At Lamantia Heating & Cooling Inc., we specialize in providing high-quality HVAC sales and installation services to clients throughout the Windsor area. If you have any questions related to your HVAC equipment or our services, read through our tips or answers to some of the commonly asked questions. You may find someone having the same question like you. If you see your question unanswered, please give us a call today.
Q: How Can I Benefit from a Service Contract with Lamantia Heating & Cooling Inc.?
A: Proper annual maintenance can go a long way in preventing future heating and cooling system problems. A service contract can actually save you money in the long haul through regularly scheduled maintenance, cleaning, filter changes, etc. Pre-season annual checkups can also catch problems before they occur and save you costly repairs. Contractors often get very busy during summer and winter months, so it's a good idea to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall.
Q: Why Do I Need a Whole House Humidifier?
A: A whole house humidifier can actually save you money. A home with higher humidity in the winter will feel warmer allowing you to set your heating temperature lower. It will also minimize winter-chapped lips, dry throats and other symptoms of dry winter air. I’m sure you’re familiar with this concept from the weather we experience in Southwestern Ontario in the summer – as they say, it’s not the heat, and it’s the humidity that gets you.
Q: What Zero Cost Things Can I Do Around the Home to Increase My Savings?
Q: What Low-cost Things Can I Do Around the House to Increase My Savings?
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Q: What Can I Do to Increase the Efficiency of My Air Conditioning and Heating Units?
A: A large percentage of older homes have ductwork seams that have never been properly sealed. This causes a tremendous loss of efficiency in moving the conditioned air around the home. As a homeowner, you can increase the efficiency of your ductwork in a few simple ways. First, check your ducts for air leaks. Look for obvious holes, or gaps in the seams. Duct mastic or foil tape is the preferred material for sealing ductwork seams and joints. It is more durable than any available tape and generally easier for a do-it-yourself installation. Its only drawback is that it will not bridge gaps over ¼ inches. Such gaps must be first bridged with web-type drywall tape or a good-quality heat-approved tape. If you use tape to seal your ducts, avoid cloth-backed, rubber adhesive duct tape -- it tends to fail quickly. Instead, use mastic, butyl tape, foil tape, or other heat-approved tapes. Look for the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) approved logo. Remember that insulating ducts in the basement will make the basement colder. If both the ducts and the basement walls are not insulated, consider insulating both. Water pipes and drains in unconditioned spaces could freeze and burst if the heat ducts are fully insulated because there would be no heat source to prevent the space from freezing in cold weather. However, using an electric heating tape wrap on the pipes can prevent this. Afraid to tackle this on your own, ask us. Either way, be sure to get professional help when doing actual ductwork. A qualified professional should always perform changes and repairs to a duct system.
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Q: I'm Still Using Baseboard Heaters. Is There Anything More Efficient That Will Save Me Money?
A: If you are still using baseboard heaters or electrical heaters to heat your house, you should consider converting to a heat pump. Heat pumps are the most efficient form of electric heating, providing up to three times more heat than the energy they use. Today's heat pump can reduce your electricity use for heating by approximately 50% compared to electric resistance heating such as furnaces and baseboard heaters. A heat pump does double duty as a central air conditioner by collecting the heat inside your house and pumping it outside. There are three types of heat pumps: air-to-air, water source, and geothermal. They collect heat from the air, water, or ground outside your home and concentrate it for use inside.