How Nature Keeps Cool

Posted 29-May-2015

  The Internet. Space Travel. Chemical Engineering. Indoor Plumbing. What do they all have in common?  They are a testament to how much Mother Nature has not accomplished. When you put our accomplishments side by side, you might wonder how she’s kept the job for so long. We have colossal, brawny V8 engines in rugged trucks that cross vast distances in mere hours. She has …legs. We have genetically modified organisms that produce scrumptious apples the size of five m...

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The World of Ancient Air Conditioning

Posted 12-May-2015

On a long, humid day in the far south, the sweltering heat threatens to take its toll. With the push of a button, an air conditioner hums to life and the unbearable heat is replaced by refreshing, emancipating, cool air. That’s where air conditioners have brought us to today - to near-immediate comfort. How could anyone have lived without the perks of electric, central air? Well, they certainly did. They even had some incredibly innovative ideas on how to keep cool underneath the...

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Canadian Armed Forces Employer Support Award

Posted 20-Mar-2015

Supporting your employees doesn’t just mean handing out a paycheck every two weeks. It can mean doling out a little inspiration when needed, cutting some slack and even working around a schedule. When Andrew Siwy had special circumstances, Milani couldn’t say no. Our very own Andrew Siwy serves as a part-time reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces and is a Master Corporal in the British Columbia Regiment. As a show of appreciation, Master Corporal A.E. Siwy nominated Milan...

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5 Terrifying Pollutants in Your Home

Posted 11-Mar-2015

Did you know that there are chemicals floating around your home that can have serious consequences for your health? Having proper ventilation is just as important as eating properly or having a robust exercise routine. Learn about these chemicals and how you can prevent them from wreaking havoc on your body. Formaldehyde Do we really mean formaldehyde? That stuff they preserve cadavers with? Yup. The same stuff that’s been found in cigarettes. When you’re exposed to high l...

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6 Spring Cleaning Spots You Haven't Considered

Posted 03-Mar-2015

Make sure you add these 6 jobs to your spring cleaning taskbook! With spring just around the corner (And all this gorgeous Vancouver weather), it’s almost time to break out the cleaning equipment. Whether you revel in your spring cleaning skills or you lament the very thought of it, we’ve come up with a few spring cleaning tasks that might escape your list this season. 1. Your Furnace Filter It's pretty easy to let this one fade into the background. After all,...

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The Difference Between Plumbing & Drainage

Posted 25-Feb-2015

Are you cursing at your plumbing system or your drainage system? If you’re like most people, you might think that plumbing encompasses all those pipes in your home. Actually, if you’re like most people, you don’t really care whether or not plumbing encompasses all those pipes – you just want someone to fix the thing! Assuming you want to know the difference, whether your bath tub is backing up, or the water in your tap has turned brown, all of this is often conside...

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Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

Posted 19-Feb-2015

Will your home pass the plumbing checklist? Your plumbing system can be likened to a human body. You can’t just put any old garbage in it, and you must maintain it if you want it to work like you expect it to. That includes periodic check ups on the entire system. You probably wouldn’t go five years sitting on a couch and expect to run a marathon. So we can’t expect the same from our plumbing system. This checklist is meant to provide you with everything you need ...

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How to Unclog a Toilet

Posted 12-Feb-2015

Use everyday items from around your house to clear toilet clogs. We all have those family members or friends who use a solid half-roll of toilet paper after a go. Not surprisingly, they rush out of the bathroom and whisper into your ear, “I think I’ve clogged your toilet.” Is there anything worse than unclogging another person’s mess? Yup. Unclogging it without a plunger. It's a dirty job, but it’s gotta be done. We’ll aim to help make this process a...

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How a Furnace Works

Posted 02-Feb-2015

Wonder no more at the miracle of heat! It’s not really a miracle, but the process sure is neat. Most of us only take considerable interest in how their furnace works when it doesn’t. Knowing how a furnace works before it breaks down can and will prevent a certain amount of panic when it does stop working properly. Also, it prevents using a hammer as an ‘on’ switch in those frustrated moments. We’ve all been there. The idea behind a furnace is rather simple. In a...

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2014 Consumer Choice Awards

Posted 23-Jan-2015

Three times in one night!? We’re beat! Ever year, the Consumer Choice Awards brings together the community and the businesses they love. We were lucky enough to be a part of the awards again this year. This year, the Consumer Choice Awards held their annual ceremony at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. We walked out with a few awards, and we know that it’s because of the support we’ve received from the community and our peers. We continue to provide great service because whe...

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Furnace Warning Signs

Posted 20-Jan-2015

Don't ignore these 6 warning signs. They may indicate your furnace needs a little TLC. It’s 3 a.m. Your peaceful slumber is pierced by a strange rumbling sound. It’s coming from inside your house. You throw off the covers, jump out of bed and look for an object to wield should you meet any unwanted visitors. In your nervousness, you choose a slipper. Slipper cocked above your head, you follow the unsettling noise through the house. Down the stairs to the main floor. It gets l...

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How to Troubleshoot a Furnace

Posted 14-Jan-2015

Use our furnace troubleshooting guide to make get the home fires burning again. For all of Vancouver’s wonderful summer weather, it comes back on us threefold during the winter months. It’s during these times when a non-functioning furnace can cause the most frustration and discomfort. Nothing’s worse than being stuck in a home without a working furnace, so before you start rubbing two sticks together, check this out. Before we get into the nitty-gritty, if you’re u...

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Milani Plumbing - Vancouver’s Best Plumbing Company: Our 3rd Consecutive Consumer Choice Award

Posted 23-Dec-2013

For the third consecutive year, Milani Plumbing, Drainage and Heating has received the Consumer’s Choice Award as Vancouver’s best plumbing company. We are especially pleased to have won the Consumer’s Choice Award in all three of our categories: you chose Milani Plumbing as Vancouver’s best plumber, best heating contractor and best in drainage work as well. Across Canada, the Consumer Choice Award seal is a recognized mark of business excellence.  Since 1987...

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Milani Plumbing brings Christmas to the Mental Health Ward

Posted 17-Dec-2013

Neediest psychiatric inpatients of Burnaby Hospital received a Traditional Christmas Lunch Burnaby.- For the second year Milani Plumbing Drainage & Heating celebrated Christmas with the patients of the Psychiatric Inpatient Unit of the Burnaby Hospital. Patients were not able to leave the ward to be with their families during the holiday season; Therefore Milani Plumbing, Drainage and Heating provided a sit down holiday meal in the Hospital. “When we asked Cathie (Heritage) a...

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Air Conditioning Tips

Posted 08-Aug-2013

Maintaining Your Air Conditioning in Vancouver is Easy with a Little Effort in the Summer Months!  Keeping your systems for HVAC in Vancouver maintained regularly is essential for optimizing energy efficiency and increasing their lifespan, so we here at Milani have assembled some advice for you to successfully maintain your unit for air conditioning in Vancouver during these hot summer months.   1.  Check Your Filter. A dirty filter makes it harder for your system to pu...

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Buying Heating Systems

Posted 30-Jan-2013

Things Shoppers from Vancouver Should Look for When Buying a Heating System If you are in the market for a new or replacement heating system in Vancouver and don’t know much about heating systems, you are not alone. Many homeowners are in the same boat as you. And many of that number put their trust in their local, professional, and qualified heating and cooling contractor to find the right furnace for their homes. Before calling for an estimate, there are some things you can do to ...

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Congrats Milani, Consumer Choice

Posted 15-Jan-2013

Milani Plumbing 2nd Year Winner Consumer Choice Awards Business ExcellenceEach year across Canada, Consumer Choice Award gathers the opinions, perceptions and expectations through the responses of thousands of consumers and businesses. Established in 1987, the selection process has been perfected with a third party research firm to ensure that only the most outstanding service providers are the winners within an industry. This is the only organization in North America to recognize business ex...

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Boiler Safety Inspection

Posted 14-Jan-2013

Boilers: Milani Safety InspectionThe rule is: if you want a well running heating system in your residence or building, pay close attention to the boiler maintenance. Boilers should have regular maintenance in order to reduce energy cost and extend the life of the system. At least once a year have a specialist do a professional inspection of the heating system. Do not wait for your equipment to fail; bigger problems and huge bills are the result of lack of maintenance. Milani Plumbing, Drai...

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Milani Heating - Boilers Unusual Noises

Posted 14-Jan-2013

If your boiler or pipes are making weird noises and don’t let you sleep at night, they need your attention.  Noises could be the first sign of a larger problem, always address them: shut the boiler down and call an expert. One of the most common noises is a banging noise coming out of the pipes, like a knocking sound in the system.  This sound is produced by accumulated air in the boiler and pipes.  A pressure release valve or ‘bleeder’ will help to take th...

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Burnaby: Christmas feast put on for 'the forgotten bunch'

Posted 04-Jan-2013

Article from The Province. They are often forgotten at Christmas time. To help put some holiday cheer into the lives of 28 mentally ill patients at Burnaby Hospital, Milani Plumbing Drainage & Heating cooked up three 30-pound turkeys with all the fixings on Thursday. Company president Vern Milani said they had eight employees start at 5 a.m. to get the big birds ready for the in-patients. “They always get forgotten,” Milani said of the in-patients at the hospital&r...

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MILANI BOILERS - The most common central heating problems

Posted 03-Jan-2013

When was the last time you gave your central heating system proper maintenance? If your answer is two, three, four years ago or “I don’t remember”, you will probably run into problems with your boiler sooner rather than later. The boiler accounts for 60% of the cost on your yearly energy bill and yet we pay no attention to it. We simply expect it to work when we need it. If you don’t service your boiler annually, these are the most common problems that can disturb y...

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Missing Heat At Home

Posted 04-Dec-2012

MILANI FURNACE: There is no heat at home... What could be wrong?The worst thing that can happen is to come home, tired after a long day of work and your house is colder than the iceberg that sunk the Titanic! What could be wrong? Easy, your furnace is not working properly anymore. The most common cause of problems with your furnace, doesn’t matter if it is a high efficient one or a 35 years old one, is lack of maintenance. Having a Furnace Tune-up once a year helps prevent unexpected br...

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Preparing for Winter

Posted 04-Dec-2012

MILANI FURNACE: Get Ready for Winter, Change your Filter!The weather is getting colder everyday and you just noticed that you haven’t touch your furnace’s filter area for many months? Probably it is time to clean or replace your filter. Filters not only protect the furnace motor and internal components from airborne particles, they also prevent you from sneezing mornings catching dust, pollen, smoke and also pets hair.  Air filters capture many of the allergens that aggrav...

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Causes of Common Plumbing Disasters in New Westminster

Posted 28-Feb-2012

What are some of the costliest repairs in your New Westminster home? Costly can be characterized by lost money or lost time – or both. You may have experienced some of these so-called “disasters” and wondered what you could have done to prevent them. In particular, let’s talk about disasters of the wet variety – plumbing repairs. It goes without saying that nothing is built to last. Parts and products will eventually wear out and need to be repaired or replace...

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Pros and Cons of Various Heating Systems for Burnaby Homes

Posted 22-Feb-2012

When it comes time to install a new heating system in your Burnaby home, there are a lot of options to consider. Many people get overwhelmed when confronted with all of the furnaces, boilers and heat pumps on the market these days. So, to help you get a handle on what each has to offer and which will offer you the best benefits, here is an overview of the modern heating system market.  Furnaces Furnaces are the core of a forced air heating system and use gas, oil or electricity to ...

