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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - April 2, 2011, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE F4 F 4 SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2011 winnipegfreepress. com * Manitoba Hydro is a licensee of the Trademark and Official Mark. Furnace and AC Maintenance for the Cooling Season • Clear the area around the outside condenser coil... Check the outside condenser coil regularly to ensure it’s clean and not blocked with leaves, pollen, grass, dirt, etc. Have your air conditioner professionally cleaned if the outside coil is blocked. A routine air conditioner maintenance performed by your air conditioning contractor should include inspection and cleaning ( if necessary) of the outside condenser coil, inside evaporator coil, and inside fan assembly, filter replacement, inspecting all other components, and checking that the system is operating correctly. • Check the condensate drain tube... During the summer, water condenses on the cooling coils as they dehumidify the air. The water collects in a tray below the coils and flows out through a condensate tube. Make sure the tube is not clogged, or the hose kinked, and that it drains to a convenient floor drain. • Keep the furnace filter clean... A clogged furnace filter will reduce the air flow across the inside cooling coil. The reduced air flow will cause your air conditioner to operate inefficiently and not work properly. Check the filter at least once a month, and clean or replace as needed. Never run your air conditioner without a furnace filter. • Check your registers and ducts... Vacuum your supply- air registers and return- air ducts whenever you notice dust beginning to collect. Once a year, it’s a good idea to vacuum inside the ducts as far as you can reach. • Adjust your thermostat... In summer, set your thermostat to a comfortable level, and when you are not home, turn the temperature up a few degrees, 1- 3° C or 2- 5 ° F. Turning the temperature up will limit the amount of time the air conditioning system comes on. During operation of your air conditioner, keep all windows closed and draperies drawn on windows facing the sun. • Buying a new air conditioner... If replacing or buying new, look for an ENERGY STAR ® label and check the SEER ( seasonal energy efficiency ratio). Central units should have a minimum SEER of 13; most window units should have a minimum EER of 9.7. An ENERGY STAR labeled central air conditioner with a minimum SEER of 14.5 will save $ 5-$ 10/ year compared to a base model unit with a SEER rating of 13 for the average home in Manitoba. Here are some key steps you can take to ready your furnace and central air conditioner for the cooling season to get the most out of your air conditioner. Jeff Beckman, Energy Advisor, Manitoba Hydro Email your questions to: powersmartexpert@ hydro. mb. ca For additional advice on saving energy... call 1- 888- MBHYDRO ( 1- 888- 624- 9376) or visit www. hydro. mb. ca • Disaster Recovery • Moving • Staging • Renovations • De- clutter canadianpups. com 885- 5999 Portable Storage Made Easy Sold A look at recently sold homes in and around Winnipeg Real Estate Professionals: We’re looking for your sold homes to feature in Sold! Please submit the information listed here as well as a high- resolution photo ( 200dpi). Appearing in Sold is free. Send your home information to Tracey Thompson at tracey. thompson@ live. com Offered at Offered at River Park South ADDRESS: 7 Kamberwell Bay ASKING PRICE: $ 429,000 TAXES: $ 5,009.69 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2,321 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 3 LOT SIZE: 47 x 116 LISTING AGENT: Shawn Sommers, Century 21 Carrie. com, 987- 2168 Charleswood ADDRESS: 22 Hammond Rd. ASKING PRICE: $ 319,900 TAXES: $ 3,481.92 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1,740 BEDROOMS: 4 BATHROOMS: 2 LOT SIZE: 55 x 100 LISTING AGENT: Dan Thiessen, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, 771- 3526 North Kildonan ADDRESS: 203- 35 Valhalla Dr. ASKING PRICE: $ 154,900 SOLD PRICE: $ 158,000 TAXES: $ 1,679.39 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 672 BEDROOMS: 1 BATHROOMS: 1 LOT SIZE: n/ a LISTING AGENT: Shawn Sommers, Century 21 Carrie. com, 987- 2168 West End ADDRESS: 698 Valour Rd. ASKING PRICE: $ 239,900 SOLD PRICE: $ 239,900 TAXES: $ 723.00 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 840 BEDROOMS: 2 BATHROOMS: 2 LOT SIZE: 25 x 87 LISTING AGENT: Steve Mikos, Sutton Group, 955- 0500 Waverley West ADDRESS: 2 Gelley Cove ASKING PRICE: $ 424,900 SOLD PRICE: $ 422,500 TAXES: Not yet assessed SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1,561 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 2 LOT SIZE: 48 x 135 LISTING AGENT: Dan Thiessen, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, 771- 3526 Old Tuxedo ADDRESS: 214 Lamont Blvd. ASKING PRICE: $ 849,500 SOLD PRICE: $ 850,000 TAXES: $ 8,969.77 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2,977 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 3 LOT SIZE: 75 x 130 LISTING AGENT: Gary Bachman, Century 21 Bachman & Associates, 453- 7653 Jefferson ADDRESS: 443 Smithfield Ave. ASKING PRICE: $ 164,900 SOLD PRICE: $ 172,000 TAXES: $ 2,217.66 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 652 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 1 LOT SIZE: 37 x 118 LISTING AGENT: Alison Maharaj, Century 21 Bachman & Associates, 223- 0678 F_ 04_ Apr- 02- 11_ PP_ 01. indd F4 3/ 31/ 11 4: 26: 05 PM ;