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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

Alberta residents who heat their homes with boilers have several options to improve efficiency. If your system is old, inefficient and possibly unsafe, a retrofit may be able to upgrade it. However, be sure to compare the costs of a retrofit with the costs and benefits of replacement.

Some retrofits apply to both gas and oil-fired systems, but some are fuel specific.

Energy savers for both gas and oil systems:

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Boilers
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Phil Laprairie

water heater maintenance calgary albertaA water heater is a critical component to comfortable living that we don’t often think about until there’s a problem. Life without hot water is a huge inconvenience, but it’s actually fairly easy to keep a water heater in good condition.

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Phil Laprairie

Homeowners can do a lot to their homes to increase its ability to stand up to the rigours of a Calgary winter. Making sure your home’s insulation is up to par can result in significant improvements in energy savings.

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Insulation
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Phil Laprairie

In order to select an effective filter, you need to know a little bit about filter efficiency. Furnace filters provide protection for your furnace from pollutants, preventing buildup while cleaning up your indoor air. So when you choose a filter, use these terms to compare efficiency:

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

Replacing your furnace is a huge undertaking. Not only is it a significant investment, but choosing systems and features to optimize efficiency and energy savings takes time and knowledge. One element that is important to consider with furnace replacements (and installing systems in a new construction) is where to vent the furnace.

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Furnaces
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Phil Laprairie

It’s fairly easy to assess the electricity consumption of your home using a smart meter, but what can you do to find out exactly how much electricity your air conditioning and furnace consume? Calculating heating degree days (HDD) and cooling degree days (CDD) shows the fuel consumption of each piece of equipment to determine efficiency performance. Once you know that, you can better evaluate how much energy savings you’ll recoup from upgrading.

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

Energy efficiency in your home is key when considering lowering your energy usage cost. The more aware you are of your home’s energy efficiency, the more money you will save.

How’s your home’s insulation? Keep the air you are conditioning inside by monitoring your home’s insulation and checking for air leaks (drafts). Your HVAC system will work most efficiently when heating and cooling just your home, and not all of Calgary. Here are some tips:

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Air Filters
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Phil Laprairie

Considering solar-powered energy for your home? Want to make substantial savings on your bills? Here are four easy steps that can move you toward solarizing your home.

1. Seek Consultation.

Call us for a consultation. We will able to tell you more about the process and determine whether your house is ideal for solar power. We will also schedule a home visit to assess the following requirements:

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Rebates
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Phil Laprairie

In a joint effort of the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Star was born in the 1990s. Its purpose? To reduce pollution and increase savings for consumers. And it has done its job well.

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Energy Star
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Phil Laprairie

Did you know that fall is the best time to schedule your furnace’s preventive maintenance? There are several reasons that fall is the ideal time, including beating the rush. Most homeowners want to schedule maintenance in the fall in order to get their furnace systems in the best shape possible before cold weather sets in, and to prevent interruptions in heating when it’s needed the most.

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