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4 Ways To Cut Heating Costs

Living in Toronto means we are all lucky enough to live in one of the greatest places on the planet, but that also means that for about 6 months of the year we may have to use our furnace, boiler, baseboard heating, ductless heat pump, fireplace or another heating source to keep our house and our family warm. The heating costs associated with heating our homes can greatly vary depending on the type of heating our home uses. Regardless of what it is there are some ways to ensure that your heating costs don’t get out of control this winter and into the spring.

4 Ways To Cut Heating Costs That Won’t Break The Bank

  1. Dress for the Weather – It’s no secret, it’s cold outside side on the streets of Toronto and it’s not going to change until March, April or even May. Leaving t-shirts in the closet might not be easy, but putting on warmer clothes can certainly let you turn down the heat in your home a little. If you lower the temperature in your home by just 1 degree for 8 hours, you can reduce your home heating costs by 1%. Over the course of the winter that’s a lot of money back in your pocket just by wearing a sweater. When your programmable thermostat lowers the temperature through the day when no one is home you save even more.
  2. Keep Cold Air Out, Warm Air In – Drafts are one of the worst offenders when it comes to reducing heating costs. Block drafts around doorways and you’ll notice a big difference in how warms the exterior rooms in your home are. Weather stripping is a great way to keep doorways tight and shrink wrapping your windows can help keep cold air out and warm air in. These simple tips allow a room to keep an extra 50% of its heat.
  3. Keep The Air Circulating – Is anyone but the family cat sleeping in the guest room tonight? No? Then close the door. While the room will still be heated when your furnace or boiler turns on, the temperature of that space won’t affect your thermostat so you will essentially be heating up a smaller space, at least your thermostat will think so. You also should do the same for any spaces in the home that are infrequently used, like the laundry room. If you’ve got the drying running it’s likely warm enough in there already.
  4. Schedule A Boiler Or Furnace Maintenance Appointment – It’s a fact: When your HVAC appliances are properly maintained they operate more efficiently. Cleaning it out and changing the filters is the best and easiest way to keep it operating as well as it can be. The more efficient it runs, the more you save on heating costs. A furnace or boiler that’s not functioning properly can cost you a lot of money, especially when it’s working overtime to keep you and your family warm throughout the cold Toronto winter.

For more information about saving on your heating costs or to get a free estimate for furnace maintenance, boiler maintenance or any other HVAC services, contact Novel Care today: 416-727-5016.

Commercial HVAC Systems and the Importance of Indoor Air Quality

It’s the responsibility of property managers to ensure their commercial HVAC systems are running efficiently and reliably. They are important aspects of maintaining a high indoor air quality in any commercial building.

Now that November is here, the cold weather is too, which means sick employees and building tenants become increasingly common. People are much less productive when they’re sick, and spreading the flu and other airborne illnesses is a big reason for understanding indoor air quality. Commercial HVAC systems that are running well are a key piece in the battle against the flu taking over your office floor of building. Building managers should monitor their commercial HVAC systems and see how well they’re maintaining the overall indoor air quality in their building, especially during flu season.

Why Indoor Air Quality Matters

Allergies make everyone miserable in the fall and the spring. As much as we all love nature we don’t want to deal with allergies while we’re at work. These natural allergens become concentrated in office buildings if they don’t have commercial HVAC systems that are performing well. The air in an office building can be up to 5 times worse in terms of allergens, than the air outside a building. This is one of the main reasons commercial HVAC systems need to be properly monitored and well maintained by an experienced and reputable HVAC company like Novel Care.

With this in mind, it’s easy to see how poor indoor air quality can directly impact the health of tenants and employees in a building.

Most people don’t have the types of jobs that allow them to be outside all day or even most of the day. This keeps us inside offices and other commercial buildings. Commercial HVAC systems are responsible for circulating heating and cooling throughout a building in the summer and winter, and at some point that air has to pass through filters. These filters are an essential part of ensuring the particles and matter in the air in held to a minimum. If these filters are allowed to become clogged or too dirty they will not only impede the air flow and affect the efficiency of commercial HVAC systems, they will also allow dirty indoor air to continue circulating.

