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The Importance of Indoor Air Quality and How to Improve It


Indoor air quality (IAQ) is crucial for maintaining a healthy and comfortable living environment. Poor IAQ can lead to various health issues, including allergies, asthma, and respiratory infections. The professional and highly skilled team from A-Plus Quality is here to help with your HVAC needs. Here’s why indoor air quality matters and how you can improve it:   Health...

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The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Heating Systems


Choosing the right heating system for your home is essential for comfort and energy efficiency. The professional and highly skilled team from A-Plus Quality is here to help with your HVAC needs. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of various types of heating systems: Furnaces Pros: Efficiency: Modern furnaces, especially those with high AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization...

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Pre-Summer HVAC Upgrades: What's Worth Investing In?


As the summer months approach, ensuring your HVAC system is up to the task of keeping your home cool and comfortable becomes paramount. Investing in pre-summer HVAC upgrades can not only enhance your system's performance but also increase energy efficiency and lower utility costs. Here are some upgrades worth considering: Smart Thermostat Installation: Upgrade to a smart thermostat for...

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Understanding SEER Ratings and What They Mean for Your AC Efficiency


  Understanding SEER ratings is crucial when evaluating the efficiency of your air conditioning (AC) system. The professional and highly skilled team from A-Plus Quality is here to help with your HVAC needs. Here’s what you need to know about SEER ratings and their impact on AC efficiency:   What is SEER?: SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It...

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DIY HVAC Maintenance Tips: What You Can and Can’t Do Yourself


Regular maintenance is key to keeping your HVAC system running efficiently, but not all tasks should be handled by homeowners. The professional and highly skilled team from A-Plus Quality is here to help with your HVAC needs. Here are some DIY HVAC maintenance tips and guidelines on what you can and can’t do yourself: What You Can Do Yourself - Change Air Filters: One of the...

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Creating a Comfortable Home Environment with HVAC Zoning Systems for Spring


  Spring is the perfect time to optimize your home's comfort and efficiency. One effective way to achieve this is by implementing an HVAC zoning system. The professional and highly skilled team at A-Plus Quality is ready to assist with your HVAC needs, ensuring that your home environment is precisely tailored for comfort and efficiency.   What is an HVAC Zoning...

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How to Properly Size an HVAC System for Your Home


Properly sizing an HVAC system for your home is essential for ensuring optimal comfort, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. The professional and highly skilled team from A-Plus Quality is here to help with your HVAC needs. Here are some key steps to ensure you choose the right size HVAC system for your home:   Conduct a Load Calculation: A precise load calculation considers various...

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Emergency HVAC Repairs: What to Do When Your AC Breaks Down in Summer


When your air conditioner suddenly breaks down in the sweltering summer heat, it can be a stressful and uncomfortable experience. Knowing the right steps to take can help you manage the situation effectively and restore comfort to your home as quickly as possible. Here’s what you should do when your AC breaks down: 1. Check the Thermostat: Ensure your thermostat is set to the...

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Energy Efficiency Tips for Your HVAC System


Are you looking to maximize the efficiency of your HVAC system while minimizing energy costs? Look no further! The professional and highly skilled team from A-Plus Quality is here to provide you with some valuable tips to keep your HVAC system running efficiently. 1. Regular Maintenance: Schedule regular maintenance checks for your HVAC system to ensure it's operating at peak efficiency. 2....

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  • What are mini-split advantages?

    Just as the name implies, a “mini-split” system is a “split system” however available in smaller capacities, for single room to whole house conditioning. Mini-split systems may range from as small as 9,000 BTUh per hour, comparable to say, a small window AC unit, for individual room use, up to 4 and 5 ton capacities for “Room By Room” (also known as “Zoning”) and whole house conditioning. With near universal design, mini-splits are “heat pumps” which provide both heating and cooling for a home. Here are key advantages when compared to traditional split systems:

    Efficiency- Mini-splits are highly engineered systems which offer attractive operating efficiencies, in many instances, eligible for utility company rebates.
    Heat Pump- Most mini-split systems are heat pumps, providing year-round comfort.
    Solar friendly- Due to very low power requirements, mini-splits are an ideal complement to “Net Zero Energy” homes, or any home using renewable power.
    Carbon footprint- Mini-splits are 100% electric, with zero operating emissions of any type.
    Zoning- Most mini-split manufacturers offer systems capable of room-by-room “zoning”, to account for peak demands of a room based upon construction type, exposure orientation and usage.
    Variable capacity- Mini-splits are typically DC inverter driven. That is, a variable speed compressor which modulates in proportion to instantaneous demand. Most conventional split systems, by comparison, operate with an ON-OFF strategy. (Would you use an ON-OFF switch as the accelerator in your vehicle?)
    Location, Location, Location!- Mini-split outdoor units are compact; they can be located far away from noise-sensitive areas, such as bedrooms and home offices. Mini-split indoor units have the ability to be installed where conventional systems cannot.
    They’re perfect for additions and remodels where access to current HVAC system is difficult to access.
    Modern mini-split systems are remarkably quiet; in fact, many times their operation is unnoticed by the end user.

  • Why should I maintain my Furnace or AC?

    An annual maintenance will extend the lifetime of your heating and cooling unit. The technician will diagnose and repair any problem with the unit before it fails, so you won't need to worry about any problems when the weather gets very hot in the summer or extremely cold in the winter.

  • Why is there ice building up on the copper pipes?

    There can be many reasons why the refrigerant pipes are freezing up but the most common issue is low refrigerant levels. If your AC unit has ice buildup turn off the unit for at least 4 hours and call us at 416-410-0337

  • What is a heat pump?

    Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.

  • What is a mini-split?

    By definition, and simply put, a “Split System” is a heating and air conditioning system which has two main components, the indoor unit and outdoor unit. In short, the indoor unit absorbs heat energy in the cooling mode, and the outdoor unit rejects the very heat absorbed by the indoor unit. And the cycle is repeated until the set temperature is met. Although the indoor and outdoor units are located in physically different, hence “split” locations, they are connected and operate as, one system; continuously circulating refrigerant liquid and vapor by means of interconnecting, dehydrated copper refrigerant lines, commonly referred to as a “Line Set”.

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