Afterglow’s Unexpected Top YouTube Videos

With over a billion users, almost one-third of all people on the Internet, it’s safe to say that YouTube is a digital media powerhouse. That’s why it’s not surprising that most businesses have video content included into their marketing strategies — like us!

Did you know that Afterglow has a YouTube channel? For over three years we have been sharing fun workplace and HVAC tip videos on afterglowkw. Recently, the Afterglow staff had fun re-watching these videos and seeing which ones our audience watched the most.  

Rather than have you search our channel, we’ve decided to share our top videos here. These were all determined by your views — enjoy!

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We also have a soft spot for the first video we ever published. On February 21, 2013, our General Manager, Stephen McDonald, explained what a 15 point furnace inspection looks like. Watch it and learn how your furnace works, plus how you can keep it safe while saving money!

Forgot to get a 15 point furnace inspection? Schedule an appointment by giving us a call (519-747-7732) or sending us an email our Office Administrator, Brigitte Toutant. With winter’s recent return, it’s far better to be safe than sorry.

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How to Remove The Three Most Common Allergens In Your Home

Approximately 50 million North Americans suffer from indoor allergies.

Let’s face it, indoor allergens are the worst! They cause runny noses, sneezing, itchy eyes and make it difficult to breathe. Here at Afterglow, we want your home’s air to be as clean as possible, and for homeowners, that means understanding what indoor allergens you’re dealing with.

Here are the three main allergens Waterloo Region families will experience this spring and how to fight them:

1. Dust mites

Dust mites are microscopic organisms that feed on things like dust and hair. Gross, right? They thrive in warmer environments like rugs, upholstery, and bedding and are the most common trigger for indoor allergy sufferers — making them a major annoyance.

How to get rid of them: It’s impossible to completely remove dust mites from your home, but there are a few things you can do to reduce them in your home:

  • Wash blankets and bedding at least once a week in hot water.
  • When dusting, use a wet or damp cloth.
  • Vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture once a week.
  • Purchase a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity in your home — this will keep dust mites from multiplying.

2. Mold

Mold is an indoor allergen that thrives in damp, humid areas like bathrooms and basements. Mold releases dangerous spores that can cause breathing issues and, in cases of poisonous molds, brain damage or death.

How to get rid of it: Combatting mold growth is a matter of reducing dampness in your home. If mold’s an indoor allergen you’re having issues with, here are a few ways to remove/reduce it:

  • Fix leaky pipes and check your HVAC system for standing water.
  • Use a mix of bleach and water to clean mold from surfaces.
  • Use a dehumidifier in particularly humid or damp areas, like your basement.
  • Consider HEPA air cleaner to reduce spores. 

3. Pet Dander

Pet dander is the flakes of dead skin produced when a pet with fur sheds. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not your pet’s fur that causes allergies to worsen, but an allergen in the dander.

How to get rid of it: Like dust mites, pet dander cannot completely be removed from your home. Here’s some ways to reduce indoor allergens caused by pets:

  • Minimize pet contact on rugs, upholstered furniture, and bedding.
  • Vacuum once a week.
  • If your pet has to be on the furniture, use slip covers, towels, or blankets to trap pet dander and hair.
  • Brush your pet daily and bathe them regularly.
  • HEPA air cleaner will remove pet dander.

Did you know regular springtime HVAC maintenance can reduce indoor allergens in your home? Call Afterglow today (519-747-7732) and schedule an appointment!

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The Top Five Benefits of Air Purifiers

Did you know that the average Canadian spends about 90% of their time indoors and that the EPA estimates indoor air can be 2-5 times dirtier than outdoor air? Don’t you want your home to be as clean and healthy as possible? Installing an air purifier can help you achieve this!

How do indoor air purifiers work?

Air purifiers pull the dirty air in your home through a series of filters that remove airborne particles like dust and bacteria. They then circulate the purified air back into the rooms in your home. This process repeats itself several times an hour, keeping your living space clean, healthy and comfortable.

If you don’t think an air purifier is a right choice for your home here are five reasons to reconsider:

1. Ensures your family is breathing clean air

The first benefit of an air purifier is that it improves the overall cleanliness of your indoor air by removing contaminants. With estimations of indoor air being 2-5 times dirtier than outdoor air (and sometimes up to 100% dirtier), a good air purifier ensures your breathing cleaner and healthier air.

