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.

heating

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Phil Laprairie

Face It — Your Heating System Needs an UpgradeNo matter how cutting edge your furnace was when you purchased and installed it, over time furnaces wear out and technology changes. Eventually you will come to the point where it makes more sense for you to replace the furnace in your Alberta or Calgary home than it does to repair it. Knowing when it's time to upgrade will help you make the best choices for your home.

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Heating
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Phil Laprairie

You rely on your furnace to keep you comfortable during the long, cold Calgary winter, and problems with your system can really ruin your day. Sometimes, the first indication of a problem manifests in a furnace smell that doesn't seem quite right. Here are some common smells you may encounter and what they might mean.

Electrical or Metallic

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Phil Laprairie

Here's What to Know About the Parts of Your FurnaceCalgary gets mighty cold in the winter, and your furnace is your first defense against frigid weather. While the furnace doesn't have many moving parts, it's a complex machine, and understanding how your system works can help you troubleshoot problems and effectively communicate with an HVAC technician should something go wrong.

The Thermostat

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Phil Laprairie

If you deal with the Calgary winter by using a space heater in a chilly room, be sure you practice the utmost caution when it’s running. While they’re convenient and inexpensive to buy, they have an unfortunate downside when it comes to safety.

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Phil Laprairie

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:

Energy efficiency/AFUE

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HVAC
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Phil Laprairie

ECM or PSC Furnace Motor Replacement?A furnace motor replacement may be a necessary but unwelcome expense, but it can also be an opportunity to increase the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. PSC (permanent split capacitor) motors have been the standard for decades.

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Phil Laprairie

When the temperatures start to drop outside, you're going to soon need your furnace to maintain comfort in your Calgary home. If you haven't checked the heating system as yet, follow these tips so you have peace of mind that it's working at maximum efficiency and there are no reliability or safety concerns.

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Furnaces
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Phil Laprairie

When the temperatures start to drop outside, you're going to soon need your furnace to maintain comfort in your Calgary home. If you haven't checked the heating system as yet, follow these tips so you have peace of mind that it's working at maximum efficiency and there are no reliability or safety concerns.

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Furnaces
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Phil Laprairie

Have You Checked Your Furnace Filter Lately?Here in Alberta, we're no strangers to the cold. We rely on our heating systems to get us through the winter months comfortably. What happens, though, if your furnace doesn't seem to be functioning as it should? Does it mean that your heating equipment is failing?

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Air Filters
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Phil Laprairie

Simple Maintenance Tips for Your Home Heating BoilerIt's never too late in the heating season to maintain your home heating boiler. Even though most maintenance tasks need to be performed by an HVAC professional, undertaking some of these projects yourself will keep your boiler in good running condition in between visits. 

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Heating

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