HOW REGULAR DUCT CLEANING CAN HELP YOU STAY WARM THIS WINTER IN WINNIPEG

Dusty ducts can do more than just pollute the air inside your house. A filthy furnace can reduce the efficiency of your heating system and hit you hard in the wallet. The last thing you want to have to deal with when the temperatures drop in Winnipeg is a broken down furnace in need of major repair. Find out the why, how, when and who of duct cleaning below.

WHY SHOULD I CLEAN MY DUCTS?

It might seem insignificant, but duct cleaning is a big part of the proper maintenance of your home’s heating system. Clean ducts can:

  • Increase the efficiency of your HVAC system.
  • Prolong the life of your furnace.
  • Save you money in heating costs.
  • Improve the air quality in your home.
  • Reduce the severity of allergies.
  • Prevent mould and mildew build-up after a flood or a leak.
  • Reduce exposure to dust and contaminants after a renovation.

HOW DO I CLEAN MY DUCTS?

Doing a thorough duct cleaning requires professional tools and knowledge. Trying to do it yourself could result in damage to your duct work, and without the right tools, an incomplete job. Call in the professionals like Lynn’s Heating , Cooling, Sewer, & Drain to get the job done right.

That being said, there are a few things that you can do yourself to keep your heating system in good repair in between cleaning and maintenance visits:

WHEN SHOULD I DO A DUCT CLEANING?

Now is a great time to get a thorough duct cleaning and tend to any repairs that your furnace may need. A duct cleaning can help you protect the air quality inside your home and avoid the increased heating costs associated with an inefficient HVAC system. With cold weather right around the corner, make sure that you stay warm this winter with a furnace that is fully prepared to heat your home.

At Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer, & Drain in Winnipeg, we’re on call 24/7 to take care of all of your HVAC, sewer and drain needs. Let Lynn’s do the dirty work for you! Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to get a free quote. Check out our current promotions and save big on duct cleaning, furnace tune-up, and repairs!

TIPS FOR CUTTING COSTS ON YOUR UTILITY BILL

Heating and cooling costs for homes and businesses are often hefty. Thankfully, there are ways to minimize these charges. At Lynn’s HVAC Winnipeg – Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain we want to help make your home or business more affordable to run. Our heating and cooling HVAC contractors in Winnipeg recommend the following to all our clients.

UPGRADE TO HIGH-EFFICIENCY APPLIANCES

High-efficiency furnaces and air conditioners are not only the most environmentally friendly choice to make, they’re also the more economically sound. If any of your appliances are 15 years of age or older, it’s time to make an upgrade. The smart money rests on purchasing systems that are 95% energy efficient or higher. Even though you’ll initially pay a bit more, you’ll more than recoup the loss within a year or two (you could save up to 20% on your utility bill).

REGULARLY MAINTAIN AND SERVICE YOUR HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS

Regardless if you’ve already made the turnover to new appliances or you’re not yet due to make the upgrade, the next best thing to do is keep on top of regular maintenance for heating and cooling systems. Your furnace and air conditioner should be professionally serviced annually to keep all functioning at peak levels. One step you can and should take yourself is to replace the filter on your furnace every couple of months. A clean filter will ensure your furnace runs as it should.

UPDATE YOUR INSULATION

No matter how adeptly your appliances run, if you have poor insulation within the structure you’re trying to heat or cool, your overall efficiency will be impacted. Adding insulation, especially in the attic, can drastically bump-up your building’s ability to retain the desired temperature.

A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

Buying and using a programmable thermostat will ensure you’re never cooling or heating more than necessary. You can set it so that there’s no heating or cooling taking place while the space is unused but adjusts automatically to comfortable temperatures when you and others are expected to arrive.

GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS

The Canadian Government has several programs that offer thousands of dollars in incentives for energy saving upgrades such as sump pump and backwater valve installations. These incentives lower the initial cost of installation and will lower your overall utility bill.

