What size furnace do I need

What size furnace do I need?

For a home to be both warm and efficient, choosing a suitable furnace size is crucial. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering, “What size furnace do I need?” You’re not alone! It’s essential to carry out an accurate furnace sizing calculation correctly to guarantee long-term cost savings as well as comfort. So how do you […]Read More

Do you need a furnace with a heat pump?

Do you need a furnace with a heat pump? For many homeowners, the energy-efficiency rating of their home’s heating system is essential. Both a furnace and heat pump are popular HVAC system choices amongst homeowners. Each offers their own benefits and of course, have their own drawbacks. So, how do you choose between the two? […]Read More

Can you add a humidifier to an existing furnace?

Can you add humidifier to an existing furnace? When winter has arrived, indoor humidity levels will be low, and the air will be drier. If you’re looking to boost the comfort of your home during the colder months, you might be wondering if you can add a humidifier to your existing furnace. The good news […]Read More

Should you cover your AC unit in the winter?

Should you cover your AC unit in the winter?  As cool temperatures arrive, it’s time to say goodbye to your air conditioner during the winter. This raises the question of whether or not you should cover your AC unit in the winter. In this blog, the certified HVAC team from AtlasCare is giving you the […]Read More
How Often Should You Change Your Furnace Filter

How often should you change your furnace filter?

How often should you change your furnace filter? Maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient home often depends on seemingly insignificant details, such as our furnace filter. It’s easy to overlook, but the question remains: How frequently should you replace your furnace filter? Believe it or not, the answer is not one-size-fits-all; it is dependent on a […]Read More
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How Long Does a Furnace Last in Ontario?

How Long Does a Furnace Last in Ontario? Being a homeowner comes with a lot of responsibilities, your furnace being one of them. Living in Ontario means that you are subject to the province’s often significant temperature drops and cold snaps in the winter months, which for the unsuspecting resident who has failed to winterize […]Read More
Best AC Unit for Apartment

Best AC unit for apartment

 Whether you’re a first-time renter or a seasoned apartment owner, selecting the suitable air conditioning unit can make a big difference in your comfort and energy efficiency. AtlasCare understands the unique challenges and necessities of apartment living. So, say goodbye to hot summers and let us assist you in creating a cool oasis within your […]Read More
Can Air Duct Cleaning Cause Damage

Can Air Duct Cleaning Cause Damage?

At AtlasCare, we understand the importance of keeping your HVAC system in good working order throughout the year. And, as HVAC experts, we often get asked by homeowners “can air duct cleaning cause damage?”. So, with our industry-leading expertise, we’re going to explore the potential impacts of having your home’s ventilation system cleaned, so you […]Read More

How does a heat pump work in winter

How Does A Heat Pump Work In Winter The heating system in any home is essential and plays a crucial role in keeping a family’s home all across the Greater Toronto Area. Therefore, if you’re in the market for a new unit, you may be looking into whether heat pumps have the ability to warm […]Read More

Heat pump vs air conditioning

Heat Pump Vs Air Conditioning By now, if you’ve been looking into installing a heat pump in your home, you’ve probably heard that these innovative HVAC systems provide heating to homes and cooling solutions during the summer. But what about air conditioning systems? Why would you opt for a heat pump instead? We recognize that […]Read More

Are heat pumps energy efficient

Are Heat Pumps Energy Efficient With the cost of living increasing, and as homeowners ourselves, we understand how important it is to save money throughout the year, which is why we’re often asked whether heat pumps are energy efficient.  So, if you want to learn more about if heat pumps are an energy-efficient solution for […]Read More

Are heat pumps worth it in Canada

Are Heat Pumps Worth It In Canada Home heating systems come in all different shapes and sizes. However, one that continues to grow in popularity is heat pumps. But are heat pumps really worth it in Canada? Well, we’re going to be discussing just that throughout our post. So, if you want to learn more […]Read More

What is a heat pump and how does it work

What Is A Heat Pump And How Does It Work As a certified HVAC company operating across Toronto and the greater surrounding areas, including Brampton, Scarborough, Burlington, and more, we often receive questions from homeowners in search of a new heating system. And because these regions experience mild climates, our certified HVAC technicians regularly recommend […]Read More
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The Canadian Buyer’s Guide to Air Conditioners: AtlasCare Edition

In the market for a new home air conditioner in Oakville?  You’re in the right place.  AtlasCare has all the answers you need for questions about the different types systems, how they work, and how they’ll fit into your home. We’re also here to help guide you through the essentials, like why choosing the right […]Read More
Why Replace Your Rented Water Heater with an Owned Tankless?

To Rent A Traditional Water Heater, Or Own A Tankless?

Owning vs renting a water heater: why you might want to re-think a rental contract. And why tankless may be a better way to go while you’re at it. Water heater rental is what I categorize as a “boring Dad thing”, like going to Canadian Tire on an early Sunday morning, or dumping a sack […]Read More
7 Signs You Need a New Furnace Now

7 Signs You Need a New Furnace Now

Know When It’s Time to Let Go of Your Old Home Furnace Homeowner pop quiz: what are the signs to look for when your aging furnace has reached the end of its life? Is it obvious–like when it stops suddenly one cold winter day and no longer has a heartbeat? Or can it be more […]Read More
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Don’t Let the Roast of Christmas Past Clog Your Drain

A Christmas dinner spent around the table with friends and family is festive and warm: meals of mouthwatering turkey with stuffing, buttery mashed potatoes, thick gravy, and tangy cranberry sauce – the most wonderful time of the year, indeed!  However, a clogged kitchen drain can make the holidays much less merry due to FOG (Fats, Oil and Grease), which are by-products of cooking.   Read on to learn about FOG and how to keep your drains and […]Read More
Supply Chain Scarcity: What If I Need to Buy a New Furnace?

Supply Chain Scarcity: What If I Need A New Furnace

We can thank the pandemic for supply chain issues in Canada, including laptop and car shortages—oh, and bathroom tissue!    With scarcity like this, what to do if your family needs to buy a new furnace? Could a Canadian family really go the entire winter without heat?      Supplies Are Very Limited This Season, Get Your New Furnace Now!  A “wait-and-see” approach may not work well if your family needs a new furnace this season.  Rising energy costs have […]Read More
Benefits of an HVAC Protection Plan

Who Needs a Protection Plan, Anyway?

We thought we would skip the furnace protection plan, my husband and I, when we purchased our first home.  We were young and poor, we thought.  What could happen, we thought? What happened, exactly, was the need to replace the most expensive part of our furnace—out of pocket. The furnace guy seemed sorry to have to charge us—but was quick to point out […]Read More
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Home: Why Your Older Furnace May Be a Health Risk

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Home

Why Your Older Furnace May Be a Health Risk If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning or a leak from your furnace, evacuate everyone from your home immediately.  Then contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency service.  A technician came by my home to examine my furnace for a carbon monoxide leak.“Having a CO leak, that puts you and your family at […]Read More
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) & Coronavirus Covid-19

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) & Coronavirus Covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many homeowners to re-think indoor air quality.  After all, the Covid-19 virus spreads through droplets and aerosols—and people who are indoors or in enclosed spaces close to one another, are particularly at risk. Washing hands, sanitizing surfaces, wearing face masks and keeping 2 metres apart have defined our COVID pandemic behaviour. But what happens when a visitor comes calling to your home?  Or when family and friends gather inside your house for […]Read More
Why Buying a Furnace Is Better Than Renting a Furnace

Why Buying A Furnace Is Better Than Renting A Furnace

To buy a furnace or to rent a furnace?   A technician comes to your house and gives you the news no homeowner ever wants to hear: the furnace is on its last legs, or even worse, broken.  Once the shock sets in, you ponder that replacing that older furnace could be in your near future.  With the fall and winter […]Read More
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Does UV Lights for HVAC Really Improve Indoor Air Quality?

