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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 Air Conditioner Sizes are Measured First, let’s look at how air conditioner sizes are determined. An AC unit’s…
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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…

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 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…

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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…

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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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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…