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Your 2023 Spring Cleaning Guide - IAQ and HVAC Sudbury


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Your 2023 Spring Cleaning Guide - IAQ and HVAC Sudbury

It’s official… Spring is here!

This winter seemed to take forever to end. With a lengthy start to the season, an early thaw and an unexpected cold front - we thought we’d never see the light of a Spring day again!

Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. The weather is finally starting to warm up!

And we all know what that means…

Let the spring cleaning begin!

In today’s blog article, we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty - literally.

Welcome to your 2023 spring cleaning guide! We have everything you need to know about prepping your indoor air quality (IAQ) and HVAC for the Sudbury spring season ahead.

Let’s dive in!


Change Your HVAC Filter

First up is your HVAC filter. This thing gets dirty, fast!

After trapping pollutants all winter long, it’s bound to be grimy and gross.

Hair, dust, pet dander and dirt quickly clog a filter - making your system work extra hard to push air through.

This not only lowers the effectiveness of the system but also its energy efficiency.

Changing your air filter also helps improve your home's indoor air quality!

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing a dirty filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5-15%!

Not sure which filter your system needs? Give our team a call!

We help identify the best filter size and MERV rating.

Learn how to choose and care for your furnace filter at home!

Pro Tip: Now is the time to change the filters in all your equipment - vacuums, dryer lint screens, exhaust fan grilles, etc.


Book a Duct Cleaning

Next up, your ducts!

Much like HVAC filters, ductwork collects harmful contaminants over time. But unlike a filter, your ductwork is not so easily replaced.

And thank goodness for that! Replacing ductwork every 2-3 years would really rack up your HVAC repair bills!

The obvious solution is to then clean them. But it’s not like you can climb in on your hands and knees as if it were a tunnel either.

That’s where professional duct cleaning comes in!

This process can boost your IAQ and increase the energy efficiency of your HVAC system.

Duct cleaning services remove grime, mould and other contaminants. They leave your ducts ready to circulate clean air for another 2-3 years!


Clean Vents and Registers

We’re working our way out!

After you’ve cleaned your ductwork internally, it’s time to focus on the entry points - your vents and registers.

To clean them, simply remove the registers, wipe them down, and clear out the debris.

If you have little ones running around, or even pets, this particular task might give you a good laugh!

We can’t tell you how often we’ve found strange objects lingering in these little pockets of your home.

We’ve found everything from toys, to marbles, to socks, to birthday cards! Seriously.

And, as you can probably guess, all these tiny objects can obstruct the airways of your home.


Clean Outdoor A/C Unit

Your actual A/C unit is next on the list!

If you read our blog on how to shut down your A/C for the winter, your outdoor unit is most likely well-covered.

This cover helps protect your unit from ice, snow and other debris over the fall and winter seasons.

But this cover doesn’t completely stop nature from getting in.

Dirt, leaves, seeds and twigs could still clog your system - preventing peak efficiency.

Here’s how to clean it!

  1. Turn the power off.
  2. Use a vacuum to dust off the fins (we recommend a soft brush attachment.
  3. Hose off the fins.
  4. Let the unit dry.
  5. Restore power!


Clear Around The Condenser

Cleaning AROUND the condenser is just as crucial as cleaning INSIDE it.

Even during winter, weeds and shrubs grow. Removing all organic matter surrounding the unit helps prevent obstruction to airflow.

How far out should you clear?

We recommend clearing a two-foot radius surrounding the unit.

It’s also helpful to place mulch, bricks, gravel or stones around the unit to prevent further growth!


Replace Batteries in Detectors

When was the last time you checked the batteries in your home detectors? This includes your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors.

Since we don’t necessarily hear these devices sound their alarms very often, it’s easy to forget they even exist.

That is until you really need them.

Check and replace the batteries on each device in your home to keep your family and home well-protected!


Install a Whole-Home Ventilation System

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Now onto your indoor air quality (IAQ).

Let’s be honest.

We’re all longing for fresh air after a long winter spent hibernating indoors. But opening the windows just isn’t an option because…well…ALLERGY SEASON!

How do you circulate fresh air in your home without bringing in pollen, dust and other allergens?

By installing a whole-home ventilation system!

Ventilation systems remove stale air and bring in fresh air through depressurizing.

