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 arrival of fall means that Thanksgiving and the holiday party season are right around the corner. Whether you'll be hosting an annual family get-together or multiple parties this season, it's vital to make sure that your home's plumbing system is in top condition. Here are some plumbing considerations to tackle while your festivities are still in the planning stage:

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Damien McCusker

In today's competitive real estate market, most offers to purchase include an inspection clause so buyers can check the condition of the home's structure and various systems. Increasing numbers of buyers are also having in-depth inspections performed on key systems like the HVAC. This makes it essential to take the following steps with your HVAC system if selling a home is in your plans:

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Damien McCusker

Home additions are certainly an incredible prospect for any homeowner. You get to choose your own layout, design all the details, and really make the new area your own, often in ways that were never fully realized when you first purchased your home. Upgrading your HVAC system to provide ample heating and cooling is one prospect that you definitely don't want to skimp on, so we've compiled a bit of advice to get you ahead of the game.

System Extension

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Damien McCusker

Fall and winter vacations are a bit tricky when it comes to thermostat settings. You don't want to waste energy if the house is vacant, but then again you don't want to come back to burst pipes and frozen plants. So what are the best thermostat settings for your furnace or other type of heating system while you're away?

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Thermostats
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Damien McCusker

Smart homes just keep on getting smarter. There appears to be no end to the ways smart technology can be adapted for your convenience, comfort, safety and savings. So let's look at some scenarios where smart technology could be used in your home, with a particular emphasis on smart home savings.

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Energy Efficiency
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Phil Laprairie

Does Your Home Have Hard Water? Find OutHard water has high mineral content that includes dissolved calcium and magnesium. These absorbed minerals can do some damage to your home. You can mistake their effects for a poor performing appliance or ineffective cleaners and detergents. Here are the signs you should check for to know if your home has hard water.

Spots on Glassware

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Water Softener
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Phil Laprairie

Stop the Sneeze! Allergy TipsCalgary has a lengthy allergy season that starts in the spring, during which an abundance of allergens, the substances that set off allergies, are generated by grass, flower and tree pollen. You can't do much to keep the pollen from wafting around in the air, but you can take steps to control allergens in your home.

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Phil Laprairie

Spring Cleaning for Your HVAC SystemHVAC spring cleaning might seem like a strange idea at first. However, once you start considering how much of your home's air flows through your HVAC system, you'll see why cleaning it out is important. HVAC spring cleaning not only helps you get rid of the dust and allergens that can accumulate in your ducts, it also helps extend the life of your entire system.

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HVAC
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Phil Laprairie

Xeriscaping is a Low-Maintenance Way to Landscape Around Your A/CThe landscaping around your A/C's outdoor condenser makes a difference in how efficiently it runs and one of the best styles to use is xeriscaping. Greek for "dry," a xeriscape combines low-water use plants with masonry or native rock materials to create an enticing landscape with little maintenance and water use.

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Landscaping
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Phil Laprairie

Why You Should Buy the Whole System, Not Just the UnitA new HVAC system can help you keep your energy bills down even in the warmest Calgary summers. While it's tempting to try to save a little by upgrading only one part of the system, upgrading both will save you the most in the long run.

Optimal Efficiency and Performance

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