Why You Should Change Your Filters

When you buy a high-efficiency heating or cooling unit from Priority Mechanical Services Ltd. in Ayr, Ontario, you can be sure it’ll make your life more comfortable. However, while the Priority team can handle any necessary maintenance and repairs, there are basic things you can do on your own to ensure your heating or cooling unit stays healthy for years to come.

One of the easiest but most important regular maintenance items on any HVAC system is changing the filter. Dust and other impurities are constantly being sucked out of your home’s environment and into the system to be separated by the filter, but over time this can clog the filter and make it hard for your system to “breathe.” The result is a potentially overheating furnace or a system that has to work harder to achieve the same results — which means more money on your energy bill and a shorter lifespan for your equipment.

Even when your system isn’t active — meaning, no heating or cooling is taking place — the fans on your furnace and air conditioner are likely still running, meaning there’s still airflow through the filters. This means even if you haven’t needed the furnace for months, you should still be checking the filter for dirt each month. Priority Mechanical also advises that you should buy a new filter at the start of every new season, or roughly every three or four months. The filter may need to be changed more often if you have pets or smoke in the house.

If you don’t feel confident about changing the filter yourself, or don’t know which kind to buy, let one of the expert technicians at Priority Mechanical do the switch for you. This way, you can be sure it has been done properly. You can even pre-schedule maintenance visits to ensure your systems are in top running condition.

To find out more about quality HVAC products and services from Priority Mechanical Services, call 519-632-7116.

Heating Equipment – Should You Rent or Buy?

ou already know you need a new furnace or water heater from Priority Mechanical Services Ltd.  in Ayr, Ontario, so the next question is, Should you rent or buy the equipment?

The answer depends on your particular situation. If you are on a fixed income or don’t want to invest money upfront on a new heating unit, you have options! Priority Mechanical lets you finance your purchase through the SNAP Home Finance Corp. This route lets you finance up to 100 per cent of the purchase price of your new equipment so that you’ll have manageable monthly payments. With SNAP, you also don’t need to make a down payment.

Renting your new unit is a lower-cost option. While you’ll enjoy low payments and open-ended contracts, you’ll still have the same equipment guarantees and regular maintenance that you would have received if you’d decided to buy your water heater, water softener, furnace or air conditioner. Renting is a logical choice for many homeowners, and in many cases it allows you to transfer the rental agreement to a new owner if you ever sell the house.

Priority Mechanical gives you easy ways to manage the financial aspect of your new equipment, while you enjoy the comfort of a properly climate-controlled home and the peace of mind knowing you can afford it! Be sure to check Priority Mechanical’s website often to be updated about any government rebates or incentive programs to help your purchase be even more affordable, should you choose that route.

To find out more about quality HVAC products and services from Priority Mechanical Services, call 519-632-7116.

The Hard Facts about Hard Water

Priority Mechanical Services Ltd. in Ayr, Ontario, isn’t soft on hard water. That’s because the company knows that although hard water is not a health hazard, it can cause annoying problems when used on a regular basis.

Many municipal water supplies can be “hard” due to relatively high calcium and magnesium content. This can end up creating scaly lime deposits in your shower, reducing the flow of water through your showerhead, due to clogging, and leaving a film on your dishes after you’ve run the dishwasher.

Not only that, but you may also notice that your skin feels dry and soapy after bathing in hard water. This film can actually prevent skin bacteria and other impurities from being completely washed away, while leaving a soapy film in your hair that makes it seem dull and lifeless.

If you notice any of these problems with your municipal or septic water supply, you may want to consider installing a water softener. Priority Mechanical carries a line of high-efficiency water softeners that introduce just the right amount of salt into the water supply to eliminate these “hard facts.” Not only will this help you feel better after a shower and make your recently washed clothes seem a little fresher (not to mention reduce the time it takes to scrub your shower tiles), but it can also save you money on your energy bill.

Sediments from hard water can build up in your hot water tank and decrease its efficiency by up to eight per cent per year, according to Priority Mechanical. The water softeners it offers will balance the hardness of your water, while also filtering out any other potential contaminants.

To find out more about quality products and services from Priority Mechanical Services, including furnaces and air conditioners, call 519-632-7116.

Adding Value to Your Home

In many older homes, it’s not unusual to have a fireplace or two. A wood-burning fireplace, that is. While warm and, to a degree practical, they can also be quite “dirty”. Bringing logs into your home will result in some transfer of dirt, errant pieces of wood and yes, even dead and sometimes living bugs!

