The time is now for furnace maintenance

The first snowfall of the year, as small as it was on the morning of September 28, was a stark reminder that winter – and Winnipeg furnace time – is quickly approaching.

Though Manitoba had one of the hottest summers on record, the immense heat will not deter nor delay winter activity and we will be soon closing in on another sub-zeo season. Whether we will see the number of deepfreeze days that we did last year or not remains to be seen (and predicted), though some reports are indicating that this winter will be warmer than normal. Nevertheless, it’s important to get your furnace checked out in anticipation for the season ahead.

Furnace maintenance is integral to extending the life of your furnace and ensuring that it doesn’t fail in the middle of January. Scheduling a maintenance check immediately is just as important, as now is the hot season for furnace service. Simply put, booking earlier means that you will be free from the logjam of appointments that get scheduled as we get closer to major snowfalls.

Running a furnace check-up should, at minimum, be done once a year; however, having a professional come twice a year – once in the fall and once in the spring (when your air conditioner is checked) – is recommended. The service team at Reliable will do a full and thorough inspection of your unit (whether it is a gas or electric furnace), provide you with a full report of your furnace’s health

Replace your furnace filter

One of the keys to the health of your furnace is ensuring that it is not just being cared for once or twice a year when you have a professional come and perform a full maintenance check – there are also operations that homeowners can do themselves.

Though there are processes you can do yourself such as inspecting burner flames for colour, cleaning blower blades and dusting mechanisms, not every homeowner is, understandably comfortable doing this.

At minimum, however, homeowners should change their furnace filters on a regular basis. Often overlooked (but simply cannot be understated) is the importance of changing your filter, as free flow of air is integral to your furnace’s peak operation and ensuring that it doesn’t break down. Though most furnace filters can last three months, it is important to check packaging to see what the recommended lifespan is for your filter.

Servicing all furnaces

No matter which model you have, Reliable Heating and Air Conditioning can service your furnace. From Daikin to Carrier to Goodman furnaces, we are able to service your appliance, regardless of make, model and age.

Where furnace repair is required, we will speak with you about what is necessary and what can wait. We pride ourselves on providing expert advice and furnace service and will not push you to a project when it is not an absolute necessity.

To book your furnace service appointment today, click here or call 204-888-6663.

Current Rebate programs from Manitoba Hydro

Unless you are in an emergency situation, you are likely planning out any appliance purchases – including heating and cooling mechanisms – rather than making impulse purchases.

Because furnace, central air conditioner or other appliance replacement can come with a hefty price tag, there will be an eye to discounts and other savings opportunities.

One of the common destinations for savings on heating and cooling in Winnipeg is Manitoba Hydro. The crown corporation offers a variety of programs on a continual basis that homeowners can use (as long as certain qualifications are met).

Current programs that will help you save on Winnipeg furnace and air conditioning installation include:

Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) Wall Controls

A perfect example of efficiency are HRVs. Installed by Reliable, HRVs allow the exchange of interior and outside air every 2-3 hours. The HRV system provides thermal efficiency that can be in excess of 90%. Manitoba Hydro estimates that energy bill savings can be as much as $45 annually, while the installation itself comes with a $150 rebate.

To qualify for the program, the homeowner must be in a permanent primary residence (i.e. not a rental or seasonal home).

Affordable Energy Program

Designed to assist lower income households, the Affordable Energy Program provides assistance in the installation of higher efficiency appliances. As outlined by Manitoba Hydro,

  • Eligibility is available to:
  • Homeowners with a limited income and think energy efficient upgrades for your home are too costly or hard to do;
  • House renters with a limited income (Hydro would work with the landlord).
  • Landlords interested in energy efficient upgrades
  • Apartment renters

Power Smart for New Homes

If you are building a new home, Manitoba Hydro can help ease your financial pinch.

In order to qualify, a new homeowner must be at least 20% more efficient than a standard new home built to minimum code standards.

Two options – the Prescriptive Path and the Performance Path – are available, each of which provide financial saving opportunities.

Other savings are available for insulation, lighting and water and energy saver kits.

To learn more about opportunities to save, contact Reliable Heating and Air Conditioning by filling out our contact form today or call (204) 888-6663.

Winnipeg’s Best Cooling Company

Heat is here to stay.

As the CBC reported, extremely hot summers are going to be the norm . This means that air conditioning in Winnipeg will become more important. Peak performance of your cooling system will keep you from discomfort and even illness, so it is more important than ever to ensure that your A/C unit is up to the task.

