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It’s a fact: indoor air quality can affect our health. Many respiratory problems and headaches can be traced to a sick house. In temperate climates, where windows and doors are left open constantly, this isn’t a serious concern. But in cold climates like Canada’s, where we have become experts at sealing our houses airtight to save on heating costs, maintaining air quality with good ventilation is important. To understand why that...

In the end, mould will consume everything - even you and I Moulds are living organisms, and part of the natural environment. In the outdoors, moulds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees. Indoors, however, mould growth should be avoided. Moulds emit tiny spores to reproduce. The spores are invisible to the naked eye and waft through the indoor and outdoor...

Today, central air conditioning is common in most modern homes. - But in urban centres, we often still see the drippy window units. Why do they drip? Why are they so noisy? They are supposed to drip as humidity leaves the building! The reason air conditioners drip is because they work in part by extracting moisture from the home through a process of compression and condensation. However, it's important to be aware...

How many professionals does it take to build or renovate a new condo? Well, there’s the designer, the architect, technicians, framer, plumber, cabinet-maker or installer, masonry professional, welder, dry-wall finisher, painter, pipe fitter, iron worker, joiner, concrete pourer, numerous construction foremen, workers, apprentices and a whole lot more folks. But the only people you have contact with are the real estate agent or project sales rep, the bank, friends and family, and...

Spring has arrived in Montreal—for real this time, we hope! And that means it's time to get the patio decked out. Last year's metal chairs rusted? Wicker torn apart? Plastic discolored? Ever wondered what patio furniture is best for this climate? What's best for your particular patio? Consult this handy list of the pros and cons of all the usual suspects to help you make the right choice: [caption id="attachment_1417" align="alignnone" width="650"] Decked out...

Last weekend, the roof of a 42-unit condo at the corner of Somerled and Walkley streets in NDG caught fire. Nobody was hurt, but dozens have been left stranded as the building is waterlogged, and has sustained a lot of damage. It took 80 firefighters most of the night to put out the fire. Fire deparment chief Luc Robillard made a statement that it appears that the flames may have started in...