If professional HVAC maintenance isn’t scheduled regularly, or it’s not scheduled at all, airborne contaminants will be aplenty in any commercial building. Moisture is also something that needs to be considered when discussing indoor air quality. Primarily because bacteria thrive in damp and moist conditioner, commercial HVAC systems need to always be running properly and efficiently. This bacteria could contribute to making employees and tenants sick.

Redesigning Commercial HVAC Systems

Redesigning commercial HVAC systems is a great way to improve the indoor air quality. This entails improving the ventilation of the system. Proper ventilation regulates carbon dioxide levels, provides odor control, and can flush anything polluting the air. If ventilation is the problem, you have to have the ductwork examined or inspect other elements of the ventilation. There are many different places where most commercial HVAC systems, especially older ones, can be improved and updated. Along with controlling humidity levels inside your building, changing out components such as filters, coils, and ducts can make a tremendous difference.

For more information about optimizing or maintaining commercial HVAC systems, or to make an appointment contact an HVAC technician from Novel Care today: 416-727-5016.

Commercial Furnace Repair: Turn Up The Heat On Your Business

In Toronto and the GTA, there is plenty going on in a city of this size. This is especially true of the business world. The more people you have on your team, the more things you need to stay on top of – like the internal temperature. At Novel Care, we specialize in HVAC which includes commercial furnace repair. Take a look below to see why you should stay ahead of winter by knowing who to call for professional commercial furnace repair when you need it most.

Trust The Professionals For Commercial Furnace Repair

Anyone in charge of a team of people will agree that maintaining morale isn’t easy. No matter what business you’re in, you want the most from your workers, but how? Well, whether you supply free doughnuts in the breakroom or extend long weekends, it’s not going to matter much if the office is an icebox.

When your temperature isn’t warm enough to keep everyone comfortable inside, make sure you get the right person to handle your commercial furnace repair. After all, you’re a businessperson, and that means you want the best result for the right price. Hiring someone at a “discounted” rate could mean more costly repairs down the line. Make sure to look for someone with experience and who serves a large area. This means they aren’t fresh out of commercial furnace repair 101 and also that they are a big enough company to respond quickly to your needs – like Novel Care.

Novel Care Offers Commercial Furnace Repair

After 30 years of helping businesses of all sizes with their commercial furnace repairs, rest assured you’re in good hands. Our expert team has been selected based on their experience, but more importantly on their customer service – to serve you better. From commercial furnace repair to air conditioner installation and maintenance, we’re confident there isn’t a problem we can’t handle.

Another thing our experience has taught us is that emergencies happen. That’s why we’re proud to offer 24/7 emergency service. Simply give us a call anytime and someone will always be there to answer. Once we do, we’ll work efficiently to dispatch someone to your location who can help within hours. This is something our clients appreciate, especially on those random deep freeze nights in Toronto every now and again.

Contact us today to get started at 416-727-5016! You can’t go wrong with 30 years of experience. We’ll be there to efficiently get your work environment back to a comfortable temperature – and that’s good for business.

When It’s Time For Commercial AC Repair

As the owner of property in Toronto and the GTA, you know the importance of taking care of your investment. That means making sure everything’s running smooth for summer. Just like you want to keep the cold at bay in the winter, being able to operate in a comfortable environment during one of many heatwaves this city has to offer is crucial for potential customers. People don’t tend to hang around in a stuffy or muggy store, so you’ll want to know the signs that tell you when to look for commercial ac repair.

7 Rare Commercial AC Repair Issues

Knowing when to book someone to help with commercial ac repair starts by knowing the signs. Take a look below to get familiar with some of the more unique issues you might face.