Selecting a company for your maintenance (or to perform air conditioner repair in Winnipeg) is not easy. Many companies will blow hot air at you. To get to the straight facts on the best cooling service in Winnipeg, consider these factors that separate Reliable Heating and Air Conditioning from the pack:

  1. Booking times – There’s no reason for you to be a slave to an air conditioning company’s schedule and be prepared to take a half day from work just to be home for when their staff will show up. Reliable recognizes that your time is of high value. That’s why our windows for service are kept as tight as possible. In the event where a service person is delayed, they will give you as much notice as they can.
  2. The right part – The most important work on your air conditioner requires top of the line parts. A non-durable piece could mean another service call at the worst possible time. Reliable only works with reputable suppliers for the parts that are required for your specific air conditioner. If you do need a full replacement, we will recommend a suitable (and potentially cost-saving) air conditioner from the top manufacturers like Daikin.
  3. We only give you what you need – Ever get the sense that a company is going to try to sell you a full replacement rather than just service the broken parts? We’ve been there too. That’s why we firmly believe in honest selling. We will only recommend replacement where it’s absolutely necessary.
  4. Service with respect –You deserve to be treated properly on the phone and in person and have faith in our delivery. We are top rated for heating and cooling in Winnipeg and our reviews on Google Reviews, Facebook and the Better Business Bureau speak to the faith that our customers have in us.
  5. Multi-functionality – There are some companies who will call themselves specialists, but at Reliable we believe in being well-rounded experts at heating and cooling in Winnipeg. Our multi-faceted approach to your home’s air circulation health provides you with the comfort of knowing we can service both air conditioners and furnaces at the same time.

The bottom line for your home and its health is reliability. You need a company who will provide expert service and stand by their work.

At Reliable Heating and Air Conditioning, we stand behind our work. Our name is only as good as our reputation. We believe in being the best cooling company in Winnipeg and know that every time we go on a call – whether it’s air conditioning repair, maintenance or another service, we know our name is at stake. We employ experts in our industry because you deserve the best.

To learn more about Reliable’s air conditioner repair and maintenance services, call us today at 204-888-6663 or fill out our online contact form.

Winnipeg’s Best Heating Company

Whether your heat has gone off suddenly or you’re getting ready for the next cold season ahead, it is important to find the best heating company who can ensure your furnace is operating at full strength.

The fear we all have is that one problem fixed means that others will pop up soon after. Not all service providers are equal. Not everyone will stand behind their work.

With Reliable Heating and Air Conditioning, these concerns are set aside. We have been heating Winnipeg for more than 20 years and our experience is put to work every day for homes and businesses across the city.

Here are some of the reasons why we have gained a reputation for being Winnipeg’s best heating repair company.

  1. Call-in service – Too often, we hear stories that clients aren’t treated respectfully. Whether it is an emergency or scheduling a maintenance checkup on your furnace , Reliable’s staff – from our customer service team to our technicians – give you care and comfort, and respond in a timely manner.
  2. Booking windows – We don’t believe in what works best for us – it’s what is best for your schedule. We firmly believe that furnace service should be delivered within a one hour block and not leave you at home for an afternoon waiting for us to show up.
  3. Quality parts – Often we go into a furnace repair situation where a customer just had the same work done in the last couple years. We use the top replacement parts for your furnace so you don’t have to go through the same exercise two years from now.
  4. Names you can trust – If a Reliable technician feels a furnace replacement is necessary (more on this below) he or she will recommend only the top brands in the industry. There’s a reason why manufacturers like Trane, Daikin, Goodman and others are known in the heating and cooling sector and we only supply the best.
  5. No upsales – Ever heard, “You know, you could just replace the whole thing,” and wondered if this is the proper path? We don’t believe in steering a customer for the sake of a higher sale. Consider what Reliable Heating and Air Conditioning Co-Owner Rob Johnson once said: “We would rather advise you on what’s best for your situation rather than selling you a system that you might not need.”
  6. Full service options – The problem heating your Winnipeg home may not be your furnace. Ducts may need cleaning, there may be a leak in your system or there could be another issue. Because we offer a full array of heating services, we will look at your whole home for issues, not just your furnace.

Ultimately, when making a furnace repair or maintenance call, you have to be able to trust your home to a heating expert who will provide you with the best service, expert advice and leave you feeling comfortable in the decision you make.

At Reliable Heating and Air Conditioning, we take our name seriously and pride ourselves on our work. Our standing as Winnipeg’s best heating company comes from our dedication to our customers and providing trained staff with the best service available in our city.

Call us today at 204-888-6663 or fill out our contact form here to learn more about our heating services.

Dealing With Humidity Year Round

An air conditioner will manage the temperature of your home and keep the air cool in the summer and to a degree dehumidify the home while running. Drier air feels comfortable as opposed to damp cool air. If the a.c. does not remove enough humidity, a whole home dehumidifier will look after the rest.

Winter poses a new problem and brings on increased humidity. High humidity condenses on cold surfaces such as windows or in places like the corner of closets. The best solution is to install a heat recovery ventilator (HRV), which only works in the winter. An HRV brings in dry winter air and expels stale humid home air, the result is a fresh dry home. It feels like opening the windows without the heat loss and discomfort if doing so.

If you are finding that your home has excess moisture in spring and fall as well as throughout the year, it’s best to use a whole home dehumidifier. The difference between a whole-house dehumidifier as opposed to a regular dehumidifier is that it will control the moisture of your entire house rather than just a single room. This system is connected to your furnace and uses your existing furnace duct system.

