April 16, 2014

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April 3, 2014

153 Lockhaven Pvt.

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An absolute choice location at the end of the street within steps to beautiful woodland and green space and backing onto single family residences! The home is infused with a sense of peace and serenity. Features gorgeous hardwood in the living and dining area, a modern palette of neutrals and a timeless crisp white kitchen with  patio access out onto the large deck and spacious fenced yard. All three bedrooms offer plenty of natural light and space and the master has a fabulous ensuite. Open staircase makes the lower level family room inviting and the stone fireplace amps up the wow factor. A must see!

 

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April 3, 2014

574 Cole Ave.

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Location in spades! The location comes with a house, and a good one at that! Conveniently located close to  Dovercourt Recreation Centre, great schools, shops, and restaurants. Beautifully renovated from top to bottom. Tasteful, modern kitchen and living areas, open space for entertaining, a large private deck and an oversized garage. Three bedrooms upstairs, a spa inspired bath and turn key in every sense! Pinch yourself, here is a beautiful opportunity to make Westboro your reality without a laundry list of projects.

 

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April 3, 2014

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Royal LePage’s New Mobile App Breaks Industry Barriers With Draw-and-Search Feature

Iphone App

 

Royal LePage, in partnership with award-winning mobile agency Plastic Mobile, recently announced the launch of the Royal LePage mobile app for Canadian house hunters. Available for iPhone, the new app is simplifying the property search process down to the swipe of a finger.

The app’s innovative Draw-and-Search feature allows users to easily zero in on a specific geographic area of interest on a map, by simply drawing the area of choice with their finger. Upon doing so, property listings within the selected region will pop up on the screen. On-the-go house hunters no longer need to log in or fill in forms to see search results.  And with one tap, users can save their search to get updates on new homes, open houses, and current listings within the geographic area they selected.

“At Royal LePage, we are constantly looking at how we can better serve homebuyers in their search for the perfect home through new digital services,” said Carolyn Cheng, SVP, Strategic Business Services, Royal LePage. “With our new app’s draw feature, the very first in Canada, we are making the home buying search as easy and personalized as possible, while ensuring our clients don’t miss crucial updates as listings and opportunities change by the moment.”

The new app is the latest in Royal LePage’s suite of digital real estate solutions for Canadians.  Last year, Royal LePage launched a new mobile website featuring Google’s renowned map-based technologies as well as its new and innovative cloud-based services, which allowed users to search for homes, using not only standard criteria, but also local landmarks.

“As Royal LePage’s mobile agency, we identify the best practices across all industries worldwide and apply them to real estate, ensuring  that Royal LePage’s clients always have the best and latest features at their fingertips,” said Melody Adhami, President and COO, Plastic Mobile.  “The Draw-and-Search feature of Royal LePage’s new app is designed to provide the most intuitive user experience so that homebuyers don’t have to browse through all of the clutter to find what they need.”

Please visit www.royallepage.ca/realestate/iphone for more information, and/or to download the app which can be used on iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod Touch.

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March 20, 2014

News to “bark” about…

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Greetings to all my fellow Winter Olympians! I certainly feel like an Olympian in the face of Mother Nature and all the charms that she has brought to our Capital City this year. It has been quite a Gold Medal Performance of sorts.

So, the perennial favourite question: how is the Ottawa market? In short, it is breathing. Inhaling and exhaling, with ebbs and flows—nothing too drastic to report. This is the Ottawa “government insulation” that we are all graced by. Times are not as bullish as we have become accustomed to as of late, homes are moving and sales are balanced. We are forecasting slight price increases this year in the range of 1 to 2% and relatively consistent volume to the five year average sales. Breathe easy.

New additions and new beginnings! We are pleased to announce the arrival of our fifth member to The McCann Team, Nick Gallon. Nick brings a dynamic energy and we are very excited to have him on this side of the fence as it were. He has joined the administrative leg of our team so that we can continue to wow our clients with timely, accurate, and attentive service.

Stephanie has returned from maternity leave and we are glad to have her back. She is also thrilled to have a little “work break” amidst her busy job as Mommy to her girls, Rowan and Quinn.

