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

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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Phil Laprairie

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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Energy Saving Tips
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Phil Laprairie

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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Phil Laprairie

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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Plumbing
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Phil Laprairie

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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Phil Laprairie

Learn These HVAC Cooling Season TermsNobody expects a homeowner to be familiar with the minute details of his or her air conditioning system. However, there is a benefit to knowing some of the basic HVAC terms and principles related to your home's A/C.

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Phil Laprairie

Should You Install a Whole-Home Dehumidifier?On hot, humid days, it's not unusual for an air conditioner or heat pump to get overwhelmed and unable to cope with the amount of moisture in the air. This happens because cooling equipment isn't really designed for dehumidification, even though it condenses moisture from the air as part of the cooling process.

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Phil Laprairie

Get Cleaner Air With HouseplantsThere's an easy and inexpensive way of cleaning your indoor air — houseplants. Adding houseplants to your home not only beautifies your indoor space but also boosts your indoor air quality. Let's learn more about how these gifts from Mother Nature purify your air.

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Phil Laprairie

The Most Energy-Efficient WindowsThe windows in your home can be a source of significant air leaks and energy loss. They can also be one of your best defenses against the waste of air and energy and the increases in monthly costs they cause. Here are some points to consider when selecting energy-efficient windows for residential applications.

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