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How To Choose And Care For Your Furnace Filter At Home

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How To Choose And Care For Your Furnace Filter At Home

The furnace filter is one of your furnace's smallest yet most significant components. It plays a major role in your home’s heating/cooling, indoor air quality, overall furnace performance and energy bills!

However, because of its small size, it usually ends up forgotten and/or neglected. In fact, this vital component becomes seemingly invisible and inconsequential to most homeowners.

However, your furnace filter, though tucked away, has an incredible impact on your home environment. If left to fend for itself, you can bet it’ll soon rear its ugly (and dusty) head. 

While you don’t see your furnace filter daily, you do see its effects on your home, health and heating bills.

In this article, we tell you everything you need to know about the furnace filter, including,

a) How it works,

b) How to care for it and

c) When to replace it.

First up!

 

What Is a Furnace Filter and How Does It Work?

While many people assume the job of an air filter is to purify your air, that’s actually only a byproduct of the process!

The real reason for installing a furnace filter is to protect the furnace itself.

You can typically find your filter behind a metal door in the blower compartment of your furnace.

As air returns from your home to the unit, it carries a variety of contaminants - pet dander, pollen, dust etc.

If enough contaminants accumulate in your furnace, they can damage the heat exchanger, reduce system performance and cause a shutdown.

The filter has to trap these contaminants before they reach your furnace system.

 

How To Care For Your Furnace Filter

Let's imagine your floors for a second.

After a few days of constant activity in your home, your floors usually accumulate quite a bit of dirt, pet hair, dander, dust etc.

This is especially true if you have a large family or pets that shed frequently.

When you see that accumulation reach a certain point, you know it’s time to haul out the vacuum cleaner.

And if you neglect the dirt on your floors, you know it will simply spread throughout your entire house.

The same is true of your furnace filter.

Over time, the filter gets clogged with air contaminants - making it difficult for air to pass through.

As mentioned above, this can damage your furnace, lowering its lifespan.

But it can also allow these harmful contaminants to continue circulating in your home - drastically reducing indoor air quality and putting your health at risk!

Another point to consider is how a clogged filter might affect your furnace efficiency.

The more clogged your filter is, the harder your furnace works to draw in and push out air.

And the harder your system works, the more energy it uses to effectively heat your home - causing your energy bills to skyrocket!

The solution?

Taking good care of your furnace filter.

Our furnace experts at Campeau Heating recommend checking your furnace filter every 30 days for signs of blockages. That could be discolouration or even a noticeable accumulation of dust.

They also advise homeowners to keep an eye, ear and nose out for the following dirty filter warning signs:

  • More dust in your home.
  • A burning smell.
  • High energy bills.
  • Low immunity.
  • Longer runtime with ineffective heating.
  • Strange noises.

If you detect any of these signs, your furnace filter needs some immediate attention.

You have two options, depending on the type of furnace filter you have.

  1. Disposable furnace filters
  2. Washable furnace filters

Our team recommends using disposable filters over washable filters for a few reasons.

Firstly, these filters are typically more effective at trapping pet dander, mould, bacteria etc.

Secondly, washable filters are not easy to clean.

And thirdly, if you damage a washable filter even slightly, they become completely unusable.

If you use a washable filter, be sure to avoid tearing or loosening the fibres as you clean them.

If you use a disposable filter, we recommend changing it at least every 90 days. And every 30 days if you have pets, a large family or family members with allergies.

 

How To Choose The Right Furnace Filter

Choosing the right filter for your furnace can be a confusing process.

Add to that the varying filter types, ratings and sizes, and the process gets even more difficult!

So we’ve simplified the process for you!

Below is everything you need to know when shopping for a new furnace filter.

 

Types of Filters

There are five main types of filters to choose from, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.

Fibreglass

The fibreglass filter is the cheapest option but offers minimal protection.

It can trap up to 80% of particles that are 50 microns or larger and 25% of particles that are 3-10 microns.

This filter greatly improves the airflow of your heating system.

However, it does little to remove pollutants that can harm your health.

Polyester

A disposable polyester filter offers more protection but is typically much more expensive.

It can trap up to 95% of particles that are 5 micros are larger.

It's also more effective in trapping pollutants that can harm your health.

Electrostatic

The reusable electrostatic filter has charged fibres - creating static electricity. This charge allows the filter to attract particles right out of the air!

Electrostatic filters come in many MERV ratings (which we will discuss below). But to give you an idea of its effectiveness, we’ll imagine a MERV rating of 10.

With a MERV 10, an electrostatic filter can trap 85% of particles between 3-10 microns.

It can also catch almost 65% of particles between 1-3 microns.

Pleated

The disposable pleated filter is a highly effective option.

It typically has a MERV rating of about 8 - meaning it can trap almost 95% of particles between 3 and 10 microns.

One of the main benefits of the pleated filter is that it can trap more particles without reducing your airflow.

HEPA

The HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter is the most effective option.

It can trap up to 99% of particles that are 0.3 microns or larger.

Many homeowners choose the HEPA filter over any other filter because of its effectiveness. 

However, they worry that with the tight web fibres, it can be difficult for air to pass through - reducing airflow.

In the past, this pressure drop was possible. But, thankfully, the upgraded HEPA filters sold today are way more effective and energy efficient.

 

Air Filter Ratings

Speaking of effectiveness, let’s talk about MERV ratings.

MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value. And it measures the ability a filter has to trap particles between 0.3 and 10 microns.

When selecting an air filter, you’ll notice that each filter has its own rating - between 1 and 16.

The higher the rating, the more small particles the filter can effectively catch.

But don’t just go buy the filter with the highest MERV rating! It’s important to know that, while the higher ratings offer better protection, they can also reduce airflow.

Always ensure the filter you purchase is as effective as it is energy efficient. Otherwise, you might be looking at quite the expensive energy bills.

 

Filter Sizes

The third factor you need to consider when shopping for a furnace filter is its size.

Furnace filters are not universal. And ensuring that it’s the correct size is crucial!

Installing the wrong size filter means it cannot effectively trap particles.

Not sure what size filter furnace needs?

While filters come in a variety of different sizes, the two most common are:

  • 16 x 25 x 1 inch
  • 20 x 25 x 1 inch

But don’t take our word for it!

To ensure you get the correct size, open your furnace filter cabinet and look at the inside of the door. There should be a label there with the exact filter dimensions.

 

For More Furnace Maintenance Tips, Follow Along With Our Sudbury Furnace Experts!

In Sudbury, Ontario, keeping your furnace in good condition is imperative. And with winter on the way, it’s time to prepare your furnace for the cold season ahead.

For more furnace maintenance tips, keep following along! And if you have any questions about your own furnace, don’t hesitate to give us a shout.

You can reach us at (705) 560-2441 or send us a message online!

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Temperatures Are Dropping! Shut Down The A/C and Power Up The Furnace!

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Temperatures Are Dropping! Shut Down The A/C and Power Up The Furnace!

While many of us wish summer would never end, that just isn’t possible here in Sudbury, Ontario.

Our summers are insanely brief, which is why Canadians take advantage of every summer’s day. Because they know it could be the last one of the season!

Soon, leaves will change colour.

The wind will pick up.

And frost will blanket our yards.

If we’ve learned anything as Sudbury homeowners, it's that preparation is key.

You never quite know when the next season will arrive! And having your HVAC system ready and waiting can save you a heap of stress.

So, as you say your goodbyes to the brief heat of summer, don’t forget to start gearing your efforts towards the upcoming fall season.

Not sure where to begin?

Our Fall HVAC Checklist can help guide your transition - step by step!

 

Shutting Down Your Air Conditioner

Below are 5 crucial steps to shut your air conditioner down for the fall season.

While these steps are simple, they are also vital. Each of these steps ensures your system is in good working order - so you're always one step ahead of our ever-changing seasons.

Once you’ve powered off your air conditioning system, follow our checklist below!

 

Clean Your Outdoor Condenser Unit

Your outdoor condenser unit consists of many moving parts - all working to remove heat from your indoor air.

Because your condenser is outdoors, it’s not only vulnerable to the weather but also to surrounding dirt and debris.

Leaves, sticks, and other debris can quickly clog up your system - preventing efficient airflow.

And while this won’t harm your air conditioner during its off-season, it can definitely damage the system once it’s powered up.

At Campeau Heating, we recommend cleaning your outdoor condenser before packing it away for the season.

 

Clean Around The A/C Unit

Cleaning around the condenser unit is just as important!

After all, what’s the point of cleaning the unit itself if more dirt and debris will inevitably enter it?

Save yourself the hassle by clearing sufficient space around your condenser.

Our HVAC experts recommend at least 1 to 3 feet of clearance surrounding the entire unit.

Upon installation, your technician probably suggested,

a) Installing a concrete slab below your air conditioner or

b) Placing gravel or mulch around it.

These are very effective ways to help limit the weeds, dirt and other debris that could clog up your system.

Other landscaping solutions that help limit debris from entering your A/C unit include:

  • Removing or trimming trees/plants back.
  • Creating a gravel garden.
  • Installing evergreen plants as a windbreaker.
  • Building a protective barrier with trellis, screens or lattice boxes.

