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Understanding Filter Ratings

As a homeowner in Calgary, you know you need to change your furnace filters regularly. You may have been in the stores looking at furnace filters, feeling confused about all the options, and wondering which filter will be best for your home. On filters, there is a MERV rating. This can help you decide which one is best for you, however, you need to know what that rating means.So what is a MERV Rating exactly? First off, MERV stands for

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1. The higher the MERV rating on a filter, the fewer dust particles, and other contaminants can pass through it. What does this mean for you? As a homeowner, you want to be sure your family is safe and healthy, right? Well, changing your filters regularly will certainly help with that, but the MERV rating on the filters you buy is also important.2. MERV ratings dictate the price you pay. You may think on the surface that MERV 11s are better than MERV 8s, you may be wrong. MERV 8-rated filters capture 70%-85% of mold spores, hair spray, fabric protector and cement dust measuring 3 to 10 microns in size. MERV 11 air filters capture 65%-70% of humidifier dust, lead dust, auto emissions and milled flour measuring 1.0 to 3.0 microns in size and 85% or better for the same pollutants measuring 3 to 10 microns in size. So you might not want to spend the extra cash on the Merv 11 filter when the Merv 8 filter may be cheaper and comparable to the Merv 11 one. Depending on where you buy your filters you can save money knowing the facts.3. For optimal home comfort, adequate airflow is necessary to regulate temperature and keep allergens out. For most homes, a MERV rating between 8 and 11 is perfectly fine. Higher MERV ratings may be more desirable to you if you have family members, particularly children, and older folks, who suffer from allergies and asthma.

Considering the MERV rating on your air or furnace filters in Canada is a helpful way to identify the capabilities of different large air cleaners. Determined through rigorous testing and given the worst-case performance of the filter, the MERV number remains a good indicator of performance. That being said, there are other factors at play here as well, so don’t assume that buying the right air filtration system is a simple matter of choosing the unit with the highest MERV. For example, most brands out there today use electrostatic charges to boost the filter’s rating. However, like a balloon that you rub on your head and place on the wall, that charge will only last a few hours. Same with filters: the electric charge eventually dissipates and reduces the filter’s efficiency after just a few hours of operation. Look for filters that have a mechanical vs electrostatic rating, for example, the Merv 8 30/30. One thing to note is that with better technotongy many furnaces still prefer the cheaper filter. With higher Merv ratings you need to be on top of filter changes to prevent filter clogging. 

Best of Groupon 2017!

Hooray, we have received the best of Groupon for the second time. Thank you to everyone that supported us and made this possible.

Read their press release

Groupon Honors Air Raid Furnace & Duct with Best of Groupon 2017 Designation

Calgary, January 15, 2018 – Groupon (www.groupon.com) has honored Air Raid Furnace & Duct as part of its annual Best of Groupon collection, which recognizes local businesses for the popularity of their Groupon campaigns and high levels of customer service.

Only a handful of merchants received the Best of Groupon distinction and are identifiable to consumers on the Best of Groupon page on Groupon.com and in the Groupon mobile app, via unique badging on their Groupon deal pages, and through special email sends. Best of Groupon merchants span a wide range of geographies and industries, including health and beauty, food and drink, and activities-based businesses.

“We’re proud to feature so many great locally-owned businesses in our marketplace, and it’s exciting to have the chance to showcase top merchants who have delivered unbeatable service to their customers,” said Jay Klauminzer, Vice President of Local Deals, Groupon.

“It was simple—Groupon connected us with local customers, and many of them have become regulars and familiar faces,” said Delaine Steele, Owner of Air Raid Furnace & Duct in Calgary Alberta. “We were able to customize our offer to meet essential business needs and diversify the ways in which we promote our business.”

To check out the latest Groupon offer for Air Raid Furnace & Duct, please visit https://www.groupon.com/deals/air-raid-furnace-duct, or call directly 403-826-6950

About Air Raid Furnace & Duct

Air Raid is a family run business. We believe in doing a quality job without compromising the price. Air Raid understands when running a household, the last thing you want to spend your money on is your furnace. So you can breathe easy knowing you're not overpaying for our services.

Our high standards mean Air Raid Furnace is reliable and honest. Our company's foundation is built on our reputation.

