Showing posts from February, 2016

Know when it's time to replace your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Know when it's time to replace your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms(NC) If you're like most homeowners, on more than one occasion you've found yourself looking around and thinking…“Have we really been in this house that long?” Along with the happy memories, and the dated paint or wallpaper, are two devices essential for your family's safety - smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. And just like the decorating, these too need a refresh every so often. Smoke and CO alarms monitor the air non-stop with advanced circuitry and highly accurate sensors. They even self-check themselves continuously to make sure they will be ready should danger strike. As they stand guard over the years they also have to contend with pet hair, dust, cooking grime and other airborne contaminants. So is it any surprise that, whether battery powered or wired into your home's electrical system, these potentially life-saving devices eventually need to be replaced? To be certain your family is safe, c…

How to spend less on your energy bills

Image (NC) Heating bills can be one of your family's largest expenses. Homes are typically heated by natural gas, electricity or heating oil. In Ontario, natural gas is the most affordable choice for heating your home – rates change based on the market every three months, but natural gas still costs less than half the price of electricity or oil. About 60 per cent of your annual natural gas use goes toward keeping your home warm. Since many natural gas costs are passed through directly to the customers, reducing your natural gas consumption can help to lower the bills. Here are some tips from Enbridge Gas Distribution on how you can keep your energy costs low. • Check your windows and doors. Is the caulking or weather stripping doing its job? Look for cracks, feel for drafts, and replace the caulking or weather stripping as necessary. • Lower the temperature on your thermostat by three degrees when you're sleeping or out of the house. • Is it a sunny day? O…

10 Tips on Improving Indoor Air Quality

10 Tips on Improving Indoor Air Quality by , in Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC You work hard to stay healthy, eating the right foods and getting lots of exercise. The air you breathe also affects your health but it’s harder to make sure it’s clean because you can’t see it or feel it. And you don’t want to wait until you get sick or one of your children is diagnosed with asthma. That’s why the government focus on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is so important, and why this article offers you a collection of tips on improving indoor air quality in your home. This is a new problem as we seal gaps to tighten up the envelope wrapping our homes to conserve energy. These gaps used to allow unhealthy indoor air to be exchanged with fresh air from outside. Please don’t look for an easy solution, and don’t be fooled by the advertising on air filter packages that promise healthy living. It simply isn’t true. (Read: How the Right Home Air Filter Can Save You) Tips on …