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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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Repair vs. Replace: Start the ConversationHVAC systems are expensive, so no one looks forward to having to replace them. When something goes wrong, you may be tempted to just keep repairing the system piece by piece, rather than replacing everything at once. But if you're debating the issue of repair vs. replace, ask yourself the following questions before you decide.

1. Is the system breaking down frequently?

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How to Know if Your Thermostat is Reading the Right TemperatureIt's a warm summer day in Calgary. The house feels like it's around 30 degrees. So why does the thermostat say it's only 20 degrees? If your thermostat temperature is incorrect, then your HVAC system can't cool your home properly. How can you know if it's reading correctly, and what can you do about it?

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Plumbing 101: Cloudy Tap WaterWhat's going on when the water from your tap comes out cloudy? Also described as "milky" or "murky," cloudy tap water can be unnerving if you don't know the reason for it.

Most frequently the cloudiness is caused by tiny air bubbles. Usually once the bubbles rise up and dissipate, the water should clear. If it doesn't, you may have a problem that bears looking into.

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Frozen A/C? Use These TipsYou might think that a frozen air conditioner is just a temporary inconvenience that's easily solved by shutting down the system to let the cooling coil defrost.

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HVAC Maintenance: DIY or Professional?One dilemma every homeowner faces at one time or another is whether to DIY a project or call in pros. HVAC maintenance is no different. Some tasks are so simple there's no reason not to do them yourself if you choose. However, some HVAC maintenance tasks are better left to someone trained to recognize and fix problems when they come up.

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Save Energy this Summer With These TipsSaving energy in your home isn't just a cold-weather goal. A surprising amount of energy gets consumed running a household in the summer, too. But a variety of simple strategies are available for using energy more efficiently during the cooling season. Try the following energy saving tips:

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Protecting Your HVAC System During a Home RemodelWhen planning a home remodeling project, you'd be wise to sit down and take stock of how the work will affect other areas of your home. One of the most significant areas of concern is your HVAC system. Take measures to protect your air conditioner, furnace and ventilation system from dust, dirt and debris during remodeling.

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Protecting Yourself against Door-to-Door Furnace Scams
 
Several reports of bogus door-to-door salesman using high-pressure tactics to sell furnaces have surfaced in Calgary.  The scam involves fake salesman convincing residents that their old furnace has been condemned by the City of Calgary and use scare tactics and high pressure sales to convert residents into making a furnace purchase on the spot.
 
How to spot the scam?
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Troubleshooting the Toilet FlapperIf the toilet in your Calgary home isn't flushing properly, is running continuously or making whining or dribbling sounds, a flapper issue is most likely to blame.

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On or Auto: The Battle of the Thermostat SettingsWith the Calgary summer approaching, you'll want to have your A/C on to keep your home cool. But when you adjust your thermostat, "on" isn't the only option – you can also set your thermostat setting to "auto". What's the difference? And which one should you use? The answer is that you can use either one – so long as you know what you're using it for.

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