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The Right Furnace Can Keep Energy Bills Low

With winter rolling in, you need to be ready. To keep you and your loved ones toasty warm this time of year, you’ll need a furnace will that will operate reliably and won’t break the bank.

It’s no secret that in the GTA, hydro prices have seen a recent increase. Now this might be for the greater good of the city of Toronto, but most people would agree that paying more around the holidays isn’t very festive. There is something you can do though. Schedule an appointment with Novel Care Toronto to evaluate the efficiency of your furnace. We’ll find any efficiency problems and advise you with the right steps to increase your furnace’s efficiency. In doing so we’ll be helping you lower your energy bills.

To avoid getting overly technical with furnace jargon, we’ll keep things simple. A furnace is designed to generate warm air that is pushed through your home. As the temperature dips, the furnace works a bit harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. In the event of an older, less efficient furnace, the energy that goes in isn’t necessarily equal to the heat that comes out. Less efficient means more power to heat your home – and that means more cash flowing from your wallet towards increasing energy bills.

How Do I Know If My Furnace Is Efficient?

Unless you know a thing or two about furnaces, you probably won’t know if you’re make and model is an efficient one. Now, you can absolutely do your homework and look into which models might be best for your home. However, no matter how much furnace knowledge you acquire, installing the right model takes a professional. Our experts also have over 30 years of experience in Toronto installing, repairing and maintaining furnaces. We’ll help you make the right choice for your home to suit the size of your home and your needs.

Furnace installation is no joke and takes someone with experience to do the job right. After all, you wouldn’t rewire your home because you read about it online, would you? Of course not, that would be dangerous. The same goes for furnace installation, since it requires making sure your home is at a comfortable temperature for years to come.

Professionals Know Best

In Toronto and the GTA, you can probably find a bunch of people who claim to be professionals when it comes to furnace installation, but how credible are they if they don’t have references, good online reviews or a track record of experience? That’s where we encourage you to do that homework we talked about earlier. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t go with the first person who is available, the cheapest or the closest to your home. Poor choices can result in overpaying or a wonky furnace installation job.

To save you some time researching Novel Care, we’ve got over 30 years of experience installing furnaces in Toronto and the GTA. Our reputation is second to none and we have a lot to offer including duct cleaning, furnace repairs, furnace maintenance, boiler repairs, boiler maintenance and much more – all at a price you can afford. Sound too good to be true? Contact us at 416-921-0000 and we’ll provide you with a free estimate.

We’d love to hear from you to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Put our experience and knowledge to work for you, and keep your energy bills under control this winter.

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Upgrading To A High Efficiency Furnace

So, it’s finally happened. Your trusty old furnace has kicked the bucket. It’s a sad day in your household, but it doesn’t have to be. Now that you have to replace your old furnace you can install a new high efficiency furnace. A growing trend with our customers in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA is that they’re replacing old furnaces with new high efficiency furnaces. They’re doing so for a number of different reasons.

Save Money With A High Efficiency Furnace

Most people install a high efficiency furnace because they’re sick and tired of their rising energy bills. The government is continually increasing energy prices, so operating your household is constantly getting more expensive. A high efficiency furnace can save you up to 20% or even 30% on your energy bill depending on the size of your home and the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating on your new furnace. The higher the SEER rating on your new high efficiency furnace, the less energy it will use.

An Eco-Friendly High Efficiency Furnace

It might seem fairly obvious, but a high efficiency furnace is more environmentally friendly than other furnace models. Simply put, they use less energy to heat your home and in doing so reduce your carbon footprint. There are also models that work at two stages depending on your needs and these models operate very efficiently to provide your family with warmth all winter long.

How Reliable Is A High Efficiency Furnace?

When you install a new high efficiency furnace you might wonder if it’s going to be as reliable as your trusty old furnace that lasted for 20 years and never let you down. Are newer furnaces built as well as older ones? The truth, is they are built even better, which means they’re even more reliable. Furnace manufacturers these days have taken advantage of years of insights and technology to develop furnaces that last. They do require annual maintenance to ensure they’re running as efficiently as possible, but with advanced computer systems keeping everything in check the chances of a breakdown are significantly reduced.

How Affordable Is A High Efficiency Furnace?

Depending on the size of your home and your needs every homeowner can afford a high efficiency furnace. While they are more expensive when it comes to up front costs, high efficiency furnaces save you money in the long-term with lower energy bills and fewer repair costs. Overall, their upfront cost is easily offset by their benefits and other savings.

