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CREATING COMFORT NEWS 2013
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December 2013

Air Filters
 

A step in improving the air quality in your home is through the use of air filters.  As air is cycled through the house, air filters remove dust, pollen and other allergens from the air.  Not only does this keep the air in your home clean, it also helps keep your HVAC system clean. 

MERV – Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value – is a scale of measurement to rate the effectiveness of air filters.  The rating is from 1 to 16, and the higher the MERV rating, the higher percentage of particles captured.

Click here for more information about Lennox Healthy Climate MERV 10 & MERV 16 air filters.




November 2013

HRVs & ERVs

Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) is becoming a staple in newer homes and remodeled homes that have energy efficient upgrades.  Improved weather stripping and insulation make homes more air-tight, and because all buildings need adequate ventilation, an HRV is a solution that promotes energy efficiency.   HRVs provide a steady flow of fresh outdoor air inside the home, while driving out stale indoor air.  The HRV exchanges the air, warming the cool fresh air with the heat from the indoor air before it is forced outdoors. 

Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) is suitable for year-round ventilation.  An ERV works similarly to an HRV, but an ERV help control the humidity in the home through the winter and summer months.  In simple terms, during the summer months when the humidity level outdoors is higher than the level indoors, the ERV limits the amount of moisture coming into the home.  During the cold winter months, when the outdoor air is dry, the ERV limits the amount of moist air being pushed out of the home. 


Click here for more information on Venmar and their products.

For more information on HRVs and ERVs, or to get a quote, call us today 519-579-5037.





October 2013

Humidifiers

Humidification is essential for the dry winter months.  Improve your air quality and keep your home comfortable.  Portable humidifiers are easy to set up, but are only effective for one room at a time.  Humidifiers that are installed with your central heating and cooling system provide total home comfort.  Most humidifier brands are being produced with energy-efficiency as their top priority.  Humidifiers are designed to save:  Save energy, save money and save time for the consumer. 


   


September 2013

Furnace Service

 

Summer rolls into fall, kids are back to school, the leaves are changing colour.  It's that time of year again - time to have your furnace serviced.  Now is the perfect time to have your entire system serviced - have your air conditioner cleaned so it will be ready for next season, and have your furnace cleaned so it will be ready for cold winter months ahead.  Book your service now!
Here are some of the items we check during our 22-point inspection:
  • Check operation of safety limit controls, thermostat, pressure switches & vent blower
  • Lubricate blower motor & bearings as required
  • Check blower speed & operation
  • Check & adjust pilot light
  • Inspect & clean burners, check gas piping to furnace, inspect primary & secondary heat exchanger, check for elevated carbon monoxide levels
  • Clean & inspect equipment exterior
Call us at 519-579-5037 to book your furnace's annual maintenance, or click here to set up an appointment.
 
August 2013


Water Softeners

You might ask yourself “Why do I need a water softener?”  Waterloo Region has a hardness level of around 30 grains of hardness.  By installing a water softener, you will extend the life of your faucets, your appliances and the water pipes in your home.  You’ll need less laundry soap, shampoo and dish detergent.  Softer skin, no spots on dishes and cleaner clothes are all benefits of having a water softener installed.  A water softener is quickly becoming a must-have for this region.

Novo 485 Super High Efficiency water softeners save big on water, salt and money.  

       


Click here for more information on Novo Water Conditioning Products. 

For a quote on a water softener or more information call us at 519-579-5037 or click here





July 2013

Bathroom Faucets


Don't let this happen to you!

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When searching for a bathroom faucet, there are many things to consider, like style, colour, and function.  Here is a list of other things to consider –

  • When picking the faucet, consider who will be using the faucet.  Will the faucet be used primarily for children or by adults?  Will the handles be too big or too small for the hands that use them?  Is there a need for a motion sensor?

  • With the variety of faucets come a variety of colours.  When selecting a faucet, keep in mind that water spots and cleaning product residue tend to be more noticeable on darker finishes.

  • Size matters!  Make sure your faucet not only fits your sink (wall mount, single hole, center set or widespread), but also proportionally fits your sink.   Some faucets are built smaller and larger than others so consider the size of faucet versus the size of sink when you are making selections. 



 
 

Moen 90 Degree Single Hole Basin Faucet

American Standard Ariana 4” Centerset Basin Faucet

Kohler Archer 8” Widespread Basin Faucet

Brizo RSVP Wall Mount Basin Faucet


And when it comes to installation, give us a call!  519-579-5037 or click here.

Click for more information on Moen, American Standard, Grohe, Kohler and Brizo faucets.


June 2013

Air Conditioning

The summers can get pretty hot.  Air conditioning makes the hot sticky summer months tolerable by keeping us cool and dry when the outdoor air is heavy and humid.   Stay cool this season with an energy efficient air conditioner.  Air conditioning has evolved so much in the last 30 years.  There was a time when air conditioners were loud and used a lot of energy to run.  With newer air conditioner models on the market, homeowners no longer have to sacrifice home comfort for energy savings.  As people concentrate more on going green and being eco-friendly, air conditioners are being built as energy-efficient as possible, keeping running costs low, and keeping the temperature comfortable.   

                                       

Having annual maintenance on your air conditioner is also important for keeping costs down.  A clean central air system will work more effectively and efficiently, and you can rest assure that your air conditioner is working at optimum productivity. 

This year, take advantage of the Cool Savings Rebate from the Ontario Power Authority.  Receive up to $650 in rebates by replacing an old furnace and air conditioner with a qualifying system.  Call to speak with an estimator today for more information – 519-579-5037.  And until June 14, 2013 take advantage of the Lennox Spring Rebate, call for more information. 




