Understanding Fan Coil Actuators in Condo HVAC Systems

In a condo fan coil system, the actuator is a motorized device responsible for controlling valve operations. Working harmoniously with the thermostat, it regulates the room temperature by managing the flow of hot or cold water through the coil. Actuator failures are one of the major reported reasons for service calls when it comes to…
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Condo ERV Repair & Maintenance – Importance of Air Balancing

ERV, also known as Energy Recovery Ventilator, is an integral part of a home’s ventilation system. These systems are designed to improve indoor air quality by bringing fresh outdoor air while exhausting stale indoor air. They work by transferring the energy from the outgoing exhaust air to the incoming fresh air, which helps to precondition…
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Flashing HPS Red Light on Your Condo Heat Pump System

If you notice a red high-pressure switch (HPS) light on your condo heat pump’s circuit board, it typically signals an issue related to elevated refrigerant pressure. The HPS serves as a safety mechanism, designed to deactivate the heat pump compressor when refrigerant pressure becomes excessively high. This illuminated light indicates a potential problem requiring expert…
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Why Do Condo Heat Pumps Fail In Winter?

Condo Heat Pumps aka Water Source Heat Pumps have different requirements during heating or air conditioning seasons. By understanding these requirements and taking preventative measures, residents & property managers can ensure optimal performance throughout the cold season. What Are The 5 Most Common Reasons Condo Heat Pumps Fail During Winter? 1. Low Water Temperature Low…
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Who’s Responsible for In-Suite HVAC Repairs in Condos?

In general, condo owners are typically responsible for emergency repairs and maintenance of their in-suite heating, air conditioning, and ventilation (HVAC) systems, including fan coils, heat pumps, ERV, bathroom fans, exhaust fans, and other appliances.While buildings may generally conduct annual or semi-annual maintenance, cleaning, and filter changes, this is not a requirement but rather done…
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Lifespan of HVAC Systems in Condos: An Expert Guide

Knowing the HVAC Lifespan In Your Condo can help you Plan & Budget for Maintenance, Repair and Replacement when necessary. Regular maintenance and good repair practices will eliminate the root cause of issues associated with in-suite HVAC systems. This article will provide a comprehensive guide to the Average Lifespan of Five (5) Common HVAC Systems Used In Condos: Fan coil systems, Heat pumps, PTAC…
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Why My Condo Heater Blowing Cold Air?

If you’re a condo owner, you know how important it is to have a functional heating system during the colder months. Unfortunately, there may come a time when your condo heater starts to blow cold air instead of hot. This can be frustrating, but there are several steps you can take to fix the problem.…
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What To Expect Before & After Condo Fan Coil Replacement?

Are you currently scheduled for a Fan Coil Replacement? Here is how you can prepare before & after the work is completed:  Book the service elevator for the day of installation. Ensure there would be a minimum of 6 ft or 2 Metres clearance around the fan coil area. Our technicians will be using different…
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Omega Heat Pump Flashing LPS Red Light. What Does It Mean?

A red low-pressure switch (LPS) light on a condo heat pump circuit board or control panel typically indicates that the system is experiencing low refrigerant pressure. The LPS is a safety pressure switch that is designed to shut off the heat pump if the refrigerant pressure in the system becomes too low. When the light…
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How To Tender Your Building Fan Coil or Heat Pump Projects?

Many property managers struggle with older In-Suite HVAC systems once they pass the expected life expectancy. Whether you are looking to do annual/semi-annual maintenance or building a wide HVAC retrofit project, the board of directors will need to have a proper tendering process to select the right contractor for your building. Here we outlined a…
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How Long Do Fan Coil Units Last? – Home Trade Standards

How Long Do Fan Coil Units Last? Fan Coil units are designed to operate for 20 years according to manufacturer specifications. Studies found many risks associated with fan coil systems exceeding 20 years of lifespan. Fan Coils are the most commonly installed HVAC systems in Toronto’s low rise & high rise residential condo buildings. Fan…
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What Are The Best Heat Pumps For My Condo? – Toronto & GTA

Our clients often ask, “what is the best heat pump for my condo?”  We are restricted by Condo HVAC requirements, space, compatibility, and liability issues in a condo environment. Therefore, we may only have a few choices when selecting the correct replacement heat pump system for your condo. Condo Heat Pump System Condo Heat pump…
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Why Is a Bad Smell Coming Out of My Condo HVAC System?

Do you smell musty in your home? Bad odour is one of the most reported problems by condo residents. This is mainly due to the lack of HVAC maintenance in your condo suite. Filter replacement isn’t only enough to have perfect indoor air quality. During the summer months, condensation causes a lot of moisture &…
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When Do Condos Turn On Air Conditioning?

