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HVAC Fall Maintenance Checklist

This time of year, we all start buttoning up our houses and yards for winter. As you work on your fall maintenance chores, don’t forget your HVAC systems. Regular care of your plumbing and heating keeps these important systems running efficiently.   Take a look at our Fall Maintenance Checklist below for the items you need to add to your to-do list: Replace Air Filters The air filters for your heating system fill with dirt and debris over time (that’s what they are for, after all!). When they become clogged up, airflow and efficiency are restricted. When this happens, the…

Tips for Closing Up Your Cottage for the Year

Summer days are over and that means it's time to start thinking about closing up your seasonal home for the winter. Other than the obvious tasks like cleaning out the fridge and putting away outdoor furniture, there are other maintenance items you should take care of before calling it a season and closing down your camp. Our top tips for shutting down your seasonal home: Determine if you want to do a full or partial shutdown.Make sure your cottage is crime proofGet your place ready for the harsh winter snow, wind and ice. Here are some things that should be…

Standby Generator to the Rescue!

Power outages can be very disruptive on the best of days. In a worst-case scenario, they can cost you money, and can even be dangerous to your health. Sometimes, power outages are predictable, occurring during or following a major storm. Other times, they can happen out of the blue, such as when a transformer blows or someone hits a telephone pole. Either way, if you can be prepared for a power outage, you can get through it unscathed. 70% of Americans who experienced a power outage of just 12 hours or more faced unexpected expenses as a result. An hour…

Can My Heating System Be Repaired or Do I Need a New One?

The system responsible for heating your home is probably not the first thing on your mind right now. We get it – who wants to think about heat now?! Can’t we enjoy summer first?! Well, if your heating system is more than 15 years old, or you experienced issues with it last winter, this is the exact time you should be thinking about it. Eventually, heating systems, or part of them, will need to be repaired or replaced. The summertime is the perfect time to be researching and planning for your new system for a number of reasons. Heating technicians…

6 Plumbing Myths You Should Know

Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their plumbing. Around here of course, we do! When properly taken care of plumbing contributes considerably to our daily comfort. There are a lot of myths and urban legends out there involving plumbing that can cause a lot more harm than good. We don’t want you to risk damaging your plumbing, or to be taken for a ride believing something that isn’t so. Here are some myths about plumbing that can cost you unnecessary expense and aggravation: Myth #1 – Mix Boiling Water with Grease to Help It Go Down…