 

Empty Drain Lines and Pans

A clean A/C drain line is crucial for effective air conditioning. 

A drain line’s job is to remove condensation from the evaporator coils and lead it safely away from your home.

But if the drain has a blockage, the condensate pan can overflow - damaging your air conditioner.

An overflowing condensate pan can even lead to water damage in your home!

How does your drain line get blocked in the first place?

Over time, sludge, bacteria and mould can accumulate within the drain line - clogging the line and preventing efficient water flow.

On the outer ends of the drain line, you also have to think about dirt, dust and unwanted insects clogging the entrances.

These vulnerabilities are why our technicians recommend having your drain lines cleaned annually.

 

Inspect The Unit and Exterior Pipes For Damage

The third step in shutting your air conditioner down for the season is a thorough system inspection.

Your A/C worked especially hard this year. And after powering through multiple heat waves, it deserves a thorough check-in.

During your end-of-year A/C inspection, be sure to:

  • Change the air filter.
  • Ensure all electrical components are working.
  • Secure all physical connections.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Check the blower motor.
  • Check unit for leaks, cracks or loose seals.

 

Place a Cover Over The A/C Unit

The final step in shutting your A/C down for the fall season is to place a waterproof cover over the outdoor condenser unit.

This cover protects the unit from ice, snow, dirt and debris that might blow in over the fall and winter seasons.

 

Powering Up Your Furnace

Now that your air conditioner is safely tucked away, it’s time to ready your furnace for that inevitable first frost!

Below are 8 steps to powering up your furnace:

Clean The Inside Of Your Furnace

Before you start up your furnace, you’ll want to give it a deep clean.

After sitting back for an entire summer, the inner components of the system are bound to be dusty.

And that dust will burn as soon as you turn your heat on - stinking up your entire house!

But if you didn’t clean your furnace before shutting it down in the spring, there’s more than just dust to worry about.

Pet hair, dander, dead skin and dirt can all pile up while the furnace is in use.

So, if it wasn’t cleaned before you shut it down, all that accumulation is still there - ready to circulate in your home as soon as you turn the heat on.

The solution?

Dust the blower, motor, burners and heat exchanger.

 

Change The Air Filter

Another common place for dust and dirt to pile up is in your furnace filter.

If you changed your furnace filter before shutting your A/C down for the summer, you shouldn’t have to replace it quite yet.

However, if you didn’t change the filter in the spring, then it’s definitely time to head to the hardware store for a replacement.

At Campeau Heating, our indoor air quality experts recommend changing your furnace filter every 30-90 days. This ensures proper airflow and healthier air quality!

 

Clean Your Air Ducts

Next up on your cleaning list is your air ducts - AKA the lungs of your home!

All central heating systems use a network of ducts to circulate heat throughout the home.

And, as you can probably imagine, these ducts are perfect hideouts for mould, dust and other allergens.

If neglected, your air ducts can circulate these allergens into your home, causing:

  • Respiratory infections,
  • Allergy/Asthma symptoms
  • Other health effects.

So, before you turn up the heat, call your local air duct cleaning company!

 

Clear The Area Surrounding Your Furnace

Once you’ve finished cleaning your internal furnace system, the next step is focusing on the area surrounding it.

Many homeowners like to treat their furnace rooms as storage rooms.

However, this can create a dangerous hazard in your home.

We always recommend clearing your furnace room of all:

  • Flammable items,
  • Unnecessary clutter and
  • Hazardous chemicals.

 

Check Belts and Pulleys

Two invaluable mechanical components of an air conditioning system include its belts and pulleys.

These two moving parts control the blower and motor.

Over time, these components can wear out - potentially causing your entire heating system to break down!

Checking for wear and tear on belts and pulleys before the cold season begins ensures these components won’t break at the most inopportune time.

 

Check The Limit Switch

The limit switch is a safety control within your heating system.

Its role is to regulate the temperature of the furnace itself.

The limit switch powers off the burner if specific components become too hot. Once the temperature drops, it also shuts off the blower.

This prevents the furnace from overheating and becoming a hazard to your home.

 

Inspect Electrical Components

Another necessary safety precaution before powering up your furnace is an electrical safety check.

During an electrical safety check, all electrical parts and connections need an inspection.

A faulty wire connection alone can cause extensive heating repairs. This is why our heating experts always recommend having these components inspected.

 

Test Your System

Once you’ve reset the thermostat to your desired temperature, it’s time for a test run!

You’ll want to check for:

  • Furnace smells
  • Furnace noises
  • A malfunctioning pilot light
  • Ineffective heating etc.

Notice something out of the ordinary? If so, it might be time to schedule a furnace maintenance visit with your Campeau Heating technician.

 

Need a Furnace Upgrade? See Our Sudbury Heating Selection!

If your furnace is beyond repair, you need a new heating system - fast! 

The cold weather won’t hold off forever. And, as we mentioned above, the first frost can arrive at any time.

If you need a furnace upgrade this fall, browse our heating selection!

We offer a variety of heating solutions, including:

  • Gas,
  • Oil,
  • Geothermal and
  • Electric!

Our heating team at Campeau will help you find the right fit for your home!

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Does Indoor Air Quality Affect Your Child's Ability To Learn?

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Does Indoor Air Quality Affect Your Child's Ability To Learn?

It’s the back-to-school season! And parents are doing everything they can to ensure their children are set up for success.

Every backpack holds the best writing tools, the healthiest snacks and the most educational resources. So students have everything they need to learn, grow and excel in the coming school year!

But setting your child up for success is about more than what’s in their backpacks as they walk to the bus stop.

The health of their learning environment also plays a huge role!

Poor indoor air quality can cause many health issues - including allergy symptoms, asthma, coughing, headaches etc.

And each of these hinders your child’s learning environment.

Improving indoor air quality can actually help improve a student's:

  • Concentration,
  • Productivity and
  • Performance!

As kids prepare to return to school this fall, let’s prepare their learning spaces for a healthy academic year ahead!

 

Why Is Indoor Air Quality at School Important To Consider?

Did you know that according to Ontario Regulations (#298), children ages 7-13 spend roughly 940 hours in school each year?

There are 188 school days and 5 compulsory hours of instruction within each of these days.

And while that’s not the entirety of your child’s life, it is at least 10% of it (annually).

With that amount of time spent in a classroom, it’s obvious why we need to start focusing more on the health of our children's learning environments.

In fact, we saw just how impactful school indoor air quality became during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario schools actually closed down to prevent children from direct virus exposure.

And before reopening, many schools first set out to improve their indoor air quality. Their goal was to create healthy spaces for children to learn during the ongoing pandemic.

As schools open again this fall, many are rushing to improve indoor air quality. In hopes that they can improve not only the health of their indoor air quality but the impact that healthy air has on students’ learning abilities.

 

How Does Poor Air Quality Affect Your Child’s Focus, Productivity and Academic Performance?

Not only is indoor air quality detrimental to our children’s health, but it’s also crucial in supporting their academic success!

What are some of the factors that can affect a child’s focus, productivity and performance at school?

Rising CO2 Levels

The dangerous chemical compound, CO2 (carbon dioxide), can harm humans physically and mentally.

And with overcrowded, overheated and poorly ventilated classrooms, high concentrations of CO2 are more likely to arise.

High levels of carbon dioxide can cause:

  • Headaches
  • Restlessness
  • Drowsiness
  • A lack of concentration

The Solution:

  1. Install a ventilation system.
  2. Control CO2 sources.

 

High Temperature

Temperature also plays an impactful role in your child’s ability to learn.

Recent research has proven that high temperatures affect our ability to process information. And this fact is relevant in both work and schooling environments.

If your surroundings are hot and stuffy, cognitive abilities can deteriorate - making it difficult for you to focus, engage and relate.

As you can imagine, this can affect a child’s,

  • Attendance,
  • Focus and
  • Learning capacity.

The Solution:

  1. Install/Repair your furnace and air conditioning system.

 

Lack of Humidity Control

Humidity tells our bodies that temperatures are higher than they actually are. This misconception causes the moisture on our skin to remain - resulting in our bodies breaking out in sweat.

Some of the physical effects of uncontrolled humidity include:

  • Overheating (i.e. heat stroke or exhaustion)
  • Increased asthma and allergy symptoms
  • Skin and eye irritation
  • Dehydration
  • Muscle cramping
  • Vulnerability to infection

And while your body struggles to combat these physical effects, your mind works double time to focus on external factors (i.e. your classes).

This results in low energy, lethargy and a lack of concentration and engagement.

The Solution:

  1. Install a dehumidifier.
  2. Control humidity sources.

 

Poor Ventilation

Poor ventilation prevents fresh air from replacing stale air! This results in higher pollution, humidity, temperature and quality. Which can then increase stress and lethargy - causing you to feel sluggish, anxious and fowl.

That’s why proper airflow and circulation are vital for healthy indoor air quality. 

With constant fresh air, your brain can feel calmer, sharper and happier - creating the ideal inner learning environment!

