Archive for August, 2010

Installation Quality – Venting

August 31, 2010

Every fuel burning appliance requires venting to exhaust the products of combustion out of your home. For safer and more efficient operation, all manufacturers of high-efficiency appliances strongly prefer bringing in combustion air through a pipe directly to the furnace. This combustion air/venting system is strictly prescribed by the manufacturer of each high-efficiency furnace and must be followed precisely to meet the code requirements. Installers must receive extensive training specific to each appliance to ensure that they know exactly how each appliance is to be vented. The proper pipe and fittings (System 636) must be used in order to comply with the gas code and to ensure efficient and safe operation.

Installation Quality – Ductwork

August 30, 2010

Ductwork –  the ductwork in your home must be properly connected to your new furnace and air conditioner. This means that it must be the right size, the right shape and in the right position in order for the system to deliver the proper airflow to your home. When people claim that the air doesn’t seem to blow strong enough in this room or the other, it is usually because the ductwork with the new furnace or air conditioner was not properly installed.

Many contractors do not know how to design and install the proper duct transitions to connect the new furnace and air to your home’s duct system. This will severely reduce your comfort, efficiency and the life of your equipment.

Installation Quality

August 29, 2010

Installation Quality is one area where so many contractors are lacking.

In order for any home comfort product to work properly, it must be installed according to the way it was engineered and designed to be installed. Some of the items that require special care in order for your furnace or air conditioner to work according to the manufacturer’s specifications are:

  1. Ductwork
  2. Venting
  3. Controls and wiring.
  4. High voltage electrical
  5. Drain
  6. Equipment Leveling

In my next post, I will explain the importance of proper ducting.

Design and Application 3

August 28, 2010

In order to determine exactly which system to install in your home, the following things must be clarified.

  1. How much cooling does your house need?
  2. How much heat does your house need?
  3. Does your home get too dry in the winter? Does anyone experience nosebleeds? Is there static in the house?
  4. Does your home have proper air filtration? Are there people in your home with breathing issues? Allergies? Asthma?
  5. Do you have young children? Does your home have proper air sanitization? Are you concerned about bacteria, mould and other growing organisms in your air?
  6. Does your home have adequate ventilation? Is the air stale and stuffy at times?
  7. Does your home suffer from too much moisture? Do your windows drip in the winter?
  8. Is your home evenly heated and cooled or are there areas that are too cold or too warm?
  9. Is your home drafty?
  10. Does your current system use too much energy? Are your utility bills too high?
  11. Is your current equipment located in the most practical and appropriate spot?

These are some of the important issues that must be clarified and discussed before any comfort advisor can propose a home comfort system for you.

Make sure that you have a chance to discuss all these issue so that your investment in your home health and comfort will pay off.

Design and Application 2

August 27, 2010

We were discussing the total comfort survey and audit that every comfort advisor must perform before recommending any equipment. In this survey, there are many questions that must be answered. Many of these questions require input from you, the homeowner. If your comfort advisor doesn’t involve you in this survey, how can he or she possibly know what system to recommend for you. Be prepared to spend between 1 and 2 hours with your comfort advisor.

Tomorrow, I will outline the information that must be gathered in this audit.

Live Green – Save Energy

August 26, 2010

Did you know that if you just do nothing, your fuel bills will increase by 10% – 20% each year just due to rising utility rates. In this video, John Barba from Taco-HVAC outlines how you can save energy from your heating system. He distinctly points out how important it is that any contractor you consider for a system upgrade, do a thorough heat loss study to ensure that you are selecting the right equipment. John was interviewed by a television show called Designing Spaces. Click here to watch it now.

Design and Application

August 25, 2010

There are so many products available today with so many features that it would be impossible to determine the best system for your home without a thorough audit of your home. This audit takes around 2 hours to complete. Remember, the investment of a home comfort system is between $10,000 and $20,000. You really want to make sure that you are buying the right system before making such a significant investment. If you call a company for a new furnace or Air Conditioner and he just looks at your old equipment and gives you a price, you are not getting the best system for your home. I will outline in my next posts, what type of audit should be conducted on your home before any system is suggested. Don’t worry about the cost of this audit as any company worth its name should conduct this audit for free as part of their offering to you. If they don’t, throw them out.

How do I choose a furnace installer?

August 24, 2010

This is by far the most important factor that will affect every aspect of your satisfaction with your new furnace and air conditioner. The following points will be directly affected by who you choose to install your new comfort system.

  1. Efficiency. Will your equipment actually operate at the efficiency levels that you expect? Will you pay more for electricity and gas than you need to?
  2. Reliability. Your furnace should last 15-20 years and your air conditioner should last 10-15 years. Will you be disappointed if your furnace or air conditioner fail after 8 years?
  3. Comfort.  Will you experience the comfort from your new equipment that you should get with your new system?

The only way that you will get the full comfort, efficiency and reliability with your new system is if the following 3 items score 100%.

  1. Design and application.
  2. Installation quality
  3. Start up and Setup.

I will discuss these 3 items and their importance in my next blog entries.

Adam Beck’s Nightmare

August 1, 2010

In 1906, Adam Beck developed the concept of creating affordable electricity in Ontario. And so that’s how it was, Ontario had access to affordable energy that helped us boom in manufacturing and made us the economic engine of Ontario. All that came to a grinding halt in 1988 when our Provincial government decided to make electricity a business. Since then, our rates have doubled and manufacturing in Ontario was decimated. Andy Frame, in the Toronto Star itemizes the long list of expenses that consumers and businesses must pay in order to turn on the lights. Please see his fascinating article. I think we should go back to Adam Beck’s vision. Unfortunately, our politicians are too greedy for that. What do you think?