Things You Can Do to Lengthen the Life of Your appliances and systems

  1. Clean or Replace Dirty Filters

    A dirty or clogged filter will cause your appliance to work harder, wasting energy and affecting your monthly heating costs. If you have a washable filter, simply remove it, clean it and make sure it’s completely dry before you reinstall it.

    *Tip: Try and get in the habit of checking your filter on a monthly basis, to reduce any possible internal Damage.

  2. Let the Air Flow

    Make sure not to block off any of your return registers or grills with furniture or clutter. It’s a good idea to check for lint, dust or pet hair that may get caught and obstruct the air flow preventing fire.

    * Tip: You can always close registers (but no more than 2 or 3 at a time) in rooms you don’t use as often to redirect the warm or cool air to the more used parts of your home.

  3. The Benefits of a Well Kept Lawn

    Heat pumps and air conditioning units require unrestricted airflow to work properly. Keep outdoor areas surrounding your unit clear of any debris, overgrown shrubs or storage items.

    *Tip: Get into the habit of checking the unit for any leaves or grass clippings that may have been pulled in. Use a regular garden hose to loosen and remove debris from air conditioning coil.

  4. Stand It On Level Ground

    Be sure the ground under your unit is level. The earth shifts especially during our wet winter months here in British Columbia. Checking the unit annually to make sure it’s still level and able to drain properly will help keep it running properly extending it’s life.

  5. Ask the Expert

    If you think something is wrong, call an expert. Trying to fix an unfamiliar unit by internet video help can be costly and dangerous. You can trust the qualified staff at Northwind to keep you safe.

Comfort Tips

Choosing the heating and cooling products best suited to your home and your lifestyle requires some planning. Comfort tips will help guide you through the purchasing process, from hiring a qualified dealer to exploring financing options. They are designed to help you get the most from your comfort system and show you how to improve your home’s indoor air quality and energy efficiency.

To view comfort tips, just click on the links in the menu below.

Purchasing Considerations

Seven Things to Consider When Choosing a Dealer

Seven Things to Look for in a Home Comfort System

Tips on Choosing the Right Furnace

Financing Your Home Comfort System

Factors to Consider When Deciding to Repair or Replace

Care and Maintenance

Spring Home Comfort Checklist

Getting Your A/C Ready for Spring

Fall and Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Energy Efficiency

Seven Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Go Green This Spring to Save Energy

Spring Energy Tips

Summer Energy Tips

Fall Energy Tips

Winter Energy Tips

Saving Energy with a Heat Pump

Harness the Power of the Sun to Save Energy

Think Green, Save Green

Indoor Air Quality

Introduction to Indoor Air Quality

Controlling Contaminants Inside Your Home

Controlling Humidity and Airflow

Top 10 Ways to Control Allergies

Ozone: A Dirty Secret Revealed

Tips to Help Control Airborne Contaminants

Reducing Humidity in Your Home


Top 10 Ways to Enjoy a Cleaner Home

The Benefits of Zoning Systems

The Benefits of Programmable Thermostats