While the idea of killing germs inside your HVAC unit with light may seem unrealistic, UV lights are an excellent defence when it comes to protecting your indoor air quality (IAQ) from bacteria. The quality of air inside your home is crucial to the health and comfort of your family, and this is true now […]Read More
HVAC technician removing a dirty air filter

Your Ultimate HVAC Maintenance Checklist for Spring

As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to start preparing your home and your HVAC system for the hot summer months that lay ahead! One of the best things you can do for your equipment is preventive seasonal HVAC maintenance in the spring to ensure your air conditioner runs at peak efficiency, just in time […]Read More
AtlasCare technician working on outdoor air conditioner unit

Is Your Air Conditioner Working Efficiently?

The summer season is fast approaching! As we head into the hottest days of the year, you’ll want to be sure your home air conditioner works efficiently. After all, even the best air conditioning units can run into issues that leave homeowners without relief from the summer heat.  At AtlasCare, we recommend booking your air […]Read More

Signs Your Main Drain And Sewer Line Needs Repair

Main drain and sewer lines are vital parts of your household’s plumbing system. While these drains lay hidden beneath your home, they have the potential to wreak havoc on your property. It’s not unusual for main drain and sewer lines to be kept out of mind; after all, they are out of sight. However, if […]Read More
before air duct cleaning

Duct Cleaning: Why It’s Essential For Your Home

BEFORE & AFTER DUCT CLEANING  Did you know a single duct cleaning service removes an average of five to six pounds of dust per home?  Over time contaminants like dust, lint and debris can build up in your air ducts and dryer vents, affecting your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). Like furnaces and air conditioners, […]Read More
Household water filtration system. Carbon filters and a glass of water on a table.

How to Choose The Best Home Water Filtration System

Clean water is one of the easiest things to take for granted. Without it, there’d be no flushing the toilet, no showering or bathing, no clean dishes or clothes…not to mention no water to drink! We depend on water in almost every aspect of our lives, and that’s why it’s so important to be sure […]Read More
Fat, oil and grease build up in drain pipe

Avoid Kitchen Clogs: 5 Things To NEVER Pour Down

Admit it, we’re all guilty of pouring leftover food or cooking oil down the kitchen drain instead of cleaning up our mess at one point or another. It’s convenient and doesn’t cause any harm…right? Well, you may want to think twice before pouring just anything down your kitchen drain again, as you can easily clog […]Read More
Woman and child wearing a face mask and holding an air quality sign

Why is Indoor Air Quality Important in Your Home?

It’s a no-brainer that breathing fresh, clean air is essential to good health. However, many Canadians are unaware of the air they are breathing in their own homes. Indoor air quality is a significant factor contributing to our overall health and wellbeing, which is why it’s critical air quality be top of mind when thinking […]Read More
Technician Setting Thermostat

Smart Thermostats: Your HVAC Personal Assistant

A smart thermostat is not just another name for a programmable or wi-fi thermostat, although it is programmable and does connect to the wi-fi. No, a smart thermostat goes above and beyond, like a personal assistant dedicated to your home’s comfort levels and HVAC-related energy savings. Is a smart thermostat the right solution for you? […]Read More
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How AtlasCare is Keeping You Safe: COVID-19 Measures

As an essential services provider, AtlasCare is sensitive to any concerns you may have during these uncertain times. We take our responsibility to help others seriously, not only in providing essential emergency HVAC services, but also in ensuring our safety measures go beyond what is needed to protect our customers, employees, and anyone we may […]Read More

COVID Lockdown Update – January 15

Happy New Year from all of us at AtlasCare. As we find ourselves in another COVID-19 lockdown, Michael Grochmal has a quick update for all our customers and friends.  We take your safety seriously during these unprecedented times. With daily employee screenings, wearing full PPE gear including masks, gloves, boot coverings and practicing strict social […]Read More

Lockdown Changes – December 23 Update

Christmas in the Time of COVID Season’s Greetings from all of us at AtlasCare. I hope this letter finds you in good health this Holiday Season – as unusual as it is for many of us. Once again, we find ourselves in a complete lockdown as we battle the spread of the coronavirus. My heart […]Read More
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Goodbye Heat Loss, Hello Energy Efficiency!

“It’s cold out” season is officially here—but that specific time of year isn’t one that has to exist inside of your home. At AtlasCare, we can help you make sure your home is a warm oasis for you to escape the cold and slush that’s synonymous with living in Southern Ontario. We’re here for you […]Read More
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Exceed Your Installation Expectations With AtlasCare

When you’re looking for a home comfort installation and service membership provider, we’re ready to guess you aren’t looking for one that’s just good enough. No, for your home, you want the best—and that’s exactly what AtlasCare is proud to deliver to our customers, day or night. We can take care of all services in […]Read More
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Home Winter Preparation: 4 Preventive HVAC Maintenance Steps

Even with the few almost-twenty-degree days still hanging around, it’s impossible to pretend otherwise: winter is on its way. It’s early November. The leaves in your yard are raked, your home’s gutters are cleared, you drained your exterior water hose, got that loose shingle on the roof taken care of and you already bought the […]Read More
Feel The Love Announcement

Thankful to Be Giving Back: Feel the Love Recap

This year, Thanksgiving weekend took on a whole new meaning for us at AtlasCare. As part of Lennox International’s 2020 ‘Feel The Love’ community program, our team members volunteered their time to install a brand-new mini-split ductless HVAC system (and more!) to thank Sharon Ahamad, a deserving frontline worker, for her unending devotion to others. […]Read More

A Letter From Our President, Michael Grochmal

Dear friends, Thanksgiving has always been one of my favourite times of the year. The fall colours never fail to provide a spectacular show, and as we move into the colder weather, I am reminded how grateful we are that AtlasCare is a trusted partner of customers like you. We are privileged to be welcomed […]Read More

Coronavirus Second Wave Update – October 2nd Update

The second wave of COVID-19 has arrived. Case counts are climbing every day. We expect that the Provincial Government will continue to constrain our ability to congregate socially not only in the community but also with our families and friends. It was relatively easy to maintain social distances from one another this summer when we […]Read More
Roger Grochmal sitting in his office wearing a face mask

Is COVID behind us or not? – August 24th Update

So far, we have endured most of the COVID journey outdoors thanks to the best summer in living memory. It truly has been glorious and allowed us to physically distance in the great outdoors. As summer winds down and the reality of spending more time indoors sets in, 2 thoughts/questions occur to me. Firstly, will […]Read More
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The Dog Days of Summer

As we move into the dog days of summer, we see a lot of thunderstorms with this oppressive heat and humidity. These storms can deliver a significant amount of rain 5-10 cm (2-4in) in a very short period of time. Many storm sewers can’t deal with this kind of sudden deluge and like all systems […]Read More
AtlasCare technicians bringing in a furnace through a house

AtlasCare Feels The Love!

With everything happening in the world, it is a breath of fresh air to hear about the amazing work Lennox is doing with their Feel The Love Campaign. Their mission is to give back to those who have made it their mission to serve others in their community. They want to play an active role […]Read More

Are You Cool Enough?

When we find ourselves in a prolonged heatwave such as we are now experiencing, we get a lot of calls with the complaint that the house isn’t getting cool enough. It may not have been that important to us in the past but in the time of coronavirus when we are all spending so much […]Read More
Oakville Awards for Business Excellence

Awarded for Excellence by the Oakville Community!