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How to Prevent Bathroom Water Damage in Vancouver

Posted 17-Feb-2012

Water damage.Even the mere mention of potential damage from excess water in the house is enough to send a chill down your spine. However, there are a number of things you can do to avoid such damage, especially in the bathroom. The Bathtub The biggest single contributors to water damage are the shower and bathtub, where gallons upon gallons of water are distributed every day. You can minimize damage by doing the following: Tiles – Check for missing or cracked tiles and r...

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Happy Valentines Day From Vancouver Favorite HVAC Contractors

Posted 14-Feb-2012

Everyone at Milani Plumbing Draining & Heating wishes you a very happy Valentine�s Day! We hope you have a day filled with lots of candy, flowers, and Valentines! Today is all about showing your appreciation for those you love, including your friends, your family, or your significant other. Take a moment today to think about everyone who makes a difference in your life and how you can let them know how special they are to you. While traditional gifts like candy and flowers are wonderful idea...

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Donations to Create Change

Posted 13-Feb-2012

Donations to Create Change Are Helping Girls Get Education We are thrilled to see that the donations made by Vern & Nicole Milani helped 20 girls go to school. Milani Plumbing, Drainage & Heating are proud to help people in need and we will keep supporting Create Change.

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The Benefits of a Well-Insulated Home in Cloverdale

Posted 13-Feb-2012

Insulation is a vitally important part of your home. While it is not something you look at or probably even think about much, the amount and quality of the insulation in your home can have a dramatic impact on many aspects of your quality of life while you are living there. The most basic reason that insulation is important is that it keeps the cold air out in the winter and the heat out in the summer. Without proper insulation at these times of year, your house will be much less comfortab...

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Happy Valentines Day From HVAC Contractors

Posted 12-Feb-2012

Everyone at Milani Plumbing Draining & Heating wishes you a very happy Valentine’s Day! We hope you have a day filled with lots of candy, flowers, and Valentines! Today is all about showing your appreciation for those you love, including your friends, your family, or your significant other. Take a moment today to think about everyone who makes a difference in your life and how you can let them know how special they are to you. While traditional gifts like candy and flowers are wo...

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Water Heater Size Options

Posted 10-Feb-2012

What Size Water Heater Do I Need for My New Westminster HomeWhen installing a water heater in a New Westminister home, it is important to get one that is the appropriate size. Of course, one that is too small will not handle the capacity you need, so you will be stuck with water that is not quite hot enough. You may think to just buy one that you are sure can more than handle the capacity you need, but there are drawbacks to this strategy. A water heater that is “too big” will ...

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How to Tell if Your Air Ducts Are Leaking in Coquitlam

Posted 08-Feb-2012

There are lots of ways for your Coquitlam home to lose energy – through leaky door frames, cracks in window trim, loose or missing insulation, etc. A lot of your indoor heating and cooling winds up outdoors and drives up your utility bills. One part of your home that is susceptible to leaks and energy loss is your ventilation system, typically metal or flexible ductwork. Older homes generally experience more duct leakage because seals and joints may have loosened over the years or ma...

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Home Inspection 101 for Burnaby Homes

Posted 06-Feb-2012

When you are buying a house in Burnaby, you want to make sure you know exactly what you are getting. One of the most important things you should do before you agree on a deal is to hire a professional home inspector to come out and take a look. However, hiring these inspectors is expensive and you do not want to waste time and money on a house that is not worth it. For that reason, it can be very helpful if you can take a look at a place on your own first to see if it is even worth making ...

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Boiler Tips from Delta: Basic Boiler Maintenance

Posted 03-Feb-2012

Boiler Tips from Delta: Basic Boiler Maintenance The boiler in your Delta home is a sensitive piece of equipment that needs routine maintenance and repairs. Regularly maintaining your boiler is especially important for safety reasons. Many boiler malfunctions and accidents are due to neglecting some of these basic tasks. Even if you’ve just installed a new boiler, the safety valves and settings should be checked by a professional on a regular basis to prevent a breakdown or hazard. ...

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Neglected Heat Pump Maintenance

Posted 01-Feb-2012

What Happens When You Neglect Heat Pump Maintenance in Vancouver Just like any HVAC system in Vancouver, the heat pump in your home needs routine maintenance and yearly check-ups to operate as efficiently and safely as possible. You also don’t want your heat pump to wear down to the point of a major malfunction or breakdown, which can be costly to repair or may require a complete heating system replacement. Here are some things that could go wrong and cost you a lot more in the en...

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Heating Replacement Checklist | What to Consider

Posted 28-Jan-2012

How do you decide if it is time to replace your old furnace or upgrade your heating system? In our line of work, we’ve come across many homeowners faced with this dilemma. We recommend that homeowners use the following checklist to decide if the benefit of buying a new heater is worth the purchasing cost. 1. Are your heating bills high? We all know that the price of gas or electricity, depending on your system, is high. However, what many homeowners don’t know is that their fur...

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Reasons To Replace A Furnace

Posted 27-Jan-2012

Surrey Heating Replacement Guide: 5 Reasons to Replace Your FurnaceNo homeowner wants to even think about replacing a furnace, let alone do it. Furnaces are expensive appliances, costing anywhere from about $3,000 to $6,000 with installation costs. However, there are reasons to get your furnace replaced. Here are five of the most common. 1. Your furnace is old On average, most furnaces last about 15 to 20 years, although some can last longer if they are well-maintained. When they get olde...

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Bursting Pipes Can Be A Problem

Posted 25-Jan-2012

New Westminster Plumbing Guide: What to Do if a Pipe BurstsIf you live in a cold climate, you are more likely to have experienced the disaster of a frozen pipe bursting. There are other causes of burst pipes, so rest assured you are not alone; plenty of New Westminster homeowners have had to face a burst pipe as well. When this happens, there are three fronts on which to attack the problem: stopping the flooding, repairing the pipes and preventing future bursts. Before doing anything el...

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Burnaby Plumbing Repair Question: Why Is My Toilet Dry and How Can I Fix It?

Posted 23-Jan-2012

Under normal circumstances, after you flush your Burnaby home’s toilet, the tank and bowl both fill back up with water, preparing it for the next use. The water from the tank is what flushes into the bowl when you push the handle, so if it is not filling properly, then the toilet will be dry. This problem is troublesome, but not uncommon. It has a number of possible causes and fixes. The first place to look is the water supply to the tank. If it has been inadvertently turned o...

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Vancouver Plumbers Guide: Detecting Leaks with Your Water Meter

Posted 20-Jan-2012

When you notice a leak in your Vancouver home, you fix it right away, but what happens when you don’t notice a leak for days or even weeks? The damage it causes can have a profound impact on your water bill and the good repair of your home. To avoid hidden leaks – the ones that hide in your walls or your yard, keep a close eye on your water meter. The Hidden Leaks Obvious leaks are…well, they’re obvious. They pour water down the walls, leave puddles in your bath...

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Plumbing Repair Surrey

Posted 16-Jan-2012

Surrey Plumbing Repair Guide: How to Plunge a Clogged DrainIt is almost inevitable that you will have to deal with a plugged drain somewhere in your Surrey home at some point. This drain may be in the bathtub, a sink or a toilet. But wherever it is, a plunger is usually your best bet for getting it out. If you are going to be successful, though, you need to know how to set yourself up and use the plunger properly. To begin with, remove the strainer or pop-up plug from the opening of the ...

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North Vancouver Plumbing Question: Why Does My Sink Backup When I Run the Washing Machine

Posted 13-Jan-2012

Every now and then something strange happens that is simultaneously baffling and frustrating. Gray water from your washing machine backing up into your sink is one such problem and for many North Vancouver homeowners it can be an ongoing source of annoyance. Why does this happen? To start with, know that your sink and washing machine drain lines tend to run congruent to each other. This means they combine at some point on the way to the main sewer line. So, if there is a problem after they...

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Drain And Sewer Guide in Surrey

Posted 11-Jan-2012

Surrey Drain & Sewer Guide: What You Can Do to Prevent Problems in Your Drains When you look at a drain in your Surrey home, it seems fairly simple. You pour things down and they disappear into the ether, never to be seen again. Of course, that logic goes out the window the second the drain starts to backup or overflow. There are things you can do to avoid such problems though and most of the time, they cost nothing and take only a few minutes a week. Simple Household Drain Mainte...

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Plumbing Tips and Tricks

Posted 09-Jan-2012

New Westminster Plumbing Tip: Value of a Maintenance Agreement Consider for a moment the cost of fixing a leaky pipe or a burst water main in your New Westminster home. Imagine how much money goes down the drain (so to speak) if you don’t have someone on call to come and fix the problem whenever you notice a drippy faucet or see a wet patch on your ceiling. This stuff will add up fast. That’s why so many plumbers offer extended maintenance agreements to keep your fixtures an...

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Vancouver Plumbing Experience

Posted 06-Jan-2012

Vancouver Plumbing Repair - Another Happy CustomerWhen you are hiring a plumbing company, you don’t just want someone to fix your problem, you also want someone who will be respectful of your home and any questions you might have. With plumbing repairs especially, you want to make sure the problem is fixed the first time. A good technician will not only fix the problem quickly but also make sure that you have no other issues that will cause trouble in the future. At Milani, we make...

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How to Change a Drain Trap

Posted 04-Jan-2012

Burnaby Plumber Guide: How to Change a Drain Trap Have you ever noticed that U-shaped length of pipe below your Burnaby home’s bathroom or kitchen sink? Does it ever seem to you like it doesn’t make sense to have that in there? It seems counterintuitive to have the water run any direction other than straight down. Well, that little bend is the drain trap, and it keeps nasty odors and gases from wafting their way up through the plumbing and into your Burnaby home. The U shape of...

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How a Ceiling Fan Can Help Heat Your Richmond Home

Posted 02-Jan-2012

Most people in Richmond who have ceiling fans never turn them on in the winter. They assume that the fan is designed solely to cool the house – after all, blowing air feels pretty nice doesn’t it? But, a ceiling fan can actually help to move heat around your home and lower your heating bill if used properly. Here are some tips to do just that. Rotating Warm Air Warm air naturally rises. So, when you turn on your furnace and the blower fan pushes warm air through your ductwork in...

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High-Efficiency Toilets and Their Benefits

Posted 26-Dec-2011

A Question from Richmond: What Are High-Efficiency Toilets?Everyone has a toilet in their Richmond home. In fact, you probably have more than one. And you probably do not give much thought to the type of toilet you have. After all, a toilet is a toilet, right? Well, there are actually several different types of toilets, and while they all get the basic job done, there are reasons to favor one type over another. One such distinction falls on what are known as high-efficiency toilets. These ...

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Merry Christmas Eve Happy Holidays from Your Vancouver Plumbing and HVAC Contractor

Posted 24-Dec-2011

Everyone at Milani wishes you a very Merry Christmas! We hope you enjoy spending time with family and opening lots of presents. The holidays are all about appreciating what you have, and we are very thankful for all our customers. We hope that you get everything you want under the Christmas tree tomorrow! To help make your Christmas a little sweeter, here is a recipe for Molasses Sugar Cookies: Molasses Sugar Cookies “These are a wonderful chewy spice cookie. They are drop cookie...

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Bathtub Fitting Surrey

Posted 21-Dec-2011

Surrey Plumbing Tip: Bathtub Faucets and FittingsBuying new bathtub faucets and fittings for your Surrey house can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a bit overwhelming simply because there are so many options out there. And the types of faucets and fittings you choose will have a big impact on the overall cost of the project. That is why it is a good idea to learn a little bit about your options ahead of time so that you know more or less what you are looking for when you actually get into ...

