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.

ductwork

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Phil Laprairie

Most of the time, your home will sail through the seasons without as much as a hiccup. It’s helpful to know, however, when a situation requires an HVAC contractor and who to call. If you see evidence of any of the problems below, you should call an expert as soon as possible:

Attic problems

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Phil Laprairie

Over the years, as your HVAC system delivers conditioned air into your home, it’s inevitable that dust and other debris build up in the ductwork, the pipes that are the conduit for air transfer. It’s important to have duct cleaning done, because the ducts that send air to your home should be as clean as the systems that generate it.

Experts generally agree that duct cleaning can be beneficial if you have:

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Air Ducts
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Phil Laprairie

Replacing your furnace is a huge undertaking. Not only is it a significant investment, but choosing systems and features to optimize efficiency and energy savings takes time and knowledge. One element that is important to consider with furnace replacements (and installing systems in a new construction) is where to vent the furnace.

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Furnaces
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Phil Laprairie

After a long winter, summer weather brings us out of our homes and into nature; however, with hotter temperatures, Calgary residents might find themselves back inside enjoying a brief respite. In both seasons, ventilation is important because it improves the air quality in your home in several ways:

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

Managing energy bills can be difficult. Heating costs for Alberta winters can soar unless you have efficient equipment and a tight home seal. And while heating bills typically encompass a significant portion of energy use, the cost to cool your home in the summer can add up, too. Homeowners can use the tips below to get maximum efficiency from cooling systems – even during the last days of summer – and help reduce expenditures for the home’s total heating and cooling throughout the year.

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

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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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

Ductless mini splits are a great energy-efficient option. These types of systems are growing in popularity for several reasons.

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

One of the ways energy loss occurs is through a home’s ductwork. Out of all the energy your home uses for heating and cooling, leaks in ductwork can contribute up to a 20 percent energy loss. This makes duct-sealing a proven way to produce energy savings. Without it, your HVAC equipment becomes inefficient, you see higher utility bills, and your home just isn’t as comfortable as it could be, no matter what the thermostat says.

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Air Ducts
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Phil Laprairie

With spring around the corner, you can almost hear the collective groan from allergy sufferers anticipating the usual problems. The winter respite is over. Outdoor triggers, like pollen, will soon come to the surface and begin to irritate sinuses. If you suffer from allergies, or know someone who does, you already know what this is like.

Improving indoor air quality can greatly enhance the quality of life for a person with allergies, providing a refuge from the outdoors. Just how can you improve the indoor air quality of your home? Here are three specific points of action:

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Air Ducts
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Phil Laprairie

Several factors directly contribute to a dusty home. Recent renovations wreak havoc on cleanliness and homeowners have to work overtime to keep on top of the dirt. Older homes are prone to drafts and leaks, causing dust and dirt to easily gain entry into the home. Another factor that you might not have considered yet is your ductwork.

While there is some controversy and varying opinions over the effectiveness of duct cleaning, experts agree that cleaning is beneficial if:

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