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Day 2 of winterizing your home.

Welcome to day 2 of winterizing your home. Today we are going to talk about your humidifier and the HRV (heat recovery ventilator) in your home.

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During the winter months in Alberta, the humidity in our homes drops as the air gets cooler. There are a few things to check to make sure there is enough humidity in the air to keep your hardwood from shrinking and your skin from turning into alligator hide:

1) On most humidifier units, there is a switch that says summer/winter on the side. Ensure that the winter setting is selected, as this allows air to pass through the unit.

2) Ensure there is water flowing to the humidifier, by opening the unit while your furnace is running. Check to make sure the water is running through the filter.

3) Check to see if the humidifier filter needs to be replaced. We recommend cleaning every 3 month and replacing every 6 months. Remember to shut off the water to the unit if you are going to replace the filter. Please see your user manual and follow steps to replace the filter.

The second appliance we are going to talk about today is the HRV (heat recovery ventilator).

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Your HRV runs throughout the year, but fall is a great time to ensure everything is running properly. There are a few things to check with the unit:

1) Open the HRV and use a vacuum to clean out any debris. Often you will see small bugs and other particles that may have been sucked in the fresh air intake.

2) Most HRVs have a couple of filters inside that can be cleaned in the tub. Be sure to rinse and dry them well before placing them back in the unit. To make it easy, take a quick photo of the filters in place before you remove them, so you know exactly how to put them back!

3) Clean any debris from the intake and exhaust vents on the outside of the home. A vacuum works well for this.

We will be talking about dryer ducts, downspouts and hose bibs in our next post, so be sure to check that out when it comes. Also, please forward this post to your friends and family - everyone can benefit from learning these handy winterizing tips!

Come and visit us at 5114 Woolsey Link in the Westpointe of Windermere or call Greg at 587-986-7125 for more information.