Feel The Love!

Gandy Installations provides free HVAC installations to those in need

Anyone who has contributed their time, talent, or helps knows what a good feeling it is — giving back. It’s something Gandy Installations has participated in over the years – helping folks who wouldn’t usually put themselves first.

Partnering with Lennox since 2009, the impact has been tremendous. 37 U.S. States and Canadian provinces have participated, with over 1,500 installations performed and over nine million dollars in donated materials.

General Manager Taylor Gandy, along with his crew has been pleased to work along with Lennox, as the program gives neighbours an opportunity to come together, give back, and improve the lives of deserving people in their communities.

Lennox International is now accepting nominations for its Feel The Love program, which is expanding its focus this year to bring hope and support to medical professionals, essential workers and those on the frontlines of the COVID‐19 pandemic. Lennox and Gandy Installations understand these are, and continue to be uniquely challenging times and look forward to benefiting the brave workforce who continues to serve the community every day.

For the past ten years, Lennox’ Feel The Love program has installed heating or cooling equipment at no cost in Canadian homes to help those facing physical, mental or social disabilities, financial challenges or job loss. Military and community service are also key factors in choosing HVAC recipients.

What Makes A Good Nominee?

Feel The Love nominees all have one thing in common: they always put others first. But sometimes, these individuals need a little help making sure their own needs are being met.  

Many nominees simply don’t have the means to make their homes more comfortable on their own. That’s where nominations from community members like you come in.  

While unsung heroes come from all walks of life, some examples of past nominees we’ve honored include community figures such as teachers, firefighters and volunteers; families facing hard times; veterans; senior citizens living in older homes; and people impacted by natural disaster. In short, anyone who serves others is a good candidate for a Feel the Love nomination.  

If you know someone in your community who deserves recognition, nominating them to receive a new heating or cooling system is a heartfelt way to show your appreciation.  

For more help identifying heroes in your hometown, consider partnering with a local nonprofit organization.

Gandy and Lennox — working together to make the world a better place, one community at a time.

Want to nominate someone? Visit http://heatupbritishcolumbia.ca/british-columbia.

Heatwaves – Extreme Heat Safety Is Our Concern At Gandy Installations

Experts have warned after the summer of 2021 — with record-breaking temperatures and raging wildfires, particularly in BC, we should prepare for more scorching heatwaves in the years to come.

Global warming is a defining issue of our time. The “heat dome” we experienced last summer was a high-pressure system that trapped warm air underneath it and raised the mercury to unprecedented levels in Canada, shattering more than 100 heat records across British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and Northwest Territories.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. Looking at the summer surface temperature trends, Peter Carter, an expert reviewer for the IPCC, is concerned that Canada, like the rest of the world, is headed for “hellishly hot summers.”

Many of our customers have been proactive and installed heat pump systems, air conditioners and air quality filtration systems with Gandy Installations. We’ve been happy to help them improve the quality of sleep, rest, and relaxation in their homes. Good and restorative sleep and a healthy indoor environment is key to good health, mental and physical.

It’s a smart move to prevent AC equipment from overloading during droughts and heatwaves.

When the heat outside is unbearable, it’s tempting to run your AC unit incessantly. A far worse scenario is having your air conditioner breaking down right in the middle of summer.

A few things to consider during those sweltering days — such as closing your blinds or window coverings during daylight hours to prevent the sun from warming your home; supplementing with fans; and limiting the use of appliances are all great ways to give your AC system a bit of a breather during those super-heated days.

But what happens when something goes wrong?

Performing routine maintenance on your cooling systems is the best way to prepare it for extreme weather.

And that’s where Gandy Installation’s Comfort Club is there for you!

The Comfort Club is a worry-free and reliable maintenance program (from as low as $15.95/month) that provides you with regular maintenance, ensuring your units are operating in the safest manner possible and preventing unnecessary breakdowns when the outdoor temperatures are extreme (cold or hot).

Many of us have become accustomed to having the problems of supply chain challenges, adequate service and support issues, and lineups over the past years. We wanted to ensure that our customers had an avenue of support that they could rely on to achieve peace of mind, particularly when our phones might be ringing off the hook. We offer priority service and a 15% discount on repairs, as well as a guaranteed diagnostic appointment within two business days to all of our Comfort Club clients.

Gandy Installations provides service in your area, from Vancouver to Chilliwack. Our Head Office, located in Langley also has dispatch offices throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. We offer solutions for all your HVAC needs, whether it be a maintenance, repair, replacement, or new construction. Don’t hesitate to contact us for all your heating and air conditioning needs. Gandy Installations is happy to offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so rest assured that if you have an emergency after regular working hours, we will be there to help!

