Look after your Air Conditioner

Look after your Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner is like a best friend in the hot summer months, but can cost your greatly if not maintained.

Nearly half of your energy bill comes from your heating and cooling cost. With summer quickly approaching, now is the best time to ensure your equipment is running at its optimal performance. 

Simple things like having a dirty air filter and coils can greatly decrease the efficiency of your system. Cleaning or replacing you air filter routinely will go a long way to keeping your system operating well.

Refrigerant leaks can create all kinds of trouble. A system that does not have the proper level of refrigerant will not operate properly and damage the compressor, which is the heart of the AC system. There are many cases where a failed compressor caused extensive downtime.

Contractors also need to be checked on a regular basis, as this component works at length, especially in the summer. If they become burned or pitted the can cause premature compressor failure or a nuisance service call.

air conditioner - factsFacts:

  • Approximately 44% of your energy bill is heating and cooling
  • A dirty coil raises your energy bill by more than 20%
  • Changing your air filter can save you up to 5% because the AC Unit will not work as hard.
  • A programmable thermostat, such as a NEST, can save you over $150/year
  • Studies have shown with a regular tune-ups an AC unit will maintain 90% of its original efficiency. This means that the cost of the annual tune-up is recovered very quickly in energy savings.

Some parts of this in-depth annual checkup require disassembling an air conditioner unit, so we suggest having a professional HVAC company conduct these inspections.

Caon Services Inc. offers free estimates for all work required so don’t hesitate to contact us today via email or call 403-279-6641. Lets discuss getting your Air Conditioner ready for the hot summer months, they’re just around the corner. 

MagnaTherm Boiler

The latest product developed by LAARS Heating Systems Company named the MagnaTherm was installed a month ago by Caon Services in a 25 story building in Calgary, Alberta. Below is some exciting information showcasing this new product.

The MagnaTherm is a large commercial high efficiency boiler which comes in six different sizes from 1.6-4 million BTU. Every commercial heating system is unique and as such requires a boiler that can respond to system fluctuations, while maintaining the energy conservation standards held by today’s building owners.

Such a boiler now exists in the innovative Laars MagnaTherm. On board every boiler is MagnaTherm’s unique VARI-PRIMETM control that allows building owners to save thousands of dollars over the life of the boiler due to dramatically reduced energy costs versus a typical on/off pump arrangement. Only the Laars MagnaTherm includes the VARI-PRIMETM control that balances combustion, air flow and water flow on every boiler!

The small footprint, slim vertical design and removable top section help it to fit into tight mechanical rooms. Its optional electrical packages allow for easy pairing with various field supply voltages. The large easy-to-navigate color touch screen display results in quick setup and diagnostics and allows up to 8 MagnaTherm’s to be controlled in a cascading boiler bank.

The MagnaTherm Advantage

  • VARI-PRIME™ boiler pump flow control for optimized installed efficiency
  • AHRI certified 95% efficient condensing operation
  • Fully modulating 5:1 Turndown
  • Stainless Steel, gasket-less heat exchanger
  • Multiple voltage options to easily match building service
  • A large, easy-to-navigate color touch screen display
  • Less than 10ppm NOX emissions
  • Small, lightweight vertical design
  • Knock down feature for tight retrofit jobs
  • Designed and Made in the USA!

To learn more about the MagnaTherm watch these videos from Laars;

If you believe your company could benefit from the MagnaTherm contact Caon Services today via e-mail or call 403-279-6641.

Caon’s Christmas Hours

Caon’s Christmas Hours

Caon Services Inc. will be working a modified schedule during the Christmas Season. Please note our hours below, and as always the 24 hour emergency line will remain open.

Caon would like to wish all of our clients, employees,  friends and family a very Merry Christmas and wish you all the best in 2016!


Thursday Dec 24th              closed at noon

Friday Dec 25th                   closed – Merry Christmas

Monday Dec 28th                closed

Tuesday Dec 29th                regular hours

Wednesday Dec 30th          regular hours

Thursday Dec 31st               closed at noon – Happy New Year!

Friday Jan 1st                       closed

Caon will be back to the regular hours January 4, 2016.

Dual Filter

Dual Filter

The Neodymium Dual Filter Assembly is comprised of a primary Rare Earth Magnet which collects all ferrous materials in the heating system. The Rare Earth Magnet has become extremely popular in almost all technology applications, as they are extremely strong for their small size and resistant to heat. If you have a dirty boiler system you will be very impressed with the results!

This design was first realized by Trung Tran, one of the most innovative senior building operators in Calgary, who wanted to eliminate numerous service calls on pump seals. He started looking for the optimal way to eliminate ferrous particles from a system in one of the buildings he managed. The water in his system went from black to crystal clear within weeks of installing the Neodymium Magnets.

Trung was gracious enough to allow Caon Services Inc. to use his design as part of our dual system. Greg Plowright, an account manager at Caon, adapted the side to incorporate a secondary filter to collect non-ferrous particles as well, with fantastic results.

Dual Filter

Magnet Design

Most of today’s pumps contain magnets in the rotor where ferrous particles can collect causing potential problems with the pumps performance. The secondary post filter consists of a very fine cotton filter that removes larger ferrous and non-ferrous materials larger than 10 Microns which is standard in hydronic heating systems.

Dual Filter

Installed Side Stream Filter Assembly

It’s a good idea to keep any hydronic system clean for a number of reasons

  • less erosion and corrosion
  • better heat transfer
  • fewer problems with things like mechanical seals, etc.
  • Iron oxide particles that can cause problems

One of the easiest ways to get your systems clean and keep them clean is to use a side stream filter assembly. A portion of the system flow is diverted through the filter assembly constantly collecting particulates for the hydronic heating system.

Built in site glass, shows exact flow rates through the filter assembly allowing the operator a visual indication of when the filter system requires maintenance.

  • Double O-ring on filter housing for reliable leak free cartridge replacements is very important to ensure less hassle
  • Extremely Powerful Rare Earth bar Magnet attracts all ferrous particles passing by the magnet
  • Ball valve drain with hose connection and cap ensures safe fluid handling
  • Comes with standard DOE 10 micron cotton wound filter cartridge (other sizes available based on application filters available)

Get rid of ferrous impurities and ultra clean your system by installing a Neodymium Dual Stream Filer in your system. Contact Caon Services Inc. today to discuss your system and the requirements, call or email.



Advanced VFD Booster Pump

Advanced VFD Booster Pump

Caon Services Inc. recently installed an advanced VFD booster pump package at a high rise in downtown Calgary. The property managers had installed new hands free fixtures, and the outdated booster pumps would not maintain the proper pressure.

Caon teamed up with our partners at James Electrics, who supplied the Grundfos advanced VFD booster pump needed to fix the pressure in the high rise. These pumps are highly efficient variable speed drives, which ensure the exact pressure is maintained in the building at all the plumbing fixtures.

Greg, Carson and Tim from Caon, worked after hours to ensure service was not interrupted, and the project went off without a hitch. Now the building tenants can use the new hand free fixtures without worrying about pressure.

If you have, or are looking into, installing new fixtures it’s always a good idea to ensure your existing pumps will provide adequate pressure. Give Caon Services Inc. a call today and discuss what may be required for your building today.