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Gibbon Heating and Air your Trusted Saskatoon Air Conditioning and Furnace experts share a tip on Return Air

Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Saskatoon and surrounding areas for over 25 Years, Gibbon is a "Total Service" company with trained technicians who are able to provide customers with solutions to all their SASKATOON Heating & Air Conditioning requirements! 

Here they share a tip on Return Air:  

In many homes return air struggles to find its way back to the furnace. This results in improper pressure balances from room-to-room and often leads to uneven room temperatures. Lack of return air causes comfort complaints, higher energy costs, and can even cause moisture problems throughout a home.

While most HVAC contractors install ducts and registers to deliver air to every room in a house, they often neglect to provide adequate return air back to the furnace. In most homes, there is usually only one return air grille in the common hallway that is attempting to serve the entire house. This means that all of the stale cold air in your home has to be pulled through that single grille before it can be heated by the furnace.

Here’s what happens when there isn’t enough return air in a home:

If the bedroom doors are closed, each bedroom becomes pressurized, forcing air into the bedroom walls and ceiling. In the winter, this humid air can contact cold surfaces and lead to condensation and mold.

Also, the main return air grille is starving for air. This then causes the hallway and living room to be depressurized as air is pulled from the attic, cracks in the walls, back into the hallway.

In the winter, the air that is pulled from the attic is cold and this increases the heating load. Conversely, during the summer, the air that is sucked indoors is hot and humid; this increases both the sensible and latent load on the air conditioner and increases power consumption.

There are three possible ways to solve the pressurized-bedroom problem. Each bedroom needs either:

A return air grille ducted back to the furnace;

A through-the-wall transfer grille connecting the bedroom to the hallway;

A crossover duct connecting a ceiling grille in the bedroom with a ceiling grille in the hallway.

The best option is of course the more expensive one: install a return grille/duct into every conditioned room of the house. Through-the-wall transfer grilles are a cheaper solution, but they have a major drawback: noise transmission. People in the hallway can often hear what goes on in the bedroom if a through-the-wall option is used.

A third option is a crossover duct. In this approach, a ceiling grille is placed in each bedroom and then connected to a grille in the hall. While a crossover duct will transmit sound, it will not be as noticeable as a through-the-wall return air.

Before considering a crossover duct, it should be noted that there are some disadvantages to this approach. A great deal of heat loss can occur in an attic space and it would be necessary in northern climates to insulate the duct work and this approach is not recommended in the Northern hemispheres.  

Wondering which option best suits your needs? Call a professional and certified contractor who can go over the options with you.


You can find Gibbon Heating and Air online Check out their listing here in the AIR CONDITIONING & FURNACE Category on THE Saskatoon Directory of excellence..they are your Trusted FURNACE EXPERTS Right here in Saskatoon!



Trusted Saskatoon disaster services experts share a tip on Water Damage

Water damage: 

When water damage occurs, immediate action must be taken in order to find the cause, fix the issue, and prevent further damage from occurring. 

Water damage can occur at any time of the day, any day of the year.

Category 1 Water Damage

Category 1 water sources do not cause an initial health threat. Sources include broken pipes, appliance water line failures, hot water heater ruptures, and broken toilet tanks. If Category 1 water damage is dealt with in the first 24 hours, often times everything can be dried in place and minimal demolition will be required.

Category 2 Water Damage

Category 2 water sources contain some degree of contamination. These sources include appliance overflow, aquariums leaks, waterbed leaks or bursts, and falling rainwater. If Category 1 water damage is left for more than 48 hours, it becomes Category 2 water damage and will require a cleanup process similar to Category 3 water damage.

Category 3 Water Damage

Category 3 water sources always contain pathogenic agents and can be harmful to your health. These water sources include sewer backups, sea and ground surface water, toilet bowls overflows, and sump pump backups. With Category 3 water damage, all items that are contaminated need to be dealt with properly and by professionals to prevent further damage to your home & your health. Many items, including your carpet & drywall, need to be removed & properly disposed of.  A Esporta Wash system will safely & effectively clean & disinfects your soft contents that have suffered water damage.


The Process 

The first step is always to meet with our customer and go over the scope of the job. We always ask our customers to remove any valuables or sentimental items from the area before we start work.

Next, we want to deal with the things that matter most to you – your belongings. We will work with you to carefully pack & move your undamaged contents to a safe place. We will also determine which of your contaminated items can be cleaned & returned to you, and which need to be disposed of. With the help of the Esporta Wash System, we can now save up to 85% of your belongings that were damaged by water.

Next, we will deal with your home. Properly trained technicians will use their equipment to determine which areas of your walls & floor need to be removed. After the demolition is complete, we will disinfect the area and set-up drying equipment to stabilize the environment. Properly drying the water damaged areas will prevent future damage from occurring.

Lastly, we want to meet with our customer again. We want to ensure you are happy with the work done and understand the next steps in the process. 

