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Trusted Saskatoon Furnace Experts at JOB Heating and Air Conditioning Share 10 Tips to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning Saskatoon is eager to provide the best possible customer experience. Their aim is to be a professional resource for our clients before, during, and after the sale! Their team takes pride in service knowledge of modern equipment and training. They are recognized by peers and offer sales, service, training & installations for residential, and commercial Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing systems in Saskatoon and the surrounding area. JOB Heating & Air are Trusted Saskatoon Furnace and Air Conditioning Experts. In their latest article, they share 10 tips to prepare your furnace for winter.


Our Saskatchewan winters are around the corner, and it’s time to ensure that your home is ready to combat the chilly Saskatoon days and frosty nights. One of the most crucial steps in winter preparation is getting your furnace in tip-top shape. A well-maintained furnace not only keeps you warm but also saves you money on energy bills. In this blog, we’ll provide you with 10 tips to prepare your furnace for winter.

  1. Schedule a Professional Inspection: Start by scheduling a furnace inspection with a JOB Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. qualified HVAC technician. They will check for any potential issues, clean essential components, and ensure that your furnace is running efficiently and safely.
  2. Replace or Clean Air Filters: Dirty or clogged air filters can reduce your furnace’s efficiency and worsen indoor air quality. Replace disposable filters or clean reusable ones before the heating season begins, and check them monthly throughout winter.
  3. Clean Vents and Ducts: Dust, debris, and even pests can accumulate in your vents and ducts, blocking airflow and reducing efficiency. Consider hiring a professional to clean them, improving air quality and furnace performance.
  4. Check for Leaks and Insulate: Inspect your home for drafts and seal any gaps around windows, doors, and vents. Proper insulation reduces heat loss and helps your furnace work less to maintain a comfortable temperature.
  5. Test the Thermostat: Ensure that your thermostat is functioning correctly. Replace the batteries if needed and program it to a comfortable and energy-efficient temperature schedule for winter.
  6. Lubricate Moving Parts: Regularly lubricate your furnace’s moving parts, such as bearings and motors, to reduce friction and extend their lifespan. Refer to your furnace’s manual for guidance.
  7. Check for Gas Leaks: If you have a gas furnace, it’s crucial to check for gas leaks. If you detect a gas odor or suspect a leak, immediately turn off the gas supply and contact a professional.
  8. Inspect the Flue and Venting: Check the flue and venting system for any blockages or damage. Proper venting is essential to prevent carbon monoxide from entering your home.
  9. Replace Old or Faulty Thermostats: Consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat if your current one is outdated. These devices offer greater control and energy-saving features.
  10. Stock Up on Supplies: Lastly, stock up on essential furnace supplies like air filters, spare parts, and a carbon monoxide detector. Having these items on hand can help you stay comfortable and safe throughout the winter.
Preparing your furnace for winter is a proactive step that ensures you’ll stay warm and cozy while also saving on energy costs. By following these ten tips, you’ll not only extend the life of your furnace but also enjoy a comfortable and efficient heating season. Don’t wait until the first frost – start your furnace maintenance today and embrace the winter season with confidence. If you have not booked your appointment with JOB Heating & Air Conditioning to have your air conditioner maintained, please book today.

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning are Furnace and Air Conditioning Experts. They show up on time, deliver on budget, and leave the work area cleaner than when they arrived! They take pride in their work in this city and surrounding area, so nothing means more to us than testimonials from their clients as their preferred plumber in Saskatoon.

‘Your Comfort is Our Concern!’

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning are Trusted Saskatoon Furnace and Air Conditioning Experts

Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Kari Calder Shares The Advantages of Being a Century 21 Realtor

The decision to purchase your home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and will also be one of your largest investments. Done right, it can also be one of the most exciting and fulfilling times in your life! Kari Calder, a Saskatoon Realtor with Century 21 Fusion, is there to help you through the process and provide you and your family with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have a realtor working with your best interests in mind.

Kari Calder Shares the Advantages Of Being a Realtor with Century 21

There are several reasons why you might choose Kari Calder as your Century 21 agent:

  1. Established Reputation: Century 21 is a well-known real estate brand with a long history. The company has been in business since 1971 and has built a reputation for professionalism and customer service.