Not enough power – Heatwaves don’t wait for you to be ready, so your ac needs to have the right output of power to keep up effectively. A light breeze just won’t due in a commercial space. Whether it’s faulty wiring, tripped breakers, or an overheated system slowing down your ac unit, you’ll need an expert to take a look.

  • Old fan belt – Whether it’s squeaking or squealing, your commercial ac unit should not be making those sounds. If it does, your fan belt could be old or on the verge of snapping. Waiting to have this fixed would lead to more expensive repairs for sure.
  • Leaky refrigerant – Listen for a hissing sound coming from your ac unit. This sound typically means you have a refrigerant leak, which is bad for your ac as well as the environment around the unit itself.
  • This coil is frozen – To find out if your evaporator coil is frozen, you’ll need to rely on your sense of touch instead of listening for odd sounds. Check where air exits the ac unit. If it’s warm, then you have a problem which could be a result
  • Not a fan of this motor – To get your money’s worth from a commercial ac unit, it should have an effective fan to circulate the air in your building. If the air is stale and stagnant as a result of poor circulation, it might be time for a new fan or commercial ac repair to correct the issue.
  • Compressor problems – When your fan isn’t the problem, and you feel warm air exiting your ac unit, it could be the compressor. Since this type of commercial ac repair is never cheap, consider consulting with a professional first – like the ones at Novel Care for further recommendations.
  • This drain is clogged – Over time, even the most efficient commercial ac units need maintenance. Neglecting that necessity can lead to any number of debris building up in your condensate drain. This includes algae, dirt, insects, and who knows what else backing up the drainage to your ac. Rest assured, this can lead to leaks and even water damage.

Toronto Commercial AC Repair Experts

If your business is in Toronto and the GTA, you know there are a bunch of people clambering over each other to offer their services in a variety of fields. Rather than fish through the endless sea of “professionals”, consider Novel Care. Our expert team has been handling the HVAC needs of Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years now. We can help with maintenance, installation, and even commercial ac repair. Contact us to get started 416-727-5016. We’re available 24/7 as well in case of emergency. Rest assured that when it comes to commercial ac repair, we’ve got the right people to get the job done efficiently and on budget. Let us help your business stay cool this summer.

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Commercial Building HVAC & Zero-Energy Buildings

Commercial building HVAC is one of, if not the, largest consumer of energy in just about every commercial building. As a result the commercial building HVAC system is a big part of helping designers and architects meet net zero energy goals.

Commercial building HVAC and lighting at typically responsible for most of the energy costs in running a building, so when technological improvements can be made it’s a big deal. While many in the public view green buildings and net zero buildings as an environmentally responsible choice, building owners also see it as a good business decision.

Approximately 40% of the energy in commercial buildings is allocated to HVAC equipment, so it’s easy to see that finding efficiencies in the mechanical systems of the boilers, air conditioners and other components is beneficial. In terms of achieving any sort of LEED or net zero status finding these efficiencies is essential.

A high-efficiency commercial building HVAC system uses innovative technologies, such as inverters that drive the compressor and smart controls to manage time and usage. Essentially, every watt that can be saved in HVAC, lighting and other areas that doesn’t have to be generated by renewable energy makes achieving designations easier. Many net-zero-energy buildings avoid the direct usage of fossil fuels and install heat pumps when applicable. The electrification of heating through via heat pumps and the electrification of transportation via electric vehicles are common net-zero-energy building components.

The size and energy consumption of the HVAC systems also directly relate to key building design features such as orientation, building envelope, lighting system, and appliances. By starting with the HVAC system, since it’s the largest energy hog, it’s easier to configure other systems in order to minimize overall energy consumption.

Much of this is done prior to construction in the planning stages, but it’s also important to properly maintain and repair commercial building HVAC components regularly.

For more information about how you can achieve LEED or net zero status contact Novel Care today: 416-727-5016.