We are delighted and privileged to announce that AtlasCare has been awarded the RBC Royal Bank Large Business of the Year Award as part of the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence! On June 22nd at 8:00 PM, Roger and Michael Grochmal accepted this prestigious award on behalf of AtlasCare, in front of online audiences in […]Read More
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Summer Has Fully Arrived – June 11th Update

This is the third week in a row where we will be experiencing 30°+C temperatures. The result is that with the volume of air conditioner repairs that we have had to perform, we have had to re-schedule many prebooked annual AC maintenance visits and we will be in the same situation this week. We truly […]Read More
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Mental Health and Wellness Resources You Can Trust

2020 has been a year for the history books. What began with jovial celebrations and resolutions for making this year ahead one to remember and look back on fondly, has resulted in a true test of who we are as businesses, families, and individuals. COVID-19 has altered every aspect of our daily lives. While some […]Read More
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Good News! Summer is finally here – May 28th Update

Click to View All Recent COVID-19 Updates   As I write this the temperature outside is finally above 20° C. It has been a long time coming. The other bit of good news is that the Province of Ontario is starting to open things up a bit allowing limited recreation options as well as the […]Read More
Air Ducts

Keep Your Home’s Respiratory System Healthy

Too hot or too cold? Most homeowners simply have to adjust the temperature on their smart thermostat to force warm or cool air throughout their home. It’s become such an easy convenience that we barely think about our HVAC systems until they stop working as they should. It’s said in the industry that the HVAC […]Read More
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The Backup Plan Your Basement Needs!

Amidst the news updates of COVID-19 across Ontario, there has been an increasing number of reports of flooding along the shores of Lake Huron and Lake Ontario. Homeowners have watched as rising water levels and rainstorms have damaged their properties both inside and out. We all know that floods can happen at any time of […]Read More
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Air Conditioning & COVID-19 – April 27th Update

Click to View All Recent COVID-19 Updates   We recently received some calls from customers about a news item circulating in some media outlets online suggesting that air conditioning can cause COVID-19 to spread between people. As we all know, COVID-19 is spread mostly by human to human contact. Secondly, it can be obtained from […]Read More

Spring has Sprung! – COVID-19 April 20th Update

Click to View All Recent COVID-19 Updates   We have had several customers raise the issue of whether what AtlasCare does is an “Essential Service”. This is a valid concern, but I want to put it to rest. The Premier’s Office laid out a list of essential services and had this specifically to say about […]Read More

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

For 88 years, AtlasCare has cared about the health of our customers’ homes, but it has never been more important than it is now. With quarantine and social distancing in place due to COVID-19, our homes are where we spend most of our time. Staying indoors can, without a doubt, affect our quality of life […]Read More
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The Air Conditioning Season is Nearing. COVID-19 April 13th Update

Click to View All Recent COVID-19 Updates   AtlasCare was founded in 1932 during the depths of the Great Depression. It was not the best of times to start a business, but I suspect Harry Bach found himself out of work and decided to create his own job. Fast forward 88 years and we now […]Read More
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COVID-19 Update March 30th, 2020

As expected, AtlasCare has been recognized as an essential business. This recognizes the role that HVAC contractors play in maintaining the integrity of residential infrastructure, especially in extreme situations. For example, we were called to a home this past weekend of a customer who had just returned from Florida to find their basement flooded from […]Read More
woman lying in bed in a noisy house.

Is Your Furnace Making Noise?

We are living in unprecedented and uncertain times. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in December 2019, governments and organizations have been shutting down businesses and calling for individuals to stay at home. Like many other Canadians, you may have begun practicing social distancing and self-isolation to avoid contracting the COVID-19 virus and spreading […]Read More
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We’re here for you during COVID-19

Click to View All Recent COVID-19 Updates   With COVID-19 top of mind, I wanted to reach out directly to let you know how AtlasCare is addressing being an essential service during this pandemic, and to assure you that we are ready to help you through this. First and foremost, I want to assure you […]Read More
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The Effects Of Humidity On Your Health

The majority of Canadians are unaware of the air they are breathing in their own homes, despite the fact that air quality is a significant factor that contributes to overall wellbeing and health. While we cannot control outdoor air quality, we can be more mindful of the air in our home, particularly the levels of […]Read More
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Ride-Along With Jonathan Gallant 

At AtlasCare, our team members put their hearts into everything they do. From our hardworking technicians to our talented customer service representatives and accountants, everyone at AtlasCare has a story. The Ride Along series aims to highlight our valued team members and share their unique stories. For our first ever Ride Along interview, we’re tagging […]Read More

AtlasCare Receives Top Choice Award For HVAC Company Again

Top Choice Awards has just announced the 2020 winners! We are thrilled to announce that AtlasCare has won the Top Choice Award for Air Conditioning and Heating in the Greater Toronto Area for the second year in a row. The Top Choice Awards recognize businesses that provide quality services, value and professionalism to customers. Winning […]Read More

What It Means If Your AC Still Uses R-22 Refrigerant

Pop quiz: what type of refrigerant does your air conditioner use? Don’t worry too much if you don’t know the answer! Most people are in the same boat. After all, air conditioners are a closed system, with the refrigerant totally out of sight and out of mind. Still, it pays to know what’s going on […]Read More

Why You Should Never Let Your Water Softener Become Saltless

Don’t you hate it when glassware comes out of the dishwasher covered with streaky stains? Or your laundry comes out of the washing machine all stiff and scratchy? You might have tried switching detergents, which can help alleviate the problem but not eliminate it. Some who have struggled with these frustrations will go as far […]Read More

Running Your Furnace on ‘Auto’ or ‘On’ this Winter?

Setting the thermostat is always a bit of a balancing act. On one hand, you want to keep your home cozy and comfortable as possible…but you’re well aware of the cost of heating your home, and you’re not one to spend frivolously! You might’ve wondered whether it’s better to use the ‘Auto’ or ‘On’ setting […]Read More

Is An HVAC/Plumbing Service Plan Really Worth Your Money?

Think of the last time you had a service technician in your home. Once they were finished working on your HVAC or plumbing system, the tech probably took some time to suggest a few ways you could prevent future problems. There’s also a good chance they asked if you were interested in a service or […]Read More

Is GTA Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Clean water is one of the easiest things to take for granted. Without it, there’d be no flushing the toilet, no showering or bathing, no clean dishes or clothes…not to mention no water to drink! You’re right to ask questions about the quality of your drinking water. We’re fortunate to have access to clean, safe […]Read More

How To Finally Stop Your Toilet From Clogging

We all know the sinking feeling that comes with a clogged toilet. First, there’s the panic of overflow…then, the frustration of loosening the clog before someone notices. While we know it’s not the prettiest topic to discuss, it’s important for homeowners to understand that clogged toilets can be much more than an inconvenience. Here, we’ll […]Read More

How To Save Money With A Simple Plumbing Check

When was the last time you called a plumber? If you’re anything like most people, it was probably when you needed some plumbing work done in your home. The majority of our plumbing calls come from customers who need a specific repair or upgrade (ideally as soon as possible.) But isn’t that the only reason […]Read More

5 Easy Ways To Warm Up Your Home This Winter

Once the calendar flips from October to November, life starts to get busy ‒ fast. There’ll be presents to wrap, gatherings to attend, dinners to make...in fact, things probably won’t slow back down until next year! Read More

Why is a Frost-Free Hose Bib Necessary In Canadian Homes?

