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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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Phil Laprairie

What's the "Feels Like" Temperature?In many ways, home comfort is not about the actual temperature of the home, but how hot or cold the home feels. As you seek to maximize the efficiency of your HVAC system, you may be able to increase or decrease the thermostat setting, depending on the season, by addressing the "feels like" temperature of your Calgary home.

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HVAC
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Phil Laprairie

Here's What to Do About Low Water PressureThe last thing you want when you jump in the shower is to be greeted by a trickle of water. Low water pressure is annoying, but there are often simple solutions to fix the problem.

If you just have low pressure in one faucet or shower...

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Plumbing
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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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HVAC
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Phil Laprairie

Save Money and Conserve WaterIn Calgary's dry climate, fresh water is a particularly valuable natural resource. Taking some simple steps to conserve water protects this resource while also keeping your water bills down.

In the Kitchen and Bath

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Energy Saving Tips
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Phil Laprairie

Here’s How to Keep Your Home’s Basement from FloodingEven if your basement isn’t converted into a living space or utilized for important storage, basement flooding is still a big deal. Typically, main electrical panels, the water heater, furnace and washer/dryer are all installed in the basement and vulnerable to water damage.

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Water Damage
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Phil Laprairie

Tips to Help with Air Conditioner ShoppingAs with any major purchase, when you buy a new air conditioner for your home, research is essential as well as taking care to avoid making certain common mistakes. Consider the following when shopping for a new air conditioner.

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Air Conditioning

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