Save on HVAC Costs in 2015

Save on HVAC costsDid you know as much as 60% of an average home’s energy use is going towards heating and cooling costs?  No matter what type of HVAC equipment you are using; from air conditioners, to furnaces, to ventilation units, you can save on HVAC costs and increase your comfort.  How?  The answer may seem simple, but it is as easy as properly maintaining and upgrading your HVAC equipment.

HVAC Maintenance:

Regular furnace maintenance and air conditioner maintenance will help extend the life of your HVAC equipment.  For the average homeowner this would include changing filter every two to three months.  At Hy-Mark we recommend taking it one step further and participating in our Annual Maintenance Programs.

HVAC Upgrades:

If you are in the market for a new air conditioner or new furnace, you are in luck!  With the Heating and Cooling Incentive offered by the IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) you can save up to $650.00 on qualified new Energy Star® furnace and central air conditioning units.  Click here for a great outline of what you need to know when installing a central heating and cooling system.

This incentive is available to homeowners and businesses in Ontario who purchase the new equipment through a certified contractor, such as Hy-Mark.  To learn more about the rebates, and to see if you qualify, visit our Promotions page for more details.

Will Your Furnace Last All Winter?

We have already had our first glimpse into winter this year. Have you thought about whether your furnace is ready for the change in temperature? Before the cold sticks around for longer than a week, here are the top three tips to make sure your Cold Winterfurnace is winter-ready.

  1. Replace your filter

Furnace filters should be replaced every two to three months depending on the type of system you have, and the quality of filter you are using. It’s possible you don’t remember the last time you changed your furnace filter, since you have not been using the unit for quite a few months. As a general rule, your filter should always be free of dust and debris. For more information see our FAQ “How do I change my furnace filter?”

Reminder: always remember to shut off your furnace power before attempting to replace your filter for safety reasons.

  1. Double check your vents and registers

The first time you power up your furnace you will want to pay attention for any strange noises in your vents. Also, you should walk around your home to make sure there is nothing blocking your heat registers; furniture, drapes and toys can all be a fire hazards. The registers may also need to be adjusted in order to achieve a consistent temperature throughout your home. Warm air rises, so you may want to restrict airflow to all the warmest rooms, thereby increasing airflow to the coolest rooms.

  1. Schedule an annual maintenance

Arranging for a professional to inspect your furnace will ensure your unit is functioning at its best. When your furnace runs well there are many benefits: it runs less frequently, burns less energy, and heats more efficiently. Furnace service also ensures that clean air is passing through your unit, making your home dust and allergen-free.

Reminder: if you have a warranty with your furnace, it likely stipulates that you need to have an annual maintenance performed in order to be covered. Click for details on the Annual Maintenance Program we offer.