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A message from Gastech Solutions Inc regarding COVID19

We have been monitoring the Coronavirus carefully, and prior to the increase in cases, we began taking precautions, such as the use of 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, limiting physical contact, wearing gloves, booties, etc. We take our role in the community seriously and try to make every effort to ensure our clients are taken care of, but also that our technicians are safe as we enter our clients’ homes and businesses.

It is imperative that we begin to implement additional precautions for the safety of our community, staff, and clients:

1.) If you are sick or have been exposed to the Coronavirus, please cancel your appointment by calling us at 519-633-5106 or 519-933-9823

2.) Please avoid physical contact with our technicians and provide them with the 6-foot social distancing during the time of the appointment. We will greet you with a warm smile, but not a handshake at this time.

3.) Please consider disinfecting door handles that the technician might be required to use when in your home.  We have always utilized booties when in clients’ homes, but at this time all our technicians wear clean gloves as an additional precaution after using hand sanitizer.

4.) Masks can be utilized upon request, however, the CDC does not recommend masks for healthy individuals. Masks are only recommended for those that are sick.

5.) If a technician is sick, they will be asked to stay home and get well; therefore, we ask for your patience and understanding in case an appointment must be rescheduled.

We thank you in advance for your patience during this most challenging and unprecedented time. 

– The Entire Team at Gastech Solutions Inc

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Trane CleanEffects™

Trane has always been an industry leader in home comfort. Now, we’re setting a new standard for clean indoor air with the revolutionary Trane CleanEffects™, the world’s most effective whole-house air filtration system.
  • Removes up to 99.98% of allergens
  • Industry-leading clean air delivery rate
  • Low operating cost
  • no filters to buy

“Cleaning the air in your home is an important part of your family’s health. Trane is setting the standard, beginning with the world’s most effective whole-house air filtration system.”
CleanEffects™

Setting the standard in air quality, the Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner uses revolutionary technology that supplies your home with a cleaner, healthier environment, allowing you to breathe easier – literally. Remove up to 99.98% of airborne particles with our air cleaner for your home and say goodbye to worrying about breathing in harmful bacteria or allergens.

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For over 100 years, Trane has been building home comfort systems

LIFESTORY RESEARCH REPORTS: TRANE RECOGNIZED AS THE 2020 AMERICA’S MOST TRUSTED HVAC SYSTEM BRAND FOR THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

The Lifestory Research America’s Most Trusted® HVAC Brand Study explores shopper perceptions of HVAC brands and examines how each shopping event and brand encounter impacts customers’ overall value perceptions of the HVAC brand.

The study investigates the questions asked when people are shopping for a heating ventilating air conditioning system. What are the best HVAC brands? Which HVAC brands do people recommend? Which HVAC brand can you trust? What is the quality of different HVAC brands?

The study also identifies critical service standards that drive higher customer experiences and the bottom line. The study addresses HVAC shopper reviews and summarizes net promoter, quality reviews, purchase intent, as well as a variety of other metrics.

The HVAC brands that were found to be most recognized in the study were Trane, Carrier, Whirlpool, Lennox, Rheem, American Standard, Ruud, York, Bryant, Goodman, Heil, and Amana. Brand awareness and brand familiarity were used to determine if a HVAC brand was known well enough to be included in the national trust ranking. Trane received the highest Net Trust Quotient score and earned the #1 ranking of most trusted HVAC brands.

For over 100 years, Trane has been building home comfort systems. Trane is a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR). Every Trane system is tested in some of the most extreme conditions found in nature to ensure they’re truly unstoppable.

About Lifestory Research

Lifestory Research is a trusted national independent market research firm passionate about customers, employees, brands and the science of influence. Learn more at www.lifestoryresearch.com

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What temperature should I set my thermostat to in the winter to save money?

Find out the best temperature to heat your home and more ways your thermostat can help save you money this winter.

Constantly battling with your significant other over what temperature to heat your home? Good news, we’ve found an ideal temperature that keeps things cozy and saves energy too.

 

SET YOUR THERMOSTAT TO 68 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT IN THE WINTER

According to ENERGY STAR, setting your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) when you’re home is the ideal balance of comfort and energy efficiency. So why is 68 degrees the magic number? The energy-saving key is lowering the temperature (about 10-12 degrees Fahrenheit or 6-8 degrees Celsius) at night or when you’re away.

DON’T TURN THAT DIAL!

You can save as much as 10% a year in heating and cooling costs by turning back thermostats 7 – 10 degrees Fahrenheit for eight hours a day. Constantly raising or lowering the temperature throughout the day or forgetting to set it to the proper temperature can actually cost you more over time.

