The Top Reasons to Add UV Filtration to Your Home

By | Air Conditioning, HVAC, UV Filtration
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Modern airtight homes are excellent for efficiently maintaining your home’s temperature. One of the downsides of this, however, is that particles such as mold spores, viruses and odours can be trapped inside. One solution for this issue is adding filtration to your central air. UV sterilization has an extensive history in settings such as hospitals and restaurants. Recently, it has become increasingly popular in the home, particularly for those with a sensitivity to allergens.

Here are some of the top reasons to consider adding UV to your heating and cooling system.

Mold & Bacteria on Air Conditioners
Mold and bacteria can thrive in moist cool conditions like your air conditioner’s evaporator coil. Adding a UV filter will kill contaminants in the home such as mold spores, bacteria and viruses.

UV Filtration Increases Efficiency and Lifespan of HVAC Components
When contaminants build up inside your AC coils, it can force the system to work harder to circulate air. This reduces efficiency, increases your bills, and can also shorten the lifespan of your equipment because it’s working harder.

UV Filtration Requires Less Maintenance
UV filtration uses light rather than cleaning with a physical filter. This leads to less maintenance than alternative home filtration systems. UV filters only require maintenance when a bulb needs replacing.

If you’re interested in adding UV to your home, contact us for a free estimate.

Until April 30, we’re offering free UV filtration systems and WIFI thermostats ($700 value) when you have an air conditioner installed. Air conditioners start from $3,850 for the unit and installation.

 

Looking to remove odours from a shared dwelling or from a home with pets?
Upgraded models of Honeywell UV air filtration systems feature odour absorption. This makes it a popular option in homes with multiple units and a shared central air system. If tenants cook meals with unappealing odours or have pets, this helps to reduce smells in the home. If this is a feature you’re interested in, talk to us about upgrading. We’ll take the price of the base model and installation cost off of your bill during our air conditioner deal. 

How Mini Splits Can Offer Major Savings on Electrical Heating Bills

By | Air Conditioning, Heating, HVAC, mini split, Plumbing

Are your electrical bills out of control from baseboard heat? Do you have a workshop or home addition not covered by your central heat? Mini split heat pumps could be the solution for you.

Ductless mini split systems have been popular in more moderate climates for decades. In recent years, advances in technology have made them an excellent heating and cooling solution in colder northern climates like the Okanagan.

If your home doesn’t have central air ducts or has smaller ones that are inadequate for modern furnaces, we’ve compiled a few reasons that mini splits should be considered.

What is a Ductless Mini Split System?

A mini split system functions both as a heat pump in the winter and an air conditioner in the summer. This consists of one or more wall-mounted indoor units and a heat pump located outside your home. The two are connected by small refrigerant lines, making installation locations much more flexible.

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What Are The Benefits of Mini Splits?

Energy Savings Over Baseboard Heating

If you’ve been running baseboard heating through the winter, you know how electrical bills can rack up. The addition of ductwork requires a major renovation, so central air isn’t an option for most homes without it. The flexibility of installation makes a mini split system our recommended solution. A single interior head unit can often displace 4-6 baseboards in a main living area, each at approximately 1000 watts. While the savings will vary depending on the home size and layout, the heating costs are often cut by 20%-50%. In ranchers or single-level homes with open plans, a single indoor head unit can adequately heat and cool the entire space.

Mini Splits Are Dual Purpose with Air Conditioning

One other drawback when your home isn’t equipped with ductwork is air conditioning in the hot Okanagan summer. For years the only option was to hang an AC unit out of your window. Similar to baseboard heating, a mini split is much more efficient than a window unit. These systems will also increase home security because an open window isn’t required.

Improved Air Quality and Quality of Heat

A mini split system provides air circulation that improves indoor comfort in a few ways. First, because of the airflow, the filtration system inside will remove dust and allergens from the air throughout the year. The other advantage of air circulation is that it will provide more consistent temperatures throughout the home as opposed to warm and cool spots created by baseboards.

Create Climate Controlled Zones

In a home with multiple mini split heads, each one can be zone controlled for that particular space. This can offer further energy savings if units are switched off in infrequently used areas.

Energy Efficiency Rebates

While mini splits will require an upfront investment, there are incentives beyond the savings on energy bills. FortisBC offers energy savings rebates of $1,200 on a single head installation and $2000 on an installation that uses two or more units.

Interested in discussing a mini split system in your home? Contact us for a free estimate.

Why You Should Consider Changing Your Furnace & AC at the Same Time

By | Air Conditioning, Furnace, HVAC

If your home heating and cooling system is aging or a major component has quit altogether, it can be tempting to only change a furnace or an air conditioner. There is a larger upfront cost to replacing both at the same time, but there are a few good reasons to consider it.