With the warmer weather approaching in April & May, most condo buildings with fan coil unit turn off the building central boiler system. At this time, you may not have heating or cooling. Normally building management post public announcement in the building common area to notify residents about switch over dates. Once the building chiller…
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All You Need To Know About Fan Coil Replacement – Before & After

If you’re currently scheduled for a fan coil retrofit project, here is how you can prepare before & after the work is completed. Book the service elevator for the day of installation. Ensure there is a minimum of 6 ft or 2 Metres clearance around the fan coil area. Our technicians will use different tools,…
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6 Reasons Your Condo Gets Too Hot or Too Cold In The Winter? – Condo Tips

Many condo owners in Toronto contact us when they feel like the temperature in their space is either too hot or too cold consistently. This is one of the most reported problems in residential low-rise & high-rise buildings. In this guide, we would like to examine six (6) common causes of in-suite temperature imbalances and…
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What’s The Best HVAC System For My Condo?

If you live in a condo with an old or Broken HVAC system & wondering what is the best Condo HVAC replacement for your current unit, this article is for you!  As Toronto Condo Buildings get older, residents start to face the frequency of visits with their existing heating & air conditioning systems. The first step to select the…
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Condo Fan Coil Change Over From Air Conditioning To Heating

Toronto weather is getting colder at night and this means that condo building managers will begin to post announcements and notices around the building common area to notify the residents about the in-suite fan coil changeovers. Although Building staff usually use every communication medium to communicate with the residents, building managers are reporting that many residents are…
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What Filter Should I Use In My Condo HVAC? – Home Trade Standards

Buy Filter Now! As Low As $120 For Pack Of 10 $ 120 Plus HST Wire Frame Filter Click Here To Buy Free Delivery Across Toronto Popular     If you live in a condo, you may be wondering what filter size or quality needs to be used for your condo HVAC system. We will discuss briefly…
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Can You Install a Nest Thermostat In a Condo?

The short answer is “Yes”. Google NEST Thermostat comes in 5 different Models Below. The 2nd and 3rd Gen Nest Themorstat allows condo residents to install and pair these smart thermostats with the existing 24V style horizontal and vertical fan coil systems. Fan Coil thermostat typically runs on a 3-speed fan system. Low, Medium & High. 2nd &…
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Noisy Condo HVAC System? Toronto Condo Owners Question

We receive frequent service calls for Noisy HVAC Systems in condo buildings. These noises are usually described as Sharp, Banging, Rattling, Clicking, or Ticking Sounds. We understand your concern with the Noise In Your Condo, which creates discomfort throughout your day. Therefore, I would like to elaborate on this issue in the article to understand our audience better. To get…
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Common Heating Repairs in Toronto Condos + Prevention Tips

With Toronto winters seemingly becoming more and more unpredictable, it’s in your best interest to enter the season prepared. You need to ensure that your condo’s heating system is primed and ready to take on harsh winter months, keeping you warm and healthy. After all, you need your HVAC system performing at its best if you’re…
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Which Is Better: 2-Pipe vs 4-Pipe HVAC System?

Are you looking for the right HVAC system for your condo in Toronto? Do you know the difference between 2-pipe and 4-pipe HVAC systems? These two are some of the most common piping arrangements in hydronic systems for heating and cooling. Understanding the differences between them will help you make the right choice for your Toronto condo HVAC…
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5 Steps for Winterizing Your Toronto Condo

For Toronto condo owners, somehow winter seems to catch us by surprise every year. The summers here are great. Glorious, even, enjoying the urban condo lifestyle in this great city of ours. Soon enough, however, fall is upon us once again, and winter isn’t that far off the horizon. Many people who buy a condo in Toronto…
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For Toronto condo owners, somehow winter seems to catch us by surprise every year.

The summers here are great. Glorious, even, enjoying the urban condo lifestyle in this great city of ours.

5 Steps for Winterizing Your Toronto Condo

Soon enough, however, fall is upon us once again, and winter isn’t that far off the horizon.

Many people who buy a condo in Toronto assume that they’re getting a maintenance free, turn-the-key-and-walk-away solution. While owning a Toronto condo comes with much less effort or hassle than owning a house in the Toronto / GTA suburbs, condos are not 100% free of maintenance requirements.

In this edition of the Toronto Condo HVAC blog, we’ll cover the basic of how to prepare your Toronto condo for the upcoming winter.

Why Weatherproofing Is Vital for Your Toronto Condo in Winter

Winterizing, or winter-proofing as some folks like to call it, is not an overly challenging process – but it is essential to keep your Toronto condo in good operating condition during the winter months and beyond.