As the weather starts to change and the temperature drops, you’ve probably already started preparing for the long winter season. You know there’s a lot to do around the home this season, but one area you might overlook is your hose bib ‒ or, as many people call it, your outdoor faucet. During the summer, you might use your hose bib to water the garden, wash your car, or even hook up the sprinkler for your kids. When the warm season comes to a close, you pack away the hose, shut off the valve and move onto something else. But what about the water that’s still sitting in the pipe? Even if you purge the line, you could still end up with costly water damage if you don’t have a frost-free hose bib.Read More

Lead In Drinking Water – Toronto, Halton & Peel Region

Until recently, you might’ve thought that lead pipes were a thing of the past. But a recent investigation by Global News and The Toronto Star has served as a wake-up call to the fact that lead is still a very real concern here in the Greater Toronto Area. The truth is, there are nearly 26,000 […]Read More

Benefits of a Humidifier for Your Furnace (Especially in Winter)

We want to help you understand the importance of having a furnace humidifier and how installing one can ensure everyone stays nice and cozy this winter! Read More

How To Know If Your Sump Pump Is Working Properly

We know how easy it is to let your home’s plumbing fall by the wayside, especially when everything seems to be flowing smoothly. But it’s quite important to have your plumbing system checked every now and then, even when nothing appears to be wrong. That’s especially true of your sump pump. You might not use […]Read More

Must-Know Facts About Kitec Plumbing: Recall, Lawsuit & Repair Costs

After January 9, 2020, you can no longer get compensation for the cost of replacing defective Kitec plumbing. You will have to pay out of pocket, which could easily amount to several thousand dollars down the drain. But there is still time to make sure you get reimbursed for having these faulty pipes removed from […]Read More

How A Backwater Valve Protects Your Home From Sewer Backups.

Sewer backup is one of the last things you ever want to happen to your home. It’s nauseating just to imagine. But sewer backups do happen…and truth be told, they’re happening more and more frequently in our neck of the woods. Fortunately, you can greatly reduce the risk of a sanitary sewer backup in your […]Read More

AtlasCare Announced Title Sponsor of Golf Fore MS Peel-Dufferin

September might just be our favourite month of the year. Granted, it marks the bittersweet end of the summer season (and the start of six to eight months of cruel weather.) But it also brings us one of the single most anticipated events on the AtlasCare calendar: the annual Golf Fore MS Classic. This year’s […]Read More

Furnace: What Happens When Your Home Is Under Construction

Construction is, by nature, a messy process. You can’t build a house without making some dust. Not to mention sawdust, drywall dust, paint fumes, glue vapour…and all sorts of airborne particles you wouldn’t ever want to breathe in What you might not know that it isn’t good for your HVAC equipment, either. We hope this […]Read More

Atlascare Giving Back To The Community

Since our start back in 1932, helping others has been an integral part of AtlasCare’s company culture. Whether it’s raising funds, spreading awareness or donating our time to a local cause, we’re always looking for ways to give something back to this community we call home. Sometimes, we all get together to contribute as a […]Read More

Why Your Home Insurance Might Not Cover Water Heater Damage

You know that home insurance is important. But are you completely certain that all your home’s systems are covered? In our previous blog on home insurance, you learned of the various kinds of water damage that are and are not covered under the standard home insurance policy in Ontario. There, we talked about damage caused […]Read More

The Truth About Air Duct Cleaning

Duct cleaning. Is it the secret to pristine indoor air quality? An instant cure for your allergy symptoms? Or just another way for contractors to take your hard-earned money? So many companies market products and services that claim to improve the quality of your air. If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, there’s a […]Read More

What NOT to Do When Your A/C Stops Working

What should you do when your AC suddenly stops working? Don’t Lose Your Cool! Call the air conditioner specialists at AtlasCare for the fastest emergency service in the GTA. At AtlasCare we mean it when we say we’re “always there when you need us.” We proudly provide a 4-hour service window, day or night. Call […]Read More

Watch Out for This When Choosing an HVAC Company

When it comes to your house, you want to ensure things go smoothly. Choosing the right contractor to carry out work on your HVAC system in your home can be difficult, stressful, and if something goes wrong, expensive. One of the most important things to do when choosing an HVAC company is to research. In […]Read More

The Benefits of Whole-Home Humidification

The goal of many homeowners during the winter is to keep their families warm.   That’s a wonderful thing except it comes at a cost: the warmer the air the drier it becomes.   Ideally, your home should fall under the 40-50% humidity range for both your home and your health.   Your furnace can often strip the air of […]Read More

How Keeping AC On Can Help You Save Money

Like most of us, you try to save a few extra dollars whenever you can – especially when it comes to major expenses like your hydro bill. You might have even considered shutting down your central air conditioning off whenever you leave the house. But that would mean coming home to a stiflingly hot house […]Read More

Water Damage & Basemet Flooding Insurance Coverage In Ontario

What does it cost to repair a flooded basement? What if your sewer backs up due to overland flooding from heavy rainfall, or your sump pump fails due to a power outage?  These problems are becoming all too familiar here in Southern Ontario. Sadly, the risk of urban floods will likely continue to increase as we experience earlier snowmelt, more intense rainfall and other effects of climate change […]Read More

What You Should Know About Your Home Ventilation

How much do you really know about your home’s ventilation system?  Home ventilation is something we all tend to forget about. It goes on while we go about our days unaware…until something goes wrong.  Ventilation may not be noticeable, but it is certainly crucial. It directly affects both the quality of your air and your life at home! There […]Read More

How to Protect Your Home from Flooding this Spring

Significant snow melt combined with heavy rainfalls spelled the recipe for disaster in many Northern Ontario communities this spring. Many roads in the Bracebridge area, Ontario’s main cottage country, were washed out by floodwaters, as water levels from nearby lakes rose dangerously high.  This prompted the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to activate a disaster recovery […]Read More

Why You Should Have Your Dryer Vent Professionally Cleaned

There’s one item you definitely don’t want to leave off your spring cleaning checklist – your dryer vent.   You may think your dryer vent is clean because you empty lint after each load of laundry, but tiny bits of dryer lint sneak through the lint trap and build up inside your dryer vent over time.   Why do these tiny bits of lint matter? Safety, safety, […]Read More

How to Easily Make Any Bypass Humidifier More Water-Efficient

Water rates in Ontario are rising even faster than our property taxes. In 2016, the average household water cost was $800 per year – and it’s climbed even higher in the years since. You’ve fixed leaky faucets, shut down your lawn sprinklers, even tried to cut your showers short – but it hardly makes a […]Read More

10 Air Conditioning Mistakes That Make Your Hydro Bill Soar

Good news: the temperature is rising. Bad news: your hydro bill is soaring, too. You want to stay cool this season, but at what cost? For most Canadians, central air conditioning only accounts for 3% of their overall energy use. But if your wallet is feeling the heat, it could be because you’re driving up […]Read More

6 Signs Your Air Conditioner Might Not Survive the Summer

It may be mild today, but you know that summer is just around the corner. And based on the past few summers we’ve had in the Greater Toronto Area, this one could be another scorcher. Are you confident your air conditioning unit will keep up during a heat wave? If your air conditioner is a […]Read More

6 Ways To Do Spring Cleaning When There’s Still Snow

After a long and cold winter, spring has finally sprung – or, so we hope! With sun and warmer weather around the corner, the last thing you’ll want to do on a nice spring day is spend it indoors cleaning. That’s why now is the perfect time to get an early start on your spring […]Read More

Could 2019 Be Toronto’s Hottest Summer Ever?

Over the last four years, we have experienced the warmest years in a row on record. 2016 was Toronto’s hottest summer yet, with the next couple of years coming close as well. While it’s possible that 2019’s summer could follow the last couple years, there is reason to believe that 2019 could be our hottest […]Read More

3 Smart Reasons To Replace Air Conditioner In The Winter

Replacing an air conditioner during the summer months is common. Sometimes, unforeseen problems arise and there’s no way around it. However, if you anticipate that your air conditioning system is in need of replacement, winter is the best time to do it! We’ll discuss why below. 1. It’s the Low Season HVAC companies are usually […]Read More

Ontario Energy Rebates: Furnace And AC Rebates Available In 2019

Update: the provincial government has announced that the Save on Energy Heating and Cooling program is cancelled effective April 1st, 2019. We will leave the information in this post for reference and update this post as new rebates become available. Ontario homeowners upgrading their heating systems or air conditioners in 2019 may be eligible for […]Read More

Winter 2019 in Ontario — When Will It End?

