About Damien

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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There are some home projects that lend themselves to do-it-yourself (DIY) mode; however, other jobs are better left to the professionals—especially when significant safety hazards exist. DIY refrigerant-replacement jobs are not recommended because of the severity of the safety risks and the nature of the refrigerant’s makeup and its flammability. Don’t take this project on–no matter what you hear in the media.

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There’s a lot of talk about energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. Consumers tend to think that as long as they have a high-efficiency heating system, they’ll get the best energy use possible. While that’s true to a point, there are other factors that impact efficiency. Ductwork design and installation are two of the most significant contributors to efficiency that can make or break utility bills.

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Wondering how you can increase the efficiency of your air conditioning system this summer without sacrificing comfort? Ceiling fans do just that.

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There is a multitude of HVAC contractors in almost every city, including Calgary. Not every contractor is the same, however. What is it that sets one apart from the others? Expertise, of course, and experience. But just how is a consumer supposed to gauge the quality of a company? You can compare certain elements, such as a company’s referrals and the number of years they have been business; however, the associations that HVAC contractors belong to as well as awards they’ve received also reveals quality.

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Giving your heating and cooling equipment regular preventive maintenance is important, but how do you know that your systems are getting the right kind of attention ? How can you tell if a contractor does a thorough inspection? Arpi’s offers this checklist so that you can make sure that all of the critical components of your systems are examined.

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If you plan on upgrading your air conditioning system in the near future, you’ll want to have your contractor size the unit beforehand. Sizing creates a picture of the type of system you need and the capacity it should have in order to comfortably cool your home.

Air conditioning systems are often undersized or oversized, both of which create problems. When a system is undersized, it doesn’t have enough power to adequately cool the air in your home. An oversized system can lead to increased energy costs, failure of the system’s parts and excessive noise.

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Homeowners looking for increased energy savings do well to explore the benefits of high-efficiency air conditioners. Efficiency is expressed through the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. Canada has set a minimum SEER 13 rating for central air conditioning systems between 65,000 and 240,000 Btu/h (British Thermal Units per hour). A SEER rating is impacted by the design of its components within the system itself. You’ll want to look for these advanced features:

Compressors

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One of the perks of living in Calgary is its relatively mild summers. Low energy bills during this time make up for the high cost of staying warm in the winter. However, a lot of homeowners still use central air conditioners on those days where discomfort becomes a factor. To keep your system running on the days that you need it, there are some common A/C problems that you can avoid: clogged drains and leaks.

Clogged drains result from the following:

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Smart consumers know that the repair-or-replace question is best asked before a system breaks down. Imagine trying to make an informed decision about replacing your heating system in the middle of an Alberta winter. You can use clues about your current HVAC systems to take the time to comparison shop and get the best system possible – before there are problems.

Energy Star recommends that consumers consider replacing heating systems after 15 years. That’s because newer systems are more energy efficient, making energy bills lower and your home more comfortable.

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With the long winters in our region, Calgary residents often find themselves spending a lot of time indoors. So indoor air quality concerns become a priority with the increased amount of time spent breathing indoor air. You can’t always control the environment in your workplace or school, but you can take some steps to improve your home’s indoor air quality and make it as safe as possible. Here are three areas where you can take proactive steps:

1. Source Control

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