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Everything You Need to Know about Aluminum Wiring

If your home was built between 1950 and the late 1970s, it might have aluminum wiring. Aluminum was a cheap and widely available alternative to copper wiring. Now, most electrical systems are comprised of copper wires, which are a much better conductor than aluminum. You can normally detect aluminum wiring from the letters AL or [...]

How to Determine a Quality Electrician

Electricians often operate in the dark, deep parts of our home. We let them in our front doors and point in the direction of the problem, scurrying back to our kitchens to flip an omelette on the stove. We hear them tinkering downstairs, or behind our couches, clanging and banging and clipping away. But how [...]

Things You Didn’t Know Your Electrician Can Do

Have you ever considered what it’s like to work as an electrician? You know, the person wearing the overalls and the hardhat swinging that box of mysterious wires as they waltz into your home? You might know their number by heart, but you likely don’t know the ins and outs of their profession. Here are [...]

Convector vs. Baseboard Heating

With winter approaching and temperatures steadily dropping, the decision between a convector and baseboard heating system is a tough one for much of Montreal’s population. Here, we’ll provide you with a detailed list of the benefits of each system to help you make the right decision for your home. But first, let’s get acquainted with [...]

Pest-related Electrical Problems

Rodents like rats mice, squirrels and sometimes even raccoons can nest in the wintertime in home attics if entry points aren’t sealed off properly. They can wreak havoc in your home by leaving droppings, footprints, and even a stench. But that is not even the worst that they can do: pests can actually chew up [...]

Saving Energy with Timer Light Switches

Lights get left on accidently all the time—and it raises our energy bills significantly as a result. So what’s the solution? Wall light switch timers automatically turn off your lights after a scheduled time. If your home life is hectic and your family tends to have a busy schedule (or is slightly forgetful), this is [...]

Update Your Smoke Alarms this Winter

Wintertime is a really important time to consider updating your smoke alarms if you haven’t already this year. With the holiday season happening at full force, the cooking, candle-lighting and hot chocolate by the fire… makes it a season for the need for safety. Smoke alarms are completely underrated. If there’s a fire, smoke alarms [...]

How to Handle Electrical Emergencies

Electrical emergencies can happen at any time and can have a variety of impacts. Ensuring you’re prepared in advance for them is essential in controlling any damage that can be caused to yourself, the people around you in your home and to your home itself. Aside from preparation, having the right resources at hand helps [...]

General Strategies to Save on Energy Costs this Holiday Season

With the holiday season around the corner, the house will be buzzing and active and full of energy. Friends, family and loved ones often get together to spend the holidays in good company. We often get caught up in the various aspects of the holidays like the food, wine, traditions and the gift giving and [...]

Common Winter Electricity Concerns

Winter is here once again, and with dropping temperatures come new concerns regarding your electrical system. Winter can wreck havoc on the electrical systems in both residential and commercial properties. The low temperatures combined with extreme weather conditions can spell disaster for an electrical system in your home or at your place of business. Here [...]