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Happy Hanukkah from Your Vancouver HVAC and Plumbing Contractor

Posted 20-Dec-2011

Happy Hanukkah from Your Vancouver HVAC and Plumbing Contractor! Everyone at Milani wishes you a Happy Hanukkah!  Whether you have a Menorah or a Christmas tree in your house, the holidays are all about spending time with family.  We hope you have a great holiday and enjoy eight days of gift giving! One of the great Jewish traditions for this time of year is great food, so here is an excellent recipe for potato latkes: Potato Latkes “Shredded potatoes and grated onions ...

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Burnaby Bathtub Replacement

Posted 19-Dec-2011

Bathtub Replacement: Why You Should Call a Burnaby PlumberA bathtub replacement is not something you will have to worry about every day. However, there will likely come a time when you do need to get rid of your Burnaby home’s old tub and put in a new one. Whether your old tub is simply beyond repair or you just decided that it was time for a change, putting in a new bathtub is a significant undertaking. Even if you have considerable plumbing skills, you would do well to hire an outs...

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Get Toilet Tips From Burnaby Plumbing

Posted 16-Dec-2011

Burnaby Plumbing Tip: What Is a Flapper ValveThe toilet in your Burnaby home is not an overly complicated piece of equipment. But in order to work properly, it does require that all of its parts are in the right place and in good shape. Even if something small on your toilet is out of place, it can cause problems like constant dripping or running, improper flushing force or a sudden refilling of the bowl when no one has flushed the toilet. These problems can sound serious, but many of th...

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New Westminster Furnace Safety

Posted 14-Dec-2011

There are many advantages to a properly operating furnace, and the most important ones are the safety and comfort of your New Westminster home’s occupants. There are several things you can do to ensure the safe operation of your furnace. Here is a checklist of ideas: » Clean or change furnace filters on a regular basis. Replace disposable filters and clean permanent filters using water or cleaning solutions. Your owner’s manual or a qualified heating contractor can sugge...

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A Vancouver Contractor Guide: How to Fix a Faulty Furnace Blower

Posted 12-Dec-2011

The blower fan on your furnace is designed to distribute warm air through the ductwork in your Vancouver home evenly, ensuring you use all of the energy consumed by your furnace. If the blower doesn’t turn on when the furnace turns on or it continues to run when the furnace is off, it can cost you money and result in cold rooms. Here are some tips on how to fix a faulty furnace blower.   What is the Problem? First, check to see what the problem is. If your furnace blower remai...

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High-Efficiency Furnaces

Posted 11-Dec-2011

A Surrey Heating Contractor Tip: What Makes a Furnace High Efficiency? You’ve probably heard about the new lines of high efficiency furnaces being released by popular home heating companies in Surrey, but what exactly is different about these high efficiency devices from your current furnace? Let’s take a closer look at what a high efficiency furnace offers and why it can save you money. Added Features A high efficiency furnace uses familiar technology in a new way to reduc...

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Festival of Trees 2011

Posted 08-Dec-2011

Milani Plumbing, Drainage & Heating won the ‘Best First Year Tree Award’ at the Festival of Trees 2011 organized by BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. We are not only delighted by this award but also very proud to be a part of this great event that raised $1.1 million for sick kids. We would like to thank you all who supported us and we are looking forward to next year’s event!

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Should I Rent or Buy Equipment?

Posted 08-Dec-2011

We are going to take a break from HVAC and plumbing today to talk about another important part of home improvement: the equipment that you use. From a DIY Vancouver homeowner to a large construction firm, everyone has to make the same decision: to rent or buy their equipment. Buying Equipment There are a few benefits to buying equipment to use in your residential or commercial construction project. Equipment you own is always on hand, you never have to worry about scheduling a time to u...

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Vancouver Furnace Replacement

Posted 05-Dec-2011

Vancouver Furnace Replacement: Another Happy CustomerIf your furnace won’t make it through another winter, replacing it before it breaks down entirely is really the best option. Why waste money paying for repair after repair for a furnace is that is on the way out? There are several signs that your furnace getting old, including frequent repairs, higher utility bills, and uneven heating. If you have noticed these problems in your home, it is probably time to upgrade you heating system. ...

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Common Mistakes with HVAC Maintenance

Posted 30-Nov-2011

The Top 10 Mistakes Homeowners Make with HVAC MaintenanceYou paid good money for your heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system. Don’t let those dollars go down the drain. A bit of maintenance will go a long way toward keeping your system in perfect condition. Be sure to avoid these common mistakes: 1. Skipping a Yearly HVAC Inspection Inspecting your HVAC system on a yearly basis will help stop the little problems before they become big ones. 2. Failing to Clean Evaporat...

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Increase Your Water Pressure Guide from North Vancouver

Posted 25-Nov-2011

How to Increase Your Water Pressure: A Guide from North VancouverIt’s no fun when you are in the middle of taking a shower in your North Vancouver home and the stream of water slows to a trickle. The most logical thing to blame the loss of water pressure is a toilet being flushed or a washing machine being filled. It is not uncommon for losses in water pressure to be associated with simultaneous water usage in other parts of the home. But if low water pressure seems to be a constant ...

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The Festival of Tree's and Milani

Posted 25-Nov-2011

Milani Plumbing at the Festival of Trees 2011A community favourite, and one of the most anticipated events of the year, the Festival of Trees transforms hotel lobbies across BC into lush forests of beautifully decorated trees for a single great goal: to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital. As Milani Plumbing, we are proud to be a part of this event to help raise money for a great purpose. Don’t forget to walk through the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and Pacific Center Mall t...

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Benefits of Replacing Your Furnace

Posted 23-Nov-2011

Benefits of Replacing Your Furnace: A Tip from Langley You are about to make one of the largest purchases in your life – a new furnace. Maybe your old furnace is on life support and needs immediate replacement or you are looking for a better, more efficient furnace that will raise the comfort level of your Langley home while reducing utility bills and carbon emissions. If the furnace in your basement, crawl space, or attic is 15-20 years old, it may be a single-stage 80% percent eff...

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New and Improved Plumbing Accessories

Posted 22-Nov-2011

New Plumbing AccessoriesWhen most people think of holiday gifts for their family, chances are they’re not considering…plumbing. But maybe it’s time to think again. Everyone uses toilets, sinks, and showers every day – which means that making improvements to your plumbing will make your entire family more comfortable, every day! The right plumbing upgrades can help your family enjoy mornings more, get fewer colds, savor great European style, and save money on utility b...

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Troubleshooting Your Drain Problems

Posted 21-Nov-2011

Troubleshooting Drain Problems: Some Pointers from DeltaIt’s Saturday afternoon in Delta and you are preparing dinner for a number of guests. The kitchen is packed with groceries and you start to clean a lot of veggies for dipping. But there is a problem. The drain in your kitchen sink is “acting funny.” It drains slowly and is making a gurgling sound. In fact, it’s beginning to smelly funny, too. The timing couldn’t be worse. Before you hit the panic button...

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Heating System Maintenance from New Westminster

Posted 18-Nov-2011

Heating System Preventative Maintenance: Pointers from New Westminster While heating systems in the past consisted of wood burning stove and fireplaces requiring little maintenance, today’s sophisticated furnaces and building controls in New Westminster require a good dose of preventative maintenance in order to avoid mechanical failures and inefficient operation. For example, a furnace runs better and lasts longer when you maintain a regular schedule of filter cleaning or replacing...

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Tips from Langley on Furances

Posted 16-Nov-2011

How a furnace works: A Tip from Langley Do you know how your furnace works? Believe it or not, lots of Langley homeowners probably can’t explain the operation of furnace. It probably isn’t at the top of your “to do” list. It’s only important to know that once you set your thermostat to a desired temperature, the furnace comes on and warms the house. The most common furnace is fueled by natural gas but there are other examples of heating equipment such as bo...

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Getting Ready For The Winter Guide from Vancouver

Posted 14-Nov-2011

How to Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter: A Guide from Vancouver Being cold in the winter is normal – as long as you are outside. But you shouldn’t be cold inside your Vancouver home. If that happens, the first place to look to is your furnace, which may not be working correctly. Furnaces are like any other piece of mechanical equipment. They need to be maintained and serviced on a regular basis to ensure they are working at peak efficiency and warming your entire home at your ...

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Like Us on Facebook for a Chance to Win 1,000 Air Miles!

Posted 11-Nov-2011

Like Us on Facebook for a Chance to Win 1000 Air MilesAre you on Facebook? If you are, we have a great deal for you! “like” our Facebook page and you will be entered in a drawing to win 1,000 air miles**! All you have to do is like our Facebook page, and then click on the “Promos” tab on the left hand side of the screen (under the profile picture) and follow the directions. If you “like” our page, you will get the latest Milani  deals and promotio...

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Save Money on Heating Zone Controls in Vancouver

Posted 11-Nov-2011

How Heating Zone Control Can Save You Money in Vancouver The costs of heating your Vancouver home have risen dramatically over the past couple of decades, thanks to higher energy costs and price increases for heating equipment. Despite the strides made in energy efficiency, there seems to be no end in sight for the steady rise in heating equipment operating costs. Now add in the cost of heating unoccupied areas of your home, such as basements, hallways, or extra bedrooms, and the energy c...

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Coquitlam Home Furnace

Posted 07-Nov-2011

What Size Furnace is Right for My Home? A Question from CoquitlamWhen deciding on the the size of the furnace, the size of your house is one factor to consider, but it is not the only factor. As a rule of thumb, 25 to 30 BTU’s per square foot should be sufficient in mild climate. If you live in a colder region, count on 40 BTU’s per square foot. This said, take a look at what you have now, assuming your current home is already being lived in. If you are happy with the performan...

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HVAC Safety For the Family

Posted 02-Nov-2011

HVAC Safety the Whole Family Should KnowYour home’s HVAC system is designed to maintain a comfortable indoor living space. To maintain the efficiency and health of your home environment, here are a few pointers the whole family should know. Whether your home heating system uses oil, propane, natural gas, or geothermal, an annual inspection by a qualified professional is essential. Between inspections, there are certain things that the homeowner can visually ascertain to prevent expen...

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Happy Halloween

Posted 31-Oct-2011

Happy Halloween! Halloween is a time of superstition, mystery, and celebration; we hope you have a wonderfully spooky day.  However, if your heating system is making scary noises, that is not any fun at all. Be sure to get your contractor to come over and check it out, a malfunctioning heating system can definitely ruin any

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When to Replace Your Furnace

Posted 28-Oct-2011

Happy Halloween Weekend and When To Replace Your Furnace Everyone at Milani wishes you a Happy Halloween weekend! We hope you have a great time dressing up and eating lots of candy! And since you want to be warm when you get back from trick or treating, here is some information how to know if it is time to replace your furnace. Replacing the furnace in your North Vancouver home is probably not something you want to think about. After all, a new furnace is a big investment and not someth...

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How do I Check a Gas Furnace Draft Pressure Switch? A Question from Burnaby

Posted 26-Oct-2011

A draft pressure switch is a device that is placed on a gas furnace as a safety measure. When a furnace is not receiving enough airflow, the draft pressure switch will stop the electrical current to the furnace, which will prevent the furnace from igniting. If your gas furnace is not working, there may be a problem with its draft pressure switch. How to Check the Draft Pressure Switch on a Gas Furnace 1. Cut off the power to your furnace. To cut off the power to your furnace, you should...

