You Don’t Have to Wait Until Fall For Your HVAC Maintenance

Have you noticed it yet?

Has the furnace turned on, and you smell that strange scent of burning dust? Cooler temperatures may have activated your furnace, which has been sitting relatively idle over the warmer months. An older furnace doesn’t necessarily have its fan running all the time, and when it does, the heat exchanger in the furnace is burning dust and sending the burned particles via your furnace vents, all over the home. It’s a smelly clue that your filter definitely needs changing, but it’s also a really good idea to have a tune-up performed on the furnace.

Newer furnaces have fans running to some extent on a continual basis, but that doesn’t negate the importance of an annual maintenance check to ensure that things are running smoothly.

We are all aware that it’s a good idea to have an annual furnace checkup, but too few of us take it seriously that is until something goes wrong.

You don’t have to wait until fall to have maintenance performed on your HVAC system. You can begin to take advantage of the benefits at any time of the year. Taylor Gandy, General Manager of Gandy Installations, says “there are many things that need to be done to your furnace on an annual basis to ensure that it is operating correctly and efficiently, however it does not matter when this maintenance is done, and there is not much of any advantage to doing it at the beginning of the heating season. As a matter of fact, more time is often spent on these maintenance visits outside of the “rush season”. August / September is a perfectly acceptable time to have the maintenance performed, as is January/February.”

What are the advantages of a furnace checkup?

Your safety matters

An annual furnace checkup and maintenance will be one of the best things you can do to keep your family safe! Furnaces produce heat through burning fuel, and it’s essential to ensure that the combustion process is efficient. Problems in this process can lead to gas leaks, and run the risk of carbon monoxide leaks.

You can save money!

A well-tuned furnace will be more efficient and use less energy. Some studies have shown that regular maintenance can save you as much as 30%. Add in a programmable thermostat, and you’re well on your way to making this winter a much more affordable one.

Maintaining your manufacturer’s warranty

On most good quality furnaces, you’re looking at around a 10-year warranty. You’ll want to regularly check in on your furnace to ensure it still qualifies for the warranty, and if something does go wrong, you’ll have the service records to prove you’ve been taking care of it.

Cozy Comfort

There’s nothing like the feeling of seeing a blasting winter storm descend on the neighbourhood, while you relax, confident that your furnace is going to serve you well throughout the entire season.

Annual tune-ups are just one part of maintaining your furnace.  When you’ve got a properly maintained HVAC system, not only does it run more efficiently, but the likelihood that you’ll need an emergency heating (or cooling) repair service is greatly reduced.

To keep your HVAC system operating efficiently, extend the life of your equipment and reduce the need for repairs, consider putting your HVAC maintenance in the hands of our certified technicians. Our Comfort Club will provide a worry-free and reliable HVAC maintenance. As a Comfort Club member, you’ll also receive priority repair service and discounts. As well, take advantage of the promotions that are available from time to time for furnace tuneups or duct cleaning at our website.

Lennox – Feel the Love

 

Winston Churchill once said that we make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

Gandy Installation’s long relationship with Lennox has afforded them an opportunity to give back, and provide comfort to the community they serve in many ways.

Lennox stated in their news release “Each year we get better, reaching more people with the message that Lennox dealers are caring, hometown businesses”.

Gandy Installations believes that is true. “We’re more than just a leader and innovator in the HVAC industry – were people too. People who care for and about the communities where we live.

Thats why were on a mission to give back to those who have made it their mission to serve others in our community. We want to play an active role in creating communities that care for one another by sharing a little bit of love to those in need of a helping hand. Were working together to make the world a better place, one community at a time.” .

Through Feel the Love (FTL), Lennox dealers have installed more than 850 high-efficiency furnaces and contributed more than $4 million in support of local communities. This event drives home the importance of community-based efforts. FTL is a clear message that you are the foundation of your hometowntruly neighbors helping neighbors.

Lennox’ Feel The Love (FTL) program expanded to Canada,this year bringing much needed heating and cooling equipment to deserving families who need a helping hand.

