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Home Efficiency Tips

How to choose the perfect Air Conditioner (AC) for your home


Summer is at our doors, and soon our homes will be too hot for comfort. It’s now time to think about getting an Air Conditioner (AC) or upgrading your old unit to make sure you can stay cool this summer and navigate through the heat wave like a pro. Before you go ahead with your… MORE

Test your Air Conditioner (AC) before the heatwave


We often take for granted that our ACs will work forever… but in real life, it’s often when we are in the middle of a heatwave that it will stop working. In order to avoid problems and resorting to sleeping in the basement, it is important to check your AC or have it checked by… MORE

How to Live Life in the Smart Lane


Can’t remember if you locked the door before you left? Not sure if you turned off the water valve after you’ve already boarded your flight? Want to see who’s at the front door while tending to the needs of a very energetic toddler? No problem. Just check your smart home app. These days, keeping your… MORE

Useful tips to make sure your Air Conditioner (AC) runs smoothly


A well-maintained Air conditioner (AC) will run more efficiently, last longer and help you save money on your electricity bill, along with providing you with cleaner air. With proper care, it can often last you up to 10-15 years or even longer, especially if you have it inspected and serviced yearly or every couple of… MORE

New Home, New You, and New HVAC Responsibilities


You’ve got the keys, put out the welcome mat, and have decided where every piece of furniture is going to go; now for the non-Instagram-worthy tasks. Which, while not as glamorous nor exciting, are just as, if not more, important. Here is a list of home maintenance to-dos for a fresh start in your new… MORE

Winterizing Tips to Protect your Home and Save Money


When the cold front comes in, the name of the game is to keep it out while reducing energy costs and avoiding major repair headaches once the ice thaws. Getting your home prepared for winter in Canada is a must. Here’s how: According to Hydro One, up to 40 percent of home heat loss in… MORE

Yay, You Got a Programmable Thermostat. Now What?


Set and forget. That’s the name of the game here. By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to make the most of your programmable thermostat and live in comfort. First and foremost, a programmable thermostat is a device that detects indoor air temperature which allows the heating and cooling equipment to operate and achieve… MORE

How to choose the right water heater size


According to Natural Resources Canada, water heating represents 15 to 25 percent of our household energy bill and it is the second largest portion of energy utility costs, after home heating. So before calculating the right water heater size you need for your household, you should consider switching to an eco-friendly water heater. Next you have… MORE

How to Live in a Perfectly Cooled World: A Guide to Air Conditioning


Did you know there’s a temperature that’s best for comfort and productivity? According to a study by Cornell University, the ideal temperature for office work is around 77°F (25°C) and according to chief of sleep medicine Ralph Downey III, the optimal temperature for getting a good night’s sleep is between 65–72°F (18–22°C). The best temperature for hanging ‘round… MORE

Choosing the right furnace for your home


Getting the right furnace is all about choosing the best product and the right size for your home. Most people only start thinking about their furnace when it breaks down during the cold winter months. However, if your furnace is old or if you are buying a new home, a little research can help you… MORE

How to Prepare Your AC for Winter


Sweater weather. Cranberry sauce. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The sound of leaves crunching underfoot. The signs are real. Summer is officially over and it’s time to transition from cool to cozy. We all know how to prepare for colder weather – thicker coats, thermal undershirts, woolly socks, the whole kit and caboodle. But when it comes… MORE

How to Check Your Furnace Before the First Snowfall


For a Canadian, fall is the perfect season. Not too hot, not too cold, just the right weather for a knitted toque. It is also the right weather to check up on the one thing you’ll need when temperatures drop below zero—your furnace. Follow these steps to ensure your furnace is ready to take on… MORE

Reasons Why You Should Seriously Consider Getting a Maintenance and Protection Plan.


There are probably a few things on your to-do list that you’ve been putting off. You’ve probably said to yourself, “eh, there’s always tomorrow”, picked up your phone, scrolled through several newsfeeds and called it a night (a routine that’s been happening for weeks now). We get it. We’re all in the same boat. Well,… MORE

6 ways to save money with Air Conditioners


We often talk about the high cost of heating a home during our long Canadian winters, but during the summer your air conditioner can also increase your electricity bill. How can you use it wisely while staying cool? Here are some useful tips: Get a programmable or a smart thermostat. There is no need to run… MORE

Don’t Guess. Know When to Replace Your Furnace.


Ever been in a house where one room feels like the arctic and another like the tropics? Is that house, your house? If so, you might be in the market for a new furnace. But just to make sure that’s the case, look out for the following telltale signs. Telltale Sign #1 Not all noises… MORE

Take a Deep Breath. It’s Time to Upgrade Your HVAC and Enjoy Cleaner, Safer Air.


Breathe in, breathe out. The quality of the air we breathe is more important now than ever before. We’re spending so much of our lives indoors, it’s crucial that we make sure it’s clean and safe. Just like the outdoors, the air in our home contains moisture, odors, allergens, and other pollutants but unlike the… MORE

Some Plumbing Problems are Easy to Fix, Others Should Never be Underestimated


Drip … drip … drip. Plumbing problems are not only annoying, they create a hole in your wallet. Whether it’s a leaky faucet, a slow-draining sink or low water pressure, fixing the issue is often achievable by the average homeowner, but it requires the correct tools and the ability to assess what the problem is.… MORE

All You Need to Know About Duct Cleaning


Why you should clean your ducts There are many reasons why you should get your ducts cleaned, the first one is your health. Dirty ducts can create interruptions of airflow and increase the percentage of airborne contaminants, often leading to health problems like allergies, asthma, headaches, sneezing and respiratory infections. Did you know that indoor… MORE

So You Think You Can Repair: Electrical Edition


So, you want to make some electrical repairs. We’ve all been there, and we say, always start small and never bite off more than you can chew. It’s easy to underestimate the size of an electrical project as a new homeowner, especially after binge watching a series of home-renovation shows. Even though there are a… MORE

How to Reduce High Humidity at Home and Enjoy the Best of Summer


Having trouble sleeping? Finding your doors sticky? Do the rooms smell musty? If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you may have high humidity (or too much moisture) in your home. First, a quick rundown of why high humidity in hot weather causes so much personal discomfort. When your body is too warm, it produces sweat to… MORE

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