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New Homeowners: Buying & Maintaining a Home Cooling System

If you just bought a new home, this is for you, especially first-time home buyers. For those of you who’ve never owned or cared for your own cooling system, there’s some important information you should know. Whether you moved into a home with an existing air conditioning system or you need one installed, you want to ensure you know what to buy and how to care for it. These tips will inform you about buying and maintaining a home cooling system.

Tips to Maintain Your Cooling System

Change the Filters Regularly

Check and replace the air filters regularly, ideally every 1-3 months, depending on the type of filter. You might be able to find the instructions in a manual around your HVAC system, otherwise, you can look it up online or call us for advice. Clean filters allow for better airflow and help prevent dust and debris from clogging the system.

Keep the Area Around the Unit Clean

Keep the indoor and outdoor units clean and free of clutter. Trim vegetation around the outside unit and remove anything that could obstruct the airflow. Do the same inside. Make sure the area around your HVAC equipment is uncluttered, allowing for the necessary clearance for your system to run optimally. Don’t store dangerous or toxic chemicals near it.

Keep an Eye on Energy Bills

Monitor your energy bills. This will inform you as to your cooling system’s energy consumption. If you notice a significant increase in energy bills, it might indicate a problem that requires attention.

Seal & Insulate 

Seal all air leaks, as well as gaps and cracks with weatherstripping or caulk. This will help retain cooled air and reduce strain on your cooling system. Additionally, make sure your new home is insulated properly so you don’t lose cool air or have warm air leaking in.

Schedule Annual Maintenance 

Stay on top of regular maintenance. Schedule annual maintenance by a qualified HVAC technician. They will inspect and tune up your cooling system, identifying and fixing any potential issues before they escalate. Even better, get a Harding Club Membership so you never have to worry.

Buying a New Cooling System

If you’re a new homeowner in need of a new air conditioner or an upgrade to the house’s existing cooling system, read these tips.

Assess Your Needs

Before buying a new cooling system, make sure you understand your specific cooling requirements. Think about the size of your home, the number of rooms that need cooling, and your local climate. This will help you determine the appropriate cooling capacity and type of system that best fits your needs.

Consider Energy Efficiency

To save money on energy consumption and lower your carbon footprint, opt for an energy-efficient cooling system. Look for systems with high SEER/SEER2 (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings, as they indicate better energy efficiency.

Do Your Research

There are various types of cooling systems available, such as central air conditioners, ductless mini-split systems, and heat pumps. While a certified HVAC technician can advise you, you should still research the pros and cons of each system.

Check for Rebates & Incentives 

Look into rebates and incentives for purchasing energy-efficient cooling systems. For example, the Canadian Government and Enbridge Gas are currently offering grants and rebates to help homeowners save on the installation of heat pumps and heat pump water heaters. 

Get Professional Guidance 

Always, always, always seek professional guidance when investing in a new cooling system. It’s a big investment and you want the best for your situation. A certified professional will conduct a thorough assessment of your home’s cooling needs and recommend the best system for your specific situation.

Team Harding for AC Installation, Maintenance & Repair

New homeowners in the Ottawa area can call Team Harding for all their cooling service needs. We’re a trusted support, supplier and service provider when it comes to your home’s HVAC systems. We offer professional advice and support to help you select the right system for your home, maintenance services and repairs.