Early this month, (October 6, 2018) Lennox donated the HVAC equipment, and Gandy donated their time and talent, including installation materials, and the family that receives the donation pays nothing at all

A nominee was selected to receive donated HVAC equipment based on a range of criteria, including (but not limited to) involvement in their community, military service, or financial hardship. Shannon Gandy was happy to be able to help the chosen nominee. “We reached out to the community to seek nominations to someone in need. Our nomination lives in Aldergrove, has lung cancer and is terminal and has not had heat in three years.”

Here are some photos from installation day. Our nominee now has heat for the winter season and the many cold days ahead. 

 

   

Gandy Wins 2018 Best of the Best – Langley Advance

They say that a customer talking about their experience with you is worth ten times that which you write or speak about yourself. So, it’s with gratitude and appreciation that we thank our local community for voting us Gold as the Best HVAC Company in Langley!

Gandy Installations have been servicing the Lower Mainland for over 60 years and to be recognized like this by our customers makes us feel like we are doing business right.

Knowing that we are rated one of the top businesses in Langley is a real sense of accomplishment. We are very proud to be a part of this vibrant community. Through three generations, we have been providing HVAC services to Langley and the surrounding communities, covering a large area from Vancouver to Hope.

From all of the staff at Gandy, thank you for making us feel special in what we do!

 

Don’t be left out in the cold — get your FortisBC rebate now!

 

We’re only a few weeks away from that moment when the skies darken, the winds start to blow. You’ve got a stew on the stove, and a pumpkin spice latte in your hand. The kids are at school. It’s time to celebrate all that is Autumn.

Until you consider your heating bill that is.

If your furnace has been working away in it’s little enclosure for ten years or more, we understand the idea of home comfort and your furnace going sideways isn’t necessarily what you want to hear.

But the truth is, replacement of your furnace couldn’t happen at a better time. There are some excellent choices out there for every budget, and to make things even easier, FortisBC is offering some time-limited rebates to help you with your purchase. But like any big decision, there’s a learning curve and a bit of planning needed.

Of course there’s always a few things to consider: How long do you plan to stay in the home? What furnace is in there currently? Have you had an audit? Let’s see the energy bill, how big is the house, is consumption out of line? If the furnace is oversized, replacement will have more benefits than if it is not. Would you be replacing with top of the line, or same with same (communicating, modulating, ECM blower, or another middle/bottom line unit)? These are a few questions that need answering to determine the right answer for you.

20-year-old furnaces or boilers are not very efficient at all. At the 20 year point you are overdue for replacement. Furnaces wear down over time, becoming increasingly more inefficient. If your furnace is between 15-20 years old, you’ll benefit from replacement. Some manufacturers even say 13-15 years is the replacement range.

Swapping a furnace with 80 percent efficiency for one with 96 percent efficiency can cut heating bills by 20 percent according to HGTV’s This Old House. Increased efficiency also helps to protect the planet by reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Have hot water heat? Upgrading your boiler will not only improve efficiency, but can also free up space in your mechanical room and reduce noise levels as well.

Gandy installations installs high-efficiency, wall-mounted condensing boilers, heating only models with independent or side-arm water heaters, and Combi boilers, capable of heating and hot water applications within a single unit.

If you’ve been noticing that your heating bills have been getting larger, there are cool and warm spots throughout the house, the thermostat just can’t keep up to your needs, it’s time to take advantage of the FortisBC rebate, and phone Gandy Appliances for a free estimate. A new furnace will not only bring you more comfort, and energy savings, but will also bring value to your home if you’re planning on re-selling in the near future. The helpful people at Gandy aren’t there to sell you what they think works for them —they are looking at your needs and helping you find what works for you.

Replace your old natural gas furnace or boiler with an eligible ENERGY STAR® model and you could qualify for a rebate of either $500 or $700 on a furnace, or $500 on a boiler. Find out more online at: https://www.fortisbc.com/Rebates/RebatesOffers/FurnaceBoilerReplacementProgram/Pages/default.aspx

When you schedule an appointment with Gandy, one of our friendly and knowledgeable technicians will provide assistance in helping you select a HVAC (gas or  boiler)  that best meets your needs and budget. We also do our very best to have your heating system upgrade installed as soon as possible. In some cases we can schedule your installation within a day of receiving your call.

 

 

 

Saving Energy Starts With Your Thermostat.

