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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

There are some home projects that lend themselves to do-it-yourself (DIY) mode; however, other jobs are better left to the professionals—especially when significant safety hazards exist. DIY refrigerant-replacement jobs are not recommended because of the severity of the safety risks and the nature of the refrigerant’s makeup and its flammability. Don’t take this project on–no matter what you hear in the media.

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Recently, the city of Calgary approved a measure that requires all new toilet installations to comply with water-saving requirements for low-flow toilets, set at a maximum flushing capability of six litres. While most consumers agree that saving water and energy is good in principle, if the performance of a toilet doesn’t measure up they’re more likely to balk.

While the first low-flow toilets on the market didn’t perform well, technology is catching up to demand. Ultimately, performance is the deciding factor that makes low-flow toilets green and user-friendly.

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Plumbing
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Phil Laprairie

There’s a lot of talk about energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. Consumers tend to think that as long as they have a high-efficiency heating system, they’ll get the best energy use possible. While that’s true to a point, there are other factors that impact efficiency. Ductwork design and installation are two of the most significant contributors to efficiency that can make or break utility bills.

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

Wondering how you can increase the efficiency of your air conditioning system this summer without sacrificing comfort? Ceiling fans do just that.

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

There is a multitude of HVAC contractors in almost every city, including Calgary. Not every contractor is the same, however. What is it that sets one apart from the others? Expertise, of course, and experience. But just how is a consumer supposed to gauge the quality of a company? You can compare certain elements, such as a company’s referrals and the number of years they have been business; however, the associations that HVAC contractors belong to as well as awards they’ve received also reveals quality.

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

Giving your heating and cooling equipment regular preventive maintenance is important, but how do you know that your systems are getting the right kind of attention ? How can you tell if a contractor does a thorough inspection? Arpi’s offers this checklist so that you can make sure that all of the critical components of your systems are examined.

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Phil Laprairie

Air filters are a small component of your home’s overall heating and cooling systems; however, they have a big impact both on a system’s efficiency and a home’s comfort level.

Air filters are rated according to the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). The MERV rating shows how efficiently the air filter can trap particles; filters are rated from 1 to 16.

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Phil Laprairie

Insulation plays a bigger role than most homeowners know. It has a twofold purpose: Depending on the season, it keeps the hot or cold air outside from penetrating into the home, while it keeps hot or cold air inside the home from escaping. It also helps the efficiency of your HVAC systems by decreasing the home’s energy load.

There are a few signs to watch for that indicate you might have a problem with insulation:

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Phil Laprairie

You may be sold on the benefits of tankless water heaters but wonder if they require more maintenance than traditional storage tank systems. While the latter are less efficient due to standby losses, they generally don’t require a lot of maintenance. The good news is that tankless water heaters don’t require much maintenance, either.

A tankless system should be serviced as a part of the regular preventive maintenance that heating and cooling systems receive. Electric or gas components should be inspected.

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Phil Laprairie

Homeowners concerned about indoor air quality can do a lot of things around the house to minimize any breathing problems. Things like vacuuming often, washing bedding in hot water and using special pillow and mattress covers go a long way. Air purifiers, however, can accomplish the same goals without the work. The following tips will help you get a system that addresses the most pressing concerns.

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