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Tips to Ensure You Have an Efficient Furnace

You might not realize it, but your furnace might not be as efficient as you think. There are numerous things that can affect whether you have an efficient furnace or not and understanding them is essential to how much running your furnace costs you.

An efficient furnace is important to your monthly bottom line, and if saving money is important to you you’ll want to read this.

An Efficient Furnace Starts With…

  • Keeping furniture, curtains and other things away from the vents in your home. If the air can’t properly circulate in your home, your furnace will have to work overtime to warm the rooms in your house.
  • Duct cleaning is essential to allowing the warm air from your furnace to flow freely around your home. If ducts are dirty or have debris in them then airflow is inhibited and your furnace has to work harder to spread the warmth.
  • Clean or replace your air filter. If the air filter in your furnace is dirty then the airflow is restricted and your furnace has to work harder than normal to push air through the filter and then through your home.
  • Annual maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure you have an efficient furnace. An experienced and knowledgable furnace repair and furnace maintenance technician will evaluate your furnace and perform a tune-up to ensure that it’s running as efficiently and reliably as possible. This appointment will also ensure that you avoid as many repairs as possible by addressing any concerns early on before they lead to major repairs and in turn expensive repair costs.

Overall, the HVAC industry has taken steps to improve environmental sustainability. Green HVAC technology is more efficient, will save you money, will last longer and will reduce your carbon footprint compared to older HVAC systems and furnaces in particular.

If you’re not sure how efficient your furnace is, reach out to us at Furnace Pro Inc to find out and discover more high-efficient options: 647-547-6094

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The Best Furnace Repair In Toronto And The GTA

My name is Alison and calling Furnace Pro Inc this past winter was the best decision I could’ve made when I needed help with my furnace.

It started with just a noise and then snowballed – no pun intended – into a full on breakdown of my furnace. Now I live in a smaller home in Toronto and the GTA with my mother, so having no heat on a cold winter’s day isn’t really an option. My mom’s 85.

Naturally I reached out to friends and family members to see who they would recommend for furnace repair, and I got some responses that I called to book an assessment. The big problem I found was the lack of urgency from most of those other guys. Almost all of them wanted to dispatch someone the following week to just visit my home and assess what was wrong. I felt pretty defeated, but it was actually a truck on my street that led me to calling Furnace Pro Inc. They were working on my neighbour’s home, so I figured I’d see what they were all about.

To my surprise they were very receptive and empathetic to my situation. Within just a few hours, that same truck was in front of my home. They did a great job answering my questions as well as handling the furnace repair in record time. That same weekend the temperatures outside reached negative 20, so I was very grateful for the quick help. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else for quick and reliable furnace repair than Furnace Pro Inc!

Furnace Pro Inc Is Here To Help With Furnace Repair, Furnace Installation & More

Our dedicated team of HVAC technicians and staff understand what it takes to serve Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years now. No matter the need, we are confident in out ability to diagnose the issue, and dispatch the right person to work with you finding a solution. From air conditioning installation to furnace repairs, our phone lines are open 24/7 to serve you better. Just give us a call at 647-547-6094 if your furnace is giving you trouble, and we’ll be there to answer. After all, you don’t get the privilege of staying in business for this long without learning how to take care of your customers when they need you most. Hot or cold, day or night, we’re available to help keep your home comfortable all year long.

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Before Calling For Furnace Repair…

Furnace season is almost here. Most of us didn’t take the time this summer to check that our furnace is operating properly because it was nice and warm out, and of course we have all been very busy having fun. Well, the fun is slowly coming to an end with September almost here and school upon us. You may find that your furnace isn’t working as well as it should, but before calling for furnace repair here’s what you need to know.

Don’t worry, not all furnace repairs require a full furnace replacement, but again before calling for furnace repair…

Here are the things you should check before calling for furnace repair

The Power

One of the most common issues is that there is no heat coming through the vents in your house at all. This might mean that a circuit breaker has been tripped, which is one of the most common reasons a furnace isn’t working. If this is something that happens often, then you might need to call an electrician to evaluate if you have the right type of circuit breaker for your furnace. The last thing you want is for your furnace to draw more power than your electrical system can handle.

