HVAC Maintenance Tips for Winter

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As Canadians, one of the largest expenses comes from heating our homes in the winter months.  In older homes which are poorly insulated this may come at and even larger expense.  That is why it is imperative that we maintain our HVAC systems.  Most furnaces are going to be fuelled by natural gas; fewer are fueled by oil and electricity …

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How to Maintain Wood Burning Systems

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Wood has been used as a primary heating source by humans for eons. Now, wood burning systems are mostly used as a secondary heat source or to create a cozy environment.  There are many different types of wood burning systems and each one has its own unique characteristics. In this post, we will concentrate on two types of wood-burning systems, …

Are carpets good or bad?

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Fitted carpets have been used in houses for many years as they offer warmth and soft flooring material for family members to walk on.  Carpet is a magnet for allergens like dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and other potentially aggravating proteins. Allergens are antigens, typically proteins, that provoke allergic reactions like coughing and sneezing in people with hypersensitive immune …

Peripheral Drainage Systems & Sump Pumps

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Why Are Sump Pumps Installed? Sump pumps are installed in homes as part of a system that removes excess water from the foundation of the house. Sump pumps will typically be installed during the construction of a home but in some cases are installed after a house has had flooding or water penetration issues.  During the construction of a house, …