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Health and Wellness Benefits of Air Conditioning

Everyone wants their home to be a place where they can feel safe, secure and healthy! From humidity reduction to sleeping better, here are a few ways your AC helps keep you healthy!

Will My AC Help My Allergies?

For those of us that suffer from seasonal allergies, the spring and summer can be brutal due to pollen and other irritants in the air. Luckily, your home’s air conditioning can help to provide relief from outdoor allergens when it’s properly maintained.

Season Ending Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, it’s safe to say these are signs that summer is winding down. Be sure your cooling system is ready to go for next summer with these end of season air conditioner tips.

Should My Air Conditioning Be Running All Day?

The simple answer is no, you don’t like running around all day and neither does your air conditioner. We all like our homes to be a cool oasis that we can use to escape the sweltering summer heat, but running your air conditioning constantly can unnecessarily cost you a lot of money.

What’s the Difference? Single-stage vs. Two-stage Cooling

Although we rely heavily on our air conditioning units to keep us cool during the hot summer months, many homeowners know very little about them. One of the biggest unknowns is the difference between single-stage and two-stage cooling. It may sound confusing, but the number of stages a unit has simply refers to the levels […]

Does Your Air Conditioner Use R22?

If your air conditioner uses R22 refrigerant, it’s time to start thinking about replacing it!

Should I Replace My Air Conditioner Myself?

You can learn how to do pretty much anything on the Internet, but some things should be left to the professionals. When the time comes to replace your air conditioner, skip the how-to videos and call a licensed professional to get the job done right.

Extend the Lifespan of Your Air Conditioner

As we enter into the first week of August, it’s safe to say it’s going to keep being a hot summer. With many of us spending the majority of our time at home, it’s imperative to know how to extend the lifespan of your air conditioner to keep your home cool this summer and many […]

Issues With Older Air Conditioners

As with other mechanical systems, air conditioners have a limited lifespan, and as they age you might run into some problems. Most homeowners will start to notice that older air conditioners just can’t keep the house as cool as they used to, or, that it’s working but seems to be running longer.

Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat can improve the comfort in your home while ensuring your air conditioner is running efficiently.

New Homeowner? Steps to Take to Get the AC Ready!

Buying a new home is exciting—but it also comes with its challenges. For people that have gone from renting a condo or apartment to owning their own homes, there’s often a steep learning curve when it comes to home maintenance tasks. Often, new homeowners are intimidated by their heating and cooling systems and don’t really […]

Best Temperature to Keep the House in the Summer

The debate is about to begin—if it hasn’t already started—about the best temperature to keep the thermostat.

Which is Better? Ductless Or Central AC?

Ductless AC units and central air conditioning deliver cool air to your home in two completely different ways. Both have their benefits and deciding which one is better for your home will depend on a number of factors.

3 Way to Keep the AC Running Efficiently

There are a few things you can do to keep your AC running efficiently throughout spring and summer. By taking a few preventive measures, you can save a lot of time and money later in the season.

Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

Warm weather is finally on the way and there are a few things you can do to get your air conditioner ready for the summer.

How Important is AC Brand?

If you need to replace your air conditioner, the AC brand and manufacturer matters. You want to ensure that the cooling system you’re installing is reputable and will provide a cool, comfortable home for years to come.

Is Your Air Conditioner Level?

When was the last time you went outside and took a look at your condenser? If you’re like most homeowners, it’s probably not something you do often. However, it’s worth taking a minute to head to the backyard and see if your air conditioner is level.

Air Conditioner Options in Ottawa

There are a number of different air conditioner options for Ottawa homeowners including central AC, ductless AC and the innovative Daikin Fit—a new hybrid product. Understanding how these products differ can help you make the right decision when it comes time to upgrade your old air conditioner.