WHERE YOU PLACE YOUR THERMOSTAT MATTERS

Knowing the ideal home temperature and using your thermostat correctly won’t matter if you place it in the wrong part of your home. An interior wall, ideally near the center of the house is the best place for your thermostat. Also, keep in mind which rooms people use most since these are the rooms where you want the temperature to be the most comfortable.

5 AREAS TO AVOID WHEN PLACING YOUR THERMOSTAT

  • Areas in direct sunlight
  • Locations above air vents
  • Kitchens
  • Hallways
  • Near doors or windows

UPGRADE YOUR THERMOSTAT TO SAVE

Today’s more energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can deliver whole-home comfort while using less energy. But to get the most out of them, it’s best to pair them with an updated thermostat. While you can manually set your thermostat daily, programmable or “smart” thermostats can help you achieve energy savings, especially when you’re away from home.

PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS

Programmable thermostats allow you to set a variety of temperature preferences during the day for each day of the week. As great as programmable thermostats are – they only work if you use them properly. If you constantly adjust the temperature (or your significant other does) you’ll end up spending more, not less, on your energy bill.

SMART THERMOSTATS

Why not take the human element out of it and upgrade to a connected, smart home thermostat. These next-gen thermostats do more than just keep your home warm and cozy all winter (which they do very well), they learn your patterns and automatically adjust the temperature for max efficiency and energy savings. You can program them remotely, get real-time performance alerts and even hide the digital display with a screen saver of your choice.

INVEST IN AN ENERGY EFFICIENT FURNACE OR HEAT PUMP

Even when you’re setting your thermostat lower at night and while you’re away, you may not see your electric bill go down if your system isn’t running efficiently. Start small by reaching out to us and we will make sure it’s operating at its best. Small things like leaky air ducts, poor insulation or old filters can affect efficiency. If an HVAC upgrade is a right move for you, here’s what you need to know. A newer Energy Star certified system that has a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) or Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) rating will be 15% more efficient than older, less energy-conscious models. Newer systems can also improve your comfort since they typically feature multiple or variable heating stages. This type of heating system will keep your home consistently warm and reduce temperature swings. It also runs longer without the starts and stops that use excess energy – which can help lower your energy bill.

One Last Tip!

Want to know more about how to heat your home comfortably and save money doing it? Contact Gastech Solutions inc for a custom home heating and cooling system evaluation.

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Common Myths About Furnaces That Aren’t True

We’re putting some heat on these winter furnace myths.

Cooler weather doesn’t have to mean higher heating bills. Don’t fuel the fire of bad information— save your furnace and your wallet by separating fact from fiction.

furnace myths - FALSE-CLOSE YOUR VENTS TO CLOSE OFF HEAT

1. FALSE: CLOSE YOUR VENTS TO CLOSE OFF HEAT

FACT: It almost feels like common sense to close the vents to rooms you don’t need to be heated, but your furnace distributes heat equally throughout your home no matter what. Closing the vents to unused rooms only makes your furnace work harder and less efficiently— keep them open to keep air flowing freely.

 

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2. FALSE: IT’S NORMAL TO HAVE COLD FEET

FACT: Having cold floors in the winter means your home isn’t well-insulated, allowing the hot air you pay to get out. Check the sealing around doors and windows, or hire a professional to properly seal your home so you can walk around comfortably.

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3. FALSE: ALL YOU NEED IS EFFICIENCY

FACT: Having an efficient system is important if you’re trying to lower your bills, but it doesn’t mean anything if your home isn’t optimized for heating. Aside from checking your insulation around doors and windows, we can carefully inspect your system whether it be your furnace, air conditioner, or fireplace to make sure it’s operating safely and efficiently. Our licensed technicians will ensure your gas furnace’s venting and heat exchanger are operating safely to prevent any hazardous gas leaks in your home.

Become a Preferred Customer, Call Us to Schedule Your Maintenance 519-633-5106.

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4. FALSE: RUN YOUR SYSTEM INTO THE GROUND

FACT: If your old furnace is breaking down, you might be tempted to just replace the bad parts until it finally quits. Replacing a furnace may seem expensive upfront, but creating a frankenfurnace only causes your old system to work less efficiently and drive up your power bills.  Gastech can provide a new Gas furnace that runs on less energy and fits your family’s budget.

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5. FALSE: MAINTENANCE ISN’T MANDATORY

FACT: Don’t let small problems turn into large bills. Regular maintenance is necessary to keep your furnace in top shape. Gastech Solutions can help fix any issues you might have with your furnace, and you can schedule seasonal maintenance to keep your system running at its peak year-round.

