Entries by Alexandra Fricker

7 Signs You Need a New Furnace Now

7 Signs You Need a New Furnace Now Know When It’s Time to Let Go of Your Old Home Furnace Homeowner pop quiz: what are the signs to look for when your aging furnace has reached the end of its life? Is it obvious–like when it stops suddenly one cold winter day and no longer […]

Why Buying a Furnace Is Better Than Renting a Furnace

Why Buying a Furnace Is Better Than Renting a Furnace To buy a furnace or to rent a furnace?   A technician comes to your house and gives you the news no homeowner ever wants to hear: the furnace is on its last legs, or even worse, broken.  Once the shock sets in, you ponder that replacing that older furnace […]

M&K’s New Home Furnace Buying Guide

M&K’s New Home Furnace Buying Guide Expert Information on Home Heating Costs, Energy Efficiency, Installation & More for London Area Homeowners Cost | Efficiency | When to Invest & What to Look for | Installation Whether it’s from age, wear & tear, or a breakdown that’s beyond fixing, replacing your home’s furnace is a rite of passage every property owner goes through – and for most, it’s one that comes with a lot […]

What to Look for In a New Water Heater

What to Look for In a New Water Heater Near the end of the average water heater’s lifespan, you might see signs that yours is on the way out. We’ve seen every stage in the life cycle in our day; M&K has over 35 years of experience installing water heaters in the London, St. Thomas, […]

How to Protect Your Home During COVID-19

How to Protect Your Home During COVID-19 Novel coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, has changed life as we know it for the foreseeable future. As we hunker down indoors, some of us may be wondering about how protected we are from COVID-19 and what other measures we should be taking to ensure our safety. M&K […]

Strange Noises Coming from Your Air Conditioner | Air Conditioner Maintenance or Repairs

Strange Noises Coming from Your Air Conditioner Air conditioners are built to run quietly. Any out of the ordinary noises are cause for concern. Call a pro as soon as you notice any of the following noises coming from your AC and you might still avoid an expensive repair or replacement. Bubbling Banging Screaming Screeching Clicking Each […]

Why Are My Energy Bills in London So Expensive? | How to Spend Less Cooling Your House with AC Maintenance

How to Spend Less on Energy Bills with AC Maintenance Why are my energy bills in London so expensive, and how can I save without sacrificing comfort this summer? Families in London have the same problem as families across Ontario. Keeping the house cool when the temperature gets above 30C can get expensive, so you […]

Gas Fireplace Safety for Children & Pets

Gas Fireplace Safety for Children & Pets As the temperature continues to drop, you and your family will be spending more time cozying around your gas fireplace. And while it’s a great way to add ambiance and warmth, a gas fireplace can also be dangerous to eager children or excitable pets. In fact, government regulations came […]

What is Considered a High Efficiency Furnace?

Reducing your heating and electricity use at home will lower your utility bills and reduce the emissions that cause climate change: Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances Unplug your devices Invest in clean, sustainable energy options. A great way to reduce your energy consumption at home is to invest in a high efficiency furnace, which uses: An electronic […]

Thermostat Wars – Living with a Temperature Sensitive Person

Thermostat Wars – Living with a Temperature Sensitive Person Thermostat wars, where people sneakily reset the temperature, are a well-worn cliché, but many families do have one member that’s more temperature sensitive than the others. There’s a lot more to temperature sensitivity than preference, so how do you find a temperature that works for everyone? […]

Does Closing Vents Save Energy in Your Home?

Does Closing Vents Save Energy in Your Home? Of all the heating and cooling myths out there, the concept of closing vents to save energy in your home is one of the most common beliefs that is often debated. But does this theory hold any truth? Let’s separate fact from fiction and take a closer look at whether closing […]

How and Why You Should Fireproof Your Home

How and Why You Should Fireproof Your Home According to the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) 49% of fires with loss that occurred in Ontario between 2012 and 2016 were in residential occupancies. Loss fires are fires that resulted in dollar loss, injury or fatality. With numbers this high, it makes […]

What is a Non-Condensing Tankless Water Heater? What is the Alternative?

What’s a Non-Condensing Tankless Water Heater? What’s the Alternative? You just started exploring the potential of buying a tankless water heater and you stumbled on a couple terms you don’t understand: Condensing tankless water heater Non-condensing tankless water heater You probably get the tankless part. These water heaters don’t store water in a tank for you to […]

When Should I Choose a Two-Stage Furnace?

When Should I Choose a Two-Stage Furnace? Tweet There is a lot to consider when deciding whether or not to buy a two-stage furnace, including the seasonal temperature swings in London and, obviously, your budget. Families living in London and the surrounding area don’t often need the same kind of furnace output as families in North Bay, for […]

Work Smarter & Save Money | New Year’s Resolutions For Your HVAC System

New Year’s Resolutions For Your HVAC System Make your HVAC system really work for you (and cost your family less) in 2018 Like most, you probably made a few casual resolutions for 2018. Lose weight & eat better. Spend less on unnecessary expenses. Plan a trip. Find a new job. You also may have some […]

How We Assess Your AC

How We Assess Your Air Conditioner Our fast and easy process to assess your air conditioner At first glance, it may look bleak. You know you’re going to need either an AC repair or a new air conditioner. But you want a professional you can trust to help you make the most informed decision about your options. […]

What’s Best for You? Single Stage, Two Stage or a Modulating Furnace?

What’s Best? Single Stage, Two Stage or Modulating Furnace? Great, you’re searching for a new furnace and you understand that each furnace is different. But you’re not really sure how, other than the fact that each is described differently by the manufacturer. There is a bunch of jargon you don’t really get, and shouldn’t get. If you […]

Humidity and Your Home This Winter

Humidity and Your Home This Winter Winter air is so, so dry, and a whole house humidifier is the best way to keep that dryness from ruining your winter cheer. Even humidity throughout the home is more important than many homeowners know. It’s not just a comfort thing. It’s a quality of life thing. Don’t believe […]

What if My Carbon Monoxide Alarm Goes Off?

What if My Carbon Monoxide Alarm Goes Off? Like your smoke alarms, the carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your house (and we hope you have them in your house) monitor the air in your home and ring the alarm when smoke or carbon monoxide is detected in the house. But a house fire and CO exposure are two very different things. […]

How to Take Care of Your AC Between Service Visits

How to Take Care of Your AC Between Service Visits Seasonal air conditioner maintenance is probably the most important way to extend the lifespan and maintain the efficiency of your central air conditioning system. Ordinary wear and tear over the course of weeks and months can cause your AC to overwork, struggle, overheat and eventually shut down. […]

What Overheating Does to Your Body

What Overheating Does to Your Body Our bodies have to constantly balance temperature, and you only have about 3 degrees Celsius flexibility on the heat inside your body before you are in serious trouble. Here’s exactly what overheating does to your body, and why you need to keep your air conditioner in like-new shape so you don’t have to […]