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Chantelle Petrie
Chantelle Petrie
14:50 17 Feb 24
Quick response, friendly customer service and technician. The technician found the problem and replaced the part to get our furnace back up and running fast! Thank you so much!
Eduardo P
Eduardo P
21:47 25 Jan 24
Experiencing heater malfunctions in the beginning of January is never ideal, specially with 2 lil'Ones. Luckily the Tech on call was Colin. He was Patient, Knowledgeable and quick to answer the... call. As a Family of 4 humans & 1Pup we give Colin 👍x4 & 🐶x1.Thank You.read more
Ang Seguin
Ang Seguin
23:57 06 Jan 24
Amazing service from Steve To!Came home to a freezing cold house and found my furnace not working. After making a call, Steve was here in less than an hour and within 30 min my furnace was running!... Thank you!Highly recommend!read more
Kathy Rochon
Kathy Rochon
22:10 20 Dec 23
The Technician was very professional and explained what needed to be done to keep the humidifier running efficiently.
Bev Catherwood
Bev Catherwood
20:19 13 Dec 23
Harding installed a new furnace and heat pump. The technicians were very professional and did a great job working with a complex wiring system. We would highly recommend Harding.
Joel Ebeye
Joel Ebeye
14:18 12 Dec 23
Very fast and efficient. Removed old furnace and Installed a brand new Furnace within hours and under a month of quote approval. By far the best pricing compared to other HVAC companies.
Ralph Rajaballey
Ralph Rajaballey
20:09 11 Dec 23
Prompt response when my furnace died. Repair technician assessed my furnace and we determined I needed a new one. Sale person was able to come the same day. Install was booked a few days later and... they offered some portable heaters since we had no heat. Installer were on time and everything was done in a few hours.read more
Lee Carlson
Lee Carlson
18:40 11 Dec 23
We've been supported by Team Harding for over 20 years. Great products, great service and wonderful people. Dependable, conscientious and thorough. I believe it's because of a "customer comes... first" attitude amongst the people at Harding. Cheersread more
Laith Hajsaid
Laith Hajsaid
18:19 11 Dec 23
Great company to deal with!
Judy, Gord Richardson
Judy, Gord Richardson
14:10 09 Dec 23
Team Harding provided quick and efficient service with a leaking water tank a week before going holiday. .
Atul Srivastava
Atul Srivastava
22:42 07 Dec 23
Very good service. Explained everything very well.
Louise Schryburt
Louise Schryburt
21:23 05 Dec 23
Very good experience! John is very knowledgeable and efficient.
Mike M
Mike M
18:51 03 Dec 23
I am very happy with my purchase and the fireplace installation. My wife and I have used it multiple times since it was installed and it works exactly as advertised. It turned a cold room in to a... comfy room that we thoroughly enjoy.My wife and I were leaning towards purchasing a fireplace with high BTU output and a fan. The team at Harding pushed back, and said we would be too hot. I appreciate their honesty. Consider they gave up a bigger sale.The installers (James + Adam) were thorough, neat and patient answering our many questions. I told them that my former wood fireplace had an ice-cold hearth. I asked them why, and they showed me that the original fireplace was not assembled correctly; it allowed cold air to come down around the fireplace, especially the hearth. It was awful. I really appreciated how they sealed the leak and added insulation. The problem was eliminated.The finishing team (Brandon and colleague) were also meticulous. They did not rush the job. I was out of town during the finishing and they suggested WhatsApp video calls, which worked very well and allayed my concerns.I would especially like to acknowledge Kirsten Neumarker. She is the project coordinator at Harding who schedules resources to install and finish fireplaces. She is very organized and is an excellent communicator. She reached out to me proactively and worked hard to accommodate my schedule also. She would often answer my emails and phone calls in minutes. I find this uncommon among contractors. She made a difference.Overall, a positive experience and I recommend them without reservations.Oh, and check out the photo attached of the finished product. We love it!Mikeread more
Layi Ibrahim
Layi Ibrahim
13:57 01 Dec 23
Team Harding is reliable, trustworthy, and professional. I would recommend their services to anyone.
Lisa Leblanc
Lisa Leblanc
12:57 30 Nov 23
We have used Harding repeatedly over the past few years. First when replacing our furnace/AC unit, and most recently when moving duct work before a basement renovation, and now a new gas fireplace!... Team Harding is conscientious, professional, with attention to detail and quick turnaround. I could not recommend them more!read more
Janyee Lau
Janyee Lau
21:04 29 Nov 23