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SAVE this winter with lower heating bills

7 Ways To Lower Your Heating Bill Right Now

Keep your house cozy without breaking the bank this fall and winter.

Want to lower your energy costs? Of course, who doesn’t? We’ve pulled together a list of easy energy-saving ideas from simple tips where you’ll see a difference right away to energy-efficient home upgrades that pay off year over year.

According to Energy Star, in the average household, almost half of the annual energy bill goes to heating and cooling – more than $900 a year. Following these money-saving tips can really add up and have a big impact on your family budget.

 

7 ways to lower your heating bill right now

  1. Open your curtains and blinds
  2. Check your insulation
  3. Seal your doors and windows
  4. Set your thermostat correctly for winter
  5. Create climate zones
  6. Run your ceiling fan clockwise in winter (really!)
  7. Upgrade to a high-efficient HVAC system

Take a closer look at our list and learn how you can put these ideas into practice in your home today.

  1.     OPEN YOUR CURTAINS AND BLINDS

Even on the coldest days, direct sunlight will generate heat when it hits a window. So, on sunny days, let the sunshine in. Best of all – it’s free!

Pro tip: open the blinds or curtains to let direct sunlight in and close them up once the sun moves away. Your blinds and curtains act as a secondary insulator and help keep cold air from seeping in.

  1.     CHECK YOUR INSULATION

If your attic or crawlspace isn’t properly insulated, your heating system has to work harder to keep your home at a consistently comfortable temperature. The more it works, the more it costs you. Foam insulation can settle after a year. Homes built in the ’70s or earlier should be checked out as insulation quality has come a long way since then. If you live up north where it gets really cold, try adding extra insulation to your garage door, it can make a big difference.

  1.     SEAL YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS

You don’t need to be Mr. or Mrs. DIY to check the seals of your doors and windows and replace cracked or worn weather strips. Be sure to seal all cracks, holes, and gaps around windows to prevent air leaks.

  1.     SET YOUR THERMOSTAT CORRECTLY FOR WINTER

Ok, so there really isn’t one perfect temperature to keep your home at during the winter. To get max efficiency out of your heating system all you have to do is use the built-in energy-saving functionality most of today’s thermostats have.

  • Programmable thermostats. Programmable thermostats allow you to set a variety of temperature preferences during the day for each day of the week. A good guideline for winter is to set it to about 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) when you’re home and lower it (about 10-12 degrees Fahrenheit or 6-8 degrees Celsius) at night or when you’re away. As great as programmable thermostats are – they only work if you use them properly. If you constantly adjust the temperature – you’ll end up spending more, not less, on your energy bill.
  • Smart thermostats. If you haven’t already, consider upgrading to a connected, smart home thermostat. Truth is, even though they can, most people don’t use their programmable thermostat properly. Smart thermostats take the human element out of it. These next-gen thermostats do more than just keep your home warm and cozy all winter (which they do very well), they learn your patterns and automatically adjust the temperature for max efficiency and energy savings. You can program them remotely, get real-time performance alerts and even hide that digital display with a screensaver of your choice. When connected, you can control lights, locks, and several other smart home appliances. Ask us to recommend the best thermostat for your home.
  1.     CREATE CLIMATE ZONES

The idea here is simple: direct more warm air to the rooms you use most. The DIY way to do this is to close the vents in the rooms you don’t use often. This forces your heating system to direct more warm air to where you want it. Take this concept to the next level by having an HVAC professional install a climate zone system, like the Trane ComfortLink™ II Zoning System. Trane uses exclusive motorized modulating dampers inside your ductwork to open and close in partial increments. That means heated or cooled air is directed where it’s needed, providing maximum comfort where you want it most.

  1.     RUN YOUR CEILING FAN CLOCKWISE IN WINTER (REALLY!)

Fans aren’t just for keeping you cool in the summer. Ceiling fans do a great job of circulating warm air that rises to the top of the room and distributing it throughout the house.

  1.     UPGRADE TO A HIGH-EFFICIENT HVAC SYSTEM

If your home heating and cooling system is over ten years old, it’s not going to have the energy-efficient SEER rating that is now standard. The majority of systems installed prior to 2006 are 10 SEER or lower.You can save up to 62% in energy costs with a more efficient system. Talk to us about upgrading to an ultra-efficient HVAC system today!

 

One final thought

Your home heating and cooling system is a large portion of your home energy budget. If you want to really understand your home energy use – and get custom energy-saving solutions, talk to us and schedule an in-home energy evaluation.

 

 

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GREAT RECIPE FOR FOOTBALL SUNDAY!

