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

5 Energy-Saving Myths and What You Should Be Doing InsteadIt's no surprise that homeowners still believe and follow some energy-saving myths in an attempt to lower the cost of keeping a comfortable home. Depending on the weather, these costs can climb quickly, especially if you practice any of these incorrect techniques to save energy:

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Energy Saving Tips
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Phil Laprairie

How to Know if it’s Time for a Boiler UpgradeBoilers are well-known for their durability and longevity, but they can’t last forever. Eventually, you’ll find yourself shopping around for a newer and more energy-efficient replacement. The key to a smooth boiler upgrade involves knowing when to make the switch.

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Boilers
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Phil Laprairie

Are Your Home’s Ducts Tight Enough to Keep Heat Inside?Having a furnace in good condition is a fundamental necessity during Calgary’s frigid winters. If your heating bill has gone up unexpectedly or if your home has hot and cold spots, you may have problems with your ductwork.

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Air Ducts
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Phil Laprairie

Save Money and Energy in Your Home with a Zoning SystemHow many rooms in your home can your family be in at one time? Your HVAC system sends equal amounts of air to the entire house, whether there are people in a particular room or not. This wastes a lot of energy and it also results in disparate temperatures between rooms.

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Zoning Systems
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Phil Laprairie

Power Outage Preparation Advice for Your Calgary HomeA power outage on a frigid Calgary winter night is a frightening prospect, but with a little preparation, you can stay safe and comfortable.

Plan Ahead for Storms

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Home Safety
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Phil Laprairie

Taking Precautions to Avoid Frozen Pipes this WinterFrozen pipes can pose a serious risk to your home once the outdoor temperature drops below freezing. Water expands when it freezes, and the pressure this puts on a plumbing pipe can rupture the faucet end of a line. When the weather warms up and the pipe thaws, gallons of water will start spewing out through the rupture.

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Phil Laprairie

Keep Your HVAC System in Shape with these New Year’s ResolutionsAs you're thinking about your New Year's resolutions, make sure you include some HVAC resolutions — in other words, concrete steps to save energy and money in your Calgary-area home throughout the year. Following are several effective tips and HVAC resolution ideas.

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HVAC
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Phil Laprairie

What You Need to Know About Heat Recovery VentilatorsA heat recovery ventilator (HRV) solves the problem of poor ventilation in homes while also minimizing heat loss and heat gain. As homes have become more energy-efficient, airtight construction methods have all but eliminated fresh air infiltration from the outdoors.

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Phil Laprairie

Discover How a Variable-Speed Furnace WorksMost of us grew up in households with furnaces that repeatedly kicked on and off all day long, and accepted that as the way the furnace was supposed to work. Maybe so, but it was a big energy waster, considering that the most energy is consumed during the startup of a furnace than any other time.

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Furnaces
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Phil Laprairie

Have You Checked Your Furnace Filter Lately?Here in Alberta, we're no strangers to the cold. We rely on our heating systems to get us through the winter months comfortably. What happens, though, if your furnace doesn't seem to be functioning as it should? Does it mean that your heating equipment is failing?

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Air Filters

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