Canadians across the country are eager for the cold temperatures and the consistent snowy weather of winter 2019 to come to an end. This winter has brought record snowfalls, freezing cold temperatures, damaging winds, and whiteout blizzard conditions to all parts of Ontario. KEEP WARM THIS WINTER A polar vortex brought weeks of extreme cold […]Read More

What Most People Don’t Know About HVAC Warranties

HVAC warranties are supposed to give peace of mind. When it comes to your family’s home comfort, it’s important to know you can count on the warranty to cover you. Unfortunately, homeowners who thought they had warranty coverage too often find themselves on the hook for substantial repair costs. Why are HVAC warranties so often […]Read More

AtlasCare Crowned Top Choice Award HVAC Company in 2019

Oakville, Ontario – February 14, 2019 — Top Choice Awards has announced the 2019 Top Choice Award Winners, your city’s most trusted businesses. We at AtlasCare are proud to announce that we have been crowned the winner for Top Choice Air Conditioning and Heating Company of 2019 in the Greater Toronto Area. AtlasCare has set […]Read More

Smells You Don’t Want Your Household Guests To Notice

Every house has a smell. Smells come from the people who live there, their pets, and possibly the foods they cook. And most often these odours are harmless, but sometimes, they are unpleasant or even bad for your health. You certainly wouldn’t want your guests to notice these smells before you do! Household odours run […]Read More

Future-Proof Your Home Against Rising Energy Costs In Ontario

Between an unstable global fuel market and battles over energy policy back home, there’s no telling exactly how Canada’s energy future will unfold. What we do know is this: the cost of natural gas or electricity will continue to fluctuate, and there’s not much that Ontario homeowners can do about it. What you can do […]Read More

What Happens When Your Furnace is Red Tagged in Ontario

It’s even worse than you thought. You knew this could end in a big repair bill – it’s never a good sign when your furnace starts failing in the middle of January. You were even prepared to go without heat for a day while the service tech made the repairs. But you never expected they […]Read More

Reasons You Should Never Buy HVAC Parts & Equipment Online

When it comes to big purchases, how often do you check to see if you can find the item cheaper online? Nowadays, it’s practically second nature to look up prices on the Internet before we buy. There are dozens of apps and websites dedicated to helping us do just that. In many ways, the Internet […]Read More

Time To Get A Furnace Tune-Up | Q&A

There’s no bad time to get your furnace inspected—ideally though before any cold weather hits. It is good idea to do it AFTER a season of use, since much of the maintenance is based on what the homeowner notices while using it. You’ll have plenty of time to get any repairs done or replace it […]Read More

What Does ‘Home Comfort’ Actually Mean?

Home comfort is important to your overall happiness and health—both physical and financial. Creating the ideal indoor environment includes several factors: air temperature, humidity and air quality. Read on to learn how these elements work together to optimize your home’s comfort level. Temperature Heating and Cooling The average homeowner spends a lot of money on […]Read More

Why Is My Heating Bill So Much Higher This Winter?

Many of the factors behind home energy costs in Ontario are beyond our control. Natural gas and electricity are commodities, after all, and the rates change quarterly with supply and demand. That said, if you’ve found your heating bills unexpectedly high this winter, the problem could be closer to home. A sharp increase in the […]Read More

What Are Tankless Water Heaters And Why Are They Better?

Your water heater is likely tucked away in a closet or deep in the depths of your basement. Out of sight, out of mind. But what if we told you that a tankless water heater is a space-saving, energy-reducing, water-conserving alternative that can provide endless amounts of hot water throughout your home? These facts might […]Read More

4 Troubling Things People Discover in Their Air Ducts

What’s in your ducts? Well, there’s bound to be dust – that’s a given. A light amount of ordinary household dust in the air is no cause for concern. However, that isn’t the only thing people have discovered hiding in air ducts. Ductwork can play host to numerous airborne contaminants. Not all are harmful, but […]Read More

Make Your Home Warmer Without Touching The Thermostat

We all know about the thermostat war – dad refuses to let anyone touch the thermostat. Children want the heat higher, so they can wear shorts inside during winter. No one wins. Although there may have to be compromise – probably on the shorts, we can help with a few ways to make your house […]Read More

5 Reasons Why Your House Feels Stuffy in the Fall

What does it mean when the shifting seasons make your house feel stuffy and stale? It could be down to a single cause or a combination of things. Allergies often play a role, and low humidity doesn’t help; stuffiness could also demonstrate a need for furnace maintenance or duct cleaning. Here are the potential reasons […]Read More

Clever Ways To Keep Warm When Your Furnace Breaks Down

As the months get colder, the need for warmth rises. But what happens if your furnace breaks down? Before you can get it fixed, are you just expected to deal with the cold? No, you are not! Thankfully, there are many ways to keep warm even without a furnace. Run down this list of ten […]Read More

5 Stress-free Ways to be a Better Holiday Host

As the holidays approach, your calendar may be filling up fast. All the Christmas-shopping and gift-wrapping can leave you with little time to prepare for holiday hosting. There are many ways to be a great host, but we’ve created a list of things you may have overlooked in planning a safe, comfortable, and above-all memorable […]Read More

8 Surprising Things That Can Trigger Allergies in the Winter

Ever wonder why your so-called “seasonal” allergies seem to linger on in the colder months? You might be allergic to more than just pollen. The air inside our homes is full of microscopic particles, many of which can trigger allergy symptoms throughout the year. These are the facts on winter allergies: how to tell allergies […]Read More

Winter Vacation Checklist: How to Protect Your Canadian Home

Planning an extended winter vacation? Whether you’re fleeing to warmer climates or hitting the ski slopes, it’s not too soon to start preparing your home for the trip. This winter vacation checklist is designed for Canadian homeowners to help ensure your home is safe in the event of a blizzard or a blackout. We’ve also […]Read More

Heating Facts You May Not Know

Sometimes, we take for granted just how big a role heating technology plays in our lives. At this time of year, just about every building in the country has a furnace working behind the scenes to keep its inhabitants comfortable. There’s a good chance you’re enjoying the benefits of home heating right now! Here are […]Read More

What Everyone Should Know About Renting a Furnace in Ontario

When we ask our customers why they decided to rent a furnace, they usually reply with one of two answers: The low monthly cost of renting a furnace seemed more affordable than buying one up front. Since the rental cost covered any potential repairs, renting a furnace gave them cost certainty and peace of mind. […]Read More

Why Your Water Heater Is Not Working Like Before

No one likes running out of hot water. What’s worse is when your water heater is consistently running out of water or failing to heat it up properly. There are several reasons why a water heater might not be working as well as it used to. Fortunately, it’s usually something we can fix. 1. New […]Read More

Most Important Amenities for Home Buyers in 2018

Home and garden shows might lead you to believe the top priorities for home buyers are things like quartz countertops and herringbone floors. In reality, most buyers in Toronto and beyond aren’t all that fixated on things like décor. A recent survey confirms what we in the home comfort business already knew: the most important […]Read More

10 Reasons Why You Should Check the Humidity This Winter

Winter is a strange season. When it’s wet, slushy, and just plain damp outside, you can almost count on your home feeling bone dry. However, alleviating that discomfort is just one reason you should take steps to ensure your dwelling maintains a proper level of humidity in winter (40-60% is ideal). Here are some of […]Read More

