Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

PostHeaderIcon 10 Ways to Keep Your Home and Family Cool This Summer

The hot weather has finally arrived but your home now is too hot for your liking. To help, I have put together a list of 10 items that you can put to use to help keep you cool this summer.

1. Keep the house closed during the day (meaning have your windows and exterior doors shut) to not let in unwanted heat and humidity. Open your windows during the evening when the sun has set and the temperature has cooled. Using a fan helps circulate the air in the room too.

2. Turn off heat generating appliances like computers, lamps and TVs when they are not being used and run the dishwasher in the evening when it is cooler outside.

3. Hang tightly woven screens or bamboo shades outside your windows to stop 60 to 80% of the sun’s heat from getting to your windows and heating your home.

4. Keep your thermostat set at 25-26°C or higher if you are using ceiling fans. Don’t air-condition unused rooms to help save on your energy bills.

5. Plant trees if you can. Leafy trees can shade your home and keep it cool. Deciduous trees (those that lose their leaves in the fall) will let sunlight through in the winter and create shade in summer.

6. Hang up your bedding in the coolest part of the house during the day. When you get up, take your bedding to the coolest room in the house (where ever there is the most shade) and hang up the blankets and sheets so that each side is exposed to the air. Take them down and put them back on your bed just before you go to sleep and you will find it more comfortable to sleep.

7. Use a programmable thermostat with your air conditioner to adjust the setting at night so you don’t wake up in the middle of the night freezing or when no one is home to save on your energy bills and have your rooms ready and cooled when you walk in the door.

8. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents; they produce the same amount of light but use a fifth of the energy and heat.

9. If you have an air conditioner, get it serviced to maximize efficiency-the best time is just before it gets hot (Spring) and the air conditioning contractors are not swamped with calls. Clean your A/C’s air filter every month during cooling season. Normal dust build-up can reduce the air flow by 1% per week.

10. If you have an older central air conditioner, consider replacing the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. Make sure that it is properly matched to the indoor unit. If you are buying a new air conditioner, make sure that it is accurately sized. Get assistance from an air conditioning contractor who can discuss various options for your home.

If you would like more information on putting in an air conditioner in your home, please feel free to give us a call at 604-283-2383.

PostHeaderIcon You Don’t Have to Suffer In The Heat

Many people in Vancouver usually just tough it out through the hot summer months because in reality there is only really 2 months of serious heat. Most people don’t even entertain the idea of Air Conditioning because they assume it will be expensive or they simply just don’t know enough about it. I will explain a few of the options and benefits of investing in an AC system for your home.

There are 3 main types of AC you can have in you home.

1. If you have a furnace we can install a heat pump which will actually heat and cool your home. The unit works by supplying cold air to your furnace, which in turn distributes the cold are throughout your house. In the winter you can use the heat pump to heat your home as well. This method is very efficient and has the lowest amount of carbon footprint. This means you are saving money and helping the environment.

2. Another option is a central AC system. This works independently from you heating system and has its on duct work. This is ideal of if you can install it when you build your house.

3. The third and most popular right now is the ductless split method. This method is very common for people in BC as it is designed for people who have boilers or base board heaters. Because boilers have no existing venting that can be used to transfer the air, we have to install a ductless system. The beauty about a ductless is that you can choose to have it in as little or as many rooms as you like. It simply hangs on the wall and provided cooling to the room. Its that simple! Some models even have sensors that push the air to the warmer parts of the room. It does this with an infrared camera that reads the heat in the room.
Another benefit to the ductless system is its high efficiency and dual capabilities. The ductless systems are mini-heat pumps so you can also heat your home in the winter. The cost of heating with the ductless is cheaper than with a standard boiler because it is more efficient.

The next big heatwave just remember, you have options! Any home in Vancouver can have AC, its just a matter of finding the right system for your home.

