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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The flu season this year has been one of the most severe our city has seen with 19 reported deaths in our province to date. Our hospital emergency rooms are busting at the seams with long waiting times and many of us have missed work or been ill with this flu bug. Calgary has been especially hard hit this year and we are all left looking for things we can do to help us stay healthy.

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While most of us are familiar with the deadly consequences of Carbon Monoxide (Co) in our homes, Radon Gas (Rn) may be something you are not familiar with.   

Radon gas has very important health risks that every Calgarian should be aware of. The Canadian Cancer Society says that radon gas is the leading environmental cause of Lung Cancer and is the most deadliest and overlooked health risk today. Health Canada estimates that 3,200 Canadians will die annually from radon exposure.

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As a naturally odorless and colorless gas, carbon monoxide is a silent killer. It is produced when fuel — such as oil, gas (natural and petroleum-based), kerosene, wood, charcoal or candles—is burned. However, you can take important steps to prevent an accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

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When your heating or cooling system stops working, you may be tempted to try to fix it yourself to save time and money. Unless you are a qualified HVAC professional, however, you should resist this temptation. Here are some of the reasons why DIY HVAC repairs can be a bad idea.

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When it's winter in snow country, we need to be prepared for a power outage. The power can go out for a number of reasons: ice or wind may take down power lines, or above-average power usage during extreme temperatures may affect how much power can be delivered to large numbers of homes.

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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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Phil Laprairie

Power Outage Preparation Advice for Your Calgary HomeA power outage on a frigid Calgary winter night is a frightening prospect, but with a little preparation, you can stay safe and comfortable.

Plan Ahead for Storms

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Winter Vacation Plans? Don't Leave Home Without Battening Down the HatchesA winter getaway is something to look forward to, especially in the thick of a Calgary winter. Attention to details can make or break a trip, so make sure your winter vacation plans include securing your home to protect it while you're gone.

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The heating season is one of the best times for evaluating home safety because more fires occur during the winter than any other time of year. Your home is also tightly closed, concentrating gases and chemical fumes. This checklist can help you organize your project, making sure you cover all the basics.

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safe home environment attached garage calgary albertaIf you have an attached garage at your Calgary-area home, you may have concerns about creating a safe home. Carbon monoxide and other airborne contaminants are frequently found in garages.

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