Breathe Easier This Spring

Gandy Installations offers solutions for healthy air inside the home

The days are longer, a little warmer, and spring cleaning is on the agenda.

Allergies are also on the rise and can be a real problem when you add poor indoor air hygiene to the list.

As you break out the cleaning supplies this spring, it’s essential to know that while you’re moving things around, you are also probably spreading allergens throughout your home. Dust mites, dust and various VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) carbon-containing chemicals that evaporate quickly at average room temperatures are the #1 cause of allergy and asthma symptoms. VOCs can build up in your home, and the concentration worsens over time. Proactive remedies include using natural cleaning solutions, ventilation, and testing your house for VOCs.

Gandy Installations offers several solutions to allow your entire family to breathe easier in your home this spring.  

COMFORT CLUB

For as little as $15.95 a month, Gandy’s Comfort Club maintenance program gives customers peace of mind knowing that their heating and cooling equipment is operating safely and efficiently. Protect your HVAC system by joining the Comfort Club for regularly scheduled, reliable and hassle-free maintenance.

The program includes annual maintenance, four pleated 1” filters, scheduled reminders, priority service, and a 15% repair discount. 

 Things have been hectic in the HVAC industry these last two years, but Comfort Club members get a guaranteed diagnostic appointment within two business days.

 Call 604-534-555 to get started.

SPRING TUNE-UPS

Your furnace, boiler, on-demand water heater, air conditioner and/or heat pump must be serviced by a qualified technician on a yearly basis. You want your equipment to be operating at the safest level as efficient as it can be, to avoid unnecessary breakdowns when the temperatures are at their worst (blazing heat or bitter cold)

Tune-ups include checking for safety issues, such as carbon monoxide or gas leaks, and general operation items cleaning filters and adjusting moving parts such as belts, ensuring the temperature rise/drop is accurate. Air conditioners will be checked for refrigerant levels, condensate lines, and coils. These are a few of the several points checked, cleaned and improved during the process.

AIR QUALITY

More than 90% of all homes have one indoor air quality problem. Our Air Advice expert will help identify and solve issues that impact your health, comfort and safety. For $49 extra with a scheduled tune-up or $99, we’ll help you zero in on how best to reduce dust/particles, chemical pollutants, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, temperature and relative humidity (all potential problems in your home). Every house is different, due to contributing factors such as age and style of the home, pets, how much you cook, clean and live in your home, health conditions, and personal lifestyle. It’s Gandy’s goal to reach a benchmark of healthy and happy air to breathe for everyone in the family.

DUCT CLEANING

Have you recently moved? Although the surfaces of your home may appear clean, it’s improbable the previous owners cleaned their ducts before they left. You may have years of collective duct particles, skin flakes, dust mites, pet dander, smoke and hair from previous inhabitants of your home. It’s time for a clean start! If you have an air conditioning system, it will be working double-time this summer, so getting your ducts in a pristine shape will help you breathe easier during the hot days you are inside.

PERMANENT AND CONTINUOUS CLEAN AIR

UV residential air purifiers are designed to purify and reduce biological and chemical contaminants throughout the home.

Technologies such as Pristine Air, Sanuvox, or PureAir systems reduce up to 99% of indoor air contaminants, germs, infectious agents and chemical gases and odours. If your family struggles with seasonal allergies or chronic health conditions, these innovative and healthy solutions give you the top level of protection that you can receive.  

For over 60 years, Gandy Installations have made it their mission to help BC families enjoy a comfortable, healthy home.

Gandy Installations provides service in your area, from Vancouver to Chilliwack and all points in between. Our Head office, located in Langley, has dispatch offices throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. We offer solutions for your HVAC needs, whether it be maintenance, repair, replacement, or new construction. Please contact us for your heating and air conditioning needs. Gandy Installations is happy to offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so rest assured that if you have an emergency situation after normal working hours, we will be there to help!

Go Green And Clean With Home EV Chargers

So, you’ve decided to buy an electric vehicle and can’t wait to join the green revolution, fight climate change and reduce carbon pollution. Good for you!

 You are joining the thousands who want to be a part of the solution – meeting Canada’s Climate Emergency Goals. By 2030 it is planned that 50% of the kilometres driven on Vancouver’s roads will be by zero-emission vehicles.

The most common location to charge an EV is at home, and it’s often the least expensive. In Greater Vancouver, most families can charge enough for their daily drive on a wall outlet, also known as Level 1 charging, in 4 hours or less, which works excellently while your EV is parked overnight. If you have access to a Level 2 charger, 45 minutes is all it takes on average.