May 2013

Kitchen Sink

 

When it comes to kitchen sinks, the variety of sizes, materials and styles is so great that it can make picking just one a very difficult task.  In some cases, the kitchen can be the most used room in the house, a gathering place to prepare food, eat meals and make conversation.  With that, the kitchen sink becomes more than a resting place for dirty dishes – it can be a fixture with as much personality as the rest of the room. 

 
Some recommendations when selecting a kitchen sink –

-          If you have granite countertops, it’s best to go with an under-mount sink.  This allows the countertop to be shown off without having the edge of the sink covering any of the granite. 

 

-          When selecting a stainless steel sink, the gauge is important.  The lower the number, the thicker the steel.  So for example, a 16 gauge sink will be quieter and more durable than a 20 gauge.  The different gauges vary in price, so be mindful of that when selecting a sink.

 

 

-          Size Matters!  Make sure the sink you select is the right size for your cabinet.  Most manufacturers state on the specifications what the minimum recommended cabinet length required is, and from there you can decide whether you can have a single, double or triple sink.  So be sure to check the specs.  And check with your contractor or plumber – he/she might be able to accommodate a sink by rerouting the plumbing or moving some cabinets.

 

-          If you are selecting a drop-in sink, consider how many holes you will need for the faucet (single handle, double handle), and other accessories such as pantry faucet, spray hose, soap dispenser, water filter etc.  Remember - extra holes can easily be covered, but making new holes can be a difficult task.



Learn more about Kindred sinks. 

Learn more about Franke sinks. 

Learn more about Blanco sinks.  


April 2013

Furnace Maintenance

Tuning up a car is second nature to most drivers.  Tuning up a furnace should be no exception.  Annual maintenance on the furnace ensures yours furnace is running at optimum efficiency, it helps prevent costly repairs, and keeps the manufacturer's warranty intact.


Build-up of dirt on blower wheel can lead to early wear and tear.


Have a look at some of the benefits of furnace maintenance -
  1. A clean furnace runs more efficiently - a furnace operating at optimum efficiency means it isn't running as long or as hard to heat your home, saving on energy consumption.
  2. Some repairs can be avoided by having your furnace checked on a regular basis.  For example, you won't have to worry about the furnace blower motor seizing because it is caked in dust if it's cleaned each year.
  3. Did you know that most manufacturer's warranty do not cover repair costs if the breakdown is due to maintenance issues?  For example, if your furnace stops running because the furnace filter is plugged with dirt, the manufacturer will not cover the cost to repair.  And most manufacturers require proof of maintenance when considering warranty coverage claims.  
  4. Keeping your furnace clean can cut down on wear and tear, increasing the longevity of your furnace.
 Here are some of the items we check during our 22-point furnace service -

-          Check operation of safety limit controls, thermostat, pressure switches & vent blower

-          Lubricate blower motor & bearings as required

-          Check blower speed & operation

-          Check & adjust pilot light

-          Inspect & clean burners, check gas piping to furnace, inspect primary & secondary heat exchanger, check for elevated carbon monoxide levels

-          Clean & inspect equipment exterior

 

Call us at 519-579-5037 to book your furnace’s annual maintenance, or click here to set up an appointment.

 


March 2013

Don’t flush your money away, $ave with your toilet

The toilet has come a long way in the past 30 years. The introduction of low flush and dual flush toilets has changed the way Canadians think of water consumption. Not only do these new toilets save consumers money on their water bill, they can also earn money for consumers through regional and municipal rebates.


Just because a toilet is a money saver doesn’t mean homeowners need to compromise on appearances. Many low flush and dual flush toilets are designed to be functional and stylish, intended to look good and work well in any bathroom.

Learn more about American Standard toilets.

Learn more about Caroma toilets.

Learn more about Mansfield toilets.

Learn more about Kohler toilets.

And remember, don’t be shy to call in a professional! Call us at 519-579-5037 for your toilet installation.






February 2013

Going from Bathroom to Spa

One way to breathe life into a room is to renovate. Home renovation jobs can be big and small and there are a variety of things that can be changed, moved, painted, repurposed, refinished etc. A simple way to give a bathroom a fresh new look is with new fixtures. With so many choices on size, shape and colour, new bathroom fixtures can change the whole vibe of the room.

Need inspiration? 

View Moen’s Design Page.

View American Standard’s Inspiration Gallery.

View Grohe’s Faucet Trends & Design Page.





January 2013

Technology is changing, and so are thermostats

Remember when a thermostat was a box on the wall, and each morning, midday and night you’d have to adjust the dial to set the temperature to the approximate temperature you wanted in your house? As we advance further along the technology highway we see what happens when you mix a thermostat with technology and we are introduced to the new products that make home comfort easier and more cost-efficient.

Digital thermostats takes the guess work out of setting the temperature in your house. With a digital read out, you have a very accurate account of what the temperature is which can help monitor the energy consumption made by your home heating system.




Programmable thermostats took digital to a whole new level. In addition to seeing an accurate display of the current temperature on the screen, you can set the temperature in advance by the hours and by the day. Programmable thermostats take a lot of the guess work out of temperature control, turning the temperature down when you’re not home, or while you’re asleep, and making sure a comfortable temperature is set for when you wake up in the morning or when you come home.


And the latest in thermostat innovation is the WiFi thermostat – which can be controlled with your smart phone or with your computer. Now you don’t even have to be in the same room - or the same building for that matter - to adjust the temperature in your home.

Learn more about Lennox iComfort WiFi thermostat.

Learn more about Honeywell Focus Pro Series of programmable thermostats.


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