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Milani Plumbing proud sponsors of the Whitecaps Foundation

Posted 25-Oct-2011

Milani Plumbing, Drainage & Heating is a proud sponsor of the Whitecaps Foundation in their effort to provide scholarships and funding for lower income families to make to make their programs more accessible to everyone. We support the Whitecaps foundation to create the  fittest generation of BC youth, encouraging exercise and good fitness habits through soccer. We believe this will create a stronger community, a healthier youth and collaboration amongst the people.

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Why is My Furnace Turning On and Off? A Question from Vancouver

Posted 24-Oct-2011

One of the most annoying things your furnace can do in your Vancouver home is to constantly keep turning on and off. This on-off cycling keeps your home from heating up properly. This action – called short cycling – also requires more electricity and drives up utility bills. Short cycling is caused by an overheated furnace, which triggers safety mechanisms and shuts down the furnace. After a brief interval and cooling down, the furnace starts up again the cycle keeps repeating ...

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Possible Causes of Poor Heating Performance from Your Boiler: Some Pointers from Langley

Posted 21-Oct-2011

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or a mechanical engineer to troubleshoot – and possibly diagnose – the problems with your boiler when its heating performance is erratic or non-existent in your Langley home. The good thing about boilers is that they are typically reliable and long-lasting. There aren’t a lot of working parts that can break down and cause problems, compared to other home heating equipment. When problems do arise, they are usually related to th...

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Warning Signs of a Broken Furnace: A Tip from New Westminster

Posted 19-Oct-2011

Regular maintenance and evaluation of the condition of a home’s furnace is essential to discovering problems before they affect the ability to safely and efficiently heat your home. There are certain noticeable signs homeowners can recognize that indicate a problem with the furnace and its capacity to properly function. These indications include changes in air quality or humidity, lack of consistent heating, frequent small repairs or a flickering flame on the equipment. Given that a fau...

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Pipe Inspection Cameras: A Guide from Agassiz

Posted 14-Oct-2011

Many homeowners who call a plumber out to their home know that they have a leak, and often they know exactly where that leak is. Some water leaks cause profuse amounts of water to seep into a home from an obvious location, such as the pipes located right under the kitchen sink. These leaks are easy for a plumber to identify. Other times, however, a homeowner may see obvious signs of a leak, such as when a damp area appears on a wall. A plumber may have a difficult time pinpointing the exact a...

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Replace Vs. Repair

Posted 12-Oct-2011

When Should You Replace Instead of Repair Your Heating? A Question from Anmore We all dread an expensive repair in Anmore, whether it is a car that needs a new transmission, a leaky roof that needs new shingles, or electrical wiring that has been chewed up by a wild animal. Equipment repairs are a necessary evil. We often try and put bandages on things that we know should be replaced but we just can’t afford to replace them. The same can be said about your home’s heating sys...

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Broken Heating System: What to Do Next

Posted 10-Oct-2011

What to Do if Your Heating System Breaks: A Guide From Rosedale What if the heart of your Rosedale home’s heating system – the furnace – stops working? The warm air that used to flow from your vents has been replaced by a chilly draft. It isn’t time to panic, but it is time to take action. Before you do anything, determine why the furnace stopped working. It may be something as simple as a tripped circuit breaker in your electrical panel. Check the circuit breakers ...

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How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

Posted 07-Oct-2011

Most experts recommend changing furnace filters between once a month and every three to six months. Several factors will determine how often consumers need to change their furnace filters. Since households are different, changing the furnace filter will vary depending on lifestyle choices. For example, large families with several cats and dogs or those with a smokers may need to change their filters more regularly than two-person households with no pets. If someone in the house has allergies ...

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Helping the kids of Northern Ghana

Posted 06-Oct-2011

Tua Primary is a school in Northern Ghana, that now has access to clean water and proper sanitation thanks to Milani Plumbing and The Good Will Effect. Watch the complete transformation of the primary school in Northern Ghana, as it is provided with access to clean water and sanitation facilities.  

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Rhythm of Life Run 2011

Posted 06-Oct-2011

Milani Plumbing, Drainage & Heating were the proud silver sponsors for the Rhythm of Life Run organized by Burnaby Hospital foundation on Sunday, September 11, 2011. The 13th annual Rhythm of Life: The Run and Walk for Everyone took place at Burnaby Lake Park. With over 400 participants, the event raised $71,500 for Burnaby Hospital. Proceeds will support the Healthy Heart Program at Burnaby Hospital and help purchase a $30,000 defibrillator for the hospital’s busy Emergency Depa...

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How Much Can I Save with New Equipment? A Question From Whonnock

Posted 03-Oct-2011

There is certainly something to be said for upgrading your current HVAC equipment to newer, more energy efficient equipment. Doing so can save you a ton of money in heating and cooling costs and it can make your Whonnock home a more comfortable place in general. Of course, upgrading your equipment is a big investment, but ideally you will save enough on your monthly energy bills that it will more than make up for the initial cost of the installation. But before you can decide whether or no...

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Water and Energy Saving Tips From Cultus Lake

Posted 30-Sep-2011

The cost of the heat, air conditioning and water supply to your Cultus Lake home continues to rise – it’s no wonder you want to cut your bills so much. But, how can you do that without cutting into the creature comforts and conveniences you’ve gotten used to over the course of the last few decades? Here are a few simple energy and water saving tips to make your life easier. » Patching Leaks – Two of the biggest wasters of water are dripping faucets and leaky p...

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How to Install a Sink Faucet

Posted 28-Sep-2011

How to Install a Sink Faucet: A Tip From MatsquiA leaky faucet is generally not hard to fix in your Matsqui home. But if your faucet becomes a source of chronic frustration for you or if you simply feel like it is time for a change, replacing it with a new faucet may be just the right thing to do. The best part is that a new faucet does not even have to cost you that much money. Of course, if you want a top of the line model you will certainly pay the price. But many nice, high quality faucet...

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The History of Plumbing

Posted 21-Sep-2011

History of Plumbing: Some Info From MatsquiWe all know in Matsqui that water runs downhill, right? That’s because of gravity. And that simple theory was the key milestone in the history of plumbing. As far back as the days of the Roman Empire, people were using gravity to move water from its source to where it was used. There were no systems of piping back then and no way to pressurize a means of transporting water from one location to another. The beauty of the gravity movement was ...

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How to Fix a Slow Drain: A Tip From Delta

Posted 19-Sep-2011

A slow drain can be frustrating, especially when there is no apparent cause to the clog. Slow drains can also cause unnecessary cleaning because the clog can allow substances to stay in the sink or tub that will stain the surface. There are several ways to clear the pipes so proper drainage can occur. Hairballs are a common cause of most slow drains. A wire hanger is one of the easiest ways to remove the clog. Using wire-cutters, fashion the hanger into a long straight instrument with a sl...

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Things You Should NOT Do Yourself around the House: Some Pointers From Ladner

Posted 16-Sep-2011

Everyone wants to feel handy around the house and there are a lot of great things you can do to help keep your Ladner home and its various systems in tip top shape, but not everything should be on your to do list. Some tasks are dangerous or require special equipment and should only be performed by professionals. Here is a list of some such tasks and why you should avoid them: » Service a Gas Appliance or Furnace – If it involves a gas line, call a professional. This goes doubl...

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How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink: A Tip From Chilliwack

Posted 14-Sep-2011

There are lots of reasons why the kitchen sink can clog in your Chilliwack home. And in order to unclog the sink, it is important to know why it clogged up in the first place. It is easy to suggest a simple solution but the “one size fits all” philosophy doesn’t always work. As simple as it sounds, you don’t want to use a grease dissolving agent on a clog caused by a fork that is stuck sideways in a pipe. You also don’t want to mess around with the plumbing if...

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Is There REALLY Such a Thing as Plumbing Maintenance? A Tip From Hammond

Posted 12-Sep-2011

Because it is so specialized and can lead to big messes if handled improperly, plumbing is sometimes neglected among routine areas of maintenance in your Hammond home. This is a mistake, however, as there are some routine tasks that should be performed on plumbing systems, such as: » Remove rust, calcium and lime deposits from the water heater » Cleaning the aerators » Clearing drain lines » Sharpening disposal blades   Some of these are simpler than oth...

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When Should You Check Your AC Filters: A Guide From Cultus Lake

Posted 07-Sep-2011

The filters on your air conditioning unit are vital for keeping out the dust and debris that make things like illness, allergies and air quality worse in your Cultus Lake home. And it’s important that you take personal responsibility for checking those filters. Sure, you have a professional visit your home once a year to check the air conditioning, but you should also check the system yourself on a semi-regular basis for possible filter degradation. Monthly Checks So, how often sh...

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How to Save Money on Air Conditioning

Posted 05-Sep-2011

You’ve probably heard once or twice that the cost of running your air conditioner is more than that of any other single electrical device in your Anmore house. That means you’re spending hundreds of dollars each and every year to stay cool. It’s well worth the investment as the risk of not having air conditioning is much too high, but there must be ways to cut the costs, right? With careful attention to how your AC operates and when you use, there are some things you can do ...

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What to Do About Cool Spots: A Guide From Laidlaw

Posted 02-Sep-2011

Sitting on your couch watching TV in your Laidlaw home should be an enjoyable experience, especially after a long day at the office. But, if your air conditioner deposits an abnormally high volume of cold air directly onto your couch, making you shiver despite the 90 degree heat outside, you may have a cool spot. Cool spots are an unfortunate side effect of modern air conditioning technology. They occur when HVAC systems are improperly sized or ductwork is improperly installed. Other facto...

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Why You Should Get a Fall Tune-Up

Posted 01-Sep-2011

Let’s be honest here. Unless you’re an HVAC contractor, you’re probably not particularly interested in your heating system. And that may lead you to skimp on routine maintenance. A Milani furnace tune-up will give you peace of mind this winter! But…if you really want to think about your heating system as little as possible, then routine maintenance is exactly what you need. According to a study conducted by the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service in the U...

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Maillardville Filter Tips Keep Your Ducts Clean

Posted 31-Aug-2011

Simple Filter Tips From Maillardville on How to Keep Your Ducts CleanIf there’s one thing you can count on with a home comfort system in Maillardville, it’s that there will be higher energy bills in the summer and an increase in dust and debris in your ductwork. But, luckily the latter can be fixed with a few simple filtration upgrades in your home. The Nature of a Forced Air System When you flip the switch on your thermostat and your air conditioner or furnace turns on, it ...

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Choosing an Environmentally Friendly Refrigerant for Your Air Conditioner

Posted 29-Aug-2011

For years in Victoria, we heard about how bad air conditioners were for the environment. Specifically, the liquid used in them to remove heat from air in your home tended to eat holes in the Ozone layer. Today however, air conditioners (along with every other appliance or device that uses refrigerant) have been upgraded to work with newer, better chemicals. R-22 Refrigerant While R-22 refrigerant is still used in devices sold today, it is being gradually phased out. According to the Mon...

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How a Garbage Disposal Works: A Question From Mission

Posted 26-Aug-2011

Garbage disposals are becoming more and more prevalent in homes across the country, including in Mission. So the chances are pretty high that you have one in your home. Garbage disposals definitely make getting rid of food waste easier. Instead of scraping all those plates and dishes into the garbage first, you can simply flush it all down the drain, run the garbage disposal and it magically disappears. But do you really know what is happening when you turn on that wonderful garbage dispos...

