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.

What is an Active House and How Can it Improve our Living Experience?

As people worldwide become more concerned about their impact on the environment, and as we recently marked Earth Day 2018, it’s only natural to consider whether our lifestyles add to the pollution that is changing our planet. It’s a concern that occupies people in many... [...]

How to Landscape and Garden for Energy Efficiency

When it comes to being energy efficient, homeowners evaluate their houses and indoor habits, but the checklist often stops there. It’s certainly commendable to review appliance efficiency, the effectiveness of insulation and recycling strategies, but why stop there? Your property lines extend beyond the walls... [...]

What Are Net-Zero or Net-Energy Homes?

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In today’s fast-paced world, change is everywhere, and people have had to embrace it or be left behind. Technologies we couldn’t have envisioned a decade ago are becoming part of our everyday lives; smartphones, voice-controlled computer assistants streaming audio and video are just a few.... [...]

Why LED Lighting is Environmentally Friendly and Energy Efficient

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For many of us, electric lighting has usually been synonymous with incandescent light, the light provided by the basic lightbulb that dates back to the 1800s. It was first mass-produced by Thomas Edison and his Edison Electric Company in the 1880s. Today, electric light is... [...]

How an HVAC Zoning System Makes a More Comfortable Home

You probably know a couple – you may even be part of that couple – with widely divergent temperature preferences. One person is perpetually warm, while the other is usually freezing. For such couples, living together poses challenges in terms of indoor comfort: one person... [...]

How to Keep Pests Out of Your HVAC System

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Your home is your castle and your personal nation, designed to suit your needs and provide you with a place to relax in comfort. Outsiders aren’t allowed unless invited and welcomed – at least, that’s true in most cases. Unfortunately, pests don’t seem to understand... [...]

Furnace Short-Cycling? Causes and Troubleshooting

If your furnace turns on and off repeatedly for a minute at a time, not allowing the house to reach its proper temperature, it is short-cycling. In other words, the heating cycle and the resting cycle are each too short to accomplish anything. A standard... [...]

Your HVAC Noise Guide: What Do All Those Noises Mean?

Any musical group worth its salt has a solid percussion section that produces the necessary bangs, swishes and booms on cue. As enjoyable these sounds may be as part of a song, however, you should be wary of hearing these or other odd noises coming... [...]

What to Do After a Sewer Backup Occurs in Your Home

If you compare the frustrations of a flooded basement with those of a backed-up sewer, the sewer would probably win – by a nose! Dealing with a backed-up sewer is not a pleasant task, given the stench and the matter that is potentially hazardous to... [...]

How to Keep your Pets Safe Before, During and After a Home Flood

When it begins raining cats and dogs, be sure you have plans for your own cats and dogs if those rainstorms lead to flooding. Data collected by the Canadian Animal Health Institute indicate that in 2016, there were 8.8 million cats that were household pets,... [...]