Air Quality

Is it time to change your furnace filter?


Part of your home’s preventative maintenance this fall should include changing your furnace filter. A clogged filter reduces airflow, which costs you money by reducing how efficient your system is, and that means higher electricity bills and reduced lifespan of your furnace.  Here are more tips to reduce your energy bill.  

Dave’s Tip of the Week: Allergy Season

Allergy season is upon us and having your ducts cleaned can improve the air quality in your home. The average duct cleaning removes approximately five pounds of dust and debris. If you have pets, or recently completed a renovation in your home, or you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in the past five years, you […]

Caring for your wood fireplace or stove

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) had this great article posted in their Autumn Watch booklet.  I’m including it below for those of you who burn wood in your homes.

Do you need your ducts cleaned?

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Top 5 Quick Hints and Tips a Duct Cleaning may be required      

What is the proper humidifier setting in extremely cold weather?

I received this question from one of our readers.  She thought her windows had too much condensation on them.  Here’s what I advised her.

Fresh air – let your house breathe

It’s very important to let your house “breathe”.  A house that is sealed up too tight can cause problems.  I came across this great post that I thought I would share with you.

Carbon Monoxide in your Home – Ontario’s New Carbon Monoxide Alarm Law

Carbon Monoxide detector

The Ontario legislature recently passed a bill mandating carbon monoxide alarms in homes with gas appliances and/or an attached garage. The law, expected to be in place before the end of 2013, will be enforced by local fire departments and penalties will be similar to those related to smoke detectors. At Direct Energy, we support […]

How to maximize your home comfort

Once Fall is in full swing, homeowners start to notice a change in their comfort level in the home. Whether it be the outdoor temperatures are colder and making the house feel chilly or even just certain rooms are less comfortable, it is that time of year – the furnace gets turned on and we […]

Simple but important task this fall

Part of your home’s preventative maintenance this fall should include changing your furnace filter. A clogged filter reduces airflow, which costs you money in the form of reduced efficiency, higher electricity bills and reduced lifespan of your HVAC system. In addition, a clogged filter can cause your furnace to breakdown or in severe cases be a fire hazard.

Humidifiers benefit your home and your health


Maintaining proper indoor air quality for comfort and well-being is especially important in cold, winter months when we spend a lot of time indoors. Dry, cold air combined with the furnace running can reduce the amount of moisture in the home. Purchasing a humidifier is one of the best things a homeowner can do to […]

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