Furnace Filter - Change MonthlyWinters in Edmonton are long and cold, the season has already began and our furnaces have started up. You maybe smelled the foul order of dust burning on the furnaces heat exchanger, you also might have noticed an increase in the amount of dust on furniture in the home, some of your family members have started to sneeze more when in the house. All of these things can be related to your furnace filter being clogged with dirt.
How air circulates through your furnace filterA dirty furnace filter is not only can cause many problems for home owners including the things mentioned above but also mechanical problems since the furnace has to work much harder to provide the same amount of heat throughout the home. Your furnace brings fresh air in from the outside and combines it with air in your return system which is collected throughout your house, this “cold” air passes through your filter system and is then heated and distributed throughout the house again. This cycle repeats itself over and over as you require more warm air during the winter months. (more…)
Mold is In Ours Homes EverydayIt’s safe to say that mold is in our lives every day, especially airborne mold spores that are easily spread outside by wind or rain and indoors by our heating and ventilation systems. Indoor environments are at the disadvantage of not having a good air flow and UV from direct sunlight to combat the efforts of mold growth. Outside sunlight reacts with moisture in our air and releases ozone. If you want to combat mold indoors we have to create our own ozone in a safe environment.
Mold grows quickly in the presence of water indoors(more…)
Fall is a great time for a Chimney InspectionA chimney inspection should be part of your fall home maintenance checklist, this is something that should be performed at least once per year just before the heating season. Not only can a thorough chimney inspection help prevent chimney fires but it can also discover birds nests or cracks in the chimney or other damage before it becomes a major problem. Have a professional look at both the exterior of your chimney and the interior, the inspection will diagnose any problems or obstructions and recommend any repairs or cleaning before the heating season. If a chimney sweep is recommended it will be cleaned of any soot or creosote build-up that will help prevent chimney fires. (more…)
Professional Chimney Cleaning - Job for a professional or do it yourself?Chimney cleaning is the job for a professional, maybe you have seen the movies “Mary Poppins” or “The Chimney Sweep and the Miller” and thought of romantic or the comedic side of chimney sweeping but this is a very series business that prevents house fires. You can take care of the firebox quite easily using a wire brush and a shop vac but the job gets much more difficult when you have to start cleaning the chimney its self. You can purchase do it yourself brush kits from local Edmonton hardware stores that would have you climbing onto your roof and brushing the dust and creosote from the chimney walls but beware this is a very messy job and you must be prepared before starting. Make sure that you tarp off your fireplace so that all the dust created doesn’t venture into your home. (more…)
Welcome back to part three of the “Fall Home Maintenance Checklist”. In this section we deal with the yard, garden, porches and decks of your when preparing for the winter months ahead.
A clean, organized garage is a great start for your Fall Home Maintenance ChecklistFirst things first, clean out that garage. Once you have your garage cleaned and organized put the summer garden tools away. Prepare all your yard equipment for winter storage. Make sure that you drain all the fuel from gas operated equipment such as the lawn mower and chain saw. Clean the yard so that it is free of all fallen leaves, if you have areas where the grass is patchy be sure to re-seed and now is a great time to plant any spring flowering bulbs. Cover all plants with netting and chicken wire to prevent deer from damaging them. This is also a good time to fertilize your lawn with a high phosphorous mix to ensure that you have the healthiest, greenest grass on the block when spring arrives. (more…)
Welcome back to part two of the “Fall Home Maintenance Checklist”. In this section we deal with the exterior of your home including paint, foundation, siding, the roof and your driveway and many more things to consider when preparing for the winter months ahead.
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist Edmonton – Part 2 ExteriorLet’s start with your driveway: Inspect the driveway for cracks. Clean and repair any damage with a specially designed driveway filler, once fixed be sure to coat with a driveway sealer. This will prevent moisture from entering and freezing causing the crack to be larger and more difficult to deal with in the future. A great way to improve your energy efficiency, prevent leaks and avoid future costly bills is to inspect your exterior walls for any cracks. Caulk around the spaces where the foundation meets the siding of the home, where any pipes or wires are entering the house and around door frames and windows to prevent heat loss. This is one of the least expensive but most beneficial maintenance jobs the home owner can perform. Openings in structures allow water to seep in where it can freeze and cause cracks and allow molds to grow. The harsh winters of Edmonton can cause water and ice damage, a though check of the homes foundation combined with some inexpensive maintenance work can save large repair jobs in the future. (more…)