• Home Maintenance Tips - Handyman Connection | Winnipeg, MB

    Home Maintenance, Improvement and Repair tips for you!

    There are many ways to save money by choosing from a growing list of home energy improvements. Handyman Connection of Winnipeg, MB is excited to provide you with a list of things you can do or call on our experienced handymen to take care of for you. These home improvements and home maintenance tips will help you save money year-round.

    In your kitchen:

    • Vent your Energy Star-rated exhaust fan directly to the outside to remove smoke, gas, and odors.
    • Switch your bulbs to energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs. Advancements in the bulbs now provide better colour & light quality.
    • If your plumbing fixtures were installed before 1992, replace with new low-flow fixtures. You'll get the same pressure with much less water use. Fun options like foot-pedals will reduce the water you use.
    • Avoid cabinets using formaldehyde-based particle-board.
    • Without sufficient ventilation, the toxic substances in conventional caulking can have serious health impacts.

    In your bathroom:

    • Older toilets use as many as 19 liters per flush. Replace old toilets with a dual-flush model. They can be as efficient as 6 liters per flush, saving 83,000 liters of water per year for a family of 4.
    • A typical household of 4 uses 984 liters of water every day. Most of that water is used in the bathroom. An efficient showerhead costs less than $15 and cuts water consumption by half.
    • Installing an aerator on every bathroom faucet costs only $2.

    In your bedroom:

    • Turn the thermostat down or better yet, install a timed, programmable thermostat. It can warm up your room before you wake up.
    • Try to create a nontoxic nursery using zero-VOC paints.
    • Avoid wall-to-wall carpeting, it traps dust mites and allergens. Replace with wood flooring.

    Around your Home:

    • If your home is more than 20 years old, chances are, it is missing important features such as upgraded insulation, energy-efficient windows, and water saving fixtures.
    • Exposure to carpet mould is one of the leading causes of respiratory problems.
    • The toilet accounts for approximately 30% of household water. High-efficiency toilets use at least 20% less water than standard toilets. Dual-flush, water-saving toilets save you money (about 20% of monthly water bills).
    • To cut the water-heating bill in half, turn down your water heater to 50 degrees celsius and insulate it.
    • If your gas water heater is more than 10 years old, it is inefficient and should be replaced, and get one with a timer so that it heats water only when you need it.
    • Windows are thermal holes. An average home may lose 30% of its heat or air-conditioning energy through the windows.
    • Insulate your water heater. But 25% of every dollar you spend on energy goes to heat your water.
    • Install a low-flow showerhead. Low-flow showerheads & faucet aerators can reduce your water consumption and your energy cost as much as 50%, without sacrificing water pressure.
    • Install natural insulation in your walls & attic. Between floor joists as well.
    • Install a programmable thermostat with a timer.
    • Test your home for radon.
    • Insulate your roof.
    • Install solar panels.
    • Install a whole-house fan.
    • Buy/Install a water filter instead of bottled water.
    • Add insulation to the hot-water pipes.
    • Install a solar attic fan to vent hot air from your attic.
    • Weatherize your windows and doors. Use caulk, sealants, and weather-stripping.
    • 1/3 of the heat in your home is leaking out of your ducts. Seal the joints in your duct work with low-toxic mastic compound.
    • Clean your air conditioner filter regularly. If you shade your air conditioner, it will not have to work as hard.
    • Install ceiling fans instead of air conditioners.
    • Clean/replace furnace filters each month of use.
    • Put a foam gasket behind your thermostat so that it reads the actual room temperature instead of the colder temperature inside the wall.
    • Switch to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs and install occupancy sensors which turn off lights when people leave the room.

     

    Handyman Connection will be happy to help you with your other home maintenance needs. Give us a call.