Why Weatherproofing Is Vital for Your Toronto Condo in Winter

While your Toronto condo corporation takes care of the exterior or “envelope” of the building itself, there are key components within your unit that every Toronto condo owner should be well familiar with and on top of as the seasons change.

What we’ll cover here applies to the day-to-day operations, safety and comfort of your Toronto condo. Should you have plans to leave Toronto and head out of town for a period of time this winter, you’ll want to double down and take extra precautions that your Toronto condo unit is well protected from the winter elements whilst you are away.

Pre-Winter Prep for Your Toronto Condo

As we enjoy the pumpkin spice and crisp air in the autumn months, that hint of cold reminds us that another Toronto winter is on its way.

That means now’s a great time to give your Toronto condo winter TLC, so that you stay warm and comfortable throughout the winter.

Winterproof Your Windows & Doors

When it comes to feeling a “draft” or “chill” in your Toronto condo unit, one of the biggest culprits is cold air entering your condo through the windows.

Caulk your windows along the edges so that no gaps are present. Be sure not to caulk over any parts that open, though!

Winterproof Your Windows & Doors

If you have blinds or thinner window coverings, consider investing in heavier, insulated curtains. Not only will insulated curtains keep cold air out of your Toronto unit, they have the added bonus effect of letting in less light at nighttime and early morning (your future self will thank you in summers to come!).

Also check the weather stripping and seals around your doors (e.g. patio door or balcony door). If these are loose, replacing the stripping and/or seal will help keep cold air out of your Toronto condo and thus is a good investment.

Winterizing Condo Air Conditioning Units

If your Toronto condo doesn’t have central air conditioning but rather has a window A/C unit, balcony unit or portable air conditioner, you’ll want to winterize these as well.

If you have a window A/C or portable air conditioning system, you can take these down and put them away for the winter. Then seal the window so that cold air stays out of your condo.

Winterizing Condo Air Conditioning Units

For Toronto condos with a balcony air conditioner, you can cover up the A/C unit with a tarp or cover to keep snow, ice and moisture out.

This is also the time you’ll want to cover up any furniture and other items on your condo balcony or patio.

Consider a Draft Stopper and/or a Humidifier

In addition to the above steps, there are a couple of items that you may want to invest in for winter comfort in your Toronto condo.

The first is a draft stopper.

These handy, inexpensive devices cover the gaps at doors and windows, helping to keep cold air out.

The cost will be more than offset after a few winters, and you’ll stay warm, comfy and cozy through the winter.

Another feature that many Toronto condo owners use in the winter is a humidifier.

Your Toronto condo’s HVAC (heating) system will actually run more efficiently if there is an optimum level of humidity in the air. In the winter, when the Toronto air tends to be dry, adding moisture to your condo’s environment with a humidifier is a good step.

A humidifier will also help protect you and your family against dry skin.

Going Out of Town? Take These Steps for Your Condo Unit

If you are leaving town for an extended period of time and your Toronto condo will remain unoccupied, here are some pointers:

Going Out of Town? Take These Steps for Your Condo Unit
  • Keep your condo’s fan coil and/or heat pump on.
  • Keep your ERV on (see below for HVAC tips)
  • Turn off the main water supply valve
  • Program your thermostat to keep the heat on but at a lower temperature
  • Have a friend, neighbour or property manager check in on your condo unit periodically
  • Ensure to close and seal all doors and windows
  • Unplug all appliances (except those essential for condo operations)

By following these steps for Toronto condo winterizing you can have peace of mind.

Talk to a HVAC Specialist Today!

Toronto Condo HVAC Steps for Winter

An easy step you can take on your own with regard to HVAC in your Toronto condo unit is to switch directions on your ceiling fan(s).

Many ceiling fans are built to rotate in two directions: One to cool air in the summertime, and the other to redistribute warm air from the ceiling to the rest of the room.

Do not turn off your ERV (energy recovery ventilator), and be sure to let it defrost as needed.

Beyond this, a great investment to stay warm in the winter is to call on a Toronto condo HVAC expert for heating tune-ups and winterizing.

We’ll check your fan coil or heat pump filters, making sure they are in proper operating condition, and we’ll make any adjustments or heating repairs as needed.

Contact us today to book your Toronto condo HVAC winterizing.

For Toronto condo owners, somehow winter seems to catch us by surprise every year.

The summers here are great. Glorious, even, enjoying the urban condo lifestyle in this great city of ours.

5 Steps for Winterizing Your Toronto Condo

Soon enough, however, fall is upon us once again, and winter isn’t that far off the horizon.

Many people who buy a condo in Toronto assume that they’re getting a maintenance free, turn-the-key-and-walk-away solution. While owning a Toronto condo comes with much less effort or hassle than owning a house in the Toronto / GTA suburbs, condos are not 100% free of maintenance requirements.