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Why Are Cleans Filters So Important to AC Efficiency? A Question From Whonnock

Posted 24-Aug-2011

Air conditioners cost a lot of money to operate – even more when they don’t work at 100% efficiency. So, it is important to perform the various regular maintenance tasks that ensure the system uses as little electricity as possible in your Whonnock home. The first thing on your list (and the easiest) is cleaning those filters. Keeping Filters Clean The Department of Energy’s Energy Savers website states that you can reduce your air conditioner’s energy consumptio...

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Save Money With AC Maintenance

Posted 22-Aug-2011

Save Money in the Long Haul with AC Maintenance in Slesse ParkEvery year, it’s recommended that you have an HVAC contractor visit your Slesse Park home and tune up your air conditioner. This visit will ensure the system is ready for the intense, regular use it will receive during the hottest months of the year. How much money can this visit save you, though? Let’s take a closer look.   Cost of Operating Your Air Conditioning An air conditioning system on average cost...

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Right Size AC Unit for My Room

Posted 19-Aug-2011

How Do I Find the Right Size Unit for My Room? A Question From Whonnock When buying an air conditioner in Whonnock, there are a lot of things you need to take into account. One of the most important is the size and power of the unit you choose. Air conditioners come in many different sizes, so if you really want to get the most out of your purchase, you need to do your research and pick one that fits your home like a glove. Square Feet and BTUs The best way to determine how large of ...

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Air Conditioning Repair | HVAC Services in Vancouver

Posted 17-Aug-2011

If your air conditioning system suddenly stops working or is not keeping your Maillardville house as cool as you think it should, the chances are good that you will have to call in a professional to make the necessary repairs and get you back on track. However, there are a few things you can do on your own before you make that call to ensure that this really is something you cannot take care of on your own. While it may seem obvious, the first thing you should check is the thermostat to ma...

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Home Cooling Tips

Posted 15-Aug-2011

Having an energy efficient air conditioning system in place is a great way to keep cool in the summer for less in Clearbrook. But that is far from the only thing you can do to help reduce your energy bills throughout the hottest months of the year. In fact, there are several simple steps you can take to start cutting down on your cooling costs right now and lighten the cooling load that your air conditioning system has to bear. One of the main things to remember when you are trying to keep...

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Installing Drainage System: Why Call a Burnaby Plumber?

Posted 12-Aug-2011

A proper drainage system is a great asset when you are trying to improve the appearance of your Burnaby lawn or increase your landscaping options. A lawn that does not drain right will have dry and wet spots that make it difficult for plants to grow. Your lawn will develop a spotty appearance because of these types of areas and you will probably also have a smaller area to work with in general. With a good drainage system, on the other hand, you can make use of your entire yard. As long as...

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Considering Remodeling: Tips From Huntingdon To Be Sure Its Done Right

Posted 11-Aug-2011

Remodeling your home is a great investment and can be a satisfying accomplishment once it’s done. Any remodeling project is a major one, however, and therefore requires some strategizing and careful execution in order to prevent setbacks, added expense, and a great deal of frustration. Here are some tips from Huntingdon to help your remodeling project go smoothly, and help you keep your sanity. Think like a Boy Scout The best first step in any remodeling project is to prepare your...

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How to Eliminate an Odor Coming from a Garbage Disposal: A Tip From Chilliwack

Posted 10-Aug-2011

If you have a garbage disposal in your Chilliwack home, as most people do these days, you probably consider it an indispensible part of your household plumbing equipment. However, it is not uncommon for odor problems to develop with a garbage disposal. This is certainly an unpleasant situation, but luckily it can usually be quickly and effectively remedied. The main reason that garbage disposals begin to smell is that they catch bits of food and other items that go down the drain. This is ...

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Green Thinking for Fort Langley Green Thinkers

Posted 08-Aug-2011

There are a lot of media stories in Fort Langley about exciting new green buildings: LEED-certified buildings, net-zero buildings, buildings made out of recycled shipping containers, homes in New Urbanist communities, even “ultra-small” homes. But a new home can be pricey. Fortunately, though, all these innovative green ideas can be applied where you live right now. In fact, going green in your existing home might even be better for the environment than building a brand-new home. ...

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What Causes Low Water Pressure? A Tip From Websters Corners

Posted 03-Aug-2011

It is unfortunate that most people do not think about their plumbing systems until they have a problem with them. A common problem is low water pressure, and there are many things that may cause such a situation. Although some people simply opt to live with low pressure, lack of water pressure could be a sign of a larger problem within the system. In many cases, low water pressure is caused by the size of the pipes within the home. Many older homes were built with half inch pipes instead...

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Unclog a Floor Drain in Deroche: Complicating Factors

Posted 01-Aug-2011

It is never fun to wander down into your Deroche basement only to find that your floor drain has backed up. This is not a situation that will take care of itself and you want to get it under control as quickly as possible. While there are certainly plenty of things you can do to try and unclog a floor drain on your own, there are quite a few potentially complicating factors to consider as well. First of all, you should make sure that no one in the house turns on any running water for any...

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Showerheads that Save Water: Low-Flow Shower Heads

Posted 29-Jul-2011

Canadian households use more water per capita compared to most countries around the world.  Around 15 percent of a home’s energy use goes into heating water. To save water and to save on the fuel that it takes to heat water, many Canadians are turning to showerheads that offer low litre-per-minute water flow rate of showerhead products. Early-model low-flow showerheads left much to be desired, but improvements in technology have resulted in better products. The best low-flow s...

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Shower Valves and Fittings

Posted 27-Jul-2011

Your shower is the place you go to get clean. But it is also much more than that. You want to be able to enjoy a comfortable showering experience at all times, and for that you need to have the right shower valves and fittings. There are a lot of factors to consider when you are picking out your new shower setup, so it is a good idea to do some research ahead of time to find out what features are really important to you and which you can do without. First of all, you will need to pick ou...

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Scald Free Showers and Bathtubs: Scald Prevention Methods

Posted 25-Jul-2011

One of the worst things that can happen to you in a shower is when a sudden blast of scalding hot water strikes you unexpectedly. This is a problem for many people and usually happens when someone turns on the cold water at another tap in the house. When that occurs, the cold water that you were using to regulate the temperature in your shower becomes temporarily unavailable and the hot water takes over. This usually does not last long, and even if it does, you will likely jump out of th...

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How Hard Is Your Water?

Posted 22-Jul-2011

The hardness or softness of water varies considerably from one part of the country to another. What we really mean when we talk about hardness is how much calcium and magnesium carbonates are present in the water. The more of these minerals there are, the harder your water will be. While the fact that your water is harder does not mean that it is unsafe, it is good to know what you are dealing with. There are several ways to find out how hard or soft your water is. You may simply be able t...

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How a Water Softener Works

Posted 20-Jul-2011

You use water for many things. It is necessary for bathing, cooking, washing clothes and for drinking. But the water we use in our homes is not pure. It has plenty of other minerals and additives suspended inside. While some of these, like fluoride, are intentionally added to the water supplies in certain areas, some others get in by chance. Aside from actual pollutants, the additives you may be the most concerned about finding in your water are calcium and magnesium. These minerals are pi...

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What Water Softener is Right for You?

Posted 18-Jul-2011

How to Choose the Water Softener That Is Right for YouIf hard water is a problem in your home, the solution may be simpler than you think. There are many water softeners out there, and some of them can be quite effective at treating the water coming into your home in order to remove the minerals that make the water hard. However, there are plenty of distinct differences between the various products on the market as well, so you should take a closer look at your options before you commit to on...

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Shower Installation: Prefabricated vs. Tile

Posted 15-Jul-2011

Shower Installation: Prefabricated vs. Tile Remodeling your bathroom is a sure way to increase the value of your home, which you might want to consider if you are thinking of selling in the future, and one way to do that is to install a new shower. The question that immediately presents itself is, will you hire someone to do this for your, or are you planning on doing it yourself? Installing a prefab shower is doable for a homeowner, but there are certain drawbacks. While it is wit...

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Quick Tips on Toilets

Posted 13-Jul-2011

Quite simply, everyone needs to have a working toilet in their home. Of course, when we do, we tend to take it for granted. Most people really do not know much about how their toilets work and how much water they use, and acquiring that information can be beneficial to you for several reasons. Toilet tips can help you save money, catch problems early and generally get the most out of your toilet. Water-saving devices are always useful on toilets. Even if you did not buy a water-saver toi...

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How Can I Stop My Toilet from Running?

Posted 11-Jul-2011

Nothing is more obnoxious than the constant tinkling sound of a running toilet. When your toilet starts pouring water through at a record rate, it is time to take a peek inside and make sure everything is working properly. Luckily, most of the time, a running toilet is very easy to fix. It may only be that the tank flap or the diaphragm needs adjustment. Here are some quick tips to help you diagnose and repair that running toilet and get back the peace and quiet of your bathroom once and for ...

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Ultra Violet Lighting

Posted 08-Jul-2011

With a state of the art home comfort system in place, complimented by a high tech indoor air cleaner, you may think you’re set to take on climate and contaminant related challenges to your air quality. But you’re probably missing one thing, and that’s the ability to remove living contaminants like bacteria and viruses from your indoor air. Unlike non-living particulate indoor air contaminants, bacteria and viruses are not easily caught by indoor air filters or ionizers. T...

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Filters

Posted 06-Jul-2011

Installing air filters in your home is a great way to make sure the air your family breathes every day is safe and free of contaminants. But you shouldn’t just go out and buy the first air filter you see. When it comes to quality air filtration, HEPA filters are the industry leaders, and for good reason. They can remove up to 99.97% of indoor air contaminants that measure 0.3 microns or larger, a phenomenal success rate unmatched by any other filters on the market. Proper HEPA Filter...

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What Is a Whole House Pressurization Test and Should I Get One?

Posted 04-Jul-2011

If you have a forced air heating or cooling system in your home, you also have a system of ducts through which that heated or cooled air circulates. And most people don’t give a second though to those ducts. After all, if your heating and cooling systems are working, the ducts must be doing their job, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. If ducts are not working properly, the whole system will be in trouble, even when you don’t realize there is a problem. Tha...

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Green House Gasses

Posted 01-Jul-2011

There’s simply no way around it: the air conditioner you probably depend on all summer is emitting a constant stream of greenhouse gasses contributing to the warming of the Earth. While it’s true that the coolants used today, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), are much less damaging than the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) initially used in air conditioning, they are still harmful to the environment. Environmentally Friendly Coolants Recently, research has led to the development of more ...

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The Importance of COP

Posted 29-Jun-2011

What is the COP and Why Is It Important?If you’ve been researching air conditioners, you’ve probably seen all sorts of numbers associated with each model. One of these numbers is the Coefficient of Performance (COP). While it’s good to gather as much data as you can before you make a purchasing decision, you also need to know what that data means if it’s going to help you make the best selection possible. Measuring COP Calculating the COP for any air conditioning...

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Invention Of Air Conditioning

Posted 27-Jun-2011

Who Invented Air Conditioning?For hundreds of years, people have been trying to figure out how to stay cool in the heat of the summer. But it wasn’t until 1902 that the first modern air conditioner was put into service in Brooklyn, NY. Since then, many adjustments and improvements have been made to make air conditioning available and convenient for people to use in their homes and cars. But through it all, the basic principles used in that first air conditioner have remained constant. ...

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Reduce Allergens With Regular Duct Cleanings

Posted 24-Jun-2011

One of the biggest problems many families face with indoor air quality is the ever persistent presence of allergens. Especially if you have pets or plants, allergens will be in your home from the day you move in. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t many ways to reduce them – especially in the case of duct work. Allergens in Your Duct Work How do so many allergens get into your ductwork? It starts with how the ductwork circulates air in your home. Because air only flows...

