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Preparing Your Home for Winter Part II: Detectors

With winter around the corner Vancouverites will be spending more time indoors with their friends and family. Risk of house fires increase in the wintertime so it’s important to keep your family and home safe with smoke, heat and fire detectors.

The Red Cross recommends replacing the batteries in smoke alarms no less than twice a year. If you have an alarm that is between 5 and 10 years old replace it with a new one.

Risk of house fires increase in wintertime so it’s important to keep your family and home safe with heat, smoke and fire detectors.

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Replace your fire, heat and smoke detectors at least 2 times a year.

Having at least one smoke alarm on every level of your house and one in or near each bedroom provides the best protection. Additionally, safety experts advice similar placement for carbon monoxide detectors. They should be installed high on the walls of your home, on every level and near bedrooms. This is vitally important if your present gas appliances are not direct vent.

Remember, the most important thing to protect in the case of a fire or gas leak are lives. Protect your loved ones with installation of detectors and regular maintenance.

The Solace Home Comfort Team

Preparing Your Home for Winter Part 1: Fireplaces

As summer is (sadly) coming to an end it’s time to retire our swimsuits and sunblock and think of different ways to get warm. In this four part blog series, we will explore ways to prep your home for the winter. This week, we will focus on fireplaces and the difference between inserts and traditional wood burning fireplaces.

A traditional wood fireplace.

A traditional wood fireplace.

While Vancouver and the Lower Mainland is fortunate enough not to see a lot of snowfall, we do get our cold spells, winter storms and flurries. When it’s miserable out there is nothing more comforting then a fire crackling in the hearth. We can all conjure up the Norman Rockwell-esque painting of the dog curled up on the rug, with the pigtailed girl playing checkers with her brother.

Before you go chopping any wood though, consider this: traditional wood burning fireplace and B vented-open gas fireplaces tend to lose more energy than they produce for you. They do so by pulling heated air out of the house and sending it up the chimney-out into the open air.

 “Traditional wood burning fireplace and B vented-open gas fireplaces tend to lose more energy than they produce for you.”

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A direct-vent gas insert from Valor.

A better, more affordable option is to install a direct-vent gas insert, or “O” clearance gas fireplace if your house is equipped with natural gas.  The direct vent technology will help reduce draft and operate at much higher efficiencies. What does that mean for you? Considerable savings and no chopping wood.

Keep warm this winter,

The Solace Home Comfort Team