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Advice from the Professionals
March 2021

How To Make Your HVAC System COVID Friendly For Your Family This SpringĀ 

How to make your home's HVAC system COVID friendly for your family this spring.

How To Make Your HVAC System COVID Friendly For Your Family This Spring 

It goes without saying that 2021 is not turning out exactly how we envisioned it to. With national news headlines now calling for a “third wave” of COVID-19, it’s difficult to prepare for the new spring season. 

However, although this year does seem quite bleak so far, there is hope!

Instead of staying indoors, fearing the unknown and uncertainty of what will happen next, we can protect ourselves properly and do everything we can to stay safe with the new knowledge we have of the COVID-19 virus. 

One of the most important discoveries made about COVID-19 and our health safety is the role of our home’s HVAC systems. Your furnaces, central air conditioning, and other heating and cooling operations play a key role in your home’s air quality

How?

Well, to put it simply, your HVAC is the lungs of your home. Similar to how your lungs work in providing you with fresh oxygen, your HVAC system should work to bring you fresh air. 

Are you looking for a cost efficient and effective way to help minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 in your home this spring? At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, your family’s comfort and safety is our main priority.

Keep reading for HVAC tips that can help keep your home’s heating and cooling system COVID friendly this spring. 
 

How To Prepare Your Home’s HVAC To Be COVID Friendly

When COVID-19 first entered our vocabulary back in March 2020, there was very minimal science to support the health and safety aspect. That’s when we all began asking questions in order to protect us, our families and our livelihoods.

“How do we avoid getting COVID?”
“How does COVID spread from one person to another?”
“How do I limit the spread of COVID in my home?”

These are all valid questions that, as families, homeowners and business owners, we have asked continually throughout the development of the COVID-19 virus. 

Thankfully, we now have more science to work with! 

We now know that evaporation and ventilation can spread infectious droplets to much further distances than 6 feet. 

That’s where your home’s heating and air conditioning system comes in. A COVID friendly HVAC system is meant to equip your home to minimize the risk of spreading these harmful droplets. That’s why our HVAC specialist at Campeau Heating in Sudbury always recommends having your heating and cooling systems checked. 

Whether you have a ductless split air conditioner, gas furnace, central air conditioner or electric furnace, it is so important that you service these systems properly. 

Canada Public Health has released a series of HVAC system recommendations that can help minimize the risk of spread in your home. If you are concerned about the transmission risk of your HVAC system, keep reading! 

  1. Is your HVAC system suited to its normal daily usage?

Always consult an HVAC professional to help you determine whether your HVAC system is properly suited to its usage. This includes:

  • How large the space is
  • How the space is used on a daily basis 
  • Number of occupants within the space normally 
  • Length of time that the space is normally occupied 

Did you know that many HVAC units are actually improperly sized? This means that the system cannot properly control the temperature of your space, as it cannot reach the extent of your entire home. 

Ensuring that you have the right HVAC system installed for your home can make a huge difference in how well the HVAC system works in your home. 

Scheduling preventive air conditioner and furnace maintenance can ensure that your indoor air quality is sufficiently clean. This will aid in the air flow of your home and can largely help your HVAC system guard against COVID-19.  

  1. Is your HVAC system operating properly and efficiently?

Many homeowners have actually inherited their HVAC systems. Meaning that the HVAC system installed in their home actually came with their home upon purchase. This is great in terms of managing the costs of purchasing a home, however it can be risky in terms of knowing the health of your HVAC system. 

The best practice when inheriting an HVAC system is to ensure that you schedule preventive air conditioner and furnace maintenance immediately. This can help minimize health risks, lower larger furnace repair and ac repair costs in the future, and provide you with peace of mind when you move into this new space. 

  1. Is your home using the right air filter?

How do you know if you installed the correct air filter in your home’s HVAC system?

Contact one of our professional HVAC specialists in Sudbury to  learn more about your home’s filter needs. We can help you discover your home’s specific filter needs and schedule an installation appointment in order to install the proper one. 

At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, we recommend changing your furnace filter every 3 months. 

  1. Can your HVAC system be adjusted in order to increase air exchange rates?

Optimizing your home’s air exchange rate is extremely important in terms of protecting your indoor air quality. 

Your HVAC system should be designed to properly pull in the right amount of clean air into your home. If not, you could potentially be breathing in unclean, recycled air!

 

Contact Campeau Heating In Sudbury For Your Air Conditioner and Furnace Preventative  Maintenance Service

Our heating and cooling experts at Campeau Heating have the right equipment and experience to ensure the health and productivity of your HVAC system. Are you concerned about the health and safety of your home’s HVAC? Now is the time to schedule a Preventative HVAC Maintenance Service. 

Before our HVAC technicians arrive, it would be helpful if you went through the following checklist: the 

DIY Furnace Maintenance Checklist:

  • Are the batteries working on your home’s thermostat?
  • Is your thermostat set to the proper setting?
  • Is your air filter clogged?
  • When was the last time you changed your air filter?
  • Do you hear any unusual noises?
  • Do you smell any unusual odours? 
  • How old is your furnace or air conditioner system?

Our team of professional HVAC technicians at Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, have experience installing, servicing, repairing and maintaining all of your HVAC needs. If you are feeling unsafe in your home during the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to give you peace of mind. 

Call our team at  (705) 560-2441 or check out our HVAC services online!

