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The Baker Team

Maintaining an efficient HVAC system is paramount for winter comfort and energy savings. This essay will delve into essential tips to optimize your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system during the colder months.

Regular maintenance is the cornerstone of a well-functioning HVAC system. Start by inspecting and changing the air filters. Clogged filters hinder airflow, forcing the system to work harder and consume more energy. Ideally, filters should be replaced every 1-3 months, depending on usage. Additionally, a professional HVAC technician should perform an annual inspection, addressing issues like worn-out parts, leaks, or inefficiencies.

Adjusting the thermostat wisely contributes significantly to energy efficiency. Lowering the thermostat a few degrees when you’re away or sleeping can lead to substantial energy savings. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat, allowing you to automate temperature adjustments based on your daily routine. Smart thermostats take this a step further, enabling remote control through mobile devices.

Sealing any leaks or gaps in your home is crucial for preserving the warm air generated by the HVAC system. Inspect doors, windows, and other potential areas for drafts. Weatherstripping, caulking, and using door sweeps can effectively reduce heat loss, enhancing the overall efficiency of the HVAC system.

Ductwork plays a pivotal role in distributing heated air throughout your home. Inspect and seal any leaks or gaps in the ducts to prevent heat loss. Proper insulation of ducts in unconditioned spaces like attics or crawl spaces ensures that the warm air remains at the desired temperature as it travels through the system.

Optimizing the airflow within your living spaces is essential for uniform heating. Ensure that furniture, curtains, or other obstacles are not blocking vents. Clean vents and registers regularly to remove dust and debris that can impede airflow. This simple maintenance task contributes to a more effective and energy-efficient HVAC system.

Consider upgrading to a high-efficiency HVAC system if your current one is outdated. Modern systems often come with advanced features such as variable-speed motors, which adjust the airflow based on the heating needs. This results in more precise temperature control and reduced energy consumption.

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Don’t forget the importance of humidity control. Cold air tends to be dry, and maintaining the right humidity levels can enhance comfort. Humidifiers integrated into your HVAC system can help achieve optimal indoor humidity, preventing issues like dry skin and static electricity.

In extremely cold climates, protect your HVAC system from the elements. Consider installing a cover for the exterior unit to shield it from snow, ice, and debris. This simple step can prolong the lifespan of your system and ensure its reliable performance throughout the winter months.

In conclusion, winter HVAC tips encompass regular maintenance, strategic thermostat adjustments, sealing leaks, optimizing airflow, and considering system upgrades. By implementing these measures, you not only ensure a cozy and comfortable living environment but also contribute to energy conservation and cost savings.

It’s the Plumber!!

If you’ve been the trade long enough you always end up with a few stories about these types of situations. It’s the Plumber can bring forward a host of feelings good, bad and indifferent.

From uncomfortable to comfortable

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You Should Shop Around for a Plumber

If you have a major fix to deal with in your home, shop around for a plumber to do the work. Obtaining at least three bids helps you determine the range of the project, so you can weigh the pros and cons of price and the reputation of the plumbers. Get references and contact them.

Also, a good plumber knows his craft and won’t nickel and dime you. For the smaller jobs, check out these 11 plumbing tricks.

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Turn Off Outside Faucets for the Winter

Want to avoid frozen pipes? Prevent them easily (and and expensive call to a plumber) by disconnecting your outside hoses in the fall. Make sure to shut off the water from the inside as well. Drain the hoses and store them until the following spring.

Check out these ten plumbing fixes to save your wallet. Plus, buy this highly rated garden hose to solve most of your hose issues.

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Replace the Toilet Handle: No Plumber Needed

If you constantly fuss with a loose toilet handle, it means the flap valve needs to be replaced.  Instead of a plumber charging you $100 for the job, you can get the part at a hardware store for a mere $6 and install it very easily yourself. See how to fix that flap.

