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Top Holiday Home Safety Tips 

December 17, 2021

Top Holiday Home Safety Tips 

The holidays are great, but if you get too distracted by all the fun you may experience a hazard if your home is not prepared. There are many safety issues that come up during these colder months. Here are three ways you can keep this season merry and bright.

Smoke Detector

It is easy to forget about smoke alarms, especially during the holidays. Everyone tends to be busy with shopping, parties, and traveling. It only takes a few minutes to test and maintain the smoke detectors in your home. A working smoke alarm can save lives, so be sure you've got them all installed correctly and working properly before you start cooking up holiday meals, using space heaters, or firing up holiday lighting. Homeowners should make sure they have a working smoke alarm outside of every bedroom or sleeping quarter. If you convert your den to a makeshift bedroom to house relatives during the holidays, consider it a sleeping quarter.

Extension Cord Safety

There are many dangers associated with electrical cords. To avoid problems, be proactive and take precautions while using extension cords this winter. Do not use frayed or spliced ones, and do not string too many of them together. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. If you have kids or pets, keep them from playing with the strands. They can get tangled up in them. Loose cords are a tripping hazard, but do not throw a rug over them because they can overheat. Instead, run the wires along the wall away from foot traffic.

Heat 

With the cooler months upon us, it is a good idea to prepare your heating system. A poorly maintained system can cause a number of problems, from higher energy bills to the possibility of fire and even mold growth. The best way to prevent issues with your HVAC unit is by having regular inspections that include cleaning the coils, checking all connections, and making sure there are no leaks in the lines. This professional service at A-Plus Quality, located in the the Greater Toronto Area, will ensure that your unit runs more efficiently while also helping keep your home, family, and guests safe. Schedule a maintenance appointment with us today before the holiday season is officially here. 

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  • 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.

  • How do I know what size unit I need?
    If you have any problems with your system, you should contact the contractor who installed the units. All our systems are covered by a 5 year parts, 7 year compressor limited warranty
     
  • Furnace is blowing cold air in Winter?

    This can be due to Ignition lockout, sometimes could be resolved by resetting the power  and if this does not resolve the issue you should contact a certified gas technician from A-Plus Quality to get this problem resolved!

  • Water is Leaking on my Furnace

    Water falling on to the furnace can harm your heating unit by affecting the control boards and other components enclosed in the furnace. There can be many causes to the water overflow, but the most common cases in the summer is the ice build up inside the evaporator coil due to low refrigerant level. Water build up can also be due to the evaporator coil having a crack on the base, if this is the case contact us by booking an appointment or call us today to have a technician come have a look at your unit and repair this issue before it causes excessive damage.  

  • 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.

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