Ventilation oxygenates your indoor air while also removing pollutants, odours and excess moisture.


Install an Air Purifier

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Another great indoor air quality system to invest in this spring is an air purifier. These systems pull in the air  - trapping pollutants in the process.

The now clean air is then recirculated back into your indoor air.

This helps to increase the health of your indoor air - improving your breathing, sleep, allergy symptoms, etc.


Check The Humidity Levels

Humidity is both necessary and risky.

Our bodies need moisture to properly function. But too much can also present health risks - like dehydration, dry and irritated skin, and nosebleeds.

Low humidity can also cause wood to crack, splinter and shrink in your home. This puts your hardwood, furniture and even musical instruments at risk.

High humidity encourages mould growth in your home too - risking its structural integrity.

That’s why we recommend monitoring and controlling your home humidity levels.

One way to do this is by installing a whole home ventilation system!

With this system, you can ensure your humidity stays within the recommended 30-50%.


Stay Tuned This Spring For More IAQ and HVAC Sudbury Tips!

Looking for more practical tips on keeping up with your indoor air quality and HVAC systems? We post a new blog every other week! 

We fill each blog post with expert advice from our Campeau Heating technicians. So you always get the best, first-hand advice.

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Is Geothermal The Best Sudbury Heating and Cooling System?

In-Ground Goethermal Sudbury Heating and Cooling System.

Is Geothermal The Best Sudbury Heating and Cooling System?

Finding the best heating and cooling system takes lots of time and effort.

After all, there are so many factors to consider!

  • How much do you plan to spend on upfront costs?
  • How much do you hope to save in the long run?
  • Are you looking for a system that does both heating and cooling?
  • Do you want a system that has less of an impact on the environment?

These are just a few questions you should ask yourself before buying a new HVAC system.

Your answers help guide your search - making it 10x easier to find the perfect fit!

As an expert Sudbury heating and cooling company, we can help make that process even simpler!

Our Campeau Heating technicians bring years of experience to expertise to every job.

It’s our goal to ensure you have the best HVAC system for your unique needs, lifestyle and budget!

In previous articles, we’ve discussed the benefits of a Napoleon Propane Fireplace, Napoleon Wood Stove, Air Source Heat Pump, etc.

All to give you the knowledge you need to make the best decision for your home.

In this article, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about a geothermal system!

> Is it really the best in energy efficiency?

> What’s the return on investment?

> How much will you actually save by switching to a heat pump?

Keep reading to find out!


What Is Geothermal Energy?

Geothermal energy is heat energy from the earth.

So, in essence, the earth is like a mega-battery!

The thermal (heat) energy stored within it comes from,

  1. Solar energy radiating from the sun, and
  2. Thermal energy radiating from the earth’s core.

This combination allows the earth to maintain a near-constant below-ground temperature. This means the temperature a few feet below the earth’s surface stays relatively consistent. Regardless of the time of year!

This reliable thermal energy is a powerful and renewable resource! Heating and cooling technologies can harness and transfer it directly to your home.

All we have to do is plug into this natural resource!


How Does Geothermal Heating and Cooling Work?

When asked for environmentally-friendly Sudbury heating and cooling, we show this system!

A geothermal system can provide heating and cooling without any extra parts!

The geothermal system uses three components to access this year-round thermal energy:

  1. Outdoor Ground Loops
  2. Heat Pump
  3. Indoor Distribution System

The outdoor ground loops are what absorb the heat from the earth. We install these loops a few feet below the earth’s surface and fill them with fluid (water and antifreeze).

During the winter, this fluid travels through the loops, absorbing thermal energy and carrying it to the heat pump. Here, the heat pump transfers the heat to your home through your distribution system.

During the Summer, the system draws heat energy from the air in your home. Your heat pump then transfers that heat to the fluid in the ground loops. From there, the earth then reabsorbs it.

And voila! Your home is essentially using your yard to heat and cool your home!

Note: Your geothermal system also requires electricity to operate.


Is Geothermal as Energy-Efficient As They Say?

We’ve already mentioned that geothermal energy is 100% renewable and essentially unlimited.

But we didn’t mention that it also has an efficiency rating of up to 400%!

For each unit of electricity used, the system provides three to four units of heat energy in return. And that efficiency directly reflects on your energy bills!


