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The Baker Team

Maintaining an efficient HVAC system is paramount for winter comfort and energy savings. This essay will delve into essential tips to optimize your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system during the colder months.

Regular maintenance is the cornerstone of a well-functioning HVAC system. Start by inspecting and changing the air filters. Clogged filters hinder airflow, forcing the system to work harder and consume more energy. Ideally, filters should be replaced every 1-3 months, depending on usage. Additionally, a professional HVAC technician should perform an annual inspection, addressing issues like worn-out parts, leaks, or inefficiencies.

Adjusting the thermostat wisely contributes significantly to energy efficiency. Lowering the thermostat a few degrees when you’re away or sleeping can lead to substantial energy savings. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat, allowing you to automate temperature adjustments based on your daily routine. Smart thermostats take this a step further, enabling remote control through mobile devices.

Sealing any leaks or gaps in your home is crucial for preserving the warm air generated by the HVAC system. Inspect doors, windows, and other potential areas for drafts. Weatherstripping, caulking, and using door sweeps can effectively reduce heat loss, enhancing the overall efficiency of the HVAC system.

Ductwork plays a pivotal role in distributing heated air throughout your home. Inspect and seal any leaks or gaps in the ducts to prevent heat loss. Proper insulation of ducts in unconditioned spaces like attics or crawl spaces ensures that the warm air remains at the desired temperature as it travels through the system.

Optimizing the airflow within your living spaces is essential for uniform heating. Ensure that furniture, curtains, or other obstacles are not blocking vents. Clean vents and registers regularly to remove dust and debris that can impede airflow. This simple maintenance task contributes to a more effective and energy-efficient HVAC system.

Consider upgrading to a high-efficiency HVAC system if your current one is outdated. Modern systems often come with advanced features such as variable-speed motors, which adjust the airflow based on the heating needs. This results in more precise temperature control and reduced energy consumption.

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Don’t forget the importance of humidity control. Cold air tends to be dry, and maintaining the right humidity levels can enhance comfort. Humidifiers integrated into your HVAC system can help achieve optimal indoor humidity, preventing issues like dry skin and static electricity.

In extremely cold climates, protect your HVAC system from the elements. Consider installing a cover for the exterior unit to shield it from snow, ice, and debris. This simple step can prolong the lifespan of your system and ensure its reliable performance throughout the winter months.

In conclusion, winter HVAC tips encompass regular maintenance, strategic thermostat adjustments, sealing leaks, optimizing airflow, and considering system upgrades. By implementing these measures, you not only ensure a cozy and comfortable living environment but also contribute to energy conservation and cost savings.

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Here at Baker plumbing we want to provide the best tech while using the best tech!

The choice of who works on your furnace, the heart of your HVAC system and the very appliance keeping Old Man Winter at bay, should be made carefully. There is alot of smoke and mirrors out there and you can trust Baker to clear the air!

Types of Furnaces 

While worldwide there are many different types of furnaces, in Alberta there are generally only 2 based on fuel source.

  • Natural gas
  • Propane

Once past the fuel the field becomes much more cluttered with such verbiage as first and second stages, PSC or ECM motors, exchanger metal types and on and on.

The government legislation mandating the efficiency ratings, the minimum allowable is 92% has left manufacturers and sellers to add new components at a furious rate to gain a percent here and one there!

Baker recommendations

While new technology is impressive and even amazing, our belief is still to keep things as simple as possible. We recommend the following

  • the basic 92% efficiency model
  • single stage gas valve
  • PSC motor
  • stainless steel exchanger

Those components will give you the 92% efficiency rating, low operating costs and the least potential for an expense repair bill in the future.

Still confused or have questions?

At Baker we can answer and solve any of your questions or problems.

 

Contact us at www.bakerplumbing.ca today 

 

ecm motors

Calgary Furnace Repairs, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Calgary Furnace Repairs

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ECM motors, the good, the bad and the ugly

There are, however, some serious downsides associated with improper application of these motors in new and existing HVAC systems. Let’s take a candid look at the good, bad, and ugly of good and bad application of these great gems of technology. Calgary furnace repairs.

The Good
When a furnace or air handler with an ECM is installed on a good duct, coil, and filtration system with static pressures within proper design parameters, it can perform flawlessly. These systems can deliver precise airflow to match two-speed condenser designs and multi-stage gas furnace firing rates to deliver quiet, draft-free comfort in virtually any configuration.

