Recalled Portable Air Conditioner Causes Fire in Toronto
Last week, Toronto Fire Services were called to a building in Toronto for a reported structure fire. The cause of the fire was determined to be from a portable air conditioner that had been recalled by Health Canada in December of 2016.1 The recall was initiated because the portable air conditioners could overheat—causing a fire hazard. It’s estimated that 36,000 of the recalled portable air conditioners were sold in Canada.
If you use a portable air conditioner, please check that it is not affected by the recall.
A Better Option
People often think they only have two choices when it comes to their home comfort—either live with the original cooling (and heating) systems in the home or use portable air conditioners (and heaters) to try and stay comfortable. However, there is another option available—ductless mini-splits.
Ductless mini-splits work by utilizing an outdoor unit and an even smaller indoor unit, but, unlike traditional central air conditioners, there are no ducts required. Instead, the unit works with only a 3-inch hole in the wall where a single pipe runs through.
There are many benefits when you choose ductless over portable air conditioners or heaters.
- Easy installation: Since there are no ducts required, there is also no major construction or disruption and installation usually takes less than a day.
- Quiet and Comfortable: Unlike portable air conditioners or window AC units that can be extremely loud, ductless mini-splits are quiet in operation while providing total home comfort.
- Efficient: Ductless mini-splits are extremely efficient and will not significantly increase monthly hydro bills—unlike portable and window AC units.
- Safer Option: Ductless units are more secure than window air conditioner units. Window units can easily be pushed in during a break-in, but ductless unit work with only a small connection between the units.
If you currently rely on portable air conditioners (or heaters) to keep you comfortable, consider investing in a ductless mini-split. A1 Air Conditioning and Heating is proud to offer the new Daikin Emura.
A1 is proud to offer all our customers our commitment to high-quality service and care. We put your needs first to ensure your ultimate home comfort!