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Damien McCusker, Manager of Arpi's residential service division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 16 years and has hands-on experience in new home installations, furnace and air conditioner replacements, sales and residential service. He spends most of his spare time being an UBER driver, driving his kids to soccer practice and games.

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The wisdom of reusing and recycling doesn’t extend to your carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors. Both of these have limited lifetimes, and like bicycle helmets and child car seats involved in accidents, it’s better to replace detectors than risk failure.

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Home Safety
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Troubleshooting vents for the home heating system is a common issue during winter months. If you’ve upgraded to a newer, high-efficiency furnace, you probably have a sidewall-vented unit instead of the roof vent that older furnaces utilized.

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Ventilation
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If you're like most homeowners, you know that contaminants can collect in your home's ductwork over time, and that it needs to be cleaned out periodically to keep your HVAC system functioning properly. When you decide to have your ducts cleaned, it's vital to be aware that there are scam artists out there who offer special “deals” that can cost you too much for cleaning that's not even effective. Here are some warning signs of a duct cleaning scam:

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Duct Cleaning
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Given the length of the Calgary winter, smart heating makes sense to cut energy costs and improve indoor comfort. Thermostats form the core of smart systems because they control when your HVAC system runs, and in some cases, where it runs.

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Heating
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Sleeplessness is a common problem. For some of us it's occasional, for others, it's chronic. Sleep research over the past couple of decades has yielded some rather astonishing findings as far as what affects the length and quality of the sleep we get. Some of the factors that may be affecting your sleep are:

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The heat exchanger plays a critically-important role in the safe operation of your furnace. Essentially, this metal component keeps the combustion fumes produced by the furnace's fuel burner contained so they're safely directed up the system's exhaust flue. If the device fails for any reason, those fumes containing toxic gases including carbon monoxide can escape into the warm air being distributed through your home. Here are some common heat exchanger-related issues that can occur.

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Furnaces
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If some spaces in your home always seem too chilly in the winter, it's smart to look for ways to heat cold rooms before the season settles in. You can start by troubleshooting some basic heating system issues that adversely affect comfort:

·       Check the room's heating registers. Make sure that each one is fully open and that the grilles aren't obstructed by long drapes, furniture or other items.

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Heating
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As long as there are pollutants in the air outside, some of them will end up in the air inside your home. Dust, pollen, mold, and other particulates travel unseen through your doors and windows, reducing your indoor air quality. The following list describes some of the more common ways these air pollutants can get inside and what you can do to reduce their presence.

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If you’ve had your furnace for any length of time, you no doubt understand how frustrating it can be when it doesn’t work like it should. Regular furnace maintenance is the key to keeping your home heating system functional. There are also other significant benefits to preventive HVAC system maintenance. Here are some advantages of regular furnace maintenance:

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Furnaces
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Is your boiler not performing as well as it has in the past? Perhaps boiler replacement is in your near future. Here are seven indicators it may be time to consider a boiler replacement:

1. Your Boiler is Ready to Kick the Bucket

Boilers obviously don't last forever. If your unit is more than 15 years old, then it probably isn't working as well as it used to and may be time to purchase a new one.

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