Cost of a New Air Conditioner in Ottawa

There’s a lot to consider when shopping for a new AC and price is a priority for many Ottawa homeowners. We receive many inquiries over the phone and online about the cost of a new air conditioner and although we’d love to be able to provide a quote right away, we can’t without first completing […]

Tips to Increase Air Conditioner Efficiency

Ottawa gets hot during the summer months and many people run their air conditioners continuously to keep the temperature down. To save on monthly hydro bills, take all available steps to increase air conditioner efficiency including checking furnace filters, installing a smart thermostat and scheduling annual maintenance.

Schedule Your Free AC Replacement Quote

Team Harding is happy to offer free AC replacement quotes for Ottawa-area homeowners. During this no-obligation home visit, a knowledgeable sales representative will calculate the cooling load of your home, present air conditioner options and answer any questions you have about AC brands, installation or maintenance.

3 Ways You’re Damaging the AC System

Many homeowners don’t really understand how their air conditioner works and as a result, are mistakenly damaging the AC system. After countless repair calls and service appointments, here are the top three ways many homeowners are contributing to an AC breakdown.

Best AC Tip for New Homeowners

There’s a lot to learn after buying your first home, and it can be hard to stay on top of the seemingly endless maintenance tasks. However, when it comes to your cooling system, there’s one AC tip that will help ensure your system operates safely, efficiently and reliably all summer—schedule annual maintenance.

Best Air Conditioner Brand

When it comes to your home comfort, air conditioner brand matters. At Team Harding, we only carry and install brands we believe in. Daikin, Goodman and Amana are reputable manufacturers with a history of dependability.

Sign up for an AC Protection Plan and Save Money on Maintenance

If you’re about to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance, sign-up for an AC protection plan through Team Harding and your annual cooling tune-up and safety inspection is included!

Protect Your Air Conditioner and Furnace During Renovations

Home renovations can create dust and debris that is tracked throughout the house. To protect your air conditioner and furnace from damage, take some precautionary measures before the demolition and remodelling begin.

Custom HVAC Design and Installation for New Home Builders

Harding Heating and Air Conditioning is proud to be the chosen heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) company of many new home builders in the Ottawa region. Our experience in designing and installing custom HVAC equipment and dedication to excellent customer service is the reason why so many area businesses choose to partner with us.

Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Fall

You will soon be counting on your furnace to keep your home warm and comfortable, but it’s essential to take the proper steps to get your air conditioner ready for fall.

Air Conditioning Tips to Survive a Heatwave

On those days where the mercury rises, a cooling system provides relief from the oppressive city heat. Help keep your AC running properly and follow our air conditioning tips so you’ll be comfortable inside, no matter what the temperature is outside.

Average Lifespan of an Air Conditioner

Replacing an air conditioner is not something that homeowners look forward to and many would like to put it off for as long as possible. While the average lifespan of an air conditioner is between 10 and 15 years, there are a few ways to help extend the amount of time your AC will keep […]

Four Factors That Impact the Cost of a New AC

Thinking about upgrading your air conditioner so you can beat the heat this summer? There are many factors to consider when shopping around for a new AC and the entire process can feel a bit overwhelming. We’ve put together a list of the four major factors that affect the cost of a new AC so […]

Air Conditioner Buying Guide

Before buying a new air conditioner, it’s important to do preliminary research so you have an idea of what kind of system you need, which company you’re going to work with and how you can save money with rebates and incentives.

AC Financing and Rent-to-Own Options

Many people take their air conditioners for granted. It’s only when they don’t work or won’t turn on that they realize how important they are. Unfortunately, it seems that cooling systems always break down at the worst time and homeowners don’t always have money budgeted for AC replacement.

Installing a New Air Conditioner is Worth the Cost

Thinking about buying a new air conditioner? Air conditioner replacement costs can be an investment, but the benefits of installing a new system can make a big difference in your home. Upgrading to a new air conditioner can increase energy efficiency, improve home comfort and decrease the number of repairs you’ll have to deal with.