Manitoba Hydro even offers a variety of loan and financing programs to help homeowners make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes. For example, if a resident were to buy and install a new furnace through an independent company such as Lynn’s, they could potentially pay for the furnace through a financing program with their Manitoba Hydro monthly billing. In this case residents could buy a $1200 new furnace and pay Manitoba Hydro monthly installments of $9.50 instead of paying for everything up front.

Be sure to check the Manitoba Hydro website for more energy incentives offered by the government.

OTHER QUICK TIPS

In addition to the above, the small everyday ways we use electricity can add up. Here are some additional tips for homes and businesses to cut utility costs.

 

  • Open drapes and blinds to let the sun naturally heat south-facing rooms. Close them to keep the same rooms cool.
  • Clean air vents, baseboards and radiators regularly
  • Unplug devices and equipment when they’re not in use
  • Upgrade lighting and use energy efficient bulbs whenever possible
  • Maintain your hot water tank so that you don’t burn excessive electricity heating water

OUR CONTRACTORS ARE HERE TO LEND A HAND

In Winnipeg, Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain is here to help make your home or business more energy efficient. Contact us for help with installation, repair, and maintenance of your heating and cooling systems.

 

SPRING MAINTENANCE TIPS: BASEMENT FLOODING PREVENTION IN SPRING

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The local sewer and drain systems in and around Winnipeg often have difficulty keeping up with the heavy rainfall and melting snow that occurs every spring. Homeowners in residential areas frequently pay the price of the local infrastructure’s shortcoming by way of flooding in their basements. When excess water has nowhere to go, the result is often backflow through basement floor drains.

WHY A SUMP PUMP MAY BE YOUR BEST PROTECTION FROM BASEMENT FLOODING

Weeping tiles are foundation drains that gather rainfall and snowmelt and then carry it through to the city sewer system. In order to prevent flooding in your home during these times of excessive water inundating the system, it’s wise to redirect water away from the weeping tile. Sump pits and their subsequent components — sump pumps and discharge pipes — are a really great solution for homes that are susceptible to basement flooding. They function by collecting water that gathers in weeping tiles and redirecting it into your backyard or other area via a discharge pipe. This means that sewage under your home is not overwhelmed by water entering the system by way of your foundation drain.

YOUR SECOND DEFENSE AGAINST BASEMENT FLOOD

If the local sewer and drain system in Winnipeg is overburdened, your sump pump alone may not be enough to prevent sewage from backing up into your home. That’s why a backwater valve often accompanies a sump pit system. The backwater valve is a device that automatically blocks sewage from coming into your home. It’s triggered in the event of backflow, in which case it prevents the city sewer from accessing the line into your home.

PROPER INSTALLATION OF SUMP PITS AND BACKWATER VALVES

It’s critical to have sump pits and backwater valves put in correctly. Improper installation can result in sewage coming up through other drains in your home such as toilets and sinks, and otherwise fail to function properly. At Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain we have nearly 30 years of experience performing residential and commercial plumbing repair and installation on sewer and drain devices, including many sump pits and backwater valves. Lynn’s is your best choice in the Winnipeg area for all flood prevention plumbing.

OTHER MEASURES THAT HELP PREVENT FLOODING

Redirecting water away from your home as much as possible is a prudent measure to take in protecting your home from basement flooding. Here are some additional steps you can take to achieve this end.

    • Keep downspouts and eavestroughs clear of debris
    • Direct downspouts away from weeping tiles and into your backyard
    • Seal any cracks in the foundation and around basement windows
    • Re-grade your lot so it slopes outwards and away from your home

WHEN TO CONTACT US

Call us today to get a free quote or schedule an installation or repair of a sump pit system or backwater valve. We’re standing by, ready to help.

SAVE ON COOLING COSTS IN THE SUMMER

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With the weather in Winnipeg reaching 30+degrees Celsius, sunny, and with a high UV Index rating, residents will be cranking up their air conditioning (AC) as they attempt to escape this early summer heat. As Winnipeg’s air conditioning experts, and your neighbors, at Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain we’d like to offer you some tips on how to slash your summer energy bills without sacrificing too much comfort.