We discussed the importance of ventilation in one of our recent blog posts. But to sum it up, ventilation can help:

  • Improve your physical health
  • Improve your mental health
  • Manage humidity levels
  • And lower indoor air pollution

The Solution:

  1. Use ceiling fans.
  2. Install a ventilation system.

 

Poor HVAC Maintenance

If you’ve been a customer of Campeau Heating for quite some time, then you already know how we feel about proper HVAC maintenance. It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to boost indoor air quality.

And while we typically mention this to homeowners, it’s equally as vital for public locations: like schools and workplaces.

An HVAC maintenance visit ensures your systems are running at peak performance and efficiency. While also ensuring proper airflow and circulation.

HVAC systems are tough. But with enough dirt and grime, they can quickly become ineffective and dangerous for your health.

Regular, professional HVAC maintenance can help prevent and reduce potential respiratory issues! Thus improving your child’s learning experience.

During an HVAC maintenance appointment, your service technician will,

  • Clean all necessary components of your HVAC system.
  • Replace dirty air filters.
  • Identify and repair leaks, corrosion and other damages.
  • Lubricate all moving parts.
  • Tighten all electrical connections
  • Test all controls.
  • And more!

The Solution:

  1. Schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment.

 

Improve Your Child’s Learning Experience With An Indoor Air Quality Boost

Set your child up for success this fall!

You can help ensure their learning environment is healthy and impactful with improved indoor air quality.

Contact your Campeau Heating IAQ expert at (705) 650-2441 or message us online for more information!
 

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My Air Conditioner Won't Stop Running 24/7! Is That Normal?

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My Air Conditioner Won't Stop Running 24/7! Is That Normal?

To put it simply, the answer is no.

Your air conditioner should never run all the time. Even in the dead of summer, when temperatures reach over 30 degrees Celsius, your A/C should still cycle off. 

It may run more frequently in hot, sticky weather. But if it never clicks off, you could have a much bigger problem on your hands!

And what if your AC isn't even effectively cooling your home while it's on? This could cause you to waste hundreds of dollars in cooling costs without reaping any benefits.

In this article, find out when it's normal for your A/C to run more frequently and when it's not. We also explore 8 potential issues that may cause your A/C to behave like this.

 

Here’s When It’s Normal

You might notice a slightly higher energy bill during an August heat wave in Ontario.

Don’t freak out if this happens! It’s actually expected.

Your air conditioner needs to work extra hard to keep your house cool during hot and humid days.

So in this particular case, it’s normal for your air conditioner to run more frequently.

Usually, your air conditioner cycles on for about 15-20 minutes each cycle. But during a hotter day, this could extend to a few hours at a time.

 

Here’s When It’s NOT Normal

Are summer temperatures pretty average, yet your air conditioner is not taking the hint to chill out (pun intended)? That’s when you know you have a problem on your hands.

Here are some common A/C warning signs you should look out for:

  • Skyrocketing electricity bills.
  • Ineffective cooling.
  • 24/7 Operation.

Not only is your air conditioner wasting your hard-earned cash, but it’s also making your home practically unliveable.

 

Here’s Why Your Air Conditioner Might Run Nonstop

Now that we know how to recognize when it's normal and when it's not, we can start narrowing down exactly what’s wrong with your A/C unit.

After all, you don’t want to keep spending money on ineffective cooling all summer!

1. Your Thermostat is not working.

The very first thing you should check is your thermostat settings.

In fact, this could be the easiest fix in the book!

First, ensure your thermostat is set to “auto”. This allows it to cycle on and off as needed. If set to “on”, your air conditioner will continue to run no matter what. And if set to “off”, it won’t run at all!

Second, ensure the temperature settings are reasonable (around 25 degrees C). If you set your thermostat too cool during a heat wave, it’ll work overtime just trying to keep up.

2. Your A/C system is too small for your home.

During the initial installation, your HVAC technician must ensure the A/C unit and duct system are correctly sized.

A/C Unit

If your air conditioner is too small for your home, it will have to work extra hard to keep it cool. That means CONSTANT operation. And an EXTENSIVE energy bill!

Ductwork

If your ductwork is too small, air won’t be able to efficiently flow through it. This causes weak airflow as air cannot distribute evenly throughout your entire home.

3. The evaporator coils are dirty or clogged.

Dirty evaporator coils make it difficult for your air conditioner to pull hot air outside.

As a result, it has to work overtime to effectively pull enough heat and humidity out of your indoor air.

This causes it to run more frequently. Or even consistently.

4. The air filter needs replacing.

We’ve mentioned the importance of changing your air filter multiple times before. And for good reason!

Not only does a regularly changed air filter provide cleaner, healthier indoor air quality. But it also makes it way easier for your air conditioner to operate!

If your air filter becomes clogged, air can’t pass through it as easily. This, in turn, causes your air conditioner to operate more frequently in an attempt to push enough cool air out.

When was the last time you changed your air filter? If you can’t remember, we suggest heading to your local home & hardware store right away.

Typically, we recommend changing your air filter every 90 days. However, if you have pets in your home, we recommend upping that to every 60 days. And if you have family members with allergies and/or respiratory issues, we up that even higher to every 30 days!

5. Ductwork needs cleaning.

Having your ductwork cleaned is an easy and affordable way to improve the airflow of your A/C, while also improving your indoor air quality.

Over time, your ductwork can start leaking - causing cool air to seep out while on route to your home.

As a result, the attic and inside of your walls might be nice and cool. But the rooms in your home will not be.

6. Your home is improperly insulated.

Cooling a poorly insulated home is like filling a bathtub without a drain plug.

In other words, pretty much useless!

The air conditioner will continue to run 24/7 to cool your home. And no matter how hard it works, it will fail to bring in enough cool air to effectively cool the home for more than a few seconds.

Plus, poor insulation can cause outdoor humidity to start seeping through to your home as well - making your air conditioner's job even harder!

7. There’s a refrigerant leak.

Here’s the thing… refrigerant should never run out. So if your refrigerant levels are running low, it's obvious that there’s a problem.

Telltale signs of a refrigerant leak:

  • Ice on your evaporator coils
  • Bubbling or hissing sounds
  • High electricity bills
  • Ongoing cooling cycles
  • High humidity
  • Ineffective cooling

While some refrigerant leaks come from environmental damage, others come from poor A/C maintenance, which leads us to our next point!

8. Your A/C unit needs maintenance.

Most of the above issues are solvable with a simple A/C maintenance visit.

In fact, a quick check-up is one of the surest ways to ensure your air conditioner stays in great shape all season long!

 

Get Expert A/C Services at Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario

Your Campeau HVAC technician will inspect, test, repair and replace any equipment necessary in your air conditioner. So you can start SAVING money on your energy, instead of losing it!

Give us a call at (705) 560-2441 or contact us online!

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A Heat Or Energy Recovery Ventilator: Which Is More Effective?

Campeau Heating explores the differences between an ERV and HRV system.

A Heat Or Energy Recovery Ventilator: Which Is More Effective?

We all know the importance of fresh air. After all, it’s one of the key ingredients keeping us alive!

Our bodies need fresh, clean, oxygenated air to function. Grow. Focus. Heal. And so much more! It truly does wonders for both our physical and mental well-being!

But without it, our health immediately begins to suffer.

Do you find yourself feeling stressed, tired or sluggish? Even a few deep breaths of clean, fresh air can make a big difference for your mind and body!

That’s why whole home ventilation is so important.

And while there are manual ways to ventilate your home (i.e. opening the windows), installing a ventilation system is much more effective.

But which ventilation system is better: A heat recovery ventilator or an energy recovery ventilator?

Read on to find out!

 

Why Is Ventilation So Important?

First things first...

Let’s break down the importance of good ventilation in more detail.

Ventilation removes impure air from your home and brings in fresh air from outside.

This air circulation of stale air with fresh air is what keeps your home livable!

And since Canadians spend roughly 90% of their time indoors, keeping up with fresh air circulation is imperative.

Installing a whole home ventilation system can help:

Lower Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor air pollution is dangerous, and it can come from a variety of sources.

  • Household cleaners
  • Pesticides
  • Wood Smoke
  • Radon Gas
  • Scented Products
  • High Humidity
  • Mould
  • Cigarette Smoke…etc.

Ventilation can help reduce indoor pollution by diluting it with fresh air. It carries harmful pollutants outdoors and brings clean, fresh air back in.

Manage Humidity Levels

Another factor affecting indoor air quality is high humidity.

Humidity is the amount of moisture (water vapour) in the air. And while some humidity is necessary for our bodies to function safely and comfortably, too much can cause:

  • Dust mites,
  • Mould,
  • Mildew,
  • The growth and spread of bacterial and viral organisms,
  • Airborne germs and more!

Ventilation has the power to draw out stale, humid air and replace it with fresh, outdoor air!

Improve Your Physical Health

Are you experiencing headaches, fatigue or dizziness?

Maybe your nose, throat and eyes are constantly feeling irritated.

Or maybe your allergy or asthma symptoms are constantly acting up. 

These are all signs of poor indoor air quality.

But a ventilation system can help! 

