Today, washing machines have become an integral part of daily life. As such, here are six tips to help you keep your washing machine in good working order for years to come.

1. Leave the lid open
After each use, it’s a good idea to leave the lid or door of your washing machine open for at least a few hours to allow any excess moisture to evaporate. This will prevent the growth of mould and mildew and keep any musty odours at bay. This is especially important for front-loading washing machines, as these have a rubber seal that needs to be allowed to dry.

2. Keep it level
If your washing machine is off-balance, it could vibrate, rock or move across the floor during the spin cycle, which could damage your flooring or the machine itself. Fortunately, most washing machines have adjustable feet that can be moved up or down to ensure the machine stays level

3. Inspect the hoses
You should regularly inspect the hoses on your washing machine and promptly replace any that are bulging, cracking, fraying or appear to be leaking or deteriorating. It’s also a good idea to check that the fittings are tight and ensure your machine is at least four inches away from the wall to prevent the hoses from kinking.

4. Regularly clean it
It’s a good idea to periodically wash away any soap residue and scale buildup from the inside of your machine using a store-bought cleaner or a vinegar and baking soda solution. You should also wipe down the drum, door and rubber gasket at least once a month.

5. Use the right detergent
Make sure you’re using the right detergent for your specific washing machine model. For example, many high-efficiency washers require a specially formulated low-sudsing detergent. In addition, make sure you’re not using too much detergent as this can leave excess residue on your clothing and put unnecessary strain on your machine.

6. Load it correctly
You should avoid overloading your washing machine as this is hard on the equipment and could damage the motor, causing certain parts to prematurely wear out. It’s best to break up your laundry into smaller loads instead of trying to get it all done at once.

If you’re having issues with your washing machine, contact the experts at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning.

Plumbing Services in Calgary
On top of providing comprehensive HVAC services, our team offers a variety of residential and commercial plumbing services in Calgary. We repair, install and maintain refrigerators, showers, sinks, toilets and washing machines. Contact us today to learn more or book a service call.

Natural gas is one of the world’s cleanest fossil fuels. When used correctly, it’s a safe and efficient power source. However, gas leaks can occur and, if not dealt with promptly, can lead to fires or gas poisoning. Here are five signs you may have a natural gas leak in your home.

1. You smell a foul odour
Natural gas is actually odourless. However, many gas companies add a pungent, non-harmful chemical called mercaptan to the gas to make it easier for homeowners to detect if there’s a leak. Therefore, if you notice a nasty odour similar to rotten eggs, sewage or skunk, you may have a gas leak.

2. Your house plants are dying
Plants are extremely sensitive to any buildup of natural gas in the air. In fact, natural gas prevents a plant’s roots from absorbing oxygen. Therefore, if your indoor greenery unexpectedly starts to wilt and die, it could be a sign that you have a slow gas leak somewhere in your home.

3. You hear a hissing sound
If you hear a high-pitched hissing or roaring sound coming from one of your natural gas appliances, even when it’s turned off, it could indicate that you have a leak. It’s a good idea to check your pipes and appliances regularly and listen for any irregular sounds.

4. Your gas bill is higher than usual
If your gas bill has spiked unexpectedly, it could mean that you have a slow leak somewhere causing excess gas to escape from your home. Therefore, it’s important to keep an eye on your energy bills and ensure they’re consistent with how much gas you’re using.

5. You’re experiencing health issues
Breathing in too much natural gas can have serious health consequences. Therefore, if you experience persistent and unexplained headaches, dizziness, fatigue and nausea, it could be a sign there’s a gas leak in your home, especially if more than one person in your home is having the same symptoms.

If you suspect you have a gas leak in your home, immediately stop what you’re doing and leave. Get to a safe place and then call your gas company to have them turn off your gas. Afterwards, you should contact a professional gas line repair expert to inspect the problem and make any necessary repairs.

Gas Fitting Services in Calgary
You can count on the Calgary HVAC expert technicians at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning to handle all your gas fitting needs. Whether you need to repair or install a fireplace, barbecue or kitchen gas line, we have you covered. Contact us today to learn more or book a service call.

Since garages typically have less insulation than the rest of your home, you may want to invest in a garage heater to use during the cold winter months. Here are four safety tips to keep in mind when using a garage heater.

1. Don’t run the heater unsupervised
You should only use your garage heater when you’re at home. Even if you’re only planning to run a few quick errands, it’s best to turn off the unit and unplug it anytime you leave the garage. In addition, you should avoid leaving your garage heater running all night while you’re asleep. The unit could overheat, short-circuit or tip over, causing a fire to break out.