There is a lot of wisdom out there when it comes to staying cool with your AC – like keeping doors and windows closed at all times, closing blinds or curtains, and turning off the lights. A well-designed landscape with shade trees provides enough energy savings (heating and cooling) to return your initial investment in six to eight years. Cooling one room with a window air conditioning unit requires much less energy (and investment) than a whole central air system for your house, is another example. Here are a few more.

Use a Programmable Thermostat to save energy by turning the desired temperature up during the day when the house is empty if you have central air controlled by a thermostat. When home, aim to set the temperature at 78 degrees to balance comfort with energy and cost savings. Together with winter energy savings, a programmable thermostat used properly can save the average home up to $150 a year.

Proper maintenance can extend your AC’s life to 20 years – a poorly maintained air conditioner uses 10 to 30 percent more energy and most air-conditioner failures are caused by a lack of maintenance. It’s also important to perform DIY maintenance each year. Check your AC system’s air filter monthly and expect to change the filter every three months. Dirty air filters are the number one cause of air conditioning breakdowns and they cost about seven percent more in energy costs. Ensuring your ductwork is free from for cracks, splits, or bad connections and feel for escaping air when your system is on – then seal them with aluminum duct tape.

Finally, consider replacing your old AC with an Energy Star central air system – it will use about 14 percent less energy than minimum government standards, and a room air conditioner will save at least 10 percent. The older the system you’re replacing and the more you used it, the larger your energy savings will be with a new unit.

At Lynn’s HVAC Winnipeg, we service all makes and models of furnaces, air conditioners, and hot water tanks. Our staff are licensed, bonded, and insured journeymen with all the right equipment to service your home promptly. If you have questions, require maintenance, a new AC unit, or any other service then contact us today!

5 COMMON CAUSES OF A CLOGGED DRAIN IN YOUR WINNIPEG HOME

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Clogged drains are a significant headache for any household, and can be even more common and problematic for families with school-aged children. As the various drains in your home start getting used more frequently come school time, you may also start dealing with more frequent clogs. The licensed Winnipeg sewer and drain cleaning experts at Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain are often called to deal with drains that have been put out of commission by: 1) Food No matter how small, food particles sent down the kitchen drain can collect and form a blockage. It is a good idea to fit your drains with wire mesh filters to catch any food that does try to make its way down the drain. 2) Hair Bathroom shower drains are commonly blocked by hair that falls out when members of your household take a shower. Installing a filter over your shower drain is a good idea, as it is impossible to catch and remove all hairs before they make their way into the drain. 3) Grease Another likely reason why you may end up calling a Winnipeg plumbing service to take a look at your kitchen sink is because of a buildup of grease. The grease sent down the drain from pots and pans can cool and coat the inside of the pipes, trapping other debris as well. 4) Objects which shouldn’t be flushed Most toilet drain clogs arise because of an attempt to flush objects which shouldn’t be flushed. Baby wipes, dental floss, cotton swabs, and certain feminine hygiene products are among many items which are often flushed but which do not disintegrate in water. 5) Tree roots If multiple drains in your house are clogged, then the problem is likely further down in your home’s plumbing system, and it may be caused by an infiltration of tree roots. Always in search of water, tree roots can find their way into drains, cracking and collapsing them. A Winnipeg drain cleaning service can find out if this is the case. Potential Problems Caused by Clogged Drains Not only are clogged drains frustrating and often inconvenient, but they can cause damage to your home and pose a danger to your health. Water can seep out of a clogged drain, causing water damage and even flooding. The stagnant water that collects in clogged drains can also encourage the growth of pathogens that trigger allergies and illnesses. You may be tempted to tackle plumbing problems on your own, but if the issue requires more than a plunger to solve or of it is reoccurring then you are much better off calling the Winnipeg sewer and drain experts at Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain. Our licensed journeymen have been providing professional Winnipeg HVAC services for over 30 years. Our camera inspections can get to the bottom of the problem quickly, saving you time and money. Get in touch with Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain by phone, e-mail, or via our online form today.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOUR HOME FURNACE

