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...

home safety

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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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Are You Ready for an Unexpected Power Outage?Unexpected power outages can be rough, particularly during the winter. But it's just part of life wherever snow and ice storms occur, as ice-laden power lines break and electricity blinks off when there's too much demand. There's no reason an inconvenience needs to become a life or death situation, however -- that is, if you're prepared.

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Energy Efficiency
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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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In a home that uses a gas furnace for heating, it's necessary to take some extra safety precautions before turning the furnace on for winter. One of the most important of these precautions is checking your carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they're working.

The Need for Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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Co-Detectors
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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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Home Safety
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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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Heating
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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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