If you would like to have a free estimate or a tune up on your current system feel to give us a call! 604-283-2383

PostHeaderIcon Saving Energy With Your Air Conditioning Unit

Every body is always looking for ways to make their home more energy efficient because lets face it, utility prices are a pain! This time of the year is especially critical for home owners to start thinking about their air conditioning and start thinking am I doing all I can to save my self money this cooling season? Here a few easy steps you can take to make sure your AC system is running efficiently and effectively this summer.

Preventative Maintenance Inspection- Having a technician come out to your home and inspect your AC system is the best way to make sure everything is running smoothly, prevent costly breakdowns during a heat wave, insure efficient energy consumption, and prolong the life of your air conditioner.

Change Filters - This is a very simple step that many people over look. It is very inexpensive to do, but can be very expensive if you choose to ignore this step. Would you go 3 years without changing the oil in your car? A technician can do this for you during one of you semi-annual inspections

Keep the Cooling Coils Clean-During your semi-annual inspection the technician will insure that all contaminants are cleared.

Seal Air Leaks Seal the cold air into your home, that way it is less likely to escape. The same principle can be applied to heating your home. Make sure all windows and exterior doors are sealed with weather stripping.

Reduce Appliance Use-Try using your appliances in the early morning or after sunset. Appliances like washers/dryers and even dishwashers emit heat. By simply changing the time you use them, your home will be cooler and your AC unit won’t have to work as hard. Also consider putting in drapes to block out sunlight.

Programmable Thermostats Programmable thermostats are very effective when set up correctly. They work by telling the system when you and your family will be home and turn on during the prime hours when you are home, thus saving energy because the system doesn’t run when you are out.

Weigh the Option Of Upgrading-It may be hard to fathom spending a large amount of money to change something that works, but it maybe smarter to upgrade. There are so many grants and rebates available for high efficiency units. Additionally the more efficient your system, the more money you save annually.

Call today and book your AC inspection. 604-283-2383.
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PostHeaderIcon Heat pumps work all seasons

I am sure many of you have heard of a heat pump, some of you may even have one, but has anyone ever taken the time to explain what they are and how they work?

Heat pumps are often misunderstood or not understood at all. Because of this, you may not realize that there may be a better heating and cooling option than a furnace or air conditioner. A heat pump is an efficient method of cooling your home in the summer and warming it in the winter.

Although heat pumps are new to many people, they have been around for over three decades. Its name is a little misleading, a heat pump is an efficient method of heating a home during the cold winter months and also cooling it during the blistering summer months. A heat pump looks like an air conditioner, but that’s only the outside appearance. It actually has two functions based on the same principles for both. In warm weather situations, the heat pump works as a normal air conditioner. It extracts heat from inside the home and transfers it to the outdoor air through a condensing process.

In colder weather, however, the process reverses, collecting heat from the outdoor air and transferring it inside your home. Even when the air outside feels extremely cold, the air still contains some heat. The heat pump pulls the heat from this cold outdoor air and sends it inside to warm your home, using a similar process that a refrigerator would. When there is not enough heat in the outside air to meet the demand of the thermostat setting, an electric heater supplements the outdoor air to warm the home. While many people find the winter operation of a heat pump the most difficult to understand, it is during the heating cycle that the heat pump produces the most savings. Unlike a furnace that turns fossil fuel or electricity into heat, the heat pump collects heat that already exists in the outdoor air by means of its refrigeration cycle.

Consequently, a heat pump will produce two to three times more heat than the energy it uses.

In addition, a heat pump can be an effective add-on option to use in conjunction with an existing gas furnace. With a dual-fuel system, the two systems share the heating load but never function at the same time. Each system operates when it is most cost effective. The heat pump will be the primary heating and cooling system. However, when the temperature drops below the heat pump’s ability to operate as efficiently as the gas furnace, the gas furnace will take over until the temperature rises enough for the heat pump to operate more efficiently.

Remember to take into consideration the noise that may be generated by your heat pump related to where the equipment is installed, and how this may affect your neighbour – be a good neighbour!

 If you have any doubts or require an expert analysis, please contact Ashton Service Group at 604-283-2383.