Top 3 Frequently Asked HVAC Questions Heading Into The Summer

HVAC systems keep your home comfort and safety in check, but do you know how they work to maintain this comfort and safety? For the average homeowner, these high-tech systems can be tricky to understand. That is why we have honed the expertise of our Afterglow specialists to answer our most frequently asked questions leading into the summer.

“We made it through the winter with our old furnace/boiler. Can we wait for the fall to replace it?”

We get it, everyone wants to save money if they can. But when it comes down to your furnace or boiler, we highly recommend that you don’t wait! Just because your furnace or boiler survived the winter does not mean it is working efficiently. You may be investing more money the longer you wait. Why? Your air-conditioner relies on your furnace to blow air throughout your home. If that furnace is not in good shape, it could cause your AC to stop working entirely. In the summer months —this is not a problem anyone wishes to have! Do not suffer from heat in vain. Replace your furnace or boiler now so that you are not rushed when the colder weather hits!

“Does the efficiency of an air conditioner really make much of a difference?”

If you like saving money and the environment, yes, air-conditioner efficiency matters! AC efficiency is measured in SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio), which is the rating calculated by the amount of cooling outputted during a typical cooling season divided by the electrical energy (BTU) inputted during that same time period. Essentially, the higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the unit is. For the average Canadian home running their AC from March to September, a bump up one point in SEER may result in savings of $10-$15 per month!

“If I have a boiler at home, can I even get air conditioning?”

Many of our clients think that if they have a boiler installed, they are out of luck with an AC system because boiler systems do not use ducts to transport heat throughout the home. That is not the case! Air conditioner technology is becoming more and more inventive! Ductless options with wall-mounted AC heads are available and can be quite cost-effective. These powerful systems can cool rooms or even entire floors quite rapidly, saving you at the hottest time of the year! Ducted systems are also available and can work alongside your boiler.

You asked, we answered! Do not suffer in the scorching heat this summer. Bask in the cool air you always dreamed of! Do you have any HVAC questions nagging you? Contact us —our HVAC specialists would be happy to help provide you with some clarity and expert advice!

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?


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.


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