2. Install proper ventilation
Garage heaters need to be well ventilated to prevent the buildup of dangerous fumes, such as carbon monoxide. If your unit doesn’t vent directly outside, make sure there’s adequate airflow in the space. As an extra precaution, you should install a carbon monoxide detector to alert you if the level becomes unsafe.

3. Plug the heater directly into an outlet
You should never plug your garage heater into an extension cord or power strip. Since garage heaters require a considerable amount of power, they could cause the extension cord or power strip to short-circuit or overheat, potentially causing a fire. Instead, always plug your garage heater directly into a wall outlet. You should also avoid plugging other devices into the same outlet when the heater is running.

4. Remove any obstructions
Don’t store anything on or around your garage heater, especially fabrics and paper products such as cardboard, as these materials are extremely flammable. In addition, make sure you periodically clear away any dirt, dust and debris from around your unit that could easily catch fire. Generally, you should leave at least three feet of space around the heater in all directions. In addition, if you have a free-standing unit, don’t place it on top of a table or another piece of furniture, as a family member or pet could knock it onto the floor and potentially start a fire.

Lastly, whether you need a wall-mounted, free-standing or floor heating unit, Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning has what you need.

Garage Heaters in Calgary
Whether you use your garage as a workshop, storage space or a place to simply park your vehicle, investing in a garage heater has numerous benefits. Fortunately, Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning carries a variety of garage heaters to meet your specific needs. We also repair and install furnaces, hot water tanks, air handlers and more. Contact us today to learn more or book a service call.

If you’re renovating your bathroom, here are six things to take into consideration when purchasing a new toilet.

1. Rough-in measurements
Before you purchase a new toilet, you must determine how much space you have to install it. The most important measurements are the rough-in dimensions. This is the distance between the floor drain and the wall. Standard toilets have a rough-in of 12 inches. However, 10-inch and 14-inch rough-in toilets are also available.

2. Bowl height
Standard toilets are between 14 and 15 inches tall and are suitable for shorter people and young children. However, you can also purchase comfort toilets, which are 16 to 17 inches tall and are better for tall people or individuals with limited mobility.

3. Bowl shape
Elongated toilet bowls provide more sitting room and tend to be more comfortable than round bowls. However, round bowls are more affordable and are suitable for smaller bathrooms since they take up less space.

4. Style
There are three basic styles of toilets: two-piece, one-piece and wall-mounted. Two-piece toilets are the most common type of toilet on the market. They’re affordable, easy to repair and are known for their durability. On the other hand, one-piece toilets are one seamless unit, making them stylish and easy to clean. However, they tend to be a bit pricey. Lastly, wall-mounted toilets are mounted directly to the wall and don’t have a foot or base. Since the tank is hidden inside the wall, these types of toilets can be expensive to install and repair.

5. Water efficiency
Standard toilets use about six litres per flush. However, if you want to save on your water bill, you may want to purchase a high-efficiency or dual-flush toilet. High-efficiency toilets use three to four litres per flush. In addition, dual-flush toilets bring the best of both worlds, as you have the option for either a full or partial flush.

6. Flush performance
Flush performance measures a toilet’s ability to clear waste in one single flush. Consequently, toilets with a higher flush rating offer better waste removal and clog resistance. You should look for toilets with a flush performance of at least 350 grams. However, toilets with a flush performance of 700 grams or higher will be more reliable.

You may also want to consider installing a bidet or splurging on features such as a soft-closing or heated toilet seat.

Plumbing Experts in Calgary
Whether you’re installing a new bathroom or want to upgrade an existing space, the experts at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Our team provides comprehensive plumbing services, including toilet installation, maintenance and repair services for both homes and businesses in Calgary. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.

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.

Are you wondering whether to retrofit or replace your boiler? If so, there are several factors to take into consideration including the age, energy efficiency and condition of your existing system, as well as your budget. Here’s an overview of each option.

Boiler retrofit

A boiler retrofit involves replacing parts or upgrading equipment to increase the energy efficiency and safety of your existing system. Consequently, if your boiler is old but still in relatively good condition because it’s been well-maintained, a retrofit is likely the most cost-effective option.

Here are a few examples of upgrades that can be made to your boiler to increase its performance:

1.  Install a modulating aquastat. If you have a hot water boiler, this device automatically regulates the temperature of the water inside based on the outdoor temperature, saving you money on fuel costs.

