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Go Green with Wiebe Windows and More a Trusted Saskatoon Window And Door Professional

Owner, Bradley Wiebe has been installing windows and doors in Saskatoon and area for over 10 years. They only install Canadian manufactured windows and doors. These products are built for the Saskatchewan climate.  Brad takes pride in ensuring that his client’s windows and doors are installed correctly and that quality products are being used. In their latest Saskatoon windows and door tip they share some info from an article by Plygem on going greenWiebe Windows & More are Trusted Saskatoon Windows & Door Experts!

Is It Time For You To Go Green?


ENERGY STAR® is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR® symbol helps consumers quickly and easily identify major appliances and other energy-using equipment that save energy. Products that display the ENERGY STAR® symbol have been tested according to prescribed procedures and have been found to meet or exceed higher energy efficiency levels without compromising performance.

 

 

By choosing ENERGY STAR® qualified products, buyers save energy and money on utility bills, reduce air pollution without sacrificing the features, versatility or style they expect from high-performing products. With our sixty seven year presence in the Canadian marketplace our windows and doors have been proudly wearing the ENERGY STAR® symbol for many years and we continue to strive to develop energy efficient products to allow our customers to save money in energy costs; while not compromising on aesthetics. 

 

To find out more about ENERGY STAR® in Canada, please visit:

http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/products/energystar/about/12529

 

Canada has been divided into three climate zones based on annual average temperature. Zone 1 is the mildest and Zone 3 is the coldest.





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Trusted Saskatoon Water Experts at Culligan Saskatoon Share The Importance Of Water To Your Immune System

Since 1949, Culligan Saskatoon's mission has been to deliver high-quality water treatment products that will benefit every part of their customers' lives. At Culligan, they understand that a water quality improvement system is an investment in your family. In their latest Saskatoon water tip they share Why Water is Essential For a Strong Immune System. Culligan are Trusted Saskatoon Water Experts

 



Water Is Essential For A Strong Immune System

We’re here when you need us: Culligan Saskatoon has been treating your water needs in Saskatoon and Surrounding areas since 1947. Our business is dedicated to making your water better using the best equipment, best service, and best prices around. We’re Family Owned: Our team lives and works in the local area and we’re a family owned and operated business. In our latest news  we share information on why water is Essential For a Strong Immune System.

Keeping ourselves healthy is a goal we can all share, and fortunately, there are steps we can take to boost our chances of staying well and fighting off infections. One is as easy as staying hydrated.


“Water is vital for the functioning of all of your organs, and it’s a huge part of keeping your immune system functioning at an optimal level,” says Dr. Jyothi Tirumalasetty, assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health in the department of clinical immunology and allergy. “We are made of 60 percent water. If we are dehydrated, the whole system of immunity could start breaking down.”


Proper hydration, along with adequate nutrition and sleep, is an essential component of a healthy immune system.

Dehydration Makes Us More Susceptible to Germs

Dr. Tirumalasetty describes the immune system as “our own private bodyguard” against infections and other harmful elements. It’s comprised of multiple components that include cells, tissues, and organs. One of those organs we know well: our skin. “It’s a barrier that protects you,” she says. When our skin barrier is impaired, it can become an open door for pathogens like bacteria and viruses to enter our bodies.

The immune system includes T cells that fight infection and work with B cells, which produce proteins called antibodies that travel through the blood. “Those antibodies are going to recognize pathogens and start switching around,” she says. “When they meet a new bacteria they say, ‘Oh, I need to change and learn to recognize this.’ The next time that enters your body, that antibody is going to attack it with full force.”

Dr. Tirumalasetty describes water as “a solvent” that helps these and other elements of the immune system work together. “Water carries important components of the immune system, including nutrients, to where they need to go and carries away waste from organs that are the byproducts of our everyday metabolism as we consume food and turn it into energy,” she says. If not flushed out, that waste has the potential to become toxic and weaken the immune system.

Make Hydration a Priority

In 2004, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine set general recommendations for daily water intake for healthy, sedentary people in temperate climates: about 2.7 litres (91 ounces) of water for women and about 3.7 litres (125 ounces) for men. The researchers found about 80 percent of people’s total water comes from drinking water and other beverages; the other 20 percent is derived from food.

However, Dr. Tirumalasetty stresses to her patients to switch to water instead of drinking more unhealthy options like juice and soda. She also says the amount of fluids individuals should drink largely depends on a number of factors. People who exercise a lot or are in hot climates likely need more than the recommended amount, for instance. Likewise, older adults with heart disease or kidney disease may need to limit their water intake if their bodies can’t regulate so much fluid.

The doctor says one universal rule is that by the time you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Plan to drink plenty of water with meals and, if necessary, find ways to trick yourself into drinking it. Add flavoring to water, she says, or heat it up and add herbal tea. You should also eat water-rich foods, which include watermelon, strawberries and spinach.