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Installation Cost Savings

There is work efficiency for an HVAC technician to replace both a furnace and air conditioner at the same time. This can be a significant reduction in your installation costs, particularly if your home requires a complex installation. If you replace one of your major units and the other breaks down shortly after, it could end up costing significantly more combined.

Parts Work More Efficiently in Unison

The furnace and air conditioner work together and utilize each other’s components. When you try to pair a new, efficient unit to an older unit that isn’t very efficient by modern standards, one can drag down the efficiency of the other. This can lead to much higher operating expenses than if both are replaced. The only way to guarantee that a component works at its rated efficiency from the manufacturer is to pair it with a matching new unit.

Efficiency of New vs Old Units

If we look at just a furnace or AC on their own, there have been major efficiency advances in the past decades. For example, most furnaces made before 1990 are lower-efficiency models that average between 60 and 70 percent efficiency. New high-efficiency gas furnaces range from 95 to 99 percent efficiency. Imagine the impact a 20-30% increase in efficiency could have on your bills.

Replacing One Unit Could Lead to Premature Breakdowns

Imagine you’re in the best shape of your life and you go for a jog in broken down, old shoes. You end up working harder and could even risk injury. The same is true in your HVAC system. For example, an old air handler may not be capable of keeping up with modern components and cause undue stress on the system.

 

If your home heating & cooling system is nearing the end of its lifespan or not running efficiently, contact us for a free quote. Until March 31, 2021, we’re offering $250 off in addition to FortisBC’s $1000 energy saving rebate when you install a furnace and AC combo.

Top Reasons to Consider Switching to Tankless On Demand Hot Water

By | Plumbing

Have you considered making the shift to a tankless natural gas hot water system? On demand hot water systems have seen a rise in popularity in recent years. Although the upfront investment is greater than a conventional hot water tank, they can potentially save you money in the long run. Here are the top reasons why we’ve seen homeowners make the switch.

On Demand Hot Water Can Save Energy

On demand water heating systems can save energy and money on bills because you only heat hot water when you need it instead of constantly keeping a tank hot. If you spend a lot of time away from home or take extended vacations, why use energy to keep hot water?

On Demand Heaters Have a Much Longer Lifespan

Did you know that many home insurance policies won’t cover a failed hot water tank older than 10 years? Some policies cover as little as 7 years. The Navien on demand systems we install have a life expectancy of 20 years. Some insurance providers even offer a discount for shifting away from a hot water tank. Not having to replace tanks regularly can save both the cost of installation and waste going to a landfill.

Tankless On Demand Hot Water Heater

FortisBC Offers Energy Saving Rebates of $1000

High-efficiency natural gas hot water heaters qualify for an energy saving rebate of $1000. Full details and terms are available on the FortisBC website.

Switching From Electric to Natural Gas Qualifies for FortisBC Rebates

If you currently operate an electric hot water tank but are a FortisBC customer for other services, you qualify for the $1000 rebate. Switching from an electric tank to an on demand hot water heater has the potential to significantly reduce your bills. 

Never Run Out of Hot Water

Do you run out of hot water when you have guests? Or do they sometimes get caught taking a cold shower? Making the switch will allow you to skip this juggling act, so you don’t have to try and estimate how much hot water you have left in the tank.

Space Savings of Up To 80%

If you live in a smaller home or a condo, space comes at a premium. On demand systems usually save about 80% of the space used by a conventional hot water tank. On demand systems are also wall mounted, saving valuable floor space. For condo owners using storage lockers, this can instantly save a monthly expense.

 

Interested in learning more about an on demand hot water heater? Contact us for a free estimate.

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How to Claim FortisBC’s Double Rebates on Furnaces

By | Furnace

For a limited time, FortisBC is offering double rebates on high-efficiency natural gas furnace upgrades (get your promo code by Dec 31!). Here are the details on how to claim and why you should take advantage of the savings now.

Get Your Promo Code Now, Install Your New Furnace Later

In order to claim your furnace rebate, you need to apply for a promo code by Dec. 31. You have until Mar. 31, 2021 to install the furnace. You can register for a promo code online from FortisBC here.

Installing a New Furnace Can Save Energy

Most furnaces installed before 1990 are lower-efficiency models that average between 60 and 70 percent efficiency. New high-efficiency gas furnaces range from 95 to 99 percent efficiency. On top of this, you have the assurance of warranties of 10 years on all furnace models we install.

Interested in learning more about a furnace replacement? We’re a member of the FortisBC Trade Ally Network and can help you along the way. Contact us for a free estimate or to book your installation.


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