Canadians, for the most part, are pretty handy when it comes to home repairs. At Elite Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand how important your home can be to you.
According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Renovation and Home Purchase Report – Major Market Highlights – 2012, renovation spending was at 20.9 billion in 2011, representing thirty-seven percent of households across 10 of Statistics Canada’s major Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs), including Edmonton. The report notes that “Among homeowner households that renovated in 2011, three-quarters (75 percent) undertook some form of alteration and improvement of their home, while 46 percent performed maintenance and repairs. Twenty-one percent of renovating households undertook both types of renovation.”
These are significant numbers. However, in a 2015 Financial Post article Gary Marr noted that, “A new survey shows renovation spending reached $68 billion in 2014, $20 billion more than was spent on new homes last year…. [With] spending on renovations to continue to grow by three percent annually in 2015 and 2016.”
The article points to a number of reasons, including low interest rates, the ‘HGTV’ effect, our aging housing stock, and an increasing preference to renovate rather than move.
The CMHC report also noted that, “Among households that renovated in 2011, 35 percent contracted out all the work, 30 percent contracted out some of the work as well as engaging in the work themselves, 29 percent did all the work themselves or with friends and family, while 5 percent bought the materials and contracted out the labour.”
What’s really important in these numbers is that 70 percent of Canadians contracted out some form of the work. While Canadians are handy, they’re also smart enough to recognize – for the most part – what they can safely achieve and what needs to be completed by professionals. Furnaces are much like this, for general maintenance most homeowners are well equipped, for major repairs or replacements – it’s time to call in the professionals.
Maintenance items begin with the thermostat – check it’s turned to heat, check the temperature and other programmed settings, or install new batteries. Next, check shutoff switches and breakers – see if the power is on, and make sure the gas is on also. Change filters, flush out drain lines and make sure the chimney exhaust flue is clear. Finally, look for blocked or leaky ducts that can restrict airflow and clean away leaves and debris from heat pumps or intake and exhaust vents.
And when it’s more serious, call Elite Heating & Air Conditioning for reliable furnace installation and repair in your home or business at 888-267-4913 today!