For more information about installing a high efficiency furnace or to schedule a free consultation and estimate contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000. Novel Care has been installing furnaces in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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Fall Furnace Maintenance Checklist

Fall is officially here, which means it’s time to start thinking about getting your furnace ready for colder weather. This year why not be proactive about your home heating with a quick self-inspection using this fall furnace maintenance checklist.

While this fall furnace maintenance checklist isn’t completely comprehensive, it does provide a good starting point to help you understand your heating system. It is by no means a replacement for a professional inspection by an experienced and properly trained HVAC technician.

Fall Furnace Maintenance For Homeowners

  1. Examine the exterior and interior of your furnace with a flashlight. Basically, you’re looking for any moisture buildup or corrosion. If you tap around the furnace with your flashlight and hear and see rust falling then you’ve got a corrosion problem. Corrosion could be caused by moisture, which means you might also have a problem with moisture. This is definitely something you should flag with your technician when you have a furnace inspection.
  2. Check for leaks in your heating system. If your system is running and you hold your hand over the various connections in the ductwork and feel blowing air then you have a leak. Leaks in your ductwork can reduce the efficiency of your system. One quick fix is to use a high-grade duct tape to stop the leaks. Once you’ve done so, it’s also a good idea to flag these leaky areas with your HVAC technician to ensure the problem isn’t a bigger one.
  3. Change your furnace filter. Many of our blog entries about fall furnace maintenance include reminders to change your furnace filter. That’s because it’s one of the easiest things to do and very important. A dirty filter causes your furnace to work harder than it needs to, which will cost you money on your energy bills.
  4. Replace your thermostat batteries. It’s not something we think of very often, but it’s important to always ensure your thermostat has fresh batteries, so it can properly activate and control your heating and cooling systems.
  5. Clean out any exterior vents. These vents are an important part of allowing your furnace to function properly. Cleaning them is an important part of fall furnace maintenance because limbs and leaves can easily clog them and cause problems.
  6. Ensure all the vents in your home are clear of furniture, toys, etc. Allowing your vents to easily distribute air is important to properly heating your home and letting your thermostat know that each room is properly heated.
  7. Turn your furnace on before it gets really cold out. If you wait until the last-minute to turn on your furnace and it doesn’t work you might be left out in the cold. Turn it on early and if you have any issues you’ll know right away, long before the cold weather has arrived.

For more information about fall furnace maintenance or to schedule an appointment contact Novel Care today. Novel Care has been helping customers in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA with fall furnace maintenance for over 30 years.

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5 Key Benefits of Furnace Maintenance

Few people are happy that summer is coming to an end. Less sunlight, higher gas prices, cold temperatures, and ultimately snow-covered cars and commutes aren’t things anyone looks forward to. One of the most important things when dealing with everything winter brings with it is your furnace. Your furnace keeps your home warm and comfortable. It creates a space for you and your family to stay warm, hibernate and forget all of the negatives that come along with winter. That’s why it’s so important to properly maintain your furnace. Proper maintenance is the best way to ensure it runs well all winter long.

Furnace Maintenance Benefits

Paying Lower Energy Bills

By properly maintaining your furnace you’re also ensuring good efficiency. This is especially important when you’re placing a heavy load on your furnace during the cold months of winter. Maintenance means that electrical connections are tightened, moving parts are lubricated and all other components are inspected and repaired if necessary. By keeping things running properly your furnace will use less energy and cost you less in the long run.

Longer Life

During maintenance your furnace is thoroughly tested and inspected, which means an experienced technician will look for common issues with your make and model and identify anything that urgently needs repairing. When some parts wear out or malfunction they can negatively affect related parts causing them to have problems. A proper cleaning is also a great way to reduce the wear and tear on parts. Overall, maintenance will increase the life of your furnace.

Less Repairing, More Enjoying

Regular inspections and checkups are the best way to find small problems before they become big problems. Finding small problems that can be fixed with adjustments rather than large problems that require replacement parts is essential to avoiding repairs.

Safer Operation

Annual maintenance typically includes a review of the safety features and problems areas. Depending on the make and model of your furnace this can include a variety of different checks. The last thing you want is for your furnace to be the source of carbon monoxide in your home, or for it to stop operating when you’re not there, which can lead to frozen water pipes on cold days.

Better Capacity

After your maintenance is finished you’ll notice that your system runs better and more efficiently. Its overall capacity will increase and it will work much less to heat your home.

For more information about heating your home, maintenance or to book an appointment contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000. Novel Care has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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The Importance Of A Furnace Inspection

Call it what you will, furnace maintenance, furnace inspection, furnace repair, taking care of your furnace is an essential part of ensuring its reliability, efficiency and longevity.