Schedule Furnace Inspection with Annual AC Maintenance

Did you know spring is the perfect time for both AC and furnace maintenance? It’s extremely important to have annual professional service on both your heating and cooling systems, but sometimes homeowners forget to have their furnaces inspected during the winter. If your furnace didn’t have a tune-up while it was cold out, it’s not […]

3 Benefits of a Spring AC Tune-Up

Spring has finally decided to arrive in Ottawa! Everyone is enjoying the warmer temperatures and spending time outside, but soon we’re going to need air conditioners to keep cool and comfortable indoors. Before the height of the summer heat hits—make sure to schedule your spring AC tune-up and enjoy the benefits that come with regular […]

It’s Officially Spring! Time for Deep Cleaning and Home Maintenance Tasks!

With the weather starting to warm up and spring officially started—Ottawa homeowners are getting ready to open windows, deep-clean and make to-do lists around the house. While there are many home maintenance tasks to tackle, don’t forget that AC service should be a high priority on your list.

Spring Home Safety Tips

This weekend is the unofficial start of spring as Daylight Saving Time takes effect. Although we “lose” an hour of sleep, we’re rewarded with longer days and many Ottawa homeowners will take this opportunity to get a jump-start on spring cleaning. As you prepare to deep clean your home and tidy up the garden—remember to […]

Should You Replace the AC and Furnace at the Same Time?

The best time to replace the AC and furnace system is before they break down. However, when a homeowner discovers that half of their system no longer works and needs to be replaced, they’re faced with a choice: replace only the broken equipment or replace the whole system.

Which HVAC Air Filter is Best?

We’ve talked about the importance of changing your HVAC air filter in the past and how neglecting to inspect your filter could create serious problems for your heating and cooling system. While many people know that they should be inspecting their filter monthly and replacing it as needed, there’s often some confusion about the best […]

Let’s Talk About SEER

July is traditionally the hottest month in Ottawa and the time when many people really rely on air conditioners to get them through the hot, sticky days (and nights!). If you’re in need of a new AC to get you through the rest of the summer, make sure you take into account the SEER rating […]

Turn Air Conditioner Off Or Keep It Running While You’re Out?

Turn air conditioner off? Keep it on? What’s more efficient? Everyone has wondered about this at some point, especially if you’re trying to be mindful of how much energy your home is using. When it comes to saving energy, the answer is to turn the air conditioner off! The ON vs. OFF debate has been […]

How Exactly Does an Air Conditioner Work?

We wanted to take a moment to explain exactly how an air conditioner works, as many homeowners are often mystified about the mechanics that keep their homes cool and comfortable during the hot Ottawa summers. It’s All About Evaporation When a liquid is heated, it evaporates and turns into a gas—absorbing heat in the process. […]

Energy Efficient Landscaping Compliments Your High-Efficiency HVAC System

With hydro prices constantly increasing, it’s important to have a comprehensive plan to save energy. Many homeowners focus on ways to increase efficiency indoors but often forget about the outdoors. There are many energy efficient landscaping tips that can complement your indoor high-efficiency HVAC systems to help the planet and keep monthly energy bills under […]

Earth Day! Help the Earth & Your Home with a Green Cleaner

Canadians will celebrate Earth Day this Saturday nationwide. On April 22nd, take a moment to evaluate how your lifestyle affects the Earth and make some adjustments to live a greener life! Even small changes in your daily routine can have a positive impact on the environment. One way to help the planet and your home’s […]

Keep Pests Out of Your Home, Secure Your HVAC System

With spring finally here and warmer weather (hopefully) on its way, all kinds of pests and critters will be coming out of hibernation looking for new homes. Make sure that your HVAC system is not an inviting place for them to take up residence. If rodents find a way in, you could face a host […]

Get an HVAC Inspection Before Purchasing Your Dream Home

Buying a home is likely the most expensive purchase most people make in their lifetime, and first time homebuyers often rely on a home inspection to determine whether their dream home is a worthy investment. The problem is that home inspectors aren’t currently regulated in Ontario. Anyone can be a home inspector without any certifications […]

Use Daylight Saving Time to Protect Your Family

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday. The clocks spring forward and we “lose” an hour of sleep. In past years, you would have been wandering around the house changing the time on clocks, microwaves and DVD players. But nowadays, most of our digital devices automatically adjust and we might only find one […]