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Your furnace is one of the most important appliances in your Winnipeg home. During the colder months of the year (which, in Winnipeg, is the majority of the months of the year!), your furnace is responsible for keeping your home comfortable and safe. At Lynn’s HVAC Winnipeg,  we provide furnace repair and furnace installation in Winnipeg. Here are some of the facts that our experienced furnace technicians feel every homeowner should know about their furnace.

Your furnace is one of the most important appliances in your Winnipeg home. During the colder months of the year (which, in Winnipeg, is the majority of the months of the year!), your furnace is responsible for keeping your home comfortable and safe.

At Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain we provide furnace repair and furnace installation in Winnipeg. Here are some of the facts that our experienced furnace technicians feel every homeowner should know about their furnace.

– Your furnace needs to be the right size for your home

One of the most important considerations that homeowners need to make when looking for a new furnace is how large that furnace should be. It is definitely not true that the larger the furnace, the better it will be. A furnace that is too large will make certain areas of your home uncomfortably warm before others are properly heated, while, as you would expect, a furnace that is too small will not provide enough heat. A technician will consider your home’s square footage and insulation before recommending a furnace for you.

– Professional furnace maintenance and repair is a must

Having your furnace regularly maintained and repaired when need be by a professional furnace technician will ensure that it runs safely and that you get the most use out of it. Regular maintenance helps to prevent dangerous buildup, as well as the risk of carbon monoxide leaks. If you ever notice strange sounds and strange smells coming from your furnace, then your furnace likely needs repairs. Calling for furnace repair in Winnipeg when you notice a minor problem with your furnace is the best method of preventing larger and more costly issues.

– Your furnace will eventually need to be replaced

Once a new furnace is up and running, it really doesn’t require much more thought other than to occasionally schedule some maintenance. However, after about 15-20 years most furnaces have reached the end of their usable life. By this you will likely notice that your furnace gives you more trouble and requires more repairs than it used to. Rather than continuing to pay for expensive repairs, you should start considering new furnace installation in Winnipeg. Even if your furnace has hit the 15-year mark and is still operating fine, you should begin looking around so that you find a new furnace that meets your needs and your budget before your old one gives out.

Professional Furnace Repair and Furnace Installation in Winnipeg

If you’re a homeowner in Winnipeg, then you shouldn’t let your furnace go without needed repairs and you shouldn’t keep a furnace that is well beyond its expected operating life. Whether you need furnace repair or installation in Winnipeg, the HVAC technicians at Lynn’s are here to help. We provide fast and affordable service, as well as 24/7 emergency response should your furnace give out on you during a freezing day or night.

For quality and professional Winnipeg furnace repair or furnace installation, don’t hesitate to contact Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain today.

PREVENT SPRINGTIME FLOODING WITH QUALITY DRAIN CLEANING

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It’s safe to say that just about everyone in Winnipeg looks forward to spring after a long and cold winter. For homeowners, however, the springtime could also mean a flooded basement. The experts at Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain, who provide drain cleaning in Winnipeg, want to make sure that you know how to prevent residential springtime flooding.

A flooded basement is often the result of excess moisture in the ground around your home. In the spring, melting snow and heavy rains can completely saturate the earth, forcing the water to find somewhere else to go. If conditions are right, this water can easily find its way into your basement.

One of the most basic steps you can take towards keeping water out of your home is making sure that your gutters and downspouts are clean, well-maintained, and in the proper position. Gutters should be kept clear of debris so that water doesn’t back up and leak off the sides, and downspouts should direct runoff at least 5 feet away from your home.