2.  Add a time-delay relay. This device tells your boiler to circulate the residual hot water in the system for a set period of time before turning on the burner to save on energy costs.

3.  Update the ignition. Old boilers have a continuously burning pilot light that ignites the burners. You can increase your boiler’s efficiency by upgrading to an intermittent ignition device that only turns on when needed.

In many cases, these changes will pay for themselves over a short period of time.

Boiler replacement

If your boiler is old, inefficient, oversized and/or leaking, a replacement may be the most practical option. When shopping for a new boiler, keep an eye out for the Energy Star label. This certification is only given to the most efficient and well-performing boilers. Although pricey, Energy Star-rated boilers are more environmentally friendly and can save you thousands of dollars in energy and maintenance costs over the lifespan of the system.
If your boiler isn’t performing as well as it used to, the expert Calgary HVAC technicians at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning can help. They’ll visit your home or business and inspect your system to determine if a simple retrofit or entire replacement is necessary.

Boiler retrofits and replacements in Calgary

Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning offers boiler repair, installation and maintenance services for residential and commercial customers throughout the Calgary area. Our expert technicians have the knowledge and equipment to tackle any problem. We also offer a financing plan to ensure you can get the HVAC equipment you need, regardless of your budget. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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.

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.

 

Indoor air quality has become more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you want to refresh the air in your home, look no further than a Lennox whole-home air purification system or air filter.

The benefits of PureAir™

The Lennox PureAir™ air purification system is a whole-home solution that cleans the air in every room of your house to keep you and your family comfortable and safe. Here are four of the main advantages of this system:

1. It filters out airborne particles. Even though they’re invisible to the naked eye, microscopic particles can trigger a variety of health problems. PureAir™ removes 99% of all pollen, dust and pet dander. In addition, it eliminates 90% of the germs and bacteria that can make you sick.

2. It removes odours and vapours. In addition to irritating your nose, unpleasant smells can be bad for your health. PureAir™ breaks down odours and chemical vapours, neutralizing smells and rendering them harmless.

3. It reduces ozone. Some air purifiers create ozone, a known lung irritant. However, PureAir™ doesn’t generate any ozone. In fact, its carbon filter reduces the amount of ozone generated by other sources in your home.

4. It’s energy efficient. PureAir™ provides effective air filtration without using much electricity, making it a smart solution.

In addition, a whole-home air purifier can provide peace of mind, ease allergy suffering and protect you and your family from viruses and bacteria.

The advantages of Lennox air filters

If you don’t want to invest in a whole-home system, purchasing a high-quality air filter is the next best thing. Here’s an overview of the benefits of Lennox’s lineup of Healthy Climate® filters:

Healthy Climate® Carbon Clean 16 filter. This is Lennox’s most advanced air filter. It’s made of carbon-coated fibres, which effectively remove ozone, neutralize odours and keep viruses and bacteria at bay.

Healthy Climate® 13 filter. This filter removes 99% of allergens that aggravate asthma and trigger respiratory illnesses. Furthermore, it’s effective against viruses and bacteria and will provide protection during cold and flu season.

Healthy Climate® 11 filter. This is an affordable everyday filter that’s effective against common household allergens such as dust, pollen, mould and mildew. In addition, it’s a great option for households with pets.

All Lennox Healthy Climate® filters are designed to provide powerful, efficient filtration without restricting airflow, which can help lower utility bills and extend the life of your heating and cooling system.

Air purification systems in Calgary

Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning carries electronic air cleaners (EACs) and whole-home air purification systems to help you and your family breathe easier. Our technicians also provide expert installation, repair and maintenance services on air conditioners, furnaces, gas fittings and more. Contact us today to learn more about our products.

Daikin ventilation products are designed to maintain good indoor air quality by circulating fresh outdoor air and providing humidity control. From small heat recovery systems to large-scale air handling units, Daikin carries a wide variety of ventilation solutions for residential, commercial and industrial customers.

The benefits of choosing Daikin

Poor indoor air quality can negatively impact your overall health and well-being. When the airflow in your home or business is restricted, it can cause dirt, dust, bacteria and other harmful airborne particles to accumulate. To solve this issue, Daikin offers a variety of ventilation solutions, such as air processing units and heat reclaim ventilators, to deliver fresh, clean air.

