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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

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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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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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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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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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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As savvy consumers, we generally want to know what we’re getting for our money. The same holds true for HVAC products. When consumers buy air filters, they want to know what the product will do and how it will perform. Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV, was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to inform consumers of the efficiency and airflow of air filters and to allow them to compare products.

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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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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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