We provide furnace and duct cleaning, heating repairs, furnace installations, hot water tank, air conditioning, dryer vent cleaning, and many more air quality solutions for Calgary and surrounding areas.

 

Tweaking Your HVAC To Get A Better Night Sleep!!!

Getting a great sleep isn’t only important for your health it also helps with happiness. If you are having trouble sleeping or just want to improve it there may be some HVAC solutions that can get you closer to that goal.Consider experimenting with your thermostat, fans, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers to see what works best for you and leaves you feeling refreshed in the morning.

Be CoolWhen you prepare to fall asleep, your body temperature naturally drops to help make you relaxed. And when your bedroom is cool as well, you’ll get even more benefit from this process. The national sleep foundation states that the ideal bedroom temperature for optimal sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.During the winter is easy and can even save you money on heating costs, but it won’t be cheap to get the temperature down that low using air conditioning. So to help keep cool on hot summer nights, you may need to rely more on fans.One alternative is to look into zone-control air conditioning systems, which allow you to set different temperatures in individual rooms. Only cooling one room instead of the whole house can save you on cooling costs.

HumidityWhen the humidity in your bedroom is too high, the air can feel thick and muggy, which can make it harder to breathe and relax. Humid rooms can also attract some pesky insects and even promote mold growth, which can irritate your respiratory system which in turn can affect your sleep.A room that’s too dry can make your throat and nasal passages cracked and scratchy, which isn’t a recipe for a good night’s sleep either. So it’s important to get the humidity level just right.Using an inexpensive digital hygrometer, you can measure the humidity level in your bedroom. You’re looking for something near or between 40 to 50 percent. In Calgary, with our dryer climate, this may be the case more so than the air being too humid. for more information on humidifiers and what they can do for your home read more here.

Feel the BreezeFans offer a variety of benefits to keep you asleep. The draft from a ceiling fan can create a cooling effect on your skin all night long, keeping you comfortable and closer to that ideal temperature range. It will also circulate the air to keep it fresh, which may make it easier to breathe.Are you thinking that a fan may be too noisy? Fans provide white noise. This effect can be so soothing that you might even want to use a comparatively noisy box fan if your ceiling fan is too quiet. White noise can not only help you fall asleep, but it can also help you stay asleep by muffling middle-of-the-night noises that might otherwise wake you up.Do you want to learn more about how zone cooling/heating, fans, and humidity controls can make your home more comfortable for a restful night’s sleep?

Indoor Air Quality

The quality of the air your breathing in can affect the sleep you have. Dust and other allergens can cause you to have difficulties breathing and therefore affect your sleep. A furnace and duct cleaning could help you breathe easier and sleep like a baby. if you think this could help and would like more information read this post!

Reach out to Air Raid Furnace & Duct today!

Energy Savings!

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Christmas and New Years has come and gone. Just like many others, you may have overspent. Electrical bills can skyrocket during the holiday season, and so can gas bills.  The weather in Calgary is freezing, the sun goes down earlier, and the outside of your home is filled with extra lights.  Entertaining is expensive. You may be cooking more for guests so the oven, stove, and dishwasher were being used more often, and you may have had guests using extra water or doing additional loads of laundry.  In short, A LOT of energy was used during the holidays.  To help combat this, here are 3 ways you can save money in January.

Adjust Your ThermostatAdjusting your thermostat is a great energy saving practice all year round.  Ideally, during the winter, the temperature gets turned down while everyone is out of the house for the day and again while everyone is warm sleeping under blankets at night. The actual adjustments can vary based on your family’s needs.  You don’t need to limit doing this to the month of January, over the course of the year you can save a lot.  One easy way to implement this year round is by installing a programmable thermostat that can make these adjustments for you.Going a step further by making sure your furnace is running efficiently can make sure you are not wasting money by paying more to heat your home. A performance maintenance tune-up can make sure you are operating efficiently and can save you money in break down costs.

Use LED LightsInvest in some new LED lights.  Yes, this involves spending, and LED lights do initially cost more, but you will be very pleasantly surprised by the savings. On average you can save $75 per year.Consider having your outside lights on a time to avoid them being on when not needed.Candlelight can also be used to create cozy nights and save you money.

