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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To Save Money and Sleep Better, Try Lowering Your Home's TemperatureEven people who find little to like about long winters have a few good reasons to celebrate: lowering the temperature at night will improve sleep and save energy at the same time. Researchers have found that cool temperatures foster sound and beneficial sleep, which promotes good health and well-being.

Ideal Temperatures

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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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ECM or PSC Furnace Motor Replacement?A furnace motor replacement may be a necessary but unwelcome expense, but it can also be an opportunity to increase the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. PSC (permanent split capacitor) motors have been the standard for decades.

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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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Now that autumn is fading and winter weather is settling in, it's wise to take precautions to avoid damage to your home and keep your family safe from hazards like carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Following these winter home safety tips can help you stay snug and secure during the cold months ahead.

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Signs That Your Ductwork is Too OldYour ductwork is hidden out of sight behind the walls and ceilings of your home, so you may not give it much thought or realize how its age and condition impact the operation of your heating and cooling system.

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If you're ready to upgrade your older HVAC equipment, you now have an opportunity to select features that offer the latest in home comfort solutions. Investing to a new system with the following features can not only bring you greater comfort, but you'll also gain other benefits like cleaner indoor air and energy savings too.

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When the temperatures start to drop outside, you're going to soon need your furnace to maintain comfort in your Calgary home. If you haven't checked the heating system as yet, follow these tips so you have peace of mind that it's working at maximum efficiency and there are no reliability or safety concerns.

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