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.

energy-savings

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Phil Laprairie

Homeowners can do a lot to their homes to increase its ability to stand up to the rigours of a Calgary winter. Making sure your home’s insulation is up to par can result in significant improvements in energy savings.

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Insulation
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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

It’s fairly easy to assess the electricity consumption of your home using a smart meter, but what can you do to find out exactly how much electricity your air conditioning and furnace consume? Calculating heating degree days (HDD) and cooling degree days (CDD) shows the fuel consumption of each piece of equipment to determine efficiency performance. Once you know that, you can better evaluate how much energy savings you’ll recoup from upgrading.

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

Energy efficiency in your home is key when considering lowering your energy usage cost. The more aware you are of your home’s energy efficiency, the more money you will save.

How’s your home’s insulation? Keep the air you are conditioning inside by monitoring your home’s insulation and checking for air leaks (drafts). Your HVAC system will work most efficiently when heating and cooling just your home, and not all of Calgary. Here are some tips:

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Air Filters
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Phil Laprairie

In a joint effort of the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Star was born in the 1990s. Its purpose? To reduce pollution and increase savings for consumers. And it has done its job well.

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Energy Star
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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

Homeowners often place importance on getting energy savings through air-sealing projects and upgrading to energy-efficient equipment. These steps are certainly effective, but did you know that you can work with landscaping to make a positive impact on energy savings, as well as beautify the outside of your home?

Regions like Calgary’s are classified as “cool.” That means that homes can take advantage of:

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

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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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

Energy savings is at the forefront of consumer concerns. Conservation is not only kinder to the environment; it saves you money. Arpi’s cares about consumers and wants you to get the most for your energy dollars. We help our customers get the best installation and service on energy-efficiency products and show you how to use them properly. Here are our top list of tips for saving energy.

Cooling

There are several factors that influence a cooling system’s energy consumption. You can cut energy use by:

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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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