Most cities do not require any EV-specific permits for retrofitting homes, but you must have a valid electrical permit and have your work done by a qualified professional. 

If you live in a townhouse or condo development with strata, some various rules and bylaws have to be considered. Your strata regulations and bylaws will specify when homeowner approval is needed. 

If you own your single-family home, having an electric vehicle (EV) charger will also add value to your home when you consider selling in the future. Remember, though, electrical permits are necessary, as these are some of the issues that come up when selling a home (unpermitted construction must be disclosed). This is where Gandy Installations is your best solution for your EV charging stations.

Get started!

Gandy Installations is ready to help. They install both Level 1 and Level 2 electric chargers. Level 1 electric vehicle chargers have a dedicated 20-amp outlet, and level 2 electric vehicle chargers have a dedicated 30-60 amp outlet.

First, give us a call at 604-534-5555 for a free in-home estimate. 

  • One of Gandy’s licensed electricians will perform an onsite inspection, calculate your home’s electrical load capacity and provide an installation quote.
  • Gandy can supply the car charging equipment or install a device that you have previously purchased. 
  • We will apply for the permit on your behalf.
  • When the permit is issued, we will schedule your installation.
  • Once your home EV charger installation is complete, we will provide you with all the documentation you need to apply for your rebate(s)

Electric Vehicle Cost Savings

Choosing to drive an electric car will not only cost you less at the gas station, but you can also save money through the EV Incentives in BC program. 

Provincial and Federal rebates are available for the purchase of electric vehicles in addition to the installation of EV charging stations in homes, strata buildings and workplaces. 

For more information on incentives for electric vehicle owners in British Columbia, visit:

https://electricvehicles.bchydro.com/incentives/charger-rebates

Spotlight On TRP Participant: Gandy Installations

What the TRP program means to their business and the environment!

At 65 years young, Gandy Installations is a familiar and respected name within BC’s HVAC community. And, as a participant in HRAI’s Thermostat Recovery Program (TRP), the company is playing a key role in keeping harmful elements out of Canada’s waste stream.

“It made sense for us to join the TRP program, both from an environmental angle and in terms of bringing extra value to our customers,” says Taylor Gandy, General Manager with the HRAI member company.

Gandy Installations is among the HRAI members who serve as a collection hub for the TRP program. Says Gandy, the job is as simple as collecting mercury-containing, electric, and mechanical thermostats from customers and having them shipped to HRAI to be recovered or recycled.

“It’s pretty straightforward,” he says. “We have a container here where customers can drop off their old mercury thermostats, and when that’s full HRAI sends us a shipping label and we send them off at no cost to us.”

Gandy adds that joining the TRP program has not only drawn additional business, but it has given existing customers a way to make a small, but important impact on their environment.

“There’s definitely the feel-good aspect to this,” adds Dave Guild, Service Manager with the company. “You can see that the customers who pop in to drop off their thermostats are happy that they’re able to do the right thing with the thermostat, as opposed to what they thought their alternatives might have been.”

“So whether or not having the TRP drop-off here translates to business, it’s just the right thing to do,” adds Gandy.

A community staple

Gandy Installations is among HRAI’s longest-running members. Its origins date back to 1957 when Charlie Gandy and Ken Atwell launched Atwell-Gandy Gas and Electric to serve a need for a forced-air heating contractor in the Fraser Valley. Several decades and transformations later, the company is now among the largest forced-air heating and cooling contractors in the province, offering a range of HVAC services for residential, commercial, and industrial clients throughout the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland.

“Our approach isn’t to do things for the cheapest price; We provide over-the-top customer service and that’s what we’ve always been known for in our community. We’ve been here a while, and we’re dedicated to being the contractor that people can trust,” says Gandy.

Learn more about HRAI’s Thermostat Recovery Program (TRP) 

hat the TRP program means to their business and the environment!

Our Commitment To Flood Safety & Repairs

If 2020 was the year of the Pandemic, 2021 has proven to be the year of Hell and High Water here in BC.

2021 brought the ‘heat dome’. We’ve stood in shock, watching and witnessing homes, farms and small towns disappear from behind a wall of fire.

And recently in the Fraser Valley the “atmospheric river” has decimated many local farms, homes and businesses. Given the erratic weather patterns, we can all anticipate that this winter will also present challenges with which we will deal the best we can.

Please know, if you are one of our customers who has suffered damage over this last period of flooding, our hearts are with you. 

Our customer service team has been busy with requests to service and/or replace recently damaged heating equipment. We are working around the clock to attend as many calls as possible. 

Our priority is your safety.

