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Maintenance

Climate control maintenance

Climate control maintenance

Maintaining your heating, cooling and ventilation systems isn't difficult, and isn't even something you need to do that often. Doing it right, though, can save you thousands and protect your home.

Insulation maintenance

Insulation maintenance

Feeling a chill in your home? Think your heater's being overworked? It could be that you need a top up on your insulation, but you'll need to make sure that you know that insufficient insulation really is the problem.

DIY vs. professional insulation

What sort of insulation can you install yourself - and when might you need to hire a professional do the job properly? Find out more about what's required to install different sorts of acoustic insulation.

How to improve your home's insulation

Is your house not keeping out the neighbour's noisy parties? Perhaps you're intending on setting up a home theatre? Find out more about how to improve the soundproofing in your home with better insulation.

Cooling maintenance

Cooling maintenance

One of the most important parts of cooling your home is ensuring that air conditioners and fans are properly taken care of.

How to clean exhaust vents

Heating and cooling ducts carry air all around your house, and vents often get dirty as a result of how much air flows through them. Find out if (and how) you need to clean them.

How to measure infiltration and air tightness

Part of establishing how well your home fares in terms of passive design is to establish how 'tight' it is. Learn more about how to test how much air leaks from your home.

Ventilation maintenance

Ventilation maintenance

The cleanliness of your vents can have an impact more than just the performance of you ventilation system; it can also impact upon your health. Cleaning your ventilation system is easy, and could do wonders for you and your home’s health

How to clean heating ducts and vents

Heating ducts carry air all around your house, and vents often get dirty as a result of how much air flows through them. Find out if (and how) you need to clean them.

How to clean a chimney or flue

Keeping your flues and chimneys clear and free from blockages and creosote is all part of using a wood heater or fireplace, and essential if you don't want your home to fill with smoke!

How to clean a fireplace

Occasionally cleaning your fireplace will help to ensure your home's not covered in ash and soot. Find out how to clean your fireplace without making too big a mess.

Heater maintenance

It's one of those things that people neglect, but really shouldn't. Find out how (and why) you should maintain your heater to keep it safe, clean and efficient.

Cleaning an air conditioner filter

How to clean an air conditioner

Properly cleaning and maintaining your air conditioner is vital to ensuring that it works properly, and that it's as efficient and effective as it's designed to be.

6 common aircon problems

6 common aircon problems

Is your aircon dripping water? Not blowing cold air? Perhaps it's making funny noises or blowing out a bad smell? There are a few different things that can go wrong with an airconditioner. Find out how to deal with them.

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Unblocking a drain

How to unblock a drain

Blocked drains in your kitchen are no fun - but thankfully they're not too difficult to deal with. Read our guide on how to unblock a drain and save yourself from a watery disaster.

How to build a house

Practical completion, and certificates of occupancy

When your house is more or less finished, there are a couple of important inspections that need to be carried out before you make your final payment and handover can take place. To be clear about the difference between these last inspections:

Sustainability

Heating and cooling management

Heaters and air conditioners can easily account for most of your energy consumption if you allow them to. Find out what you can do to minimise the need for artificial heating and cooling, and to reduce your consumption.

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