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Trusted REGINA AUTO REPAIR & SERVICE EXPERTS share a Trusted Tip on VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING

 REGINA AUTO REPAIR & SERVICE technicians are well equipped to repair your vehicle and get you back on the road.Here they provide a Great Trusted Auto Tip

 

Car Air Conditioning…. Helpful tips on maintenance.

Car air conditioners, were once a great luxury, but alas now a common feature on cars. While the servicing of modern air conditioning systems is best left to air conditioning technicians, you can get more enjoyment from your ac system if you know a bit about how it functions and what malfunctions you should be on the lookout for.

Car manufacturers recommend that Air Conditioning systems (AC & Climate Control) are serviced every two years, which should include cleaning the refrigerant gas and the lubricating oil, as well as carrying out a system leak test. Over time the air conditioning gases in your car will escape from the AC or Climate Control system. This is because car air conditioning systems “are” designed to leak. Car engines vibrate, piping moves and the rubber ‘O’ rings expand and contract allowing leakage. This allows the performance of the air conditioning system to gradually deteriorate. The other system components are forced to work harder in order to compensate, leading to potential catastrophic failure, which will certainly be expensive to repair.
 

Some vital facts on car air-conditioning systems:
 

Foul smells coming from the air conditioning may be caused by a buildup of bacteria.

As your car ages, or when the air conditioning systems are used infrequently, bacteria, micro-organisms, mold and fungus may start growing behind the dash panel on the evaporator causing some very unpleasant odors. Some people claim this can result in headaches and flu like symptom sometimes referred to as “sick car syndrome.” This can be solved by using an anti-bacterial treatment that destroys the bacteria growth and leaves your car smelling fresh again and new again.

If your car does not feel cold enough, then it may be time to recharge your system.

 If you feel that your car doesn’t feel as cold as your buddies’ car, then your air-con may need servicing. The air conditioning system in your vehicle is not sually covered by most manufacturers servicing tasks and the refrigerant gas that is used to operate the system depletes over time. On average most vehicles lose up to 15% annually. This leakage can be caused when the air conditioning is not used during the winter months thus allowing the small “O” ring seals to dry out resulting in a gradual deterioration in air-con performance. If this continues, eventually the system will not be able to function at all.
Most problems of this type can be put right fairly easily by having a leak check of your system followed by a complete refill of your refrigerant, often referred to as a re-gas. 

Using your air conditioning all year round helps maintain the system. 

If you run the air conditioning during winter it will help to keep the system well lubricated and leak tight because the refrigerant actually carries the oil that lubricates the system and the compressor. It also keeps the seals and hoses moist, preventing them from drying out and cracking which leads to leaks.

Strange noises coming from the air conditioning should be checked immediately.

If your air conditioning suddenly starts making noises you haven’t heard before it’s advisable to have a qualified air conditioning specialist have a look at it. Some noises could be early symptoms of a compressor (air conditioning pump) failure. The compressor is the most expensive part on the system and if the bearings in your compressor break down or if the compressor seizes up it also means that other components can become contaminated with metal particles. A flush of the system would then be needed as well as replacement of the compressor, the receiver/drier and the expansion valve – which could lead to a big bite into your hip pocket.

Don’t worry about a pool of water forming under your car after using the A/C.

If you see a puddle of water on the ground, don’t be alarmed. This is a normal occurrence, as it is only water dripping from the air conditioning evaporator. The evaporator has a drain tube fitted to allow the condensation from the evaporator to drain away from the vehicle. So don’t be afraid that it’s some sort of leak.

Excessive moisture inside the car can be fixed easily

Sometimes the drain tube from the evaporator may become blocked or detached allowing condensation to build up inside your evaporator. If this occurs water will just build up inside your car to a point where carpets are damp or misting occurs. These problems can be solved with low-cost servicing.

Have your air conditioning serviced regularly, even if you have no visible problems.

Just as the other systems of your car need servicing on a regularly, the same applies for the air conditioning system. The compressor needs oil, or else it will seize up. The filter collects debris and moisture. If the filter becomes blocked, then the performance of the system will deteriorate and it can even stop working entirely (probably when you need it most!)