  2. Extensive Network: Century 21 has a large network of agents and offices worldwide. This can be beneficial if you are looking to buy or sell property in different locations, as our agents can tap into their network to provide you with more options and resources.

  3. Experience and Expertise: Century 21 agents have experience and expertise in their local real estate markets. We are familiar with the neighbourhoods, our knowledge can help you make informed decisions and navigate the complexities of real estate transactions.

  4. Comprehensive Services: Century 21 agents offer a range of services beyond just buying and selling properties. We can assist with property valuations, market analysis, negotiations, and other aspects of the real estate process. We also have access to other recommended professional services to complete the home buying and/or selling process. This comprehensive approach makes your experience more convenient and efficient.

  5. Technology and Marketing Tools: Century 21 has embraced technology and provides its agents with various tools and resources to market properties effectively. This can include online listings, virtual tours, and digital marketing campaigns. Utilizing these tools helps maximize exposure and attract potential buyers or sellers.

  6. Support and Training: Century 21 offers ongoing support and training to its agents, ensuring that we stay updated with the latest industry trends, regulations, and best practices. This commitment to professional development translates into a higher level of service for clients.

When choosing an agent you should consider factors such as the agent's track record, communication style, and compatibility with your specific needs. Ultimately, choosing a  real estate professional depends on finding someone who understands your goals and can guide you through the process effectively.

Kari Calder is one of Saskatoon's top Century 21 Fusion real estate agents. Kari can assist with all of your Saskatoon buying and selling real estate needs and she is a TRUSTED SASKATOON REALTOR.

Celebrating PickNic's Catering & Fine Foods 10 Year Trusted Saskatoon Milestone Award


In this series of articles, we continue to shine a bright spotlight on the businesses that have been Trusted Saskatoon partners for over ten years. This year, we recognize the Trusted Saskatoon Partners that joined us in 2013. We want to thank them for TRUSTING our team, and we are identifying each of them individually for providing ten years of OUTSTANDING service to the citizens of Saskatoon and the surrounding area! The latest article celebrates and recognizes PickNic's Catering & Fine Foods  - Trusted Saskatoon Caterers for over ten years! 

Celebrating a Decade of Excellence: PickNic's Catering, a Trusted Saskatoon Caterer

PickNic's Catering & Fine Foods has been a trusted name in Saskatoon for culinary excellence for over 20 years. As we celebrate them reaching their 10-year milestone with Trusted Saskatoon, we take a journey through their inspiring story of passion, dedication, and community involvement.

PickNic's Catering traces its roots back to April 2003, when it started operating as PickNic's Bakery and Bistro. It wasn't long before their delectable offerings gained a dedicated following. In 2004, they moved to 22nd Street East and rebranded themselves as PickNic's Restaurant and Fine Pastries, where they continued to delight patrons with their sumptuous pastries and exquisite dishes for the next five years.

In 2009, PickNic's embarked on a new chapter as they moved to 33rd Street West. With this transition, they redirected their focus towards event catering and crafting wedding cakes that would leave a lasting impression. This change in direction marked the beginning of a new era for the establishment, one that would see them become a cherished fixture in Saskatoon's catering landscape.

Nicola Lawson 

At the heart of PickNic's Catering is the passionate and talented owner Nicola Lawson. Nicola's journey to Saskatoon was marked by many globetrotting adventures, working at various establishments worldwide within the food industry. Her travels eventually brought her to Saskatoon, where she decided to put down roots and share her culinary expertise with the local community.

Nicola is not just a culinary expert; she's also deeply involved in the community professionally and personally. Her engagement with numerous organizations and smaller community groups reflects her commitment to making a positive impact. As a mother of two girls, Nicola is equally passionate about shaping a bright future for them, emphasizing exposure to travel, language, diverse extracurricular activities, and multicultural events.

Krista Fehr

More recently, the dynamic Krista Fehr joined the PickNic's team. With over 25 years of experience in the foodservice industry and a Red Seal journeyperson cook, Krista brought some fresh energy to this culinary catering dream team alongside Nicola. Together, they've brought creativity and innovation to the business, enhancing its reputation for excellence.

What PickNic's Clients Say...

