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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Architects collaborate with HVAC engineers on HVAC placement as they design the mechanical systems for homes. It matters because its location does make a difference in its energy efficiency and safety.

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Your HVAC system is designed tough -- particularly the outdoor unit of the air conditioner. And though we don't usually have to worry about hurricanes or tornadoes doing damage to the condenser in our part of Canada, other weather issues can create problems -- particularly rain. Read on about rain effects on HVAC equipment.

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An HVAC technician uses an array of tools to perform maintenance and repairs or install new equipment. Many tools are also used by other trades, such as a reciprocating saw, tube cutter, ladder, wire stripper and level, and various types of pliers, snips, screwdrivers and wrenches. Other more specialized HVAC tools are used too, depending on the specific work being performed. Some of the top tools of the HVAC trade include:

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HVAC Heating Season LingoThe more you know about the basics of your home's heating system, the better equipped you'll be to plan proper maintenance and troubleshooting of the equipment during the heating season. Knowledge of key HVAC terms also will enable you to save energy while heating your home. Following are some important terms to know this heating season:

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Repair vs. Replace: Start the ConversationHVAC systems are expensive, so no one looks forward to having to replace them. When something goes wrong, you may be tempted to just keep repairing the system piece by piece, rather than replacing everything at once. But if you're debating the issue of repair vs. replace, ask yourself the following questions before you decide.

1. Is the system breaking down frequently?

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Protecting Your HVAC System During a Home RemodelWhen planning a home remodeling project, you'd be wise to sit down and take stock of how the work will affect other areas of your home. One of the most significant areas of concern is your HVAC system. Take measures to protect your air conditioner, furnace and ventilation system from dust, dirt and debris during remodeling.

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Learn These HVAC Cooling Season TermsNobody expects a homeowner to be familiar with the minute details of his or her air conditioning system. However, there is a benefit to knowing some of the basic HVAC terms and principles related to your home's A/C.

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What's the "Feels Like" Temperature?In many ways, home comfort is not about the actual temperature of the home, but how hot or cold the home feels. As you seek to maximize the efficiency of your HVAC system, you may be able to increase or decrease the thermostat setting, depending on the season, by addressing the "feels like" temperature of your Calgary home.

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Spring Cleaning for Your HVAC SystemHVAC spring cleaning might seem like a strange idea at first. However, once you start considering how much of your home's air flows through your HVAC system, you'll see why cleaning it out is important. HVAC spring cleaning not only helps you get rid of the dust and allergens that can accumulate in your ducts, it also helps extend the life of your entire system.

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Why You Should Buy the Whole System, Not Just the UnitA new HVAC system can help you keep your energy bills down even in the warmest Calgary summers. While it's tempting to try to save a little by upgrading only one part of the system, upgrading both will save you the most in the long run.

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