Your furnace is an important part of your home. It moves the air around, filters it, and heats it in the winter. It reduces allergens and dust, and improves the overall air quality in your home. It addresses moisture issues and maintains a healthy level of humidity in your home, even in the winter.

Common problems with your furnace that can be found by a professional furnace inspection can be:

  • Loose ductwork resulting from normal thermal expansion and contraction.
  • The need to lubricate the blower motor bearings.
  • The needs to replace the air filter and clean the dust out off the blower fan blades and AC condensing coil.

An inspection can also find and repair less than obvious problems like:

  • A loose blower belt
  • A blocked condensate drain
  • An aging or loose wiring harness

The best way to keep your furnace operating efficiently is to have a furnace inspection prior to when you need your furnace the most. When cold weather hits you don’t want to be worried about how well your furnace is operating, you simply want to turn it on and enjoy the warm comfort it provides.

Professional Furnace Inspection

A properly certified and licensed HVAC technician will run a diagnostic check on your furnace to ensure its operating as efficiently as possible. They’ll perform safety tests to monitor any gas leaks or CO2 levels, so you can rest assured that your furnace is running safely. Furnace inspection will also ensure that all the various components of your furnace are running properly like the blower motor, the humidifier, and any other mechanical element. A furnace inspection also takes the stability and cleanliness of your duct system into account and let’s you know if there are any glaring problems.

Between Each Furnace Inspection

In between each semi-annual furnace inspection here’s one easy thing you can do yourself to keep your furnace running well.

Change your furnace filter:

  • This doesn’t need to be a scheduled thing, but should be done at least once every few months, or sooner if you check it and notice that it’s especially clogged.
  • This also helps maintain healthy airflow throughout your home.
  • Changing your air filter reduces the load on your fan motor, as it’s easier to move air through the system with a clean filter.
  • A new air filter reduces the allergens, dust and other airborne particles in your home.

For more information about or to schedule a furnace inspection contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

We’ve been serving Toronto, York Region and the GTA for over 30 years.

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Fall Furnace Maintenance Checklist

Sadly, winter isn’t that far away anymore and fall is right around the corner. Taking time to enjoy nature’s changing colours and the brisk feeling in the air is important as it will soon be gone and you’ll want to retreat inside where it’s warm. Keeping your furnace in good condition is a big part of escaping the cold, and there’s no better time than fall to take a look at your fall furnace maintenance checklist.

Basic furnace maintenance is the best way to ensure your furnace is working perfectly now that cold weather will soon be upon us. Don’t be fooled by the hot temperatures this week, the cold air that invades the night is a sure indication that it won’t last much longer.

Gas Furnace Maintenance Checklist

Here are a few essential things you can do to ensure your furnace is working properly.

Visual Furnace Inspection: Take a look at your furnace to see if there is an excess amount of dust or black soot building up anywhere. Is there is then you should call an experienced furnace repair technician from a reputable company like Novel Care immediately. Turn on your thermostat to see if the furnace cycles up correctly. Listen closely for strange noises or loud vibrations that might indicate there’s a problem. It’s also important to prime your nose to smell for any gas leaks.

Turn it Off: Now that you’ve looked it over turn the thermostat off and then the switch for the power. If you can’t find the power switch you can turn the power off at the breaker. Next turn off the gas if you’re planning on checking off any gas related items in your furnace maintenance checklist.

Dusting: Once your furnace has cooled down open it up and use your vacuum to clean out the dust. If there are areas where your vacuum isn’t working use a damp cloth to wipe the dust away.

Fan Belt: If you have a blower with a fan belt it’s important to take a good look at it for racking and fraying. Checking the tension to ensure it’s still taught is also important. It shouldn’t move more than 1/2 an inch.

Filter Replacement: The last and one of the most important things on your furnace maintenance checklist is changing the filter. Turn your furnace back on and if you’ve turned the gas off, turn it back on and relight the pilot light.

You should only perform furnace maintenance if you’re comfortable enough to do so. If you’re unsure about any aspect of your furnace maintenance checklist contact Novel Care today for a free estimate and to make a furnace maintenance appointment: 416-921-0000.

Novel Care has been handling furnace maintenance checklists in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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Summer Furnace Maintenance Services

Just because it’s summer and you’ve turned off your furnace for the season doesn’t mean you should be finished with your furnace just yet. After a long hard fall and winter where your furnace worked hard to keep you and your family cool it’s time to ensure that it’s shut down properly maintained for the summer. Summer furnace maintenance services are an essential part of your HVAC maintenance regimen and can ensure your furnace is working properly and ready for the fall when it inevitably arrives again.