Normally the refrigerant gas in a cars air conditioning system has to be recharged completely within four years from the manufacture date and thereafter every two years.

Regular annual servicing of your car’s air conditioning system will guard against malfunctions. Annual maintenance will save you money in the long run and guarantee you comfort in the hottest months...so you don't have to resort to desperate measures like the owner of the catr in the pic below 

 

 


Pet Experts on the Regina Directory of Excellence share a Trusted Tip on why dogs eat grass!

Why do dogs eat grass?

In the video above, Dr. Karen Becker sheds some light on the motives behind this popular doggy behavior.

Dr. Becker's Comments:

There are two primary reasons why dogs eat grass. Number one is to use as a purgative, and number two is simply because they want to! (More on that in a minute … )

Dogs Consume Grass to Purge Their System Most of you are well aware that dogs will, on occasion, eat large amounts of grass in an attempt to make themselves throw up.

In fact, if your dog consumes a large amount of grass, it could be because she has:

•Gastrointestinal upset

•Nausea

•Gas or bloating

•Eaten something she shouldn’t have

•A virus or bacteria

When they exhibit this behavior, it tends to be almost frantic. They’ll whimper and cry to be let out, then they’ll run outside and start eating any grass they can find; they’re not selective. After they consume a large amount of grass, they’ll often times lick their lips because they’re nauseous, and then of course, they’ll vomit. It’s completely normal for your dog to vomit occasionally (like people do when they are ill), meaning one or two times a year. Most often it’s nothing to worry about and, surprising as this may sound, your dog knows what’s best in terms of intentionally voiding their system of something that could be toxic, or making them unwell.

What to do if Your Dog Eats Grass Often

As I said earlier, many dogs will eat grass to make themselves vomit, but if your dog is doing this on a frequent basis it’s a sign that her system may be off kilter. In this case, you absolutely need to reevaluate their diet, as frequent gastrointestinal upset is a sign that something is wrong with the food that you’re feeding. It may be a great quality food, one your dog has been eating for years with no trouble. But if your dog begins vomiting up grass and food several times a week or even weekly, I can tell you that this is not normal. I would recommend switching brands of food, switching flavors and switching protein sources. Above all, if you’re capable of going from an entirely dead diet (kibble or canned) to an entirely living diet (raw), that would be wonderful! You may want to seek the help of a holistic veterinarian who can help you to switch your dog to a new diet. Most importantly, if your dog has been eating the same diet for most of his life, you will need to make the transition gradually. The other items that you should consider adding to your dog’s food are probiotics and digestive enzymes. Probiotics help reseed and fortify the beneficial bacteria in your dog’s gut, while the digestive enzymes provide what the entrails or the guts of their prey species would have. These enzymes provide a rich source of amylase, lipase and protease, which can help your pets process food much more successfully.

So, that’s one scenario -- the obsessive consumption of a large amount of grass in order to produce an episode of purging or vomiting. The next reason is entirely different …

Dogs May Feed on Grass Simply Because They Want To

Contrast the first scenario -- your dog rushing out and eating any and all grass in sight -- with this second scenario: you let your dog out the back door. It looks like he’s having a great time running around when all of a sudden you see him on a mission. He is sniffing and specifically seeking out tall, broad grasses -- the tall grasses that typically grow along a fence line or up from sidewalk cracks. Your dog is very selectively picking out certain grasses. He identifies them and uses his front teeth to nibble and eat them. He’s not frantic, he is doing it almost with intention and you see him select a few grasses and go about his way. That’s an entirely different scenario and that’s scenario number two, which means your dog is eating grass because he wants to.