Here are four advantages provided by Daikin’s ventilation systems:

1. Advanced connectivity. For added convenience and ease of use, you can connect multiple Daikin ventilation products to a single touch-button controller. You can also power and monitor your ventilation system remotely via the Daikin Cloud Service.

2. Flexible installation. Daikin’s ventilation systems are compact, modular and easy to install. In addition, all parts are manufactured by Daikin and work seamlessly together to ensure guaranteed compatibility.

3. Increased energy efficiency. All Daikin ventilation products are ErP compliant, which means they meet the stringent energy guidelines set out by the European Union. Furthermore, Daikin ventilation systems combine high-efficiency heat recovery with energy-saving cooling to ensure low running costs. To avoid over-ventilation, you can also opt to install CO2

4. Total reliability. Every Daikin ventilation product undergoes extensive testing and analysis before leaving the factory. In addition, Daikin has one of the largest support networks. Plus, the manufacturer provides comprehensive after-sale services and offers outstanding limited warranty protection.

Finally, as the world’s leading air conditioning company, you can rely on Daikin’s ventilation systems to effectively eliminate harmful airborne particles and keep the occupants in your home or business safe. Good indoor ventilation is an important factor in reducing the risk of transmitting COVID-19.

Ventilation systems in Calgary

Whether you need to service your kitchen’s hood fan or want to invest in a heat recovery ventilator for your business, Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We provide comprehensive ventilation services to help you breathe easier. Our expert technicians also provide installation, repairs and maintenance on bathroom exhaust fans, commercial and industrial exhaust systems, electronic air cleaners (EAC), steam humidifiers and more. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.

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.

If you want to upgrade the heating system in your home, you may be wondering whether to invest in forced-air central heating or radiant in-floor heating. While both systems are sure to keep your home cosy in the winter, they each come with benefits and drawbacks. To help you make an informed decision and choose the right option for your home, here’s an overview of these two popular heating systems.

How they work
A radiant in-floor heating system uses either electric coils or tubes filled with hot water installed beneath the floor to heat your home. When the system is turned on, heat radiates upward and warms the entire space.

A forced-air system, on the other hand, heats air in a central location using a boiler, furnace or heat pump. A fan then pushes this heated air through ducts and delivers it to the various rooms in your home.

Pros and cons of radiant heating
Radiant in-floor heating provides an even temperature throughout a space, as warm air continuously rises from the entire surface of the floor. And since this process happens without the need for air movement, a radiant heating system doesn’t stir up dust, pet dander and other allergens.

Although the upfront cost of radiant in-floor heating is higher than that of a forced-air system, you’ll save money in the long run since radiant heating is more energy efficient. Plus, it can be installed beneath any type of flooring and doesn’t take up nearly as much space as a furnace or heat pump.

Pros and cons of forced-air heating
One advantage of a forced-air heating system is that the ducts can be used to both heat and cool your home. And while the system’s fan inevitably stirs up particles, you can easily maintain a healthy indoor air quality by regularly cleaning or replacing the filters.

Another plus is that forced-air heating systems are more affordable than radiant in-floor heating. They’re not as energy efficient, however, and they require more upkeep and more frequent repairs. Additionally, forced-air systems have a tendency to be noisy and provide uneven heat distribution, although newer models have shown big improvements in these areas.

HVAC installation and repair services in Calgary
Whether you need to replace your heating system or schedule a routine inspection for your air conditioner, the team at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Our technicians have the tools and training to keep your HVAC system in optimal condition, and we’re committed to providing quality workmanship at an affordable price. Contact us today to request a free estimate.

If you own a pet, you’ll need to take a few additional steps to keep your HVAC system in good condition. This is because fur and dander can easily infiltrate the system, causing blockages and other problems that force your heating and cooling units to work harder. Here are a few tips to ensure your HVAC system runs optimally even with your furry friends around.

1. Replace the filter often
The filter in a furnace or air conditioner is designed to prevent dust and other particles from clogging up the appliance. Over time, however, an accumulation of fur and dander can prevent air from properly circulating through your HVAC system. This forces the fan to work harder and reduces the efficiency of the unit.

As a general rule, you should clean or replace your HVAC filters every three months. However, it’s best to check the filters for clogs about once a month if you have pets.

2. Invest in an air purifier
In addition to regularly swapping out the filters in your heating and cooling systems, you may want to consider buying an air purifier. In addition to improving the indoor air quality of your home, this device can remove a significant amount of particles from the air before they get near your HVAC system.

