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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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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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Humidification
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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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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.

Window Material

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Energy Efficiency
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Boost Air Conditioner EfficiencyThe efficiency of your air conditioner affects how well it cools and how much it costs to keep your home's interior comfortable. Time and wear can combine to reduce the system's efficiency and drive up your cooling bills. Try some or all of the following suggestions to increase air conditioner efficiency this year. If you do, you'll see better system performance and lower energy costs.

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Air Conditioning
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Get Rid of Noisy Air Vents in Your Calgary HomeWhat's that strange noise? It seems to becoming from your air vents. A little noise from your vents is normal, but certain sounds can indicate problems. How do you tell what problem your noisy air vents are a symptom of? Here are some of the most common sounds and what to do about them.

Return Vent Noise

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Air Ducts
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Don't Forget About Plumbing Preventive MaintenanceThe time you spend in preventive plumbing maintenance will pay you back by having a reliable plumbing system in your home. Plumbing, largely hidden from view, rarely gets the attention it requires until something goes wrong.

In the Bathrooms

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What's the "Feels Like" Temperature?In many ways, home comfort is not about the actual temperature of the home, but how hot or cold the home feels. As you seek to maximize the efficiency of your HVAC system, you may be able to increase or decrease the thermostat setting, depending on the season, by addressing the "feels like" temperature of your Calgary home.

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Here's What to Do About Low Water PressureThe last thing you want when you jump in the shower is to be greeted by a trickle of water. Low water pressure is annoying, but there are often simple solutions to fix the problem.

If you just have low pressure in one faucet or shower...

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Plumbing
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Does Your Home Have Hard Water? Find OutHard water has high mineral content that includes dissolved calcium and magnesium. These absorbed minerals can do some damage to your home. You can mistake their effects for a poor performing appliance or ineffective cleaners and detergents. Here are the signs you should check for to know if your home has hard water.

Spots on Glassware

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Water Softener

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