Apr 142014

Although Spring officially began March 20, 2014 we still had a few mini blizzards and ice storms to contend with in the GTA. March winds did not start blowing in until the first week of April. Blue skies, sunny days and  welcome warm wind storms along with evening showers of week 2, bathed away lingering patches of ice and snow hidden in the shadows. Temperatures in the 20-24 degree Celsius range this weekend makes it official  – Spring indeed is finally here.

The energy of Spring motivates us to begin the process of evaluating what we want to keep around and what we want to discard. You were probably cleaning closets and files the last few weeks of March in anticipation of outdoor activities. This was a great time to take stock of maintenance issues in and around our homes and businesses. Rising electric and gas prices  may also motivate us to secure minimal expenses in energy consumption, where we can.

It’s time to clean, repair and re-caulk roof vents and any other roof penetrations. Replace curled, missing or torn shingles. Clean gutters and downspouts replacing those that may have been damaged by the hardest hitting ice storm in GTA history. Pay attention to caulking around windows, window sills and door ways too. Check your dryer vents and fan exhaust vents for possible rodent, insect and feathered friend intrusions. We recently heard of birds finding their way into bathroom fan ventilation system and building their nests in cavities under a second story en-suite tub. Love waking up to birds singing in the trees outside however having them chirp right under your bottom while you are bathing?

Move inside to clean forced air heating duct work, arrange servicing for optimum operation of your A/C unit. Change burnt out bulbs now with energy efficient bulbs, while checking your batteries and operation of smoke alarms. Do the same for CO detectors. If you do not have these detectors get them now.  A law to make these detectors mandatory in all residences in Ontario passed November 2013. http://www.citynews.ca/2013/11/27/ontario-passes-mandatory-carbon-monoxide-detector-bill/. I think it is safe to consider that we all heard the news of those who lost their lives during the ice storm trying to stay warm. CO is deadly undetectable with out these devices. Make sure that you seal any penetrations from attached garages into your living environment to deter infiltration of vehicle CO fumes.

Only 70 days until summer officially arrives. It may seem a long way off yet it really isn’t. Finding a few hours to take a solid look at attending to these maintenance issues, during your time off regular work hours, this Easter weekend and next few will ensure your peace of mind allowing you to enjoy the outdoors without worry come the May long weekend.  Examine your environment, Execute necessary tasks, Ease into summer.

~Be As Informed As You Can Be~

May 162011

Air Conditioning (A/C) Efficiency Tips for Home Owners by Jim Bodnarchuk

Now that you have you’re A/C unit up and running for the first time this year, you may have noticed
the unit is not functioning well. It may be making a strange noise or not emitting the cool air it did
last year. Consider the age of the unit before calling for a technician. It may cost more to repair a unit
than to purchase a new, more energy efficient one. It may be in your best interest to upgrade, as per
government regulations.

Most units built before 2006 are not energy efficient and have a rating of 10 SEER (Seasonal Energy
Efficient Rate). Government regulations mandate manufactures to produce a more efficient unit due
to the high cost and consumption of electricity. If your unit is rating 10 SEER or lower you really should
consider a new one. As of January 2011, and up until December 2011, Ontario is offering rebates up to
$650.00 as incentive to install an energy efficient – Energy Star A/C unit.

The next generation of A/C units is 13 – 17 SEER. If your unit meets these standards and you are still
not satisfied with the performance of your unit, then definitely call the heating/cooling company.
Whether buying new or calling for repair and maintenance make sure to:

  • Call 3 to 4 different companies to compare unit as well as pricing
  • Ask which manufactures model they supply and the pricing of each. Sometimes the cheaper price is not always the best price.
  • Consider the noise level of the unit asking for the report on the noise output. The higher the dBA (decibel) rating the louder it will be. The higher the RPM (revolutions per minute) rating the higher the pitch will be.
  • Ask if the same coil in your furnace and supply lines can be reused. This depends on the manufacture specification.
  • Ask the various companies if they have a maintenance or warranty program. This will help prolong the life of your A/C Unit. Most companies will back up the purchase with their warranty to service and protect your unit and make sure it is running at optimum efficiency.

Remember to Be cool this summer.

You can also do some more research at:

~Be as informed as you can be~

May 162011

Air Conditioning (A/C) Tips for Home Owners by Jim Bodnarchuk

Now that you have you’re A/C unit up and running for the first time this year, you may have noticed
the unit is not functioning well. It may be making a strange noise or not emitting the cool air it did
last year. Consider the age of the unit before calling for a technician. It may cost more to repair a unit
than to purchase a new, more energy efficient one. It may be in your best interest to upgrade, as per
government regulations.

Most units built before 2006 are not energy efficient and have a rating of 10 SEER (Seasonal Energy
Efficient Rate). Government regulations mandate manufactures to produce a more efficient unit due
to the high cost and consumption of electricity. If your unit is rating 10 SEER or lower you really should
consider a new one. As of January 2011, and up until December 2011, Ontario is offering rebates up to
$650.00 as incentive to install an energy efficient – Energy Star A/C unit.

The next generation of A/C units is 13 – 17 SEER. If your unit meets these standards and you are still
not satisfied with the performance of your unit, then definitely call the heating/cooling company.
Whether buying new or calling for repair and maintenance make sure to:

  • Call 3 to 4 different companies to compare unit as well as pricing
  • Ask which manufactures model they supply and the pricing of each. Sometimes the cheaper price is not always the best price.
  • Consider the noise level of the unit asking for the report on the noise output. The higher the dBA (decibel) rating the louder it will be. The higher the RPM (revolutions per minute) rating the higher the pitch will be.
  • Ask if the same coil in your furnace and supply lines can be reused. This depends on the manufacture specification.
  • Ask the various companies if they have a maintenance or warranty program. This will help prolong the life of your A/C Unit. Most companies will back up the purchase with their warranty to service and protect your unit and make sure it is running at optimum efficiency.

Remember to Be cool this summer.
~Be as informed as you can be~

You can also do some more research at:

May 112011

Air Conditioning (A/C) Tips for Home Owners by Jim Bodnarchuk

It’s that time of year again. Time to take a look at starting your A/C Unit. After this year’s long winter in the GTA, the summer season is finally here. You need to be ready to cool down during the hot, humid months ahead when the breezes won’t be so cool and a fan just won’t do.

Clean or Change Your Filter: First thing you should do is check your filter on the furnace. You may need to replace the filter. If it is re-usable wash it with dish liquid and water. Make sure to rinse well.  If the fan is constantly in use, you may need to clean the filter once or twice a month.Air Conditioner

Inspect the Power Supply: Before you power up the unit check the power supply to be sure that the source has been on for more than 12 hours. This will allow the compressor oil to warm allowing an easier start up. If you do not allow this time period the compressor could burn out and be very costly to repair or replace.

Timing is everything: Be sure that the temperature outside is at 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 Celsius) or higher otherwise the unit may burn out from being overworked. Your best setting indoors is at 1 degree lower than comfortable room temperature which is usually 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Avoid Mold: Make sure all drainage from your unit is moving away from the building or into a waste pipe to eliminate unwanted humidity that can cause water damage or mold problems.

Be cool this summer and keep your A/C in good condition.

Jim from Iron View Inspections

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