Good ventilation can:

  • Remove harmful pollutants,
  • Lower your humidity and
  • Bring in fresh air!

All helping dissipate these symptoms - improving your physical health and overall well-being!

But it’s not just your physical health that improves…

Improve Your Mental Health

With good ventilation, your mental health can also improve!

Did you know that the brain uses about 20% of the body’s oxygen supply. This oxygen is essentially used as a power source for neurons - controlling everything your body can do! From your conscious functions and your unconscious function, your brain controls both.

But without an adequate supply of oxygen, your brain can’t function - affecting your physical and mental health.

With improved ventilation and air quality, you can experience:

  • Improved mood.
  • Decreased levels of stress hormones.
  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Improved immune system functionality.

All in all, the healthy circulation of fresh air can help your brain feel calmer, sharper and happier! Just a few more reasons why fresh air is vital to your health!

 

Heat Vs. Energy Recovery Ventilators

Now that you understand the importance of fresh air circulation in your home, let’s learn how to make that happen.

As mentioned above, numerous ways exist to increase ventilation in your home. Some forms of ventilation even occur naturally - like when you open and close your doors and windows throughout the day.

However, IAQ experts always recommend a more steady and effective solution for indoor ventilation. Especially since home builders construct homes that are way more airtight today than in the past.

Two of the most effective solutions for increasing ventilation include:

a)  Heat recovery ventilation and

b) Energy recovery ventilation.

Let’s explore each in more detail below:

 

Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV System)

The heat recovery ventilator, or HRV system, continually replaces stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. This allows it to remove harmful pollutants from your home - including mould, household chemicals, bacteria…etc.

But it does more than that!

An HRV system can also recycle (or recover) heat - lightening the load of your air conditioner and furnace!

Here’s how that works:

During the winter, HRV systems capture stale air, draw heat from it, and use it to preheat the incoming fresh air. This helps your furnace out a lot and can actually lower your heating bills!

During the summer, this process reverses. The HRV system removes heat from the incoming fresh air and transfers it outdoors. This ensures the air conditioner isn’t working extra hard to keep that hot air out of your home - helping you save on cooling costs!

This way, your ventilation system prevents your home from wasting heat energy. Making HRVs  a multi-purpose indoor air quality solution!

 

Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV System)

The energy recovery ventilator, or ERV system, works similarly to the HRV system. The only difference is that it can do EVEN MORE!

Besides removing harmful pollutants like an HRV system, the ERV system can also recycle moisture. This helps lower humidity levels in your home, making it healthier and more comfortable. But it can also lessen the pressure on your heating and cooling system - ultimately saving you money in the long run!

During the winter, ERVs recycle the moisture leaving your home, preventing your home from becoming too dry.

You can also use ERVs in the summertime! But it is only recommended if you have air conditioning and keep the windows closed. If your indoor air is less humid than your outdoor air, ERVs will ensure that excess humidity from outdoor air stays outdoors. This process allows your air conditioner to cool and dehumidify your home much more easily.

 

Which Is The Better Ventilation System?

Since the HRV and ERV each offer equally impressive benefits, how do you know which to choose? Is one really better than the other?

Here’s the thing…

The best ventilation system actually depends on your climate, lifestyle, home and specific needs!

For example, is your home quite humid in the winter? If so, then an HRV is probably the better solution.

An ERV doesn’t transfer humidity. It recycles it - keeping it at its source. So if your home is too humid in the winter, the ERV will only hold on to that moisture.

What is your home’s climate like?

If you can answer that question, you’re well on your way to selecting the best ventilation system for your home!

 

Need Help? Ask The Experts At Campeau Heating!

With Canadians spending more and more time indoors, creating healthy spaces for their health and well-being is vital.

Do you have more questions about how the right ventilation system can help improve your indoor air quality? Our experts at Campeau Heating are always here to help!

Give our office a call today at (705) 560-2441 or contact us online!

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Can The Air Source Heat Pump Really Help Save You Money?

Find Out If You Can Save Money On Your Energy Bills With An Air Source Heat Pump!

Can The Air Source Heat Pump Really Help Save You Money?

With the rise of fuel costs this past winter, and the current gas prices, everyone is looking for cheaper heating and cooling. The question is…is an air-source heat pump the answer?

Most of us have heard of the legendary heat pump. In fact, many know it as the system that can provide heating and cooling seemingly out of thin air!

But will a heat pump really help lower your energy consumption and save you money in the long run?

Let’s find out!

Our HVAC experts at Campeau Heating are here to answer all your questions about the air-source heat pump.

 

What Is An Air-Source Heat Pump? How Does it Work?

An air-source heat pump is currently the most popular type of heat pump in Canada. They can effectively heat and cool your home by transferring thermal energy.

Here’s how that works!

Heating Cycle:

During the winter, an air source heat pump uses the thermal energy from the outdoor air as a source of heat. It transfers the heat energy found in the outside air and uses that energy to heat the home!

This process makes the outdoor air the source and the indoor air the sink.

Cooling Cycle:

During the summer, heat energy transfers from the indoor to the outdoor air - effectively cooling your home and releasing excess heat outdoors.

This reverse process makes the outdoor air the sink and the indoor air the source.

Want a more in-depth look? Visit our recent blog post where we talk all about the 2-in-1 heat pump and how it works!

Heating and Cooling Distribution:

How is this heating or cooling distributed throughout your home?

Well, that all depends on which type of installation you choose! 

Like any other type of air conditioner, you have options. You can install a ducted or ductless heat pump!

Ducted Air-Source Heat Pump

A ducted heat pump distributes heat or cool air throughout the home using a network of ducts. This allows the system to heat/cool each location at an equal temperature.

If you have existing ductwork installed in your home, installing a ducted heat pump is simple! But, if you don’t have ductwork installed, you may want to consider your second option - the ductless heat pump!

Ductless Air-Source Heat Pump

You’ve heard us talk about the ductless air conditioner quite a few times in our recent blog posts:

We explored whether a ductless air conditioner is best for your Sudbury cottage. And we’ve also identified four common culprits of a leaky ductless air conditioner and how to fix them.

But today, we’re not talking about the ductless air conditioner per se…

We’re talking about the ductless heat pump! And interestingly enough, this system uses the same technology as the ductless A/C in distributing heating and cooling to your home.

Instead of using ductwork to carry air throughout your home, the ductless heat pump directly heats and cools the space it’s located in.

If you don’t have existing ductwork, going ductless makes the installation process much easier, faster and cheaper!

This leads us to our next question…

 

How Much Does It Cost to Install, Run and Maintain an Air-source Heat Pump?

When looking for the cheapest heating and cooling system, you must consider these four cost factors:

Upfront Costs

The upfront cost of an air heat pump largely depends on the size of the system. During your consultation with an HVAC professional, you can determine your home’s specific heating and cooling needs and the needed load capacity of a heat pump. You’ll also want to explore different features and efficiencies.

Installation Costs

The installation cost of an air heat pump depends on the system you choose to install.

As mentioned above, a ducted heat pump is an excellent choice if you have existing ductwork.

But remember! Even though you may have ductwork installed, it may need some modifications to support your new heat pump installation.

If you don’t have existing ductwork installed in your home and don’t plan to install it in the future, a ductless heat pump might be the better and cheaper choice.

Maintenance Costs

The maintenance costs of an air source heat pump depend on how well you take care of it. The longer you go without proper maintenance, the more expensive the repair bills!

But as long as you take good care of your heat pump with annual maintenance checks and regular filter changes, there should be very few repair bills in the future!

Heat pumps need annual maintenance to ensure:

  • High Efficiency
  • Reliability
  • Longer Life Span

And this maintenance appointment should always be with a professional HVAC technician.

Operation Costs

The operation costs of an air heat pump depend on the energy rates of your region. Heat pumps still use electricity but require much less than a central air conditioner or furnace.

We’ll explore this factor in more detail in the next section below.

 

The Energy Efficiency of an Air Source Heat Pump

Now that you know all about the air source heat pump, let’s find out if it can really help lower your energy bills!

Enhanced Efficiency

As we mentioned above, heat pumps still use electricity to operate. However, they use much less than a traditional heating and/or cooling system.

Here’s why:

At 8 degrees Celsius, an air source heat pump’s COP (coefficient of performance) can range from 2.0 to 5.4!

A COP of 5.4 means that 5.4 kWh of heat transfers for every kWh of electricity used to power the pump.

That’s over 500% efficiency!

Cold Climate Heat Pump

However, as temperatures begin to drop, these systems do become less efficient. The colder it gets, the more power your heat pump uses. 

In fact, most air heat pumps can't operate once they hit between -15 and -25 degrees!

That’s why many Canadians up north choose cold climate air heat pumps. These systems use variable capacity compressors and advanced heat exchanger designs and controls. This provides as much heat to your home as efficiently as possible.

Energy Savings

As you can see, there’s an incredible opportunity to lower your energy costs with an air source heat pump!

However, it’s important to mention that your specific energy savings will heavily depend on your:

  • Location
  • Local climate
  • System size and type
  • Control strategy
  • Local energy rating, and
  • Specific system efficiencies.