3. Clean the ducts regularly
Similar to the filters in your furnace or air conditioner, fur and dander can accumulate in your home’s ventilation system. Without proper upkeep, this can lead to blockages and inefficient air circulation. To help keep your ducts clean, vacuum the floor vents every few weeks. Remove the grate, and use the hose attachment to reach as far into the vent as possible.

While regular vacuuming can reduce the risk of blockages, you’ll need to have your ducts professionally cleaned every few years to keep your HVAC system running optimally. In addition to this deep clean, an HVAC technician will inspect the system and make any necessary repairs.

4. Keep pets away from the unit
In addition to the problems caused by fur buildup, your HVAC system can be severely damaged if your pet chews on wires or urinates on the unit. It’s also hazardous for your pet to get too close to a furnace or air conditioner. For these reasons, it’s best to keep your heating system behind closed doors or blocked off by a gate. Similarly, you should install a fence around an outdoor air conditioning unit to keep animals away. Just make sure the barrier is about a metre away from the vents so that air can properly circulate.

Hire an HVAC technician in Calgary
At Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer reliable HVAC installation, repair and maintenance services for homeowners throughout the Calgary area. Contact us today to get a free quote.

Are you in the market for a new air conditioner for your home or business? If so, opting for an energy efficient model is a worthwhile investment. In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, you’ll save considerably on your heating and cooling bills. Here are a few tips to help you find an energy efficient unit that suits your needs.

Check for Energy Star certification
In order to receive this type of certification, an appliance must meet certain standards for energy efficiency. If you find an air conditioner with this signature blue label on it, you can be sure the model will use less energy than similar, uncertified models.

Read the EnerGuide label
An increasing number of air conditioners now come with an EnerGuide label. Among other things, this label indicates how much energy an appliance uses in kilowatt hours. It also compares the unit’s energy usage to that of similar models on the market. This information can be crucial if you’re trying to choose between two air conditioners.

Select the right size AC
To maximize the energy efficiency of your air conditioner, it needs to be appropriately sized for the space. If the unit is too small, it might end up running constantly without ever sufficiently lowering the indoor temperature. Conversely, if the unit is too large for the space, it won’t run long enough to remove humidity from the air. This excess moisture can leave you feeling clammy and uncomfortable.

Opt for a programmable unit
Fortunately, most modern air conditioners come with programmable temperature settings that ensure the unit automatically shuts off when the air reaches a precise temperature. Additionally, you can program it to vary the indoor temperature during the day based on when you’ll be home so that it doesn’t run unnecessarily.

Speak with a professional
One of the best ways to accurately compare air conditioners and determine which one is the most energy efficient is to consult an HVAC technician. These professionals can also assess what size unit is needed for your home or business. Plus, once you’ve selected a unit, they can take care of the installation as well.

Experienced HVAC technicians in the Calgary area
If you’re shopping for a new air conditioner, the professionals at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning would be happy to help you find and install an energy efficient model. We can also take care of maintenance and any necessary repairs down the road. For more information about our services, contact us today.

You might already be aware that reducing your energy consumption can help lower the cost of your heating and cooling bills. But did you know that you can also save money by making certain upgrades to your home? Here’s a look at some of the rebates available to homeowners in Alberta who make their dwelling more energy efficient.

Town of Banff residential environmental rebates
If you live in Banff, you may be eligible for a refund from the municipal government if you add certain energy efficient features to your home. Among other things, you can get an environmental rebate for installing new windows or doors, a water-efficient toilet or Energy Star certified appliances such as a fridge, dishwasher or washing machine. To qualify for a rebate, your receipts must be dated January 1, 2021 or later.

Lethbridge homeowner rebate
If you own property in the SunRidge development in Lethbridge, you may be eligible for up to $3,500 in rebates if your house meets certain environmental performance targets. The SunRidge BuiltGreen homeowner rebate is based on the EnerGuide rating for houses. Therefore, your eligibility for the refund will depend on both the energy efficiency and energy consumption of your household. For more information, reach out to the City of Lethbridge Real Estate and Land Development Department.

HAT Smart rebates
Are you a customer of the City of Medicine Hat Electric and Natural Gas Utility? If so, there are several financial incentives available to you as part of the HAT Smart environmental rebate initiative. In order to qualify, simply take steps to make your home more sustainable by installing a solar PV system or purchasing an Energy Star certified furnace or air conditioner, among other things.

Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator
The Home Energy Retrofit Accelerator initiative in Edmonton is a five-step program that guides homeowners through the process of renovating their homes to be more sustainable. It also provides eligible homeowners with rebates based on the energy efficiency of their upgrades. The types of renovations supported by this program include improving insulation, installing a more efficient heating system and replacing windows with triple-pane models.

Efficient HVAC services in the Calgary area
If you want to upgrade your heating and air conditioning systems to improve your home’s energy efficiency, look no further than Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning. Our HVAC technicians offer expert advice and reliable installation services for homeowners in and around the Calgary area. You can also count on us for maintenance and repair services in the future. Contact us today to get a free, no-obligations quote.

Did you know that the indoor air quality of your home can greatly affect your and your family’s health? For this reason, many people rely on electronic air cleaners to keep the air in their home safe. But are these types of air purifiers really worth it? Let’s take a look.

Who can benefit?
If you or another member of your household has a respiratory condition, such as asthma, or an allergy to dust, pet dander or fur, an electronic air cleaner will likely be a worthwhile investment. Since this device traps particles and prevents them from re-circulating in your home, it can help reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms triggered by exposure to air pollutants.

What upkeep is required?
If you want to equip your furnace or air conditioner with an air purifier, it’s important to be aware that certain maintenance will be required. As dust and debris accumulates in the filter, it’ll become less effective and can even lead to bacteria growth. Therefore, to fully benefit from an electronic air cleaner, you’ll need to regularly replace the filter and inspect it for other signs of wear.

Are there other solutions?
Before you invest in an electronic air cleaner, it’s a good idea to identify the source of your home’s poor air quality. For example, make sure that your allergy symptoms aren’t being triggered by mould spores caused by water damage in your basement or around leaky windows. You might also simply need to schedule more frequent HVAC service calls to keep your home’s ventilation system in peak condition.

However, if you’re unable to eliminate the source of the problem, such as if you have pets, an air purifier can be an effective way to remove excess particles from the air

How can you reduce costs?
If you want to add an air purifier to your HVAC system, the best time to do so is when you upgrade the existing heating or cooling unit. Since you’re already paying to have a new system installed or an old unit replaced, the extra work to include an electronic air cleaner will be more affordable.

HVAC installation, maintenance and repair services
Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning is a trusted source for all your HVAC needs. If your furnace has broken down or you simply need to have your ducts cleaned, you can count on our technicians to get the job done right. To learn more about our services, or to request a free quote, contact us today.

Do you rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool and comfortable during the summer months?  If so, you should know that your AC needs to be properly maintained in order to continue functioning properly. However, even with proper maintenance, replacement will eventually be necessary when the machine reaches the end of its lifespan.

Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether you should repair or replace your AC:

  • How old the unit is. Generally, an air conditioner will last 10 to 15 years. If your AC is nearing the end of its lifespan, repairing it may not be worthwhile. Additionally, due to advances in technology, a new unit is likely to be more efficient and cost less to run.
  • Whether it uses R-22 Freon. This once common refrigerant is known to be a dangerous, ozone-depleting substance. As such, the Government of Canada banned the sale of all Freon-based products and Freon itself will be made illegal in the coming years. If your AC unit uses R-22 and develops a leak, you won’t be able to purchase new Freon to top your system up.
  • How often it breaks down. If your air conditioner regularly needs repairs, it may be time to replace your unit. A machine that constantly has problems is reaching the end of its usable lifespan. Additionally, frequent repairs can be costly, and an AC replacement may save you money in the long run.
  • The cost of repair. If you’re still not sure if you should fix or replace your AC unit, an HVAC specialist can give you an idea as to how much a repair will cost. This will allow to compare the price of a replacement versus the cost of a repair. A simple, inexpensive fix is usually worth it, especially if your unit is still relatively new. However, if the repair will cost as much as a replacement, it’s better to invest your dollars in a new air conditioner.

AC repair and replacement in Calgary

Whether your AC unit needs to be repaired or replaced,  Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Our highly trained technicians can inspect your cooling system and help you either fix it or install a new. Call us today to schedule a service call or get a quote on a new air conditioner.

Do you need to replace your furnace? If so, the kind you select should depend on a number of factors, including the size of your home, the existing ductwork and insulation, and your budget. Here’s what you should know about furnaces before you purchase one.

Furnace types

There are three main types of furnace to choose from:

  1. Single stage. The most basic type of furnace, a single stage model only has one setting. These furnaces are designed to run at a constant speed and generally make more noise than other options.

