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 in creating communities that care for one another by sharing a little bit of love with those in need of a helping hand.

AtlasCare is proud to partner with Lennox as they donate brand new HVAC systems to deserving local heroes in our community. The program was founded in 2009 and since then has expanded across the U.S. and into Canada, installing over 1,200 furnaces.

There are 3 key ingredients to the Feel The Love campaign:

  1. Nominations: this requires the community to nominate someone in need that has actively been involved in giving back to their community while also facing their own difficulties
  2. Lennox donates brand new HVAC unit
  3. AtlasCare donates material, time and labour to install the units

A combination of all 3 of these ingredients is what makes the Feel The Love campaign possible.

This campaign means a lot to the team at AtlasCare because we are all about the communities we serve. Without community support, the success of our company would not be possible. As a result, we strive to give back wherever we can. At AtlasCare we also run our Care To Share program, which is a similar community initiative in which our team gives back to the communities that have helped us grow since 1932. As you can see, the community is at the heart of everything we do, which is why when Lennox presented us with this opportunity, it only made sense for us to be a part of this great initiative. We believe in their movement for change and want to support it wholeheartedly.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact throughout the world, affecting global physical and mental health and economic stability, not to mention the impact it has had on our loved ones. Now more than ever we are reminded of the importance of helping others. By joining forces with Lennox, AtlasCare is committed to making a difference. We are committed to working together to support the local heroes and frontline workers that continuously make courageous sacrifices for their communities. Not only are they selflessly putting other’s needs above their own since the pandemic began, but they are also saving the lives of so many.

Hoping to brighten the day and make a difference, Lennox will supply new high-efficiency heating or cooling equipment for selected nominees during Feel The Love Weekend, October 8 – 11, 2020. And the team at AtlasCare will provide the material, time and elbow grease to install these units to the deserving recipients. But we need your help! Without the help of our community, we won’t be able to identify these deserving individuals. This is why we are reaching out to you, to help nominate local heroes.

How Do I Nominate Someone?

Nominate someone in your community you feel is in deserving need of a new HVAC system. If you know someone that selflessly serves the community on a regular basis without looking for anything in return, they may be the perfect nominee. The focus this year is to bring hope and support to medical professionals, essential workers and those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. We ask that you share their story and why you feel they deserve this gift. The deadline to nominate someone in your community is August 21st, 2020. We encourage individuals across Ontario to nominate deserving local heroes in need of a safer, more comfortable home, especially as people will again begin to spend more time indoors. To nominate a member of your community visit AtlasCare Nomination Form today!
Help us give back by nominating a front line worker in your community. Let’s work together to make the world a better place, one community at a time.

Three people next to each other wearing feel the love shirts

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 time in our homes, we really notice it. The implication is that there must be something wrong with the air conditioner. The reality is that the air conditioner is doing exactly what it is designed to do. Standard design conditions for the Greater Toronto Area require an air conditioner on a 30°C day to be able to cool a house by 7°C down to 23°C. On a 33°C day, the temperature inside the house would rise to 26°C. Since houses and air conditioners are rarely exactly matched you can sometimes get an extra degree or two out of the system. That’s it.

How can I broaden the comfort range for my home?

The obvious solution is to put in an air conditioner that is one size larger. Problem solved. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. While you might be more comfortable on those extremely hot days, the tradeoff is that you would be very uncomfortable on all the other warm days. The AC unit would easily bring the temperature down to where you want it, but it would not run long enough to remove the high humidity we experience. The result would be a cold, clammy house. Not that comfortable.

Is there a good solution?

95% of all homes have a basic single-stage air conditioner. The good news is that we have 2 stage and variable stage air conditioners that can significantly stretch the comfort range so that you can achieve the temperature you desire while maintaining good relative humidity levels in your home. These AC units are also very efficient so that you don’t pay an energy penalty. This is what I have in my own home. It does require that you have large enough ducts to handle the extra airflow required. Another solution is to add cooling to specific areas of a house such as a master bedroom or home office. This could be in the form of a portable AC unit or a wall hung ductless type air conditioner.

I am always amazed at the expense and effort people will go to create beautiful indoor living spaces and end up being uncomfortable because they didn’t fully examine the options available for their HVAC system. If you want to be more comfortable in your home, invite an AtlasCare comfort advisor in to go over your options. We pride ourselves on bringing solutions not boxes.

Roger Grochmal, P.Eng.