We encourage you to speak with an HVAC professional before making your decision.

 

Is An Air-Source Heat Pump The Right Fit For Your Sudbury Home or Cottage?

Selecting a new heating and cooling system can be confusing and tricky. But at Campeau Heating, our experts want to make it as easy as possible for you!

Give our qualified heating and cooling team a call at (705) 560-2441 or book your FREE QUOTE online!

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Plunge Into Extreme Summer Heat With These 5 Cool Tips!

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, offers 5 tips to help keep your home cool this summer.

Plunge Into Extreme Summer Heat With These 5 Cool Tips!

Staying cool in the middle of an intense summer heat wave is tricky. And sticky! But it’s not impossible.

With a few helpful tips, you can,

  • Keep your home cool, 
  • Protect your family from the risk of overheating and
  • Save on energy costs!

Our experienced cooling team at Campeau Heating is here to help you do just that!

We know how difficult it can be to keep your home cool for less. And how dangerous it can be for your family if temperatures get too high.

Our goal?

To give you everything you need for a safe and comfortable summer - at home, in your office or at the cottage.

Understanding the importance of air cooling is crucial. And learning about effective and affordable cooling techniques for your home is easy!

Are you ready to keep your cool this summer? Read on!

 

What Are The Dangers Of Extreme Heat?

The first step in staying cool all summer is to stay informed.

Although the human body does have the ability to cool itself, it’s not invincible. And knowing what the risks are concerning extreme heat is vital!

For those more vulnerable to high temperatures, it is especially critical!

According to Health Canada, the 7 top heat-vulnerable groups include:

  • Older adults.
  • Infants and young children.
  • People with chronic illnesses or who are physically impaired.
  • Socially disadvantaged individuals and communities (low income, homeless, living alone).
  • Newcomers to Canada and transient populations such as tourists.
  • Occupational groups (e.g. farmers, construction workers)
  • Physically active individuals (e.g. marathon runners, recreational athletes).

Don’t see yourself on the above list? That doesn’t mean you’re not at risk. 

It’s important to know that intense heat can affect you whether you are a part of one of these vulnerable groups or not.

Health Risks Associated With Extreme Heat:

  • Heat Stroke
  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Heat Fainting
  • Heat Cramps
  • Heat Rash
  • Heat Edema

If you live in a home with little to no A/C, you are also highly vulnerable to heat-related health risks.

Don’t wait until the heat is too much to handle in your home! Below are 10 ways to keep your house cool and comfortable!

 

5 Ways To Keep Your Family and Home Cool This Summer

We have experienced our fair share of high heat here in Sudbury, Ontario. And this year, we want you to be ready for it!

Instead of catching you off guard with no cooling solution in place, we are plunging head-on into the summer season - fully prepared!

1. Control Humidity

Controlling the humidity in your home will help your body release heat faster.

In high humidity, your sweat cannot evaporate as quickly. This sweat retention then prevents your body from efficiently releasing excess heat. Not only does this prohibit your body from cooling down, but it can also cause elevated heart rate, organ failure and high blood pressure!

The solution?

Installing a whole-house dehumidifier!

Whole-house dehumidifiers reduce excess moisture in your home. This HVAC add-on effectively reduces humidity levels and improves your indoor air quality!

 

2. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Your home's temperature is usually based on personal preference. But homeowners should follow recommended temperature settings for the above vulnerable groups. 

For example…

The World Health Organization (WHO) standards recommend the following temperature settings:

  • If you are prone to respiratory problems or allergies, the WHO recommends your thermostat never be set below 16 degrees C.
  • If you have disabled, elderly or very young individuals living at home, WHO recommends the temperature never be set below 20 degrees C.

During the summer, most people set their thermostats between 20-24 degrees in the daytime. And between 16-20 degrees overnight. They may even have their thermostat set lower before they go to work for the day.

These temperature settings ensure homes are comfortable and safe. But they also help homeowners reduce their energy consumption!

A programmable thermostat makes it easy to control the temperature variations in your home - all from your phone! You can set your A/C to run less frequently while you are away or overnight. And ensure that it is set to a comfortable temperature when you arrive home or wake up to start your day!

 

3. Adjust Your Cooking Habits

Long ago, homeowners used cast iron cookstoves for cooking food, heating the home and providing hot water for families. The cook stove usually stayed lit day and night during long, cold winters. But in the summer, they put out the fire between meals to prevent the home from getting too hot.

Although ovens have advanced in modern technology since those olden days, the concept remains the same:

Large appliances, like ovens and laundry dryers, produce significant heat.

Adjusting when and how you use these large appliances can help prevent your home from getting too warm.

Don’t Run Large Appliances During The Day

According to the Ontario Energy Board, electricity rates are lower between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.!

So you can save money on your electricity usage while lowering the heat impact of these appliances.

Explore Other Methods

Another option for reducing the use of these large appliances is to find alternative methods.

For example, instead of running your dryer during the summer, you could use the natural heat from the sun! A clothesline is an excellent way to conserve energy and reduce the heat and humidity that a dryer adds to your indoor air.

In regards to your oven - consider using an outdoor barbeque for cooking your meals instead! Gas and charcoal grills are both excellent tools for summer cooking.

You may even consider moving your entertaining space outdoors during your summer parties! This helps prevent your home from getting overly warm and crowded.

 

4. Install an Air Conditioner

Of course, what kind of HVAC article would this be if we didn’t mention air conditioners!

Installing an air conditioner is one of the best ways to keep cool during the summer. In fact, it’s probably the #1 best way!

Air conditioners can cool your home no matter how hot it is outside - providing a safe refuge for your family during even the worst heat waves.

They even help control the humidity in your home too! As you know from our first point, high humidity levels impact the natural cooling mechanisms in your body. Controlling those levels can help your body control its own internal temperature.

5. Book Air Conditioner Maintenance

And where there are air conditioners, there’s A/C Repair and Tune-Ups!

We frequently get asked what you should do when your air conditioner stops working in the middle of summer. After all, summer is the #1 worst time ever for your A/C to conk out! 

If your air conditioner has already called it quits, you have two options:

But if it hasn’t quit on you yet, you have time to ensure your air conditioner is ready to handle the summer heat. 

Remember to change your air filters, schedule an AC Tune-up and watch out for common A/C warning signs. We'll surprise you with how much money you can save by simply taking good care of your air conditioner!

 

Other Free Home Cooling Tips!

  • Stay hydrated!
  • Set your ceiling fan to spin counterclockwise.
  • Close blinds during the day.
  • Open and shut windows at the right time of day (open at night, shut during the day).
  • Upgrade our home insulation

 

Keep Cool This Summer With Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario!

Face the heat of summer head-on with expert advice from our HVAC crew at Campeau Heating!

Now that you know how to keep your home cool during the hot summer months, an unexpected heat wave will never catch you off guard.

Have questions? Let’s keep the conversation going!

You can reach our team at (705) 560-2441 or message us online!

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Is Your Ductless Air Conditioner Leaking Water? Here's How To Solve It!

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, tells homeowners why their air conditioner is leaking water and how to prevent it.

Is Your Ductless Air Conditioner Leaking Water? Here's How To Solve It!

This summer is shaping up to be hot and stormy. And, chances are, you’ll have enough repairs around the house (or cottage) to last all summer. The last thing you need to worry about is a leaky air conditioner! 

So how do you prevent a leak from happening in your central or ductless air conditioner? 

If you’re like most homeowners in Sudbury, Ontario, you’ve turned your air conditioner on well before the official start of the season. In fact, you’ve probably had it powered up for weeks now. 

But did you give it a thorough maintenance check BEFORE turning it on? 

With Ontario weather fluctuating so quickly, it can be easy to forget this initial step. Or even forego it. 

But skipping it will cost you! 

Especially with the 2022 summer solstice only four days away. 

In this article, find out, 

  1. WHY your air conditioner is leaking water, 
  2. HOW to fix it and 
  3. How to PREVENT it from happening again. 

 

But First: How Can You Tell Your Air Conditioner Is Leaking?

Although a leaky air conditioner may seem like an obvious problem, it can sometimes go unnoticed. 

And an unknown leak in your A/C could lead to some hefty repair bills. 

Here are some tell-tale signs of an air conditioner leak that you can begin to watch out for: 

  • Full condensate pan. 
  • Mouldy smells.
  • Water damage. 
  • Standing water. 

If you notice any of these signs, we highly recommend following these 4 maintenance tips or booking an A/C repair visit with our HVAC team. 

 

The 4 Common Culprits of a Leaky A/C

Now that we know how to spot a leaking air conditioner, we can nail down some common reasons why these leaks may exist. 

Note that all four factors relate to both a ductless air conditioner and a central air conditioner

Clogged Drain Line

The most common cause of A/C water leak is a clogged condensate drain line. This pipe removes condensate water from your A/C unit - making it a crucial element of a high-performing HVAC system. 

Over time, however, this line can become clogged with: 

  • Dust 
  • Dirt 
  • Algae 
  • Fungi 
  • Mould etc. 

And clogged condensate drain line prevents water from escaping outside. Instead of draining outside, it gets back up, causing that water to leak right back into your home. 