Step-by-Step Guide to Closing Your Air Conditioner for Winter

With the forecast calling for a milder-than-usual fall, it’s likely many of us will leave closing the air conditioner in Toronto until late in the fall. But don’t be fooled — winter is coming. Don’t let it catch you before you’ve had a chance to close the air conditioner for winter. We’ve written a step-by-step […]Read More

Things To Do Before Turning On The Furnace This Winter

Natural gas furnaces are commonplace here in the Greater Toronto Area. With proper care and maintenance, these heating systems are clean, efficient, and perfectly safe. Regardless, there are steps you should take now to ensure your family is safe and warm when the temperature falls. Here are 5 things we recommend you do before turning […]Read More

8 Things to Do In Ontario This Fall

Sometimes, it feels like fall comes and goes in the blink of an eye. By the time you’ve settled into the back-to-school routine, Thanksgiving is already here, with Halloween just ahead and holiday shopping on the horizon. But there’s still time to do your fall maintenance tasks, prepare your home for winter, and enjoy the […]Read More

10 No-Nonsense Ways to Reduce Heating Costs in Ontario

Another Thanksgiving Day is now behind us and that means another Ontario winter is on the horizon. It’s time to start thinking about how we will keep our homes warm for the winter without busting our budget. Fortunately, there are a number of things we can do to effectively accomplish that goal. Turn Your Thermostat […]Read More

Water Heater Problems? 4 Early Warning Signs to Watch For

Has your water heater done something odd lately? This appliance is usually the last thing on a homeowner’s mind, but strange sounds, not enough hot water and mysterious leaks are hard to ignore. These are among the warning signs you should watch for to prevent bigger water heater problems in the future. Read on to […]Read More

Water Heater Maintenance: Do This At Least Once a Year

When it comes to water heaters, a few minutes of maintenance goes a long way. Most water heater problems are preventable with proper care. Unfortunately, many people go years without having their water heater serviced. Performing these three basic maintenance tasks today will reduce the risk of costly water heater repairs down the road: Test […]Read More

2018 Fall/Winter Weather Forecast: What to Expect in the GTA

When the Farmer’s Almanac released its 2018 winter forecast for Ontario and the rest of Canada, it sent shivers down our spines. The 200-year-old periodical predicted a “teeth-chatteringly cold winter” for most of Canada, with the lowest temperatures afflicting the Prairies, Quebec, and our home province of Ontario. But the story doesn’t end there. On […]Read More

Fall Tips For Senior Home Maintenance

As summer slowly comes to an end, now is a great time for seniors to start thinking about preparing for winter. Taking care of your home before any issues arise is a great way to minimize unexpected damages. Maintenance is important to improve health, safety and possibly your bank account! Here are some tips for […]Read More

5 Possible Causes Of A Frozen Air Conditioner

A frozen air conditioner? Strange as it sounds, it happens. We answer hundreds of calls for air conditioner repair in Toronto and the GTA each year, and there are always a few homeowners asking how to fix a frozen air conditioner. So, why do air conditioners freeze in the first place, and what can you […]Read More

What to Consider When Installing an Air Conditioner in Toronto

A central air conditioner is a significant and long-lasting investment in your home. Knowing what to consider when choosing a central air conditioner is important to ensure you choose a reliable system that fits your home and budget. Keep these facts in mind as you prepare for a central air conditioner installation in Toronto. Types […]Read More

6 Ways Reduce Summer Energy Bill Without Touching The Thermostat

One of the easiest ways to reduce summer energy bills? Turn down the air conditioner and allow the temperature to rise a few degrees in your home. But in this weather, that’s a sacrifice few of us can make. Here are six other sure-fire ways to reduce your summer energy bills without laying a finger […]Read More

5 Steps to Securing Your Home for Summer Vacations

If there’s one upside to this scorching-hot weather, it’s the excuse to escape the city for a summer vacation. But don’t forget to secure your home for the summer before you go! These tips will help give you peace of mind that your house and home comfort system are safe and secure while you’re away. […]Read More

Reasons Your Air Conditioner Isn’t Working Like It Used To

Air conditioners typically have a lifespan of between 10 and 12 years. At that point, it’s not surprising for the unit to falter. But when a newer air conditioner is not working as well as it used to, it means something’s going on behind the scenes. Below, we’ll point out some of the possible reasons […]Read More

5 Things Smart Homeowners Do When They Move

Your move-in checklist probably covers all the basics: labelling boxes, changing your billing address, replacing the locks, and so on. But did you buy new batteries for the smoke alarms? What about an air duct cleaning?  They don’t take long, but these steps will help keep your family safe and healthy in your new home.  1. Take Photos of Your Empty House […]Read More

Can You Install Central Air Conditioning in a Heritage Home?

They don’t build homes like they used to. Heritage homes come with decades of charm and a warm, architectural design you can’t find in modern-day homes. But that architecture also creates challenges when it comes to installing modern amenities like air conditioning.   Most homeowners who have invested in a century home aren’t eager to tarnish its […]Read More

5 Ways To Keep Children Cool When The AC Breaks

Another school year is said and done. For many of us, that means the kids and grandkids will soon be spending a lot more time at home, taking over our refrigerators and living room TVs for a few months. Hopefully, your AC has had its yearly a check-up in preparation for what’s forecasted to be a very hot summer — otherwise, you could […]Read More

How To Improve Indoor Air Quality

Does the air in your home feel a bit…stale? Your first instinct is probably to crack open a window. That’s a great solution on most days, but not when there’s is a high level of air pollution outdoors. Although trends show our air quality is beginning to improve, residents of Toronto and the GTA still […]Read More

2018 Summer Weather Forecast In The GTA

After the winter we just had, we’re almost afraid to ask what the summer of 2018 has in store for us. Last year, our part of Canada saw lots of grey skies and torrential rainfall, contributing to a record-breaking rise in the shorelines of Lake Ontario. So, what’s to come for summer weather in the […]Read More

The 8 Biggest Hiding Places for Dust, Uncovered

Dust is everywhere. It’s a fact of life. No matter how diligently you clean, there will always be a few dust mites lurking in the darkest corners of your home. Knowing where to find them is key to keeping your place as neat and tidy as possible.   1. Carpeting and Rugs  Dust mites burrow deep within the fibres of carpeting. […]Read More

5 Laundry Room Tips for Cleaner Clothes

Have you noticed your clothes aren’t getting as clean as they used to? It could have to do with your laundry habits — or, your machine could be due for a dryer vent cleaning. Whatever the cause, these laundry room tips can help you get your clothes looking spotless and smelling fresh again. 1. Use […]Read More

7 Unique Ways to Deal With Spring Allergies

If you’re one of the 3 million Canadians who suffers from seasonal allergies, you might feel like you have tried everything to make your symptoms manageable. Unfortunately, dust and pollen don’t give up easily. It might be time to try one of the more unconventional ways to deal with spring allergies. From pet baths to […]Read More

We are 85 Years Young!