Trusted Saskatoon Jewellers Bateman Jewellers shares a tip on Clearing the Air with Lampe Berger

Bateman Jewellers are Saskatoon Jewellery Experts...did you know that they are the oldest independent jewellery store in Saskatoon! Bateman Jewellers maintain that the relationship with their clients is very important to them, and Trusted is sure you have heard Cam say in his well known radio ads " Your jewellery is a lifetime investment; Buy it from a lifetime friend. " ..Trusted can attest to the fact that they really DO mean it, and we are proud to have them on board as our Trusted Saskatoon Jeweller! Here Cam shares

Bateman Jewellers your Trusted Saskatoon Jeweller

Here Cam shares a tip on Clearing the Air with Lampe Berger:

If you've checked out our in-store Lampe Berger display but have never been sure if this type of purifying system will work in your home (especially if you have have tweens or younger children) then here is a perspective from a Ottawa-based lifestyle blogger. You might find her take on this product "refreshing"!

After two weeks taking turns curling up on the couch to hog the blankets and the tissues, yesterday we were all finally well enough to have people over. And by “people” I mean “the kids’ friends” because when are we ever entertaining? (Rarely. Who has the energy?) In the wintertime, I like to light my favourite pine-scented candle or throw a batch of cookies in the oven to make the house smell warm and welcoming and mask the ever-present scent of fried egg whites (I eat a lot of egg whites), but yesterday I tried something a little different: a beautiful air purifying lamp, Lampe Berger. Lampe Berger sent me one to facilitate this review and has generously offered a starter kit to one lucky try small things reader so you can try it too.

What makes Lampe Berger different than your run-of-the-mill air freshener is its patented burner, originally developed over 100 years ago in France (ooh la la!) to help disinfect hospitals. The burner purifies and perfumes the air, destroying the molecules that make undesirable smells and diffusing one of over 50 scents of your choosing, including a fragrance-free So Neutral blend to use on its own or dilute another scent.


There are over 100 different lamps to choose from, ranging from classic designs like my Ovalie lamp, to more trendy and/or ornate models. I read the instructions a few times because I’m bit bumbling and nervous around flames (I almost lost my eyebrows the one time I tried to light the barbeque) but really, it’s very straightforward:

  • Remove the protective top, stopper, burner and wick
  • Insert the funnel and fill the lamp 2/3 full (I used the Fresh Linen scent)
  • Remove the funnel, insert the wick and burner and put the stopper on
  • Wait for 20 minutes
  • Remove the stopper and light the burner
  • Wait two minutes
  • Blow out the flame and put on the protective top
  • When the air is perfumed as you like, remove the protective top and put the stopper on the burner


My seven-year-old has lots of practice blowing out candles on birthday cakes so we let her blow out the flame. But it was hands-off after that.


Our main floor is all of 500 square feet, so in 20 minutes or so the entire downstairs smelled fresh and clean. A few hours later we made fish sticks for dinner and the house smelled like a wharf, but I lit the lamp again and within minutes Captain Highliner was a guest no longer. It’s like magic!

I’d love you to try it and see for yourself. To win a set just like mine (that’s a lamp, a burner, a 180 ml Home fragrance and a 180 ml So Neutral fragrance –a $48 value!), enter your contact information here then come back and tell me which Lampe Berger lamp and/or scent you’d like to try. You must leave a comment to be eligible. The giveaway is open to Canadians (excluding Quebec) and ends March 8, 2015.

You can learn more about Lampe Berger on their website, Facebook page, Instagram account and on Twitter and follow them everywhere at #LampeBerger. Lampe Berger products are widely available across Canada. In Ottawa you’ll find them at C.A. Paradis, Suite Dreams Home Emporium, Hallmark Davis (Carling) and The Cookoo’s Nest.

Best of luck! 


Find Bateman Jewellers on 2nd Ave South or online at they are your Trusted SASKATOON JEWELLERS

Read all of Batemans Saskatoon Jewellry tips here





SASKATOON SALSA your Trusted Saskatoon dance school for all ages share information on Holy Guacamole, a Cuba Dance Trip and New Classes!

“ Cuban technique with a world of flavor! ”

At Saskatoon Salsa, They offer affordable Saskatoon dance lessons for adults and children. The Saskatoon Salsa team are dedicated to providing their students with an energetic and inclusive atmosphere as they believe that learning to dance should be fun – not stressful! They are your Trusted Saskatoon all ages dance school


Here they share information on Holy Guacamole, a Cuba Dance Trip and New Classes:


BIG things happening at Saskatoon Salsa!

We're so excited to announce that MAGNA GOPAL - global salsa superstar - will be in Saskatoon from May 1st - 3rd for Holy Guacamole 2015! Check out all of the weekend's events including a Welcome Party, Dinner, Show, Fiesta, and Workshops - Early Bird tickets on sale now!

As if that's not enough excitement - we're going back to Havana, Cuba for round 2 of dance training from November 14th-22nd and you're invited! If you're interested in a life changing dance trip, send us a message and we'll forward you the full itinerary with details.