These issues can be avoided with good pressure and airflow testing, both before and after equipment is replaced, and on every system you service. When you measure, you know. When you don’t measure, you’re just guessing that it will turn out OK.

Additional benefits of these brushless DC motors include low electrical consumption when operating within design TESP (Total External Static Pressure). When installed properly, systems with ECMs can improve dehumidification, reduce register noise, save energy, and provide trouble-free operation.

The Bad
In marginal systems with higher-than-design static pressures — for example a .5–in. TESP rated furnace with ECM on a .8–in. TESP system — the motor still may be able to maintain airflow close to design. The tradeoff is higher velocities often cause a noisy system and some coil blow-off. The extra torque often required to overcome the higher statics results in higher electrical consumption. This reduces actual equipment EER, which means your customer won’t get the savings of the higher efficiency matchup.

The Ugly
Systems with TESPs of 1.0 and higher, which are more typical than many non-performance-based contractors are willing to admit, can eat up to eight times the power they should be using. When this happens, some ECMs will ramp down and drop airflow significantly. Some older ECM motors will overheat and even fail when constantly running in over-amped conditions. Newer models are designed to drop airflow but time will tell on how well they will hold up.

Other consequences of high static installations include noise at the registers from higher air velocities. In extreme cases, filter media can be sucked out of its rack causing filter bypass. In very extreme cases filter media can be pulled into the fan, chopped up and blown through the system causing all sorts of damage.

So, what do you measure? The first thing you should do is install test ports on either side of the blower. Once you’ve installed the test ports, use a digital or analog manometer with a static pressure tip to measure pressure at each location.

High velocities and pressures created by ECMs on systems with dirty evaporator coils can also blow moisture off the coil surfaces into the supply ductwork. This can reduce the system’s dehumidification capability and cause numerous moisture-related indoor air quality issues.

The Answer
These issues can be avoided with good pressure and airflow testing, both before and after equipment is replaced, and on every system you service. When you measure, you know. When you don’t measure, you’re just guessing that it will turn out OK. Calgary furnace repairs.

So, what do you measure? The first thing you should do is install test ports on either side of the blower.

Once you’ve installed the test ports, use a digital or analog manometer with a static pressure tip to measure pressure at each location. TESP is calculated by adding the pressures before and after the fan. Other pressure readings will help you diagnose the cause of high statics – but that’s for another article.

Once you know your TESP and your fan speed setting look up delivered fan airflow on the manufacturer’s fan table. If you’re replacing or servicing equipment with an ECM, and the TESP exceeds rated capacity, be sure to look up motor amp draw in the manufacturer’s specifications.

Armed with this information you should do two things: First, alert your customer that their system has a high “blood pressure” problem that needs to be addressed. Second, diagnose the cause of the high statics and recommend solutions to bring them down to acceptable levels.

Of course, there is more to this in terms of troubleshooting and solving these issues. The bottom line is that while the ECM is a great motor, as the servicing or installing contractor it’s your responsibility to make sure its application does not cause unintended consequences detrimental to the health and well-being of your customers’ homes and HVAC systems.

 

 

Finding that Reliable Emergency Plumber in Calgary

Plumbing is one service that everyone needs at some point. You may have to find a dependable plumbing service very quickly if any emergency situation arises. It is better that you know some companies whom you can always rely upon. In today’s web world it is not at all difficult to locate such a service.

Most of the plumbing services have online presence and hence finding them is very easy. You can contact them easily and obtain free estimates also. They provide a host of services encompassing domestic and commercial plumbing and heating projects too. So, if you require shower installations or new bathroom installations or repair to hot water tanks you can depend on these companies.

Even for all your drainage problems these companies can provide suitable solutions. They are mostly open 24X7 and can really prove helpful in times of crisis. And hence can cater to all sort of plumbing emergencies with a great ease. All you need to do is to call them up and within no time you will find one of the best and most skilled plumber at your doorstep.

The companies schedule their work according to your convenience. Their technicians first take a stock of the situation to identify the problem with your drainage system. Drain cleaning and repair is their area of expertise and you can rest assured that they will handle the project with utmost professionalism. They will provide you with suggestions for maintaining the drains also. Since their business is built on the cornerstone of customer satisfaction your contentment is always guaranteed.

Give us a call at 403-279-7554 or book online.