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Heating and air conditioning: taking care of your equipment

by Nathalie Champoux

What you’ll learn

  • When should I check my heating & cooling systems?
  • How can I protect myself against costly equipment repairs?

Pump up the heat!

As another winter approaches, be sure to check you heating system to avoid any problems before the cold comes rolling in. It takes minimal effort to ensure your system will work when you need it the most.

Use a specialist on a regular basis to make sure your furnace or heating system is working properly. Annual check ups for an oil furnace is recommended, and every two years for systems that operate on natural gas. Don’t forget to clean that humidifying unit on the system yearly as well.

Finally, during heating season remember to check, clean or replace filters on a monthly basis. And be sure to inspect those air exchangers, cleaning them if necessary. Filters for your ventilation devises, such as heat recovery ventilators, should be checked every couple of months.

As you can see, a little effort today can go a long way extending the life span of your equipment.

Beat the heat

Thanks to the Canadian winters, many owners don’t think twice about maintaining their furnace, but somehow neglect their air conditioning systems. To beat the heat and continue to enjoy clean ambient air, change your filters every spring, and hire a professional to check the fan and ducts every two years.

Key takeaways
  • Ensure proper maintenance on heating equipment
  • Trust the specialists
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