3 Times You Mistakenly Blamed Your HVAC for Poor Home Comfort

Every homeowner knows that their home is a complex machine and that many different systems work in conjunction to provide total home comfort. Sometimes, when things go wrong, it can be hard to determine which piece of the machine is to blame. We occasionally get calls for heating or cooling repair, only to discover the […]

Every Homeowner Needs to Know These 4 HVAC Ratings

Your home’s efficiency depends a lot on your home comfort systems. As you may very well know, an HVAC system is capable of using a lot of energy, so it’s important that we all try to keep them as energy efficient as possible. Understanding how efficient parts of your system are according to the HVAC […]

What Parts Make Up My Air Conditioner?

We get many questions when repairing an air conditioner about the parts in the unit and what their purpose is. What’s causing this breakdown? How does it affect the other parts of the unit? How vital is this part? To really understand what we do, it helps to know the parts of your air conditioner […]

Tips to Reduce Summer Energy Consumption

Summer is here and our air conditioners are officially running all day and all night to keep our homes at a cool and comfortable temperature. But blasting our air conditioners throughout our homes isn’t the best for the environment and the carbon footprints we leave, not to mention your wallet. Saving energy and being more […]

Harding is Your Ottawa Area Daikin Dealer

Daikin is a global leader in heating and air conditioning, which is why Harding Heating & Air Conditioning is your local Daikin dealer. Everything we do is to try and make our customers lives easier and more comfortable, and we have identified Daikin as someone who can help make that possible. Daikin offers fresh ideas […]

Easy Tasks to Improve Your Air Conditioner Efficiency

We’re shifting our focus to improving your air conditioner efficiency.

5 Signs You Need an Air Conditioner Replacement

Taking your air conditioner for granted is easy. You rely on its cool comfort and don’t think much about it until it stops working. To help avoid the stress of no air conditioning in your home, here’s a list of five signs you need to schedule air conditioner replacement:

Keep Energy Bills Low as Ontario Energy Prices Rise Again

We’re always trying to help our customers reduce the energy consumption in order to lower their energy bills! In November, the rates for electricity were raised an amount that would cost the average Ontario home owner an extra $4.42 on their monthly energy line and 3.4% more on their total bill. Six months before that, […]

Air Conditioner Spring Cleaning

There’s lots to do in preparation for summer, so as a reminder, we’ve written down our air conditioner spring cleaning tips. Preparing your air conditioner is preparing your home for summer, because when the dog days of summer come around, you’re going to want a place to beat the heat. Here are tips that will […]

The Heating and Air Conditioning Dictionary

We’re in the heating, cooling and home comfort business, which isn’t always the easiest to understand, especially when you get into the more technical terms. While the industry language isn’t something you’ll use every day, understanding the basic definitions and acronyms can help you optimize your home comfort system. Whether it’s trying to decide between […]

What’s the Difference: Central vs. Ductless

Last month we started our series: What’s the Difference? This week, we’ll be going over two of the most common heating systems in our region: ductless and central air units. Most people can go 10-20 years without replacing any part of their HVAC system, so it is very easy to get a little behind on […]

Buyer Beware: There’s Some Shady Business Going On

Our customers are the most important thing to us. Protecting you from unnecessary costs is one of our main focuses. It has been brought to our attention by several of our customers there are some organizations approaching people door-to-door, misleading them with the intention of selling them a furnace or air conditioner. From the few […]

Fall Maintenance with Team Harding

When people think of their HVAC equipment, it’s usually for two reasons: It’s not working or it’s costing them too much money. This is perfectly logical because the two things everyone wants in an air conditioner or furnace is comfort and efficiency. To make sure that your system is always working efficiently to keep you […]

5 Things Every HVAC Service Technician Should Do

Let’s face it, nobody is an expert in every trade – that’s why it can often be difficult to judge between a good and bad HVAC service technician. Here at Harding, we take our work very seriously. We want to ensure that our customers are receiving the best care possible, which is why we created […]

