The HVAC industry is divided into two categories, commercial, industrial and residential. Both categories are further subdivided into fields of service and installation. Residential HVAC installation refers to the HVAC professionals that predominantly work in people’s homes. In contrast, commercial HVAC installation refers to HVAC professionals that predominantly work in office buildings, warehouses and factories.
It is important to recognize that these two types of HVAC contractors undergo separate training and receive separate certifications and licenses. Northgate Construction Inc. can facilitate any and all requests for HVAC installation. The following page refers specifically to residential HVAC installation; if this is not what you are looking for we encourage you to visit our commercial HVAC installation page.
HVAC is an acronym that refers to three processes that regulate indoor environmental comfort. These processes are known as heating, ventilating and air conditioning. In some instances, the acronym is elongated to HVACR in order to incorporate the process of refrigeration.
At the risk of redundancy, heaters are used to generate heat for your home. This can be accomplished through a central heating system such as a boiler, furnace, or heat pump located in the basement or furnace room of your home. The heat is then transferred throughout the house by way of convection, or conduction, or radiation. Our residential HVAC company can ensure that your home is well heated during cold winter months.
Ventilation is a process characterized by the replacing of air in any space to replenish oxygen while simultaneously removing moisture, odour, smoke, heat, dust, airborne bacteria, or carbon dioxide. Ventilation is one of the most important aspects to maintaining acceptable indoor air quality. Ventilation techniques are commonly sorted into forced or mechanical ventilation and natural ventilation. Ventilation includes both the exchange of air between the inside and the outside as well as the total circulation of air within your house. Our residential HVAC company can help you get the most out of your HVAC system.
In contrast to a heater, air conditioners provide cooling and humidity control for your home. Fresh air is pulled into the air conditioning system where it is cooled by one of the following processes convection, conduction, or radiation. In instances where cooling is achieved by way of conduction, refrigerants such as water, air, ice, and chemicals are used to facilitate the process. Our residential HVAC company can build a system that will maintain the optimal climate during the scorching summer months.
For years, HVAC manufacturers have been trying to make their systems more efficient. The impetus for this initiative is threefold, soaring energy costs, increased awareness for environmental issues, and health benefits all inform the industry and create a need for continual innovation in the field. As such, residential heating and cooling is heavily regulated by a number of organizations that not only encourage continual innovation and refinement, but the highest of standards in safety, quality and performance.
Nothing will affect your comfort and enjoyment of your home more than a HVAC system. Despite their importance, residential heating and cooling systems are often ignored until they stop working altogether. People often forget that an old, underperforming HVAC system can cost them money by wasting energy. Clogged filters, dirty thermostats, sooty flues, leaky ductwork, and un-lubricated fan motors can reduce heating and cooling efficiency by nearly 25%.
It is your responsibility and in your best interest to determine if a residential HVAC contractor is properly certified, licensed, and insured. In Ontario, residential HVAC installers are designated as a compulsory trade. This means that residential HVAC installers must obtain a Certificate of Qualification or C of Q. Residential HVAC installation requires a fair amount of knowledge and expertise, and a C of Q verifies that the tradesman has participated in an apprenticeship program, and has passed all of the provincial qualification exams necessary to work in the field. As stated above, the HVAC industry is divided into commercial/industrial and residential. The C of Q certifications for commercial and residential HVAC installers are as follows:
→ Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic (C of Q)
→ Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic (C of Q)
A Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic is able to work on systems in residential, commercial, industrial or institutional settings. While a Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanics are restricted to systems that use a reduced amount of power. We are certified to complete work as both commercial and residential HVAC contractors.
Another important aspect of training and certification for residential HVAC installation is administered by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), under the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations (MCCR). We are residential HVAC contractors that have full license to install, alter, inspect, activate, purge, service, repair or remove any appliance of fitting to natural gas or propane gas.
The reality is that furnaces and air conditioners don’t snap together and plug into a wall. It takes a lot of tools and training to make the entire system functional. As residential HVAC installers, we are responsible for assembling and calibrating the units in your home.
This means that as residential HVAC installers, we have a knowledge base that is not restricted to just our trade. We have a good understanding of electrical work, plumbing and even framing. We know how to use hundreds of tools from a common screwdriver to refrigeration recovery units, and everything in between. An intimate knowledge of blueprints, schematics, building codes, OSHA regulations and safety equipment has ensured our success as residential HVAC contractors.
As you probably realize, an HVAC system is a significant investment that requires a great deal of planning and training to implement properly. As residential HVAC contractors, we inspect the system before making repairs. We understand that sizing an HVAC unit for your home is an involved process. If it is done incorrectly the HVAC system will not perform at full capacity and it will cost you money. As premium residential HVAC contractors, we will assess the system for air leaks, air flow and proper insulation to ensure that your entire system meets industry standards and the manufacturer’s specifications.
An important thing to consider when choosing to hire residential HVAC contractors is that they should be involved with the design and installation of the system to ensure that no details are overlooked. We are residential HVAC contractors who understand the value in remaining accessible and informing our clients through every phase of the job. Your satisfaction is important to us, which is why we provide ongoing service and maintenance for our systems.