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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Phil Laprairie

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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Furnaces
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In a home that uses a gas furnace for heating, it's necessary to take some extra safety precautions before turning the furnace on for winter. One of the most important of these precautions is checking your carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they're working.

The Need for Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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Co-Detectors
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Most people realize that the less water they use in their household, the more money they'll save when the water bill arrives at the end of the month. But that's not the only benefit of conserving water; it prevents a precious natural resource from being wasted. That's why it's reassuring to know that a government program is available, WaterSense, that provides guidelines for conserving water.

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Plumbing
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Getting through Calgary's long, cold winters in comfort takes some know-how and correctly resetting the programmable thermostat for winter is one of the things you should know how to do. With the right temperature settings, your thermostat will keep you comfortable efficiently 24 hours a day.

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Programmable
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Getting Rid of Residential Energy VampiresIt’s good to practice habits that save money and preserve resources, but any energy vampires in your home could undermine your efforts. These are the electronics, appliances and devices that continue to use electricity even when they’re shut off, or those with clocks or timers.

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Energy Saving Tips
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Air Cleaner or Air Purifier: What to Choose?With so many technologies, names, and acronyms used in regards to indoor air quality (IAQ), you may become confused or flustered when you're shopping for an air cleaner or air purifier. Even the terminology used for these air cleaning systems is shrouded in a bit of mystery.

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All About BTUs for Your HVAC SystemAs you make your home as energy efficient as possible for the heating season, you'll need to be somewhat familiar with some terms. One such term is the abbreviation BTU, which is crucial to the performance and efficiency of your heating system.

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Heating
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If your heating and cooling system is suddenly unresponsive, there's a good chance that your thermostat could be responsible. It's not unusual for a thermostat to suddenly fail, especially if it's an older model that hasn't been replaced in a while.

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Congratulations! You're buying a house! Now, what type of HVAC system does it have? It's going to be responsible for keeping you and your family comfortable for years, as well as being a significant portion of your energy bills. Therefore it's an important consideration as you choose a new home. Here are five things to look at.

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There are two basic types of consumers in the world: 1) Those who buy products by instinct or some other arbitrary reason; and 2) Those who carefully research a product before buying.

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Energy Star

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