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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

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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Air Conditioning
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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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Air Filters
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Phil Laprairie

Carbon monoxide (CO) dangers are a reality, and homeowners would be remiss not to take action against them. Carbon monoxide stems from the combustion process, which exists in nearly every home from gas stoves, chimneys, fireplaces, hot water heaters and so forth. Having this equipment inspected every year will cut down on the chances of a problem. But if a problem does occur, you want to have the peace of mind that carbon monoxide detectors provide.

You can use these questions to weigh the pros and cons of carbon monoxide detectors as you comparison shop:

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Phil Laprairie

Air leaks in a home can cause significant energy loss, so finding and fixing them can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Homeowners don’t need any special skills to fix some of the more common air leaks; however, there are times when it’s best to call the professionals.

Most homes have leaks and gaps that occur in certain locations. You can use this checklist to assess your home:

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Energy Evaluations
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Phil Laprairie

If you plan on upgrading your air conditioning system in the near future, you’ll want to have your contractor size the unit beforehand. Sizing creates a picture of the type of system you need and the capacity it should have in order to comfortably cool your home.

Air conditioning systems are often undersized or oversized, both of which create problems. When a system is undersized, it doesn’t have enough power to adequately cool the air in your home. An oversized system can lead to increased energy costs, failure of the system’s parts and excessive noise.

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

Homeowners looking for increased energy savings do well to explore the benefits of high-efficiency air conditioners. Efficiency is expressed through the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. Canada has set a minimum SEER 13 rating for central air conditioning systems between 65,000 and 240,000 Btu/h (British Thermal Units per hour). A SEER rating is impacted by the design of its components within the system itself. You’ll want to look for these advanced features:

Compressors

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

One of the perks of living in Calgary is its relatively mild summers. Low energy bills during this time make up for the high cost of staying warm in the winter. However, a lot of homeowners still use central air conditioners on those days where discomfort becomes a factor. To keep your system running on the days that you need it, there are some common A/C problems that you can avoid: clogged drains and leaks.

Clogged drains result from the following:

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