.

Hood fans have many complex moving parts. Therefore, it’s difficult for the average person to perform repairs. If you suspect something is wrong with your hood fan, it’s best to contact a professional as soon as possible.

Hood fan installation in Calgary
At Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help you keep the air in your kitchen fresh and clean. We offer professional hood fan installation and carry a variety of models from industry-leading brands. We also install dryer vents, air purification systems and steam humidifiers. Contact us today for more information about our services or to get a free quote.

Refrigerant, also known as Freon, is the lifeblood of your air conditioning system. If your AC unit is low on it, you’ll need to schedule a service call. Here are four indications that your air conditioner needs refrigerant.

1. Your energy bills have increased
If you notice your energy bills are higher than usual, it may be a sign you have a Freon leak. An AC unit with a leak will work harder and use more energy to cool the air inside your home. This is because the unit’s evaporator can’t adequately remove heat from the indoor air.

Additionally, air conditioning units will shut off if the indoor air reaches the desired temperature. If the internal air never reaches that temperature, the unit won’t stop running, resulting in high energy bills.

2. You notice warm air blowing out the vents 
You definitely have a problem if your AC unit is pushing warm air out of your vents. First, check that you’ve set your thermostat correctly and your filters are clean. If these aren’t the issue, then you may have a refrigerant leak that requires attention. 

3. You hear hissing and bubbling sounds 
A hissing and bubbling noise may mean refrigerant is escaping from your AC unit. If the sound is brief, it could indicate that the safety valve is letting excess Freon escape, which is usually no cause for alarm.

If the noise lasts for a long time, however, then chances are you have a leak. Hissing is likely to mean Freon is escaping from a hole or crack in gas form, while bubbling is the sound it makes in liquid form. Shut off your unit immediately to avoid breathing in the gas. Call a professional to inspect and repair your unit.

4. You see frost or ice on the unit
A leak will cause the temperature of the Freon to drop to below freezing, and you may notice ice on the copper tubing or evaporator coils. This can be difficult to see in a multi-split ductless air conditioning unit, but you may notice water dripping from the vent as the ice inside melts.

If you do see ice, turn off your air conditioner but leave the fan on to help it thaw, and call a professional to inspect the unit.

Air conditioning repair and service in Calgary
If your AC unit needs to be repaired, the expert technicians at Harmony Heating & Cooling can help. We’re proud to provide air conditioning inspection and repair services. We also offer installation services and sell a range of rooftop AC units and ductless mini-splits. For a free no-obligation quote, contact us today.

Are you looking to design the shower of your dreams? If so, here are four important factors to consider.

1. Available space
Once you have the dimensions of your space, you can decide which type of enclosure will work best in your bathroom. For instance, square and off-set quadrant-style enclosures are perfect if you have limited space, whereas rectangle or shower/bath combos may be preferable if you have a larger room. In addition, the available space in your bathroom will dictate what type of door would work best, such as sliding, swinging, hinged or bi-fold.

2. Showerhead
If you’re looking for an inexpensive showerhead that’s easy to install and replace, a wall-mounted model is the way to go. Conversely, hand-held showerheads are a bit more versatile. For example, they can be used as a fixed showerhead or taken out of their cradle and used to bathe pets or wash children. If these two options don’t appeal to you, you can also opt for a luxury showerhead such as a rain showerhead, body sprays or a dual showerhead. Just keep in mind that certain showerheads require different strengths of water pressure.

3. Shower valve
A properly installed shower valve can make showering more pleasant by reducing temperature fluctuations and surprise changes in water pressure. For example, pressure-balance valves are affordable and have a single handle that controls both the water flow and temperature. The biggest drawback is that it maintains a constant temperature by changing the water pressure, so the water flow tends to fluctuate.

Conversely, a thermostatic valve has two handles. One handle controls the water flow and the other controls the water temperature. This system is designed to maintain both water pressure and temperature. As such, many thermostatic valves include a dial that allows users to pre-set the water temperature. However, they tend to be quite pricey.

4. Lifestyle
Before purchasing a shower, you should reflect on how you plan to use it. For example, deciding whether the shower will be used by children, adults or guests will help you make an informed decision. For instance, if the shower will be used by older relatives or people with mobility concerns, you may want to think about using non-slip tiles, installing grab bars or incorporating a seat area.

If you need help with your next bathroom renovation project, the team at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning offer a variety of plumbing services.

Plumbing services in Calgary
The experts at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning install, repair and maintain water lines, drains and shower fixtures. We use products from the top manufacturers with the best warranties and energy-efficient technology. Additionally, we have a 24/7 emergency line to ensure you get the service you need when you need it. Contact us today to find out more.

To save yourself time and money, it’s important to recognize when your refrigerator is acting up. Here’s an overview of four common issues that require the expertise of a professional.

1. Your fridge is making loud noises
It’s completely normal for your fridge to emit quiet humming or vibrating sounds. However, loud and disruptive noises are cause for concern. For example, knocking, buzzing, clicking or hissing sounds are often an indication that your compressor or condenser fan needs to be serviced. However, there are several other explanations for a noisy fridge, so it’s best to have it checked out by a professional.

2. Your food is spoiling quickly
If your food keeps going bad before the expiration date, it could be a sign that your fridge isn’t maintaining the right temperature and thus requires repairs. If your refrigerator is struggling to stay cool, it often means there’s a problem with the condenser coils. If cleaning the coils doesn’t do the trick, you should call in a professional to get to the root of the problem.

