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

Smart consumers know that the repair-or-replace question is best asked before a system breaks down. Imagine trying to make an informed decision about replacing your heating system in the middle of an Alberta winter. You can use clues about your current HVAC systems to take the time to comparison shop and get the best system possible – before there are problems.

Energy Star recommends that consumers consider replacing heating systems after 15 years. That’s because newer systems are more energy efficient, making energy bills lower and your home more comfortable.

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Air Conditioning
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Home ventilation is a critical function that impacts the efficiency of other heating and cooling equipment, comfort and air quality.

Typically, homes have relied on natural ventilation through open windows and leaks in the home. However, more and more homes are tightly sealed, which contributes to reduced energy losses but little fresh air moving about. That’s where mechanical ventilation systems enter the picture.

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Homeowners count on their plumbing systems to work regularly and efficiently. Often, homeowners feel confident taking on a faucet or toilet repair. However, there are occasions when it’s necessary to have a professional repair or install plumbing fixtures, and it’s often worthwhile to pay an expert to do the job.

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With the long winters in our region, Calgary residents often find themselves spending a lot of time indoors. So indoor air quality concerns become a priority with the increased amount of time spent breathing indoor air. You can’t always control the environment in your workplace or school, but you can take some steps to improve your home’s indoor air quality and make it as safe as possible. Here are three areas where you can take proactive steps:

1. Source Control

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

The value of HVAC systems is evident: throughout the long Canadian winter, homeowners rely on heating equipment to stay comfortable and warm. It’s just as critical that air conditioning systems work well on those warm but well-appreciated summer days.

HVAC contractors know how valuable these systems are to homeowners. That’s why companies like Arpi’s offer premium annual service plans to keep heating and cooling equipment in the best shape possible.

Annual service puts your equipment in peak operation condition. Without it, several things can happen:

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Air Conditioning
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HVAC manufacturers have responded with highly-efficient technology to recent standards created by the government. Tankless water heaters have gained notoriety as one product that meets standards, and even exceeds them.

In the past, most homes were fitted with a traditional storage tank model. While these units get the job done, there are significant losses from stand-by heating, because the storage tank is designed to hold tens of Imperial Gallons and it takes energy to maintain that heated water.

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Energy Evaluations
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Phil Laprairie

Even though the benefits of using a clean, renewable energy source are evident, some people wonder if alternative energies are worth the increased installation and system costs. It’s no secret that renewable-energy HVAC systems cost a bit more. The truth is, however, if a homeowner can’t afford the systems, the benefits of decreased operating costs and lower carbon footprints do little to persuade them to choose alternative sources.

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Energy Evaluations
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Energy savings is at the forefront of consumer concerns. Conservation is not only kinder to the environment; it saves you money. Arpi’s cares about consumers and wants you to get the most for your energy dollars. We help our customers get the best installation and service on energy-efficiency products and show you how to use them properly. Here are our top list of tips for saving energy.

Cooling

There are several factors that influence a cooling system’s energy consumption. You can cut energy use by:

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

For people who experience allergies due to poor indoor air quality, air purifiers are a must. There are various technologies on the market that effectively improve indoor air quality and help alleviate allergies. Germicidal UV lights are an extremely powerful air purifying technology with the ability to filter microorganisms, like viruses, bacteria and mold spores.

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Air Ducts
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Filters were created for a very specific purpose: They help the A/C system run efficiently by preventing dirt buildup. Filters impact indoor air quality, trapping particles in the air. To keep your system running well and your air clean, it’s necessary to use the right filter and keep those filters clean by regularly changing them.

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