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Your Handy Guide To Forced Air Heating

Two-thirds of all Canadian homes are heated with forced-air furnaces; of those, two-thirds are fired by natural gas, and the remainder by oil or propane or heated electrically. These systems are popular for a number of reasons, primarily their ability to heat a house quickly: just turn up the temperature on your thermostat, and seconds later warm air comes blowing out of the registers. The ductwork can also be used for air-conditioned cooling in summer, and a forced-air furnace can easily be equipped to multi-task as an air filter, humidifier and/or fresh-air ventilator. On the fuel side, the gas line...

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2018’s Paint Colours Everyone Will Be Talking About

There’s a new minimalist colour palette in town, and it doesn’t involve grey. As 2018 quickly approaches, it’s time to discuss which home decor trends will define the year to come. While 2017 has been all about tropical green, warm neutrals, and sophisticated camel accents, we predict that next year will be full of even edgier hues. BLACK AS A STATEMENT COLOUR There’s no denying we’re in love with all-black rooms, and 2018 is totally onboard with this sleek and sexy trend. According to Trendir, black should be treated as a neutral this year, considering it complements nearly...

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Easements Explained

Written by Lorne Shuman The word easement appears in almost every Agreement of Purchase and Sale. It is a common term, but often misunderstood. Whether you own a property or are considering the purchase of a property, it is important to understand what an easement is. Easements are an important part of our property law system.  They give certain rights to others, such as municipalities and utility companies to use part of your land or to access services that may run with your land. An easement is the right to enter on or use another person's land for a specified purpose. ...

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The Pitfalls of Buying a Pre-Construction Condo

Written by Lorne Shuman As the price of detached and semi-detached homes continues to increase, many homebuyers are choosing to enter the housing market by purchasing brand-new pre-construction condominiums. Buying a pre-construction condominium has many benefits. However, the builder’s contract is very one-sided and in favor of the builder. This column will examine some of the important provisions that should be considered before buying a pre-construction condominiu 1. Builder Adjustments:  Virtually every builder contract will contain adjustments to the sale price. These are extra costs...

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The Dos & Don’t Dos of Duct Cleaning

Dirty air ducts can be unsafe, drastically raise your energy bills, release allergens into your home or workplace, and even attract rodents and pests. When it comes to duct cleaning, no step can be skipped, and the pollutants or contaminants that accumulate in your duct system need to be eradicated 100 %, otherwise you risk re-contamination of the entire system. Most air duct cleaning companies recommend that you have the cleaning procedure done once every three years. DUCT CLEANING TIPS 1. Dust, fungi and bacteria have been shown to collect in the ventilation system. These contaminants are widely...

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Clean Your Eavestroughs!

With winter just around the corner, many of us are climbing up on our roofs to clean out gutters. Taking care of this job does more than protect your gutters – your home’s #1 enemy is water, and gutters that are not working properly can compromise the structural integrity of your home and even endanger your family’s health with mould and mildew growth. Water must flow away from your house, and gutters play a vital role in that process. After they collect the water runoff from the roof, gutters should carry that water at least five feet away from the foundation. This job is performed...

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Water Water Everywhere

Toronto is expected to have a milder winter this year, which means frequent cycles of freezing and thawing, often leading to basement leaks. If you’re like most homeowners, this may raise concerns about basement leaks.  It is important to be proactive with basement leaks as consistent water in your basement can lead to other issues such as crumbling foundation and even mould. Below are several proactive steps you can take during the fall which could help to keep your basement dry and leak-free during the upcoming months. 1. Clean out troughs It’s important to make sure your eavestroughs...

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10 Fall Cleanup Tips

Here's what can be done in the fall to make spring lawn and garden care as painless as possible: Clean Out Debris Fallen leaves and weeds are the perfect place for pests to settle in for the winter. Clear out flower beds to keep them away. Pay special attention to rose beds, if you have them, as their foliage can foster disease over the winter. Beware Rogue Branches Trim up any large or out-of-place tree branches that may cause trouble during the winter. You don’t want any branches breaking and falling during the snowfall and ice storms we’re bound to see again this winter. Clean...

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Maintain Your Appliances

It is a certainty that your household appliances will not outlive the lifespan of your home. Sooner or later, they will need to be replaced. You can, however, extend their longevity and prevent premature replacement costs with regular maintenance. Proper care and maintenance can make a difference in the life span of your home appliances. Well maintained appliances can save you money in the long run, not only in replacement costs but also in energy costs. Dishwasher – Average Lifespan: 13 years Your dishwasher may have a filter located near the bottom or under the lower spray arm which...

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Eco-Friendly Renos

Regardless of the time of year, many of us spend time pondering all of those tasks (large and small) we’ve been meaning to get to around the house. From replacing kitchen appliances, to installing new lighting, to renovating an entire room or floor, there’s never a bad time to tackle these projects. Don’t wait until the dust has settled before you consider the environmental impact of your choices. Act now to make your next renovation environmentally friendly. Start Small You certainly can’t solve the world’s energy crisis with one renovation. Nor can you be expected to paint a house...

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