Lewis Maclean November 2018

Enjoy These 6 Autumn Activities

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING A NEW FURNACE Turn Up the Heat

Summer may be the season of adventure, but there’s something about the crisp fall weather that is hard to resist. Winter will

be here before you know it, so get the family bundled up and enjoy these great fall activities. Homemade Caramel Apples

Right now, a lot of homeowners are shopping for new furnaces. They’re getting ready for the winter months, and you may be one of them. If you’re in the market for a new furnace, you likely have questions, but you may not have reached out to a heating expert yet. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get ready to turn up the heat. Size matters! Just as you can buy an air conditioner that is too small or too large for your home, you can also buy a furnace that isn’t sized correctly. If you purchase a furnace that is too small, it will have to work harder to heat your home. It may work, and you may feel nice and cozy, but when you get that next energy bill, you’ll be left with a shock.

Homemade treats are no doubt far better than their

store-bought counterparts. Try your hand at making your own caramel apples for the whole

family to enjoy. You can also add a number of toppings to liven things up, such as nuts, white or milk chocolate,

coconut, sprinkles, or pecans.

Backyard Bonfire During these cold months, you may be tempted to stay indoors, but heading outside for a bonfire is a great way to spend time with your family while enjoying the brisk weather. If you have a fire pit in your backyard, now is the perfect time to take advantage of it by bundling up with some hot chocolate and s’mores. Autumn Arrangements It’s time to get crafty! Creating your own fall arrangements will ensure that your home has the seasonal decorations you want. Making beautiful fall flower arrangements for your kitchen table or wreaths for your front door to greet guests will create the desired autumn vibe you’ve been searching for. Movie Night Gather your loved ones in the living room with popcorn, blankets, and a great film. Make the most of your autumn evenings by cozying up and spending quality time with each other while watching some family favourites. Home-Cooked Food When autumn rolls around, pie and warm cider may be high on your list of tasty treats you’re eagerly anticipating. This fall, encourage your family to take part in making annual goodies and sharing them with your neighbours. Nothing warms the heart more than receiving a loaf of freshly baked pumpkin bread during these increasingly cold days. Knitted Scarves If you’re handy with knitting needles, now is the season to put them to work. Hand-knitted scarves are great gifts to give throughout the fall and winter, and you can also make it a family activity! Take some time to teach your kids how to knit and crochet to create scarves of their very own.

This is one of those cases when consulting with an expert installer is critical. Communicating the size of your home and your heating needs will ensure you get the heating solution that is right for your home — and your pocketbook. Speaking of your pocketbook, be cautious when hiring an installer who advertises low rates. While it’s not an automatic red flag, low rates, offers, and discounts can mean the installer is cutting corners on the work they’re doing for you. You may end up with a shoddy installation. You always want to verify the background of any installer or HVAC company you hire. Read online reviews, ask for references, and ask for recommendations from friends, family members, or neighbours who have experience hiring an installer. Finally, hire an installer who guarantees their work. You don’t want to hire someone who seems to vanish off the face of the earth after the work is finished. You want an installer who is going to be there after the installation is all said and done. That way, if something goes wrong in the coming months, they’ll be there to take your call.

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