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Spring and Summer

General guidelines for keeping your home cool and efficient:

  • Have a Service Experts professional inspect your home's ducts and cooling equipment.
  • Clean or replace your AC filters every month.
  • Clean chimney and check to see if your fireplace is working properly.
  • Clean out rain gutters and storm drains.
  • Clean and vacuum vents, baseboard heaters and ducts.
  • Seal air leaks in the attic, basement and crawlspace, and also around windows and doors.
  • Check your attic for proper insulation.
  • Keep shades or curtains drawn on the sunny side of the house, especially during early- and mid-afternoon hours.

Extra steps you can take to save energy:

  • Install a programmable thermostat, so you can preset temperatures for different times of the day.
  • Replace single-pane windows with newer double-pane models, which help reflect the sun's rays and reduce energy loss.
  • Apply a reflective coating to your roof. When replacing your roof, use light-coloured shingles.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents to create a cooler feeling and save lighting costs.
  • Install awnings or plant trees outside your home to create shade.

Things you can do to improve air quality and reduce potential health risks:

  • When adjusting clocks, change batteries in smoke alarms, as well as radon and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Consider a ventilation system to increase air circulation inside and add a healthy dose of fresh air.
  • Clean water-damaged carpets and materials, or consider replacement.
  • Reduce the potential for buildup of allergy-causing pollutants by keeping your house clean
  • Take special precaution when operating fuel-burning appliances to avoid leakage.
  • Store and dispose of household chemicals in a safe manner.

Fall and Winter

General guidelines for keeping your home warm and efficient:

  • Have a Service Experts professional inspect your home's ducts and heating equipment.
  • Set your thermostat to 20°C when you're at home and awake, and as low as 15°C when you're asleep or awake.
  • Clean or replace furnace filters every month.
  • Clean chimney and check to see if your fireplace is working properly.
  • Seal air leaks in the attic, basement and crawlspace, and also around windows and doors.
  • Insulate inside of windows with heavy-duty, clear plastic sheets.
  • Check your attic for proper insulation.
  • Close curtains or shades at night and keep them open during the day
  • Clean windows on the south side of your house to maximize sunlight exposure.
  • Weather-strip doors that lead to cold or outside areas.
  • Wrap and insulate waterlines to prevent them from freezing.
  • Repair leaky faucets.

Extra steps you can take to save energy:

  • Install a programmable thermostat, so you can preset temperatures for different times of the day.
  • Insulate the water tank and first six feet of hot and cold water pipes connected to the unit.
  • Lower the temperature of your water heater to 48°C (for every 10-degree decrease in temperature, you may save 3% - 5% on your energy costs).
  • Install rubber gaskets behind outlets and use switch plates on exterior walls.
  • Install low-flow showerheads.

Things you can do to improve air quality and reduce potential health risks:

  • When adjusting your clocks, change batteries in smoke alarms, as well as radon and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Consider a ventilation system to increase air circulation inside and add a healthy dose of fresh air.
  • Clean water-damaged carpets and materials, or consider replacement.
  • Reduce the potential for buildup of allergy-causing pollutants by keeping your house clean.
  • Take special precaution when operating fuel-burning appliances to avoid leakage.
  • Store and dispose of household chemicals in a safe manner.

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