Everything you need to know about HVAC and home comfort

Everyone has one, a room in their house that they dare not enter. Dark and filled with cobwebs, it houses an intimidating metal box that hisses all night. The dreaded furnace room. Harding Heating & Air Conditioning has been rescuing families from the stresses of home temperature control since 1994. As a leader in the […]

Book AC Service To Help Combat the Ottawa Summer Heat

We’re all excited for the warm summer weather to arrive, but that excitement can quickly disappear if your cooling system can’t beat the heat inside your home. The best way for Ottawa residents to ensure their homes are summer ready is to book their AC service before the extreme heat arrives, and there are several […]

Will My AC Help My Allergies?

For those of us that suffer from seasonal allergies, the spring and summer can be brutal due to pollen and other irritants in the air. Luckily, your home’s air conditioning can help to provide relief from outdoor allergens when it’s properly maintained.

Benefits of an AC Protection Plan

A Team Harding Air Conditioner Protection Plan is a year-long membership that can help reduce costs associated with repair and maintenance. If you’re going to be scheduling air conditioner maintenance this spring or summer, consider signing up for an AC Protection Plan instead.

Benefits of Scheduling AC Maintenance at the End of Summer

It can be easy to take your air conditioner for granted, especially when it stops working during the hottest days of the summer. To help prevent a cooling system breakdown, it’s important to keep on top of regular air conditioner maintenance. If you didn’t have an air conditioner tune-up in the spring, it’s not too […]

Save Money on Air Conditioning Costs

When the temperature rises outside, your AC keeps you cool and comfortable inside. However, some homeowners struggle with the cost of running the cooling system all summer long. Thankfully, there are a few ways to save money on air conditioning costs:

3 Reasons to Schedule AC Maintenance

How often do you have your air conditioner professionally inspected and cleaned? Did you know that manufacturers recommended professional AC maintenance should be performed every year? Having your cooling system inspected annually can improve reliability and indoor air quality while also increasing efficiency.

Last Chance for Air Conditioner Maintenance

To keep your air conditioner working properly, it’s crucial to have it professionally inspected and tuned-up every year. If you didn’t get a chance to schedule your appointment at the beginning of the season, you still have time to get air conditioner maintenance before the weather turns cold.

Solutions to Common AC Problems

If you’re having an issue with your air conditioner, there might be a simple fix. We always encourage our customers to try the following solutions to their AC problems before calling for professional service.

Preventative Air Conditioner Maintenance Will Save You Money

Preventative air conditioner maintenance is extremely important for cooling systems to operate efficiently and reliably. To ensure you’re getting the most out of your cooling system—make sure to change air filters, clear debris around the condenser and schedule an AC tune-up and inspection.

Beat the Rush and Schedule Your Air Conditioner Maintenance Now

As soon as the weather warms up, AC technicians can begin checking cooling systems and providing yearly air conditioner maintenance. Since it seems spring temperatures have finally arrived in Ottawa, Team Harding is now taking AC tune-up appointments.

Three Signs You Need Professional AC Repair

Hot summer weather is fast approaching, and that means you’ll be counting on your air conditioner to keep the home cool and comfortable. But, like anything mechanical, an air conditioner could run into some problems and require professional service. We’ve outlined three warning signs that a breakdown is imminent and should contact a certified technician […]

Enroll in a Team Harding Club Membership and Never Worry About Annual Air Conditioner Maintenance!

Annual air conditioner maintenance is extremely important to help ensure that you stay cool and comfortable all summer long. However, some homeowners forget to schedule their yearly tune-up appointments. When you enroll in a Harding Club Membership—an annual precision tune-up and safety inspection are always included.

How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Winter

Now that summer’s almost over, everybody is preparing for winter. It’s around this time of year that people start winterizing their cottages, cars and a ton of other items around the house. We’re here to remind you to do the same for your air conditioner. It’s easy to forget about them piled under the snow […]

Common AC Problem: Air Conditioner Not Blowing Cold Air

When you turn on the air conditioner, you expect to feel cool air blowing from the vents; however, a common AC problem is an air conditioner that is blowing room temperature or even warm air.

