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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

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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Phil Laprairie

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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Phil Laprairie

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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Phil Laprairie

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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Air Filters
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Phil Laprairie

Pollutants impact a home’s indoor air quality in ways we generally cannot see. Our homes often contain particulate matter, a group that includes dust, pollen and allergens. There are also chemicals like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and microbes (viruses, mold and bacteria).

If you have concerns about your home’s indoor air quality, you may want to explore the possibility of incorporating electronic air cleaners into your home comfort system. There are several types:

HEPA

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Phil Laprairie

Ductless mini splits are a great energy-efficient option. These types of systems are growing in popularity for several reasons.

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

Most homeowners want to get the most for their air conditioning dollars, and they don’t want to spend their money frivolously on equipment and features they don’t need. But if you’re looking to buy an A/C system this year, there are reasons for choosing high-efficiency air conditioning that make spending the extra money worthwhile.

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Air Conditioning
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Phil Laprairie

In order to drive safely, people must learn basic traffic laws and understand terms like, “right of way,” “interchange,” and, “on ramp/off ramp.” While these phrases are most likely commonplace to you now, there was probably a learning curve when you first began driving.

The same goes for the HVAC industry. Unless you eat, sleep and breathe HVAC, you might not know what MERV, AFUE and SEER mean; however, as a homeowner, it’s important that you get to know them.

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Air Conditioning

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