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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Damien McCusker

The flu season this year has been one of the most severe our city has seen with 19 reported deaths in our province to date. Our hospital emergency rooms are busting at the seams with long waiting times and many of us have missed work or been ill with this flu bug. Calgary has been especially hard hit this year and we are all left looking for things we can do to help us stay healthy.

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Damien McCusker

While most of us are familiar with the deadly consequences of Carbon Monoxide (Co) in our homes, Radon Gas (Rn) may be something you are not familiar with.   

Radon gas has very important health risks that every Calgarian should be aware of. The Canadian Cancer Society says that radon gas is the leading environmental cause of Lung Cancer and is the most deadliest and overlooked health risk today. Health Canada estimates that 3,200 Canadians will die annually from radon exposure.

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Damien McCusker

When your heating or cooling system stops working, you may be tempted to try to fix it yourself to save time and money. Unless you are a qualified HVAC professional, however, you should resist this temptation. Here are some of the reasons why DIY HVAC repairs can be a bad idea.

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Damien McCusker

The wisdom of reusing and recycling doesn’t extend to your carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors. Both of these have limited lifetimes, and like bicycle helmets and child car seats involved in accidents, it’s better to replace detectors than risk failure.

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Damien McCusker

As long as there are pollutants in the air outside, some of them will end up in the air inside your home. Dust, pollen, mold, and other particulates travel unseen through your doors and windows, reducing your indoor air quality. The following list describes some of the more common ways these air pollutants can get inside and what you can do to reduce their presence.

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Phil Laprairie

Power Outage Preparation Advice for Your Calgary HomeA power outage on a frigid Calgary winter night is a frightening prospect, but with a little preparation, you can stay safe and comfortable.

Plan Ahead for Storms

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Phil Laprairie

Garage Heaters: Prepare Now for Cooler Weather in the Coming MonthsGarage heaters extend the use of your garage throughout the winter season, keeping you comfortable while your work on projects during the colder months. Selecting the best heater depends on how you use the garage, its physical characteristics and fuel availability. Let's take a look at some of these factors.

Size and Space

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Phil Laprairie

Keep Harmful VOCs Out of Your Home With These TipsVolatile organic compounds (VOCs) are the gases created by products made from chemicals. Depending on your sensitivity, they can harm your health. As some man-made products age, they emit gases that cause reactions ranging from mild to serious.

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