The Square One Blog

In this blog, you'll learn about a wide range of home-related topics. You're invited to review and, hopefully, comment on our posts. You're also invited to email us if there are any topics that you would like us to cover.

The Home of the Future – An Energy Efficiency Dream

Automation in the Home
There’s no place like home, says the old adage, and given the advances in technology, it’s a statement that may be more accurate than ever. The home of the future will be tailored to meet our needs and wants more efficiently than ever before. Smart... [...]

Are Solar Panels Worth It For Your Home?

solar panels for your home
Are you looking at your energy bills with concern and wondering if there is a way to cut costs? Many people today are looking to solar panels to provide them with an alternative energy source. Solar energy’s status as a renewable resource makes it doubly... [...]

Give Your Home An Energy Audit

home energy audit
If you feel a sense of despair at the amount of money you’re spending to heat and cool your home, you’re not alone. As energy prices rise, staying warm or cool in tune with the season’s demands becomes more expensive annually. Why not reduce your... [...]

Spring Gutter (Eavestrough) Cleaning

Spring Gutter (Eavestrough) Cleaning
Winter will soon be at our backs. The advent of spring means blooming flowers, warmer weather and sunshine, but it also signals the start of an annual homeowner’s ritual: spring cleaning. As you put away winter clothes, air out rooms, wash the windows and clean... [...]

Spring Cleaning Your Home’s Exterior

Spring Cleaning Your Home’s Exterior
When conversation turns to spring cleaning, the subject is usually the interior of the home: washing windows, cleaning drapes and packing away winter clothes, for example. However, if you’re eager to get outside in the fresh air, take heart. It’s not only your living room... [...]

HVAC Troubleshooting and Maintenance Tips

HVAC Troubleshooting and Maintenance Tips
The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” might have been written expressly for your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. The Value of HVAC Maintenance An HVAC system is an important part of any home, even if it isn’t... [...]

Winter Garden Damage – Repair and Clean Up

Winter Garden Damage
Avid gardeners are eagerly awaiting the advent of spring, itching to dig their fingers back into the soil. Unfortunately, although Jack Frost will soon disappear from our lives for another nine months, he may leave behind some winter garden damage behind as an unpleasant reminder... [...]

Is Flooding Becoming More Frequent in Canada?

The biblical tale of Noah and the flood is becoming more relevant than ever in Canada, according to recent climate studies. Given that global warming is becoming widespread, the weather’s vagaries will bring more flooding our way. However, given proper planning and remedial measures, it... [...]

What To Do After a Flood?

Water is the essence of life; we couldn’t survive without it. It’s crucial to keeping the body running well, and we depend on it for all kinds of other reasons: staying clean and preventing the spread of germs; and our homes and our food, to... [...]

Is My Home In A Flood Zone?

Home In A Flood Zone
In 2009, the United States Global Research Program determined that the average precipitation in the U.S. has increased approximately five percent the past 50 years, which leads to increased danger of floods. Changes in land use also contribute to potential for flooding; as an area... [...]
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