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Energy Efficient Windows

It may feel like Old Man Winter is finally loosening his grip – but installing energy-efficient windows will save you money year-round. Simply put, older windows can cause heat loss in winter and heat absorption in summer that increases the cost of air conditioning. In winter, energy-efficient windows reduce heat...

/ March 11, 2017
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Average Costs Of Keeping Your Home Warm

Oh Canada! While there are many advantages to being a small, nordic country, one disadvantage is the constant battle to keep heat inside and cold outside of one’s home. The majority of Canadian homes are heated by furnaces with the exception of Quebec, where the majority of homeowners use electric, baseboard...

/ November 24, 2016
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Heating Your Home Using Smartphone Technology

Technology is quickly becoming so integrated into our lives that it’s difficult to remember the days when our homes were heated by coal furnaces. Today, most urban homes in Canada rely upon easy-to-access natural gas to heat our homes. To make modern life even easier, sophisticated heating systems include smartphone technology...

/ September 30, 2016
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Prepping Your Furnace Room

It’s the time of year when Canadians start to think about heating their homes as opposed to cooling them. And with a nasty, cold winter predicted across most of the country, time to talk about best practices for your furnace room. Safety and ease of access is a wise thing to consider in advance...

/ September 30, 2016
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Air Conditioning Basics with Atlas Care

HomeStars sat down with Michael Grochmal, President of Atlas Care Heating And Cooling to ask a few questions about the best options for home air conditioning. What are the different types of air conditioning systems?   The most common types of air conditioning systems include: Ductless High velocity/SpacePak Conventional or...

/ April 15, 2016
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Best of Awards – Ontario HVAC Specialists

It always happens. Your air conditioning breaks down on the hottest day of the year. You and your family go to THAT storage room in the basement on a hunt for fans. No fans, so you run to the nearest hardware store. No fans, all sold out because of the heat wave....

/ April 14, 2016
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GBA Winner: AtlasCare

HomeStars would like to congratulate AtlasCare for winning a Giving Back Award.  In the words of their President, Michael Grochmal, “In 2015, AtlasCare sponsored the Multiple Sclerosis Golf Tournament that raised close to $70,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. This is an important investment for us. There is so...

/ February 14, 2016
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Five Tips To Help you Buy That New Central Air Conditioning Unit

It invariably happens that if your central air conditioner is on its last legs it will give out on the hottest stickiest day of the year. See our list of Heating and Air Conditioning Companies for reviews but also consider the tips below when deciding which air conditioner to buy.

/ July 24, 2009
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Toronto Hydro’s Peaksaver Program

When the weather decides to turn hot and humid, it really decides to turn! Thursday I was wearing a jacket and jeans and thinking Environment Canada’s forecasting equipment was broken when they predicted 32 Celsius plus humidity for Friday. Sure enough they were right and we sweltered our way through...

/ June 6, 2008
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Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency – Part 2

Insulating your home: So, you’ve had your home energy audit (see previous post), and found out you need to insulate. Oh, if only it were as simple as calling up your local insulation company and blowing some cellulose into the attic! Yes, that will help, and of course we have...

/ January 25, 2008