One of the most significant investments you can make is buying your house. But it doesn’t mean you should invest in it unless it will pay off or enhance your living conditions. With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look at a home energy retrofit programs and how installing a new Bosch residential heat pump might not be as expensive as you think.

What is a heat pump?

Let’s make things as clear as possible. A heat pump is a type of HVAC system. It may be used to heat or cool certain rooms in your house. While the word “heat pump” may seem confusing, it is a description of what the system does.

To summarize, in the winter, the heat pump takes warm air from the outside and distributes it inside. In the summer, though, it works in reverse, taking warm air from indoors and expelling it out of your home to keep you nice and cool.

Heat pump vs. furnace

While they both serve the same function throughout the winter season of the year, there are a few significant differences between these two units, which include:

  • Furnaces are often bigger and occupy more space to meet the requirement for a larger system to create heat – as opposed to a heat pump, which brings heat in from the outside.
  • Heat pumps may both heat and cool your home, resulting in a two-in-one system.
  • Furnaces are central units and require a proper duct system all across the house to function properly.
  • Heat pumps use far less energy.

Now that we’ve covered the fundamentals, let’s look at the Canada Greener Homes Grant and how you may receive a rebate from the government for a heat pump.

How to get Government of Canada rebates for home renovations

It can be expensive to upgrade your house. Indeed, there are low-cost improvements and retrofit solutions that have a significant influence on your home’s value. However, a retrofit and perhaps some cosmetic modification of your property are not the same thing.

We all know that remodelling generally refers to any sort of basic house improvement, but what exactly does retrofit mean? It typically means you’ve moved beyond the realm of do-it-yourself. A retrofit typically refers to an upgrade to your home’s primary systems. They require the services of an expert to analyze and implement energy-saving improvements. If you’re wondering how you can receive free money from the Canadian government for retrofit solutions, there’s a home remodelling grant for that.

The Canada Greener Homes Grant is the most recent of Canada’s energy efficiency initiatives, and it was established to reward homeowners throughout the country who make their homes more energy efficient with up to $5,000 (plus $600 in some circumstances). But, exactly, what does that necessarily mean? It’s not as frightening as it appears. There are a couple of measures to take. Just keep in mind that you won’t really be able to DIY this one yourself. It requires:

  • An inspection/green home energy audit to evaluate your home’s current efficiency
  • Official recommendations that you can follow
  • Installation of at least one of the eligible recommendations (like Bosch climate 5000 installations)
  • And finally, a follow-up inspection/green home energy audit to see if your home’s efficiency has improved

Naturally, since this is a more significant job, you wouldn’t want to do it yourself and risk not being eligible for the rebate. For instance, installing the Bosch Climate 5000 is not something you can do using YouTube. To complete the task correctly, a professional installer with expertise and qualified equipment is required. Therefore, if you’re considering of improving your home’s HVAC system to take advantage of the energy efficiency retrofit initiative, you should consider hiring an expert.

Why choose Bosch thermotechnology?

Choosing a Bosch equipment is always a wise option since they are one of the best and most efficient heat pump manufacturers on the market today. It’s difficult to think of a better alternative when filing for a heat pump government rebate, with a better model and a 10-year Bosch warranty, and now that it’s part of the Canada energy savings incentive program. After all, when it comes to upgrading your home’s HVAC system, you want to be sure you have the ideal heating and cooling system. However, there are a few additional factors.

Air handler unit that’s whisper quiet

One disadvantage of the heat pump vs furnace argument is that furnaces are typically quieter. Yet, in a short period of time, technology has advanced significantly. The Bosch climate 5000 specifications for the air handler, for example, guarantee that it will not get louder than around 20 dB, which is as quiet as whispering or some rustling leaves.

High efficiency heat pump

An another major pro that has recently emerged from the Bosch climate 5000 reviews is that it is exceptionally energy efficient. This system was designed to outperform alternative heating and cooling choices, in addition to having a high SEER rating. This is because these air handlers are best suited for spot heating and cooling, resulting in reduced resource consumption. That means you may take advantage of Canada’s energy efficiency incentives, as well as enjoy pleasant temperatures and lowered monthly expenses.

