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How Do I Know What Size Air Conditioner I Need For My House?

When buying a new air conditioning system, it must be an appropriate size to handle your cooling needs. But how do you determine the right size of AC unit you need to efficiently cool your home? How To Estimate Air Conditioner Size in Tons First, let’s look at how air conditioner sizes are determined. An…

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9 Sensors Every Smart Home Needs

Today’s homeowners know how important it is to protect their investments, whether from intrusion, fire, earthquake or flood. But you can’t always be at home and every second matters when things go wrong. Smart home devices and sensors can make the difference for time-sensitive emergencies by saving you time, protecting your possessions and preventing anxiety.…

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8 Ways Your Smart Home Can Save Energy

Energy costs are cutting more and more into household budgets, and families are beginning to look to smart home energy solutions to shrink their monthly utility bills. Smart home devices like thermostats and appliances are highly efficient because they can automatically adjust to changing energy needs. Plus, they can detect inefficiencies so electricity, water and…

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Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Which water heater works best for your property?  Trying to figure that out can be a daunting task, especially when you’re unsure of the advantages and disadvantages of each one. Tank and tankless water heaters, for example, offer numerous benefits for different industries and property types, but they both come with their share of cons.…

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Hospitality and Mechanical Systems

The hospitality industry has had to significantly increase its safety protocols for the health and well-being of guests and employees over the last two years. Still, of 3,000 North Americans who were surveyed, 74% were anxious about poor indoor air quality when entering buildings, showing that more needs to be done for all occupants to…

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How to Install a Window Air Conditioner in 7 Steps

We all know how scorching hot Canadian summers can be — and how the heat can make it uncomfortable in our homes. If your living space isn’t set up for central AC, a window air conditioning unit is an effective alternative to stay cool. And while installing a window air conditioner by yourself may seem…

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How to Troubleshoot a Furnace: 10 Common Problems and Solutions

Your furnace is one of the most complex appliances in your home. So when it stops working there is no time to lose. Here is a troubleshooting checklist that’ll help you narrow down the problem. 1. Is your thermostat set to “Heat”? To troubleshoot a furnace, start with the obvious. Is your thermostat set to…

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 What to Do When Your Pipes Burst

Every homeowner who lives in a cold climate knows the dread of a burst pipe. The damage, the expense of fixing it and the hassle of dealing with insurance claims are enough to give anyone nightmares. Knowing what to do if your pipes burst can help — but taking proactive steps to prevent it from…

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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…

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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…