The Outdoor Air Intake

One thing to be sure to check before calling for furnace repair is the outdoor air intake. If this is blocked with leaves or snow your furnace might not be able to draw enough air into the system, which can really inhibit how well it works. This will also negatively affect the efficiency of your furnace, which will also cost you money on your monthly energy bills.

The Thermostat

If your furnace won’t turn on you may just need to change the battery in your thermostat, if it isn’t hard wired to your home. A weak battery may not be able to send the signal from the thermostat to the furnace to tell it to turn on, which may lead you to believe your furnace needs repairs.

The Furnace Filter

If your furnace is running, but there’s no hot air and old clogged filter might be the culprit. A really dirty filter will affect how well your furnace works and also negatively affect the efficiency of your furnace. You will also experience much more wear and tear than usual.

Overall, if your furnace isn’t working well and you’ve checked all these things then you should call Furnace Pro Inc for furnace repairs or furnace maintenance. Contact us for a free estimate or more information: 647-547-6094.

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3 Clear Signs Your Furnace Needs Repair

Hey Toronto! We know that many of you have had the misfortune of having your furnace break down in the middle of winter. It’s incredibly inconvenient and can actually be dangerous if you have someone who is elderly or very young living in your house. When a furnace needs repair, it doesn’t take long for the cold to creep in, so having an HVAC contractor come ASAP is very important. The alternative to having a company like Furnace Pro Inc come quickly to fix your furnace is staying in a hotel or with family or friends until someone else can come to fix it. This might be a friend or a company that doesn’t understand your urgency, but realistically you need it fixed now!

Ideally, you want to avoid the last minute “furnace needs repair” situation. Here’s what you should look out for.

Your Furnace Needs Repair If It Struggles to Maintain a Consistent Temperature

If it sounds like your furnace is running longer than usual to reach the temperature you set on your thermostat, it may be headed toward failure. Your initial thought might be that the problem lies with your thermostat, but it’s more than likely the result of a failing part inside of the furnace.

Furnace Blows Strange Smelling Air

In the fall when you turn your furnace on for the first time it’s normal for the air to smell a little differently than usual. This smell can often be attributed to dust in the furnace itself and in the duct system. But, if the smell is much stronger than you’re use to or it lasts much longer than you think it should there might be bigger problem to deal with. Hopefully, this air isn’t toxic, but just to be safe you should turn off your furnace and call an HVAC expert from Furnace Pro Inc. In all likelihood your furnace needs repair in order to operate safely.

Furnace Makes Loud and Unusual Sounds

Every furnace makes a certain amount of noise. It’s just a normal part of operation. The thing that you need to be concerned about is if your furnace is making so much noise that you need to raise your voice to speak. I this is the case your furnace needs repair. There may be clanking, clunking, grinding, or squealing sounds coming from your furnace. Regardless of your knowledge about furnaces or HVAC system it should be obvious that your furnace needs repair.

It might seem like a big expense if your furnace needs repair, but replacing your furnace because it’s so broken that it can’t be fixed is much worse. This can happen if you don’t take proper care of your furnace. Realistically, you don’t need to strap on a stethoscope and hold it up to your furnace to find out if your furnace needs repair. All it takes is just realizing that it’s not operating as it should. There are several telling indicators that can lead any homeowner to this conclusion, but if you really want to give yourself peace of mind schedule an annual furnace maintenance appointment with Furnace Pro Inc.

For more information about furnace maintenance or to schedule an appointment if your furnace needs repair contact Furnace Pro Inc in Toronto or the GTA today: 647-547-6094.

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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 Furnace Pro Inc today: 647-547-6094. Furnace Pro Inc has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of 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 Furnace Pro Inc 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 Furnace Pro Inc today for a free estimate and to make a furnace maintenance appointment: 647-547-6094.

Furnace Pro Inc 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 Furnace Pro Inc today: 647-547-6094.

Furnace Pro Inc 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 Furnace Pro Inc 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 Furnace Pro Inc today: 647-547-6094

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

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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 Furnace Pro Inc 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 Furnace Pro Inc. 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.

Furnace Pro Inc has been proudly serving the GTA for over 30 years. For more information about Toronto furnace maintenance services from Furnace Pro Inc call 647-547-6094.

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 Furnace Pro Inc 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 Furnace Pro Inc today at 647-547-6094 or info@furnacepro.ca.