“It’s just like getting eight hours of sleep and eating properly,” Dr. Tirumalasetty says. “Getting enough water is a huge component of wellness in my mind.”

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Trusted Saskatoon IT Pro’s at Burnt Orange Solutions Owner Shares His Top 2020 IT Recommendations

Gareth McKee and his Trusted Saskatoon IT team at Burnt Orange, promise to have a one-hour response time for all your IT support needs. Honesty and respect are important to them. They pride themselves on ensuring their clients understand IT concerns by providing a straightforward and reliable solution with exceptional service.  Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts and in their latest Saskatoon IT tip Gareth shares his Top 4 IT tips for 2020. 

BURNT ORANGE SOLUTIONS TOP 4 IT RECOMMENDATIONS IN 2020



Gareth has worked in the IT and Telecoms industry in a variety of guises since 1993. Initially in the UK military Gareth had to master a variety of technologies from Morse Code to Computer and Network Security. Gareth has spoken at national level at IT conferences and is well known in the industry throughout North America and the UK. He has a passion for customer service and IT security and compliance. 

#1 Microsoft Office 365/MS Teams

Microsoft Office 365 allows you to download apps like Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint to your computer or mobile device. You can also use this suite of tools completely online where you can manage, share, store, and edit documents in folders, giving access to all of your team.

Aside from the more specific apps, Microsoft Teams also allows you to communicate with your teammates via video calls, email, and through an internal discussion platform where your colleagues can create posts or ask questions.

 

 #2 Managed IT Security

Now, thanks to the Covid 19 Pandemic of 2020, most of us are all working from home, the need for a thorough look at your IT security is a must. The best way for any business to secure their computers, and more importantly their valuable business data, is to hand this job task over to a professional IT security firm.

The specially trained and tooled security firms use state of the art hard and software to ensure the client’s company is as safe as can be, this is whether the data is all in an office and being accessed from other offices, homes, or even Mars. This is not as expensive as it sounds and should be number 1 on any business owners list of things to do.


#3 Access To Business Data

There are many ways in which your staff can access your business data, keeping your business running, from home safely.

  1. Virtual Private Network (VPN) – A VPN allows you to logically lay a network cable from your computer at home directly into the network at the office. The VPN traffic should be encrypted to ensure it is transmitted from your office to home securely.
  2. File Sharing Software – DropBox or OneDrive can be used to easily share your data around your staff. Two thoughts on these solutions: 1. Do not use these as a backup, they are not a backup solution; 2. Your staff will now have your business data at home on their PCs, how do you plan to remove this once you are back in the office or a staff member leaves the business?
  3. Remote Data Access – This style of access data at the office is newer than the 2 options above and is set to be a disrupter in this area. Using zero trust as a starting point of access to your data from any device, never actually moving the data offsite and yet still providing access to all your data. It is difficult to describe how this works in a short article, so I found this video from FileFlex which explains beautifully. 

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#4 Backup For Everyone

With more staff now working from home, whether they are on a work laptop or their home computer, the need for a managed backup is paramount. As data gets slowly moved away from your central office server it would be beneficial if all your home computers backed up to a central point where it can be easily recovered.


And, while I am talking backup, a backup that is not tested is not a backup. You should test recover some of your data at least once per month, nothing sets of a panic like a backup which is thought to have worked, but in fact fails when the day comes that you need to recover. – Thanks Gareth

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Trusted Saskatoon Pet Experts at Furbaby Pet Care Explain Their 24 Hour Saskatoon Pet Care

Furbaby Pet Care in Saskatoon, SK, is dedicated to giving you peace of mind with the highest level of care for your pets. Their knowledgeable, experienced and professional staff will meet with your family to ensure your pet care needs are understood and every detail is covered! They have the expertise and experience that you need. Furbaby Pet Care Are Your Trusted Saskatoon Pet sitters, Pet walkers and Pet Massage Specialists and in their latest Saskatoon pet care tip they share why 24 hour pet care is always the best kennelling option. 


Why 24 Hour Pet Care From Furbaby is the Best Option For Your Saskatoon Pet.

Often, when pets are facility boarded, they are kennelled for the night and many times for long portions of the day. Basically, they are placed in solitary confinement for long stretches. For a dog or cat that’s used to running, free roaming and unfettered access to a house, yard or run, this can be a torturous and arduous experience, leading to long-term trauma, stress and mental anguish with lengthy affects on the rest of the animal’s life.


Pets belong with people. There would be no pets without their people. Otherwise, they’re just animals. So why put yours through something so stressful, scarring and traumatic?


24 Hour Pet Care, with people there for your pets all day, every day- this is how I want my dog cared for. Knowing there is always a person there if my dog needs a hug, or to lick a shin, a hand or a forehead, that’s a deep comfort to me and it has to be for my dog too! Jocelyn, Owner of Furbaby Pet Care

Seek out a true 24 Hour pet care facility for your pet and feel better, knowing that total care means the same thing to you that it means to them when you need someone to watch over your pet when you simply must go away. Be sure that it is truly 24Hr care, too, because while a lot of places may make that claim, hardly any follow through with living humans to watch over your best friends.

