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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

Air Conditioner: TroubleshootingAir conditioners are complex systems, and any problem more serious than the most basic should be diagnosed and addressed by a trained HVAC professional. However, as a homeowner, you can help by being aware of common problems that can reduce air conditioner efficiency, erode performance or cause the A/C to break down entirely.

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

How to Know That an HVAC Company is ReputableIf you do a quick search for "HVAC companies" in your computer browser, you'll quickly realize that you've got plenty of choices. But how do you know which ones will provide professional and reliable service or installation at a reasonable price?

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

Decode HVAC Air FiltersWhen shopping for an HVAC air filter, do you understand what the numbers and acronyms on the packaging stand for? Not all rating systems are the same on all filters, so it may be difficult to figure out what they mean. Here's a primer to help you decipher.

What the Rankings Mean

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Air Filters
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Phil Laprairie

Keep Your Home Free From MouldWe've all seen substances in our homes occasionally that we believe to be mould. Sometimes, it may even be black, and though we've heard dire warnings about black mould, the only way to know if what you're seeing is the dangerous kind is to have it tested.

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Mold
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Phil Laprairie

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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HVAC
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Phil Laprairie

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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Thermostats
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Phil Laprairie

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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Plumbing
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Phil Laprairie

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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Air Conditioning
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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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