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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

You’ve spent valuable time making sure your home is tightly sealed by caulking, insulating, and cleaning ducts. Because a tightly-sealed home provides a refuge from drafts and wind, there’s a chance your home may now be too airtight to allow for fresh air circulation. Ventilation systems are the solution.

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Phil Laprairie

Most homeowners have a general expectation for heating costs during the winter. However, without proper HVAC maintenance and home sealing techniques, along with a few other efficiency checks, you could find yourself opening a heating bill this winter that you weren’t expecting. To avoid any surprises, use these tips to get the biggest energy savings.

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Energy Evaluations
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Phil Laprairie

No matter how cold it is outside in Calgary, you deserve to be comfortable and safe at home. Insulation done properly will take care of this, plus keep you and your family happy at home in summer as well, while saving energy all year round. A well insulated home will keep your home comfortable for you and your family in any weather.

Things you can easily check on your own include the area around doors and windows. If a candle flickers when placed in front of a closed window or door, you may need to replace the caulk or get a new window/door.

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Phil Laprairie

Many people have no idea what a heat recovery ventilator is, and why should they? It’s an important but often-overlooked component of a household ventilation system – which is an important but often-overlooked companion to a home’s HVAC system. Let’s start at the beginning:

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Phil Laprairie

Noises coming from your furnace can be unsettling. Left untended, a noise can sometimes cost you money, compromise your furnace and prove highly dangerous. So how do you know when the sounds you’re hearing mean trouble?

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Furnaces
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Phil Laprairie

So, you’ve decided that you are going to retrofit your home with a tankless water heater. It is an energy-efficient way to provide instant hot water for the needs around your home. Unlike a tank-style water heater, it doesn’t use energy to keep a reserve of water warm when you’re not using it. Good for you.

But maybe you have heard that installing new tankless water heaters can be a disruption in your home. Water needs to be re-routed and gas lines may need to be installed. We will work with you to minimize any disruption.

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Phil Laprairie

Anything that burns fossil fuels — from cars, gas heaters and stoves, water heaters to propane heaters and lamps — can produce carbon monoxide when the fuel isn’t burned efficiently.

Because it is odorless, tasteless and invisible, carbon monoxide (CO) is even more dangerous because victims have little warning of its presence. Given the insidious nature of the gas, CO detectors are equally as important as smoke detectors.

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Phil Laprairie

Programmable thermostats are one of the most energy-efficient ways to keep your home’s heat and humidity comfortably in balance. It’s also an extremely cost-effective means of keeping your home’s energy efficiency maximized and energy bills minimized.

Some of the major advantages of programmable thermostats are:

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Phil Laprairie

When purchasing a home heating system, you compare the specs and requirements for all of the various models ahead of time. This helps you buy the right system in the first place. But, maintaining a system at peak efficiency once it’s become part of your home and daily living pattern requires a more unique approach.

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Phil Laprairie

We’re all interested in finding ways to save money on energy costs, and homeowners know one of the best ways to cut down on energy use is by insulating and modernizing our homes. Windows, doors, walls, and attics are obvious choices when it comes to upgrading or insulation jobs, but don’t forget how much heated or cooled air is lost in your duct system, too. One university study found that 15 percent of the energy loss in a home can be blamed on the the ductwork.

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