While your gutter system is important for preventing flooding, your home’s drains are perhaps even more so. Professional drain cleaning in Winnipeg can ensure that all of your drains are quickly carrying water away from your home. If a drain in your home is draining slowly due to a blockage, then it will need to be snaked and unclogged. If multiple drains seem to be clogged, then you may be looking at a blockage even further down the line.

You’ll also need to contact a Winnipeg drain cleaning service if your sump pump is not working properly. Sump pumps are invaluable when it comes to keeping basements dry, and they have a big job to do in the spring. To test if your sump pump is working as it should be, pour about 5 gallons of water down into the sump pit. Your sump pump should turn on, remove the water, and shut off once it’s done.

No matter how many preventative steps you take, you never know if a particularly large spring melt or a torrential downpour is just going to be too much for the sewer system to handle. This is why it is highly recommended that you fit your floor drains with back water valves. Back water valves prevent sewage from flowing back up your pipe if the sewer lines backs up.

If you want to get your home as prepared as possible for spring, then the Winnipeg drain cleaning experts at Lynn’s Winnipeg are here to help. Our sewer and drain cleaning services in Winnipeg include unblocking drains, inspecting sump pumps, inspecting back water valves, and more.

Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain has been helping Winnipeg homeowners prepare for the spring thaw for over 30 years. We know what it takes to keep your home dry and safe, so don’t hesitate to contact Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain if you’re in need of drain cleaning in Winnipeg.

FIVE WARNING SIGNS THAT YOUR AIR CONDITIONER IS ON THE FRITZ

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All air conditioners are eventually going to run into issues. Thankfully, an air conditioner will typically give you some tell-tale warning signs before it completely stops working. At Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain we provide air conditioning repair in Winnipeg, and we want you to be aware of the signs that your air conditioner might be on the brink of breaking down.

1) Weak airflow — Weak airflow is a common indicator that your air conditioner’s compressor is failing. It can also be a sign of more minor issues, such as a dirty air filter or clogged ductwork. These minor issues, however, can themselves eventually lead to compressor failure, so it’s always best to have your system checked out by Winnipeg air conditioning experts if you notice a weak airflow.

2) Constant cycling — A dirty air filter can also be the culprit behind an air conditioning unit which is constantly cycling on and off. Constant cycling may additionally be caused by an improperly calibrated thermostat, a faulty compressor clutch, or ductwork issues. Whatever the culprit is, constant cycling can increase your energy bills and is a sure sign that your air conditioner isn’t working as it should be.

3) Strange noises — Most homeowners are familiar with the typical sounds their air conditioner makes when it’s running. If you suddenly notice a cacophony of new banging, buzzing, clicking, whining, clunking, or shuttering noises, then you know it’s high time to contact a Winnipeg air conditioner repair professional. Strange new noises could indicate a plethora of potential problems.

4) Leaks — It is wise never to ignore any leaks that you find around your air conditioning unit as a leak may indicate a refrigerant issue. Leaking refrigerant can pose both a health and an environmental risk, and so requires prompt air conditioner repair in Winnipeg. Aside from a refrigerant issue, suspect moisture may also indicate that the drain line is blocked or broken and in need of repair.

5) Unpleasant Odours — Finally, one of the easiest ways to tell that your air conditioner is on the fritz is with your nose. A musty smell may indicate the growth of mold or mildew inside your system, a burning smell likely means that you have a burned out electrical component, and a chemical smell could be a sign of a potentially dangerous chemical leak.

Professional Air Conditioning Repair in Winnipeg
Heeding the above warning signs and having your air conditioner repaired before it completely breaks down on you is important, especially in the summer. You don’t want to be stuck without a working air conditioner on a blistering hot day.

Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain can provide for all of your Winnipeg air conditioning repair needs. Or, if it’s time to upgrade your air conditioning system, you can choose from among our efficient and reliable line of Bryant air conditioners.

To learn more about new air conditioners and air conditioning repair in Winnipeg, don’t hesitate to contact Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain.