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

Several factors directly contribute to a dusty home. Recent renovations wreak havoc on cleanliness and homeowners have to work overtime to keep on top of the dirt. Older homes are prone to drafts and leaks, causing dust and dirt to easily gain entry into the home. Another factor that you might not have considered yet is your ductwork.

While there is some controversy and varying opinions over the effectiveness of duct cleaning, experts agree that cleaning is beneficial if:

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Phil Laprairie

Solar energy is no longer a novelty. It is commonly used in commercial and residential buildings across North America and abroad. It has particularly gained credibility in the southwest regions of the United States, of course, because of the sunny climate.

However, other regions of North America stand as good candidates for solar energy use, and ,with the development of more and more HVAC products, like furnaces and heat pumps, that are compatible with alternative energy sources, solar energy use is on the rise everywhere, and particularly Alberta.

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Energy Evaluations
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Phil Laprairie

The decision to replace your furnace is not an easy one. Selecting a new one means time and money: time you don’t have to wade through the myriad of equipment options and figure out the best efficiency rating, and money you either don’t have or don’t want to spend.

HVAC equipment is vital to your comfort during the long winter months and that you must be able to count on your furnace. A comfortably heated and cooled space is a given: we expect it so we can sleep, eat and live. Before you begin any decisions about choosing a new furnace, consider these factors:

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Furnaces
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Phil Laprairie

Are you the kind of homeowner that sits back and relishes the fact that you’ve gone “green” by choosing a new high efficiency furnace, content with the comfort it provides for your new home? There’s even more you can do to heat or cool space that indulges your quest to turn your home into a quiet, environmentally-friendly oasis. Zoning systems allow homeowners the ultimate in comfort, while peaking efficiency capabilities and giving you maximum control over your space.

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Thermostats
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Phil Laprairie

The quality of indoor air is more important than ever because homes today are built to keep out drafts and seal in energy. Having a tightly sealed home is great for efficiency, but the air inside can become noticeably stale. How is a homeowner to know if indoor air is a potential hazard? Repeated colds or illness during winter months is one sign. Controlling the root of the problem and improving ventilation can help, along with testing indoor air quality.

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With government rebates, increase in oil prices, and the pressure to go green, homeowners are searching out any and every opportunity to cut energy use and save money. Using programmable thermostats is one avenue that results in big energy savings.

Programmable thermostats offer effective protection against fluctuating home comfort, and consumers should look for a thermostat with features that will suit their lifestyle and maximize comfort.

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Programmable
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Phil Laprairie

A good furnace is like a trusted friend – especially here in the Calgary area. When the cold winds blow, your furnace is the main comfort standing between you and the winter freeze outside. But if your system is more than 10 years old, there’s a very good chance it’s approaching the end of its lifespan as an efficient unit. As a furnace ages, it requires more maintenance and repair, and ever increasing energy prices begin to show up in the monthly bill. Older furnaces just weren’t built with the energy-efficient technology we have today.

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Furnaces
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Phil Laprairie

A new water heater is a purchase we’re not likely to show off to friends and family, but it’s a big decision and your household depends on its service. There are a lot of choices when it comes to how to heat your H2O, and satisfaction depends on asking the right questions:

• Which fuel source?

Is your current water heater fueled by natural gas, like most, or does electricity provide the power? Do you want to stick with the fuel source you have? Are you willing to have the water heater vented to accommodate the quick heating properties of a gas-fired unit?

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Water Heaters
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Phil Laprairie

Even if you keep your home spotlessly clean and dust-free, you may still have bad indoor air quality. The fact is, contaminants, dust, dirt, mouse droppings and mold spores can accumulate in the air ducts within your walls. Completely unseen, these unhealthy substances can be harmful to you and your family as they circulate through the air in your home. Breathing in these substances can lead to asthma attacks for some, headaches and fatigue for others and even memory and concentration problems.

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Air Ducts
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Phil Laprairie

Furnace air filters are key to maintaining efficient operations for the unit itself, as well as prolonging the life of the furnace. Picture the air filter acting as the gatekeeper to your home’s central command comfort post. Not only does the filter act like a sieve to strain out bad air from circulating back into your home; it also protects the command center that works to produce heat.

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Air Filters

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