2. Less pet mess

You may love your pet, but your furry friend releases pet dander, fur, and other airborne allergens into the air in your home—not to mention the smells! Whether you are allergic to pet dander or simply tired of dealing with tons of hair and persistent pet odors, an air purifier can help.

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3. Removes 99% of airborne bacteria

Fact: air purifiers remove up to 99% of airborne bacteria! Small airborne particles like pollen and mold spores float in the air, and can cause you and your family to get sick. By cycling the air in the room, an air purifier helps remove these airborne pollutants. This keeps everyone healthy!

4. Removes odours

By trapping airborne particles air purifiers also help control household odors. That means they can help make your home smell fresher faster after cooking foods or smoking tobacco—before they end up in your upholstery!

5. Limits seasonal allergies

Are any of your family members seasonal allergy sufferers? It’s extremely important for them to have an environment where they can be safe from the many types of pollens and molds that may trigger symptoms. An air purifier can deliver this safe and clean environment.

At Afterglow, we offer top-quality air purifiers. If you’re interested in purchasing an air purifier or learning more about their benefits, give us a call! 519-747-7732.

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Home Ventilation: What is it and How Can You Improve it?

Diving a little deeper into ventilation; the “V” in HVAC.

What Do You Mean When Mean When We Say Ventilation?

Ventilation means replacing old air in a home with new air from outside to improve the indoor air quality. Out with the dust, smoke, odours, moisture and even bacteria. In with the new fresh air.

Why Is Home Ventilation Important?

Proper home ventilation also keeps your family healthy and home comfortable. Whether it’s from a forced air system, natural ventilation, or other mechanical means, home ventilation systems rid your home of airborne particles, like allergens, that can cause health issues.

Additionally, ventilation systems control the humidity and moisture levels in your home, saving you from uncomfortably humid rooms and structural damage caused by excess moisture.

Kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms are the biggest sources of moisture and odours in your home. If you’re experiencing excess moisture in your home, one solution is installing exhaust fans. Take it to the next level and capture the energy you’d be losing by simply exhausting this air out with a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV).

How Can You Improve Your Home’s Ventilation?

If you are experiencing poor ventilation, there are a few things you can do to help circulate the air and remove pollutants from your home:

FurnaceFilter Ventilation1. Purchase a high-efficiency furnace filter for your HVAC unit. High-efficiency furnace filters trap more particles than normal furnace filters, keeping the air you breathe healthier — look for MERV 8 rating and above.

Tip: It’s important to keep in mind that higher MERV ratings are not always a good thing. Furnaces are built to operate with certain airflows, so using a different air filter than what it was built for can cause problems. To find out what kind of MERV you currently have (and if yours can handle a higher rating), check the side of your filter, the packaging it came in or contact us.

Cellphone2. Call an HVAC professional. If nothing else is working to increase the ventilation in your home, you may have problems with your primary ventilation system or your home’s natural ventilation. If you decide you do need an HVAC professional, contact Afterglow: 519-747-7732.

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Optimize Your Thermostat Settings for Winter

Tips to save energy with your own thermostat.

Over the last few weeks, mother nature has blasted Waterloo Region with extreme temperatures and snow, even causing home pipes to freeze! Yikes! Due to the cold weather been asked a lot, “What temperature should I set my thermostat to in the winter?”

Homeowners ask us this every year, especially when temperatures start dropping. Unfortunately, answering this is not as simple as citing a specific temperature, as financial and energy usage concerns differ from one house to another.

However, we do have general recommendations for winter thermostat settings—set the thermostat to 16°C at night or when you are away. When you are home, most are comfortable at around 20 to 21°C.

Instead of focusing on a perfect number, you’ll benefit from establishing an energy-efficient winter heating strategy that’ll keep your home warm and energy bills reasonable. Here are some tips!

Thermostat Strategy

Every home has its temperature preference, but setting the thermostat to that temperature and never changing is NOT helpful to your energy bills.

  1. Set your thermostats at that desired high temperature.
  2. Once your family acclimates to the colder weather, lower the temperature in the home by half a degree each week for three or four weeks.
  3. This can reduce your home’s energy bill by 1% and you’ll probably never notice the temperature difference.