How to Troubleshoot Common AC Problems

Air conditioners require regular professional maintenance in order to keep them running properly. But it’s also important to be able to spot and solve problems that don’t require professional repair.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Now that summer has peaked, you’re probably thinking about turning off your cooling system for the season. Before you do, take a moment to inspect your indoor unit—including the condensate drain— so that any problem areas that might have appeared over the summer can be addressed and taken care of.

Ways to Improve AC Airflow

The summer season in Ottawa can bring unbearable humidity, intense thunderstorms and, of course, boiling temperatures. It’s on those hot, sticky days when people are thankful for their air conditioners… or are sleeping in the basement because the AC is on the fritz.

Air Conditioner Headache, It’s a Real Thing!

Air Conditioning is a necessity during the summer in many parts of the country, especially here in the capital city. But some homeowners find that when the cool air flows they suffer from air conditioner headaches. There are a variety of reasons why your AC could cause a headache, but we find that there are […]

Lightning Strikes and Your AC Condenser

The summer season in the Ottawa area means three things; school’s out, the Ottawa Redblacks are in full swing and the summer thunderstorm season has officially begun! Over the few remaining weeks of summer, we’ll see many thunderstorms roll through the city and with them a flood of service calls from distressed homeowners that have […]

Help! My AC Stopped Working!

When a central air conditioning unit fails during a heat spell it can be cause for alarm. But what may seem like a big problem can have a simple solution. If your AC stopped working, make sure to go over the following troubleshooting guide before calling a Harding technician to avoid unnecessary repair and service […]

Coping with Furnace and A/C Damage from the Ottawa River Flooding

Please note that the City of Ottawa is making regular announcements on the present state of emergency. Click here for updates, emergency tips and more information. The Ottawa River has peaked at the highest levels in 89 years, but it still has a long way to go before its level returns to normal. If you’re […]

Help! My Air Conditioner is Leaking Water!

Is that a puddle of water around your air conditioner?! Don’t panic! Something is definitely going wrong, but we can help you figure out what’s most likely going on and what you can do to fix it. First, turn off your unit. You don’t want to cause any more damage and turning it off at […]

Signs Your Air Conditioner Has Low Refrigerant

With the lengthy use of your air conditioner this summer, there’s always the risk that something could go wrong. One of these risks is the issue of your unit’s refrigerant running low. Refrigerant is what allows your air conditioner to produce cold air for your home. The problem with low refrigerant isn’t one that generally […]

Why is My Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air?

Have you ever walked in from a hot summer day and noticed that the room is warm? It’s not that cool, comfortable environment you were expecting, and upon further inspection you notice that it’s the air conditioner blowing hot air through the vents! Why does this happen, and how can it be fixed?

A Night Without Air Conditioning

Every year, your air conditioner needs proper, professional maintenance to make sure that it will work as it should during the hot summer days. Ottawa is feeling the summer heat already, and with it are bound to come those predictably muggy summer nights, where a night without air conditioning would be unimaginable! But what happens […]

3 Most Common Air Conditioning Problems

It’s hot! It’s finally hot! For a while we were afraid that we were going to skip summer entirely. Now that the summer sizzle is here, you may have turned on your air conditioner and it might not be working quite as well as you expected it to. There are some more frequent problems that […]

Does Rain Harm Your Air Conditioner?

There’s usually a pretty simple checklist for things you should keep out of water: Is it metal or electrical? There are a few exceptions but for the most part that’s a safe bet for keeping things safe. Going over your checklist, you may notice that your air conditioner checks both, yet it withstands every rainfall […]

Team Harding and Daikin Bring You the Best Warranties!

HVAC warranties and installation guarantees are extremely important as they help ensure you don’t pay for expensive repair bills that should be covered. There are two different types of coverage: manufacturer air conditioner and furnace warranties, which cover equipment parts, and labour or installation guarantees from your HVAC contractor. At Team Harding, we are proud […]

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