Back in the 1980’s the concept of a “smart home” ignited all of our imagination. In that era, the idea of controlling your appliances and house through a single, computerized hub sounded like science fiction. Some of the components from RadioShack promised “the future today” and we got excited about controlling lights and even the toaster. Fast forward to the twenty-first century and we are all becoming more comfortable with our device apps that control the front door, the garage door, the cameras around the house, and of course, our heating and cooling system. We talk to Alexa to listen to our favorite music or remind us about the doctor’s appointment.

Over the past 10 years there’s been a lot of DIY devices that in varying degrees help us control the temperature and has proven to be a brighter way to save energy. As a homeowner, you’re always in search of ways to reduce your expenses without sacrificing any of the comfort that a cool home in summer and a warm home in winter provides. One easily overlooked component that can help you to save a great deal of money in your home is the thermostat. That nondescript box on the wall is the device that you use to regulate the temperature inside of your home. You can lower and raise the temperature at will to increase the comfort of your environment.

Your thermostat controls half your energy bill – more than appliances, more than electronics. So shouldn’t it help you save energy? Independent studies have proven that a smart thermostat such as the Honeywell Smart Wifi 7 day programmable can save an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. That means that in two years, it can pay for itself. The Honeywell Thermostat has remote access to the thermostat through a computer, tablet, or smart phone with Honeywell’s Total Connect Comfort Service. You’ll find indoor humidity displayed below the temperature on the touchscreen, and you can choose programmable modes to save on annual heating and cooling costs.

Once you’ve got your programmable thermostat installed, how do you start saving money? Here’s a tip: Discover how to program the best numbers (for wake-up, leaving the house, returning and sleeping) for your area: go to /yourhome.honeywell.com/en/energy-calculator A calculation based on the Lower Mainland estimated that you could save $179 yearly by using the optimal cooling and heating times for your home, which was also available. Programmable thermostats require an investment of time initially, but once you have gotten the hang of how to program it, you can set it days and weeks in advance and forget about it. And best yet, if you’re on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, and you realize that you’re heating the house to keep your furniture warm, you can just grab your device, and you’re one click away (well maybe two or three) from saving.

It’s also important not to think in extremes (such as really cool temperatures then warming ones during the day). Turning down the thermostat too much at night (in the wintertime) cools everything off – including sofas, and areas that take a while to recover the warmth of your daytime numbers. That taxes your furnace and it is actually working harder. A little bit of balance is needed to keep your energy cost numbers steadily going down. Even if you don’t set a schedule for your thermostat, some Honeywell programmable thermostats will use algorithms to “learn” your habits and will begin to automatically adjust your heating and cooling based on your usage patterns. Of course, you can still override this by manually adjusting the temperature.

It also offers advanced fan settings designed to keep you comfortable and save energy simultaneously. You can adjust the background color from an established list or use the custom menu to create your own color scheme. This thermostat will send you warnings when it registers an extreme degree shift beyond the norm and lets you know when it’s time to replace your air filter. It also tracks the indoor humidity and displays the external temperature and humidity. In many cases, Alexa can also be a part of the team, as your voice commands can instruct her to increase or lower temperatures.

Want to know more? Talk to the knowledgeable folks at Gandy. Gandy Installations is one of the most trusted companies in the industry, with over 60 years of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) experience. We offer a broad range of services including HVAC installations (residential, commercial and industrial), maintenance, service and repair of heating and cooling equipment, as well as duct cleaning and plumbing and electrical services.

Our service area extends from Hope to Horseshoe Bay, almost anywhere in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Call us at 604-534-5555.

 

FortisBC 2018 Rebates are Back

Appliance Maintenance Rebate

Don’t wait until fall and save money this summer with Gandy Installations and FortisBC.

Give your furnace or boiler and fireplace some TLC. Have them serviced. Book your service with us today and take advantage of the $25.00 FortisBC rebate from now until Aug 17th. For full details visit their website and call us today, 604-534-5555.

Click HERE to visit their website.

 

Natural Gas Furnace and Boilers 

Replace your old natural gas furnace or boiler with an eligible ENERGY STAR® model and you could qualify for a rebate of either $500 or $700 on a furnace, or $500 on a boiler.