Gandy Installations have received many inquiries recently regarding flood damaged furnaces and air conditioning units. We would like to suggest the following:

  • Any unit that has been partially or completely submerged should be serviced before it is turned on. Failure to do so can cause further property damage and/or personal injury.
  • The extent of the damage will depend on the depth of the flood water and the length of time that the unit was submerged.

Gandy Installations has qualified, licensed, insured and, most importantly, caring service technicians, installers, electricians, and plumbers to help you to return ‘your space to a safe place’.

For over 60 years, we at Gandy have been honoured to be trusted by you and your family for your everyday and ‘out of the ordinary’ needs.

Raise Your IAQ And Breath Easier

We’re finally beginning to see spring show up in Vancouver. The trees are just starting to bud, flowers are popping up everywhere, and the days are warmer most of the time. It’s exciting, but what spring brings with it is problematic for our indoor air quality (IAQ).

One of the most prevalent spring air pollutants is pollen. It’s allergy season, and as the flowers shed their irritating spores, many of them get into your home, causing stuffy noses, red, puffy eyes, and other reactions.

However, indoor air pollution examples go beyond that. In warm weather, humidity inside the home rises a well. Higher humidity leads to more airborne contaminants, not just pollen but dust, mold and mildew, and even bacteria. These contaminants thrive in moist environments, lowering indoor air quality and making our allergies and asthma worse.

Spring also leads to increased evidence of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). If you’re doing spring cleaning, many of your supplies — oven cleaners, floor polish to paints and solvents — all containing harmful chemicals. The fumes they emit can remain in your air for a long time, making it difficult to breathe for many people.

There’s a few things you can do to make things better. Make sure you change your furnace air filter regularly, so it can continue removing the and other contaminants. If you are doing major renovations or cleanup, it might be smart to change the filter after you are finished, as it’s likely your filter has been working harder than usual. 

Set your thermostat to “cool” or “auto” under the system function. Setting it lower will not make it cool down faster.  

Clean, fresh air is important year round, of course, but we’ve all recognized its importance particularly in 2020-21, as we’ve all been at home a lot more. Seasonal allergies and dust can affect us while we’re indoors! When it comes to Indoor Air Quality, Gandy Installation has a host of solutions for you — from humidifiers, HEPA filters, UV lights, and the PureAir Filtration system (with a MERV 16 filter, UV light and catalyst)  These range of filters remove from 85 to 95% of fine particles. As the “Gold Standard” in Air Quality products, the PureAir system removes 90% of bioaerosols (MERSA, cold, and flu) down to 0.01 microns. A conversation with their professionals can help you build a clean air solution for your home that suits your budget, your lifestyle and health concerns.

It’s also a great idea to have Gandy Installations perform a tuneup on your system. Whether it’s a furnace, air conditioner, boiler, heat pump or even pool heaters, fireplaces, tankless water heaters or air exchangers, getting your system ready for spring and summer gives you confidence that your indoor air quality is the best it can be. Breathe easier!

What is included in a furnace tune-up?

Safety:

  • Heat exchanger inspection
  • Check venting condition
  • Test operation of safeties
  • Test home for carbon monoxide
  • Test mechanical room for gas leaks
  • Check and adjust water temperature

Cleaning & Operation:

  • Clean thermostat and check operation and adjust schedule to fit customer’s needs
  • Observe furnace for proper operation
  • Change/Clean filter
  • Clean fan blades
  • Clean and oil fan motor
  • Adjust belts (if applicable)
  • Clean all furnace parts and cabinets
  • Clean and adjust air shutters
  • Clean burners and pilot assembly
  • Tidy electrical wiring and tighten any loose connections
  • Measure amperage draw from several components
  • Check temperature rise
  • Observe for proper clearances of venting and combustion air
  • Observe condition and alignment of burners
  • Clean hot water tank and observe for gas/water leaks
  • Check and adjust gas pressure

What is included in an air conditioner/heat pump tune-up?

  • Clean thermostat and check operation and adjust schedule to fit customer’s needs
  • Observe unit for proper operation
  • Change/Clean filter
  • Clean all unit parts and cabinets
  • Tidy electrical wiring and tighten any loose connections
  • Measure amperage draw from several components
  • Check temperature rise/drop
  • Ensure indoor fan is operating on high speed
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Test operating pressures
  • Clean outdoor condensing unit
  • Balance air flow
  • Check and clean condensate line
  • Observe indoor coil
  • Inspect compressor

Langley Advance Times Features Gandy Installations

A recent article in the Langley Advance Times featured Gandy as one of the most trusted companies in the industry.