Eating Grass is a Normal Dog Behavior Dogs know what they need to consume. And in fact, biologists have told us that all canids -- dogs and wild dogs (wolves, coyotes, dingoes, etc.) -- consume grass and it’s a completely normal behavior. So it’s important to recognize that you don’t have to prevent your dogs from eating grass unless you have treated grass or your grass has pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals on it. It’s obviously important that you don’t allow your dogs to consume toxins when they’re consuming those grasses, but if the grass is free from contaminants, you can let your dog eat away. Grass Has Nutrients Your Dog May Need The grasses your dog is seeking out probably contains some nutritional value that your dog is seeking. We know that grass contains an abundant source of fiber or roughage, for instance, and we know that since grass is a living green food it contains phytonutrients and is high in potassium and also chlorophyll. Grasses are also a pretty good source of digestive enzymes. So your dog could be seeking out selective grasses to make up for one of these nutritional components that they’re currently not getting in their diet.

Some dogs may also eat grass because they are under-fed, don’t have access to adequate food or are just plain bored. But, in the vast majority of cases, even if your dog is well fed and well cared for, he will still selectively pick out certain grasses just for their nutritional health benefits.

 

 

 

 

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2009/12/23/why-dogs-eat-grass.aspx - original article

 

CHRIS WORBY a Trusted REGINA FINANCIAL EXPERT has a Trusted REGINA Tip on RESP's!

Finding the shortest and safest route to any of your dreams requires planning and only with a carefully thought out financial plan can you be sure to make the most of your resources and to protect against risks along the way. At Worby Wealth Management, Chris will do his best to help you achieve those dreams with a financial plan that is tailored to your specific needs and based on your individual situation.

Let TRUSTED REGINA's FINANCIAL ADVISOR Chris Worby from Worby Wealth Management help you live your dream!

Here Chris Shares his first Trusted Regina Tip

 

Are RESPs right for your family?

Simple answer – maybe. Retirement Education Savings Plan contributions receive a minimum 20% Canadian Education Savings Grant (CESG) match up until $2500/yr. Seems a no-brainer right?

But what about this: Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) contributions receive your marginal tax rate – probably 35% to 39% and as high as 44% - back in taxes. What if a person contributed $2500 to their RRSP, got their 35% back for a total of $875, then funded the RESP with that and got a resultant 20% back? The total money they would get invested out of $2500 is this:

$2500 – RRSP contribution

$875 – Tax refund @ 35%/RESP contribution

$175 – Canadian Education Savings Grant

 

$3550 Total funds invested out of an initial $2500 contribution.

So, is an RESP right for your family? Maybe – but we’d have to talk for me to say for sure.

 

Call Chris Worby at  (306) 757-4747 ext 226  or on his Cell: (306) 737-2909. Check out his listing on the Regina Directory in the REGINA FINANCIAL SERVICES category   . Chris is a Trusted REGINA FINANCIAL EXPERT

 

 

Winmar TRUSTED REGINA Disaster Services EXPERTS have a helpful Trusted Tip on Flooding

REGINA DISASTER RECOVERY SERVICES Winmar provides expert advice and world class service! They have certified consultants who are there for you 24/7 for REGINA Mould remediation,  disaster response services, fire and flood damage & restoration throughout Saskatchewan...they are your REGINA Disaster Services  EXPERTS and a TRUSTED REGINA CONTRACTOR  