Our year is off to a fantastic start and we have all of you to thank for this! Your gracious referrals and advocacy continue to be the cornerstone of our success. At the risk of being a bit bold, please, keep them coming! We look forward to continuing to surprise and delight, with the help of Gezellig Restaurant, in acknowledging those referrals.

We are here if you have questions or need a bit of help. We want you to think of us as your real estate resource throughout the home ownership journey and not just during the purchase and sale process.

Finally, we are excited about our upcoming annual movie event. Saturday morning at the movies has become such a tradition and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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March 13, 2014

768 Everton Way

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This is an absolute standout. A fantastic layout with an open flow to the main, a gorgeous master with ensuite, and well scaled, tastefully finished spaces throughout. Bamboo hardwood on the main and master bedroom, maple in the secondary bedrooms, and radiant heated porcelain in the finished basement. Beautiful kitchen with an island and a gas stove. Interlock in the front and deck in the rear fenced yard. Just wow and worthy of your shortlist!

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March 10, 2014

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February 6, 2014

747 Sanibel Pvt.

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A fantastic opportunity to make home ownership a reality! Better than new and absolutely turn key. Three floors of finished space plus a full basement. Main level is open concept and features a modern kitchen with breakfast bar and bright, expansive spaces. Master with ensuite, 2nd and 3rd beds combined and super sized. Lower den with patio doors to the fenced yard. Features galore: 6 appliances, air conditioning, auto garage door opener, central vacuum, alarm. Wow!

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February 4, 2014

177 Fordham Pvt.

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A fantastic way to claim your space in the city! This is a beautiful example of the ever popular “loft series” townhomes in Central Park. Two bedroom, two bath configuration, and finished on all three levels. Great options and extras and super tasteful. Hardwood floors, oak railing at entrance, upgraded underpad on the pristine carpets, built in speakers, quality appliances, a very rare full basement, and a fabulous fenced and landscaped yard. Ok, come see it already!

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February 2, 2014

6075 Ottawa St.

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Welcome home! This beautifully renovated 3+1 bedroom home sits on a scenic lot backing onto the school ground! Open concept living at its best, beautiful kitchen, vaulted ceilings, gorgeous hardwood floors! Master boasts a private 2 piece ensuite. Spa-like full bath and laundry room complete the main floor. Huge finished basement complete with recreation room, full bath and bedroom, an oasis in itself!

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January 16, 2014

2159 Saunders Avenue

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This is a fantastic home nestled in a quiet little enclave with a village vibe. The parkway is a stone’s throw away and Westboro and Wellington Village are a nice walk. Hardwood floors and staircase, well scaled spaces, a sizeable yard and a two tier deck with views of the water. Main floor has seen recent renos with the kitchen open onto the dining and beautiful appliances added. This one belongs on your short list!

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August 8, 2013

25 Staten Way

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A really special home with countless improvements. It features beautiful hardwood and tile. There is a gorgeous new kitchen with rich cabinetry, stainless counters and built in appliances. The master bed has a three sided fireplace and luxurious ensuite. There is crown moulding, wainscoting, pot lights, and a whole home audio system. The lower level is finished and roughed in for a home theatre. Fenced yard, deck and a pergola. Wow!

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July 30, 2013

512-265 Poulin Ave.

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This is the one to have! Choice 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom end unit in Northwest One. Wait until you see the panoramas of the Ottawa River, the Gatineaus, Mud Lake, and surrounding park lands from every window. Well scaled spaces, beautiful parquet floors throughout, a full ensuite bath, and a fantastic balcony. A resort lifestyle with extensive recreational facilities and lots of social activities that make this both a home and a community.

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July 14, 2013

1734 Maple Grove Rd.

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Nothing to do with this one except unpack the bags. Fabulous offering complete with double car garage, granite island and a layout which flows. A two bedroom configuration enables spacious rooms and numerous upgrades culminate in a showstopper! If there is one home to see, this is it. Call to arrange a viewing.

