Five things to love about Nest Learning Thermostats


Since launching in 2011, Nest Learning Thermostats have created quite a stir in the tech world and in January the company was acquired by Google. I’ve had a Nest for just over a year and I love it. If you aren’t familiar with Nest or considering a thermostat upgrade, here are five things you should […]

Five easy tips for energy efficiency

Canada’s changing seasons and ever-changing weather patterns mean that for most of us, household heating and cooling costs make up a significant portion of our expenses. But, there are simple things you can do this spring to conserve energy, help the environment and save money.

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.

Nest Learning Thermostat Part of Alberta Energy Offer


We made an exciting announcement this morning in Alberta.  Albertan’s can receive a Nest Learning Thermostat at no charge when they sign-up for the Five Year Comfort and Control Dual Fuel Plan. I have a Nest myself and I love it, and I can attest to the energy savings as I’ve seen my bills decrease […]

Gas fireplaces too hot for tots

  Every year, children are burned from contact with the glass barrier at the front of a gas fireplace. Statistics show that contact burns – injuries sustained when a part of the body touches a hot object – are the second leading cause of burns in children.                 […]

Dave’s Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Home Improvement

Did you know that energy efficiency can increase the value of your home? If you’re thinking about home improvement projects for the new year, remember you can save time, money, and headaches by doing some research on how difficult these jobs can be. So, here are our Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Home Improvement […]

Did you know that the improper use of space heaters is one of the leading causes of fires and carbon monoxide exposure in homes and cottages?

Space heaters are a handy way to add a little extra warmth to one corner of the house without turning up the furnace. But space heaters can be a hazard if used improperly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and these safety tips to stay safe and warm:

DIY Furnace Maintenance? No, Call a Professional.


To keep your home heating system working the way it should this season there are actions that you as the owner can take, but there are things that need to be performed by a professional. Check out this list courtesy of the Technical Safety and Standards Association to see what you should do on your […]

Attention Barrie Residents – Free Maintenance Plan Promotion!!!

That’s right folks, we are giving away 365 furnace maintenance plans to residents of Barrie, Ontario.  Call us at 866-907-7312 anytime after 8am on Thursday, November 14 for your chance to receive a furnace maintenance plan for free. Why are we doing this?  Because we firmly believe that maintaining your furnace every year will extend […]

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