Since its introduction in the 1970s, the world has become more familiar with the concept of a ductless air conditioning system. Between 1954 and 1968, Japanese enterprises Mitsubishi Electric and Toshiba pioneered the technology. It was created as an upgrade from the window unit. The key objective was to offer cooling to houses and buildings where a more extensive, whole-system approach was either impractical because to space or monetary limitations, but subsequently offering as a far more pleasant cooling technology.

Initially available only with a wall-mounted indoor unit option, the ductless system provided enhanced performance, higher efficiency, and the ability to regulate separate zones. The possibility to remotely place the system’s condensing unit and therefore relocate the sound-bearing components from the living area was a significant benefit in freeing up window space.

The fact that the small, compact condensing units could be put in various locations, keeping up with the space-restricted Japanese building practices, was one of the major elements in the ductless system’s early popularity. To this day, the worldwide baseline ductless product is a wall-mounted indoor unit, which accounts for approximately 75% of total global mini-split sales. Several manufacturers saw opportunities and introduced additional ductless indoor units, such as floor consoles and ceiling-suspended units. Concealed ducted-style and concealed ceiling cassette units have also been created, giving the ductless businesses a new application.

Japanese house

Technologies Are Evolving

The ductless systems earned a reputation for reliability in terms of service and maintenance. Today’s technology has further enhanced this reputation, with installations rarely experiencing issues. Whether it is a small system or a multi zone system — witch was invented by Daikin in 1973 — these systems are extremely efficient, requiring just basic filter maintenance and condenser coil cleaning.

As the Japanese invention was gradually spread across the world, the demands that each region created, both in terms of sales and design, further improved the concept, allowing ductless to become the standard of many countries’ HVAC choices.

Longer pipe lengths, improved height separation, broader operation temperature range in both cooling and heating modes, efficiency levels exceeding government-mandated minimum requirements, and user-friendly mobile controls were among the technological advancements.

The most significant evolution of the mini-split happened with the introduction of the more sophisticated variable refrigerant volume (VRV) zone systems. These advancements provided a ductless solution for servicing whole-house residential applications with multi-split systems capable of serving up to five zones.

Constant Evolution

Compressor technology transitioned from conventional to variable-frequency drive (VFD) inverter compressors, offering outstanding operating performance (full and partial load) and close control of the desired comfort level. Above all, improved equipment reliability and lifespan.

Condensing fan motors were upgraded from direct-drive to VFD inverter-types, which improved performance at the extremes of the ambient operation range and increased efficiency.

To reduce indoor noise levels and power consumption, evaporator unit fan motors transitioned from direct-drive to direct-current (DC).

Heat exchanger technology has advanced to incorporate sophisticated high-performance coil designs with little surface area but high heat exchange to guarantee higher system capacity. Even with a tiny packed unit, higher efficiency can be obtained.

Self-diagnostic features assist the installing contractor and owner in addressing system errors and getting the equipment back to operational with as little downtime as possible.

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.

As the first heatwave of summer is upon us you’ll be relying on your air conditioner to keep your family cool and comfortable. When temperatures rise into the high 20s and 30s your air conditioner and HVAC system have to work even harder to maintain your specific temperature setting.

Keeping your air conditioner and HVAC system in good working order is the best way to make sure it works when you need it to. There’s nothing worse than sitting through a heatwave while waiting for an HVAC professional to come and fix your air conditioner. Remember lots of people have air conditioners that break during heat waves so most HVAC companies, especially reputable ones like Dr. Ductless, get booked up much quicker than they normally do.

4 Ways To Keep Your Air Conditioner Running

  1. Professional Air Conditioner Maintenance: In the spring, before summer is here, it’s important to have your air conditioner and HVAC system tuned up by a professional. It might not seem like a big deal, but it’s essential to have specific things done by a professional so your system is running as efficiently as possible. Some parts can be damaged if not cleaned properly, which is why a professional from a reputable company like Dr. Ductless should be tasked with your air conditioner maintenance.
  2. Replace Your Air Filters: Your air conditioner and HVAC system might have one or more air filters that need to be changed or cleaned on a regular basis. This is one of the easiest things that you can do to maintain the efficiency of your air conditioner and HVAC system. Replacing the filter also helps to reduce the amount of dust, pollen and other allergens in your home. Overall, a clean HVAC filter ensures that all the internal parts of your system are dust free and clean.
  3. Stop Tinkering With Your Thermostat: Find a comfortable temperature for your home and then leave your thermostat alone. Once you find that temperature it’s important to set it for times during the day when you’re actually home. When you’re not home set your thermostat to maintain a higher temperature so it uses less energy. A programmable thermostat should only be adjusted if your habits change and you find yourself home during an irregular time. Overall, once you set it the less you tamper with it means that your air conditioner and HVAC system will run more efficiently.
  4. Cover Your Windows: Blinds, shades, curtains or any other type of window covering help keep the sun out during the day when it’s very hot. When the sun shines through a window it turns your home into a fishbowl and super-heats the air. As a result, your air conditioner has to work extra hard to cool your home. Planting trees and other foliage in your yard to block the sun can also help.