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Zone Controlled Thermostat

Posted 22-Jun-2011

Why Choose a Programmable Thermostat?There are many types of thermostats available for your home, but which is the best for your particular needs? It depends largely on how often you are home, how many rooms you have and how people in your house use each of those rooms. A programmable thermostat in particular is a great option because it allows home owners to control when and how much heat or cooling is introduced to their indoor air. Normal thermostats lack this level of control, largely ...

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Great Whole House Fans

Posted 20-Jun-2011

What is a Whole House Fan?Cooling your home is a big deal. Especially if the temperature in your home is generally very high in the summer, the cost of air conditioning is tremendous. A central air conditioner can cost between $2,000 and $4,000 to run for an average 2,800 square foot home over the course of six months. That’s a lot of electricity just to stay cool. That’s why a whole house fan is a great option for those that want to forego the use of direct air conditioning fo...

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Making and Keeping Your Home Toxic Chemical Free

Posted 17-Jun-2011

Keeping Your Home Toxic Chemical FreeSo, you have decided you want to try to go chemical free in your home. Whether you want to be friendlier to the environment at large or just foster a healthier home environment for yourself or your kids, eliminating toxic chemicals is a big step. Below are some tips to help you go about it the right way. Removing Toxins The first step is to eliminate some of the major toxic chemicals that may already be in your home. First, make sure your home’...

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Tips for Creating a Durable Home

Posted 15-Jun-2011

7 Tips for Creating A Durable Home With Less Maintenance NeedsOwning a home is a joy in and of itself. There is an undeniable satisfaction that accompanies being the master of your own domain. Unfortunately, that also means being the master of all the maintenance in that domain. Being proactive in doing regular, preventive maintenance is the best strategy to keep your house in shape and reduce costs, but that can grow tiresome. So, it behooves you to try to create the most durable home pos...

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Drinking Water Filters

Posted 13-Jun-2011

Types of Drinking Water FiltersThere are not many things more important than making sure that your home drinking water supply is safe and free of contaminants. All kinds of things can appear in your drinking water, and it is helpful to know exactly what types of contaminants are prevalent in your area so that you can make the best decision about what type of water filters to buy. Some water filters work well at removing certain types of contaminants but not others. However, there are som...

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Get Better Flow From Your Faucets

Posted 10-Jun-2011

How Can I Get Better Flow from My Faucets?Most of us realize that a drain can get clogged or that the pipes in our home might require extra repairs every now and then, but rarely do we realize that when the faucet is not providing a strong, steady flow of water, it is likely because of a clog in the actual faucet. If you are suffering from low flow in your faucets or worse, sputtering and clogging, here are some tips to help fix the problem. Why it Happens The reason that so many faucet...

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Prevent Clogged Drains

Posted 08-Jun-2011

How Can I Prevent Clogged Drains?One of the most frustrating plumbing issues any home owner will encounter is a clogged drain. Not only are clogged drains a nuisance, they are largely avoidable, so it becomes that much more frustrating when it happens since you know that you could have taken preventative measures long before the problem occurred. To help stop your drains from clogging in the future, here are some useful preventative tips: » Set Cooking Grease Aside – Cooking gr...

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How Do I Stop My Pipes from Knocking?

Posted 06-Jun-2011

When you are a homeowner, you look forward to a restful night’s sleep in your quiet home. However, what can you do about those noisy pipes? Pipes that knock together can be as loud as noisy neighbors, but thankfully they are easier to fix. If you want to prevent the pipes from making noise in your home, consider some of the following fixes. In the vast majority of cases, pipes that sound like they are knocking together are shaking due to variances in water pressure inside the pipe. A...

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Spring Maintenance Tips For Outside the House

Posted 01-Jun-2011

Harsh winter weather can take its toll on a home, so the warmth of spring is a great opportunity to whip the place back into shape. Finding time now to do some maintenance on the outside of your home can save a lot more time, trouble and expense down the road, as well as helping retain resale value. Below are some tips to keep your home in good repair. On The House: » Take a trip to the roof to check for damage. Look for loose, damaged, or missing shingles, as well as any other sp...

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What Is the White Substance around My Showerhead and Faucet and Why Is it There?

Posted 01-Jun-2011

For many people, it is common to notice a buildup of some type of white substance on showerheads and faucets around the house. Of course, this looks bad and would seem to indicate a problem. But what is it really? And what can you do about it? Well, to begin with, this type of buildup is usually nothing more than mineral deposits. The minerals are in the water that flows through the faucets and can settle out on the fixtures, particularly in the shower where a lot of the water you use ev...

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How to Install a Toilet

Posted 30-May-2011

A toilet is a relatively basic piece of plumbing equipment, but that does not mean that installing it is easy. This is certainly a job that many people can do on their own, but you should be prepared to devoting the majority of your day to the project. While the installation itself is not terribly complicated, it is quite important that you get it right, so make sure you have all of the necessary materials, equipment and tools before you begin. The first thing to remember is that you need ...

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Where Are My Shut Off Valves?

Posted 27-May-2011

Whenever you want to do some home repairs on your plumbing, whether it is to change a leaky faucet or fix knocking pipes, you need to shut off the main water supply. But, most home owners do not know where their main shutoff valves are, especially if they have just moved in or are renting a home that is unfamiliar to them. To help, here are some common places you can look for shutoff valves in your home. Water Meter – The Water Meter, which you can usually find in your basement or ...

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Understanding House Ventilation Options

Posted 25-May-2011

All the fancy air quality control tools in the world are useless if you don’t have a good ventilation system to circulate air through your home each day. An air filter removes larger particles like dust, dander and pollen, and an electronic air filter removes smaller particles like bacteria, mold, and gases. However, your indoor air will still be poor without a fresh supply of air constantly circulating in from outdoors. Types of Ventilators There are a few options here, depending...

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Equipment You Should Not Keep

Posted 16-May-2011

Old Equipment You Really Should Not KeepWhen you move into an existing home, there are many pieces of equipment that you may not want to keep. Some of them are just old and poor quality, while others cost you a lot of money and others still may be dangerous to you or your children. Before you settle into your space, make sure you have every one of your systems checked thoroughly for potential problems including inefficient heating, dangerous parts or environmentally unfriendly components. En...

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New Filter Ratings: How to Evaluate Your Filter

Posted 13-May-2011

Every home has need of a handful of filters that provide with comfortable, affordable air quality and temperature control throughout the year. So, when buying a new filter or upgrading your current system to provide the right comfort level for your home, there are a few things to consider. First is the actual rating of your filters. Every filter is rated for a particular level of efficiency. The higher the rating, the more particles it catches, but also the more it will cost. Air Filter Ra...

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Sealing Your Home Can Bring Big Rewards

Posted 09-May-2011

You use a lot of energy – and money! – keeping your house at a comfortable temperature. But if there are holes in the “envelope” or “shell” of your home, air from the outside can get into your home and drive up your energy costs. Sealing the envelope of your home is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve energy efficiency and comfort. Energy Star estimates that appropriate sealing can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs. There are thre...

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Surge Protection for My HVAC?

Posted 06-May-2011

Do I Need Surge Protection for My HVAC? You probably know that to keep your HVAC system in good working order you need to keep up with regular maintenance. This includes things like changing air filters, cleaning out air ducts and clearing debris from both inside and outside the system. Surge protection for your system may not be something you think of immediately, but like those maintenance tasks, it’s an important part of keeping your equipment functioning properly over time. ...

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Is it Possible to Vent Hot Air from a Garage

Posted 04-May-2011

If you have a garage, you know how hot it can get in there on a warm summer day. In fact, the air in your garage is likely hotter and more humid than the air right outside. Of course, you may not spend a lot of time in your garage, so reducing the temperature in there might not be an immediate concern for you. But just like heat buildup in your attic, higher temperatures in your garage can have negative effects on the temperature in the rest of your home. Heat seeping into the house from t...

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Portable Air Conditioners

Posted 02-May-2011

If you’re in the market for an air conditioner, you’re probably familiar with central and window air conditioning units. But did you know there was another option? While they’re not perfect for every situation, portable air conditioners can provide reliable, even cooling for many homes. Advantages of Portable Units Of course, the main reason to buy a portable air conditioner is that it’s, well, portable. With one of these units, you don’t have to worry abou...

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How Can I Fix a Leaky Faucet?

Posted 29-Apr-2011

Leaky faucets certainly are not the type of emergency you want to call the plumber for, but they are also pretty inconvenient and annoying. Fortunately, they are often quite easy to fix. The proper procedure for fixing a leak in your faucet will depend on the type of faucet you have, but it is always a relatively simple task. If you know what type of faucet you have, you are ahead of the game. But if you do not, you will need to take your faucet apart first to see what is going on in there...

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Hiring a Plumber: What to Look for

Posted 27-Apr-2011

There are plenty of situations in which you will need the services of a professional plumber. And when you have a plumbing emergency, you really need it to be addressed as quickly as possible. But how do you know which plumber to call? It is likely that all of them can get the job done, but you want to make sure you do not have to pay too much and that the work is done right so that the same problem does not recur in the near future. Since an emergency repair needs to be done quickly, it i...

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Signs of a Broken Water Line outside the House

Posted 25-Apr-2011

Has your water usage begun to rise for no discernible reason? If so, don’t assume that the water company has made a mistake. You could have a broken water line outside your house. Leaks inside the home are easy to find, as the flooding and stains they cause are unmistakable. An outside leak, however, can be a bit harder to detect. Here are the top signs that the water line outside your home has sprung a leak. A Higher Water Bill As years go by, most people begin to get a ...

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Sick Building Syndrome? Could Your House Have It?

Posted 22-Apr-2011

Homeowners who experience mysterious health symptoms often wonder if their house could have sick building syndrome. This term is used to describe homes, schools and office buildings that cause occupants to become ill. Examining your home for signs of mold growth is one way to determine if your home is the cause of your health problems. Mold growth can occur anywhere moisture is present. Fungal mold spores are everywhere in our environment and will begin to grow inside our homes if they lan...

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Worst Rooms in Your Home to Collect Allergens

Posted 20-Apr-2011

Your home is a haven for allergens, but some rooms in particular are much worse than others. They are damp. They are warm. They often have garbage in them. These are the rooms that need especially close attention when trying to maintain air quality in your home. Basement First on the list is your basement. A basement is the biggest problem when it’s either unfinished or not used very often. If you have water leaks in your basement or poor insulation, it’s important to have a...

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How Often Do You Change Your Filters?

Posted 18-Apr-2011

The core component of any good air quality system is the filter. A good air filter removes almost all of the particles that inundate your home every day – from the pet dander that flakes off of your cats or dogs to the pollen released by plants both indoors and out. But many homeowners are not aware of when they should change the filters in their air quality system. They know it should be done regularly, but how often and when do you ignore the manufacturer’s recommendation to ...

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The Facts about Indoor Air Quality

Posted 15-Apr-2011

One of the least understood aspects of your home’s comfort system is the indoor air quality. Most people assume that once they have a good furnace and air conditioner installed, there’s nothing left to worry about. However, with the push in the last 20 years to reduce energy loss through poor insulation, most homes are sealed up tighter than ever before. This doesn’t just cause stuffy indoor air – it can actually lead to illness. How Bad Can Indoor Air Quality Get? ...

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How Bad Is the Air in Your Home?

