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Back to School: Homeowner’s Edition

Topics: Air Conditioner, Home Heating, Home Maintenance Tips, Home Protection, HVAC Solutions

The kids are back to school, but they don’t have to be the only ones! Welcome to the HomeBridge Canada Academy, where we’ll be furthering your home maintenance education.

Here is your syllabus for the day:

Period 1: Science

Lesson: How does GeoThermal energy work?

GeoThermal heating and cooling is an alternate source of energy that can reduce your carbon footprint.

The technology captures the heat stored beneath the earth’s surface. During the winter, the system extracts heat from the ground and transfers it to the house. In summer, it does the opposite. It transfers heat from the house into the ground and returns cool air to the house.

With GeoThermal heating and cooling, there is no combustion and it doesn’t emit greenhouse gases.

Required Reading:

http://homebridgecanada.com/geothermal-heating-and-cooling/

http://homebridgecanada.com/air-source-heat-pump/

http://homebridgecanada.com/save-on-propane-costs-with-natural-gas-barbecue/

Period 2: English

Lesson: Define the following: what is an HVAC split system?

A heating and cooling split system is a popular choice when installing a central HVAC unit. It contains an outdoor condensing unit and an indoor unit that’s usually hidden in the basement or a closet.

Larger split systems work well for office buildings, hotels, schools, and the like. Smaller systems are better for a small business, low-rise apartment building, retail outlet, or manufacturing facility.

Required Reading:

http://homebridgecanada.com/what-is-a-heating-and-air-conditioning-split-system/

http://homebridgecanada.com/what-is-a-package-unit/

http://homebridgecanada.com/afue-eer-hspf-learning-the-language-of-your-hvac-system/

Lunch

Extra Credit: Talk about your favourite home improvement projects.

Required Reading:

http://homebridgecanada.com/home-improvement-projects-to-try-this-fall/

Period 3: Shop Class

Lesson: What heating and cooling home projects can you DIY?

Heating and cooling projects can be very different from other home renovations. Do-it-yourself fixes often aren’t recommended and are better left to the professionals. That said, there are a few projects you can take on at home, such as:

  • Replacing your furnace filter.
  • Installing a programmable thermostat.
  • Planting trees to increase shade.
  • Creating indoor plant holders for greenery to improve your air quality.

Required Reading:

http://homebridgecanada.com/5-common-furnace-problems-and-what-to-do-about-them/

http://homebridgecanada.com/green-space-plants-for-indoor-air-quality/

http://homebridgecanada.com/why-you-shouldnt-clean-your-air-conditioner-yourself/

Period 4: Math

Lesson: How much can you save by upgrading to an energy-efficient heating and cooling system?

If your energy bill keeps going up, you can likely save money by upgrading your heating and cooling system.

Sometimes people are reluctant to spend on a maintenance package for their furnace or air conditioner, but we have found that by not investing in regular upkeep, you actually end up spending far more. Plus, the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) recommends your gas appliances be checked at least once per year by a professional technician. Fall can be a good time to do this.

Regular furnace maintenance helps your system work better (thus decreasing your energy bill) and gives your system a longer life span so you won’t have to replace it quite as soon. You can also cut down on your bill by installing a programmable thermostat.

Required Reading:

http://homebridgecanada.com/how-much-does-an-air-conditioner-cost/

http://homebridgecanada.com/calculating-your-air-conditioner-furnace-lifespan/

http://homebridgecanada.com/rent-vs-buy-furnace-a-guide-to-help-you-decide/

We hope you enjoyed the first day back to school at the HomeBridge Canada Academy. Connect with your classmates on social media. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Your teachers (our HomeBridge Canada comfort consultants) are here to answer any more questions you might have! We want to make sure you are successful in your assignments. We offer our services in Barrie, Orillia, Innisfil, Midland, Coldwater, Bradford, Horseshoe Valley, Alliston, and more.

Beat the fall RUSH. Book your maintenance now for AUGUST OR SEPTEMBER 2018 and save $20.00 on every piece of equipment worked on. Promotion includes furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, fireplaces, rooftops, humidifiers, and HRV.

Don’t hesitate to get in contact. You can reach us by calling 1-866-876-9986 or visiting www.homebridgecanada.com.

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