About Phil

Phil Laprairie, manager of Arpi’s residential division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 34 years. He raises funds for various organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and enjoys spending quality time with his two grandchildren...

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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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To Save Money and Sleep Better, Try Lowering Your Home's TemperatureEven people who find little to like about long winters have a few good reasons to celebrate: lowering the temperature at night will improve sleep and save energy at the same time. Researchers have found that cool temperatures foster sound and beneficial sleep, which promotes good health and well-being.

Ideal Temperatures

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If you're ready to upgrade your older HVAC equipment, you now have an opportunity to select features that offer the latest in home comfort solutions. Investing to a new system with the following features can not only bring you greater comfort, but you'll also gain other benefits like cleaner indoor air and energy savings too.

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How to Know if Your Thermostat is Reading the Right TemperatureIt's a warm summer day in Calgary. The house feels like it's around 30 degrees. So why does the thermostat say it's only 20 degrees? If your thermostat temperature is incorrect, then your HVAC system can't cool your home properly. How can you know if it's reading correctly, and what can you do about it?

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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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Winterization Tips to Improve Home Comfort this SeasonPreparing for cold temperatures through home winterization will improve your comfort and cut your heating costs. Preparing your home before the frigid temperatures hit will also prevent more serious structural or plumbing problems that could be inconvenient and costly.

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Discover How Duct Sealing Can Improve Your Home ComfortHome comfort can be influenced by many factors, but one of the most obvious — and the easiest to fix — is the condition of the ductwork. Duct sealing ensures the best possible comfort level inside your home while also conserving energy and reducing your heating and cooling bills.

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Energy Star Logo: Get HVAC Products That Are More Energy EfficientEver since its inception in 1992, the Energy Star logo has helped consumers quickly identify products that offer better energy efficiency.

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Fan On or Auto? Learn Which Setting Is Best for Your ThermostatHave you ever wondered which thermostat fan setting is best: "on" or "auto"?

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Top Factors Affecting Home ComfortWhen you consider the factors that affect home comfort, temperature will probably come to mind first. There are other key elements that influence the comfort level in a home, though, such as humidity and indoor air quality.

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