Archive for June, 2010

Happy Canada Day

June 30, 2010

Hi Friends,

I want to wish everybody a Happy Canada Day. Today is a good time to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a country that grants us liberty and freedom. It gives us the opportunity to work and raise families in the religion of our choice. It provides us with education to help us succeed and healthcare to give us a great quality of life. It nurtures a wonderful multi cultural atmosphere that allows people from all backgrounds, races and faiths to join together as one and continue to make our wonderful country grow and prosper. This week during the G-20 and G-8, Canada stood proudly as a leader amongst nations. We should all be very proud! We should all be very proud of our wonderful Prime Minister, Steven Harper, who is a moral compass, a true leader and a great protector of our nation.

But most important, we must thank G-d every day for this wonderful country of Canada and pray every day for the continued success, growth and prosperity of our wonderful home and native land.

UV Sanitizer Light

June 29, 2010

Today we installed a new furnace and air conditioner for our customer. As a bonus, we included a UV Sanitizer light which we installed into their furnace ductwork under their air conditioning coil. This light will destroy all the bacteria in their air stream and keep the air conditioner coil free of any bacteria and mould growth. I am glad that we bonused this unit to our customer today because they have a small baby and he will be protected from germs in their healthy home. 

 

Anti Bacterial UV Sanitizer Light

 

Introducing Steve, our new team member and Blogger!

June 28, 2010

Premi-air CLIMATECARE is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen McGann to our residential sales team.  Stephen has extensive experience as an HVAC professional and is highly regarded by his industry peers.  He has been in the HVAC industry for 30 years starting part time with the Consumers’ Gas Company. He quickly moved up the ranks to reach the highly respected position of Special Fitter and ultimately was promoted to Technical Supervisor of the customer service department.  Feeling the need to expand his technical and managerial experience he joined a local Toronto based HVAC Company as their Service Operations Manager and stayed there until Sears Canada asked him to join their team as their HVAC Technical manager and all around technical guru. He leveraged all of his strengths and experiences as a key HVAC team member to help grow the Sears business across all of Canada. Stephen has dedicated his HVAC career to helping customers and believes his new position at Premi-air is an excellent fit in helping customers wade through all of the technological changes and efficiency improvements when deciding on which best equipment choices to make when replacing their HVAC systems.  

I am also very pleased to announce that Stephen has agreed to join me as a co-blogger and will be chiming in from time to time with helpful information for all of our customers.

Variable Speed Pumping saves Money

June 28, 2010

One of the biggest uses of energy in a hydronic system is the circulator. This cost can be minimized by adjusting the rate of pumping according to the need of the building. It can be further minimized by using and ECM motor. Taco just came out with a wonderful circulator that can modulate itself, tell you how much power it is using at any time and is ECM. This pump is so advanced, so revolutionary, and so efficient, Taco actually made a contest for who can come up with the best name for this unit. I entered “The Chief”. CHIEF stands for Commutating HI Efficiency Flow. The prize is a flashy new Smart Car. I hope they select my suggestion and award me the car. Either way, I am a winner because I will be able to use this product to the advantage of my clients.

Taco is on Facebook. Why not check them out there as well.

Suffering From High Electricity Bills

June 25, 2010

Christina Blizzard from The Toronto Sun wrote a column about Mr. Les Crisp who was enticed by the province to “Live Better Electrically”. This was the catchy phrase the government advertised with to get people to heat their homes with electricity. Now he is paying a whopping $7,000 a year. He blames Dalton McGuinty for these drastic increases in electricity costs. There is no way to escape this terrible expense because even if you buy your electricity from an alternative supplier, you will get hit by the “Provincial Benefit” line on your gas bill that will inflate your costs. He anticipates that his bill will increase even further due to Dalton McGuinty’s “Green Energy Act” which inflates the cost of electricity to subsidize his Green Energy pet projects. We in Ontario are all in for a big surprise when our electricity costs will soar in the very near future. What are you doing to reduce your dependance on electricity?

