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InSinkErator Garburators: Vancouver area garbage disposal installations

InSinkErator, a division of General Electric, is the top selling brand of garburators. They are known for making the quietest garburators on the market (for their Evolution series). Badger Series The Badger Series is InSinkErator’s lower cost line of garburators. … Continue reading

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Waste King Garburators: Vancouver garbage disposal installations

North America’s best regarded consumer publication has rated Waste King’s higher end garburators (the Gourmet SS3300 and Legend 8000) as the best systems available (the Gourmet SS3300 was recently replaced with the Legend 3300). They were found to grind food … Continue reading

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Rheem Water Heaters: Install an Energy Star hot water tank and get a $200 FortisBC rebate

We are now installing Rheem Energy Star hot water tanks. These tanks have an Energy Factor (EF) of 0.69 for the 40 gallon model, which puts them ahead of most other Energy Star models (which are usuly rated .67 or … Continue reading

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How to unclog a kitchen or bathroom sink drain: Things to try before calling a plumber

If your sink is clogged, there are a number of things you can try before calling a plumber. Use a plunger Many sink blockages can be cleared with a sink plunger. You can also use a toilet plunger if you … Continue reading

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Electronic Air Cleaners: How effective are they?

When electronic air cleaners (EACs) started to become popular about 15 years ago, they were hailed as a highly effective and economical way to clean indoor air. However, more recently, they have been criticized for their production of ozone (a … Continue reading

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Whole House Air Filters: Comparing HEPA filters, electronic air cleaners, UV lamps, and 5″ filters

How do professionally installed air cleaners compare to 1” filters and portable air cleaners? According to North America’s best regarded consumer publication, professionally installed whole-house air cleaners with 4-5” filters outperform  standard 1” models (even including the more advanced “allergen … Continue reading

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Lennox Vs. Trane Vs. Carrier Heat Pumps: Which brand is best?

The major heat pump manufacturers all make lines of heat pumps with comparable specifications. The specifications for HSPF (heating efficiency),  SEER (cooling efficiency), noise levels, and warranty duration are very similar when comparing models within each class. This is probably … Continue reading

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Air Source vs. Geothermal Heat Pumps: Comparing efficiencies

It used to be considered “common knowledge” that geothermal (or ground source) heat pumps are a lot more efficient than air source heat pumps.  During the winter,  temperatures are a lot higher under the ground than they are in the … Continue reading

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Bosch Vs. Navien Vs. Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters: Who makes the best tankless water heater?

Deciding which brand of tankless water heater to install can be a difficult decision, as there are no consumer publications that provide brand recommendations and seemingly no sources of unbiased reviews. Hiring an established contractor that guarantees their work remains … Continue reading

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Hot Water Tank Reviews/ Ratings: Which brand is best?

When buying a new hot water tank, one of the main questions homeowners ask is “which brand is the best?” Unfortunately, no major consumer publication  (such as Consumer Reports) or surveying organization (such as JD Power)  conducts brand reliability surveys. … Continue reading

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