You wouldn’t know it from our youthful energy, but 2017 is the 85th anniversary of AtlasCare. This is a big milestone for our company. Over the coming year we will be offering some 85th anniversary specials so keep an eye out for them. We have had one employee, Dick Thomas, our vice president of the […]Read More

5 Steps To Take Before Switching Air Conditioner

Signs of spring abound in the city. The temperature’s rising, the days are growing longer, and the snow has finally melted away. Know what that means? Soon, it will be time again to fire up the air conditioner! But before you do that, you should ensure the unit is ready to operate efficiently. Take these […]Read More

Century-Old Cleaning Hacks to Try This Spring

We could all use a little extra inspiration to take on the spring cleaning that lies ahead. Instead of buying expensive new cleaning gadgets, why not try something different? Our grandparents always give tried-and-true advice, and these spring cleaning hacks are no exception! Wake Up Early and Plan Ahead You can accomplish a lot if […]Read More

What You Should Know Before Buying a Boiler

Late winter or early spring is a perfect time to upgrade your home heating system! The cold weather is fresh on your mind, and since there’s no rush, you can take your time to decide which unit is best for you. If your old boiler is on its last legs, now’s the time to replace […]Read More

Essential Facts On The Health Effects of Air Conditioning

We all know the link between indoor air quality and our health. But does it make a difference if the air circulates through an air conditioner? Is air conditioning bad for you? Before you switch on the A/C this summer, learn the essential facts about the health effects of air conditioning. Health Effects of Air […]Read More

5 Possible Red Flags For Your Home Indoor Air Quality

Have you ever stopped to think about just how much time you spend indoors? If you are anything like the average person, you have a roof overhead and four walls around you about 90% of the time. That means most of the air you breathe recirculates through a ventilation system — along with any airborne particles that populate it. As a homeowner, it is important to recognize what could […]Read More

How Indoor Air Quality Can Aid In Flu Recovery

The horrible flu that went around this winter reminded me that it has been some time since I wrote about indoor air quality. As we face these tough strains of flu, an aging population and young children with growing lungs who are especially vulnerable, it’s important to reinforce the benefits of having the purest indoor […]Read More

Should You Rent a Furnace or Air Conditioner in Ontario?

The option to rent your furnace or air conditioner (in addition to water heaters, which have long been a rental option) is now a reality in our marketplace. They allow for monthly payments and predictable repair costs that are more attainable for some than an initial cash outlay. When I ask someone why they might […]Read More

5 Furnace Mistakes That Could Cost You

A furnace is a tricky piece of equipment. Most people can tell when something goes wrong, but they don’t always know how it works ‘under the hood’. Unfortunately, there are many common misconceptions about furnaces, and some can lead to inconvenient (and costly) trouble for homeowners. Don’t be fooled — if you’re not careful, these […]Read More

6 Ways To Prepare Your Home For The Spring Floods

Spring is a time of year when many homes are at risk of flooding. Southern Ontario has already seen more its share of floods this past year, and officials in many areas are already warning residents to prepare for more. Unfortunately for us, the conditions that lead to flooding are becoming more and more frequent […]Read More

5 Ecobee Smart Thermostat Features You’re Missing Out On

Time flies! It seems like just yesterday that we first got our hands on the ecobee3 smart thermostat. Now, the Toronto-based company behind the ingenious technology is rolling out the ecobee4 in Canada. This next-generation device improves on its predecessors and comes fully-equipped with Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa. If you haven’t seen an ecobee smart […]Read More

5 Signs Your Home Could Use a Humidifier

Are your sinuses acting up? Do you find yourself catching a static shock whenever you enter your home? It could be a stroke of bad luck, but it’s more likely these are signs your home could use a humidifier. As the temperature drops, so does the level of moisture in the air. Low humidity is […]Read More

5 Steps to Keeping Pets Safe in Freezing Temperatures

Dogs and cats may be furry, but that doesn’t mean they can face winter alone. Frostbite and hypothermia are just as much as concern for animals as for you and I. Here are five steps that will help to keep pets safe in freezing temperatures. 1. Don’t Leave Your Pet Outside During Extreme Cold This […]Read More

7 Things Your Winter Storm Kit Needs

Winter storms are a fact of life here in Ontario. Each year, Mother Nature brings us at least one wallop of a storm that knocks out the power, sends trees toppling, and glazes the roads with a slick sheet of ice. That’s why your home should have a winter storm kit with essentials to keep […]Read More

Furnace Safety: 6 Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

There’s nothing worse than your furnace dying in the dead of winter. Very few furnaces up and quit after only a few years; most provide warning signs that trouble is ahead. As a homeowner, it’s your job to spot these signs and take action. Here are six furnace safety warning signs that you should never […]Read More

Still Cold? 4 Overlooked Areas That May Need Weatherproofing

Having an energy-efficient home is a priority for many Canadians these days. An increasing number of homeowners are choosing eco-friendly dwellings. Whether old or new, all homes require a careful annual inspection to identify spots that could use some extra attention in wintertime. Almost everyone thinks to check around doors and windows, but here are […]Read More

What Everyone Needs to Know About Their Gas Fireplace

Much as we complain about winter here in Ontario, there are some upsides to frosty weather. Cozy fires are one of them. A fireplace can be a comfortable heat source and a fond gathering place, and gas fireplaces offer both benefits at the click of a button. But many people aren’t sure what to think […]Read More

How to Protect Your Home from The Next Big Freeze

Last December ended with some of the coldest local temperatures on record and that trend carried right on into the new year. It was certainly the sort of weather that made you grateful for a warm and cozy home! In case history repeats itself, here are a few preventative steps that will help protect your […]Read More

What is a Heat Pump and Its Benefits for Homes?

All homeowners strive to find the home comfort system that will best serve their needs year-round, while also fitting within their energy budget. Most Canadians rely on air conditioning during the warmer months and a furnace when it gets cold outside. Wouldn’t it be great to have a device that does both? Heat pumps offer […]Read More

The Future of Heating Your Home

One inevitability in life is the continued advancement of technology. So many of the things we take for granted every day would have seemed like science fiction at the turn of the century. These changes extend into almost every aspect of our lives, including our home comfort systems. Here are some of the ways in […]Read More

5 Products to Turn Your Home Smart!

By now, you’ve probably heard the buzz about technology that can turn your home ‘smart’. But what is it that makes these devices so smart? A smart home device is one you can control with a remote, smartphone, tablet or even your own voice. Wireless connectivity has become a feature in everything from appliances to […]Read More

How To Know When It’s Time For A New Furnace

A furnace is the heart of your home heating system. You want it running with full efficiency, especially as we head into the coldest months of the season. However, when a furnace starts acting up, it may not be obvious whether it’s a question of repairing or replacing it with a new furnace. Your best […]Read More

How To Keep Hot Water Flowing Longer

At the end of a long and tiring day, there is nothing better than a hot shower…and nothing worse than having it turn cold on you! Running Out of Hot Water? Hot water woes are common in some households, especially ones with multiple family members. However, that need not be the case. Here are three […]Read More

No Heat? What to Check Before You Call

High on the list of the worst things that can happen in winter is having no heat. This is especially so in Canada, where our winter season is so cold, a house can become frigid in almost no time. Let’s say the awful has indeed happened: your furnace has conked out, leaving you with no heat. […]Read More

About Atlascare Social Responsability

When he opened the doors to Atlas Service Co. on Toronto’s Yorkville Avenue in 1932, Harry L. Bach had a modest vision: to provide an honest, reliable service for customers he cared about, while doing his best to care for the community around him. Today, we still do our best at AtlasCare to give back […]Read More

7 Ways to Get the House Ready For Winter’s Cold

Winter is on the way. By now, you have already cleaned up the yard, prepared the outside of your home, and made arrangements to swap out your all-seasons for snow tires. However, have you thought about what you still need to do inside your home this time of year? Here are seven ways to get […]Read More

AtlasCare Celebrating 85th Anniversary By Giving $8,500 To Charity

If there is a charity that’s close to your heart, you can give them a chance to land $5,000. Today, heating and air quality contractor AtlasCare launched Care to Share on its website and social media channels. The project invites employees, customers and community members to nominate as many different charities as they wish during […]Read More

5 Hidden Fire Hazards in Your Home

Home is where most of us truly feel safe, but have you thought about just how safe your home actually is? While almost all of us think about the obvious hazards and have basic safeguards in place for them, many fires result from threats that the owners had not even considered. Here are five hidden […]Read More

The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning

Did you know a single duct cleaning removes an average of six pounds of dust per home? The air inside your home is full of tiny particles like dust, pollen, and pet dander. When your furnace or air conditioner draws air, it also pulls in airborne particles.  Over time, these contaminants can build up inside […]Read More