Are you eligible? Click HERE for full details and to visit the FortisBC website today.

FortisBC Furnace and Boiler Replacement Program is back!

We are excited to announce that the FortisBC Furnace and Boiler Replacement Program is back. Now is the time to upgrade and save money in rebates. Replace your old natural gas furnace or boiler with an eligible ENERGY STAR® model and you could qualify for a rebate of either $500 or $700 on a furnace, or $500 on a boiler.

For full details and to qualify, please visit FortisBC’s website by clicking HERE 

 

Air Conditioners 101

SUMMER! It’s that time of year again in the Lower Mainland, and if you’re blessed to have the convenience and comfort of an air conditioner in your home, those hot and humid summer days will not pose the threat of sleepless nights, restlessness or irritability that a stifling hot home can bring.

You already know that wonderful feeling of spending a day at White Rock with family, not so wonderful sitting in rush hour traffic, or mowing the lawn, and that awesome “welcome home” feeling of opening your door to a comfortably cool interior.

You have that happy grin on your face, when friends come to visit and they are awed and surprised at how comfortable and cool your home is. We get it. It’s cool —  to be cool.

However, it’s important to understand that operating your air conditioner properly can save you energy costs and won’t tax your equipment unduly. Now that you’re used to an air-conditioned environment, you want to protect and preserve your HVAC unit as best as possible.

Here’s a few tips to keep your house cool, and your air conditioner happy!

Keep It On

Don’t set the thermostat down low when you turn the unit on or make constant adjustments. It will take the house the same amount of time to cool down to your desired temperature. Constant changes not only cause more energy use by fans, but lead to fluctuating temperatures. Turn your AC on first thing in the morning, and don’t wait until it actually gets hot inside. Air conditioners are designed to maintain a temperature, not necessarily lower it several degrees in a short period of time.

Keep Your Cool

It might be tempting to have your house below 20c or 70F, but logically, throughout the year, your home is not that cool.

Set your “AC” to the warmest temperature you can live with — and leave it there. Keeping indoor temperature as close to outdoor temperature as you can stand provides the best efficiency and most comfortable conditions. When your air conditioner is set below 20c or 70f there is not a lot of heat energy left in the air to be absorbed by the indoor coil, which can cause your unit to freeze, and can be quite hard on the compressor located in your outdoor unit.

Help it along

Think about turning off typical heat sources, such as lights, heat producing appliances and ovens. Put your range and oven on vacation and embrace the barbecue and outdoor dining Your AC unit won’t have to work as hard to keep the house cool.

Keep It Clean

Never run an air conditioner with a dirty filter or litter in the aluminum blades that protect the condenser coils in the outdoor unit or behind the front panel of a window unit. Obstructing either limits the movement of air that is essential to your air conditioner. The less freely air circulates around the condenser and compressor coils, the harder the blower and fan have to work to send cool air into the building’s interior and vent hot air away from it. Vacuum or replace filters and clean delicate aluminum blades with a soft brush, when the unit is not running.

A happy AC is  a well-maintained AC

From minor air conditioner repairs to full HVAC system changes, Gandy Installations service, maintain and repair all brands of air conditioners — including Lennox, Carrier, Bryant and Rheem.

To keep your HVAC system operating efficiently, extend the life of your equipment and reduce the need for repairs, consider putting your HVAC maintenance in the hands of our certified technicians. Our Comfort Club will provide a worry-free and reliable HVAC maintenance. As a Comfort Club member, you’ll also receive priority repair service, and discounts.

 

25 WAYS TO HAVE FUN IN A HEAT WAVE!

It’s all over the news these days. The weatherman has predicted a scorching summer for the Greater Vancouver area. It’s expected the current comfortable temperatures will transition to a warmer and drier than usual pattern late in the spring with a hot and dry summer, perhaps even shattering some heat records.

Don’t despair though. You’re living in the right place to relax and take advantage of some of the excellent leisure activities that will help you and the family cool off.

Remember to be careful to make sure that the kids not only apply sunscreen but also drink enough water. I know it is tempting to let kids stay inside in the air-conditioning and play their video games or watch TV, but there’s no such thing in BC as an endless summer!  Get out and have fun, even if it is hot! The exercise your family gets outside is unlike anything you can inside the house, and they will sleep like angels at the end of the day.