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Does Your Home's Furnace and Air Conditioner System Need To Be Replaced This Spring?

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, provides 8 HVAC Warning Signs.

Does Your Home's Furnace and Air Conditioner System Need To Be Replaced This Spring?

This winter has been an unpredictable beast to say the least. With temperatures fluctuating between -20 and +5, it’s hard to know which season you should be preparing for!

A) An even longer, colder winter (please say it isn’t so!) OR

B) The arrival of a long-awaited spring!

Although most of us in Northern Ontario are still plowing our driveways, salting our walkways and cursing the frigid morning air, it’s safe to say that spring is on her way! Albeit quite slowly. 

The good news is that Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario is well prepared for the unpredictable March weather ahead. 

With temperatures starting to rise ever so lightly in Northern Ontario, now is the time to test your home’s heating and cooling systems. This means checking your furnace and air conditioner for possible failure or tune-up needs!

In this post, our Campeau Heating Technicians provide our homeowners with HVAC warning signs that will keep your family warm this March, while also preparing your home for the summer heat ahead.

Read through the 8 ways to troubleshoot your home’s furnace and air conditioner this spring!

 

Warning Signs of Furnace and Air Conditioner Failure 

  1. Humidity Build-Up 

Are your home’s humidity levels too high? An inefficient heating or cooling system can cause your home’s humidity levels to be unbearable!

If your furnace or air conditioner needs to work extra hard to manage your home’s humidity levels, it’s time to replace your HVAC system. 

  1. Lack Of Heat Or Cool Air

What is one thing that your furnace should be able to do without a problem? Simple...provide comfortable heat for your home and family! 

The same goes for your air conditioner. If it’s working double time to provide a simple cool breeze in your home, then something is definitely not right.

If either your heating or air conditioning is not providing reliable temperature control in your home, you might have an HVAC replacement issue on your hands!

  1. Strange Sounds 

BANG! CLANG! RUMBLE!  

Are you hearing strange noises coming from your furnace and/or air conditioner? 

Although general operational sounds are normal for an HVAC system, it’s the sudden sharp sounds that you need to be wary of. These can be warning signals that something is very wrong with your HVAC system! 

If you are experiencing loud noises from your HVAC system, it’s best to power down and call a professional. Our heating and cooling experts at Campeau Heating in Sudbury offer furnace and AC repairs and maintenance services all year round!

  1. Unwelcome Odours 

After a long winter spent indoors, it’s no wonder your home might be emitting some strange and unwelcome smells. The buildup of volatile organic compounds, mould and mildew can cause poor toxic indoor air quality. Something that you need to be aware of during the COVID-19 pandemic for sure! 

Although there is no proof that your home’s indoor air quality can lessen your chances of catching the COVID-19 virus, there is proof that clean indoor air can help to minimize those symptoms.

Instead of masking these odours with air fresheners and toxic candles, call a professional indoor air specialist at Campeau Heating in Sudbury. We have the indoor air quality tools needed to improve your indoor air quality today!

  1. High Energy Bills

Are you receiving uncharacteristically expensive energy bills? An increase in your energy bills could mean many things, including: 

  • General wear and tear of your HVAC system
  • Your HVAC system has reached the end of its life
  • Clogged air filters 
  • HVAC System Failure 

If you have tried seemingly every possible HVAC fix to lower your energy bills with no success, it might be time to upgrade to a new, energy efficient HVAC system

At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, we offer a variety of energy efficient HVAC systems. 

  1. Frequent Repair Visits 

Have you been calling your HVAC maintenance guy a little too often lately? Although we appreciate the opportunity to spend more time with our clients, we know that those frequent furnace and AC repairs are very inconvenient. Not only do they take up time in your schedule, but they can also start getting expensive!

If you’ve noticed one too many HVAC repair appointments on your calendar, it’s time to identify the root cause of the issue! 

Over time, minor and major repairs can begin to degrade your HVAC system. Once this starts happening, it’s time to think about replacing that furnace or air conditioner

  1. Uneven Air Flow 

Uneven air flow can be caused by many different factors, some of which have nothing to do with the operation of your HVAC system! In most cases, when our Campeau Heating Technicians are called to investigate uneven air flow, we find issues within the ductwork instead!

Your ductwork is the lungs of your home. This means that you need to ensure your lungs are clean and in working order for proper airflow to occur. 

  1. Unexplainable Health Symptoms 

  • Headaches 
  • Nausea 
  • Flu symptoms 
  • Allergy symptoms 
  • Mental Fog 

Although these negative health symptoms are easily blamed on pet hair, pollen and flu season, these are also the warning signs that your HVAC system could be causing more harm than good!

Your HVAC system needs to be cleaned on a regular basis, allowing for your home’s air to be pure of toxins, harmful bacteria, dust etc. 

 

Contact Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario For Your Air Conditioner and Furnace Needs This Spring

If you are experiencing any of these 8 HVAC Warning Signs within your home, it’s time to call the professionals!

At Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, it’s our mission to keep you and your home safe, comfortable and efficient! We work with our clients to provide affordable HVAC maintenance services so that you can breathe easy all year round!

Campeau Heating is offering safe, contactless HVAC maintenance services throughout Sudbury, Ontario. As a family run business, our goal is to provide you with the finest heating and cooling products in the area - with competitive prices and high quality workmanship!

Give us a call at (705) 560-2441 or visit us online for more information!

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