For more information about how to keep your air conditioner working efficiently all summer or to book a maintenance or repair appointment contact Dr. Ductless today: 416.477.7251. Dr. Ductless has been providing HVAC services in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

Having two systems in your home to handle the heating and cooling is common practice in Toronto and the GTA. Whether it’s a furnace and central air conditioner or ductless air conditioning with a boiler, there are all kinds of ways to mix and match complex HVAC systems to suit your needs. There are even combi boilers that manage your home’s hot water and heating. The trick is finding the right balance based on your home’s design and your needs.

Is Your Home Designed To Pair Ductless Air Conditioning With A Boiler?

Knowing what to look for in terms of compatibility is important. Luckily, ductless air conditioners are known for their versatility in where they can be installed. Ask yourself:

  • Where are the warmest spots in my home?
  • Do I have more than one level in my home?
  • What am I currently using to cool my home?

These questions help to better determine where a ductless unit would be best placed. If you have an upstairs with a stuffy back bedroom as well as a warm living room on the main floor, you might need more than one interior unit to manage those hot summer days. You see, ductless air conditioning is best used for spot heating and cooling, which means it’s a concentrated way of controlling the temperature in a given area. If your home has multiple hot zones that aren’t close together, it might make sense to add another interior unit to help address the issue.

If you have an air conditioner in place, ductless can still be an option. It’s just important to know what you currently have in place before potentially doubling up in the wrong area of your home. Ductless can either be a support system to what you have in place or be strategically installed as your main source of air conditioning. It’s always best to consult with a pro. They should be able to take the time to assess your home and go over which options make sense based on these factors.

Ductless Air Conditioning With A Boiler Is Our Specialty

Give us a call at 416.477.7251. Our team of dedicated professionals has been serving Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years. When it comes to installing ductless air conditioning with a boiler, furnace, or combi boiler, Dr. Ductless is second to none. We’d love to help.

Adding a new air conditioner to your home isn’t a decision you should take lightly. Whatever you decide will be your main source of comfort for the next decade at least. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what a ductless air conditioner has to offer and if it’s right for you.

What Is A Ductless Air Conditioner?

This one is easy. Ductless units are compact systems designed to pull in air from outside your home and distribute cool air inside. It consists of 2 main components. The first is an indoor unit you can control with a remote to set your optimal temperature. The second is an outdoor condenser responsible for pulling in the air that will be cooled and distributed inside.

Ductless Air Conditioner: Works Well Alone Or With Existing Options

Choosing to go ductless isn’t a major change of pace to what you currently have in place. Whether it’s central air or a window model, ductless air conditioners don’t require an existing system to piggyback off of. Instead, these can be used in collaboration with your current form of A/C or as a new solution altogether. Here are the 2 scenarios:

  1. I have an air conditioner but need a boost

    In this case, you’ll want to work with a pro to establish which area of your home you need to focus on. If you have a back bedroom that is always the warmest in the summer, you may want to start there. Ductless is best used for spot cooling, which is perfect for helping beat the heat in a given area. Plus, this will save you some money as it will require your central air to run at a higher temperature, rather than try to cool the entire home. And don’t worry, ductless units are specially designed to keep the amount of energy they use to a minimum.

  2. I don’t have any air conditioning at all

    Don’t worry, ductless air conditioners can still help you out. You just need to be a bit more strategic. Instead of placing your indoor unit in a single room, it might work best in a hallway that feeds into a few different areas. Alternatively, a living room works best. If your home is just too big for a single unit, multiple indoor units are always an option. Just check with your HVAC professional to get their recommendation before any installations actually begin.