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July 14, 2013

742 Spruce Ridge Rd.

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An Oasis away from the city?  No, it’s better than that!  Nestled on 3.97 acres of treed land with your own creek, this is serenity only 20 minutes drive from downtown Ottawa.  No neighbors within view and deer at your doorstep, this is no
urban environment.  Complete with double detached garage ready for the workshop or simply to park the toys.  Well proportioned residence with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and ample living space.  Potential Plus!

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July 1, 2013

512 Fraser Ave.

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Eighty-five feet of frontage on offer with a west facing yard and a well scaled, all brick two storey home. Three bedrooms up, master with direct access to the main bath. New hardwood and ceramic throughout the main floor. Family room is over the garage, solarium is off the dining room. Main floor has laundry, powder room and access to the deck and gardens. Beautiful grounds with landscaping and trees. Lots of dreams and possibilities here!

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June 30, 2013

103 Margrave

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Nothing to do but unlock the door and move your furniture in!  Meticulously maintained with a premium location backing onto open space.  This home comes with a new roof, is freshly painted and has a great floor plan. Close to parks and in a family friendly neighborhood, this 3 bed, 3 bath home comes complete with all appliances, central vac and all window treatments. Definitely worth your visit! Call today to book a viewing.

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June 29, 2013

303-575 Byron Ave.

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Urban decadence in the heart of vibrant Westboro. On the doorstep to Restaurants, Cafes and the Ottawa river, discover one of Ottawa’s best addresses. Granite, high end appliances, and great management. This one bed, one bath apartment is in need of nothing, simply unlock and move in. Parking and Locker included rounds out this impressive offering.

 

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June 28, 2013

35 Carmichael Crt.

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Welcome home! Three stories of efficient living space, countless updates and wait till you see the surrounding greenspace. Three beds up, 2 with parquet wood floors. Updated main bath, classic white kitchen with stainless appliances. A tasteful, neutral palette throughout. The yard is fenced, the home is air conditioned, the windows are newer and the condition is top notch. An affordable way to make home ownership your reality!

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June 27, 2013

6693 Pebble Trail St.

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No corners cut here!  A fantastic flow to this modern bungalow with soaring ceilings, open spaces, quality materials and tasteful execution throughout. A great room floor plan. A stone and stucco facade, accented by douglas fir pillar. A screened porch and a oversized deck. 3 plus one garage with doors front and back. Yellow birch floors, granite, and beautiful tiling throughout. Beautiful kitchen, luxurious ensuite and so much more!

 

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June 26, 2013

24 Collington St.

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Wow! Choice end unit on a quiet street with an extra wide lot. Minto’s largest, the ever popular Royalton finished with a contemporary palette and quality upgrades. Super flexible layout to suit your needs. Full ensuite, walk-in closet, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, and beautiful flow. Wait till you see the windows and the light. Lower level is tastefully finished, the yard is fenced, and the home sparkles!

 

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June 25, 2013

1005-1380 Prince of Wales

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This is first timing or downsizing in style! A complete transformation that will make you proud and your friends green with envy. Tasteful, modern palette, open airy feel and attention to detail throughout. Chef’s dream kitchen with stainless appliances, wood cabinetry and potlights. Spa inspired bath, laminate floors and balcony with phenomenal views of the city and more for you to discover! Just an ideal location with recreation and all the conveniences at your doorstep!

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March 2, 2013

19 MacLaren St.

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A stunning city home just steps from the Canal. Truly a contemporary classic with a keen eye to preserving period charm while modernizing to a luxurious standard. Two beds up plus a loft and fully renovated bath. Wood floors, built-ins, second floor laundry and fabulous windows and skylight. Main with high ceilings, separate living and dining, a beautiful fireplace, powder room, and gorgeous kitchen. Also, a private backyard patio!

 

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March 1, 2013

45 Drysdale St.

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Immaculately presented with recent renovations including finished basement with full bath, new hardwood floors and fixtures throughout. Three beds up and luxury bath with cheater access to the master. All appliances, even the brand new hot water heater is included (owned). Fabulous layout and functional room proportions highlight this Richcraft ‘Arlington’ model with 1740 sq ft. Truly move in ready and tastefully finished- all the work is done!