Please see Christina’s article here or at the side of this blog.

ClimateCare Part 3

June 24, 2010

The third strategy is sharing. There are so many things that need to get done in a business. No business owner has time to accomplish all of his/her goals. Our group divides the many jobs amongst our members into committees who tackle issues and shares their accomplishments with the group. For instance, one committee might source out the best supplier for cellphones while another group might source out the best supplier of uniforms. Other committees arrange for training the group in any issue that we feel is important.

At our last meeting, we had a fabulous training seminar on the new requirement to include an harassment policy as mandated by the new Bill 168.

So, as you can see, by caring and sharing with each other, our group can go a lot further than any one member would be able to go on his/her own.

I am proud to be a member of this group and I am proud to be associated with the many special, wonderful and professional people who make this group so remarkable.

As a member of ClimateCare, I have learnt and continue to learn how to service my customers better.

Please visit the ClimateCare website to learn more about us.

ClimateCare Part 2

June 23, 2010

The second strategy is Glenn Mellors. Glenn is an expert on HVAC businesses and is available to work one on one with each member to help them improve and to help them overcome any specific challenge that they may have. This mentoring is highly motivational and we are always eager and excited for our next visit from Glenn.

Tomorrow, I will present the third strategy.

ClimateCare Part 1

June 22, 2010

I promised to tell you all about ClimateCare.

ClimateCare is a cooperative of HVAC contractors that work together as a group to raise the bar in all aspects of the HVAC business. This includes quality of service, training of technicians, business practices, honesty and integrity. Each member company is audited yearly to ensure compliance with all the relevant safety, quality and business best practices. We are all held accountable by each other to maintain the highest level of performance. In order to achieve these lofty goals, there are three main strategies. Firstly, we meet for 2 days 4 times each year. During these meetings, training is provided to each member on any current and relevant issues to our industry. At these meeting all of us are able to share ideas during informal social time that allow each member to benefit from the great ideas put forth by the group. It is at these social events that I gain the most since everyone in the group is so friendly and eager to help every member.

In the next post, I will discuss the second strategy.

Get Serious about Conservation

June 21, 2010

This summer seems to be getting off to a very hot start. Demand for air conditioning is at an all time high. Do you have any idea how much you are spending on air conditioning? If your air conditioner is more than 5 years old and if you have a typical home in Toronto with 4 tons of air conditioning, you are spending between $450 and $550 each summer season to cool your home. Today, you can buy an air conditioner that will cool your home for $290 per season. This means you are overspending as much as $260 each year. Even if your air conditioner works fine, it is wasting lots of money by being so terribly inefficient. We can assess your home and show you how much energy you can save by upgrading to high-efficiency equipment. Now, there are still government rebates to offset the cost of upgrading. These rebates will not be around forever and once electricity prices jump, the costs will be even higher. Now is the time to act in order to avoid the dilemma of whether to cool your home or survive financially.

Save $1,500 in Energy

June 19, 2010

Yesterday I surveyed a home in the Riverdale area of Toronto. My customer wanted to change out his old air conditioner as part of a renovation project. The first thing we do on a comfort assessment visit is a heat loss/gain calculation. This is accomplished by measuring all the outside walls, windows and doors. Once we gather the data, we enter the data into our heat loss/gain program to determine the correct sizing for the home comfort equipment. We were amazed that the existing furnace which was only 5 years old had been severely oversized. The furnace was a 100,000 BTUH mid-efficiency unit. The required size was around 50,000 BTUH. After a complete analysis, we realized that a new furnace and new air conditioner, once we factored in the $2,000 worth of rebates, would cost approximately $5,000. The yearly energy savings we calculated to be at around $1,500. This worked out to a 27% ROI, return on investment. We were really glad along with our customer to have discovered this great opportunity to save energy. This was only possible because we performed a full heat loss/gain study. Whenever you need new home comfort equipment, make sure that your contractor does a heat loss/gain study and analyzes your energy use so that you can also make the best decisions.