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Plumbers Need a License

No plumber will admit that they don’t have the required license to work for you. So if you know a great plumber, but doesn’t have a license, hire them at your own risk. Licensed plumbers have proven knowledge of the local building codes and regulations, have completed a certain number of hours on the job and are insured.

Want to become a master plumber yourself? Here are 28 tips. Plus, always have a roll of this on hand for DIY plumbing projects.

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Plumbers Don’t Clean Up

While their job involves making sure your pipes work like a well-oiled machine, it doesn’t include rebuilding the wall they had to demolish to make that happen. So, while you’re going to get that water problem fixed, you’ll want to discuss in detail what kind of “mess” they might leave behind prior to the start of the project so you can plan accordingly.

Remember, there are some jobs you can do yourself. Here’s how to solder copper pipe joints!

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Where to Find a Quick Plumber Recommendation

If you need a plumber stat, don’t just go with the first person or company you come across on Google. Call a plumbing supply or fixture store, as they usually refuse to work with bad plumbers.

Here are four plumbing repair tips you need to know, even if you DO hire a plumber!

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Your Plumber Might Not Have the Right Part

Need a quick fix? If a plumber tells you he needs a week to get the part to fix your toilet or sink, don’t be too amenable if you can’t wait. There’s no shame in working with another plumber who can get the part and do the job when you need it.

If you’re doing the job yourself, be sure you know these tips for completing a plumbing fix like a pro.

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They Can Move That!

Plumbers may not go out of their way to let you know that a toilet or sink can be moved. But if you’ve been working with them on a renovation and they tell you something can’t be transferred to a new space, ask them to explain to you in detail why not.

Speaking of things people don’t want to tell you, here are ten things your neighbor isn’t being up-front about.

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You Have a Choice With Parts

Some parts cost more than others to do the same job. If a plumber doesn’t give you an option, ask—or better yet, do your own research if you have the time. Chances are, you can use PVC pipe instead of copper and save some money. If you’re DIYing, here’s how to connect a PVC pipe to ABS pipe.

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Fix a Running Toilet Cheaply by Yourself

Help! The toilet won’t stop running. It’s a bummer, sure, but not something you need to call your plumber about. In fact, DIYers should take note that this quick fix costs you just $5 in parts and materials. For instance, solve a sticking handle by spraying some lubricant where the handle meets the porcelain.

Ready to DIY? Here’s how to fix a running toilet. Need a new flap? Get one here.

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Spend More Now, Save a Lot Later on Plumber Work

Not all plumbers deliver the message that installing better fixtures reduces the likelihood of future house calls.

Case in point: Rubber washing machine hoses burst far more frequently than the more expensive and durable stainless-steel ones. Check out these other 35 ways to save money around your home.

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Keep That Allen Key

Garbage disposals usually come with an Allen key. Find a good place to store it. When the disposal jams, you can follow the directions in the owner’s manual to fix it yourself. It’s as simple as inserting and twisting.

Doing this yourself saves you the hassle and fees from a service call to the plumber. Speaking of tool storage, check out these clever tool-storage ideas.

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Winter has Come Calgary

Now is the Time

Calgary Boiler ServiceWinter has come again to Calgary, it seems like we just thawed out from the last ice age, but here we are. Few components of your home or business are as critical to your well being as your furnace or boiler.

Freezing temperatures work your heating equipment hard and in order to keep them running smoothly an annual inspection and servicing is a must. This will ensure peace of mind and a problem free warm winter. We have been doing this important heating service work in Calgary for over 60 years and we have the knowledge, tools, and skills required to keep everything running as it should.

In the meantime, if you notice any of the following you should contact us right away for an appointment.

              • Odd odours such as gas or burning plastics
              • Strange sounds such as loud vibrations, humming or screeching
              • Visual clues such as chalky debris, soot or metal shavings
              • Flashing codes on control boards or gas valves

These indicators are telling you service is needed and soon! Call us today.