The Challenges of Edmonton’s Short A/C Season

While the summer heat has arrived, you tend to forget how fleeting it can be and how that can affect your decision to install central air conditioning this season or have your existing unit maintained. Most homeowners don’t realize that air conditioning can only be installed, serviced, or repaired when the outdoor temperature is at least 15 degrees Celsius. This is because air conditioning provides cool air using a liquid gas called refrigerant that must be pressurized in order for the unit to operate properly.

When temperatures are too cool, it is impossible to get correct temperature and pressure readings from your A/C compressor. Temperature and pressure readings from are required in order to properly install and set up a new unit,

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Tankless Water Heaters: Energy Efficiency Not worth Homeowner Cost

At some point every homeowner will experience the need to replace their hot water heating system. In the last few years, tankless water heaters have become increasingly popular with higher energy efficiency ratings than conventional tank systems. A tankless system heats hot water as you call for it. Simply put, when you turn on your hot water tap, the water enters the tankless unit, the flow sensor detects the water flow, the control board automatically ignites the burner circulating the water through the heat exchanger heating it up, and when the tap is turned off the unit shuts off. In theory, this method of hot water heating sounds ideal. But the reality paints a much different picture, one much more costly for homeowners.

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R22 vs. R410a Refrigerant: What it Means to You This Cooling Season

Since the early 1990’s a radical shift has been taking place in the air conditioning industry. R-22 refrigerant – also known as Freon – has been completely phased out of production in favor of a superior refrigerant called R410a, also known as Puron. The reasons for this shift in refrigerant are mainly environmental. R-22 poses serious environmental risks as leaks in A/C compressors contribute to releasing hydrochloroflourocarbons (HFCF’s) into the air, depleting the ozone layer and contributing to greenhouse warming. R410a A/C compressors are also more energy efficient, another important factor when considering the environmental impact of home cooling.

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