  3. Let The Experts At Dr. Ductless Install Your Ductless Air Conditioner

    After more than 30 years of installing, maintaining, repairing Toronto and the GTA’s HVAC, we aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Call 416.477.7251 to learn more about how ductless air conditioners may be the answer you need this summer.

It’s no secret that cottages can get a bit drafty. So what do you do about it? If you’re cranking the heating in the fall or winter months, that could lead to more expensive energy bills without really making that much of a difference. Plus, other rooms might get too warm. Cottage ductless installation makes much more sense.

Heat A Given Area With Cottage Ductless Installation

Whether it’s a chilly bedroom on the second floor or your living room with all the windows on the main floor, installing a ductless heat pump changes everything. Once properly assessed by a professional, you can determine which area of your cottage would benefit most from having a boost in heat. You can even have multiple units installed around your property to forgo having HVAC altogether. It’s completely up to you.

Heat pumps pull in air from the outdoors and warm it to the desired temperature before distributing it to the rooms closest to the unit. This is all easily controlled by your remote, where you can adjust the temperature to best fit your needs. Based on the size of your cottage, one well-placed interior unit is often enough to get the job done. If you’re worried about noise, they make next to none. Most people have them in a bedroom that might be near the back of a home and sleep like babies because they are well known for being quiet. The outdoor compressor makes virtually no noise at all, so you won’t be turning up the volume on your TV every time the heat kicks in.

Let The Experts Handle Your Cottage Ductless Installation

Trying to install a system like this on your own is possible, but never recommended by anyone who’s actually done it before. While online tutorials might make it look easy, you also need to have a bit of strategy in where to install the inside and outside units. Putting them in the wrong place might not be as efficient and result in poor results or higher energy bills.

Our expert team is here to help. We’ve been serving Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years now. Give us a call at 416.477.7251. We’d be happy to help by answering any questions you have or dispatching a trained professional to assess your situation in person. Together, we can go over your options before you commit to any cottage ductless installation decisions.

Saving money is important when you live in a growing city like Toronto and the GTA. With the mayor projecting an approximate 70,000 new people each year moving in, it’s no secret that prices aren’t dropping anytime soon when it comes to housing. Luckily, you can put a little more money in your pocket by choosing the right affordable heating system for your home. Heat pumps are great for that.

Affordable Heating Systems Are Great For Saving

Not everyone is a trained HVAC technician, so let’s take a moment to review the different ways of heating a home below, including:

  • furnace
  • boiler/combi-boiler
  • fireplace (gas/electric)
  • wood-burning stove
  • heat pump

Now that the basics are out of the way, we can all recall experiencing one or more of these in our lifetime. However, heat pumps have been growing in popularity due to their multiple benefits. A heat pump is designed for spot heating the immediate area where it is located. Think of this as being a very powerful space heater that can be set to any temperature your heart desires. It is a sleek and subtle unit that is mounted high on a wall and connected to a compressor outside. Cold air is pulled into the unit, heated, and then distributed to the room inside your home. What makes it an affordable heating system though is that it requires less energy to operate.

Think about a furnace for example. A furnace needs to generate enough hot air to reach every room in a home. A heat pump only needs to keep the immediate area warm. This leads to less energy being used and smaller bills for you each month. It’s also easier to install. Unlike a boiler, furnace or wood-burning stove, heat pumps are an affordable heating system because they don’t rely on ductwork or pipes that carry heat to all areas of a home. This simplified solution saves you from installing vents or ductwork and keeps overall costs lower – just be sure to hire a professional to handle the installation.

Need An Affordable Heating System Installed? Call Dr. Ductless

Investing in your home is always a good idea, and that starts with making the right decisions for installing any major systems like HVAC. Our team can help with that. We’ve been installing, repairing, and maintaining Toronto’s heat pumps for more than 30 years now. Just give us a call at 416.477.7251 to get started. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you have so you can make informed decisions. Put our experience to work for you today.

It’s almost spring time in Toronto, which means your ductless mini-split air conditioning system likely needs a tune-up or needs to be sent to that big appliance recycling bin in the sky. Even if you have a running ductless mini-split air conditioning system, it might make sense to replace it due to how inefficiently it’s been running.

What Is A Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning System?

