3 Ways To Save Money On Heating Costs

At Dr. Ductless we know that saving money around the house is one of your priorities. With that in mind we’ve got 3 really easy ways to save money on heating costs.

Windows can help save money on heating

If you want to keep your home as warm as possible without using your furnace, boiler, heat pump or any other heating source here’s how it’s done. Use the sun to your advantage. Yes, that huge ball of fire in the sky is one of your best friends, even in the dead of winter. If you leave your curtains open on sunny days you allow the sun to beam in and heat up the air in your home around the windows. At night when the sun goes down, just close your curtains to keep the heat in and the cold out, especially if there are drafts around your windows. This is a simple way to save money on heating.

Save money on heating by clearing the space around your vents

If you have a heat pump or a furnace that uses forced air, you need to ensure that there isn’t anything impeding the flow of air from the vents to the rest of your home. When the warm air can’t circulate that means it can’t move throughout your home and towards your thermostat. your thermostat controls the temperatures and if it does’t know that your home is warm or if heat isn’t being properly circulated then it won’t turn off your heating system. This means that your system will have to work for longer periods of time, use more energy than it needs to and cost you more on your monthly energy bills.

Eliminate drafts to save money on heating costs

Drafts can exist is both old and new homes. Don’t think for a second that just because you have a new home that there can’t be drafts. Old window frames are notorious for drafts and if you’re not ready to replace your windows consider calking or another type of sealant to combat drafts. This same application can also be used around outlets and switches to seal off drafts. Overall, finding drafts and then applying a solution to them can really make a difference and ensure that your thermostat isn’t kicking in unnecessarily.

For more information about heat pumps or furnaces, or just for more ways to save money on heating costs contact Dr. Ductless today: 1.866.482.2767 (1.866.HVAC.SOS)

Questions To Ask A Ductless Installation Company

So, you’re finally taking the advice of neighbours, friends or family and getting a ductless air conditioner or heat pump. Ductless installation is an investment you won’t regret, but it’s important to ensure that you have the right company working for you when you need to have a new ductless unit installed in your home. Choosing the wrong company may lead to regrets, but here are some questions you should ask that can help you avoid that.

Is the ductless installation company bonded and insured?

It might seem like a question that doesn’t need asking, but believe us…you need to ask. There are lots of ductless installation companies out there just flying by the seat of their pants without insurance. This means that if a worker is injured while in your home, you can be liable for their injuries and on the hook for medical bills and other claims. But, you guessed it. Dr. Ductless HVAC technicians are all 100% bonded and insured, so you have nothing to worry about. (Bonded workers are legitimate, legal and registered to work in Canada)

Which zones will a new ductless installation cover?

If you’re making assumptions about what your ductless installation company knows in terms of what you want, then you’re making a mistake. You need to have a clear conversation with them about what spaces in your home will be covered with your new ductless installation. Whether you need ductless heating, ductless cooling or both. Ask them how many rooms will be serviced, so they can adjust their design, installation and quote accordingly.

What’s their timeline for ductless installation?

Any ductless installation company should be able to provide you with a timeline as to when they can start the work and how long it will take. For the most part this timeline can be trusted and ask them to be frank with you if there are changes at all. There may also be provisions worked in if they have a general sense of things that might lead to delays.

What about the efficiency of my ductless installation?

First off efficiency is a very important aspect of your ductless installation. Efficiency relates to how much energy your ductless units will use in order to perform their basic functions. The more efficient your ductless units are, the less energy they will use. In ductless units this is measure by a SEER rating, which is a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Overall, these units are better for the environment and will cost you much less on your monthly energy bills.

How much will my ductless installation cost?

Get this in writing. Ask them straight up for a quote in writing, so they have to stick to it. If they expect there will be additional charges, get a rough estimate for them as well just in case. This allows you not only to budget for the ductless services, but also holds the ductless company accountable.

Overall, if you want to work with a company that properly checks off all of these boxes, you’ve come to the right blog. Dr. Ductless has over 35 years of experience installing ductless units. We provide you with a free estimate, a detailed timeline, will discuss the efficiency of your new ductless units, explain how they will be zoned and we are fully insured and bonded. Call us today for more details or to schedule an appointment: 1.866.482.2767 (1.866.HVAC.SOS)

The Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioners

Many homeowners think that their ductless air conditioners or heat pumps are simply there to ensure that they get the cooling they want during the hot summer months and the heating they need during the cold winter months. Well, it’s time to understand that there are other great things your ductless unit is doing that you may not have considered.

Ductless & Indoor Air Quality

Sure, ductless air conditioners and heat pumps do a great job heating and cooling your home, but did you know that they have a dramatic affect on the air quality in your home? Each ductless unit in your home has a filtration system that ensures all the air that passes through the system is filtered. That means dust, pet hair, pet dander and any other allergens or airborne particles are filtered out of the air in your home. As a result you and your family get fresher and cleaner air to breathe.