Cook Energy EfficientlyA kitchen is a prime place for energy saving. An estimated 4.5% of total home energy use is from the kitchen, and this figure doesn’t include the energy costs associated with refrigeration, hot water heating, and dishwashing. Added together, these costs mean that as much as 15% of the energy bill comes from your kitchen.Cooking, especially dishes that spend a long time in the oven or on the stove, uses up a lot of energy.  When prepping meals, plan ones that use other appliances in your kitchens such as your slow cooker, microwave, or toaster oven.  Keep the lids on your pots so items on the stove will cook faster and resist opening the oven before the food is done.

Overall, many of the good energy saving practices we should be doing all year round can be extra helpful this time of year.  A little bit can go a long way. Remembering to turn off lights when you leave a room, think about taking a little shorter shower, and turn off the water while brushing your teeth.  For more information about energy savings call Air Raid Furnace!

Keep Your Exhaust Pipes Clear

We have been hit with nasty weather in Calgary and Southern Alberta. The snow is deep and the wind is freezing. This is a perfect combination for frozen exhaust pipes, and shut off furnaces and hot water tanks. It’s is important to inspect your pipes regularly to ensure proper air flow. If they become blocked by snow they can cause deadly carbon monoxide to build up in your house. Make sure you install or check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector. During the winter, with less open windows, it’s important to make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working.

If you have any questions or concerns

please call 403-826-6950 

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Homeowner Heating Inspection Checklist

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As a homeowner, it is important to be on top of the equipment that runs your home. Now I know you can be an expert in all aspects that would take way to much schooling. By following these simple steps you can ensure your equipment is ready. At the very least you can spot problems before they become too costly or cause unnecessary damage to your home.

**** Disclaimer- this does not replace the need to have yearly inspections done by the professionals. *****

Homeowner Heating Inspection Checklist

1) Examine the inside of your furnace's flue with a flashlight. You want to see if there is any moisture buildup. Lightly tap the furnace to see if any corrosion or rust falls. Any moisture or rust can be a serious problem. If you discover any moisture, rust, corrosion or soot contact us and we can check to see what the problem is

2) Check for any leaks in your heating systems ductwork by mixing up a bit of dish soap in a bowl and brush it on the seams. Any bubbles that appear can indicate an issue that needs fixing or your ductwork is not as efficient as it could be.

3) Change your furnace filter. A dirty furnace filter forces the furnace to work harder and less efficiently which in turn costs the owner more money. Every filter needs to be replaced at different intervals, knowing what filter you use is important.

4) Replace the batteries in your thermostat if it uses them. If your thermostat stops working and you are away on a trip this can cause thousands of dollars of damage in your home.

5) Clean any outside intake air vents to ensure they are free of any debris, bird nests or insect nests. During the winter you want to check the intake and exhaust to make sure there is no snow or ice build up.  If these intakes are blocked your furnace could stop working.

6) Make sure all vents in the house are open and free of obstacles. Often times we get complaints that individual rooms are colder. This could be a simple problem of your vents being closed or you could have something in your vents. A duct cleaning can fix this problem. Or maybe a check of the ductwork is needed to see if any ducts have come loose.

7) If you have a boiler check the radiators for any leakage or damaged floors that could indicate an issue. If you have a gas furnace check the concrete floors and the pan for any leaks or wetness.

8) Check that the furnace works before it gets cold! No one wants problems when it is freezing out. By checking these simple things you can possibly avoid a very cold day.

Please note this is just a quick homeowners inspection that covers the very basics and should NOT be used as a replacement for qualified professional heating inspections. Call us today to schedule a full performance maintenance inspection.  

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WHEN SHOULD YOU CLEAN YOUR FURNACE AND DUCTS?

As a homeowner, I know you know the benefits of the regular furnace and duct cleaning. However, you might not know when or how often to schedule cleaning to ensure the best results. At Air Raid Furnace, we have loads of experience keeping air ducts in peak condition, and we recommend the following guidelines to keep your duct system and home air clean. 

When Cleaning Is Needed?

There are several indications that your air ducts could use a thorough cleaning. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, these warning signs include: 

  • You can see dust being blown out of your vents. 
  • You have reason to believe that mold is growing inside the ductwork. 
  • You notice signs of rodents, insects or other pests living in the ductwork. 

