Make the most of your new equipment 

Use these handy tips to maximize your energy savings and the life of your new high-efficiency equipment.

For all your new equipment, make sure to have them serviced yearly to keep them performing at their best.
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Keep your high-efficiency furnace running smoothly                                                                                                                          

Seasonal service
At the end of each summer, have a licensed contractor service your furnace to:

  • Vacuum the burners
  • Remove and clean the blower
  • Clean the pilot light
  • Clean the flame sensor

Mode matters
For optimum efficiency set your furnace's fan to 'auto' mode, 'continuous' mode uses more energy. 

Filter it out
Remember to replace your furnace's filter once every three months. Make sure you use filters that have a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) of six or higher.

Keep clear

Ensure that the vents in your home are free of rugs, drapes and other objects to allow air to flow freely.

Stay Safe
Before doing any maintenance or inspection of your furnace, make sure the power to the furnace is turned off. 



Make your ECM circulator pump perform at its best:                                                                                                                          

Routine checkup

For highest performance, have your system serviced annually by a licensed contractor to:
  • Bleed radiators to keep free from air bubbles
  • Have automatic sensors recalibrated if necessary 
Stay safe
Before doing any maintenance or inspection of your furnace, make sure that the power the furnace is turned off.  


Tips for your central air conditioner:                                                                                                                          

Replace your filters! 

Remember to replace your filters according to the manufacturer's instructions or more often if you have pets. 

Seasonal checks
For highest performance have a licensed contractor perform regular maintenance on your air conditioner. As well, clean debris, dust and pollen from the condenser coils. 

Reduce heat gain
To reduce heat load on your air conditioner consider drawing the drapes in your home during warm days.

Keep your ducts air tight
Leaky ducts can reduce the cooling efficiency of your air conditioner by 20 per cent. 

Set to your comfort 
Every two degree increase in temperature saves 10 per cent in air conditioning costs. 


Get the most from your air-source heat pump:                                                                                                                          

Turn off your backup heating

Once your new system is installed; turn off your backup baseboard heater or electric furnace. These other sources of heating should only be used in extreme cold. 

Regular tune-ups
A well maintained heat pump saves 10 to 25 per cent more energy than a neglected system. At least once a year, have a licenced technician inspect and service your system. 

Check and change
Inspect your air filters monthly, clean or replace your filters every 2 to 6 months, as recommended by your system's manufacturer. 

Keep your coils clean and your ducts sealed
Brush or vacuum indoor coils as recommended by the manufacturer. Remove debris around outdoor coils as necessary. Keep your ducts air tight, leaky ducts can reduce efficiency by up to 20 per cent. 

No need for a dehumidifier 
The cooling cycle of an air-source heat pump provides dehumidification, saving you the need to run a separate dehumidifier and save energy.

Protect your heat pump
If frost or ice build up on your outdoor unit, use the demand-defrost cycle on your heat pump for energy savings. Shelter your outdoor unit with plants and shrubs, this will help reduce heat gain and defrost issues. 

Select the right mode
To keep your heat pump performing at its best set the pump fan to ‘auto’ instead of continuous. As well, unless it's a true emergency avoid engaging the heat pump's emergency heat feature.  


Set your smart thermostat up for success:                                                                                                                          

Take temperature in your own hands

Using your smart thermostat app, control your home temperature right from your phone helping you monitor, and control your temperature anytime, anywhere.

Set to 'auto' mode
Avoid manually raising or lowering your thermostat – manually setting a smart thermostat reduces the chances for energy savings.

Eight hours plus
When heating and cooling is not required, set your thermostat to energy savings mode. This mode works best for down periods of at least eight hours.
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