Smoked Gouda-Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers

Ingredients
2 links Mexican chorizo, casings removed

1/2 pound smoked gouda, shredded

1/4 cup finely chopped red onions

1 egg

1/2 cup cream cheese

3 tablespoons sour cream

1 tablespoon hot sauce

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

12 large jalapeno peppers, stemmed, seeded and halved

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Brown chorizo in a skillet over medium-high heat, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and place into a large mixing bowl. Add the cheese, red onion, egg, cream cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, and salt and pepper, to taste. Press into jalapeno halves and assemble on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until golden and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

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myFM Spirit Awards Nominations

myFM Spirit Awards Nominations

SOURCE: St. Thomas, ON, Canada / 94.1 St.ThomasToday.ca
Gastech Solutions Inc. is proudly sponsoring the 2019 myFM Spirit Awards!

Nominations are officially open for our 2019 myFM Spirit Awards. This year’s free event celebrating the best people, places and things in St. Thomas and Elgin County is being held at the St. Thomas Seniors Centre on October 25th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Thanks to your suggestions, we have officially picked our 50 categories for this year’s awards.

General Manager at myFM Samantha Wakefield says we did something new this year by allowing the public to choose not only the nominees, but the 50 categories.

You will be able to nominate your favourites in categories such as Best New Business, Most Influential Citizen, Best Restaurant, Top Teacher, and even Best Place To Buy Gas.

Nominations will be open until September 22nd, with voting beginning on September 30th.

For a complete list of categories or to nominate someone deserving of an award, head over to our website at stthomastoday.ca

Date: Friday October 25th 2019

Location: St.Thomas Seniors Centre

 225 Chestnut Street, St.Thomas

Time: 7pm-10pm

Nominations begin: Monday Sept 9th – Sunday Sept 22nd

Voting begins: Monday Sept 30 – Sunday Oct 13th

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE YOUR FAVOURITES!
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Your Guide for Back-to-School HVAC Maintenance

Now is the time to think about your back-to-school HVAC maintenance that will keep everything running smoothly, help lower monthly energy bills and give YOU Peace of Mind.

Here are a few quick tips to follow:

Schedule a System Tune-Up

The best way to keep your HVAC system running properly and efficiently all year round is to become a Preferred Customer and sign up for Gastech Solutions Precision Care Maintenance Plan. Our HVAC equipment is designed for optimal efficiency and comfort. Regular maintenance is the best way to ensure peak performance. These service check-ins can reveal leaks, rust or wear and tear, each season. A visit in the spring and fall will also improve its efficiency and prolong the equipment’s operational lifespan.

Clean or Change Your Air Filter

Your system’s air filter is constantly stopping pollutants and other particulates from re-entering your home’s air as the equipment is running. Maintaining your air filter is easy and routine maintenance will keep you breathing easier. Most filters are easy to slide or swap out, and it’s one of the few things you can do to maintain your filter without the help of a Gastech Solution Technician.

You should always double-check your user manual for specific recommendations, but generally speaking, it’s best to clean or change your filters once every 3 months. Remember, regular cleaning/changing of your filter will ensure the best filtration, increase the life of your machine, and give you peace of mind that you’re breathing easier.

Gastech Solutions can provide you with a year’s supply of proper air filters. Give the office a call 519-933-9823 for more information.

Look Around for Air Leaks

Small air leaks will force your HVAC equipment to run longer than it needs to, which will waste a great deal of energy and increase monthly energy bills. Two common places to find leaks are around the edges of doors and windows. Fix these trouble areas with caulking or weather-stripping.

Remove Debris from the Outdoor Unit

If your system has an outdoor unit, there’s a good chance that dirt and debris have collected around it, often including branches, leaves bird’s nests, animal droppings, and a slew of other items from nature. This can cause your HVAC system to run inefficiently, be sure to remove any debris near your unit.

If you’d like to know more about back-to-school HVAC maintenance, or have other home comfort questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office and talk to a pro 519-933-9823.

Proudly heating and cooling St. Thomas, Aylmer, Port Stanley, and surrounding areas.

 

Become a Gastech Solutions Preferred Customer Call the office today 519-933-9823

 

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Proud Sponsor of St. Thomas Peewee Baseball Team

Once again we had the privilege of sponsoring this amazing group of players and coaches!! Not only did they finish the year by taking second place in their year-end tournament but demonstrated what this game is all about positive teamwork!!

A big shout out to Jamie and Don the coaches, who did an awesome job of encouraging the players to stay positive no matter what, the players who constantly cheered their teammates on, and the parents who backed this team up 100%! Way to go Gastech Team Congratulations!!?⚾?

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