 

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February 23, 2013

147 Rodeo Dr.

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A stellar home in a choice location with contemporary finishes. Lots of “wow factor” in this one! Fabulous layout with a great room concept that really captures the modern family lifestyle. Open kitchen, 9 foot ceilings, hardwood and berber, pot lights, and a gas fireplace. Four bedrooms up, master with beautiful ensuite. Basement is finished with lots of space and a bath. Fenced and landscaped yard and an inviting front porch.

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February 21, 2013

41 Saxton Pr.

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Turn key, modern and affordable! This three bedroom town has been graced with good taste and lots of improvements. Main features a crisp white galley kitchen, eat in, living and dining rooms, plus patio access to a fabulous yard and deck. All three baths have been updated. Beautiful rich laminate flooring on the main, new berber upstairs. Fixtures, paint, paper and decor from the pages of a magazine, plus a wood burning fireplace for a touch of luxury. Updates include furnace (2013), windows (2010), bathrooms (2012), and carpeting (2013).

 

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February 20, 2013

74 Meadowcroft Cres.

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Lots of wow factor here! From the rich hardwood floors to the crisp white railings and a sparkling new kitchen complete with granite and glass backsplash; this home is magazine worthy. And it just keeps getting better; fabulous open concept layout, lower level finished with cozy gas fireplace, main bath with soaker tub and a “real” shower, AND get this, it backs onto green space! Opportunity is truly knocking at 74 Meadowcroft Cres.

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February 10, 2013

202-420 Berkley Ave.

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A lifestyle on offer here and a fantastic space to enjoy. Twelve foot ceilings, 9 foot doors, hardwood floors, granite counters, modern fixtures and decor. Entry closet with built ins, open living space with access to extensive balcony. Fireplace with built in shelving and storage. Master with his and hers closets and patio doors onto the balcony. Gas bbq hookup, 6 appliances, window coverings, covered parking and locker!

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February 4, 2013

201-159 Murray St.

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A rare opportunity to own a piece of Ottawa’s history! This is an award winning restoration of the historic École Guigues. A fantastic space with 12 foot ceilings and 8 foot windows. This particular loft is unique in being a corner unit with a private roof top terrace. Bathed in natural light, views of the city, and steps to all that Ottawa has to offer. Not to be missed!

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February 3, 2013

5604 Old Richmond Rd.

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Blending country living with the city.  Magnificent sized lot complete with heated swimming pool and sauna creates your own oasis. Only minutes to Ottawa central, Kanata and Barrhaven.  Built in the mid 1970′s and lived in by original owner, the room proportions are generous and the layout is functional. Plenty of space to entertain both summer and winter.  This is your cottage and city home in a central location.  Come see for yourself!

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February 2, 2013

42 Yorkville St.

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Such a unique home on offer here! A choice end unit and a smart, open concept layout with hardwood floors, modern decor and fixtures, new carpeting, and a fabulous kitchen overlooking the main living space. The second floor offers two good sized beds and an updated main bath. Finished lower level with great powder room. Look at the backyard oasis, completely fenced with hot tub and deck, just waiting to have you entertain or unwind.

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January 30, 2013

164 Whitestone Dr.

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Central Park’s top selling town in a choice location! The Tiffany features an open concept, the stairs to the lower level rec room are at the back of the home which really pours light into that space. Completed with second floor loft option and luxury bath with soaker tub and separate shower which amps up the wow factor considerably! Bonus bath in the lower level and extensive deck in the backyard complete with a gas bbq! Turn key!

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January 25, 2013

331 Edgemoore Cres.

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An absolutely fabulous home, a choice location with features and finishes that are a step above. An open concept main with tumbled travertine entrance, reclaimed wide plank wood floors, upgraded birch cabinetry and a stunning powder room. Nicely scaled bedrooms, master with custom wardrobe, walk in and palatial ensuite. Beautiful decor and paint throughout, quality fixtures, and a family friendly street. Turn key with appliances, AC plus!

