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Home Improvement Blogs – Calgary

Home improvement tips and tricks for Calgary homeowners.

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Light Bulb Information for Homeowners Who Want to Save MoneyJust a few decades ago, incandescent light bulbs were the most common light bulbs available in stores, and they were the most commonly found light bulbs in the lighting of each room of the home. Today, there are many different kinds of light bulbs used by Southwest Calgary homeowners. If you're a homeowner who would like to save money and reduce your utility costs, you have many options. Here's what you need to know.

Incandescent Light Bulbs

These light bulbs have been around for a very long time, and have a very basic design. Incandescent light bulbs contain a wire (called a filament) that heats up to produce light. These bulbs come in different brightnesses for different purposes. Incandescent light bulbs produce a lot of heat. The glass from

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Everything You Need to Know About Maintaining Your ChimneyFireplaces are romantic and fun to use. At the right times of year, fireplaces can also be functional, providing heat and light in the house. However, fireplaces and chimneys need to be maintained, or they can become unsafe. If you're a Southeast Calgary homeowner with a fireplace, here's what you need to know.

Burn Seasoned Firewood

Seasoned firewood is firewood that's been dried sufficiently. Seasoned firewood has a low moisture content, so it burns easily and produces little smoke. Unseasoned firewood is firewood that has been produced from a recently downed tree. Unseasoned firewood produces a lot of smoke and can take a long time to burn.

The smoke produced by unseasoned firewood can cause creosote to build up in the chimney. Creosote is

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Home Air Quality: Tips for Homeowners Seeking to Make ImprovementsIndoor air quality can have a big impact on your health and wellness of your Northwest Calgary home. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to improve your home's air quality. If you're a homeowner seeking to freshen the air in your home and make it healthier for the people in your household, these tips can help.

Change Your Air Filter Every 3 Months

Many HVAC systems have an air filter that removes dust, pollen, and dander from the air that circulates through the ducts. The air filter must be changed every three months when the HVAC system is in use. Homeowners who want to remove smaller particles from the air in their home may wish to install a HEPA filter.

Clean Your Ducts

Even with a clean air filter in place, ducts may develop a

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A Modern Homeowner's Guide to Alternative Countertop MaterialsKitchen renovations constitute big business on the home scene, and one of the most common upgrades includes replacing older kitchen counters. The midrange value of a kitchen remodel in 2018 topped $63,000. If a kitchen redo is in your North Calgary home future, here's what you should know about the various types of counter materials, their cost and their expected return on investment.

Here are eight of the best available options for trendy kitchen countertop types and updates:

Natural Stone

While granite and marble are perhaps the best known, soapstone is another natural stone with historical roots in New England. It is rustic, yet upscale in appearance, and is usually grey or dusty green in color. It blends well with stainless appliances and

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Seasonal Home Maintenance Tasks Homeowners Should Do Each YearThe type of maintenance that homeowners need to perform for their properties is often dependent on the time of year. The cost, details, and location of necessary maintenance relates closely to the weather. Creating a calendar checklist helps people prepare for times that they will need to do more work. It also makes it easier to spread out the workload, so that they have more time for leisurely pursuits. This guide helps homeowners identify the home maintenance tasks they need to do throughout the year, organized by season.

Preparing for Home Maintenance and Upgrades

Experts suggest that homeowners plan to invest 1-5 percent of their property's value in home maintenance and upgrades each year. This can be a wide range from year to year, depending

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Protect Your Home From Water Damage by Maintaining Gutters ProperlyIt is one of the areas of homes many homeowners don't give much thought to until there is a problem. And when selling a home, clean gutters can eliminate a potential inspection item. By then, however, gutter problems may be difficult or more expensive to resolve. Improper gutter maintenance can cause:

  • Damage to a home's siding
  • Damage to the roof line
  • Foundation problems
  • Puddling
  • Annoying leaks and overspill

Here are some simple ways you can keep your gutters better maintained.

Make Sure Downspouts are Draining Properly

The downspouts are the vertical pipes that take water from the gutters along your roof, down through to the ground or for dispersal away from the home. It is absolutely critical that these downspouts flow

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Regular Maintenance for an Efficient HVAC SystemA home's heating and cooling system (the HVAC system) is an important mechanical device of any home. As the HVAC system heats and cool air, it continually pulls dirt and debris out of circulation using its filters. Over time, these filters start to fill up with debris, reducing the efficiency of the system. With regular use, moving parts start to wear down as well, eventually resulting in the need for replacement.

Homeowners can keep their HVAC system working efficiently year-round by committing to a regular maintenance schedule. With regular service appointments, it is possible to keep the HVAC system in great condition, so it can effectively control temperatures and air quality in the home. A good working HVAC system can be a great selling

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How to Organize Your GarageMany people who buy homes also want one with a garage. However, many people's garages become a storage space for everything they can't fit into their home. Whether it's seasonal decorations or that exercise machine someone ordered on a late-night infomercial, the space can become crowded quickly. This may work out fine—until homeowners realize that they can't find anything or that there's no room for any additional items. Here a few ways that everyone can get their garage in order.

Use the Walls

The walls are absolutely crucial for homeowners who use this area for storage. Group similar items together on shelves, or hang large items on hooks along the wall. This not only makes it easier to locate certain items, but it will also give everyone

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Home Landscaping Information for New HomeownersIn the first year of homeownership, many homeowners are too busy unpacking and making home improvements to focus much on upgrading their home's landscaping. If you're a new Northeast Calgary homeowner who would like to keep your new home looking nice but you don't have much time for making major landscaping changes, these tips can help.

Don't Be Afraid to Prune (or Remove!)

Old shrubs can start to look scraggly or overgrown with time. Pruning shrubs rejuvinates them. Once the leaves grow back, they look almost new. Most plants need to be pruned in spring or fall. Homeowners who aren't sure when to prune their shrubs can check with a local nursery to find out when is the best time.

Plant Annuals for Low Maintenance Beauty

Annual plants

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Installing New Windows: What You Need to KnowWindow installation is a major home improvement project. Doing it right can improve your home's efficiency for years to come. If you're a homeowner who is thinking about installing new windows in your home, here's what you need to know.

Why Install New Windows

Often, homeowners install new windows to improve energy efficiency and boost the value of their home. Some homeowners install windows to make their home easier to sell. Other benefits of new windows include:

  • Improved appearance.
  • Improved comfort in the home.
  • Ease of use.

Windows last for decades, but most windows need to be replaced once they're about 30 years old. Homeowners often decide to install new windows when their old windows are nearing the end of their

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