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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Whole-house humidification systems are a valuable commodity for Calgary homes. In Calgary and Southern Alberta, the average daily temperatures for more than half of the year dip below zero, and those cold temperatures mean severely dry air. It’s important to add moisture to the air in order to avoid health issues, as well as to save energy.

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Variable-Speed Furnace Blowers Can Boost Savings SignificantlyVariable-speed furnace blowers offer a host of benefits, and they are a valuable feature to consider when upgrading to a new furnace system, especially for homeowners who live in colder regions much like Calgary’s.

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Air leaks in a home can cause significant energy loss, so finding and fixing them can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Homeowners don’t need any special skills to fix some of the more common air leaks; however, there are times when it’s best to call the professionals.

Most homes have leaks and gaps that occur in certain locations. You can use this checklist to assess your home:

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As savvy consumers, we generally want to know what we’re getting for our money. The same holds true for HVAC products. When consumers buy air filters, they want to know what the product will do and how it will perform. Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV, was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to inform consumers of the efficiency and airflow of air filters and to allow them to compare products.

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HVAC manufacturers have responded with highly-efficient technology to recent standards created by the government. Tankless water heaters have gained notoriety as one product that meets standards, and even exceeds them.

In the past, most homes were fitted with a traditional storage tank model. While these units get the job done, there are significant losses from stand-by heating, because the storage tank is designed to hold tens of Imperial Gallons and it takes energy to maintain that heated water.

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Even though the benefits of using a clean, renewable energy source are evident, some people wonder if alternative energies are worth the increased installation and system costs. It’s no secret that renewable-energy HVAC systems cost a bit more. The truth is, however, if a homeowner can’t afford the systems, the benefits of decreased operating costs and lower carbon footprints do little to persuade them to choose alternative sources.

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Solar energy is no longer a novelty. It is commonly used in commercial and residential buildings across North America and abroad. It has particularly gained credibility in the southwest regions of the United States, of course, because of the sunny climate.

However, other regions of North America stand as good candidates for solar energy use, and ,with the development of more and more HVAC products, like furnaces and heat pumps, that are compatible with alternative energy sources, solar energy use is on the rise everywhere, and particularly Alberta.

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Most homeowners have a general expectation for heating costs during the winter. However, without proper HVAC maintenance and home sealing techniques, along with a few other efficiency checks, you could find yourself opening a heating bill this winter that you weren’t expecting. To avoid any surprises, use these tips to get the biggest energy savings.

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No matter how cold it is outside in Calgary, you deserve to be comfortable and safe at home. Insulation done properly will take care of this, plus keep you and your family happy at home in summer as well, while saving energy all year round. A well insulated home will keep your home comfortable for you and your family in any weather.

Things you can easily check on your own include the area around doors and windows. If a candle flickers when placed in front of a closed window or door, you may need to replace the caulk or get a new window/door.

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