Voila - a leaky A/C!

Damaged Drain Pan 

Connected to the drain line is the drain pan. It’s placed under the evaporate coils and catches this condensate water. Once collected, the condensate water then flows through your condensate drain line. 

But what happens if this drain pan becomes damaged or rusted? 

Over time, the pan can crack or begin to deteriorate. Causing any water collected within it to leak out and into your home. 

In some cases, this vital component is actually missing! 

Maybe the installer forgot it during the initial installation. Or it fell out without you knowing. Or maybe you simply forgot to put one back in during your last A/C Maintenance Tune-Up

But whether damaged, rusted or misplaced, the outcome is the same - a leaking A/C unit. 

Dirty Air Filter 

Another common reason your central or ductless air conditioner may be leaking is because of a dirty air filter. 

You’ve heard us talk about air filters before in our blog! We’ve explored ways to increase indoor air quality with home air conditioning - including one of the easiest ways: replacing your HVAC filter. 

And more recently, we explained how pet dander affects your indoor air quality. We then provided our #1 tip for helping improve and manage that indoor air quality with pets at home: changing your HVAC filter regularly! 

Both blogs conclude that homeowners should change their HVAC air filters every 30-90 days. 

Why?

Because these filters trap airborne particles! 

This makes them an affordable way to improve indoor air quality and keep your HVAC system running efficiently. 

What happens if you don’t change your air filter regularly?

  • Dust particles and allergens can clog the filter - preventing it from filtering your indoor air quality. 
  • Once clogged, airflow can significantly decrease - causing your A/C to work overtime. 
  • The more effort it takes to cool your home, the higher your energy bills will be. 
  • Poor airflow can also lead to your evaporator coils freezing over. 
  • Once melted again, this excess water on your evaporator coils can then cause your drain pan to overflow. Resulting in a leaking air conditioner. 

Not Enough Refrigerant 

Poor airflow isn’t the only reason your air conditioner is freezing up. Another common culprit for this issue is low refrigerant levels.

Refrigerant is the substance used to condition air to a specific temperature. It can absorb heat from the environment and convert it into cool air! 

But when refrigerant levels are low, the pressure in your air conditioner lowers too. This can cause the coils to become cold and your HVAC unit to freeze up. 

Once frozen, your coils can become damaged, leading to a damaged compressor. This is a costly repair and/or replacement that you definitely don’t want to deal with this summer. 

Here are some low-refrigerant signs you can start watching for:

  • The air conditioner is not sufficiently cooling your home. 
  • A/C vents are not blowing cool air. 
  • Energy bills are rising unexpectedly.
  • You hear hissing or bubbling noises coming from the A/C unit. 
  • Water is surrounding the A/C.

A problem like this is why our Campeau Heating team recommends booking spring air conditioner maintenance. A simple check-up could prevent these common spring HVAC problems from arising! 

 

How Do I Stop My Air Conditioner From Leaking?

All the above issues could eventually cause long-term damage to your HVAC system. Some lead to costly repairs and others to complete unit replacements. 

To avoid these unexpected costs this summer, learn how to stop your air conditioner from leaking in the first place!

Clean Your Drain Line.

First up, clean your drain line! 

Clearing out your drain line every few months can kill algae, prevent fungi and remove any dirt and debris clogging the pipe. 

You can do this using bleach, vinegar, brushes or a wet/dry vac. But before cleaning, contact your Campeau Heating technician to find out which solution is best for your specific cooling system. 

Change Your Air Filter. 

Change your air filter regularly - about every 30-90 days. This prevents dirt and particle build-up from slowing down your cooling system, harming your indoor air quality and damaging your equipment. 

Repair or Replace Your Drain Pan. 

If your drain pan cracked, you should be able to repair it with a water-resistant sealant. But if the pan rusted, you will have to replace it

Note: 

When replacing your drain pain, remember to select the correct size. Your Campeau Heating technician can help identify which size is best for your specific system. 

Check Your Refrigerant Levels.

Checking your refrigerant levels at the start of summer can save you a lot of unnecessary work and money later in the year. 

Air conditioners are usually installed with the correct amount of refrigerant levels right off the bat, so refills aren’t necessary. But if your installer didn’t put the correct amount in, or if there is a refrigerant leak, you’ll need to refill it. 

Not sure how to go about refilling your air conditioner refrigerant? Give our team a call!

 

Schedule Your Air Conditioner Maintenance Appointment With Campeau Heating 

If you haven’t booked your A/C maintenance appointment, now is the time! 

Preventative maintenance can ensure you have all the necessary equipment and that everything is in good working order BEFORE the true heat of summer arrives. 

Book A/C Maintenance HERE!

 

Follow Along For More HVAC Tips and Advice From The Experts!

At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, we care about you, your home and your comfort. We want to ensure you have everything ready to go for a cool and relaxing summer season. And that starts with a high-performing air conditioner! 

Whether you have a central or ductless air conditioner, our HVAC technicians have the equipment and know-how to prepare your home for the season ahead. 

Keep following along with our blog this summer for more HVAC tips and advice from our cooling experts! And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out! You can reach our team at (705) 560-2441 or online!

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Ductless vs. Central Air Conditioning: Which Is Better For Your Sudbury Cottage?

Discover whether a ductless or central air conditioner is better for your Sudbury cottage.

Ductless vs. Central Air Conditioning: Which Is Better For Your Sudbury Cottage?

Cottage season in Sudbury, Ontario, is quite possibly the most beautiful time of year! But if you don’t have working A/C, your vacation could quickly go from fun to disastrous. 

Are you trying to find the best cooling solution for your Sudbury cottage this summer? In this article, we battle out the pros and cons of ductless vs. central air conditioning - cottage style!

Which will provide the most efficient cooling?

Which is the most affordable?

Which needs less maintenance? 

There’s no doubt that both air conditioners have their benefits. But knowing which system will best serve your unique location and lifestyle might take a little more investigation. 

Thankfully, you don’t have to go out on a limb and guess! Your HVAC specialists at Campeau Heating will walk you through the ins and outs of both systems. So you can make the best cooling decision for your vacation home. 

Ready? Let’s dive in!  

 

3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Selecting a New A/C System

1. Does your cottage have existing ductwork?

Knowing whether your cottage already has ductwork installed or not is a huge factor when considering a new A/C system. Especially if you are on a tight budget! 

Paying for new ductwork installation throughout your entire home in addition to a brand new HVAC system would be quite the pricey investment. So if it’s not already there, a ductless air conditioner might be the more affordable cooling solution for you.

On the other hand, if you do have existing ductwork installed and want to utilize it, a central air conditioner is an obvious choice! 

2. Are you trying to cut down on energy costs?

Energy costs are another imperative factor to consider when shopping for a new air conditioner. 

While most modern ductless and central air conditioners are ENERGY STAR certified - both still have unique energy efficiencies. 

If your goal is to cut down on energy costs, you’ll want to consider the energy-saving potential of both systems. 

But don’t jump to conclusions! You might be surprised at which system is more energy-efficient in your unique cottage. 

3. Would you benefit from zoned cooling?

With zoned cooling, you can control the temperature of different rooms independently of each other. For example, you can have one bedroom set to 20 degrees, another at 18 degrees and the basement set at 16 degrees. 

If you are looking for an air conditioning solution that offers personalized comfort and energy savings, investing in a zoned cooling HVAC system is definitely something to consider!

 

Why Choose Central Air Conditioning At The Cottage?

Central air conditioning is a popular cooling choice for many Canadian homeowners. But is it a practical choice for a cottage? Let’s find out!

If you’re looking for a cooling system that’s easy to use, easy to maintain and offers master temperature control of your entire cottage - a central air conditioning system is perfect for you. 

This system maintains a consistent temperature throughout your entire home, all from one thermostat. So you can set it and forget it!

If your cottage is difficult to get to, a low-maintenance HVAC system is a must. And because there’s only one unit involved, keeping up with the maintenance needs of a central air conditioner is easy. 

An ENERGY STAR certified central air system also uses 8% less energy than a conventional A/C model. So if you have existing ductwork already in place, an energy-efficient central air system might be in your budget’s best interest. 

 

Why Choose Ductless Air Conditioning At The Cottage?

As mentioned above, if your cottage does not have existing ductwork, like most older cottage builds don’t, a ductless air conditioner is a great option! 

This multi-unit cooling system offers customized zoned heating, easily adjusted using corresponding zone thermostats. So you can effectively cool your entire cottage without having to pay for new ductwork installation.

With this zoned cooling feature, ENERGY STAR certified ductless A/Cs can also cut your cooling costs by 30% compared to traditional A/C units. Using advanced technology compressors and fans, a ductless A/C can use less power to control unused or infrequently used areas in your cottage, which can effectively lower your energy consumption!     

                                                                                           

Get a Free Quote On Ductless and Central Air Conditioning Products at Campeau Heating!

The summer heat has already hit Sudbury, Ontario. Don’t let it ruin your vacation season! Ready to take the plunge and purchase a cottage air conditioner? 

At Campeau Heating, we offer both Ductless and Central Air Conditioners! So you can choose the option that suits your cottage lifestyle and budget best. 

Contact us today at (705) 560-2441 or get a Free Quote online!

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A Beautiful Outdoor Fireplace Makes Patio Season Last All Year!

Campeau Heating explores the benefits of having an outdoor fireplace in Sudbury, Ontario.

A Beautiful Outdoor Fireplace Makes Patio Season Last All Year!

Ontario summers are short and sweet. Sadly, we only get to experience this long-awaited season for about three months of the year - June 21st to September 23rd. So we cram in BBQs, bonfires, campouts and parties every weekend possible just to make the most of it. 

But with an outdoor fireplace, your outdoor patio season doesn’t have to start in June and end in September. It can last as long as you’d like!

You can enjoy the warm blaze of your outdoor fireplace no matter the season. Whether that be a peaceful spring morning, a lively summer night or a crisp autumn evening. 

Choose from our selection of modern, traditional, rustic or eclectic fireplaces to create the perfect all-season backyard ambience! We even offer a choice between wood-burning and gas fireplaces, so you can choose the most practical fuel choice for your home. 

 

3 Reasons To Invest In An Outdoor Fireplace This Summer

Are you looking for the perfect summer project in 2022? This is it! 

In fact, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits were one of the top 3 most popular outdoor design elements in 2018. 

And their popularity has only grown since then - especially when the pandemic first hit. 

Since restaurants closed down for so long, homeowners began creating their own backyard patio spaces. They installed comfy patio furniture, outdoor TVs, fancy bars, barbeques and, of course, outdoor fireplaces too. 

Now, their patio days don’t have to rely on anyone else’s schedule but their own! 

If you’re not sure whether an outdoor fireplace is a good investment for your home - keep reading! 

 

1. An Outdoor Fireplace Can Increase Your Home Value 

One of the best things about installing an outdoor fireplace is that it can,

  1. Increase the value of your home while 
  2. Increasing your comfort and enjoyment at the same time. 

So whether you’re renovating your home for personal use or to sell, an outdoor fireplace is the perfect project! 

Are you planning to sell your home this year? You’ll be happy to discover that updating your outdoor living space can actually increase your home value by 20%! 

And it’s easy to see why.

Homeowners love having the option of stepping outside their homes to enjoy the beauty of nature in their own backyard. That's why they are willing to invest in landscaping, gardening, decking, paving, patio furniture etc. 

Each of these exterior upgrades will improve the livability and comfort of their home! Making it more practical, convenient and enjoyable for their families. 

Adding an outdoor fireplace to your outdoor renovations has the same effect!

Imagine enjoying an outdoor fireplace in Sudbury, Ontario, during a chilly Canadian night! Prospective buyers will picture themselves snuggled up by the fireplace with their families. Or surrounding its flickering flame with their friends long into the night - making memories for years to come!

Plus, you can recoup about 80% of the upfront and operational costs! 

 

2. An Outdoor Fireplace Can Improve The Visual Appeal of Your Patio

What are some ways that an outdoor fireplace can improve the visual appeal of your outdoor living space? 

Style 

Fireplaces have long since been a prized aspect of residential homes - sparking romance, story-telling, laughter and joy.

Our fireplace suppliers - Napoleon and Heat & Glo - have captured this tradition and created outdoor fireplaces that hold this long-establish charm. 

With our selection of modern, rustic, classic and eclectic outdoor fireplaces, you can keep stoking that flame and creating memories of your own!

Design 

The design of your outdoor fireplace also plays a key role in the overall visual appeal of your patio. After all, it will become the focal point!

That’s why we recommend choosing a design that fits your specific living space and home exterior well.

And thankfully, outdoor fireplaces come in many shapes, sizes, finishes and features - so you have lots of design options to choose from!

Examples of Outdoor Fireplace Design Options:

  • Brick or stainless steel interiors 
  • Glass media 
  • Log style 
  • Stone or brick surroundings 
  • Decorative pieces etc. 

Functionality 

Backyard patios are the perfect space for a group, family or personal use. And with the right landscaping, furnishings and amenities, you can truly make it a luxurious getaway. 

Do you enjoy unwinding after a busy day, spending quality time with your family or entertaining a large group of friends? All from the comfort of your own backyard? If so, an outdoor fireplace is a perfect addition.

And that leads us to our third and final point!

 

3. An Outdoor Fireplace Can Extend Your Entertaining Space 

Practically speaking, creating a backyard patio scene adds a whole new dimension to your home’s entertaining space. Now, your family and friends can continue their dinner conversations and socialize outdoors in the fresh our!

During the pandemic, gathering outdoors was necessary. It made the outdoor fireplace a welcome reprieve from a video or phone call. But, long before the pandemic, spending time in nature, surrounded by the calm of a warm fire was always considered a luxury. And it continues to be that luxury today!

 

View Our Selection of Outdoor Fireplaces in Sudbury Ontario 

As a family run business, Campeau Heating understands the value and importance of spending quality time with family and friends. We ensure all our home heating systems are intentionally designed to serve your family’s needs and preferences first! So that you can embrace every season to its full extent! 

Are you looking for outdoor fireplaces in Sudbury, Ontario? We have one of Northern Ontario’s largest operating showrooms! Call our office to schedule a weekend appointment!

Heat & Glo Outdoor Fireplaces 

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Napoleon Outdoor Fireplaces

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Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space With Campeau Heating 

Keep the spark alive! 

This year, you can make summer last. With an outdoor fireplace designed for long-lasting memories, you’ll never have to say goodbye to your favourite season.

Give our heating crew a call at (705) 560-2441 or request a free quote online!

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Stuck Between a Gas or Charcoal Grill? Which Is The Best BBQ?

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, helps homeowners explore whether a gas or charcoal grill is the best BBQ for their family.

Stuck Between a Gas or Charcoal Grill? Which Is The Best BBQ?

Which is better - a gas grill or a charcoal grill? This question is actually one of the most controversial discussions in the grilling world! And we’re here to help clear the air a bit. 

After all, one really isn’t better than the other!

The best BBQ is less about the perfect cooking conditions and more about each grill master’s preferences. 

For example… 

A charcoal grill might give a smokier flavour, but a gas grill allows you to savour the natural taste of meat. 

If you prefer a smoky-tasting steak, then a charcoal grill is probably the best BBQ for your personal taste preferences. But if the natural taste of meat is something you prefer, then a gas grill might better suit you. 

Are you a seasoned griller or new to the trade? Whether you’ve been grilling for years or are about to buy your first barbeque, we have one of the best grill selections in Sudbury! 

Everyone has their own grilling preferences. All you have to do is find your must-have tool of the trade! 

 

What Features Should You Look For In a New Barbeque?

At Campeau Heating, we always recommend a Napoleon BBQ. But whether that’s a gas barbeque or charcoal barbeque is entirely up to you! 

Let’s explore what makes both options unique. 

 

Heat-Up Time 

How long does it take a barbeque to heat up? 

If you barbeque quick weeknight meals for your family all summer long, then the heat-up time of your grill might be the most crucial factor to consider. 

However, if grilling is a passion or something you only do on the weekends, you might not mind waiting!

Charcoal Grill Heat-Up Time: 15-30 minutes 

A charcoal BBQ can take up to 30 minutes to preheat. And that doesn’t include the time it takes to ignite the charcoal either, which can add an additional 15 minutes to your prep time.

Gas Grill Heat-Up Time: 10 minutes

A gas BBQ only takes 10 minutes to heat up. And with instant ignition capabilities, you’re ready to start grilling in under 15 minutes! Plus, this quick preheat on your cooking grates gives fantastic sear marks! 

 

Cooking Power 

The cooking power of your barbeque tells you how hot your grill can get. 

The higher the heat, the hotter your grill can get. The hotter the grill gets, the faster you’ll be able to cook! 

Although some grillers prefer a slow sear, others prefer a quick meal. And if you plan to host backyard patios with lots of hungry guests, a powerful barbeque with a high heat capacity could mean the difference between dinner at 7 PM and dinner at 10 PM. 

Charcoal Grill Cooking Power: Usually up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit

Gas Grill Cooking Power: Usually up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit

 

Temperature Control 

The temperature control of your barbeque is what gives you the best control over your cooking. 

If you’re a seasoned griller, temperature control might not worry you. But if you’ve never done it before, looking for a grill with a set-it-and-forget-it type of temperature control might be your best option. 

Charcoal Grill Temperature Control: 

With a charcoal barbeque, you will need some practice and patience when learning to maintain a consistent cooking temperature. Because you are working with varying coals - each with a different size, shape and burning time - temperature control is quite difficult.

Gas Grill Temperature Control: 

A gas barbeque can easily maintain a steady heat level and distribute that heat evenly across the grill. 

 

Versatility 

The versatility of your grill can add incredible (and yummy) diversity to your menu. 

For example, if your barbeque has direct infrared and indirect heat, your cooking options are endless. You can bake, smoke, sear or grill! 

Some barbeques also come with multiple different burners and even rotisserie kits! 

Charcoal Grill Versatility: 

A charcoal barbeque can have direct and indirect cooking areas.