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association also recommends carrying out air duct cleaning if you have built a new house, moved into a new home or completed home improvements. Construction can cause dust and other debris to build up in the duct system. Moving into a new house without cleaning the ducts may cause you to miss out on an overdue cleaning, and let's be honest you don't want to breathe in someone else's dust, animal dander, and other mysteries that lurk in the ductwork. 

Schedule Regular Duct Cleaning Or Tune-Up

It’s best to schedule duct cleaning regardless of the points listed above. Duct cleaning should be completed at least once every three to five years. We recommend that you schedule cleaning every two years or even more often if you have allergies, asthma, or hairy pets. The ideal frequency depends on various factors, from where you live to your respiratory health. 

Keep on Top of Cleaning

Although the cost of furnace duct cleaning can deter some homeowners, professional cleaning is an investment that pays off. Duct cleaning that includes your entire home air system, from the furnace to the vents and even your air conditioner, can relieve allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions. If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned recently, make sure to consult with a professional to decide whether cleaning is necessary and identify the schedule that offers the best fit for your home. If you have any other questions or concerns about the cleanliness of your vents contact us today we'd love to help. 

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Don't Ever Count Your Vents Again!

How many vents do you have in your house? Did you know or did you have to count? Did you count the heat registers and did you remember to count the cold air returns as well. I know I don't know how many are in my house.

So let me give you an example. Mary is phoning for the best prices for the furnace and duct cleaning just like she should. She phones a few places one company says they charge $159 this price includes 10 vents. She thinks to herself that sounds good. And books them in, they come and do a good job. She goes to pay the bill and it's over $300. What why is the price so different? You see she didn't fully count her vents and she wasn't aware that they charge extra for high-efficiency furnaces. But now it's too late the job is done and Mary has to pay that bill. At Air Raid Furnace & Duct we want you to be happy with your services. We never charge extra for vents or a high efficient furnace. We don't add "environmental" fees.

We don't want you to have buyers remorse. The price we quote you is the price you pay. For more information read HERE.

Calgary Humidifier, Why You Need One!

Southern Alberta winters are cold and dry. Humidifiers push moisture into the air creating many be benefits to you and your family. 

Many studies show that maintaining a humidity level of 43% or higher can reduce viruses, therefore, reducing the chance of colds or flu. Viruses and bacteria can't move around in moist air. In a low humidity environment, airborne viruses thrive. Installing a whole house humidifier can mean the difference between being sick or remaining healthy. 

Skin, eyes, nose, and throat require moisture. In a dry environment, skin dries out and flakes. Moisture creates smooth soft skin. Eyes become scratchy, causing you to depend on eye drops. Your nose dries, swells and crack making you susceptible to viruses and bacteria. Your throat becomes dry and sore, and dries out your vocal cords and causes you to have a rasp. Sleeping improves when you sleep with a whole house humidifier. 

Sleeping with a humidifier can reduce snoring. Healthy houseplants to aid in your indoor air quality by pulling toxins out of the air. 

Plants can be affected by dry air as well. Are your plants leaves drooping or do your plants look sad? A whole house humidifier can keep your plants healthy which makes you healthy? 

Protect your wood. Did you just buy or renovate your dream home? You planned your furnishings and picked out the perfect wood floor. Dry air can damage the wood causing your furniture, floors, moldings, and doors to dry, crack and split. A whole-home humidifier can preserve the integrity of the wood, maintaining it in years to come. 

Reduce static shock. Do your kids love to drag their feet on the floor and the shock you? A humidifier will decrease the lightning show in your home. 

Reduce your heating bill. Moist air feels warmer than dry air. You can set your thermostat a few degrees lower saving you money. In the end, a humidifier benefits your families overall well being. 

Installing a whole house humidifier at your furnace ensures the humidity can be available in all rooms of your house!!

What's on our social media pages?

Social media is very important to Air Raid Furnace & Duct. We mainly use Facebook, Twitter and of course we love to post videos on our YouTube channel.  We encourage our customers to check out these pages daily as we always have great information to help them keep their furnace and duct system in perfect shape. Please feel free to contact us anytime about any information you find might be helpful.