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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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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Here is How to Know You're Working With a Quality HVAC CompanyYour HVAC system is probably the most expensive equipment in your house. That's why you need assurance that anyone who performs HVAC installations or repairs in your home does a quality job.

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Considering Using UV Lights to Improve IAQ? Here's What to KnowUV lights neutralize airborne contaminants that air filtration alone can’t eliminate. Indoor air pollution is composed of many factors. Much of it is inorganic particulates like dust or fibers you can actually see floating around or settling on household surfaces.

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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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Preventing Frozen Pipe BurstsSnow storms and freezing temperatures mean it's time to take stock of your plumbing pipes, if you haven't already. Some of your plumbing may well be vulnerable to freezing and possible pipe bursts. Here's some helpful information on what to do before temperatures plunge again.

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Shopping for a New Toilet? Use These TipsPurchasing a new toilet shouldn't be a stressful endeavor, but the truth is, there are a lot of different models to choose from these days. To help you find the best one for your needs, here are a few tips:

Research Before You Buy

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Heating your Calgary home accounts for a large portion of your energy bill, and taking steps to reduce your heating costs can leave you more money for the little pleasures in life.

A leaky home envelope allows cold air from outside to infiltrate your home, reducing your comfort and taxing your HVAC system as it works overtime to compensate for lost air. Sealing these air leaks has far-reaching benefits:

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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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How Can a Humidifier Help During Winter?Indoor air quality often slides in the winter because of the lack of humidity, caused by cold temperatures outdoors and heating the air inside. In many cases, the damage to your home and discomfort low humidity causes is easy to remedy with a humidifier.

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Lower Energy Bills: A Nice Gift to Yourself This SeasonWith winter and the holidays here, you're probably looking for ways to save money, including with lower energy bills. You're in luck since most households have a huge potential for greater efficiency when it comes to heating and other energy draws. Try some of the following energy-saving tips this holiday season:

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