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Remove the humidity – Add Comfort

Living in this great country, especially in south western Ontario, we tend to experience extremes in weather conditions. The bitter, biting and unforgiving cold and snow during the winter and then the unpredictable summers, often filled with days of oppressive heat – and humidity.

What if you could make your home feel cooler in the summer months?

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 the size of air-conditioning unit  best suits your needs for your specific home. 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 air conditioners from Trane: consider units rated at 1½ to 5 tons for residential applications. Each unit is quiet – inside and out; durable; efficient; and, service friendly. Back in the day, air conditioning was spoken of in almost deferential terms – how many BTUs were generated. Expect efficiency from a cost and running standpoint combined with quality and upfront costs.  Efficiency is measured by a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) and Trane units have ratings of between 14.50 to as high as 20. Putting this into perspective, a SEER rating of 16, translates into cooling cost savings of up to 37% when compared to a less efficient 10 SEER unit. Reduce your costs further by having a programmable thermostat installed.

The home comfort specialists at Priority Mechanical Services Ltd. have the knowledge, experience and expertise to create and customize a cooling 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.

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Heat Pumps: A Solution for Homes That Don’t Have Access to Natural Gas

For homeowners who don’t have access to natural gas, we can provide both heating and cooling with air-source heat pumps.

Air-source heat pumps can be used to expel heat from a home during the summer months, but they are also capable of extracting heat from the outside winter air during the winter months, even when temperatures reach as low as -30 C. What’s equally remarkable is that they can do this without ducts. This particular feature makes these heat pumps especially useful for retrofit purposes in homes with hydronic or electric resistance baseboard heating. Additionally, air-source heat pumps can be used in such a way as to provide different temperatures in different rooms of the home. This “multi-room” zoning can enable the use of several wall-mounted units using just one outside condenser.

One quickly begins to appreciate the many applications of air-source heat pumps in both summer and winter months, with advantages that are especially beneficial for homes that don’t have access to natural gas. Even for homes using a propane furnace or an oil furnace, a heat pump is a good thing to have — and the total actual benefits of air-source heat pumps are considerable:

•    Energy savings: In cases when converting from an electric furnace, an all-electric air-source heat pump can save as much as 50 per cent of heating costs!

•    Maintenance: Regular maintenance is important in reaping the benefits of the most efficient and cost-wise energy usage, and the proper servicing to inspect, clean, and upkeep filters, coils, fans and other parts of the unit can ensure optimum use.

•    Efficiency: By following regular basic servicing, you’ll find air-source heat pumps to be remarkably efficient.

•    Operational costs: The operating energy costs of air-source heat pumps is often lower than other heating methods, such as traditional electric or oil heating systems.

•    Unit duration: The service life for air-source heat pumps is typically 15 to 20 years!

Further reading can be done on Natural Resources Canada’s web page, Air-Source Heat Pumps, which contains such info as how air-source heat pumps work, the parts of the system, energy efficiency considerations, and more.

Air-source heat pumps offer some impressive, convenient applications. If you live in the region of Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge, or Galt, Hespeler, Breslau or Guelph, give us a call at 519-632-7116, or toll-free at 1-844-632-7116, to learn more and get a quote.

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Proper HVAC Load Calculations Save you Money on Energy Bills

There are important reasons for using proper load calculations for your home’s or business’s heating and cooling systems, as we explain below.

A load calculation is used to determine the right size of heating and cooling equipment for a property. Getting accurate load calculations for HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems is imperative for such things as air quality, energy efficiency, system reliability, operating costs and occupant comfort. If your property’s HVAC equipment is either undersized or oversized, it can cause problems. Various factors come into play when calculating the correct heating and cooling loads, such as the square footage, type of windows, details concerning the occupants, and the property’s insulation.

Proper load calculations are important to ensure the reliable and optimal operation of HVAC systems. Many of us know what it’s like to have an air conditioning system that’s too small (or, worse, inoperative) to effectively cool a room or a building on a sweltering hot day. But as much as an undersized system is ineffective to cool the air on hot days, oversized systems create their own complications. An oversized HVAC system may be more likely to suffer infrequent operation, with irregular stopping and starting that result in temperature fluctuations and doesn’t fully remove humidity due to short run times. Over time, this can lessen the lifespan of the system. What’s worse, this inefficiency can cost the homeowner more money because of the system’s overuse of energy — resulting in higher energy bills!

Load calculations are important for both residential and commercial HVAC applications. To safeguard the consistent, optimum operation of the system for both heat and cold, and to ensure the most cost-wise use of the system, a qualified HVAC contractor should determine the right type and size of HVAC equipment for a home or business.

Businesses and homeowners in the Tri-City region of Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge or the outlying regions can benefit from the expertise of Priority Mechanical Services Ltd. We specialize in a broad range of products and services that include heating and cooling, water quality and air quality, thermostats, custom ductwork and ventilation, and so much more.

To book an appointment to get the right load calculations, or for information on other products and services offered, call 519-632-7116 or toll-free at 1-844-632-7116.