Over the past year and a half, Canadians have been spending a lot more time at home. Between working remotely, cooking three meals a day, exercising and binge-watching shows on Netflix, people logged some serious hours in their humble abodes.
We quickly realized that in order for us to improve home comfort, we needed to optimize our living spaces. For many, this meant upgrading HVAC systems and installing a fireplace to stay warm throughout the colder months.
The Air Makers and Zoroast The Fireplace Store, Toronto’s largest fireplace showroom, provide several heating and cooling services to clients looking to achieve the ideal home temperature, 20 degrees Celsius. Homeowners should always be able to adjust the temperature through a thermostat, furnace or air conditioner.
Air Makers is the most-awarded HVAC contractor in Toronto, winning manufacturers’ selling excellence awards every year. The professional team is also known for its knowledgeable customer service.
Both Ontario-based companies offer competitive pricing on installs and have the highest inventory of furnaces, air conditioners, HVAC parts and installation materials in all of Canada. “We’ve gathered all of the best brands under one roof while offering full installation services, repairs and design-build or turnkey fireplace projects,” says Dan Kimia, managing director at Zoroast The Fireplace Store.
Feeling comfortable in your house can reduce stress and improve your overall well-being. For this reason, the teams at Air Makers and Zoroast The Fireplace Store understand that it’s essential for you to feel relaxed at home.
These six recommendations can help guide you in the right direction when it comes to improving home comfort and upgrading your living space.
Purchase a few plants
Adding some greenery to the inside of your home is a great way to spruce up your interior décor while purifying the circulating air. Spider plants, English ivy, ferns and peace lilies can increase the humidity, making your place feel more comfortable.
If you have a hard time keeping plants alive, opt for some colourful artwork instead. While hanging pictures or paintings on the wall won’t improve the air quality, it will add liveliness and personality to your space.
Install a central humidifier
Central humidifiers and air purification systems can drastically improve the indoor air quality of your home. Having a good filtration and purification system has been especially important to many people during the pandemic to reduce the likelihood of transmission.
Install a high-quality HVAC system
Installing a HVAC system will provide thermal comfort and sufficient air flow within your home. When sourcing out a new HVAC system, find one that has optimized heating and cooling efficiency. It’s extremely important to do your research before committing to an installation service from an HVAC or fireplace company.
“Remember that just because something has a higher price tag, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s worth the extra cost. Choosing the lowest quote isn’t always the smartest move either,” says Kimia. “Many people who are concerned with finding the lowest possible price end up getting the short end of the stick with respect to the quality of items, installation and after-installation services.”
Add a fireplace
The addition of a fireplace (for example, a gas fireplace) can improve the ambiance in your home and provide natural warmth. There are few things better than unwinding by the fireplace after commuting home from the office in the pouring rain.
Never underestimate the importance of keeping the filters in your furnace and air conditioner clean. Clogged filters can cause both systems to shut down, which will require a costly service visit from an HVAC company. When the filter on your furnace is clogged, it can be incredibly dangerous as the motor can overheat, becoming a fire hazard. This is a common reason for emergency furnace repair calls.
Zoroast The Fireplace Store also offers repair and maintenance services to homeowners in Toronto.
Add a smart Wi-Fi thermostat
If you’re looking to have low utility bills while keeping everyone in your home comfortable, consider installing a smart thermostat. These thermostats are able to learn your household’s temperature patterns and can adjust the heating and cooling accordingly.
Homeowners with a smart thermostat installed can also control the temperature in their home from anywhere – walking into an ice-cold home will never happen again.
Keep it clean and free of clutter
Staying on top of cleaning can be a challenge when you lead a busy lifestyle. It’s time to let go of the expectation that your place should look like the staged homes photographed in design magazines.
Instead, designate 15 minutes each day to declutter, optimize, tidy your place, do the dishes immediately after eating a meal and never leave a room empty handed.