With our years of experience and expertise in the residential HVAC industry, the staff at Mr. Furnace Heating and Air Conditioning have pretty much seen it all. If you are experiencing any difficulties with your home equipment, or you have questions about its operation, we’re available 24-7 for your assistance. The questions on this page represent some of the more popular questions we receive.
My plumbing stack is frozen, what should I do?
At cold enough temperatures the plumbing stack will freeze. When the stack is frozen, it creates a siphon effect that takes water out of your traps. It also creates an unpleasant odour.
A simple solution is to run hot water (if cold doesn't work) in the tubs and sinks at a slow pace to fill the traps. This will also help eliminate the resulting odour.
You can have someone else go on the roof and remove the ice from the stack. Be very careful not to damage the stack once frozen as new damage can occur easily.
What are thermostats?
The thermostat is the brains behind your home comfort. It is recommended that you change the batteries once a year. We suggest you pick a day annually to change all the batteries in your home.
What are the proper levels of humidity?
Maintaining proper levels of humidity in your home is very important. Too much humidity is not good for electronic devices, and too little can impact your overall comfort.
During the winter months, you must have sufficient humidity to avoid dry skin and other issues. Dry indoor air in the winter can irritate sinuses, cause static electricity and potentially damage furniture and woodwork.
A whole house humidifier attached to the ductwork can raise a home's indoor humidity to a comfortable level. The Lifebreath humidifier uses 80% less water than the conventional flow-through humidifiers. The evaporator pad can be removed and cleaned or replaced very easily. These products eliminate the need for sitting water which can collect bacteria and germs.
What is an HRV (Heat Recovering Ventilator)?
Back in the day, we did not have to worry about having to release the stale air inside your home because there were leaks and cracks for this air to escape.
Nowadays, we seal new homes very tightly, "Like an envelope," and there is no way for this air to escape. We trap stale air that contributes to poor air quality. HRVs recycle this air properly while still retaining 70 to 90 percent of the heat.
If you discover that you have too much moisture in your home during the long winter months, an HRV can exhaust the stale air while reducing your home’s overall humidity. These products are designed to save you energy dollars and deliver cleaner, fresher air.
Want to keep your home cooler in the summer?
As the temperature outside rises, so too does the cost of cooling your home. We create heat simply by being inside. Televisions, lights, dryers, washers, etc. contribute to the problem. Here are some effective tips to help keep your operating costs down and your air conditioner working properly.
Need a Comparison Guide for Gas Furnace?
The good news is that today’s energy-efficient furnaces aren’t the same as your parents’ furnace! Get the details of different types of gas furnace and decide which suits you better before investing.
Whether your home’s heating system is in need of routine maintenance, emergency repairs or a total replacement, selecting a qualified HVAC contractor is essential.