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.

 

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!