How Much Can a Geothermal Heat Pump Actually Save You?

The exact amount a geothermal system saves you depends on many factors. This includes your home, geographic location, heating/cooling usage, etc.

But the estimated savings for the average home are incredible!

Compared to conventional systems, homeowners can reduce annual energy savings quite drastically. In heating mode, the estimated annual energy savings are typically between 30-70%. In cooling mode, the estimated savings are between 20-50%!

Are you looking for a Sudbury heating and cooling system that can help lower your energy bills?

Talk to our Campeau Heating technicians today for a free geothermal quote!


Top Advantages and Disadvantages of Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Still not sure if geothermal is the way to go?

Below are the top advantages and disadvantages of a geothermal heating and cooling system!

Advantages of Geothermal

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Low Operating Cost
  • Healthy Indoor Air Quality
  • Reduced Carbon Footprint
  • Optimal Heating Safety and Home Comfort

Disadvantages of Geothermal

  • High Upfront Costs
  • Site Dependence
  • Landscaping Disturbances

If you have any questions about the benefits and drawbacks of a geothermal system, give us a call!

Our technicians help you make the best heating and cooling decisions for your home. One that fits your lifestyle and budget needs.

With our help, we can ensure you’re getting the best system at the best cost!


Canada Greener Homes Grant: Save Up To $5600 On a New Geothermal Heat Pump!

Learn More

The Government of Canada is helping Canadians make their homes more energy efficient in 2023!

The Canada Green Homes Grant Initiative helps homeowners effectively,

  1. Save money and
  2. Fight climate change!

GRANTS FROM $125 TO $5,000

  • To get back a part of your costs for eligible home retrofits.

UP TO $600

  • As a max contribution toward the total costs of your pre and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations.

With a Greener Homes Grant, you can save up to $5600 on a new geothermal heat pump!


Get In Touch With Your Sudbury Heating and Cooling Experts!

Ready to start saving big on your heating and cooling this year?

Geothermal is one of the world’s greenest, most energy-efficient HVAC solutions!

Contact our Campeau Heating team today for a free quote on a new geothermal system!

You can call our office at 705-560-2441 or request a free quote online!

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When To Shop For a New A/C? During Our Big Winter Sale!

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When To Shop For a New A/C? During Our Big Winter Sale!

When is the best time to shop for a new air conditioner?

With the recent record-low temperatures in Ontario, A/C is probably the furthest thing from your mind.

Sudbury alone reached a low of -37.1 C during the cold snap! Only a few degrees from the city's coldest recorded day - January 10, 1982, at -39.3 C.

But while that sudden cold snap came out of nowhere, the sudden thaw also came as a surprise.

Temperatures rose to as high as +3 C a few days later!

This teeter-tottering temperature tells us two things:

  1. You never know when extreme weather will hit, and
  2. You should always prepare for the day that it does.

So, to answer your question, the best time to shop for an air conditioner isn’t in the summer. It’s not even in spring when air conditioning is a hot topic (pun intended).

It’s right now - during our winter Showroom Sale!


Our BIG Winter Showroom Sale is ON NOW!

We’re revamping our showroom!


Save Big On Hearth Fireplace Displays, and Get 20% OFF All Fireplaces & Air Conditioners - IN STORE ONLY!

All discounted items are IN-STOCK and READY TO INSTALL!


Visit our showroom today at 2288 Lasalle Blvd., Sudbury, ON.

*Offer ends February 28th, 2023.

*Discount applies in-store only.

*Restrictions may apply.


Why Buy An Air Conditioner During The Winter?

The demand for air conditioners is at its lowest during the off-season. That's why now is the best time to get shopping!

There are so many cooling options. And with very few people in line, you get the first pick!

This gives you ample time to research, find your perfect system and get the best deal!

With our showroom sale, you can get the best A/C for your home AND your budget.

Not sure if you need a new air conditioner this year?

Below are seven signs that your A/C is about to call it quits!

5 Signs You Need a New Air Conditioner

Think back to last summer when you had your A/C running. Do any of the below signs sound familiar?

1. Ineffective Cooling

Was your air conditioner failing to do the one thing it’s supposed to be good at - cooling your home?

Ineffective cooling is a clear sign that you need to either,

a) Schedule maintenance or

b) Invest in a new air conditioner.

2. Old Age

How old is your air conditioner?

Most A/Cs can last up to 10 years! But once they’ve reached that decade point, it’s time for an upgrade.

A new cooling system will ensure you’re cooling is energy-efficient, affordable and high-performance!

3. Constant Breakdowns

How often did your A/C break down?

Constant breakdowns point to an unreliable system.

If Canadian weather has taught us anything, having a reliable system is imperative.

You never know when a cold snap or heat wave will hit! And we should always prepare ourselves and our homes for the unexpected!

The last thing anyone needs during a sudden heat wave is an unreliable air conditioner. This puts your family and pets at risk!

You’ll also have to shop with hundreds of other homeowners with the same issue.

Demand goes up, prices go up, and you have no choice but to either survive the heat or make the costly investment.

A new system installed before summer hits can help you avoid that dangerous disaster!

4. Frequent and Costly Repairs

How frequently did you have to call for air conditioner maintenance?

The occasional A/C maintenance appointment is not alarming. But if those appointments become more frequent and costly, you may have a bigger problem.

Eventually, bandaid fixes won’t work - leaving you with a broken system at the worst possible time.

5. High Energy Bills

Was your air conditioning suddenly costing a fortune to run?

This could be because your system is no longer running at peak performance. 

Older systems are typically less energy-efficient than newer ones. And if you’re system is suddenly costing even more to run, it could be on its last legs.

A new air conditioning system can help you lower your energy consumption and save money!


Which Air Conditioner Is Best For Your Home?

If any of the above signs match your system, it’s time to explore your options. The right air conditioner should fit your home, family, lifestyle and budget. No exceptions!

Our big Showroom Sale happens to have all our air conditioners at a 20% discount!

Stop by our showroom today to speak to our A/C experts and find the perfect cooling solution.

Below are some of the options we have available!

Central Air

Shop Central A/Cs Here

Our central air conditioning systems cool your entire home from one central location.

Benefits of a Central Air System:

  • Quick cooling
  • Whole home comfort
  • Improved aesthetics
  • Cleaner indoor air quality
  • Low maintenance


Shop Ductless A/Cs Here

Our ductless air conditioning systems offer zoned cooling. These units are typically installed in cottages, basements, add-ons, apartments, etc.

Benefits of a Central Air System:

  • Quiet operation
  • Personalized comfort
  • Easy installation
  • Saves space
  • Reduced carbon footprint


Shop High-Velocity A/Cs Here

Our high-velocity air conditioning systems move air 4x faster than a traditional A/C.

Benefits of a High-Velocity System:

  • Improved humidity control
  • Quiet operation
  • Easy installation
  • Improved energy efficiency


Hurry Into Our Showroom To Save Big!

Looking for the best air conditioning in Sudbury, Ontario? You found it!

Campeau Heating continues to offer only the best in performance and efficiency. Come on in and chat with our team of A/C experts today! 

Showroom Address: 2288 Lasalle Blvd., Sudbury, ON.

Please note that our Showroom Sale is happening IN STORE ONLY.

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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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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!


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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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. 


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


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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9 Most Popular Spring HVAC Problems To Watch Out For This Month!

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, discusses 9 of the most common spring HVAC problems and how to fix them.

9 Most Popular Spring HVAC Problems To Watch Out For This Month!

Everyone is ready for a fresh start - including your air conditioning unit! With spring poking its way out of the cold, there are a few spring HVAC problems that you need to start watching out for.

Spring has always been the season of new beginnings. The season when we tuck away our many insulated layers, open the windows wide and allow the crisp air to freshen up our homes. 

It’s the season of reviving our indoor air quality, brightening our mood and reviving our spirits!

But as we begin cleaning for spring, we often discover the harsh effects of a long, cold winter.

Broken fences.

Clogged drain spouts.

Cracked driveways.

Suddenly our spring cleaning turns to spring repairs as we fix up, tune up and get our homes back into shape.

But as you work your way through your spring cleaning checklist, don’t forget to give your cooling unit the attention it deserves. It has also survived a long winter tucked away and may need some TLC to get back up and running properly this spring.

Keep reading for the nine most common spring HVAC problems you should watch out for in your air conditioning unit.

Psssst….And don’t forget to ask for a FREE QUOTE on your spring air conditioning service with Campeau Heating this spring!

1. Dusty Air Filters.

One of the most common spring HVAC problems is a long-overdue air filter replacement. This is one of the top issues we’ve seen in the HVAC business.

Why? Because air filters usually go unnoticed.

Hidden away by your cooling unit’s air handler, the air filter can become clogged with a year’s worth of dust and debris without you noticing!

That is until you do...

Are you noticing more dust than usual in your home?

Are your spring allergy symptoms worsening?

Is your home filled with the smell of burning dust?

These are all telltale signs of a dirty AC filter that needs replacing as soon as possible.

2. Dirty Evaporator and Condenser Coils.

Another spring HVAC problem we see frequently lies in the coils of your AC unit.

Your air conditioner has both an outdoor condenser coil and an indoor evaporator coil that need regular maintenance.

The condenser coil on your outdoor unit can become clogged with leaves, branches, dirt and grime over the winter and spring months. And the evaporator coils on your indoor unit can also become clogged with dust and dirt over time.

This clogging can cause damage to your compressor, increased humidity in your home and poor indoor air quality if left unchecked.

But we never recommend checking the coils on your own.

These parts are delicate and not easy to clean. In fact, an untrained hand could cause even more damage in trying to clear the debris away.

Do you suspect a clogged coil on your AC unit? Give your trained HVAC technicians at Campeau Heating a shout!

3. A Clogged Condenser.

Don’t forget to clean your outdoor condenser unit too!

Because this unit is outdoors, it can become clogged just like your coils can - with the leaves, grass clipping and dirt blowing into it and the debris surrounding it.

Your condenser unit is one of the vital components of your cooling unit. If it breaks, your air conditioning unit may break down entirely.

Not an ideal situation as you’re preparing for the hot season ahead.

To prevent this expensive and untimely problem, we recommend clearing away all debris from the condenser. This includes overhanging branches and nearby bushes too. Try keeping a clean 3-5 foot radius around the condenser unit to prevent anything from accidentally falling into it.

4. Refrigerant Leaks.

Is it a refrigerant leak or just condensation?

The sudden temperature change from winter to spring can cause condensation on or around your condenser unit. Moisture on the ground or even dripping from the coils is a clear sign of this condensation in action.

If condensation is the case, there’s no need to contact your HVAC technician.

But what if that moisture is actually a sign of a refrigeration leak?

Other common warning signs of a refrigerant leak include warm air instead of cool air coming from your vent or strange noises and smells.

If you suspect a refrigerant leak, contact your Campeau HVAC technician right away!

5. Leaking, Clogged or Fractured Ductwork.

Have you noticed a rise in your energy bills lately? Although the cost of living has increased, hefty energy bills could also point to a duct problem - like a leak, clog or separation of ductwork.

Besides a rise in energy bills, you may also notice:

  • Strange smells and noises
  • Poor airflow
  • Mould and mildew
  • And dust

Have you noticed any of these above warning signs? If so, we highly recommend scheduling a professional duct cleaning service before turning your air conditioner on this spring.

6. A Malfunctioning or Inaccurate Thermostat.

Thermostats are the brains of the operation. But what happens when they start to malfunction? Or start giving you inaccurate readings and inadequate temperature control?

This could mean that the thermostat is:

  • Outdated
  • Low on batteries
  • Improperly installed
  • Defected
  • Or even broken

If you’re not sure how to troubleshoot your thermostat or are unsure of its age, our team can help!

7. A Faulty or Broken Start Capacitor.

How long does it take your cooling unit to respond when you change the temperature setting on your thermostat? Are you experiencing any temperature changes at all?

If not, you might be experiencing a faulty capacitor issue.

A start capacitor on an air conditioning unit delivers the necessary starting energy to the unit’s motor. It’s what allows the cooling cycle to begin in the first place!

If this component is malfunctioning, your air conditioning system will be less effective. In fact, eventually, it might not even be able to turn on at all.

We want you to start your summer off with effective and efficient home cooling. If your start capacitor is acting up, give us a call right away!

8. A Broken Contactor Switch.

Condenser and air handler not turning on? This could be due to a broken contactor switch - the component of your cooling unit that operates both the condenser and air handler.

Is your contactor switch broken? Call your Campeau HVAC technician for a quick repair! Although it’s an easy fix, it isn’t something we recommend homeowners tackle by themselves.