Novel Care has been providing reputable and professional commercial HVAC service in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

Your Commercial HVAC FAQs – Part 2

We hope you liked Part 1 of our commercial HVAC FAQs. Some of our customers have found them very useful in understanding their commercial HVAC system. Here’s part 2:

Q: Is it safe to run the commercial HVAC with contractors working on the finishings?

A: It depends on which finishings are being installed. If a drywall contractor is working in the building they will be producing an exceptional amount of dust that could be drawn into the duct system. Overall, construction sites have lots of airborne dust and debris. If you turn on your commercial HVAC system while contractors who make lots of dust are still working you will have problems that can be costly. Use a temporary heating and cooling option while construction is taking place.

 

Q: I’ve just bought a building and the HVAC system is noisy. What’s the problem?

A: If the commercial HVAC system in your building hasn’t been properly installed there can be a number of reasons for the noise. Most glaringly building ductwork is one of the most common places where noise originates from. Ductwork has the ability to function like large speaker tubes that allow noise to travel throughout the building. Airflow doesn’t have an impact on the sound so shutting your system off might not have any affect. Holes in your ductwork might also be the reason for the noise. The easiest way to find the source of the problem is to contact a reputable and professional commercial HVAC technician from Novel Care. With over 30 years of experience in the commercial HVAC industry they’ll easily find the source of the noise in your building’s HVAC system.

Q: I’m worried about mold in my building. How can it be avoided?

A: Moisture is the source of mold, so controlling moisture in your building is the best way to prevent mold. One of the primary functions of your commercial HVAC system is to control moisture in the air and effectively remove it to help prevent mold from forming. Keeping your system properly maintained is ideal and will ensure that moisture is controlled, but if there is excess water in your building it needs to be manually removed. Your commercial HVAC system can only do so much and if your roof is leaking or water is entering your building from somewhere else then you may need to take other measures.

The solution to mold isn’t replacing your ductwork or rooftop HVAC unit. Contact a HVAC technician if you suspect you have a mold problem. They’re the best people to help you understand if your system is part of the problem.

For more information about commercial HVAC or to schedule a maintenance or repair appointment contact Novel Care today: 416-727-5016.

Your Commercial HVAC FAQs – Part 1

We get lots of questions from our commercial HVAC customers every time we visit for a HVAC maintenance or a HVAC repair appointment. Here are some of the most common questions with answers that we hope are helpful to our customers.

Q: How does my commercial HVAC system move air through my building?

A: There are fans that draw air in through returns, which look like grilles. This air is then forced through ductwork in your building that fills the building with conditioned air through the registers in the various rooms on all floors. This process is continuous and helps regulate the temperature and moisture levels in your building.

Q: How is the commercial HVAC duct system built and installed?

A: The duct system is most buildings is installed when the building is first constructed. It’s designed and installed by commercial HVAC professionals like Novel Care that have years of experience and know the rules and regulations of the commercial HVAC industry. The ducts are made of sheet metal and installed by sheet metal workers and HVAC technicians.

Q: What should I be weary of when it comes to the design and installation of ductwork?

A: When ductwork isn’t installed, sealed, or built properly it can leak and divert excessive amounts of air to the wrong places. This can not only reduce the efficiency of a system, but also create necessary and excessive noise throughout the building. If ductwork is installed to soon during construction it can be much dirtier than it should be and can be expensive to clean out once construction is finished.

Q: How can duct leakage be reduced?

A: If a building is being constructed then it’s important for the builder to adhere to the provincial rules and regulations surrounding commercial HVAC installation to ensure your ductwork is built, installed and sealed correctly.

Q: Who can help me evaluate, adjust and inform me of the condition of my ductwork?

A: At Novel Care we regularly work on commercial HVAC projects with a number of customers in Toronto, York Region and throughout the GTA. We have over 30 years of experience working with commercial HVAC and ductwork. We’ll be happy to help you understand your duct system and help you ensure its serving your building to the best of its ability.

Q: The energy bills are high in my building and tenants are uncomfortable. Is there a HVAC problem?

A: There are a number of things that could be causing these issues. There could be problems with your duct system, your rooftop unit might be rapidly aging, you boiler might need maintenance or replacing, or any number of other problems. The best way to find out what’s wrong and to get it fixed quickly is to call Novel Care: 416-727-5016.

 

For more information about commercial HVAC or to schedule a commercial HVAC maintenance or repair appointment contact Novel Care today: 416-727-5016.

Spring: The Right Time For Commercial HVAC Maintenance in Toronto

Now that spring has officially hit Toronto it’s time to think about commercial HVAC maintenance for your rooftop units. Taking action in the early spring is the best way to avoid the rush of maintenance requests that occur as soon as temperatures breach 20 degrees Celsius. When commercial HVAC maintenance is required it’s necessary to take action quickly as tenants and visitors to your commercial building are relying on a comfortable working atmosphere.

When it comes to commercial HVAC maintenance more than 50% of all air conditioner failures result from poor cleaning practices, which means avoiding a breakdown is easier than you might think. Here are some essential things to take care of in addition to booking an appointment with a reputable commercial HVAC maintenance visit with a company like Novel Care.

Commercial HVAC Maintenance Checklist

  • Condenser Unit Check: During the fall and winter months a condenser unit can become clogged with fallen leaves and other airborne debris. Coil damage can also occur during this time with strong fall and winter storms pounding the elements against your rooftop units. Snow and ice have the ability to do real damage it care isn’t taken and repairs are properly performed. In the spring ensure that all debris is removed from the coils, straighten any best coils, and clean all coils and the surrounding area with soapy water.
  • Wiring Inspection: Whether commercial HVAC maintenance is being performed on a rooftop or ground-based unit inspecting the wiring is important. Rodents like rats and mice will find their way into your air conditioning units during the cold winter months seeking shelter. Wiring is an ideal place for a nest, which means they can be damaged in many ways: chewed wiring, burnt wires, loose connections, electrical shorting, or deteriorating wiring.
  • Check Refrigerant Levels: If the refrigerant levels are low in your system there’s a good chance you might have a leak somewhere. In that case it’s important to repair the leak prior to adding more refrigerant or running the unit when the weather gets warm again.
  • Proper Cleaning Includes The Drain Lines, Blower Fan, & Evaporator Coils: Mold mineral deposits, dust, dirt, and other debris can clog fans, drain lines, and evaporator coils. Cleaning and removing any debris from the internal areas of your commercial HVAC units is essential to their efficiency and proper functioning.
  • Filter Replacement: Filter quality is a big factor in how often filters need to be changed. Fibreglass and charcoal filters typically only last a month or two, while pleated filters will last anywhere between 3 and 5 months depending on the time of year.

Overall, a properly configured and maintained commercial HVAC system will provide a lifetime of efficient cooling and air filtering for your commercial building. Commercial HVAC maintenance is designed to keep your utility bills from increasing dramatically during seasons temperature peaks, which is not only good news for you but also your tenants.

For more information about commercial HVAC maintenance, commercial air conditioners, and other commercial HVAC components contact Novel Care today. Novel Care has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years. Call: 416-727-5016.

5 Tips To Keep A Commercial HVAC System Healthy

A commercial HVAC system is a very large long-term investment and in order to remain a good investment it requires proper maintenance and repairs. Without proper servicing on a regular basis a commercial HVAC system can slowly cost more and more and ultimately small problems will become large problems and large expenses. Here are 5 tips to keep your commercial HVAC system running properly and efficiently.