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January 20, 2013

2701 Grand Canal St.

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Choice end unit on a supersized lot! A unique layout with a gorgeous living room thanks to walls of windows. Open feel to kitchen, eat-in and family room. Kitchen has upgraded oak cabinets, a beautiful peninsula option and top notch appliances. Upper features three bedrooms, master with the “oasis bath” luxury option plus a loft space. You are going to love the fresh paint, the wraparound porch, the location, and the tastefulness of this one! Don’t miss!

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January 19, 2013

153 Wesley Ave.

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Opportunity knocks to create your family’s dream home within walking distance to everything Westboro and Wellington Village has to offer!  4 Beds, 2 baths anchor this single home with well proportioned rooms and a 50 x 100 foot lot.  Live in it as is or renovate to your taste…this is a chance to own in a great location with a price that won’t break the bank.  Call for a viewing.

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January 18, 2013

10 Astoria Cr.

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Nestled in an ideal location and tastefully updated, this is one to see! Three beds, two new baths, a finished lower level, and a fenced yard complete with two tier deck. Fabulous interlock entrance to greet you. A modern palette, laminate floors,  and updated fixtures. Separate living and dining plus an eat in kitchen make for a smart layout.  Mostly new windows, roof was new in 2010 and the list of improvements goes on.  Come see!

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January 15, 2013

Is Your Gas Fireplace Saving or Costing You Money?

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Nothing is nicer on a cold winter night than curling up beside a warm fire. Gas fireplaces can offer a clean burning option with a convenient click of a button. A recent survey of household energy use found that 23% of Canadian single- and semi-detached and row housing reported having a gas fireplace and of those, 22% reported using them every day once the temperatures dip. Depending on the size and location of your fireplace, the added warmth can help ease the heating burden on your furnace, causing it to turn on less frequently. But will that save you money? Not necessarily, according to research undertaken at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology.
The study tested gas fireplace use and its impact on both furnace use and total gas energy consumption in a controlled certified research house. Researchers wanted to find out if operating a gas fireplace would reduce total gas consumption. It also looked at whether running the furnace fan continuously had any benefits on heat distribution to rooms away from the fireplace compared to having the fan automatically turn on only when the furnace was required to provide heating for the house.

The results showed that, while the furnace came on less frequently during fireplace use, total gas gas energy consumption overall actually increased by approximately 10 to 16%. This is because the gas fireplace, which had a measured efficiency of only 76%, was offsetting the operation of the furnace with an efficiency of 94%. The study also found that even when the fireplace was not in use, overall gas energy use was 6% higher compared to the control house because of the gas consumed by the small, but continuously running, pilot light.

While running the furnace fan continuously was expected to distribute heat from the fireplace to the other rooms more effectively that when run intermittently, the researchers found that operation of the fan had very little influence on the temperatures in other rooms in either mode. In fact, not only was there no  difference in heat distribution, continuously running the furnace fan actually increased daily electrical energy use from 6kWh to 11kWh, which can be significant given that typical Canadian homes use a total of 15 to 30 kWh per day.
Gas fireplaces are a wonderful way to enhance the beauty of your home, providing warm ambience during our cold Canadian winters. However, using your high efficiency furnace as the main method of heating your home will save you energy and money in the long run.

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January 11, 2013

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January 2, 2013

1407-1195 Richmond Rd

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Views of the Ottawa River highlight this immaculate 2 bed 2 bath unit.  Complete with much sought after ‘extra’ parking spot and located on the 14th floor, this is a gem! Recreation centre, outdoor pool, reading room and party room combine with a central location close to shopping, public transit and river walks.  Call for a viewing today!

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January 2, 2013

144D Valley Stream Dr.

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Immaculate! Tastefully renovated with fresh paint, new hardwood and carpet throughout with an added bonus of fully updated bathrooms. Located in a great neighborhood central to bus routes and the Queensway Carleton Hospital.  Two well proportioned bedrooms up and a wood burning fireplace on the main level, perfect for those cozy nights in. Parking at your doorstep rounds out this fabulous package. Come see!

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