9. A Tripped Circuit Breaker.

When was the last time you looked at your breaker box?

During the winter months, circuit breakers can often trip - causing them to automatically shut themselves off.

If this happens, try resetting your breaker.

Is your cooling unit continually turning on and off each time you reset the breaker? It might be signalling a deeper issue.

It could be that it detected something worse and has shut off power to your HVAC system for safety reasons.

Give our team a call today! Our professional HVAC technicians can help troubleshoot the issue and provide you with a speedy solution.


Schedule Your Spring Air Conditioning Service With Campeau Heating Technicians

Keeping your home HVAC system in top condition all year long is what we do! Whether you’ve noticed one of the above spring HVAC problems or other related issues with your heating and cooling system, give us a call!

We’re happy to come out, troubleshoot the issue and discuss the solution that works best for your needs.

Book your pre-season tune-up or air conditioning service with our trained HVAC technicians today! You can reach our office at (705) 560-2441 or request a FREE QUOTE on your maintenance needs!

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Your Energy Efficient Answer to Year Round Heating and Cooling! The 2-in-1 Heat Pump!

Campeau Heating helps Sudbury, Ontario, homeowners save on their annual energy costs with Heat Pump technology solutions.

Your Energy Efficient Answer to Year Round Heating and Cooling! The 2-in-1 Heat Pump!

It’s that weird time of year again. Spring is peeping out just around the corner, yet winter is holding on with all its might. Is there an affordable way to begin preparing your home for the warmer months ahead, while still keeping your heating top of mind? 

A heat pump is your quick fix for the best year-round heating and cooling! It does the job of both systems while lowering your energy consumption at the same time. 

Who wouldn’t love to lower their carbon footprint and save money at the same time? 

Keep reading to learn more about heat pump technology from our Campeau Heating experts! 


What Is a Heat Pump and How Does it Work?

After the frigid Canadian winter we just experienced in Sudbury, Ontario, the last thing we want to think about is cold air conditioning. But if you’re looking for a way to maximize your year-round heating and cooling efficiency, now is the time to start looking. Especially with heat pump technology becoming increasingly popular! 

Between 2000 and 2016, heat pump installations in Canada went from 400,000 to 700,000! And not just for homeowners. Business owners have also seen the obvious benefits of heat pump technology - quickly adopting this form of heating and cooling within their commercial locations. Why? To lower their energy costs and provide cleaner air for their staff and customers!

But, before we get into all the benefits, let’s talk about the system itself. What is a heat pump and how does it work? 

A heat pump essentially moves energy from one place to another - “pumping” it either inside or outside your home. It does use electricity to operate, but, it does so in a much more energy-efficient way - relying mainly on renewable energy sources. 

To better understand how a heat pump operates, think of it as having two main components. 

  1. The source, and 
  2. The sink. 

The source is where the heat energy comes from while the sink is where the heat energy is going.

Heat pumps function by: 

a) Removing the heat energy found in a low-temperature location and,

b) Delivering it to a higher temperature location. 

This process can also be reversed by simply flicking the switch. This will effectively swap which area is the source and which is the sink. 

Here’s how this process works from season to season. 

During the winter: Heat pumps take heat energy from the ground, air or water and use it to heat your home.

During the summer: Heat pumps remove heat energy from within the home and “pump” it outdoors. (You might notice that this process is very much like that of a traditional air conditioner system). 


The 2 Main Types of Heat Pump Sources Used in Ontario: 

  1. Air-Source Heat Pump 

An air-source heat pump is currently the most popular heat pump in Canada. It operates by either drawing heat from the outside air or rejecting heat to the outside air. 

2. Ground-Source Geothermal Heat Pump 

A ground-source heat pump, also called geothermal heating and cooling, uses the ground or groundwater as its source. It either takes heat energy from the ground or rejects heat energy towards the ground. 

Ground-source heat pumps aren’t quite as popular as air-source heat pumps. But they are steadily becoming more widely used across Canadian provinces. 


The 2 Main Types of Heat Pump Sinks Used in Ontario: 

1. Indoor air is heated using a central, ducted heat pump system or a ductless heat pump system. 

A central ducted heat pump uses ductwork to deliver consistent heating and cooling throughout the home. 