Langley is home to 5 pools and 8 spray parks that are at the ready to keep you and your family fresh, even in the summer sunshine!

Walnut Grove:  Next to Walnut Grove Secondary, Walnut Grove Community Centre is the perfect place to dip inside and enjoy all of the recreational amenities one might need. From their big 300-foot water slide to their 5-metre dive tower, Walnut Grove has the best of both worlds.

Murrayville:  W.C. Blair pool is a great place to escape the heat if you the temperature outside is just too much for you. The full Rec Centre offers many other amenities as well, such as a gym facing the pool so parents can work out while still keeping an eye on your kids!

Outdoor Pools:

Outdoor pools are a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and have the kids cool down with a quick splash and play. Hunt down a lovely shade tree, stake your spot and bring a picnic dinner and you’re able to relax.

Al Anderson – Tucked away in the forest of Langley’s City Park, this exceptional outdoor pool is the place to be on a hot summer day. The surrounding park offers a great picnic area and even a small splash park for the kids.

Aldergrove Outdoor Pool– Located in Phillip Jackman Park lies this tremendous outdoor pool. With a new coat of paint, this outdoor pool is a perfect spot to take a dip! Open 7 days a week until Labour Day, you will be able to swim until your heart’s content. Make sure to bring a picnic and check out Phillip Jackman Park too.

Fort Langley Outdoor Pool – When it reopens this month (on June 20th), the Fort Langley Pool will be a great place to cool off after walking around beautiful Fort Langley. There is always an evening public swim along with day public swims on the weekends and also weekdays once school gets out for the kids.

 

Remember those days when dad would set up the sprinkler, and it became an instant water park? (Then again, there were no water parks in the good old days!) Take advantage of the fun available at the local water parks in Langley. They are a great way to rediscover your inner child and jump around with the kids, cool off and have a little fun in the process.

You’ll find them in:

Brookswood – Just off 200th Street in Brookswood Park is a small splash park that may not be as busy as some of the bigger ones. The surrounding trees of the park offer plenty of shade which is great for picnics. There are also convenience stores and shops located just across the street for all the summer essentials one may need (i.e. *Slurpees*).

 

Douglas Park – Located downtown in the City of Langley, Douglas Park is a little slice of heaven on a hot summer’s day. With lush green space for picnics and a playground for the kids, Douglas Park is a great place to spend a day. The splash park there provides an excellent opportunity to cool off and have a little fun in the process. It runs all summer so be sure to get out there and check it out!

 

Murrayville Outdoor Activity Park– Located a stone’s throw from W.C. Blair Recreation Centre, the spray park at Murrayville Outdoor Park is a hidden treasure.  Get your heartbeat up on the outdoor volleyball courts, climbing wall, or skateboard park and then cool off in the spray park. It’s a great way to enjoy a warm summer day!

 

Philip Jackman Park– Discover this little gem of a spray park nestled close to Aldergrove Outdoor Pool at Philip Jackman Park, right in the heart of Aldergrove. Then drop-in to the pool for an extra splash of fun!  There are regular Public Swim sessions, and you can easily enjoy both on a spare hot afternoon!

 

Walnut Grove Community Park– Set your spot up for the day on the grass banks along the “river” that flows down from this large spray park, where the kids will love floating their toy boats!  Conveniently located near Walnut Grove High School, there are plenty of parking and sports fields to be enjoyed.  Looking for a place to host a summer birthday or team wind up?  Book the picnic shelter and use it as a home base while the kids enjoy all the amenities!

 

Willoughby Community Park – In the shadow of the LEC you will find an excellent water park that is great for keeping cool on a hot day. Whether you just played sports and need to cool off or the kids need something to do, this park is the perfect answer. This central location puts you within a 10-minute drive of both Walnut Grove and Downtown Langley which comes in handy when food must be found after a long day at the water park.

 

Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre

We’re saving the biggest for last. An exciting family year-long attraction — The Aldergrove Water Park  — is expected to make a big splash, with waterslides, a lazy river, a 50-person hot tub and more!