Gas Grill Versatility: 

A gas barbeque can have multiple burners, accessories and kits. 

 

Health and Safety

When selecting a barbeque for your backyard, one of your first instincts will be to check whether this appliance is safe for you, your family and your home. 

Charcoal Grill Health and Safety: 

  • The lack of temperature control could become a safety risk. 
  • The lighter fluid could cause health risks. 

Gas Grill Health and Safety:

  • A gas barbeque uses a cleaner fuel type (a natural gas BBQ), reducing its health and safety risks. 

 

Cleanup and Maintenance

It’s easy to get caught up in the cooking aspects of your barbeque and forget about the cleanup and maintenance factors. 

Charcoal Grill Clean-Up: 

A charcoal barbeque requires routine maintenance, regular ash disposal, and grate cleaning. 

Gas Grill Clean-Up: 

A gas barbeque requires: 

  • Routine maintenance
  • A routine check on the propane tank or gas line. 
  • A regular cleaning of the grill grates, drip pan and flavour bars. 

 

Cost 

Lastly, the cost is a huge consideration when selecting a new barbeque. 

Charcoal Grill Cost: Less Expensive 

  • With far fewer components than a gas barbeque, a charcoal barbeque is definitely the cheaper option. They sell for as little as $25!

Gas Grill Cost: More Expensive 

  • A gas barbeque is much pricier - ranging from $500-1500. With advanced features, they can even go as high as $2,000!

 

Shop Our Napoleon Barbeque Line at Campeau Heating

See Our Selection 

Are you ready to expand your kitchen skills outdoors with our incredible Napoleonoutdoor products? Get in touch with our Campeau Heating team today to find the best BBQ for your backyard grill!

Our Napoleon Gas Grill Line

  • Napoleon Prestige PRO Series Gas Grills 
  • Napoleon Gas Grill - Prestige Series 
  • Napoleon Rogue SE Series 
  • Napoleon Rogue Series

Our Napoleon Charcoal Grill Line

  • Napoleon Charcoal Grills 
  • Napoleon Apollo Series 

 

Get Ready For Summer Grilling With Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario! 

Get your BBQ apron on and grab a flipper - Summer is almost here!

Still not sure which barbeque suits your cooking style, budget and taste? We are here to help!

You can reach out to our Campeau Heating team at 705-560-2441 or contact us online!

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5 Pet-Friendly Indoor Air Quality Tips For a Healthier Home

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, offers 5 tips for improving your indoor air quality with pets.

5 Pet-Friendly Indoor Air Quality Tips For a Healthier Home

Our pets are our family. They live in our homes, sleep on our couches, walk on our carpets and snuggle in our blankets. But did you know that owning a pet in your home also comes with health risks?

If you own a cat or a dog, then you already know how much of a nuisance their hair can be when cleaning your home. 

And although not something we would trade in, the effects pets have on our indoor air quality is something we need to consider. 

We might be able to vacuum the hair off the carpet and mop away the dirt tracked in on their paws, but what about the pet dander floating in the air? What we don’t usually think about is how this hair and dander are affecting our indoor air quality.

In this article, we take a closer look at the indoor air quality affects our pets have on our homes. 

 

What Is Pet Dander? How Does It Affect Indoor Air Quality?

Like many of the allergens and pollutants in our indoor air, pet dander is not something we can see. 

That is, not without a microscope. 

Pet dander is microscopic and easily transported from one place to another. It can be airborne or even attached to fabrics (carpet, bedding, furniture etc.)

Where does it come from? Your furry friend, of course! Or any mammal with fur, feathers or hair - such as rabbits, hamsters, birds or guinea pigs.

When your pet sheds their coat (hair, fur or feathers), they release tiny particles of skin, called dander. And this dander can trigger an allergic reaction, affecting your breathing and hurting your health.  

Common Pet Dander Allergy Symptoms:

  • Coughing 
  • Congestion 
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose, throat or roof of the mouth
  • Swollen under-eyes
  • Hives 
  • Irritated eyes 
  • Chest tightness 
  • Wheezing 

But dander is not the only contributing factor to poor indoor air quality from your pet. 

Although harmless alone, pet hair can easily track other allergens and air pollutants in your home.

Pollen, mildew, bacteria, faeces and dust mites are just a few pollutants that can walk right through your front door without you noticing. 

And each of these pollutants has its own set of health risks to watch out for as well.

So, what are some practical ways to minimize these pollutants in our homes? 

Glad you asked!

 

5 Tips To Manage And Protect Your Indoor Air Quality With Pets

Below are some simple ways to manage pet hair, dander and other allergens at home to help protect your indoor air quality.

1. Change Your HVAC Filter regularly.

The #1 tip we have for improving and managing your indoor air quality is changing your HVAC filter regularly. 

Why? Because it is one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways of cleaning your air!

This filter traps airborne particles before they have the chance of reaching your airways.

At Campeau Heating, we usually recommend changing your furnace filter or AC filter every 90 days. But if you have a pet or several pets, you should change your filter way more often. 

Ideally, pet owners should change their filters every 40-60 days. And these filters should feature,

  1. A high MPR (micro performance rating) and 
  2. A high MERV rating (minimum efficiency reporting value) of 12-14. 

2. Install an Air Purification System.

Installing an air purification system is another effective way of cleaning up your air. These systems use a variety of technologies to not only filter but cleanse your air.

There are 5 types of air purification systems you can choose from:

  • HEPA Filters (high-efficiency particulate air)
  • UV Air Purifiers (ultravoilet) 
  • Negative Ion Air Purifiers
  • Ozone Air Purifiers
  • Activated Carbon Filters

Each produces a similar result but uses a unique form of purification to do it. 

For example:

A HEPA filter can remove particulate matter with a size of 0.3 microns. It can filter out dust, pollen, bacteria, VOCs and mould (of this size) with 99.97% success. 

A UV air purifier does not remove particulate matter. Instead, it deactivates or kills it. A UV air purifier can effectively deactivate microorganisms and pathogens by destroying the DNA and RNA structures. Essentially, it prevents these pollutants from growing. 

Not sure which air purification system will be most effective in your home? Our air quality experts at Campeau Heating can help you choose the best option for you!

3. Install a Whole-Home Ventilation System.

Another HVAC installation that can hugely benefit your indoor air quality is a whole-home ventilation system. 

If you have been tracking with our blogs for a while, you may remember us mentioning the importance of good home insulation more than once. This insulation helps keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. 

But good insulation can also trap stale air, moisture, odours, allergens and contaminants inside your home.

The solution?

Installing whole-home ventilation! This system pushes stale air full of pet dander and other pollutants outdoors and replaces it with fresh, clean air. 

4. Clean Your Air Ducts Regularly.

When was the last time you looked at your ductwork? Chances are, your answer is pretty much never. 

And that is not uncommon. 

Like your air filters, it is easy for your ductwork to go unnoticed. After all, out of sight, out of mind. Right?

Maybe not.

Your ducts might be out of sight, but they should never be out of mind. Ignoring them will only worsen your indoor air quality!

Answer this: 

How often do you vacuum your floors? Once a week? Twice? 

You know that, with pets, if you do not keep up with the hair and dirt on your floors, it will keep building up. 

Now, picture your ductwork as if it is the floors in your home. If you do not keep up with the dirt, grime and contaminants being circulated in your ductwork, it will also keep building up! 

And the sneezing, wheezing and coughing will point it out. 

Turns out, your ducts (or at least their effects) may not be so out of sight after all…

To help reduce the pollutants in your ductwork (pet dander, dust etc.), we recommend scheduling a professional duct cleaning. 

5. Get On a Cleaning Schedule.

Pet dander, pet hair, dust bunnies and dirt can accumulate in your home without proper cleaning.

You can find this accumulation, 

  • Along your baseboards.
  • In the corners of each room in your home.
  • Behind furniture.
  • On or inside your couches.
  • In the crevices of your staircase etc. 

To help minimize this accumulation and improve your indoor air quality, we recommend,

  1. Keeping a regular cleaning schedule and
  2. Investing in a HEPA vacuum cleaner. 

Implementing a Regular Cleaning Schedule

Keeping a regular cleaning schedule means frequent mopping, vacuuming, washing and airing out. And it includes your floors, walls, furniture and linens. 

Pretty much everything your pet touches or goes near regularly should be cleaned as often as possible. 

Investing in a HEPA Vacuum Cleaner

As we learned earlier, HEPA technology has incredible air-purifying abilities. It is almost 100% effective in removing particulate matter sizing at 0.3 microns - including dust, pollen, bacteria, VOCs and mould.

HEPA vacuum cleaners use HEPA filtration and activated charcoal filters to help remove pet dander and unpleasant odours more effectively. 

 

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With Campeau Heating Products

Pets are a great addition to our families, but they don’t come without downsides. 

If you have begun to see the effects of poor indoor air quality in your home, get in touch with our air quality specialists at Campeau Heating today! Our selection of air purifying products can help monitor, control and improve your air quality fast and effectively.

Call us at (705) 560-2441 or Fill In This Form for more information on our air quality products.

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