A ductless heat pump, or mini-split heat pump, is a more modern form of technology that offers zoned heating and cooling. This heat sink uses many heat pump heads throughout the house in order to deliver its heat.  

Zoned heating allows the homeowner to control the temperature of individual rooms in their home. This prevents your HVAC unit from working to maintain equal temperature throughout your entire house. 

2. Indoor water is heated using a hydronic heat pump system (ie. radiant floor heating). 

As the name implies, a hydronic heat pump system uses water to deliver the heat to its sink. Some of the common hydronic sinks include radiant floor heating, radiators or fan coil units. 


Benefits of Heating and Cooling With a Heat Pump

  • Increased Energy Efficiency 
  • Lower Energy Costs 
  • Reduced Carbon Footprint 
  • Dual Heating and Cooling
  • Safe Operation 
  • Long-Lasting (approximately ten years longer than a fossil fuel heating solution)
  • Improved Indoor Air Quality 
  • Increased Home Value 
  • Low Maintenance


Why Are Heat Pumps More Efficient Than Traditional Furnace and Air Conditioning Technology?

As we mentioned before, heat pumps do use electricity. But this electricity is used in the most efficient manner possible. And the system relies much more heavily on renewable energy to operate. 

The electricity used to operate a heat pump is only used to transfer thermal energy. And the thermal energy created by this process exceeds the amount used to operate it. For every 1kW of electricity consumed, a heat pump can produce 3-4.5kW more!

In fact, heat pump technology can produce five units of heat energy, with four of these units being entirely free! 

With these savings, you’ll be lowering your heating and cooling bills in no time! 

Does a Heat Pump Work in Colder Climates, Like Sudbury Ontario?

Although it might seem improbable for heat pumps to operate in colder climates, modern technology says otherwise! Both air-source and ground-source heat pumps are now designed to work in the cold Canadian regions.

Ground-Source (Geothermal) Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps use the more reliable temperatures of the ground as their heat source. Since their network of underground piping is below the frost line, the system has less chance of losing efficiency when temperatures go far below freezing. 

Air-Source Heat Pumps

Air-source heat pumps rely on the heat energy found within the outdoor air. But they lose efficiency once temperatures reach between -3.8-4.4 degrees Celcius. Why? During winter, the outdoor air holds much less heat energy. Which makes the heat pump have to work extra hard to bring in enough heat for the home.

Cold Climate Heat Pumps

If you are looking to install an air-source heat pump, we recommend considering a Cold Climate Heat Pump (CCHP). This newer air-source heat pump is designed for the cold climate of Canada. It allows the heat pump to maintain its efficiency even during frigid temperatures by using: 

  • Variable-capacity compressors and, 
  • Improved heat exchanger designs and controls.

Hybrid Heating 

If you are looking for a more winter-friendly heating solution, you can also invest in a hybrid heating system - both a heat pump and a furnace! 

By using a heat pump as your main heating service and a furnace as your backup, you can still lower your heating bills! But you'll be ensuring that your home is protected from the unpredictable cold at the same time.


Learn More About Heat Pump Technology With Our Campeau Heating Experts! 

Heat pump technology is an incredible invention! Our Campeau Heating team is very excited to explore this opportunity with our Sudbury homeowners and business owners. 

If you’re interested in learning more about heating and cooling with a heat pump, let us know! You can contact our HVAC experts at (705) 560-2441 or Request a Free Quote Here!

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How To Increase The Quality Of Your Indoor Air With Your Home Air Conditioning 

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, offers improved indoor air quality tips for homeowners during the pandemic.

How To Increase The Quality Of Your Indoor Air With Your Home Air Conditioning 

Getting over the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be quite the difficult process - especially in Ontario! Some researchers say that getting ahead of the pandemic is difficult for two main reasons: 

  1. Failing to reach the coverage vaccination estimate of 70%.

  2. The continual denial of the need for improved indoor air quality. 

With the continual mutating of the virus and new variants being introduced to our communities, the concept of controlling the spread of COVID-19 and overcoming the virus in all of its connotations is quite daunting! 

To many, it may even seem impossible.

But even though the virus cannot be controlled, we have the advanced knowledge and technology necessary in providing protection against the virus for both ourselves and our families.

One of the solutions that researchers have found regarding safeguarding against the COVID-19 virus and its variants is improving your home’s indoor air quality.