A ductless mini-split air conditioning system relies on the expansion and contraction of refrigerant moving through a closed system. That’s fairly technical, but in a nutshell that refrigerant removes heat from the air in your home, which in turn cools it down. Instead of pushing cold air through long networks of ducts and vents, a ductless mini-split air conditioning system cools the air right where it’s needed most. As a result it’s very efficient at cooling the spaces you use.

Whether you have a ductless air conditioning system or a central air conditioning system , it might be time to look at your options. Here are five good reasons to switch to a ductless mini-split air conditioning system.

The Big Secret of Mini-Splits and Five Other Reasons to Own Them

The neat thing about most ductless mini-split air conditioners is that they’re actually heat pumps, rather than just air conditioners. A heat pump is nearly identical to an air conditioner, but it has the ability to switch from cold to hot with a switching valve that can change whether it’s pushing hot air into a room or pulling it out.

These are other great reasons to install a mini-split system this spring:

  • Cool the spaces that weren’t built into your home’s original ductwork – Your old Toronto home might not have the ability to have a central air conditioning system installed at an affordable price. Because mini-splits are inexpensive to acquire and need very little in the way of installation, your garage, workshop, added-on rec room, attic conversion and so many other spaces can finally be appropriately climate controlled. The small size of the units and tiny holes that are required to connect the indoor unit to the outdoor one make them good for almost any room.
  • Custom climate control for any room – Each indoor mini-split unit is essentially its own system, which means you can set each one to a different temperature without wasting energy cooling down your entire house. No more trying to balance your 80-degree office with your 70-degree living room, they can both cruise at a comfortable 72 degrees all the time, or even just when you’re using them.
  • Save money and use less energy – Saving energy and money tend to go hand-in-hand. Ductwork can be both a bit leaky and also just inefficient due to a lack of insulation, while ductless mini-split air conditioners are much more efficient than their central cooling counterparts. According to Fujitsu, just one manufacturer of these units, homeowners generally see a savings of up to 24 percent on their utility bills when they make the switch to ductless.
  • Ductless intelligence – Smart home technology isn’t anything new, but it has yet to gain wide acceptance in the heating and air space. Ductless mini-splits are often fully loaded with WiFi controls and other features that allow them to connect to smart home systems.
  • Reliability –  Because they have so few moving parts and no ductwork to speak of, mini-splits rarely suffer significant breakdowns. They’re easy to maintain and they only need a little bit of attention throughout the year.

Dr. Ductless Will Help You Get More Efficient

If you’re looking for a heating or air conditioning solution for your spare room or your whole house, a ductless mini-split may be the right answer. You’ll need a good installer. Dr. Ductless has over 35 years of experience installing, maintaining and repairing ductless mini-split air conditioning system and heat pump systems throughout Toronto and the GTA. Call us for a free estimate: 1.866.482.2767 (1.866.HVAC.SOS)

Do you have a broken ductless air conditioner? It’s far more common than you might think. Over the fall and winter we may not use our ductless air conditioners to the same extent that we do in the summer, but they still experience wear and tear. Sadly, they don’t get the same maintenance and cleaning because the impression is that they don’t need it in the winter.

During the fall and winter months many of our customers use their ductless air conditioners to circulate and filter the air in their homes or even to actually cool them off if they get too hot (i.e. when the oven is on). Overall, there are numerous reasons why people use their ductless air conditioners in the fall and winter, which is why it’s important to ensure proper maintenance in the spring.

Avoid A Broken Ductless Air Conditioner

As mentioned, ductless air conditioner maintenance is important, but why?

When you properly maintain your ductless air conditioner you ensure that it’s running as efficiently as possible. That means it uses as little energy as possible to perform it’s primary function of cooling your home or circulating the air. In using such little energy you’ll be lowering your energy bill and in turn actually saving a ton of money each month.

On top of that, regular maintenance can save you even more money by helping to avoid costly repairs. A properly maintained ductless air conditioner will need fewer repairs during it’s working life and definitely fewer major repairs, outside of replacing worn out components and small things like that.

Call Dr. Ductless If You Have A Broken Ductless Air Conditioner

At Dr. Ductless we have over 35 years of experience with repairing ductless air conditioning systems and ductless air conditioners. That means we have the knowledge and experience to get your unit fixed properly and quickly. Call today for a free estimate or emergency services: 1.866.482.2767 (1.866.HVAC.SOS)