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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Phil Laprairie

With the long winters in our region, Calgary residents often find themselves spending a lot of time indoors. So indoor air quality concerns become a priority with the increased amount of time spent breathing indoor air. You can’t always control the environment in your workplace or school, but you can take some steps to improve your home’s indoor air quality and make it as safe as possible. Here are three areas where you can take proactive steps:

1. Source Control

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

For people who experience allergies due to poor indoor air quality, air purifiers are a must. There are various technologies on the market that effectively improve indoor air quality and help alleviate allergies. Germicidal UV lights are an extremely powerful air purifying technology with the ability to filter microorganisms, like viruses, bacteria and mold spores.

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Air Ducts
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Phil Laprairie

Filters were created for a very specific purpose: They help the A/C system run efficiently by preventing dirt buildup. Filters impact indoor air quality, trapping particles in the air. To keep your system running well and your air clean, it’s necessary to use the right filter and keep those filters clean by regularly changing them.

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Air Filters
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Phil Laprairie

Pollutants impact a home’s indoor air quality in ways we generally cannot see. Our homes often contain particulate matter, a group that includes dust, pollen and allergens. There are also chemicals like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and microbes (viruses, mold and bacteria).

If you have concerns about your home’s indoor air quality, you may want to explore the possibility of incorporating electronic air cleaners into your home comfort system. There are several types:

HEPA

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Phil Laprairie

When you think of spring, do you think of new growth and warm air? Or do you think of runny noses and sneezing? Certainly, there are great things about spring, but it also brings its share of challenges. The weather warms up and plants, trees and grasses begin to grow again. Along with the blooming of new plants comes the trigger of spring allergies.

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Phil Laprairie

With spring around the corner, you can almost hear the collective groan from allergy sufferers anticipating the usual problems. The winter respite is over. Outdoor triggers, like pollen, will soon come to the surface and begin to irritate sinuses. If you suffer from allergies, or know someone who does, you already know what this is like.

Improving indoor air quality can greatly enhance the quality of life for a person with allergies, providing a refuge from the outdoors. Just how can you improve the indoor air quality of your home? Here are three specific points of action:

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Air Ducts
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Phil Laprairie

Several factors directly contribute to a dusty home. Recent renovations wreak havoc on cleanliness and homeowners have to work overtime to keep on top of the dirt. Older homes are prone to drafts and leaks, causing dust and dirt to easily gain entry into the home. Another factor that you might not have considered yet is your ductwork.

While there is some controversy and varying opinions over the effectiveness of duct cleaning, experts agree that cleaning is beneficial if:

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Phil Laprairie

Do you know that the average home may have up to five times more pollution than the outside air? In addition to this, indoor air pollution is considered one of the top five environmental health risks.

As a result of these environmental pollutants, the air we breathe inside our homes puts us at risk for a variety of health problems. Asthma, allergies, headaches, and fatigue are just a few of the ailments that may be caused or worsened by indoor air pollutants.

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

Indoor air pollution is becoming a growing concern for households and businesses across the globe. People who live or work in homes or buildings with poor air quality may experience bothersome respiratory symptoms and even develop illnesses due to poor indoor air quality. Fortunately, something can be done about indoor air pollution.

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Air Conditioning

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