    However, this kind of furnace isn’t suitable for Calgary winters. Though they’re inexpensive to purchase and install, single stage furnaces don’t heat efficiently enough to battle our long, cold winters.

  2. Two stage. This type of furnace has more options than a single stage furnace. A two stage model run at about 65% of its full force most of the time, which generally provides enough heat for a home during moderately cold periods. When temperatures drop lower, the second stage activates a high fan speed, spreading more heat than usual.

    This kind of furnace is more expensive than the single stage variety, but it’s better able to heat a Calgary home and requires less energy to run. Additionally, because it’s not on at full force most of the time, it tends to make less noise.

  3. Modulating. Using advanced heating technology, a modulating furnace delivers even heating throughout your home. This furnace’s power output can increase or decrease at 1% increments, allowing it to operate at peak efficiency at all times.

    A modulating furnace is the most efficient type of furnace on the market. This means that by investing in one, you’ll save money on your energy bills. It’s an excellent choice for Calgary homeowners looking to keep their home at a consistent temperature all winter long.

Fuel types

Another factor to consider when choosing a new furnace is the energy that’ll be used to run it. Electricity, natural gas, oil, coal and wood are all commonly used fuel sources for home heating. The best option for your home will depend on a number of factors, including cost and the energy source that’s currently used to heat your home.

Furnace installations in Calgary

If you need to install a new furnace, turn to the experts at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning. We offer furnace installation, repairs, and maintenance in Calgary.  Contact us today for more information or to request a free quote.

Do you know what the optimal AC temperature is to keep your home comfortable without spending a fortune on your power bill? If so, here’s some key information .

The right temperature

Experts consider an optimal AC temperature to be around 25 or 26 degrees Celsius. This temperature range is ideal because it won’t make your air conditioner work harder than it needs to. Additionally, turning your thermostat up two to three degrees when you’re at work or away for longer than a couple of hours can help you save as much as 10 per cent on your utility bills.

Programmable thermostats

It’s easy to forget to change the temperature settings on your air conditioner. A programmable thermostat, however, can be used to make sure that your home is always at an optimal AC temperature.

Most programmable thermostats can automatically adjust the temperature in your home up to six times a day, making it simple to have different settings for while you’re at home, away and sleeping. You can override the thermostat at any time if your schedule changes without having to reprogram it.

Other ways to help keep your home cool

If you prefer your home to be on the cooler side in the summer or want to lower your cooling costs even more, here are a few tips:

  • Use fans wisely. Ceiling and portable fans help circulate the air around your indoor environment. This makes the air feel cooler on your skin, even if it’s warm in the room.
  • Open windows at the right time. Open windows on opposite sides of the house during cooler periods, like early in the morning and late in the evening. The resulting breeze can help cool your home significantly.
  • Block out the sun. In summer, the sun’s rays can quickly heat up a space. To avoid this, keep your curtains and blinds closed during the day. Preventing sunlight from entering your home will help keep it cool.

In addition, having your AC serviced once a year will keep it running. Regular maintenance will ensure your air conditioner works efficiently, which will help reduce your cooling costs.

Air conditioner repair and maintenance in Calgary

If your AC unit isn’t working, call Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning. We provide professional and quick air conditioner maintenance and repair services in Calgary. Call us today to schedule a service call or learn more.

Do you rely on a furnace to keep you warm in winter? If so, you should know that continuous use can take a toll on this appliance. Fortunately, there are things you can to keep it in good condition. Here are five steps you can take to extend the life of your furnace.

  • Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can help lessen the burden placed on your furnace. You can set it to automatically lower the temperature when you’re away and increase the temperature when you’re at home. You’ll reduce the amount of strain placed on your furnace and save money on your heating bills as well.
  • Change the filter regularly. A dirty filter can impede air flow to and from your furnace, therefore making it work harder than necessary. Replacing or cleaning the filter when it’s dirty can extend the life of your furnace by years. The recommended frequency with which you should change the filter depends on the air quality in your home and the type of filter your furnace uses. Check it at least once a month, and replace or clean it when it looks dirty.
  • Upgrade your insulation. Your furnace will need to work overtime to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home if there are drafts or air leaks. Fortunately, increasing the amount of insulation in your house can help keep it toasty without needing to overwork your furnace.
  • Routinely inspect the condenser. At least once a month, take a good look at the condenser unit that’s outside your home. While it’s built to withstand the elements, it can still get blocked or damaged by debris, falling branches or inclement weather. Check it regularly for signs of damage and remove any materials that have accumulated on or around the unit.
  • Schedule regular maintenance. Your furnace and HVAC system should be professionally inspected every fall. This service includes a thorough visual inspection, lubrication of all moving parts, cleaning the condenser and other tasks that help to extend the life of your furnace and make it more efficient.

