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 Is It Time to Replace Your Furnace?

How long does a furnace last? The answer depends on a number of factors, but most furnaces will work reliably for about 15 to 20 years. With proper maintenance, some can last as long as 30 years. But eventually, no matter how well you care for it, your furnace will reach the end of its…
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DIY HVAC Inspection Tips for Home Buyers

If you’re about to buy a home, you’ll want to make sure the furnace, air conditioner and other HVAC equipment look good before taking possession. Heating and cooling systems can be expensive, so it’s in your best interest to know in advance whether everything is in peak condition — or if something has to be…

The Complete Home Inspection Checklist for First-Time Home Buyers

A home is probably the biggest, most valuable purchase you’ll ever make. So you want to be sure any house is in good condition before you seal the deal. A home inspection can either help confirm you’re making a wise investment or expose issues that might make you reconsider your decision to buy. This checklist…

 The Go-to Furnace Maintenance Checklist

Like all equipment in your home, your furnace benefits from maintenance to make sure everything is clean and running properly — and to take care of any necessary adjustments or repairs. Doing this on a regular basis, even if nothing appears to be wrong with your furnace, helps ensure your home stays comfortable and can…

Why You Should Treat Your Water with Reverse Osmosis

When you have impurities you want to remove from your home’s water, reverse osmosis is one of the most effective ways to do it. Water treated with reverse osmosis is crystal clear, tastes great, and is ideal for drinking, cooking and cleaning. What Is Reverse Osmosis? Reverse osmosis is a type of water filtration that…

How to Prepare Your Home for Extreme Weather: Heatwaves and Cold Snaps

Living in Canada has always meant hot summers and cold winters. But as our climate changes, extreme weather is becoming more common, including cold snaps and heatwaves that can have a big impact on you and your family. Here are some tips to help you prepare your home for not only the typical annual temperature…

How to Test for Hard Water

If you’re seeing spots on your dishes when you pull them out of the dishwasher or your soap doesn’t lather properly, there’s a good chance you have hard water in your home. Sometimes, the signs of hard water will be obvious: you’ll see the telltale scaly white build-up in your sinks and appliances. But if…

2022 Beginner’s Guide to Smart Home Technology: Products and Tips

These days, smart technology is everywhere. You can get smart versions of just about anything, from your front door to your cooking appliances to your HVAC equipment. If you’re thinking about investing in some smart home technology, this guide will help you get started. What Is a Smart Home? A smart home is a home…

Do I Need a Water Softener?

Water hardness is a key characteristic of water quality. While hard water has no serious health effects, soft water is easier on your pipes, appliances, clothes, skin and hair. For these reasons, if the water in your home is naturally hard, you’ll probably want to invest in a water softening solution. What Is Hard Water?…

Renovating a Kitchen: Tips and Considerations

The kitchen is often considered the “heart” of a home. But if your kitchen is cramped, dark, not very functional or just not to your taste, it can be hard to truly feel at home in it. Sometimes a quick fix is all you need, such as painting the cabinets or upgrading the appliances. In…