Yearly Archives: 2015

Do I Need A Furnace Humidifier

Furnace Humidifiers

A Furnace Humidifier should be a required component of your heading system.  A  humidifier installed directly into your cooling and
heating system will introduces humidity in the form of water vapor into the air that travels through heating ducts. The level of humidity
is then monitored and controlled by your thermostat, just like the temperature is, and an even level of moisture can be released into your
house all year long.

The Advantages of  a Furnace Humidifier Include:

  • Reduced static electricity
  • No more dried out nasal passages
  • Reduced susceptibility to colds and flu viruses
  • Fewer respiratory-related problems
  • Financial benefits (reduced heating costs)
  • Houseplants survive longer
  • Hardwood floors crack less


What To Know Before you Buy 

Compare Different Types of Units

Furnace humidifiers come in three basic designs, with each offering its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Drum-style units are the most
affordable, but also require the most maintenance according to Flow-thru models help to prohibit mold growth,
but require a built-in floor drain for proper drainage. Spray mist humidifiers are efficient for use with oil or gas-powered
furnaces, but are not intended for use in electric furnaces.

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The Importance of furnace filter changes


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As we get ready for winter, there are many things to do in the yard as well as in the house.  One of the important tasks that is often overlooked is replacing the furnace filter.  The main purpose of a furnace filter is to protect the blower fan and equipment  from all the dust, hair and other gunk the return duct pulls in.


Why is it so important? Here are five benefits of regularly replacing your air filter:


  • Extend the life of your forced air system – a big investment was made when you purchased your HVAC equipment.  One of the main reasons a HVAC systems fails is because the furnace filter gets plugged up with debris and particulate matter . As dirt accumulates, air can’t pass through the system  and the unit overheats. The motor then has to work harder. In a best-case scenario, your HVAC unit will need to be repaired. In the worst case, if your unit is older, not replacing filters could put it over the edge and require you to buy a new one. Replacing the filter is an easy way to lengthen the life of your heating system.
  • Keeping energy costs under control – lets face it, getting your utility  bill is not the highlight of your month. When that air filter is plugged ,little air passes through the filter which makes the HVAC system work harder, more energy is being used. And when it requires more energy to make your heating and air conditioning system work, it causes your energy bill to escalate .
  • Maintaining healthy air quality in your home – This is particularly important if anyone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma. Dirty air filters worsen the air quality and can worsen symptoms. Replacing your furnace filter is an easy way to help improve the indoor air quality in the home .
  • Keeping your HVAC system clean – Dirty filters in the furnace can lead to dirt build up on fan which reduces air flow.  It can also contribute to the AC coils in the furnace to become plugged up. When this happens the air flow is greatly restricted.
  • A peace of mind – Replacing your furnace  filter is an easy, inexpensive step to take to save money, extend the life of your HVAC equipment and improve your IAQ in your home or business. It also decreases the amount of your energy consumption .
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Air Make Up Systems

Call Power Vac Winnipeg for your Commercial Duct Cleaning Needs


This video will show how a standard make-up air ventilation system works and the benefits of preventive maintenance on this
critical system in your building. You will see a professional tradesperson carry out a typical preventative maintenance call,
as well as some simple tasks that your staff can perform to keep your make up air unit running properly.

Let our HVAC inspectors conduct a comprehensive examinations of components and systems to determine whether they are
contaminated with a significant accumulation of particulate or microbial growth, or if HVAC performance is compromised
due to contamination build-up.

PREVENTION of duct contamination is KEY to avoiding problems.
Follow these recommendations to avoid system contamination:

•Perform routine preventive maintenance on HVAC
systems, by complying with manufacturer schedules
for changing HVAC filters, cleaning coils, and other

•During building renovation, seal ductwork to prevent
construction dust and debris from entering the HVAC

•Maintain good housekeeping in occupied spaces.

•Ensure that air intakes are located away from
contaminant sources.

•Consider routine inspections of ductwork. The National
Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA)’s standard,
“Assessment, Cleaning and Restoration of HVAC Systems-
ACR 2013,” recommends that HVAC systems be visually
inspected for cleanliness at regular intervals, depending
on building use. For healthcare facilities, the standard
recommends annual inspections of air handling units
and supply/return ductwork


Power Vac is known as the Winnipeg Duct Cleaning & HVAC remediation experts


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Makeup air units- What every condo owner should know

Make-up air units supply fresh air to buildings to compensate for air lost through exhaust fans and other sources. Simply put,
they “make up” for lost air, which helps to ensure good indoor air quality for everyone.

With 48 years of service excellence in the condominium marketplace, the Power Vac Cleaning team has the experience to properly
address and complete any commercial residence job. This means cleaning spaces shared by all tenants, including hallway air
make-up systems and, especially, laundry exhausts — an area often prone to fire hazards due to the materials that build up
inside of high-use dryer vents. Cleaning such areas on a regular basis helps reduce costly repairs and improves the efficiency
and lifespan of your building’s equipment.


For more information condovoice – fall 2013 – make-up air units – what every unit owner should know

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