We had a great experience with Harding! They came to do a complimentary walk-through with us when we moved into our new build and walked us through everything we needed to know for HRV, etc. We also... hired them to install a humidifier -- the team was very professional, and responded to emails/calls very quickly. The were able to schedule us in asap for the install before winter hit! They showed up on-time for the installation and all went well! Definitely recommend.read more
Tyler Williams
Tyler Williams
15:14 28 Nov 23
We had Luc and Dylan from Team Harding to our house to relocate a gas line for our kitchen range. The mechanics showed up on time and were very nice and friendly during the whole appointment. Not... once did I get the feel it was a 'get in - get out' job for them and that makes any service appointment much more pleasant!read more
Frederick Burt
Frederick Burt
19:37 26 Nov 23
Great service! Great crew. Fast install and attention to detail.
Gina Oliver
Gina Oliver
15:23 26 Nov 23
Team Harding has been responsive, reliable, and professional! Each interaction with them as been amazing.
Yong Wang
Yong Wang
00:29 25 Nov 23
I've been using services a few times from Harding for more than 10 years. Their technicians are always professional and polite. The whole process of calling until service is done has always been... smooth. It's just peace of mind with Harding.read more
Michael Gregory
Michael Gregory
18:50 24 Nov 23
The installation of our AC went well and appreciate the coordination and efficiency of the entire crew.
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20:36 19 Jul 23
We have used them for warranty work on our new home build and have been happy with the after care service provided by Lindsay and Bob.
yuan zhang
yuan zhang
16:30 06 Feb 23
I changed the rate because the reaction from site office is extremely satisfy. I have no heat during the weekend and complained. I got a respond very quickly from their site office and find out the... reason of no respond. Then a new appoint was scheduled right way! Also a report has been filed towards this issue and I believe communication will be taken to improve future services. I really like this manner! Thank you.//I have no heat on the coldest day this winter. I called for service at 10:28am, and the office lady said someone will reach me ASAP. I called at 17:26pm again because NO ONE called me the whole day. And I was told there is a long list so THEY DON'T CARE! I HAVE TO WAIT! And this is a same problem happened second time in two years. Do not recommend.read more
Syd Curry
Syd Curry
12:04 01 Feb 23
Very professional, clean install. High quality product.Extremely pleased with overall experience. Highly recommend.
david whelehan
david whelehan
21:24 28 Jan 23
I had an extremely positive experience with Team Harding from beginning to end. I had them install a Sterling Model GG 45,000 BTU Natural Gas Garage Heater with a Nest Learning Thermostat in my... double garage (Man-Cave).The sales rep, Brian was professional, friendly, he wasn’t pushy at all and he came under budget. Kirsten constantly kept me up to date on the installer’s scheduling and was a true professional. The installers came on time, did a tremendous job with the installation and they even cleaned up afterwards. Absolute Rock Stars!Again, thank you so very much to everyone that worked on this project for me.I highly recommend using Team Harding for your home projects.read more
Dipesh Chhabra
Dipesh Chhabra
18:30 06 Jan 23
Great experience, technician Steve was very knowledgeable, Thankyou
Tina Thompson
Tina Thompson
21:07 30 Oct 22
We had issues with our air conditioner in the summer.Colin was diligent to determine the issue and get it fixed.Great job!
Brittney Rush
Brittney Rush
18:45 21 Oct 22
Friendly staff & efficient service!
Natasha Wright
Natasha Wright
17:16 21 Oct 22
Harding is an exceptional company that has always been there for all my HVAC needs.
Don Cumming
Don Cumming
20:10 14 Oct 22
I had a Daikin furnace installed by Harding Heating and Air Conditioning on Sept 9/22.I was totally impressed by the competence, knowledge and professionalism displayed by the Sales Rep Brian... Chartier, the Sales Support Specialist Kirsten Neumarker and the Installers Dan and Luc.I have no reservation in recommending this Company to anyone looking for a Furnace or Air Conditioner.read more
Jurgen Neumarker
Jurgen Neumarker
19:03 14 Oct 22
Harding was best decision we have ever made regarding our heating and A/C service. After switching from another company, we have not looked back. Service is reliable, punctual, professional and... friendly.read more
Charlene Van Hofwegen
Charlene Van Hofwegen
00:11 24 Aug 22
Thank you for a huge job very well done ! Marc went above and beyond to find the problem and remedy the situation.Natasha, thank you for scheduling us in quickly and a big thanks to Marc who worked... tirelessly to get the job completed.read more
Eric Lavoie
Eric Lavoie
13:48 25 Jul 22