This is what we provide at Furbaby Campus: 24 hours of unconditional love and safety, every day of the year.


Durable Laminate Flooring Options From Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Store End Of The Roll

Located at the corner of 44th Street East and Faithful Avenue, End Of The Roll- Saskatoon has been providing brand name flooring at affordable prices for decades. They invite you to visit their large showroom which has a great selection of inventory in stock. In their latest Saskatoon flooring article they share what to look for in durable laminate flooring. End Of The Roll Saskatoon is A Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Store




LOOKING FOR DURABLE LAMINATE FLOORING?

When you’re looking to purchase durable laminate flooring, there are a lot of factors that go into determining just how durable that flooring actually is. We’re going to clarify some of the questions around durability, and show you what you should be looking for to make the best decision possible.

Unfortunately, there’s no one size fits all with durability. Flooring that would be considered durable in a bedroom, may not hold up for a year in the kitchen or bathroom. Likewise, if you don’t have any pets and children, there’s no need to spend the money on flooring that will protect you against heavy use.

SHOULD YOU JUST BUY THE MOST DURABLE LAMINATE FLOORING POSSIBLE?

You can buy the most durable bullet-proof flooring on the market, but it will cost you. Like most things in life, the better, stronger, and longer-lasting the product, the more compromises you’ll need to make. Sometimes those compromises are made in price, and sometimes in the look and feel you’re going for.

You’re best to aim for the sweet spot of getting just as much durability as you need, and not a layer more. For example, a common laminate flooring term is a “wear layer”. Most residential flooring will offer a wear layer of AC2 or AC3, but for commercial applications you probably want an AC5. Commercial operations have much heavier foot traffic than your home will, and a higher level of wear layer. However, flooring with an AC5 wear layer is much more expensive. Why pay for a commercial wear layer if an AC3 will be more than adequate?

The second thing to consider is that the higher your AC rating, the cloudier a flooring product may look as you increase the thickness of the wear layer above the flooring print. The best looking floors may be AC1, but they won’t last very long. Although manufacturers have come a long way to reducing the cloudy look, this will be obvious in some cheaper big box store brands

WHAT MAKES LAMINATE FLOORING DURABLE?

It’s easy to look at the thickness of the board and think that thicker is better. The truth is that the thickness of the board has very little to do with how durable the laminate actually is. A 12mm thick board may not last as long as an 8mm if the wear layer is actually thinner.

Wear layer is probably the most common key component in how long a laminate floor will last, but it’s not the only factor. Many newer laminate floors feature either a water resistance or waterproofing that will help keep your floors looking good longer.

Laminate floors are usually made with a backer board that will absorb water. As anyone who has accidentally over-watered a plant, or spilled a drink will tell you - the backer board will sponge up that mess and warp your boards. Buying a product that offers at least a certain resistance will allow you to clean the floor in a reasonable amount of time without showing any damage.

WHAT IS AN AC WEAR LAYER?

The AC labeling of laminate flooring is just a metric used to show how thick the wear layer is. The system goes from AC1 to AC5, and each increase in AC number is approximately a 60% increase in the thickness of the wear layer.

AC1 is light residential, and you’ll rarely see anything with this rating sold in stores. AC2 would be considered average residential durability. There are not too many rooms that AC2 would make sense except those with really light traffic. AC3 is for heavy residential, and it’s really where you’ll start to see most products being sold. AC3 is usually the minimum most flooring stores will recommend for most household applications.

AC4 is considered to be a commercial product, or a really high durability residential product. AC3 and AC4 are the most common laminate flooring ratings you’ll find in stores. AC5 is rated for heavy commercial use, and in most home applications is considered overkill. However, if you’re concerned about durability, you can’t get any better than AC5 for residential applications.

A word of warning about AC ratings - not all AC ratings are created equal. It’s not uncommon for some cheaper products imported to Canada to be labeled as an AC3, even though it’s actually only an AC2. It’s important to work with an experienced flooring advisor to avoid these pitfalls, and only work with companies that stand behind the products they sell to ensure you’re getting what you paid for.

WHICH AC RATING SHOULD YOU GET?

Generally, most AC3 rated laminate flooring products will hold up just fine in almost any residential situation. It’s easily the most common rating you’ll find installed in most homes. However, if you have dogs, kids, or heavy furniture that gets moved around a lot, and AC4 may be worth the extra few bucks as peace of mind.

Ultimately, your best bet is to visit with one of our flooring advisors to find out which product may work best for you. And it may not be laminate at all! If you’re looking for a really durable laminate flooring product, you may want to consider a vinyl plank or stone core product for extra durability without the compromises.

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