Ductless Heat Extraction

Central air conditioners and furnaces use energy from your home to create cool and warm air for your home, which is fine, but that’s no how ductless units work. Ductless heating and cooling systems extract heat from the existing interior environment, making them more energy-efficient and cost-effective. Overall, your ductless air conditioners will save you money over time and reduce your carbon footprint by using much less energy. In turn this also reduces the amount you have to pay on your energy bills each month.

Ductless Environmental Impact

Some ductless manufacturers utilize energy-saving technologies to reduce the amount of CO2 they emit, while others are increasing air quality by decreasing the number of harmful emissions during manufacturing of ductless heating and cooling systems. That means, by purchasing a ductless air conditioner or heat pump you know that your product was actually manufactured with the environment in mind. Additionally, these products are very energy-efficient, which means they use much less energy when you have them turned on.

Overall, there are lots of reasons to use ductless technology, so what are you waiting for. Give us a call for more information about ductless or to get a free quote today: 1.866.482.2767

3 Myths About Ductless Systems

When you think about ductless air conditioners or heat pumps you might think that they’re inferior technology that doesn’t provide great heating or cooling. That’s simply not true. There are actually a bunch of myths out there about ductless systems that we’re here to put to rest right now. read on to find out the truth.

Noise In Ductless Systems

First of all ductless systems aren’t any noisier than any other HVAC appliance in your home. In fact many of them are built with unique whisper technology that ensure they make as little sound as possible. The air they actually blow around makes more noise than the mechanics inside the air handlers themselves. On top of that the condenser is outside of your home and is also often designed to be fairly quiet and unnoticeable.

Overall, ductless heat pumps and air conditioners are much quieter than window air conditioners and central air conditioners and furnaces.

Ductless Systems and Air Filtration

Many people think that because ductless air conditioners and heat pumps don’t have ductwork or a big fancy filter that they don’t actually filter the air in your home. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Ductless systems actually do a great job filtering the air in the rooms that they’re in. By comparison, ductless systems typically have filters that simply need to be cleaned with a little water and are put back in. We’re sure you’d agree that having a reusable filter is much better than buying a new one every month.

Ductless Systems in Homes New and Old

It’s a common misconception that ductless air conditioner and heat pumps can only be installed in new homes. That’s not true at all. Ductless systems can be installed in any home and basically anywhere you need them. They’re actually really easy to install as they only require a 4 inch hole to be drilled in an exterior wall to connect the condenser and air handler units together.

If you need a new ductless air conditioner or heat pump installed in your home let us know. We’re happy to help you choose one that’s right for the size of your home and has the features you and your family want. Call for a free estimate: 1.866.482.2767

The Top 6 Heat Pump Brands For Your Home

There comes at time in the lifecycle of your heat pump where it needs to be replaced. Heat pumps are excellent sources of heat, air filtration and air circulation in your home, but it’s not easy to know what the best heat pump brands are. Dr. Ductless is here to put those thoughts to rest with our 6 favourite heat pump brands.

Top 6 Heat Pump Brands

  1. Daikin – A Japanese company that started out small, but like many companies with great investment and technology they’re grown to be the largest ductless air conditioning, heat pump and HVAC company in the entire world. With Daikin you get excellent performance and efficiency, but also a really great warranty that has your back to give you peace of mind.
  2. Fujitsu – Fujitsu has been around for a long time and they have lots of different products under the Fujitsu brand. One of their best, as you may have guessed, are their heat pump brands. Fujitsu Heat Pumps are tough enough for the Canadian climate, even with ridiculously low temperatures in the winter.
  3. Mitsubishi – Mitsubishi is the best selling heat pump brand in North America. They’re one of the most recognizable brands in the world and they’ve been in the ductless air conditioner and heat pump market for a long time in America. Mitsubishi ductless units are sleek and attractive, and Mitsubishi heat pumps come with pretty awesome warranties, just like many of their competitors.
  4. LG – LG is one of the newest heat pump brands on the market, but that doesn’t mean they should be dismissed. LG ductless products are well built and will stand the test of time. We install lots of LG ductless units because we know they’re affordable and reliable.
  5. Panasonic – You guessed right, it’s that same Panasonic brand you’ve known forever as an electronics company. Panasonic ductless heat pump systems are made for both residential and commercial environments, and have the latest technology to make using them, repairing and maintaining them so easy. They’ve even got WiFi.
  6. American Standard – American standard is probably the best domestic ductless heat pump brands going. Their products are built to last and with so many different option to choose form they have a ductless air conditioner or heat pump to suit every home or office.

If the time has come to replace your existing heat pump or to install a new one you can count on Dr. Ductless to take care of it. We know all the top heat pump brands and will help you choose one that’s the right size and has the right features for your home. Contact us today for more information: 1.866.482.2767