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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 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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Phil Laprairie

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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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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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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Energy Evaluations
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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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Ventilation

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