The new Credit Union Community Centre is expected to open in June 2018 and will feature a six-lane pool, a lazy river feature, and even a wave pool complete with a giant movie screen for poolside movies.

 

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT IN DOWNTOWN LANGLEY

It’s not all about splashing around though. This year, the McBurney Plaza Summer Series will include three afternoons, family-friendly events and 2 evening, adult only events.

For the music end entertainment lovers,  the 2018 Festival Schedule at McBurney Plaza, the series of five events that run during the summer months in Downtown Langley is an opportunity to introduce the experience of live music to your children. All afternoon events are family friendly and free to attend. Enjoy everything from Canadian folk and country music to Celtic, and good old rock and roll.

The evening events are 19+, and require the purchase of tickets — however, the price is excellent at $15 a person and a great way to have an impromptu date night.

 

 

WE ALL SCREAM FOR ….. GELATO!!

Whatever your favorite gelato flavors are;  (Mine is Cherry Mania or Chocolate Peanut Butter) you’ll get your cool and delicious cravings satisfied at Maria’s Gelato in Fort Langley. They’ve been in business for years, and know how to please their customers from toddlers and teens to the senior connoisseurs. The frozen yogurt craze has hit Langley as well so you’ll have to also try Peachwave, Menchies, or for more gelato, the Marble Slab, Daily Scoop Gelato, or go for it — a retro Blizzard at the ever popular DQ. Its okay. It’s summer — you’ll work off those extra calories on a slip-’n slide.

 

FILL YOUR PICNIC BASKET, BUY SOME WINE, MEET AN ALPACA

We’re fortunate to be living in one of the finest farms to table areas in North America. From fresh and succulent berries to award-winning wines, and local artisan cheesemakers, your journey through Langley’s diverse Circle Farm Tour will be a feast for your senses.

Take the kids or make it a relaxing date by experiencing sample classic grape vintages and award-winning fruit wines. Enjoy French cuisine, at Chaberton wineries Bistro, or fill your picnic basket with fresh pies, juicy berries, local cheese from Milner Valley and speciality turkey. Stroll through gardens, farm markets, take in an equestrian event, meet an alpaca and see where the Hudson’s Bay Company first farmed … you can even milk a cow! Explore the endless choices of the Langley Circle Farm Tour. Find out more, and create your own self-guided adventure at circlefarmtour.com/langley. It’s good for the kids to learn where their food comes from, and begin to respect the critical role that our local farmers and artisans play in our everyday meals and more.

 

LANGLEY FARMER’S MARKET — EVERY WEDNESDAY. Fill your basket and feed your soul at the Langley Community Farmers Market! The LCFM is pleased to welcome vendors and customers alike to participate in Langley’s tastiest outdoor market.

Throughout the Spring and Summer each Wednesday from 12:00pm – 4:30pm at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus you will find more than 40 vendors that “Make it, Bake it or Grow it” selling the very best this region has to offer.

 

So what do you do when it’s scorching hot outdoors, and you’ve run out of ideas to keep the kids cool? You get a little creative with what you have lying around so the kids can beat the heat!

A little planning can make that summer heat not just bearable — but fun! Even just running through a hose or sprinkler can be a fun, easy way to cool off. Consider adding a DIY Slip and Slide, a PVC Sprinkler tunnel, or having a water squirt gun battle, baseball with water balloons, or designing and building a pool noodle obstacle course that can turn your backyard into a real adventure!

 

The most important thing to remember is that in the summer months, children should be outside playing, running, jumping and swimming—not cooped up in the A/C. They just need their parents to remind them of the basic rules for staying safe outdoors. Enjoy the warm weather!

 

 

The FortisBC Appliance Rebate Program is Back!

Save $25.00 with FortisBC Appliance Maintenance Rebate

 

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 FortisBC Appliance Maintenance Rebate Program  launches on Monday May 14, 2018. Book your service call today on your furnace or boiler and save $25.00.

Program details and applications forms will be available at www.fortisbc.com/tlc. Apply online today !

 

Available rebates include 

  • Furnace and fireplace ($50)
  • Boiler and fireplace ($50)
  • Furnace only ($25)
  • Boiler only ($25)
  • Fireplace only ($25)