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Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats simplify the chore of creating optimal temperature settings. When you install it, you can program your thermostats to deliver specific temperatures at set times of the day. The specified temperatures can then be changed and adjusted by using the accompanying smart-phone app. This allows homeowners to reset their home’s temperature from anywhere.

Fun fact: these preferences can be programmed for weeks or months in advance!

Optimal use of a smart thermostat enables homeowners to save as much as 15% on their heating bills, making this technology worth the initial investment.

Have questions about programmable thermostats? We have answers! Give Afterglow a call and we will help you: 519-747-7732.

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Turn Up the Heat this Valentine’s Day

Five fun Valentine’s Day activities to enjoy in Waterloo Region.

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and there is no shortage of great local activities for you and your partner to take part in! From scrumptious brunches to DIY crafts, Waterloo Region has it all.

Here are our top five Valentine’s Day activities:

Proof Your Love

Heart1February is the month of love and to celebrate local restaurant Proof has created a chef-inspired Valentine’s menu. With Valentine’s Day and Family Day happening on the same weekend, Proof is jam-packing the weekend with something for everyone: music, a special Valentine’s menu and Family Day brunch with new feature items.

Love Bugs

Heart2Around Valentine’s Day you may often hear people say they have the ‘love bug’. But, did you know that there are actual insects called love bugs? Join the THEMUSEUM this Sunday to create your own adorable love bug to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s a fun event for the whole family! Get all the details here.

Valentine’s Date Night at The Lanes

Heart3Ridin’ solo this Valentine’s Day? From 7PM-9PM Kingpin Bowlounge will be hosting the ultimate speed dating night with a strike-ing twist event! Take advantage of this fun event and meet some new people from the Waterloo Region. This is a 19+ event.

Family Weekend & Fireworks at Chicopee

Heart4Celebrate Valentine’s Day and Family Day this weekend at Chicopee! Bring your whole family and experience a fun weekend on the slopes! From fireworks to deals, lightsaber battles to reptile shows, there’s something for everyone.

Valentine’s Partner Yoga

Heart5A creative way to connect with your sweetie and have double the fun in your yoga practice. Queen Street Yoga will lead you and your partner through light-hearted poses redesigned for two, and help each other experience deeper stretch and strength. The last few years they’ve been sold out, please sign-up in advance to avoid disappointment.  

If your equipment is acting up, please give us a call! We’re always here to help: 519-747-7732. Happy Valentine’s!

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What are the Benefits of Energy Star Rated HVAC Products?

The five ways Afterglow’s ENERGY STAR products can help you.

Are you currently shopping for a new piece of HVAC equipment? Whether it’s a boiler, air conditioner, or furnace ENERGY STAR ratings are there to help guide you. But what is ENERGY STAR?

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For over 20 years, North Americans have looked to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, money and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product that is certified to use less energy and cause fewer emissions.

Here are five ways that Afterglow’s ENERGY STAR products can help you:

1. Superior Energy Efficiency

Equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR rating are the most energy-efficient appliances on the market—they typically operate 10-20% more efficiently than non-ENERGY STAR products. In fact, these appliances are so energy efficient that they have exceeded the minimum specifications created by the federal government.

2. Reduce Energy Bills

The #1 benefit of ENERGY STAR equipment is reduced energy costs. In order for equipment to receive the ENERGY STAR label, it must provide a significant reduction in energy costs to the consumer meaning you are ensured to save on your next energy bill.

3. Rebates

ENERGY STAR equipment makes you eligible for government grants and incentives, which means if you apply for them you’re well on your way to recouping your investment. As an added bonus, Afterglow does the paperwork for you. What a deal!

Here are some different options: Federal Income Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency and Ontario Save On Energy.

4. It’s Good for the Environment

ENERGY STAR equipment not only puts money back in your wallet, it helps put cleaner air in your lungs. Over the last 20 years, ENERGY STAR equipment has helped keep almost two billion metric tons of greenhouse gasses out of our atmosphere!

5. High-Quality Product

Besides ENERGY STAR ability to save you money and the environment, the products themselves are high-quality. No defects. No breakdowns. Your ENERGY STAR product will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Whether you are looking to upgrade your equipment, or if you are feeling the pain of a broken furnace, boiler or another piece of equipment, call us. Our trusted and trained technicians will get you up and going in no time.

519-747-7732

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