Posted 13-Apr-2011

Every day you hear about another awful contaminant that can get into your home’s air supply. Radon gas. Carbon Monoxide. Nitrogen Dioxide. Smoke. Mold. The list gets longer with each passing year and many homeowners are understandably worried. However, before you run out and by the newest lineup of filters, purifiers, and UV lights, stop and think about just how bad your indoor air actually is. When Was Your Home Built? Homes built in the last 10-15 years tend to be well ventila...

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Heat Pump and Zoning or Zone Control Systems

Posted 08-Apr-2011

When you’re putting in a heat pump, it may also be a great time to look into having a zone control system put in as well. These types of systems can do a lot to both lower your energy bills and make your home as comfortable as possible throughout the year. Zone control systems actually allow you to set different temperatures in different parts of your home. They use a system of dampers to direct more heat to certain areas and less to others. For instance, you may like to keep the liv...

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Heat Pump Options

Posted 06-Apr-2011

What Are Your Heat Pump Options?Once you’ve decided that a heat pump really is the best option for your home, you’ll still have a lot of options to consider. There are actually quite a few types of heat pumps and they can vary considerably in terms of their energy efficiency and other available features. For instance, you can choose to go with a heat pump with a one-speed, two-speed or multi-speed compressor. Single speed compressors are only capable of operating at full capaci...

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Heat Pump Filter Care

Posted 04-Apr-2011

On the whole, heat pumps are efficient, durable and effective. They are built to run all year round without needing any more maintenance than your average furnace or air conditioning system and they have an average lifespan comparable to those other types of home comfort systems as well. That’s not to say that there aren’t things you can do to keep your heat pump in good working order, however. Keeping up with the professional maintenance visits is an important step to take alo...

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What Is the Most Efficient Way to Heat My Home?

Posted 01-Apr-2011

When it comes to home heating, efficiency is one of the main factors most people take into consideration. There are quite a few different options in terms of home heating, including oil, gas and electric furnaces, heat pumps, and boilers, and each of these have their own set of advantages and disadvantages depending on your own particular situation. For better or worse, there is no one system that is universally more energy efficient and effective than the others. The one that will turn ou...

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How Much Will a High Efficiency Furnace Save Me?

Posted 30-Mar-2011

The furnaces you can buy these days are all much more energy efficient than those available even 10 years ago. However, that doesn’t mean that all of the current models are created equal. There is still a pretty big variation when it comes to energy efficiency and when it comes to price, so you need to really know what you’re looking for if you want to get the best deal out there. The first thing you should understand when you’re trying to pick out a furnace is how energy...

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Water Filtering Faucets

Posted 28-Mar-2011

The last thing you want is to be drinking or cooking with contaminated water. Of course, you can always opt for a full house water filtration system, but these are often expensive to install and maintain. If you are not prepared to make this kind of investment, you may want to consider purchasing a water filtering faucet instead. Unlike large point of entry water filtration systems, a water filtering faucet treats the water at one particular sink or other outlet. These types of faucets t...

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Save by Buying and at the Right Time

Posted 25-Mar-2011

Buying a new HVAC system is a big step and a big investment. You know you will be spending a considerable amount of money, but it is worth it to get the right system for your home. However, that does not mean you should not shop around and compare prices before you buy. Prices in this industry are far from static, and you could get a great deal if you do some research and know what you are looking for. Of course, you first have to have the luxury of being able to shop around. If your HVAC ...

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How To Save Money With Maintenance

Posted 21-Mar-2011

Maintenance Really Does Save MoneyWhen it comes to your home heating and cooling systems, you really cannot go wrong with proper annual maintenance. While it may seem like an unnecessary expense, especially if your systems are relatively new, you will save a lot in the long run if you pay that small fee once a year for each system. During a maintenance visit, a technician can thoroughly clean out your heating or cooling system and check all parts to make sure they are not showing signs of ...

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How Much Water Does a Leaky Faucet Waste?

Posted 18-Mar-2011

Homeowners today are more concerned than ever with preserving our natural resources and protecting the environment. However, many people fail to realize just how much water their leaking faucets are wasting. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, water leaks can cause 10,000 gallons of water to be wasted in a single home during the course of a year. In fact, at least 10 percent of all American homes have water leaks that waste up to 100 gallons every day. Inspecting your home ...

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Do Low-Flow Toilets Work?

Posted 16-Mar-2011

Although they do not receive nearly the attention they should, toilets are a very important part of most people’s day to day life. There are many in the world who do not get to enjoy the benefits of having a toilet, and their living conditions are very poor. However, those of us lucky enough to have a toilet often wonder if we are throwing money away by not having a low-flow toilet instead of a standard one. At the same time, we all want to know that this kind of toilet is going to work...

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How Much Water Will I Save with a Low Flow Toilet?

Posted 14-Mar-2011

The low flow toilet uses only 1.6 gallons of water each and every time it is flushed. Before wide adaptation of the low flow toilet gained popularity in the 1990’s, the average Canadian toilet used 3.5 gallons of water every time it was flushed. There have been many improvements in these toilets since they were first introduced to Canada in the 1990’s. People were complaining that they had to flush more than once in order to get everything to disappear out of the bowls. Multipl...

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Caring for AGUE

Posted 11-Mar-2011

What Is AFUE and Why Should I Care?If you’ve been shopping for a furnace, chances are you’ve noticed that each furnace has its own annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. These generally range from 80% to the high 90% s and the higher the number, the more fuel efficient that particular furnace is. But what does this number really mean and just how much should you care? Well, the AFUE rating should actually have a significant impact on your furnace purchasing decision,...

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Space Heating vs. an Upgrade to Your Heating System

Posted 09-Mar-2011

If your heating system isn’t really cutting it anymore, it may be time to take a step back and consider what your options are. After all, upgrading to an entirely new heating system is a big investment and a large project that will likely disrupt your life at least for a short period of time. However, under certain circumstances it’s the best alternative out there. One option to consider when you’re unhappy with your home heating situation is supplementing your central he...

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What Is Forced Air Heating?

Posted 07-Mar-2011

Those who are looking to purchase a new home have probably been hearing about forced air heating. If they are like most people out there, they do not know what this term means. There is nothing wrong with not being familiar with it, and not knowing something like this is just an opportunity to learn more. The basic idea behind a forced air heating system is that the heat for the home is provided through the air. In other words, the heat is carried by the air all throughout the home until a...

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Common Furnace Problems

Posted 04-Mar-2011

Usually, if a furnace is regularly maintained it should run smoothly. But like everything else, it’s subject to breakdown, either because it wasn’t well maintained, or because it’s simply old. The most common problem in a furnace, whether it’s an electric-resistance furnace or a gas furnace, is no heat. In the electric-resistance furnace this might be the result of the furnace switch or the main breaker being open, or the thermostat set too low. The homeowner should...

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Checking Heat In Hoses

Posted 02-Mar-2011

No Heat in the House? Things to Check and Do In general, when your heating system stops working, you’ll need to call a professional to come out and take a look. However, before you do that, there are likely a couple of things you can check on your own to ensure that there really is a problem with the system itself. For instance, if it’s cold in your house and your heat isn’t coming on, check to make sure that the thermostat is set to a high enough temperature that the ...

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What Is a Downflow vs. an Upflow Furnace?

Posted 28-Feb-2011

Property owners often have to deal with the use of furnaces in order to heat their homes. Homeowners have the choice between either a downflow furnace or an upflow furnace. The difference between a downflow furnace and an upflow furnace is simple. An upflow furnace is the most preferred type of home furnaces. Unfortunately, some homeowners do not have homes that are very compatible with the upflow furnace systems. Both of these types of furnaces have their advantages as well as the disadvanta...

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What is a Downflow vs. an Upflow Furnace?

Posted 28-Feb-2011

Property owners often have to deal with the use of furnaces in order to heat their homes. Homeowners have the choice between either a downflow furnace or an upflow furnace. The difference between a downflow furnace and an upflow furnace is simple. An upflow furnace is the most preferred type of home furnaces. Unfortunately, some homeowners do not have homes that are very compatible with the upflow furnace systems. Both of these types of furnaces have their advantages as well as the disadvanta...

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What To Know About Heat Pumps

Posted 25-Feb-2011

Most Commonly Asked Questions about Heat PumpsIf you’re thinking about buying a new heat pump for your home, chances are you have some questions about these types of products and how they work. In fact, because these types of home comfort systems are relatively new to a lot of people, there are a quite a few misconceptions out there about how effective and efficient they can be. Recently we’ve gotten some good questions from our readers, so we thought we’d like to pass al...

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Heat Pump Noise Considerations

Posted 23-Feb-2011

If it is time to think about replacing your home or office heating system, there are a few issues to contemplate. Perhaps you have made the wise decision to install a heat pump. Price is a serious concern, as well as the choice of an installer for the unit. However, there is an issue that sometimes gets overlooked. The noise factor of the new unit is sometimes not considered at all. The good news is that modern heat pumps are now made in such a way that noise is kept to a minimum. For the ...

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Is a Heat Pump Right for Your Home?

Posted 22-Feb-2011

Deciding which type of home comfort system to go with can be a difficult process to navigate. There are a ton of factors to take into account including how much you will be using the system, what type of fuel you mainly rely on and what the specific climate is like where you live. Heat pumps are a great home comfort solution for many people but they aren’t always the appropriate choice. However, there are many benefits to going with a heat pump system, so this is certainly an option ...

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Clogged Kitchen Sink? What Should You Do

Posted 16-Feb-2011

Clogs are common in almost every household and place of business. Even if you take special care not to put anything that might cause a clog down the drain, there is a good chance that excess bits of food, grease, hair, or other unsavoury materials and pieces will eventually line and clog your pipes. So, what should you do when a clog takes over your kitchen sink? Here are a few simple steps for quick removal. Disconnect Your Garbage Disposal – Before you do anything, you will need to ...

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More Bathtub Drain Plumbing: Things You Should Know

Posted 15-Feb-2011

When we think of clogged drains and plumbing problems, we most frequently think of toilets and kitchen sinks, but one of the most common drains to cause problems in a home is the bathtub. To avoid drain problems and to help fix any problems that might crop up, here are some tips for how to handle your finicky bathtub drain. » How the Bathtub Drain Works – A Bath tub drain works the same as the other drains in your home with a simple trap that ensures the safe transfer of water ...

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Why Is There a Sewer Smell in Our House?

Posted 11-Feb-2011

Sewer odors can not only be quite annoying, but they can also be a sign of a problem with your plumbing system. If there is a sewer smell in your home, the best thing to do is call a professional plumber right away. A professional can easily diagnose the problem and correct it before it gets any worse. There are many things that may cause these odors, and the following situations are the most common. If the odor is strongest in the kitchen, it could be caused by a buildup of food in your...

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Bathtub Drain Plumbing: Things You Should Know

Posted 09-Feb-2011

When we think of clogged drains and plumbing problems, we most frequently think of toilets and kitchen sinks, but one of the most common drains to cause problems in a home is the bathtub. To avoid drain problems and to help fix any problems that might crop up, here are some tips for how to handle your finicky bathtub drain. » How the Bathtub Drain Works – A Bath tub drain works the same as the other drains in your home with a simple trap that ensures the safe transfer of water o...

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Compression vs. Cartridge Faucets

Posted 08-Feb-2011

If you are like most people, you probably do not think too much about what goes on inside your faucet when you turn it on and off. All you need is for the water to flow when you want it to and to stop when you do not. But when the time comes to replace or repair one of the faucets in your home, it is helpful to know a little bit about how the different types of faucets work and what the pros and cons of each can be. The oldest and most common types of faucets are compression faucets. When ...