As quoted from the article:

“Customers keep coming in because we are the go-to company in the area. Most people have a friend, neighbour, or family member who has done business with us, and is happy to recommend us! Once a customer tries us out, they usually stay with us. There are currently utility rebates that can be taken advantage of for upgrading furnaces, water heaters, boilers, and heat pump”

Is Your Indoor Air Quality Making You Sick?

Indoor Air Quality is more important than ever.

Winter is quickly approaching, and we’ve retreated into our indoor air spaces. Many of us are continuing to work from home due to keeping our circles small and our families safe. Even others have opted to home-school and keep the family all in one place.

Did you know that the Government of Canada estimates that 14,600 premature deaths per year in Canada can be linked to air pollution from fine particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone, as outlined in the technical report Health Impacts of Air Pollution in Canada – Estimates of Morbidity Outcomes and Premature Mortalities – 2019 Report.

We should take our indoor air quality seriously. Several problems can occur in an indoor living space. Studies have indicated that indoor air pollutants may be two to five times, and occasionally more than 100 times – higher than outdoor levels. (US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The living space is very vulnerable to high humidity levels, mold, gas emissions, insufficient ventilation, and build-up of gases. An overlooked indoor environment can initiate mold and cause serious health issues.

Children, seniors, and people with medical conditions (like asthma, severe allergies, and COPD) are more vulnerable to mold, formaldehyde, and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)

Fortunately, Gandy Installations, located in Langley, B.C., but serving the entire Lower Mainland and Greater Vancouver area, have solutions for you and your family.

Products such as high-efficiency filtration systems, UV air purification systems, air conditioners, and humidifiers can all make a massive difference in the air quality in your home.

Ask one of Gandy’s HVAC specialists about the following:

  • Merv-16 Filters
  • HEPA Filters
  • UV Lights

We carry some of the best air quality products on the market, and our team can assist you in selecting the right product for your situation and installing it correctly.

Lennox’s PureAir air purification system is the gold standard when it comes to purifying the air in your home and improving indoor air quality. It delivers energy-smart air filtration for your entire family, without generating ozone. Plus, it’s compatible with all HVAC systems.

PureAir offers a whole-home system for purer air in every room and every breath.

One of the most powerful air purification systems is a UV air purification system. It’s designed to destroy biological and chemical contaminants. Gandy Appliances offers a leader in the air purification world — Sanuvox. 

Keeping your home healthier and your air cleaner has never been easier. Phone Gandy today at 855-815-8194 for more information, or contact them at gandyinstallations.net. They have an online service where you can contact them during regular business hours as well.

Save Up To $3,650 With Double Rebates!

It may not be pretty, like a new granite countertop, or a comfortable sofa, or even a big screen tv, but when the cool weather hits soon, you’re going to be either happy you’ve replaced your furnace, or a little worried — thinking it might be a good idea to replace it before you are literally left in the cold. The average lifespan of most furnaces made today are between 12-18 years old.

Not to mention the money that’s leaving your wallet because older furnaces simply are not as energy efficient as newer ones. That means you’re paying a lot more on your utility bills the longer you own that old furnace. A new furnace can pay off significantly when it come to energy savings time.

Even if your furnace is a year or two away from that mark, it’s a good time to consider replacement now, because FortisBC has never made it more affordable.

As part of the Home Renovation Rebate program, FortisBC has doubled the rebates on select upgrades to make it more affordable to purchase high-efficiency space heating equipment and products.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • You need to register online for a unique promo code between October 1 and December 31, 2020.
  • You must have their eligible upgrades installed and invoiced between October 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
  • You will need to submit their rebate applications online within six months of their invoice date.

And here are just a few examples of the double rebates FortisBC is offering:

  • High Efficiency Natural gas furnace (? 97% AFUE): was $1,000, now $2,000
  • Natural gas furnace (95% to 96.9% AFUE): was $800, now $1,600
  • Furnace manufacturer connected thermostat: was $150, now $300
  • Natural gas boiler (94% AFUE and higher): was $1,000, now $2,000
  • Combination system: was $1,200, now $2,400 (plus a $300 two-upgrade bonus)

Register for for your rebate at fortisbc.com/doublerebate.  

*For full program terms and conditions and a complete list of eligible appliances, visit fortisbc.com/doublerebate.

Gandy Installations can help you make a decision that will keep your family warm and comfortable for years to come. As one of the most trusted companies in the industry, with over 60 years of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) experience, Gandy Installations offers 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.

There’s never been a better time to phone Gandy Installations —for your family’s comfort and pocketbook.

Gandy Heating Technician working on Lennox boiler