I purchased a new home that Harding mechanical install the full system, the first week I took possession an advisor came over to explain the system in details, I have never had 1 issue with this... equipment and installation. In the past 5 years, I have hired Harding mehcanial for my annual maintenance and filter replacement, I just pick up the phone and talk to a live person and get quick answer. I have never met an HVAC company that operates this way, very efficient. Thank you for the amazing service and I will keep on referring family and friends to your company.read more
Georgie Lavoie
Georgie Lavoie
01:28 22 Jul 22
This company installed a new air conditioner at my house and came over quickly and made sure I was satisfied, they called me the following day to make sure I understood everything and that my unit... was working at full capacity.I highly recommend this company, great technician and service from front office to install crew. Thanks and unit working fine especially during this heat wave.read more
Shawn Ku
Shawn Ku
00:57 24 Jun 22
Harding Heating & Air Conditioning were excellent. We had an issue with our furnace fan and I spoke to Natasha Wright (Service Coordinator) who first tried to troubleshoot the problem with me to... save costs, etc. Once that didn't work, a technician, Marc Gagon, attended. He quickly diagnosed the problem (faulty control board), but didn't stop there. He investigated the source - water under the AC coils. Further, he went outside to ensure the A/C unit was working properly. Marc Gagon is very professional, competent and took the time to explain things. He is a asset to Harding Heating & Air Conditioning, along with Natasha Wright. I highly recommend this company for your heating and a/c needs. Shawnread more
Tim C.
Tim C.
21:43 29 Jan 22
Brenden from Harding came and fixed the furnace by replacing the blower. He did a great job. And also well explained the membership plan. 10 out of 10.
Pam Burwash
Pam Burwash
18:14 16 Jul 21
From the very start the quotes I received were very fair. The estimator took the time assess the work that would need to be done and walked me through all the options. My furnace and AC were... installed by a polite, professional crew who also took the time to ensure that I was satisfied with the equipment being installed.Team Harding was there for me during a heat wave. I am thoroughly impressed with their professionalism.read more
Galina Khavrenko
Galina Khavrenko
15:17 15 Jul 21
Got Harding H&AC to deliver and install 2 AC units.Everything was fast, affordable and their customer service is 24/7 for you.
Tim Cinnamon
Tim Cinnamon
18:28 30 Jun 21
We had Brodie and Marc out to our cottage to install a heat pump and they did a fantastic job. Professional, very efficient, clean and knowledgeable. We would definitely use them again in the future.
Lifebeyondpanicattacks
Lifebeyondpanicattacks
04:02 29 Jun 21
Lindsay is a gem, she saved us money and time in this heat wave by fixing our problem over the phone. She went above and beyond her job with her kindness and expertise. We've used Harding multiple... times and have always had the best results! And awesome company with wonderful employees, especially Lindsay!!!read more
Wayne Calvert
Wayne Calvert
19:10 05 Feb 21
Woke up this morning with no heat in the house. Within a couple of hours a Harding service technician was at the door and was able to replace the blower unit in less than 20 minute restoring heat to... my home. Just want to state that the service was great and the staff were professional and friendly.I'm glad I've been with Harding for the past 8 years,...here's to many more.Great job!read more
Amanda
Amanda
20:24 20 Jan 21
Excellent customer service and friendly staff!
Vince Petrella
Vince Petrella
20:59 09 Nov 20
Provided a great and honest service at a reasonable price. I would use their services again in the future.
Gerry Moore
Gerry Moore
13:33 30 Oct 20
Harding Heating and Air Conditioning installed our Furnace and Air Conditioning when we purchased or new home in 2011. We have enjoyed excellent service from them for the last 9 years. We would not... hesitate in using their company again in the future.read more
Sketchyinkblot
Sketchyinkblot
22:02 03 Oct 20
We’ve used Harding for 6+ years and they always exceed our expectations. Friendly staff, knowledgeable technicians and reasonable prices. We couldn’t ask for better. They installed the ac unit at our... first house and anytime we needed them the service calls were great. We bought a new house July 2019. It wasn’t long after that we were told we needed a new furnace and ac. We went withHarding...obviously.read more
Paul
Paul
21:59 15 Aug 20
Fair price, good follow up. Appreciated!
Lisa Pow
Lisa Pow
14:49 29 May 20
Brendon was great
Tyler Lagasse
Tyler Lagasse
23:51 24 May 20
Showed up on time, and on a sunday! Very impressed with this company!
Trish Lagasse
Trish Lagasse
18:57 24 May 20
Harding just installed the AC in my home during a pandemic on a Sunday. Charbel was very nice to deal with and he was very responsive. Would recommend this company to anyone...very happy customer.
Kim Peckitt
Kim Peckitt
14:29 23 Jan 20
Routine maintenance but professional and courteous technician as always
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