Discover This Year’s Fall Checklist

We’re lucky in Vancouver not to get regularly covered in snow the way other places in Canada do in the later months of the year.

But that doesn’t mean with summer ending; we’re not going to see a change in the seasons. And when that happens, there are a few things you may want to do to get your furnace and cooling systems ready for autumn and then winter.

 

Making Exterior Preparations

Most homes these days have centralized air conditioning, meaning that there’s a unit somewhere near the home known as a condenser. The condenser’s job is to pull in air, cool it, and then pump that cooled air into the furnace, where the furnace fan can then distribute it throughout the home.

Because of this function, the condenser is built like a grate, with large spaces designed to admit the air that the fan pulls in. However, this means that in the autumn season, when leaves start to fall, those leaves can accumulate inside the condenser.

That can eventually impact the performance of the unit, so you don’t want too many leaves getting in. One big mistake that many homeowners make to avoid this is buying a condenser “sheath” or cover from a store that will wrap around the entire condenser.

They then just leave it there for the entire season, once they know the air conditioner will no longer be in use for a few months. This can hurt your condenser performance, as it causes a buildup of moisture inside. Instead of covering the unit entirely, just shield the top during the autumn season. Once the leaves are gone, leave the condenser exposed, it’s designed to endure the winter season.

Getting Your Interior Ready

An integrated HVAC system makes use of your furnace throughout the year. Cool air from the condenser still requires the fan in your furnace to spread that air around a home.

For the furnace, this means that there needs to be a filter inside to do the job of keeping that air clean. Now, with another change in season, it’s a good idea to swap that filter out for a new one.

If you have a humidifier in your home to keep the air from getting dry and itchy during the autumn and winter months, you might need to do some upkeep here as well.

Humidifiers also have their own filters that need replacement. They may also need a cleaning to get rid of hard water build-up or scales from the use in the previous year.

Bring In Some Pros

For the ultimate in home care, it’s never a bad idea to get some expert help. Qualified technicians that know the ins and outs of HVAC systems can inspect all your components to make sure they’re in good shape.

They can also do some extensive maintenance of their own, like cleaning out your ventilation ducts to make sure they are clear of dirt, unobstructed, and operating efficiently.

If you’re getting a bit of professional help, make sure it’s the right choice. Do your research for companies working in the Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Ensure that they are licensed, qualified and have good reputations, the way Lambert Plumbing & Heating does, and you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing experienced professionals are on the case.

Want to Conserve Water this Summer? Ways to Keep It Fun

With the mid-summer heat hitting us with all of its might, it’s time to get out in the sun and enjoy all of the fun summer has to offer.

However, this time of year also comes with extremely high levels of water evaporation due to excessive heat, longer daylight, and perhaps a lack of rain, which depletes our most precious resource, water.

This time of year is a great way to start the conversation about water conservation with your child. We’ve compiled a list of tips, tricks, and fun activities that you can talk about with your loved ones to bring water conservation into their everyday routines.

Conserving Water While Still Having Fun

If you have young children, you understand just how fun, educational play can be for them. Taking that knowledge, you can turn a water conservation conversation and turn it into a game that you’ll all love: water conservation Bingo.

Sit down with your child, and create a Bingo card filled with water-saving challenges, like remembering to turn off the tap when they’re brushing their teeth, or keeping showers under 5 minutes long.

Whoever first fills up their Bingo card should be presented with a fun prize, such as a full week off of chore duties, or getting to choose the next family movie-night film.

Make Hose and Sprinkler Play More Efficient

Even adults remember the fun of running through a sprinkler or being sprayed with a hose on the hottest of summer days. Although these activities are extremely cooling, they tend to use up more water than is necessary to cool off.

If you want your child to be able to cool off, let them run through the spray from a high-efficiency hose nozzle as you wash your car, or allow them to play in the sprinkler for the limited time you have it on while the garden is being watered.

Water Activities that are Fun and Efficient

Water conservation is important, especially as we move into the future. Plant the seeds of water conservation into your child’s life early with these fun and water-efficient activities:

  • When it’s raining, get your child’s swimsuit on and let them play in the yard.
  • Save rainwater in a barrel in your backyard and use it for water-based activities like water balloon making
  • Get your child to help with vehicle washing using a high-efficiency hose nozzle and environmentally-friendly soap

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