The Importance of Summer Furnace Maintenance Services

Heating your home in the fall and winter isn’t the first thing that comes to mind during the beautiful hot summer months. However, summer is the ideal time to fix your furnace because you aren’t relying on it for anything. Without proper servicing and maintenance prior to fall and winter you can’t be completely sure it will work properly and might fail when you need it most. You might also have to wait for a service appointment because fall and early winter are very busy times of year.

Professional Furnace Maintenance Services

Hiring a reputable and experienced HVAC technician from a company like Novel Care is the best way to ensure your furnace is thoroughly inspected and properly maintained. A good HVAC technician will take care of the following:

  • Clean out all dirt, dust and debris from your furnace and it’s related components.
  • Test the airflow into and out of your furnace as well as throughout your ductwork.
  • Check and test the pilot light and test the burner if your particular type of furnace has them.
  • Inspect and lubricate all parts that move or have mechanisms.
  • Check the flue.
  • Inspect the overall condition of the furnace and all of it’s related components.
  • Discuss the thermostat settings and provide advice to save you money.
  • Complete a full safety test of your furnace to ensure it’s not leaking carbon monoxide and that none of the gas connections are faulty.
  • Ensure that all areas are even heated as needed.

All makes and models of furnace can benefit from a thorough inspection. Novel Care can also help you file a warranty claim against your furnace if it still applies, so your repairs and maintenance might be covered.

Homeowner Furnace Maintenance

Throughout the year there are a few things that each homeowner can do to ensure their furnace is operating properly. Inspecting and changing the furnace filter regularly is one of the most important things you can do to keep your furnace running efficiently. A clogged filter makes your furnace work harder to send heated air throughout your home, and if you also have a central air conditioner this filter applies to that as well.

Homeowners should also install and regularly check carbon monoxide detectors. While these are important for the safety of you and your family they can also identify a malfunctioning furnace. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to any new or strange noises coming from your furnace during operation. Typically it should make the same amount and types of noise all the time, when something new appears that means that something has changed and should be inspected by a professional.

Schedule Furnace Maintenance Services

For more information about furnace maintenance services or to schedule an appointment contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000. We’ve been serving Toronto, York Region and the GTA for over 30 years, providing exceptional HVAC services to customers new and old.

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New Year’s Resolution: Toronto Furnace Maintenance

New Years Eve was a cold night in Toronto and the rest of the GTA. Whether you had a quiet night in or you were at a party somewhere else the comfort of the night was partially dependent on the furnace keeping everyone warm. Toronto furnace maintenance specialists Novel Care receive lots of call throughout December and on New Years Eve each year when someone’s furnace fails them. Sometimes the problems stem from a very old furnace that needs replacing, but more often than not the reason for furnace failure is lack of regular maintenance.

Toronto Furnace Maintenance Matters

When it comes to properly maintaining your furnace it’s important to schedule an annual appointment with a reputable and professional Toronto furnace maintenance company like Novel Care. This regular maintenance appointment will ensure that your furnace is ready to defend your home against the deep cold of winter that sets in every year.

In addition to a professional Toronto furnace maintenance appointment it’s also important to take certain steps yourself to ensure your furnace is working properly. Here are a few things that every homeowner can take care of themselves:

  • Replace The Furnace Filter: Replacing the furnace filter is the easiest maintenance task you can take care of to ensure your furnace is operating properly. The furnace filter traps dust, dirt and other debris as the air circulates through your home and the furnace itself. Furnace filters should be replaced at least every 3 or 4 months to ensure the air quality in your home is good enough for your family.
  • Clean The Furnace: The furnace filter will catch the majority of dust and dirt that passes through your furnace, but some debris will also end up in other parts of your furnace. Cleaning other parts of the furnace is fairly simple. The blower assembly is typically beside the filter panel and cleaning the dust and dirt off the blower and it’s components will not only improve the air quality but also the furnace’s efficiency.
  • Vacuum The Duct System: Keeping the furnace intake clear of dust and debris is essential to the cleanliness of your furnace and its efficiency. It’s also important to properly clean all the other vents and ductwork that runs throughout your home. Keeping these components clean will help improve the efficiency of your entire system and reduce the amount of dust in your home.

Novel Care has been proudly serving the GTA for over 30 years. For more information about Toronto furnace maintenance services from Novel Care call 416-921-0000.