Afraid of Life Without AC

Now that you’ve got air conditioning, you never want to go a hot day without it again – we get it. But can a dirty AC condenser impact the functionality of your air conditioning? You bet it can. 

Each week Acclaimed! posts a live video on Facebook responding to a common customer question or letter we receive from homeowners. 

This week, Keven answers a letter from a homeowner “Afraid of Life Without AC”, wondering how important cleaning the AC condenser is. Keven notes that like anything involving a filter, AC condensers need to be cleaned regularly to ensure proper air flow to the unit. While homeowners can roughly clean their outside air conditioning units themselves, he does recommend getting a professional in every once in a while for a more thorough clean. 

Check out the video to learn more, 

Watch the Video for Keven's Response:

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With spring in the air and warmer weather on the horizon, you may be starting to think about getting air conditioning for your home. This week, Keven discusses AC options for those whose homes do not run on a forced-air system. If you’re also against the clunky look of box window AC units, watch the Dear Keven Letter below to learn about your alternative options. 

Here's the Letter:

Dear Keven,

With summer approaching in the (hopefully) near future, my partner and I are starting to think about getting an air conditioner installed in our condo. Our building runs off of a central boiler and we have baseboard heating, so traditional central AC is not an option for us. I also don’t like the idea of having a clunky AC unit taking up my windows. Do you know of any other options that might be available for us?

Signed, 

Box Window AC Not an Option

Have a question you want answered? Or an HVAC issue that’s plagued you since you’ve moved in? Or some equipment that you’re unfamiliar with? We’d love to hear from you! Submit your Dear Keven letter to office@acclaimedfurnace.com and it could be featured on one of our Facebook Live videos!

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Great news! Energy Efficiency Alberta has announced a new rebate for furnaces equipped with electronically commutated motors (ECM). The rebate will be added to their existing online rebates program found here. What will that mean for Albertans? Read below to find out!

Furnace with Electrically Commutated Motor (ECM)

The focus of this measure will be to incent Albertans who are in the market for a new furnace to purchase a model equipped with an ECM. With the majority of ECM’s being found in High-efficiency furnaces, the push to upgrade existing equipment and have Alberta running more efficiently is the end goal. Furthermore, eligibility will be based on a homeowner supplying proof of purchase for an eligible model purchased on or after January 2018.

From February 1, 2018, customers will be able to apply online for $75 rebate on qualified furnaces with ECM that has been purchased on January 15, 2018, or after.

Rebate Process for Customers

Eligibility Criteria 

Residential Retail Products Program Frequently Asked Questions

ONLINE REBATES PROGRAM – Furnace with ECM

What is the new rebate exactly for?

The new rebate is offered by Energy efficiency Alberta on qualifying furnaces with Electrically Commutated Motor (ECM). The focus of this measure is to incent Albertans who are in the market for a new furnace to purchase a model equipped with an ECM. Eligibility will be based on a homeowner supplying proof of purchase for an eligible model purchased on or after January 15, 2018

Can I apply for the rebate to retrofit my existing furnace?

No, rebates are for new furnaces or furnace replacement only and not retrofit of an existing furnace.

Why should I choose a furnace with ECM? How will it help me save energy?

Furnaces with ECM use less electricity compared to those without as the blower motor that forces the air through your home is variable speed and uses less energy to keep your home at its set point. The M in ECM refers to the motor that drives the furnace fan and helps to save energy.

How much is the rebate on a qualified furnace with ECM?

The rebate is $75 per furnace with an ECM.

What is the purchase limit?

A limit of 2 furnaces with ECM can be qualified for rebate under the program, per household for the life of the program.

How do I know which furnaces are qualified for the rebate?

A list of qualified furnaces with ECM is found on EEA website (Available starting February 1, 2018). The list was compiled by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada based on data from manufacturers acting on a voluntary basis.  The excel list can also be downloaded here Copy of ECM_Eligibility_List-Online Rebates.

I purchased a qualifying product before the program launched. Am I able to get the rebate?

If you have purchased a qualified furnace with ECM on January 15, 2018, or after, you are eligible to apply for the $75 rebate.

How do I apply for my rebate?

Customers who have purchased a qualifying model will need to complete the online application form. These forms are found on Energy efficiency Alberta’s website (available February 1, 2018). Furthermore, receipts showing the purchase of the qualifying model needs to be uploaded as part of the online application process.

Does my new furnace with ECM have to be installed by a registered contractor?

Contractors are not required to be registered under the program to qualify for the rebate.

Can my contractor apply for the rebate on my behalf?

Yes, contractors can complete the application process on behalf of their customers however this is not a program requirement. Customers will receive their rebates directly from the program via mail.

 

Call center agents from Energy efficiency Alberta process applications. Customers will receive $75 rebate via mail within 6 – 8 weeks.

 

 

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