The experts at Reliable can recommend the proper solutions for your needs while ensuring proper installation.

Breathe Easier with a Daikin Furnace 5-Stage Air Treatment Solution

Today’s Manitoban new homes are very tightly sealed which actually causes indoor air problems. This is due to our extreme weather conditions; we often keep our windows shut. But at the same time, we are harboring many pollutants that are organic and inorganic. Organic problems such as mould, bacteria, dust mites and viruses can occur. Some of the less harmful problems can come from pets, cooking and so on. Many products in our home give off gas or bad chemicals that come from items such as synthetic carpets; cabinets, countertops and furniture often contain formaldehydes. We also use chemicals such as cleaning solutions and hairspray.

Rather than trying to tackle all the individual indoor air quality problems (IAQ), consider a 5-Stage Air Treatment AMHP solution from Daikin, Clean Comfort. This unit removes 99.97% of all airborne participants also down to. 3 microns! This is unlike many in line filtration products that may cause a high static pressure that causes many problems on today’s furnaces and air conditioners.

Discover the benefits of a multistage indoor air quality treatment solution, such as the 5-Stage Air Treatment AMHP by Daikin and see why it is superior over any individual solution.

5-Stage Daikin Air Treatment System – AMHP-250-UPD

The AMHP-250 Air Cleaner is the most advanced air treatment system in the Clean Comfort brand family of products. With five stages of cleaning, the AMHP-250 filters, purifies and deodorizes the air in your home at a rate of up to 250 cubic feet per minute providing clean and comfortable air for your family to breathe … throughout your entire home.

WHY DO I NEED THIS UNIT?

  • HEPA performance: helps remove airborne particles 0.3 microns2 or larger
  • UV Purification: helps to deactivate airborne mold spores, bacteria and viruses
  • Traps and destroys household odors rather than simply masking them with fragrance

Features

  • Carbon Prefilter extends the life of the HEPA filter by removing lint, hair and larger particles from the home’s air
  • Long-life, 99.97% HEPA media filter helps remove airborne particles 0.3 micron (1/84,000 of an inch) and larger
  • Two UVC germicidal lamps are enclosed in a reflecting chamber which intensifies
    the UVC rays
  • CinQuartz® photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) filter has a very high surface exchange capability. Because of the PCO filter’s structure, the unit’s UVC light penetrates the thickness of the filter material allowing decomposition of any airborne chemicals throughout the entire CinQuartz filter instead of just on the surface.
    Carbon/Potassium Permanganate final filter removes trace Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) and light gases that are too small to be caught with the HEPA filter or the PCO filter.
    Powerful European motor delivers up to 250 CFM of pure air.

For more information on this unit, visit the Clean Comfort website.

Want to learn more about indoor air quality solutions? Contact the professional, friendly team at Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning to discover the latest solutions that will help you breathe easier.

43rd Annual Winnipeg Home & Garden Show

Home & Garden Show

Overhead Door of Winnipeg will once again be among the exhibitors at the 43rd Annual Winnipeg Home + Garden Show.

The show has a few new features this year and we’re very excited to be a part of it all. You will find everything from home improvement ideas, gardening ideas and great deals, windows and flooring, cabinets and landscaping, not to mention CONTESTS!

Some of the show features include The Design Studio, where industry pros help you nail down your design style and offer tried-and-true design advice; My Playce Playhouse, a designer space created for kids to play their way; and a Scattered Seeds Pop-Up Market, for those in need of a little retail therapy.

Buy your tickets online and save $3.00, it doesn’t get more Manitoban than that!

Head to downtown Winnipeg from Thursday, April 6th at noon until Sunday, April 9th at 6:00pm to start planning your spring project; you will find us in Booth 824 in Hall C  beside the Scattered Seeds Market at the RBC Convention Centre. Our display will include beautiful products that you may never have considered for your home.

Given that summer is approaching, get tips on Air Conditioner maintenance and saving energy!

Scratch & Dent Sale!

Scratch and DentTake advantage of our Scratch & Dent Sale!

We have tons of furnaces, air conditioners and more that are slightly scratched or dented that we’re offering HUGE sales on! Save hundreds on brand name, high quality air conditioners, furnaces and more! Any damage is extremely minimal and does not affect the capabilities of the unit. This offer is only valid for a limited time (until supplies last).

Also, Click Here to check out our other promotional offers we have going on right now.

Contact Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. to take advantage of this offer today!

March Madness Sale!

Reliable March Madness

Take advantage of our March Madness Spring Sale!

Manitoba spring weather can still be cold and frigid. Now is the best time to take advantage of our promotional offer to purchase a Daikin furnace (DM96VE) starting at ONLY $29.95 per month (for 5 years). This offer is only valid for a limited time (expired March 31, 2017).

This energy efficient Daikin furnace includes 2 Stage Heating, Energy Saving ECM Motor and the World’s BEST 12 Year Factory Warranty.

Also, Click Here to check out our other promotional offers we have going on right now.

Contact Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. to take advantage of this offer today!