Furnace maintenance in Calgary

If you want to extend the life of your furnace, regular maintenance is a must. Fortunately, Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning provides schedule maintenance calls for commercial and residential clients in Calgary. Contact us today to find out more or schedule an appointment.

If your water heater is beyond repair or you simply want to upgrade your current system, you might be wondering which type of water heater to choose. Here’s a look at the advantages and drawbacks of a tankless water heater so you can decide whether this model is right for your Calgary home or business.

How it works

Many buildings are equipped with a hot water tank, which stores pre-heated water until it’s needed. A tankless heater, on the other hand, doesn’t store water at all. Instead, this device rapidly heats water using a heat exchanger just before it gets sent to an open faucet.

Benefits of a tankless water heater

Tankless water heaters offer several advantages over hot water tanks. Among other things:

  • They don’t run out of hot water. Since a tankless water heater heats the water on demand, there’s no chance that you’ll run out at inopportune times.
  • They have a longer lifespan. A tankless water heater generally lasts at least 20 years, whereas hot water tanks typically need to be replaced every 10 years.
  • They’re more efficient. Tankless models use much less energy than other types of water heaters. In fact, depending on how much water you use, you could save up to 30 per cent on your utility bill.
  • They take up less space. Tankless water heaters don’t require much room since they don’t include a bulky storage tank. This makes them ideal for smaller homes.
  • They’re less likely to cause water damage. Since tankless water heaters don’t store water, they eliminate the risk of flooding or leaks caused by a damaged hot water tank.

Drawbacks of a tankless water heater

Before you make a decision about which type of water heater to purchase, consider the following:

  • Tankless water heaters are more expensive. However, keep in mind that you won’t have to buy another one for 20 years. Plus, you’ll save money on your utility bills.
  • You may need more than one. If you have a large family or your household uses a lot of hot water, a tankless water heater might not be able to keep up. However, installing more than one is an effective way to increase the amount of hot water available at any one time.

Water heater installation services in Calgary

For more information about tankless water heaters, reach out to the experts at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning. To request a free quote on your new water heater, contact us today.

If your furnace breaks down, you may decide to invest in a replacement unit rather than pay to have your old appliance repaired. Here’s a look at why you should consider upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace.

The features of a high-efficiency furnace

A furnace’s efficiency is measured by its annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. Older furnaces generally have an AFUE rating of 65 to 70. This means only 65 to 70 per cent of the fuel used to run your furnace is converted into heat for your home. In contrast, a modern furnace must have an AFUE rating of 90 to 98.5 to be considered highefficiency. With this type of appliance, very little energy is lost in the process of heating your home.

Additionally, a modern furnace boasts the following qualities:

  • Electronic ignition. Instead of a pilot light that burns at all times, these furnaces use an electronic ignition to turn on when heat is required.
  • Two-stage heating. With two levels of heat output, a modern furnace can save energy by running on a low setting most of the time and increasing to a higher setting when the temperature drops significantly.
  • Variable airflow. A variable speed heating system allows high-efficiency furnaces to precisely control the indoor air temperature and conserve energy by regulating air distribution.

The benefits of a high-efficiency furnace

Here are four more reasons to consider upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace:

  • You’ll save on your utility bills. A furnace with a high AFUE rating and an electronic ignition can reduce your heating bill by up to 45 per cent every winter.
  • It’ll last longer. High-efficiency furnaces often have a system to remove excess moisture in the heat exchanger. This is just one of the features that can give a highefficiency furnace a longer lifespan than other models if it’s well maintained.
  • It’s better for the environment. Since it uses less fuel than an older furnace would, a high-efficiency model produces fewer emissions and helps conserve natural resources.
  • Your family will be safer. High-efficiency furnaces don’t run for extended periods of time and they do a better job of regulating airflow. As a result, the combustion process is safer. In addition, some models have vents that further improve indoor air quality.

Calgary furnace experts you can trust

If you think it’s time to upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace, you can count on the team at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning to provide excellent and affordable service. Contact us today to request a free quote.