6 Home Upgrades with the Best Returns

There are two main reasons people invest in home upgrades: to increase their enjoyment and quality of life, and to add resale value to the home. The home upgrades with the best returns are those that retain their value and provide a high return on investment, while also increasing your comfort and satisfaction. These 6 […]Read More

8 Ways To Improve Energy Efficiency In Your Home

Whether we want to admit it or not, fall is just around the corner and now is a perfect time to think about how to prevent the cold from creeping through our home…and wallets! Take the time to inspect your entire house and ensure there aren’t any major concerns before you begin winter-proofing your home. […]Read More

Indoor Air Can Be a Health Issue For Seniors

No doubt, come winter, many seniors will be outdoors skiing the day away. But for some, winter’s cold, ice and snow make venturing out a little more dangerous. Older adults spend as much as 90 per cent of their winter at home. It is a time to take a deep breath and just get through […]Read More

Energy Changes on the Horizon

Much is being reported in the press these days about the rising cost of energy. There is talk about renewable energy versus fossil fuel versus nuclear generated electricity; the merits of electricity versus natural gas and electric vehicles versus combustion engines. Don’t forget climate change and carbon reduction. There are a lot of “versus” on […]Read More

Heat Pumps – The Best of Both Worlds

Much has been said in the debate about electricity versus natural gas. The present government’s position is that they would like to get rid of natural gas. I don’t know when Ontario will drop natural gas, if ever, but it begs the question of which fuel you should use. After much consideration of the pros […]Read More

Big Change Means Big Value

The HVAC industry has tended to live at the bottom of the value chain for so long because there was no big energy penalty for not improving efficiencies. The government’s efficiency goals as laid out in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change are necessarily ambitious: lower carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 […]Read More

Rental Water Heaters: Challenging the Status Quo

Most HVAC appliances are now very efficient, and water heaters remain the last bastion of opportunity for energy improvement. We are seeing high efficiency water tanks and even heat pump water heaters enter the market. I have one in my home. The big challenge in this area is rental programs: owners of big water heater […]Read More

Rebates: The Clock is Ticking!

One thing is common among just about all homeowners: the need to be more energy efficient in the face of increasing costs. There is also the obligation to conserve nonrenewable energy sources for the sake of the planet and future generations. We all have many financial responsibilities these days: mortgage, education, insurance, taxes, utilities, groceries…the […]Read More

More Control = More Comfort

One of the big revolutions in the HVAC industry is around thermostats and controls in general.   The old round or rectangular thermostat with two switches and a mercury bulb are real dinosaurs. In fact, they’re being changed out with such volume that we have an industry recycling program to recover the mercury from old […]Read More

Working From Heights

Working off the ground has always meant taking additional care, and those men and women who regularly perform this duty are diligent when it comes to safety. However, accidents still occur and the government of Ontario has recently launched new legislation that it hopes will curb the number of injuries and deaths. It governs how […]Read More

Keep Those Dryer Vents Clear

Home energy efficiency is important to everyone and it pays to make sure that you are not wasting power. A big energy consumer in the home is the clothes dryer, and its cost to homeowners can add up. While you can take steps to prevent excessive dryer usage (e.g. wait until you have a proper […]Read More

Demystifying Duct Cleaning

Over the past couple of years, it has been a rare day when I have not received a phone call at dinner time from an overseas telemarketer trying to sell me duct cleaning, despite the best efforts of our government to establish do not call lists and issuing penalties for violators. In January 2013 CBC […]Read More

Teeing Off for MS – Our Annual Golf Tournament

Once again AtlasCare was pleased to be the lead sponsor for what’s become a vitally important annual fund raising golf tournament for the MS Society of Canada, Peel-Dufferin Chapter. The event was held on September 13 at the Royal Ontario Golf Club. We enjoyed spectacular weather and had a great turnout of golfers. We raised […]Read More

Helping Customers Escape Costly Water Heater Rentals

In our last issue of An Engineer’s Opinion, I announced that we were entering the water heater business with a new rent-to-own product. I also outlined some of the benefits of this type of product vs. renting for life. About half of the water heaters we installed over the summer were rent-to-own and the other […]Read More

A Message About Customer Service

Anyone who experienced it will not be surprised to hear that the summer of 2016 was the hottest since 2005, even though old guys like me have trouble remembering back that far. Constant demand over a sustained period of time tends to expose any weaknesses within a company’s processes. In our case, over the past […]Read More

Rental Furnaces and Air Conditioners

The whole issue of renting furnaces and air conditioners has been getting a lot of attention lately – largely for the wrong reasons. One reason why so many companies, including the big water heater monopolies, have gotten into renting furnaces and air conditioners is that they made so much money renting water heaters. While the […]Read More

Why Replace a Furnace and Air Conditioner Together?

I recently had to buy a new car, not because I wanted to but because my last one was stolen (that’s a story for another day). I decided to get the same model as one I had owned 10 years ago. The car was essentially the same in look and feel but was totally different […]Read More

Water heaters – rent or purchase?

As most of you are aware, there has been great upheaval in the water heater business. You have been besieged by unscrupulous door to door salespeople pretending to be utilities wanting to give you a “free” upgrade to your water heater. It got so bad at one point that the Ontario government enacted special legislation […]Read More

Duct Cleaning & Dryer Vents

It is hard to believe, but AtlasCare has been in the duct cleaning business for more than five years now. We got into the business in response to many requests from customers who were tired of being hounded by relentless telemarketers and wanted to have their ducts cleaned by someone they could trust. We took […]Read More

Carbon Monoxide. Danger Can Lurk In Your Furnace.

You’ve probably seen it in the news. The silent killer, carbon monoxide strikes again. Carbon Monoxide or CO often comes from heating appliances in your home such as your furnace, boiler or water heater. That’s why it’s worth it to have you heating system serviced annually to ensure safe operation for your family. Carbon monoxide […]Read More

9 Ways to Keep Your Home Toasty in Winter

  AtlasCare’s Dick Thomas, Vice President of Operations, was recently interviewed for by Walmart Canada’s Live Better Magazine, about saving heating costs during the cold months of winter.  We are honoured that Walmart thought so highly of our expertise in the Heating and Cooling industry and we are pleased to share this article with you […]Read More

Why Have Your Ducts Cleaned?

Before you turn your furnace on for winter warmth, remember that over the past year, your ducts have been building up pollen, dust, and even bacteria. So, when your furnace comes on you’ll be blowing all that buildup into your home. With windows closed tight, the debris stays in your air. If you’ve had a […]Read More

Dryer Vent Fire Dangers

Did you know that dryer vents can cause dangerous house fires? As you can imagine, the dry, fluffy material is highly flammable. The problem is, once there is excessive buildup, it can cause the dryer over heat and ignite the fluff. It can take just a few seconds once ignited to get out of control. […]Read More

Declining Dollar Drives Up Prices

If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve likely noticed that the Canadian dollar has been experiencing a dramatic decline. As I write this, the dollar is currently sitting at 0.91 cents American. That means that one U.S. dollar is worth $1.09 Canadian. While the dollar has seen some resurgence throughout the year, experts are […]Read More

Keep An Eye For Doorknockers

I recently got a call from a longtime customer asking me some questions about a boiler that a door-to-door salesman was trying to get him to rent. The homeowner told the salesman that he was under a maintenance plan with AtlasCare and that he was very happy with the service. The sales rep then assured […]Read More

Emergency Repair vs Maintenance (Part 1)

Q. Emergency Repair vs Maintenance. Which is more important? When you have no heat or no cooling, would you be prepared to wait for service because our technician was doing maintenance routine work for other customers? The answer we hear categorically is that you are not. Our customers want and expect fast emergency service, and […]Read More