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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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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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4 Benefits of Furnace Repair

Don’t get mad, you know and we know it, winter is coming! It happens every year and there’s nothing we can do about it. Something else that also happens every year is people around Toronto having their furnace break down on them, but there is something we can do about this. Furnace repair services are the best way to ensure your furnace doesn’t break down in the dead of winter or even the fall when you start it up for the first time.

Your furnace is an investments and a critical piece of your home comfort. It also ensures that you and your family have a nice indoor air quality, which is why you need to keep it running efficiently and properly.

Furnace Repair Essentials

Here are 4 simple things that you’ll benefit from with regular furnace repair and maintenance services.

  1. Lower Costs: With regular maintenance and repair your furnace will run more efficiently and save you money in the long-term. You’ll also find small problems that are easy to fix now, rather than allowing them to get really big and cost you a fortune to fix later.
  2. Guaranteed Warmth: Pending any catastrophic break down, you’ll realize near guaranteed warmth throughout the winter months with regular furnace repair and maintenance. An HVAC professional will identify issues in advance and fix them, which will drastically reduce the chances of a break down.
  3. Improved Air Quality: Furnaces use air filters, and changing these filters is very important. Not only do they remove particles from the air in your home, a clean filter can also improve the efficiency of your furnace and HVAC system.
  4. Peace of Mind: You hear a rumbling noise from your basement and are afraid to go down because you know that noise is going to cost you money, aka furnace repair and maintenance services and maybe a new furnace. Being proactive and regularly checking and repairing your furnace is the best way to keep it running reliably.

For more information about furnace repair and maintenance services 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 2 Most Common Questions About Furnace Filters

Our Novel Care technicians visit so many different customers in Toronto, York Region and the GTA and we’ve noticed that two common questions always come up about furnace filters. What is the main purpose of furnace filters and how often should furnace filters be replaced? As we don’t get a chance to always visit our customers before it’s time to change their furnace filters we’re hoping this posting will provide a little more information about furnace filters so our customers can take action before it’s too late.

What’s The Main Purpose of Furnace Filters?

One of the easiest ways to explain why you need a furnace filter and what it does is by comparing it to the human respiratory system. Every human has one thing in common, which is the need to breathe. Each of us has small hairs inside of our nose which are there to ensure that dust, pollen and other floating particles are collected so they don’t get into our lungs. Furnace filters operate in a very similar way. As your furnace pulls air from your home to heat it up and redistribute it, it passes through your furnace filter. This filter ensures that dust and other floating particles aren’t re-circulated throughout your home and enter your furnace to cause damage.

When considering air flow your furnace filter can also be compared to the respiratory system. If your nose is plugged up and you try to breathe in it’s not as easy as when you have a clear nose and nasal passage. Your furnace filter is just the same. If your furnace filter is old and is clogged it wont’ allow proper airflow for your furnace. By restricting air, flow furnace filters are making your furnace work harder than it has to which reduces its efficiency and the amount of warm air that’s spread throughout your home.

How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

There are a few variables that can affect how often your furnace filter should be changed. The type of filter you have, if you have pets, the type of furnace you have, the environment inside and outside of your home, and the size of your home can all affect how often you need to change your filter. Typically, it’s a good idea to check your furnace filter at least once a month to ensure that it’s not clogged and is allowing proper airflow through the furnace. If you have an exceptionally dusty home or quite a few shedding pets then it might be worth checking more often. When furnace filters are clogged it’s very obvious and they should be changed immediately. It’s typically a good idea to have a replacement on hand so they can be quickly swapped out without the ned for a run to the Canadian Tire or Home Depot.

For more information about furnace filters or changing your furnace filter contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

Novel Care has been serving Toronto, York Region and the GTA for over 30 years, providing reputable and exceptional HVAC services.

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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.

Winter Furnace Maintenance

Winter Furnace Maintenance

Winter has a way of creeping up on us and before you know it the leaves have called off the trees, snow is on the ground, and the cold has set in for the winter. Now is the time for winter furnace maintenance. Waiting too long to find out if your furnace needs repairs or a tune up could result in it leaving you and your family out in the cold. When winter hits your furnace works around the clock to keep your home warm and toasty, so it’s important to ensure its running efficiently and safely.

Benefits of Winter Furnace Maintenance

Whether you live in Toronto, York Region or anywhere else in the GTA your furnace is used a lot through the winter months and can experience a high amount of wear and tear. Alternatively, in the summer when your furnace isn’t being used at all corrosion and seizing of parts can occur as well. Proper winter furnace maintenance services from a reputable company like Novel Care can ensure your furnace is in tip-top condition and running as efficiently as possible after a long summer or during winter.

Regular winter furnace maintenance can help prevent damage to your furnace from overuse and under-use, as well increase its reliability and prevent breakdowns. Here are a few simple reasons to get winter furnace maintenance done before the first snowfall:

  • A small winter furnace maintenance investment now can save you money on costly repairs later on.
  • Save yourself some time by fixing smaller problems now before they’re bigger problems later.
  • Reduce the risk of frozen pipes when your furnace breaks down.
  • Stay in the good graces of your family and tenants by avoiding a furnace breakdown.
  • Avoid any health and safety risks.

Everyone knows that you should change you filter on a regular basis, but you should also get winter furnace maintenance performed on a regular basis. For more information about professional HVAC services contact Novel Care today at 416-921-0000 or info@novelcare.ca.