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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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With summer behind us, it's not a bad time to consider having professional HVAC technicians clean the air ducts in your home's central, forced-air cooling and heating system. After several months of nearly consecutive heating and then cooling, your home's ductwork may have accumulated a variety of contaminants, left behind as conditioned and spent air moves through your home's supply and return ducts, respectively.

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Architects collaborate with HVAC engineers on HVAC placement as they design the mechanical systems for homes. It matters because its location does make a difference in its energy efficiency and safety.

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It won’t be long before it’s time to shut off the cooling equipment and fire up your furnace or heat pump for winter. Here are some suggestions for effective HVAC winter prep system:

Change the air filters

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As we move from cooling season to heating season, it can be a little dicey at times figuring out whether we should run the air conditioner or the heating. Sometimes it's warm and humid enough in the day to require some cooling, but at night, we might need the opposite. So does it harm the unit to use both when we're transitioning seasons?

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Before you know it, the leaves will begin to drop off the trees and it'll be time for fall maintenance of your HVAC system. To get you started, we've compiled a few helpful tips to make sure that you're getting the best out of your equipment as soon as the weather begins to cool off.

Call a Professional for an Annual Checkup

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Your HVAC system is designed tough -- particularly the outdoor unit of the air conditioner. And though we don't usually have to worry about hurricanes or tornadoes doing damage to the condenser in our part of Canada, other weather issues can create problems -- particularly rain. Read on about rain effects on HVAC equipment.

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An HVAC technician uses an array of tools to perform maintenance and repairs or install new equipment. Many tools are also used by other trades, such as a reciprocating saw, tube cutter, ladder, wire stripper and level, and various types of pliers, snips, screwdrivers and wrenches. Other more specialized HVAC tools are used too, depending on the specific work being performed. Some of the top tools of the HVAC trade include:

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Why Your Thermostat Isn't Keeping Its ScheduleProgrammable thermostats are well known for their money-saving features that improve heating and cooling efficiency while also reducing monthly costs for indoor comfort.

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Looking to Hire: HVAC Technician QualitiesWhen your heating or cooling system isn't working right, you need a qualified HVAC technician to show up and take care of the problem right away. Here are some of the personal and professional qualities that you should expect from a qualified HVAC tech who works for a reputable company:

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Top Boiler ProblemsResidential boilers are sturdy and reliable, but they can develop problems like any other heating system. Boiler maintenance and repair should be handled by a qualified HVAC professional to ensure safe and efficient operation.

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