Improve Your Indoor Air Quality with Proper Ventilation

What is ventilation and why is it important, especially in the construction of new homes? In short, ventilation is the process of removing polluted, stale, moisture-laden indoor air and replacing it with fresh outdoor (often dryer) air. Ventilation improves air quality. Over the past several decades there has been a trend in the residential building

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Fire Safety Tips for Winter

Winter is all about feeling cosy and warm as we revel in the beauty of the season. Usually this means that the fireplace is on, the furnace is running, food is in the oven and the candles are burning. With winter being the most common time for house fires, it is extremely important that we

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Types of Wood Burning Systems

What are some of the different types of wood burning systems that are available? There are many different types of wood burning systems. Some of the more common types are summarized as follows. Masonry Fireplaces Masonry fireplaces, found in many homes in Canada, are primarily decorative or aesthetic, and are not considered an efficient means

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Furnace Efficiency 101

How is the efficiency of a furnace calculated? The efficiency of a furnace is based on the total amount of fuel energy being used by the unit, relative to the amount of generated heat that actually stays in the home. There are two general methods of calculating efficiency: steady state efficiency and seasonal efficiency, or

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Key Features in New Windows

Iā€™m thinking of upgrading my old windows in order to make them more energy efficient. What are some of the main features that are available in new windows, and what are the costs for these features? The following is a summary of several key features available in new windows: Double or Triple-Glazed Glass (Thermopanes) These

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