Want to avoid this – while still enjoying the warmth of an inviting hearth which adds curb appeal to your home?

Consider converting these fireplaces to natural gas – or even propane if you live in a rural setting. Clean and efficient, today’s gas fireplaces have it all – looks, warmth and most can also be quite cost effective; especially if used in conjunction with your furnaces programmable thermostat. Priority Mechanical Services Ltd. have a wide selection of styles and sizes suitable for just about most conceivable situations. Inserts and standalones, with hearths, even double-sided. Some even up to 60” wide, some vertical. There are those that may augment a home’s heating system and those which project no heat – they’re simply for decoration. The choices and options are staggering. A sales consultant from Priority Mechanical will sit with you and conduct a thorough needs analysis before offering solutions.

Perhaps you are also a hardy individual who considers their gas grill to be an additional appliance and use it 12-months a year? At Priority Mechanical there are several grills to choose – depending upon your requirements. There is a solution just for you. If you prefer, an expert technician can also ensure you never have to run out and refill 20lb propane canisters while grilling the perfect steak when they set up your outdoor appliance to your home’s natural gas supply line.

The home comfort specialists at Priority Mechanical Services Ltd. have the knowledge, experience and expertise to create and customize solutions which meet your budget and your needs. Discuss financing options; create a plan that works for you. Located at 3160 Alps Road in Ayr, call (519) 632-7116 or send them an email at info@prioritymechanical.ca.

Furnaces for every budget to ensure even temperatures

During the short summer months we experience in south western Ontario, come July and August there are some people who long for the cooler days of winter as the heat and humidity begins to get to them. They have remarkably short memories, don’t they?

In a perfect world, the temperature in your home should be comfortable year round. If your home has an older furnace, it may be time to consider making a change and updating to a newer, more efficient furnace that can quickly and quietly maintain every room in your home at a pleasant ambient temperature – without the need for occupants wearing multiple layers of bulky clothing.

Time to talk with the professionals at Priority Mechanical Services Ltd. Make an appointment and tell us your concerns and what you would like. During an initial consultation, we can derive a solution perfect for you and your home, ensuring what size of mid-to high efficiency furnace best suits your needs. Remember; it’s not necessarily a one-size fits all scenario. This is where the expertise and experience of a highly-qualified technician comes into play.

At Priority Mechanical, we sell and service brand new furnaces from Trane. All furnaces sold by this forward-thinking, progressive company have annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings of between 95 – 97.3 per cent. As with the majority of hardware they sell, these units are also quiet, durable and efficient and, service friendly. You may also have your day-to-day costs further reduced by the purchase and installation of a hard-wired programmable thermostat. Automatically have the temperatures in your home reduced while sleeping – or when you are away from home during the day.

The home comfort specialists at Priority Mechanical Services Ltd. have the knowledge, experience and expertise to create and customize a heating solution which meets your budget and your needs. Discuss financing options; create a plan that works for you. Located at 3160 Alps Road in Ayr, call (519) 632-7116 or send us an email at info@prioritymechanical.ca.

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Renovations and Replacement Services

Human nature being what it is, it’s not unusual to step back and look at something and think, “Hmmm… we could do better…”

This happens every once in a while with houses; by the time you have managed through several renovation projects to get your house to “home” status, you might start to have nagging doubts. What if an additional level was added to a bungalow? Or an addition was built out and onto an existing structure. Great ideas, but do you know whether your present heating, venting and air conditioning is up to the task to do an efficient and effective job with all this added space? At the very least, additional duct work is required; but where to put it?

This is where you would call in the experts from Priority Mechanical Services Ltd.  Among our staff of more than 40 people is one individual trained in the design and efficient flow of warm and cool air to all levels of your home; it’s all he does. Designing new systems is a skilled art form. You will also soon learn if you will need to change your present furnace and air conditioning unit. Not that there is anything wrong with them, per se; they may not be up to the task of ensuring the ambient temperature of your home is comfortable temperature-wise regardless of the time of year. Larger units may be required. Depending upon the size of the home and the addition, it may require more than one furnace and air conditioner. Chances are, the additional duct work required should not resemble an overly anxious octopus, either. An HVAC expert will ensure that every decision you make keeps you and your home on track.

The home comfort specialists at Priority Mechanical Services Ltd. have the knowledge, experience and expertise to create and customize a heating solution that meets your budget and your needs. Discuss financing options; create a plan which works for you. Located at 3160 Alps Road in Ayr, call (519) 632-7116 or send us an email at info@prioritymechanical.ca.