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Why Does My Garbage Disposal Leak Grind Poorly and Make a Lot of Noise?

Posted 07-Feb-2011

It is definitely convenient to have a garbage disposal in your kitchen. They make doing the dishes and getting rid of food waste much easier. But just like any other appliance or piece of equipment in your home, your garbage disposal can sometimes develop a problem that causes it to leak or perform inadequately. Leaky garbage disposals are certainly no fun to deal with. There are several reasons why garbage disposals can develop a leak. There could be an inadequate amount of putty or seala...

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New Thermostats: Are they Worth the Investment?

Posted 04-Feb-2011

When you are trying to save money around the house, a new thermostat is definitely worth looking into. Sure, your old thermostat works fine. But there are a lot of features available on newer models that can help you save money on your heating and cooling costs throughout the year. And you do not need to wait until it is time to replace your home comfort system to upgrade your thermostat. Most thermostats can work with many different types of heating and cooling systems. So no matter what ...

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How to Maximize Savings in Your Home

Posted 02-Feb-2011

When you are thinking about different ways you might be able to save money around the house, the tendency is to think big. Maybe you need to upgrade to a more energy efficient furnace, or it could be time to install a new central air conditioning system. Maybe it is even a good idea to switch to solar or geothermal power. But before you do any of that, you may want to try some quick and easy ways to save money around the house with the equipment you already have. Here are 10 great ways to ...

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Circulating Fans Can Save You Money

Posted 31-Jan-2011

If you already have a central air conditioning unit, you probably have not though much about having some ceiling fans put in as well. After all, why would you need a fan when your air conditioner can keep you as cool as you want all year long? Well, the truth is that a ceiling fan can actually contribute a lot to your household even when you do already have the central air in place. It can also save you quite a bit of money when it comes to your monthly cooling costs, so there is really no...

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WaterSense Labels

Posted 28-Jan-2011

Many people know about the EPA’s EnergyStar certification, which is a third-party certification system that verifies manufacturers’ claims about the energy efficiency of home appliances. The EnergyStar label has helped hundreds of thousands of consumers choose high-efficiency, cost-effective appliances for their homes. The EPA has also developed a certification for plumbing fixtures, called WaterSense. WaterSense labels can be found on a variety of products, including: &bull...

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The Ease Water Saving

Posted 26-Jan-2011

Water-Saving Tips and TricksHere are some of our favorite water-saving tips. They are easy to incorporate into your lifestyle – and can save you hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water a year. Whole House » Check for leaks – you may save thousands of gallons a month! You can find leaks by looking, listening, and monitoring your water bill for unusually high usage. To check for toilet leaks, put food coloring in your tank. If it gets into the bowl without flushing, y...

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Green Your Plumbing

Posted 24-Jan-2011

These days, “green plumbing” is getting increasing attention, especially in dry areas like the southwestern US. “Green plumbing” helps the environment by doing one or more of the following: Saving water Saving energy Using environmentally-friendly materials There are a wide range of green plumbing products that can make a big difference in how much water and energy your home uses. They range from simple accessories that cost less than $20 to major home remodels. ...

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Zone Heating Can Be a Beautiful Thing

Posted 21-Jan-2011

The Beauty of Zone HeatingWhile it might not technically be a necessity, there are a lot of reasons why you might want to look into having a zone heating system installed in your home. Whether you’ve been using the same home heating system for a long time or are looking to have a new one installed, there’s never a bad time to have a zone heating system put in. Most people think that the only thing that affects their home heating and cooling bills is the energy efficiency of the...

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Furnace vs. Heat Pump

Posted 19-Jan-2011

If you’re currently looking for a new home heating system, you may be wondering whether a furnace or heat pump would be best for your purposes. Each system carries unique benefits and risks that depend on your individual needs. In this article, you’ll learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each type so you can make an educated buying decision when you invest in a quality heating system for your home. Furnaces As the classic heating solution, furnaces are still the h...

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Saving Money by Heating the Crawl Space

Posted 17-Jan-2011

It has become popular belief that heating your crawl space actually costs the home owner more money. When you think about it, you are heating an area that no one uses for living space, and in many cases, do not even use for storage. It seems logical that heating this area would, in fact, be a waste of money and energy. The truth is, however, that heating these areas during the winter may actually reduce your heating costs. It comes down to basic science. Heat rises. When you heat a room...

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The Energy Star Label

Posted 14-Jan-2011

The Energy Star program is a joint program of the US environmental protection agency and the US department of Energy. The program’s goal is to help consumers save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. The best-known aspect of the Energy Star program is the Energy Star label, which is awarded to appliances and other items that are significantly more efficient than average. Energy Star efficiency guidelines vary depending on product category...

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Attic Insulation: Does it Save You Money?

Posted 12-Jan-2011

While you may not spend too much time up in your attic in the winter – or at any time of year for that matter – the conditions up there can end up having a significant impact on the size of your heating bills. Fortunately, if you’re leaking heat out of your attic like crazy, there is something you can do about it. And it won’t even take you a lot of time or cost too much, but it will save you a ton of money in the long run. So what is it that you can do to magically...

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Save Repairs by Cleaning Your Heating Coil

Posted 11-Jan-2011

Cleaning the Heating Coil: It Can Save You Repairs LaterJust like any piece of equipment, your furnace needs some regular attention and maintenance to keep it running right. And one of the most important parts of the furnace to pay attention to during these service visits is the heating coil. Without the heating coil, your furnace simply won’t be able to put out heat to keep your house warm. That’s because the combustion in the furnace is used to heat the coil. Air is then blow...

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Heat Pump Replacement

Posted 07-Jan-2011

When Should You Replace Your Existing Heat Pump?Nobody wants to think about having to replace a home heating and cooling system. It’s a big job and a new system probably won’t come cheap – not if it’s worth buying anyway. But in the end, you’ll be better off replacing your heat pump sooner rather than later if you start noticing signs that it may be on its way out. So what are these signs? Well, they’re actually pretty easy to recognize if you know what ...

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How Efficient Is a Heat Pump?

Posted 06-Jan-2011

Heat pumps are actually remarkably efficient when compared to some of the home heating alternatives out there. Especially if you’re already using electricity to heat your home, you can get generate huge savings on your monthly energy bills by switching to a heat pump system. As their name suggests, heat pumps remove heat from the air and transfer that heat from one area to another. That means that in the winter, your heat pump will remove the heat from the air outside your home and p...

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How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Posted 05-Jan-2011

If you’re in the market for a new home heating and cooling system, a heat pump is definitely an option worth considering. However, while the popularity of these systems is growing rapidly, many people still don’t understand what they’re all about. Before you go out and get yourself a new home comfort system, you should make sure you really know what you’re looking at. As their name suggests, heat pumps move heat from one location to another. However, their name can ...

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Holiday Emergencies: How to Unclog Your Toilet Without Your Guests Even Noticing

Posted 22-Dec-2010

It’s your big holiday party. The carols are playing, the champagne is sparkling, and everyone’s having a great time. But when you step into the bathroom to wash your hands, you discover that one of your wonderful in-laws has attempted to flush the equivalent of a small forest down your toilet. You have a houseful of people and you need to unclog your toilet now. What can you do? To really handle this situation well, you should stock up on the right tools ahead of time. Along wi...

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Touch-Free Faucets: Green Plumbing That's Fun and Easy!

Posted 08-Dec-2010

One fun, high-tech, and relatively inexpensive way to go green is to install a touch-free faucet in your kitchen or bathroom. Touch-free faucets work on a very simple principle: when you’re not actively using them, they shut off. There are a lot of times when you leave a normal faucet on simply because your hands are full (i.e. when you’re washing something), or soapy. With a touch-free faucet, the water turns off during all these gaps in your actual water usage. According to indu...

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Plumbing Is Going Green: Start with Simple Upgrades to Your Faucets and Showerheads

Posted 01-Dec-2010

When people talk about “green building”, they’re typically referring to energy-efficient heating and cooling appliances, insulated walls and windows, and sustainable materials. But these days “green plumbing” is getting increasing attention – and rightly so, because water consumption is a major factor in the environmental footprint of any building! The green plumbing movement is being led by drought-prone Australia, where it’s even possible for plumbe...

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Grateful for Central Heating and Indoor Plumbing

Posted 25-Nov-2010

The holiday season is upon us again – a time for celebrating with family and friends, and remembering our many blessings. Of course, the most important of these are the love of our family and friends and the food that nourishes us. We hope these blessings are shared by all our customers. As the weather gets colder, we are grateful, too, for the comfort of our homes. It’s worth remembering that even the simplest of our modern homes are full of luxuries that people of centuries ...

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How to Cover Your Air Conditioner for the Winter

Posted 23-Nov-2010

604-630-7747 When you have an outdoor air conditioner, you may be wondering what to do about it when the weather turns. The truth of the matter is that plenty of people find that they can simply shut off the air conditioning unit at the end of the summer and then not think about it. This is not necessarily bad for your air conditioning unit, but should you cover it? There are a few benefits for covering your air conditioning unit, and there is even more than one way to cover it. For examp...

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New LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Program

Posted 09-Nov-2010

604-630-7747 Want to get paid for doing the right thing? Check out the new LiveSmart BC program, which rewards consumers with tax-free incentives for upgrading to high-efficiency heating equipment. This is your big chance to do all those home energy improvements you’ve been putting off – because energy efficiency has never been more affordable! Who’s eligible to participate? You may participate if you own an existing single-family house or a permanent mobile home.&nbs...

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High-Efficiency Equipment: Good for the Planet and for YOU

Posted 03-Nov-2010

604-630-7747 Okay, so you know that your old heating and cooling equipment is lousy for the environment. But do you know just how bad it really is? To give you an idea: your old-fashioned hot water tank alone – all by itself – produces about half the carbon emissions of the average car! Add the emissions from your cranky old furnace and your noisy old air conditioners, and you’re really racking up the CO2. Replacing your old carbon-belching heaters, air conditioners, and...

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It's No Trick, Dual-Flush Toilets Are a Treat for Your Budget

Posted 27-Oct-2010

Here’s a great trick for saving money on your water bills! If you’ve travelled to Europe or Australia, you’ve probably seen a dual-flush toilet. Dual-flush toilets have two buttons instead of a single flush handle. Pressing one button flushes the toilet lightly to remove liquid waste, and pressing the other produces a higher-volume flush to remove solid waste. A dual-flush toilet saves water and money Originally designed for drought-prone Australia, these water-saving toilets are becomi...

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Prevent Your Pipes from Bursting This Winter

Posted 20-Oct-2010

It is Easy to Prevent Burst Pipes This Winter Burst pipes are expensive, destructive, and…preventable. Most people know that they need to winterize the plumbing in a camp or vacation home to keep it from freezing over the winter and bursting the pipes. But you also need to winterize the plumbing in your primary residence, even if you’re going to stay there all winter. Frozen pipes - easier to avoid than you think! This is really one of those situations where an ounce of preven...

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Winterizing Your HVAC

Posted 08-Oct-2010

Winterizing Your Heating and Cooling System Like it or not, winter’s coming! And we guarantee you’ll enjoy winter a whole lot more (or at least hate it a whole lot less) if your heating system is working optimally. Getting your heating system ready for winter will make the winter cozy and fun! Furnace maintenance is actually very easy – much easier than dealing with a major repair. These simple “to-dos” take about half an hour to complete, and are well worth yo...

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