New Rec classes begin April 17th and we've got you covered for all of your Spanish, Bollywood, Salsa, Bachata, & Kizomba needs!

Lastly - we're ordering shirts, hoodies, and tank tops on March 27th. See the order form below and make sure get your requests in as we only offer clothing orders once a year.

I hope everyone is having a fun and dance-filled week! Please don't hesitate to email me with any questions you may have.

With Salsa Love,

Kimberly Parent
Owner & Artistic Director

Saskatoon Salsa Apparel
  • T-Shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Tank Tops
  • Kid's Shirts
  • Ladies Crop Hoodie
New Rec Classes in April
  • Salsa
  • Bachata
  • Bollywood
  • Spanish Lessons
  • Kizomba
A week of dancing, live music, and culture!
  • Lessons
  • Fiestas
  • Excursions
The 7th Annual


May 1st - 3rd, 2015

3 days of parties, workshops, and shows featuring world renowned salsa star MAGNA GOPAL!

Early Bird Prices run until April 15th

Welcome Party with Magna Gopal
Free Flow Dance Centre - 224 25th Street West
Doors: 9:00pm

Mexican Meal by La Bamba, Dance Showcase feat. Magna Gopal & Guests, FIESTA with DJ Diablo!
Location: Manhattan Ballroom - HWY 5 East (5 miles East of Saskatoon)
Menu: Enchiladas, Frijoles, Arroz, Ensalada, Guacamole, Salsa Fresca, Nachos*
*Vegetarian available by request
Doors: 6:00pm (dinner), 7:00pm (show), 9:00pm (party)

With International Salsa Superstar - MAGNA GOPAL
Dance Saskatchewan - 204A Pacific Avenue
May 2nd & 3rd from 2:00-4:00pm
  1. Musicality and Connection (Theory)
  2. Lead/Follow Fundamentals
  3. Spinning
  4. Footwork


Saskatoon Salsa are your Trusted Saskatoon Dance School and Saskatoon live entertainment specialists



Just For You Day Spa your Trusted Saskatoon Spa answer some great questions - Part 1

Owner, Jessica Tetu of Just For You Day Spa & Gift Studio, along with her team of dedicated professionals, provide a tranquil Saskatoon spa experience with over 2700 square feet of stunning spa space. 

This award winning Saskatoon Spa with its laid back, warm, elegant environment offers a breadth of a truly exceptional spa experience for woman and men. Just For You Day Spa & Gift Studio offers outstanding skin and body therapies, in depth consultations and the tools & knowledge to become your own “spa therapist” at home. 

Here Jess answers some great questions - Part 1: 

Q: Courtney Saliken: My feet and heals are extremely bad. What can I do to prevent this and type of treatments and home care are needed?

A: Dry rough feet and heels are actually a very common concern. For best results, I would suggest getting a pedicure every 6-8 weeks by a professional pedicure technician in a clean & sanitary environment. If budget does not permit for regular pedicure maintenance, i would suggest purchasing a foot file or paddle (appx cost $5-$15), and after soaking the feet, using on callus areas approximately once a week. (Any more than that and it could actually increase callus build up.) Apply a foot cream immediately after filing and continue applying nightly to maintain the best results. My favourites are: Gehwol MedSalve for cracked heels, ($20), Gehwol Callus Cream ($21) or Gehwol Blue for dry rough feet ($17)



Q: Angela Jennings Simmons: My pre-teen is asking to start wearing make-up. What should we as mothers do so our daughters don't stumble through like we did when we first started wearing blue eyeliner and pink lipstick? I was thinking perhaps booking an appointment with a professional make up artist? Can you advise?
A: I think it’s really important to advise our daughters that beauty comes from within first, and that makeup is designed only to enhance that beauty. When it comes to cosmetics and beauty products, I believe it’s very important to first understand that the secret to looking beautiful is a healthy skin. I suggest starting your daughter on a healthy skin care program, (available from any skin care professonal), and teaching her that the key to beautiful makeup, is looking natural. Begin with a few basic items that help enhance her true beauty, like mascara, light powder & a subtle lip gloss. Scheduling her in with a makeup artist, is a fabulous idea, as she will be given suggestions and helped with the application process.

Q: Marie Schultz: What is up with getting acne in your 30s?! What's the best product to prevent and/or treat it?
A: Those pesky break outs don’t necessarily end when we pass the teen years! There can be many reasons as to why one may break out or be dealing with acneac concerns. It could be as simple as the cosmetics or products being used on the skin, or more difficult to assess causes like allergies, stress, diet, or hormonal changes. To best determine exactly what it is that is causing the break outs, and to be able to properly remedy these concerns, I suggest scheduling a consult with a skin care professional. You may need to make changes to your diet or skin care regime, be recommended a specific facial treatment or referred to a dermatologist for severe cases.


Do you have a beauty, skin care, or spa related question? Send your questions to Jessica at! If your question get's featured in an issue of Fine LIfestyles Magazine you will receive a special gift from Jessica!



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