" It was absolutely fantastic to work with PickNic's. They've got an excellent system in place on the website, and even went above and beyond by taking the time to consult with me one on one. In the end the selections suggested were perfect for our gathering and the quality of food was superb. I highly recommend PickNic's... they're masters of food and customer service." - Warren Todosichuk
" PickNic'scatered our wedding, and OH MY GOD, IT WAS SOOO GOOD. Every single one of our guests raved about how good it was! Some even said it was better than their own wedding/weddings they had attended recently! Nicola and Krista and the gang made it super easy for us! From the dish rental to the bartending to the meal to the cake to the donuts, everything was absolutely perfect! And they made it so easy for our guests with allergies, intolerances, or dietary restrictions to navigate the buffet! The service was amazing from beginning to end. Worth every single penny! My only regret is that I didn't eat more (adrenaline and excitement made for a not super hungry tummy) or get any pictures of our meal, but that is, entirely, my own mistake. Thank you again! It was the happiest day and it was in part because of you and your team!" ❤️Krystina Micucci

Nicola & Krista Share What It Means To Be a Trusted Saskatoon Partner

"We are so proud to be an integral part of an amazing group of business owners that are as dedicated to quality, honesty and positive client experiences as PickNic’s Catering. "

A word from Sara, the Trusted Saskatoon founder, about her personal experience with PickNic's 

"To be in business for 20 years with the ups and downs of the economy is hard enough, to have to then deal with Covid, which hit the hospitality and food industry particularly hard… and to have survived intact is a testament to Nicola, Krista and the PickNic’s team. A huge part of why they have been so successful comes from their passion, quality, service and commitment to striving to be the best caterer in Saskatoon. PickNic’s has catered many of my special events - personally and for Trusted over the last ten years. From smaller client and team meetings to significant milestone events, including my 40th birthday, where she knocked it out of the park with a British-themed menu that was the talk of the party! I have never been disappointed with the choices, food quality or fantastic personal service.” - Sara Wheelwright

PickNic's Catering is more than just a business; it's a respected household name in Saskatoon. Over the years, their commitment to quality, creativity, and community engagement has made them an integral part of the city's fabric. 

In celebrating PickNic's Catering's 10-year milestone, we acknowledge their remarkable culinary achievements and their positive impact on Saskatoon and the communities they've touched. Here's to a decade of excellence and the expectation of much more to come as PickNic’s continues to lead the catering industry in Saskatoon and area.


PickNic's Catering & Fine Foods  - Trusted Saskatoon Caterers for over ten years! 

Trusted Saskatoon Stylists at Hairstyle Inn Salon Share Their Expertise On Hair Extensions

Hairstyle Inn Salons in Saskatoon is a family-run business with 3 generations of artistic hair design. The design team members have trained thousands of stylists, and they are regularly used by major manufacturers to showcase their colour, cut and texture design techniques. Also, impressively, the artistic design team's work has been featured in movies, theatre, hair shows, commercials, fundraisers, TV and awards. Hairstyle Inn Salons are Trusted Saskatoon Salons. In their most recent helpful Saskatoon Hair tip, they share their knowledge and expertise about hair extensions!

The Skinny on Hair Extensions

Various hair extension options are available to add length volume and enhance your hairstyle. Here are some common types of hair extensions:

Clip-in Extensions: Clip-in extensions are temporary and can be easily clipped into your natural hair. They come in various lengths and are ideal for special occasions or when you want to change your look temporarily. Clip-in extensions can be removed and reattached easily without any professional assistance.

Tape-in Extensions: Tape-in extensions involve attaching wefts of hair to your natural hair using a double-sided tape. They lie flat against the scalp, providing a more natural look and are semi-permanent. Tape-in extensions can typically be worn for several weeks before needing to be repositioned.

Sew-in or Weave Extensions: Sew-in or weave extensions involve braiding your natural hair into cornrows and sewing wefts of hair onto the braids using a needle and thread. This method provides long-lasting results and can be worn for several weeks. It's important to have a professional stylist install and remove sew-in or weave extensions.

Fusion or Pre-Bonded Extensions: Fusion or pre-bonded extensions use small individual strands of hair that are bonded to your natural hair using heat or adhesive. These extensions provide a natural look and can be worn for several months before needing to be removed and reinstalled. Fusion extensions require professional application and removal.

Micro-Link or I-Tip Extensions: Micro-link or I-tip extensions use small strands of hair attached to your natural hair using small metal or plastic rings. The rings are clamped shut to secure the extensions in place. This method is often preferred by those who want a longer-term extension option.