Flood Alert: Key Action Steps & Information
Water is probably the single most destructive force to a house. Left unchecked, it can lead to rot, dry rot, mold and termite infestations. Water can cause roofs to collapse, foundations to buckle and all manner of expensive repairs.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website offers great advice on what to do after a flood.
One of the key points CMHC emphasises is the following:
"Immediate action is important. Your house and furnishings are less likely to grow mold if they are dried within 48 hours."
Mold is one of the problems caused by flooding because water is one of the key ingredients mold needs to grow. Other key ingredients for mold growth are the right temperature of 5 degrees to 38 degrees and of course food, such as paper, wood, drywall, wallpaper, carpet, ceiling tiles, dust, and dirt.
Your goal as a home owner is to prevent the onset of mold. To accomplish this objective, here are some key steps CMHC and Got Mold? recommends:
SAFETY
Put your own safety first. Avoid electrical shock. Keep extension cords out of the water. Shut the power off to the flooded area at the breaker box. Ask your electrical utility for help if needed.
RECORD
Record details of damage, with photos or video if possible.
CLEAN UP
Clean up the area. We recommend that you call a professional Disaster Recovery Service like Got Mold? because we have the protective gear and equipment to clean up the area properly. The key to preventing excessive mold growth is to remove all the water and begin drying out the area using air movers and dehumidifiers. Most importantly, all contaminated material must be either disinfected or removed permanently. If you begin the clean up process yourself, we strongly advise the use of rubber gloves, boots, protective clothing, and a respirator.
INSURANCE
Call your insurance provider immediately. Keep in mind, as the home owner, you have the right to choose the Disaster Recovery Service company you want to work with. Got Mold? is here to help, one of the core services we offer is Flood Response & Restoration. In 2011, we published a 3 part series on what to do in case of a flood:
Know What To Do In Case Of a Flood? Part 1
Know What To Do In Case Of a Flood? Part 2
Know What To Do In Case Of a Flood? Part 3
Here are some other useful links you should review:
Why is Mold a Growing Concern?
Mold Emerges As Problem From Flooding
Determining Water Hazards by Category
What’s In Your Flood Water?
The Longer You Wait…The Worse It Gets!
Do You Know Where Your Water Main Valve Is Located?
Flooded…But Denied Insurance? Don’t Lose Hope!
Why Do We Need Sump Pumps?
Mold, Not Just a Health Problem, But a Structural One Too!
Sewer Backups Part 1: Causes and Prevention
Sewer Backups Part 2: Action Steps
Guidelines For Private Provincial Disaster Assistance Program Claims
CMHC offers a free 38 page publication, "Cleaning Up Your House After a Flood" that you may want to download for more information

See their full listing in the REGINA CONTRACTOR category they are your REGINA DISASTER SERVICE experts on the REGINA DIRECTORY of excellence.

 

WHEATLAND FIREPLACE your Trusted REGINA FIREPLACE Experts share a Trusted Tip on choosing your fireplace!

Your first step into the beautiful Wheatland Fireplace showroom will help you understand why Wheatland Fireplace has been given the Thumbs up by Trusted Regina.

This really is where your REGINA Outdoor living and Fireplace dreams meet in spectacular surroundings! Wheatland Fireplace REGINA is a TRUSTED Saskatchewan company that sells products that make your life better. Wheatland Fireplace services and installs their high-quality fireplaces, barbecues (bbq), grills and smokers from industry leading manufacturers. They love their customers and as a result,their customers love and TRUST them. Wheatland Fireplace are your Exclusive Trusted REGINA FIREPLACE store and they are Trusted REGINA OUTDOOR LIVING & RECREATION Experts

Fireplace Tips from Wheatland Fireplace

Thinking about fireplaces? Here are some specifics you might want to think about — or, better yet, talk to your spouse about — while you’re in the planning stage.

•Decide if you want the fireplace for heat, for looks or for a combo of both. Knowing what you’re going to want the fireplace for helps speed you through talks with the sales person.

•There are fireplaces to heat one room only and there are fireplaces with heat distribution systems. Enjoy localized heat or circulate warm air to other parts of your home using our “Heat Wave” air distribution system.

•For heating efficiency, consider a thermostatically-controlled, self-modulated fireplace. Those are big words that mean the fireplace will be automatically programmed to regulate temperature.

•Ask about trim options (the casing set around your fireplace). There are lots of colours and styles and you’re sure to find one to match your décor. If this is a tough choice for you, consider consulting an interior designer. The sales people have brochures that you can take with you.

•Visit Wheatland Fireplaces showroom so you can see the fireplaces when they are lit and when they are turned off. The fireplace won’t be running 24/7, so you want to be sure you like the look of it with flames or without.

•Think about how you want to turn your fireplace on and off. Do you have room and the right space for a wall switch/thermostat? Or are you more of the remote control type? Old school? Then you’ll want a manually switch right on the fireplace, right?

Wheatland Fireplace sells and installs fireplaces. That’s important. How the fireplace is installed impacts operation efficiency and durability.

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the Wheatland Fireplace' showroom at or see their listing in the REGINA OUTDOOR LIVING & RECREATION and in the REGINA HOME APPLIANCE & FIREPLACE  category. they are your Trusted REGINA FIREPLACE Experts 

 

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