  1. Cooling Maintenance Scheduling: When hot weather is waning and cold weather is on the horizon it’s the best time to take are of your commercial HVAC system cooling components. Scheduling commercial air conditioner system maintenance during the fall winter or spring, off-peak times, ensures that HVAC technicians will have no problems taking care of and maintenance and repairs. Additionally, if they need to order parts and wait a day or two for them to arrive it won’t be a major issue as the cooling system isn’t being relied on during colder weather. Winter maintenance of the cooling system also means that it will be ready to go when the warm weather arrives, so there is a lower chance of a breakdown during the summer months.
  2. Preventative Maintenance of a Commercial HVAC System: Preventative maintenance is one of the best ways to save money when it comes to a commercial HVAC system. Routine maintenance is essential to ensuring the efficiency and reliability of all commercial HVAC system components. It’s also a great way to discover small issues that can be repaired before they become larger problems. Regular maintenance also allows building owners and property managers the ability to budget for upcoming repairs and defer any repairs that can wait in order to stay on budget.
  3. Don’t Put Off A Full Replacement: While replacing a rooftop commercial HVAC system is a big initial expense it’s important to weigh the expense of ongoing repairs and maintenance of an older system against it. A new Energy Star commercial HVAC system will not only save you money with better performance than an older system, but also on maintenance and repair bills. Retrofitting an existing system is also an option in terms of improving efficiency and reducing maintenance and repair costs.
  4. Clean Condenser Coils: Dirty condenser coils are a major contributor to rooftop commercial HVAC system damage. Regular cleaning prevents the degradation of the cooling system and can save up to 30% on energy bills and repair costs over a 20 year period. Simple power washing is the best way to clear any debris or dirt off of the condenser coils.
  5. Change Filters: Manufacturer recommendations about how often commercial HVAC system filters should be changed is the best guide to know how often this action should be taken. In the spring and fall filters should be changed more often than usual as there is more dust, debris and other particles in the air that can quickly clog filters and affect performance.

Commercial HVAC System Summary

Overall, taking these 5 simple steps is a good start to ensuring that your HVAC system is running properly and efficiently year-round. For more information about commercial HVAC system maintenance or repairs in Toronto, York Region or the rest of the GTA contact Novel Care today: 416-727-5016.

The Importance of Winter Commercial Boiler Maintenance

The newer your boiler is the easier it is to properly maintain. Newer designs take into account years of research and experience in order to provide better boilers to commercial buildings, but that doesn’t mean they don’t require winter commercial boiler maintenance. Commercial boilers are an important part of the proper operation of your building and as a result they need to be professionally maintained. When winter arrives you will be relying on your boiler for everyday heat in addition to hot water services, which puts additional pressure on your boiler to perform. A properly working boiler is one that operates effectively, safely, and efficiently.

Why Perform Commercial Boiler Maintenance?

Any mechanical system in your building will wear down over time and in order to prevent a serious breakdown or replacement it’s important to perform regular maintenance. When your boiler starts wearing down you’ll notice a significant drop in performance and even an increase in your energy bills as your boiler works harder to do the same job it did a few months ago. If boiler components aren’t working properly or configured to be as efficient as possible they may be sustaining damage or causing damage to other components.

Winter Commercial Boiler Maintenance by Novel Care

There are certain low-level fixes and maintenance tasks that can be and should be taken care of on a regular basis by a building maintenance team or building manager. These tasks are typically not too technical and don’t require any certifications outside of what building maintenance personnel already have. Aside from these general tasks any winter commercial boiler maintenance should be conducted by a reputable and properly trained HVAC technician like the ones at Novel Care. Novel Care technicians are trained and licensed professionals who regularly maintain commercial boilers and are very familiar with their proper operation. Additionally, a Novel Care technician can identify existing and potential problems and make recommendations for servicing, configurations, repairs, and replacements.

What Takes Place During Winter Commercial Boiler Maintenance?

A professional boiler maintenance inspection ensures the proper functioning of your boiler. A Novel Care technician will find all problems with your commercial boiler, adjust all the working components for efficiency, and provide you with a report surrounding the short-term and long-term maintenance requirements of your boiler. At the very least boiler maintenance should be done at least once each year. We recommend winter commercial boiler maintenance because the timing ensure your boiler is ready to perform when you need it most.

For more information about winter commercial boiler maintenance or to book an appointment call 416-727-5016.