Halo Extensions: Halo extensions are a temporary option where a weft of hair is attached to a thin, transparent wire that sits on top of your head like a halo. The natural hair is then blended with the extension hair to create a seamless look. Halo extensions are easy to install and remove without any professional assistance.

Ponytail Extensions: Ponytail extensions are designed to add length and volume to your natural ponytail. They can be clipped, tied, or wrapped around your own hair to create a fuller and longer ponytail.

Hairstyle trends change like the weather, but Shelley, Laddie, and the rest of the Hairstyle Inn team are continuously updated! For the best Saskatoon salon experience and Trusted customer service, call Hairstyle Inn salons today or get more Hairstyle Inn Tips in our Trusted Salon Tip Library.

Trusted Saskatoon Salon Hairstyle Inn Trusted Tips On Achieving The Best Wedding Hair

Hairstyle Inn Salons in Saskatoon is a family-run business with 3 generations of artistic hair design. The design team members have trained thousands of stylists, and they are regularly used by major manufacturers to showcase their colour, cut and texture design techniques. Also, impressively, the artistic design team's work has been featured in movies, theatre, hair shows, commercials, fundraisers, TV and awards. Hairstyle Inn Salons are Trusted Saskatoon Salons. In their most recent helpful Saskatoon Hair tip, they share their knowledge and expertise about wedding hair.

Hairstyle Inn Salon Tips & Wedding Hair Bliss Tricks

HSI Salons tips and Wedding Hair Bliss tricks…On your wedding day, you want your hair to look stunning and complement your overall bridal look. Here are some tips to help you achieve beautiful bridal hair:

  1. Plan in advance: Start planning your bridal hair well in advance. Research different hairstyles, gather inspiration from bridal magazines or online sources, and consider consulting with a professional hairstylist to discuss your ideas and options.

  2. Find the right hairstylist and number of stylists to accommodate your wedding party group: Look for a hairstylist/s who specializes in bridal hair and has experience working with different hair types and styles. Schedule a trial session with your chosen stylist to experiment with various hairstyles and determine the best look for you.

  3. Consider your dress and theme: Your hairstyle should complement your wedding dress and the overall theme or style of your wedding. For example, a bohemian-inspired wedding might call for loose waves or braided hairstyles. In contrast, an elegant and formal wedding may be suited for an updo or a sleek, sophisticated style.

  4. Don't forget about accessories: Consider incorporating accessories such as veils, hairpins, tiaras, flowers, or headbands into your hairstyle. Choose accessories that complement your dress and personal style while enhancing the overall bridal look.

  5. Prioritize hair health: Leading up to your wedding day, take care of your hair to ensure it looks its best. Follow a good hair care routine, moisturize your hair regularly, and consider deep conditioning treatments or hair masks to add shine and strength. Trim your hair regularly to remove any split ends.

  6. Coordinate with your makeup artist: Coordinate your hairstyle with your makeup artist to create a cohesive bridal look. Consider how your hair and makeup will work together to enhance your features and create a harmonious appearance.

  7. Consider the weather and venue: If you're having an outdoor wedding in a windy location, choose a hairstyle that can withstand the elements and stay in place throughout the day.

  8. Schedule a hair trial: Schedule a hair trial a few weeks before your wedding day to test the chosen hairstyle. This will allow you to make any necessary adjustments or try alternative styles if needed.

  9. Communication is key: Clearly communicate your vision and preferences to your hairstylist. Bring photos of hairstyles you like and be open to their professional advice. Effective communication ensures that you and your hairstylist are on the same page and working towards achieving your desired bridal look.

  10. Stay calm and relaxed: On your wedding day, take time to relax and enjoy the experience. Trust in your hairstylist's expertise, and remember that your beauty radiates from within. Embrace the joy and excitement of your special day, knowing that you will look beautiful and confident with your bridal hair.

Your wedding day is unique to you, so choose a hairstyle that makes you feel beautiful and confident. Plan in advance, communicate your preferences, and work with professionals to create the perfect bridal hair that complements your overall wedding vision.

Hairstyle trends change like the weather, but Shelley, Laddie, and the rest of the Hairstyle Inn team are continuously updated! For the best Saskatoon salon experience and Trusted customer service, call Hairstyle Inn salons today or get more Hairstyle Inn Tips in our Trusted Salon Tip Library.


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