In this edition of the Toronto Condo HVAC blog, we’ll cover the basic of how to prepare your Toronto condo for the upcoming winter.

Why Weatherproofing Is Vital for Your Toronto Condo in Winter

Winterizing, or winter-proofing as some folks like to call it, is not an overly challenging process – but it is essential to keep your Toronto condo in good operating condition during the winter months and beyond.

Why Weatherproofing Is Vital for Your Toronto Condo in Winter

While your Toronto condo corporation takes care of the exterior or “envelope” of the building itself, there are key components within your unit that every Toronto condo owner should be well familiar with and on top of as the seasons change.

What we’ll cover here applies to the day-to-day operations, safety and comfort of your Toronto condo. Should you have plans to leave Toronto and head out of town for a period of time this winter, you’ll want to double down and take extra precautions that your Toronto condo unit is well protected from the winter elements whilst you are away.

Pre-Winter Prep for Your Toronto Condo

As we enjoy the pumpkin spice and crisp air in the autumn months, that hint of cold reminds us that another Toronto winter is on its way.

That means now’s a great time to give your Toronto condo winter TLC, so that you stay warm and comfortable throughout the winter.

Winterproof Your Windows & Doors

When it comes to feeling a “draft” or “chill” in your Toronto condo unit, one of the biggest culprits is cold air entering your condo through the windows.

Caulk your windows along the edges so that no gaps are present. Be sure not to caulk over any parts that open, though!

Winterproof Your Windows & Doors

If you have blinds or thinner window coverings, consider investing in heavier, insulated curtains. Not only will insulated curtains keep cold air out of your Toronto unit, they have the added bonus effect of letting in less light at nighttime and early morning (your future self will thank you in summers to come!).

Also check the weather stripping and seals around your doors (e.g. patio door or balcony door). If these are loose, replacing the stripping and/or seal will help keep cold air out of your Toronto condo and thus is a good investment.

Winterizing Condo Air Conditioning Units

If your Toronto condo doesn’t have central air conditioning but rather has a window A/C unit, balcony unit or portable air conditioner, you’ll want to winterize these as well.

If you have a window A/C or portable air conditioning system, you can take these down and put them away for the winter. Then seal the window so that cold air stays out of your condo.

Winterizing Condo Air Conditioning Units

For Toronto condos with a balcony air conditioner, you can cover up the A/C unit with a tarp or cover to keep snow, ice and moisture out.

This is also the time you’ll want to cover up any furniture and other items on your condo balcony or patio.

Consider a Draft Stopper and/or a Humidifier

In addition to the above steps, there are a couple of items that you may want to invest in for winter comfort in your Toronto condo.

The first is a draft stopper.

These handy, inexpensive devices cover the gaps at doors and windows, helping to keep cold air out.

The cost will be more than offset after a few winters, and you’ll stay warm, comfy and cozy through the winter.

Another feature that many Toronto condo owners use in the winter is a humidifier.

Your Toronto condo’s HVAC (heating) system will actually run more efficiently if there is an optimum level of humidity in the air. In the winter, when the Toronto air tends to be dry, adding moisture to your condo’s environment with a humidifier is a good step.

A humidifier will also help protect you and your family against dry skin.

Going Out of Town? Take These Steps for Your Condo Unit

If you are leaving town for an extended period of time and your Toronto condo will remain unoccupied, here are some pointers:

Going Out of Town? Take These Steps for Your Condo Unit
  • Keep your condo’s fan coil and/or heat pump on.
  • Keep your ERV on (see below for HVAC tips)
  • Turn off the main water supply valve
  • Program your thermostat to keep the heat on but at a lower temperature
  • Have a friend, neighbour or property manager check in on your condo unit periodically
  • Ensure to close and seal all doors and windows
  • Unplug all appliances (except those essential for condo operations)

By following these steps for Toronto condo winterizing you can have peace of mind.

Talk to a HVAC Specialist Today!

Toronto Condo HVAC Steps for Winter

An easy step you can take on your own with regard to HVAC in your Toronto condo unit is to switch directions on your ceiling fan(s).

Many ceiling fans are built to rotate in two directions: One to cool air in the summertime, and the other to redistribute warm air from the ceiling to the rest of the room.

Do not turn off your ERV (energy recovery ventilator), and be sure to let it defrost as needed.

Beyond this, a great investment to stay warm in the winter is to call on a Toronto condo HVAC expert for heating tune-ups and winterizing.

We’ll check your fan coil or heat pump filters, making sure they are in proper operating condition, and we’ll make any adjustments or heating repairs as needed.

Contact us today to book your Toronto condo HVAC winterizing.