DIY Do Nots – Why You Need Your HVAC Technician

There’s a YouTube tutorial for virtually anything these days. But watching a “How-To” video on HVAC repairs doesn’t make you an expert. Although it would be nice to keep your costs down by doing the work yourself, no matter how many videos you watch — you still won’t be as good as a trained professional! 

Here are three reasons why you should never conduct HVAC installations and repairs by yourself:

1) Special equipment is a must 

You can’t fix everything with a hammer and nails — or a bit of duct tape! There are specific tools required to accurately identify and fix HVAC repair problems. One wrong tool can completely destroy your unit — HVAC technicians are trained extensively to use these tools and technologies.

2) No license? That’s a problem 

As previously stated, HVAC technicians are highly trained. HVAC repairs are complex, and often require precise calculations to reflect the size of your home’s HVAC unit. If these calculations do not add up, there could be significant damage caused to both your unit and potentially your home. 

3) You can potentially endanger yourself and your family

As grim as it sounds, an amateur job poses the risk of severe injury or death. It should go without saying that working with flammables, refrigerants, high electrical voltage and toxic fumes is not for your average Joe or Jane. A standard WHMIS training session won’t cut it. An insufficient fix can still cause a fire or release of carbon monoxide into your home. 

So, what can you do by yourself?

While you should leave the big jobs up to the professionals, you can still do some regular check ups yourself. For example, you should be checking and cleaning your filters regularly to ensure the air quality in your home is high. Failure to clean your filters will result in your unit overworking itself, which will lead to larger repair problems. 

Secondly, you should be checking the batteries for your carbon monoxide detector frequently to make sure your home is safe from poisonous gas.

Stay safe and hire a professional for your home’s HVAC maintenance. Contact Afterglow for honest, professional service to keep your home comfortable. For service emergencies, call 519-747-7732 for a guaranteed response time of four hours or less.

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

Afterglow. Water, warmth, well-being.

4 Easy Steps to Winterize Your Air Conditioner

icicles on Air ConditionersWith fall in full swing, now’s the time to prepare for the winter months ahead. While often overlooked, winterizing your air conditioner (AC) is an important part of maintaining your unit. If you want to ensure your AC is working well next summer, Afterglow recommends preparing it for winter.

Here are four easy steps you should follow to ensure you properly winterize your AC unit:

1. Turn your AC unit off

Did you know that ACs have exterior circuits that control the power that runs to the unit? We recommend turning it off for the winter. Doing this will prevent damage to the unit and will avoid it accidentally turning on!

Why is that a problem? Consider this: If the unit turns on it will use water to create cool air. If that water is exposed to freezing temperatures it can damage the AC. Yikes!

2. Clean the outside of your AC unit

Trim any plants that are too close to your AC unit, and sweep away any leaves or grass clippings that could blow onto it. Afterglow also recommends using a high pressure hose to clean the fan blades and condensing coils.

3. Check your AC unit for damage

Take a close look at your AC unit’s exterior and see if there is any damage, particularly cracks or rust. Make sure you have turned the unit off before doing this! If you find any cracks or rust, call Afterglow so we can address the issue before winter.

4. Cover your AC unit

There is some debate over covering your unit. Your AC is designed to be outside, so if you choose not to cover it the winter elements won’t damage it. However, if you would prefer to cover it up, keep in mind these three things:

1) Get a breathable cover to avoid trapping moisture inside the AC cabinet, which may lead to corrosion, 
2) Mice like tight little places and the AC might be a good mouse-house, and
3) Be sure to take the cover off before starting your unit up in the spring.

Come spring-time, call us to arrange your pre-season AC tune-up.

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

Afterglow. Water, warmth, well-being.