3. Your electricity bill has gone up
Higher-than-normal electricity bills could be a sign that your fridge is working overtime to stay cold. If you’ve noticed that your energy bills have slowly started to creep up, yet your consumption habits have remained the same, you may want to call in a professional to find out what’s going on.

4. Your fridge is leaking
Small puddles around the outside of your fridge are a telltale sign that there’s something wrong. Leaky fridges are most often due to a faulty seal, damaged water supply valve or a clogged defrost drain. However, fixing these parts can be difficult and should be left to a professional.

5. Your fridge is hot to the touch
It’s normal for your fridge to feel slightly warm near the motor. However, if you place your hand toward the back of the fridge and feel excessive heat, you may have a problem. Even if your fridge appears to be working well, a hot motor is a sign that it’s working harder than it should. Therefore, it’s a good idea to contact a professional to determine the issue.

As you can see, many refrigerator problems can be solved by contacting a professional instead of having to shell out the cash for an entire new unit.

Refrigerator installation and repairs in Calgary
If you need to install, retrofit or repair water lines to your new or existing fridge, Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We offer fair prices, great financing options, comprehensive protection plans, warranties and energy-efficient appliances. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.

Studies have shown that the air inside homes and buildings can sometimes be more polluted than the air outside. Since air quality directly impacts your health, it’s important to take steps to eradicate pollutants. Indeed, air pollution can increase your risk of developing allergies, respiratory infections, heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and more. Here are six ways to improve the air quality in your home.

  1. Keep your home clean. Cleaning your house can help reduce the amount of dust, pet dander and mould you breathe in. Clear clutter, dust surfaces, regularly wash your bedding and drapes and vacuum your carpets and rugs weekly.
  2. Use bathroom and kitchen fans. Exhaust fans pull air out of the home so that it can be replaced with clean, fresh air. In addition, kitchen fans help remove toxic cooking fumes. Make sure to wash your fan filters regularly.
  3. Open the windows. It’s a good idea to allow fresh air to circulate through your home as it will help improve ventilation. You should open your windows regularly, even in the winter months.
  4. Maintain a healthy level of humidity. It’s a good idea to keep a dehumidifier running throughout the humid summer months. Central air conditioners help to reduce moisture levels in your home. They also help to control allergens and reduce indoor pollen counts. However, you may need a humidifier to add humidity into your home during the winter months, when forced air can dry out your living space to unhealthy levels.
  5. Invest in an air purifier. To help remove irritants and allergens from your home, consider investing in an air purifier. Electronic air cleaners (EACs), also known as ionizers, clean the air using electronically-charged filters. They’re an excellent option for purifying the air in your home. They can even capture and eliminate airborne viruses.

Clean your HVAC filters. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems help maintain air quality by circulating and filtering indoor air. To keep your HVAC system running smoothly and ensure the air is adequately purified, be sure to regularly clean or replace the filters. The system you own and the environment inside your home will determine the frequency with which you should do so. In addition, keep your air ducts and vents open and clean.

 

Residential and commercial ventilation in Calgary

Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning offers a range of ventilation services to keep the air in your home or business clean and healthy. We install and repair kitchen ventilation systems, home humidifiers, heat recovery ventilators and more. Our expert technicians can address all your ventilation concerns. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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.

A fan coil unit (FCU) is a device that contains a heat exchange coil and a fan. FCUs are often used as standalone devices for heating or cooling a space, but they can also be used as part of an existing HVAC system. They provide individual, room-level temperature control and are available in horizontal, vertical, ceiling and wall-mounted units. Here’s what you should know about these devices.

The importance of fan placement

There are two main types of FCUs: blow through and draw through. The difference lies in the placement of the fan. In the former case, the fan is fitted behind the coil and in the latter, the fan is fitted in front of the coil. Draw through units are more efficient since they pull the air through the device. However, they’re also more expensive.

The role of hot and cold water

Air temperature is adjusted when it passes over a coil that’s supplied with either hot or cold water from a central chiller or boiler. A two-pipe FCU system contains only one coil that serves as either a heating or cooling coil depending on the system. A four-pipe FCU has both heating and cooling coils and includes a distribution system that contains return lines for both hot and cold water supply.

The heating/cooling process from start to finish

First, air is sucked into the unit from the return grill. It then passes through a filter to remove dust and dirt particles. Then, the clean air then moves over the coil and is either heated or cooled through heat transfer. In the summer, as the air cools, water vapour condenses from the air, reducing its humidity. The FCU contains a drip tray with a drain connection to capture and remove the condensation. Lastly, the fan blows the temperature-adjusted air into the space.

The advantages of fan coil units

FCUs have many benefits. They’re:

  • Simple and affordable to install
  • Energy efficient
  • Simple to clean
  • Durable and easy to maintain
  • Available in many different designs

There are multiple reasons to choose FCUs over other devices. If you’re unsure which heating and cooling system is right for your home or business, the experts at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning can help.

 

Heating and cooling in Calgary

Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning offers residential and commercial HVAC services in Calgary. We also install, repair and maintain heating and cooling fan coils. Plus, our expert technicians are available 24/7 for emergency calls. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.

 

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.