Indoor air quality has not always been the most popular topic for homeowners, however that has drastically changed since the onset of COVID-19! Today, many homeowners are aware of the need to upgrade these air quality systems and improve the airflow within their homes in order to help purify their air. 

How clean is your indoor air? What are some ways that you can improve it using your central air conditioner or ductless air conditioner? Keep reading to find out! 


Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality With Air Filtration

What is air filtration? In one of our previous blogs, we talked about the Difference Between Air Filtration and Air Purification. But the main difference between the two is that air filtration blocks or removes toxins while air purification neutralizes them. 

So, we understand that air filtration is a process that removes airborne particles from the air. But how does it do this? 

By using the air filter on your ductless or central air conditioner or furnace! 

HVAC Air Filter

One of the easiest and most common ways to filter your indoor air is with an HVAC air filter. Did you know that you should be replacing your HVAC air filter every 30 days? 

If it is not changed regularly, the filter can become clogged, making it difficult for air to pass through. 

If you do not change the air filter on your central air conditioning, the unit may begin to let contaminants in, causing it to fail. 

If you fail to change the air filter on your furnace, the unit is likely to overheat - causing you  an expensive furnace repair. 

Researchers say that changing your air filter every 30 days can actually help maintain your indoor air quality drastically, helping you stay safe from COVID-19! 

But is that the only thing you need? 

Actually, no! Although changing your air filter is a great start, for more adequate protection,  HVAC experts are also recommending the addition of a HEPA air filtration system as well. 

HEPA Air Filtration

What is a HEPA air filter? HEPA actually stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air and it dates all the way back to World War II! Scientists actually used this filter in order to protect themselves from radiation leaks. 

Much like a regular HVAC air filter, the HEPA air filtration system traps airborne solid and organic matter. The HEPA filter, however, provides a much denser filter that allows for smaller floating particles to be trapped as well! 

FUN FACT: The HEPA filtration system is still standard issue in laboratories and COVID-19 hospital wards. 

Do you have a central air conditioning and/or heating system? If so, a HEPA air filtration system is easily integratable - allowing 99.97% of particles to be broken down to 0.3 microns (1/100 the width of a strand of human hair!). 

UV Air Purification As The Cleanest and Safest Indoor Air Solution

As we mentioned before, air purification neutralizes solid airborne particles instead of trapping them. But in order to provide the cleanest and safest indoor air quality solution, both liquid and gaseous airborne toxins need to be neutralized as well. 

Since these toxins are more difficult to “trap”, the only way to properly neutralize them is through a purification process. And what better purification method than the strongest purifying agent in the world - ultraviolet light! 

Did you know that the world was designed with it’s own air purifier? The sun actually emits three bands of UV light - A, B and C. 

Both A and B bands are blocked by the ozone layer, however C is the light band that reaches earth (and can cause sunburn). 

How Does UV Purification Work?

UV purification is a natural process that changes the molecular structure of a liquid and gaseous toxin in order to neutralize it. 

Essentially, the UV light will penetrate the RNA within a gaseous or liquid droplet and prevent it from replicating (which is what can make a person sick). 

If you have a central air conditioner or central heating unit, a UV air purifier is easily integrable. 

If you have a ductless air conditioner and/or furnace, a standalone UV air purifier can also do the same job as the integrable option. 

Can you Choose Either a HEPA Air Filter or UV Air Purifier? Or Do You Need Both?

Although it is recommended that homeowners invest in both a HEPA air filter and a UV air purifier, we understand that this is not always a reasonable solution. 

If you’re unsure whether to install a HEPA air filter or a UV air purifier, we recommend choosing the UV air purifier. 


Because the UV air purifier ensures that every molecule is exposed to the neutralizing process before it reaches you - making it the safest air cleaning option!


Contact Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario For Expert Air Conditioning and Indoor Air Quality Service 

Are you concerned with your indoor air quality, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? Thankfully, there’s a way to ensure that it is both clean and safe for you and your family to breathe. 

At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, keeping our customers safe and comfortable is so important to us! Our indoor air quality experts work with families in ensuring that they are breathing in the purest air at home. 

Contact our qualified HVAC technicians today to learn more about your indoor air quality options! Call us at 705-560-2441 or visit us online!

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